Stanford 24, Oregon State 3
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) _ Anthony Bookman and Mike Mitchell ran for touchdowns and Stanford held the Pac-10′s top rushing team without a touchdown in a 24-3 victory on Saturday that rekindled the Cardinal’s bowl hopes.
The Cardinal (5-2-1, 3-2 Pac-10) forced four turnovers as Oregon State (1-7, 0-5) slid to its seventh straight loss. The Beavers are 0-12-1 in their last 13 games at Stanford.
The Cardinal, who dropped out of the rankings after successive losses to Washington and UCLA in which the opposition ran for 552 yards and nine touchdowns, kept regon State in check by taking advantage of mistakes.
Mark Butterfield led four Stanford scoring drives, completing 14-of-28 for 155 yards. Bookman had a 37-yard TD run on a day when he gained 69 yards on 11 carries and Mitchell added 56 on 16 attempts, with a 5-yard scoring run.
Darron Kirkman led Oregon State with 72 yards on nine carries. Quarterback Tim Alexander was held to 44 yards on 16 carries.
The Beavers, trailing by 14, began the third quarter by driving to the Stanford 31 only to fumble the ball away on an errant pitch by Alexander.
Oregon State forced a punt but returner Marc Williams fumbled the kick and Stanford’s Jeff Byrd recovered at the Beavers 15.
Four plays later, Mitchell swept around right end on a 3-yard touchdown run.
Don Shanklin replaced Alexander late in the third quarter but his first series ended in another turnover when his pass was intercepted by Josh Madsen.
Damon Dunn’s 47-yard return of the opening kickoff set up Stanford’s first score and the Cardinal took a 17-3 halftime lead.
Beginning their first offensive series at the Beavers 41, the Cardinal moved within striking distance on Butterfield’s 22-yard pass to Mitchell and two plays later Adam Salina bulled his way into the end zone from 5 yards out.
After forcing an Oregon State punt, Butterfield had Stanford on the move again with Bookman breaking loose for a 37-yard touchdown run to finish off an 88-yard drive.
Stanford added a 31-yard field goal by Eric Abrams. Randy Lund got Oregon State on the board when he kicked a 29-yard field goal early in the second period.