Oregon State is much improved on defense. Just ask Stanford.
The Beavers had their best defensive performance of the season in Saturday night's 20-12 loss to the Cardinal. Oregon State held Stanford to 273 yards for the Cardinal's lowest total in 14 games.
OSU's defense all but eliminated Stanford's passing game, which came into Saturday averaging 207 yards. Against the Beavers, Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan completed just 8 of 18 passes for 88 yards and no touchdowns.
It's a dramatic development from Oregon State's opener, when Eastern Washington had 448 yards passing and 625 total yards in a 49-46 victory.