Saturday night’s game between Stanford and host Oregon State may have been billed as a clash of ranked Pac-12 titans, but viewers looking for some semblance of competitive football came away disappointed, as the game quickly turned into a laughingstock. Stanford came roaring out of the gates, jumping to an emphatic 7-3 lead at halftime and never looking back, although many fans felt the victory was a foregone conclusion even before then.
“I wasn’t really worried about Oregon State, to be honest,” said sophomore Rahul Vo after the game. “I just didn’t think they had what it took to stop our passing game.” Indeed, Stanford’s high-octane aerial attack proved devastating to the Beaver defense all day, as nearly half of the Cardinal’s passing plays resulted in completions for an astronomical 88 passing yards, flummoxing the Beavers’ secondary.
“Days like today are why I love being a fan of Stanford football,” added senior Stephanie Miller. “The way we just overwhelm teams with dominating victories – it’s what really sets us apart from other highly ranked teams, like Oregon or Baylor. When Stanford comes into a game as the favorite, you know the outcome is never going to be in doubt.”
The Cardinal hope to carry the momentum established by their dominating performances in their last few games into their upcoming matchup with the hapless 3rd-ranked Oregon on Thursday, November 7th.