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Saturday, November 5, 2011
1Q: Stanford 0, OSU 0

By Kevin Gemmell

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- You know that sluggish start Stanford was hoping to avoid? Yeah, not so much. The Cardinal were blanked for the first time this year in the opening quarter.

The Cardinal fizzled on their opening possession and then Andrew Luck threw his fifth interception of the season on their second possession. Luck was about to be sacked and opted to sneak a pass into Chris Owusu, but it was intercepted by OSU's Michael Doctor.

It looked like the Cardinal were denied two points when Jarek Lancaster appeared to have a safety on OSU quarterback Sean Mannion, but he was ruled down at the 1-yard line and there was no review.

No immediate cause for concern. We've seen Stanford overcome slow starts on the road all season. But the longer Oregon State hangs around, the more hope it gives the Beavers of pulling off the upset.

But with second-and-goal at the two as time expired in the first quarter, Stanford looks poised to get the first points of the game.