Even a strange game can't faze Stanford. Not after everything the Cardinal has gone through this season. Trent Edwards found Justin McCullum...
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Even a strange game can’t faze Stanford. Not after everything the Cardinal has gone through this season.
Trent Edwards found Justin McCullum with a pair of touchdown passes and Stanford moved a step closer to bowl eligibility with a 20-17 victory over problem-plagued Oregon State on Saturday.
But it was unusual, with injuries, penalties, missed field goals and steady second-half rain and wind.
That’s nothing for Stanford, which has dealt with adjusting to a new coach, a loss to Division I-AA UC Davis and a near-upset of UCLA en route to its best season since it won nine games in 2001.
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Edwards, who hurt his thumb late in the third quarter and was replaced by T.C. Ostrander, hit 16 of 28 passes for 196 yards. McCullum, from Mercer Island, had seven catches for 119 yards for the Cardinal (5-4, 4-3 Pac-10), which snapped a two-game losing streak.
“You’ve got to give a tremendous amount of credit to our players,” coach Walt Harris said.
The Beavers (5-5, 3-4) lost quarterback Matt Moore to what appeared to be a right knee injury in the second quarter, and kicker Alexis Serna missed three field goals after making six attempts the week before. Oregon State also had 11 penalties for 123 yards.
The Cardinal need one more win with two games left — the Big Game against California and at home against Notre Dame — to be considered for a bowl invitation.
OSU senior Mike Hass, playing his final game at Reser Stadium, had six catches for 140 yards.
“Penalties for 123 yards, you’re going to shoot yourself in the foot,” Hass said.