November 4, 2011

Tale of the Tape: Oregon State vs. Stanford





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COMPARISON

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OSU OFFENSE vs STANFORD DEFENSE
 
Oregon State
Stanford
Rushing
102
85
Passing
289
244
Total
391
329
Scoring
23
17
OSU DEFENSE vs STANFORD OFFENSE
Rushing
155
215
Passing
222
290
Total
377
505
Scoring
30
50



Saturday's match up versus #4 Stanford is nearing a sell-out, and for good reasons. OSU hasn't played in Reser since October 15th, it's homecoming and it's a chance for college football fans to take a look at arguably the best quarterback in the country and more than likely the 2012 NFL Draft's #1 overall pick.



The Beavers hope to use the home field advantage to upset the high powered Stanford Cardinal in front of a national television audience on ABC. Here's how the two teams match up at each position:



QUARTERBACK


After a breakout performance in Seattle, Sean Mannion struggled against a stingy Utah defense. Mannion completed just 55% of his passes, the lowest of his young career and was sacked six times.


His decision making was somewhat suspect as well, possibly due to the pressure he saw all game. Mannion is still completing 64% of his passes on the season, but turnovers continue to plague the tall freshman, his 13 interceptions is worst in the Pac-12.


It's no secret; Andrew Luck is the best quarterback the Beavers will see this season. Luck brought his team back in the Coliseum to top the Trojans after tossing a pick-6 late in the fourth quarter last week. Luck is a favorite for the Heisman Trophy and completing just fewer than 72% of his passes while throwing for 23 touchdowns to only four interceptions.



Advantage: Stanford - No contest here and frankly Luck would probably hold the advantage against any other QB in the country.





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