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Oregon State Beavers vs. Stanford Cardinal: Watch Live TV Stream Online For Free; Preview

By Melissa Siegel - Posted: 11/09/12 07:09PM EST
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Running back Stepfan Taylor and the Stanford Cardinal face the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday. (Photo: REUTERS)

The Oregon State Beavers face the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday in a matchup of top 15 Pac-12 squads. The game will be broadcast live on FOX at 3 p.m. ET, and you can also watch a live TV stream online for free here.

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Oregon State sits at 7-1 this season after a 10-point victory over Arizona State last weekend.  The Beavers actually trailed by nine less than three minutes into the second quarter, but a 53-yard touchdown run from Terron Ward quickly pulled Oregon State within three. The Beavers then tied it right before halftime and scored 17 straight points to nail down the victory.

Ward finished with 146 yards and a 7.7 yards per carry average while starting for the injured Storm Woods. Woods, who has 540 yards and six touchdowns this season, sat out the Arizona State game with a sore knee. He is expected to return for Saturday's contest, according to the Oregonian.

The Cardinal, meanwhile, has won three games in a row since its loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on October 13.

Last week, Stanford destroyed Colorado, 48-0. Redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan came off the bench to replace starting quarterback Josh Nunes, who had struggled in both his team's losses. Coach David Shaw revealed after the game that his plan had been to play Nunes for two series and then bring Hogan in to see what happened. The freshman made the most of his opportunity, leading the Cardinal to five touchdown drives in the rout. Shaw named Hogan the new starting quarterback earlier this week.

But Hogan's success last week came against a Colorado defense that is one of the worst in the country. The Buffaloes are allowing over 46 points per game and were a week removed from allowing 70 points against the Oregon Ducks.

Hogan and the rest of the Cardinal will have a tougher task this week against one of the top defenses in the country. The Beavers have only allowed more than 26 points per game once all season and have held three of their opponents to nine points or fewer. Oregon State is also first in the Pac-12 and second in the nation in third down defense.

Stanford's defense, however, is just as strong. The Cardinal has not allowed more than 20 points in any regulation game this season and is currently first in the nation in rushing defense, sacks per game and tackles for loss per game.

The unit may be able to help out Hogan and the Stanford offense as well. The Cardinal has scored on defense in five of its nine games this season, with safety Ed Reynolds contributing three pick-sixes.

Oregon State has struggled against its Pac-12 rival in recent years. Stanford has won three of its last four games against Oregon State, including a 38-13 victory last season. The Cardinal outrushed Oregon State 300-33 in that contest, while then-Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck threw for three touchdowns. In 2010, Stanford shut out the Beavers, 38-0, the first time Oregon State had not scored in a game since 2002.

The last time these two teams met with both squads ranked in the Associated Press top 25 was 1956, according to ESPN Stats and Info. The Beavers beat Stanford that day, 20-19.



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