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Oregon State prevails as Stanford fails to win at home

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Matt Moore reminded himself to play with
poise and execute Oregon State's offense the way he knows how: with
simplicity.

This time, the Beavers didn't let Stanford put a damper on their
postseason hopes.

Moore threw for 176 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a
1-yard score to make Oregon State bowl eligible with a 30-7 victory
Saturday, spoiling the Cardinal's final shot at winning a game in
its fancy renovated stadium.

"It's big time," Moore said. "We're not done, though. It's
nice to know the whole bowl situation is in place and taken care
of. ... I just went back to the basics."

Yvenson Bernard carried 36 times for 168 yards -- 20 of those
rushes for 99 yards in the first half alone -- to go over the
1,000-yard mark for the season. Alexis Serna kicked field goals of
29, 31 and 18 yards for Oregon State (7-4, 5-3 Pac-10), whose loss
to Stanford a year ago helped ruin the Beavers' bowl chances and
snapped their four-game winning streak in the series.

The Beavers will head into the Civil War game against archrival
Oregon on Friday night at Corvallis to play for a possible bid to
the Sun Bowl. The Beavers will finish with a winning conference
record for the third time in school history.

"I'm real excited about it," coach Mike Riley said. "I think
this team has risen from the ashes from whatever our record was
early and getting beat badly a couple of times to going to a bowl
game and right now maybe being third in the Pac-10. So I'm really
proud of them."

Normally, six wins would make a team bowl eligible but the
Beavers have a 13-game schedule. Oregon State upset then-No. 3
Southern California 33-31 on Oct. 28 for one of those victories.

Getting past Stanford was the first test.

"We know anything can happen," strong safety Sabby Piscitelli
said. "We don't overlook nobody. We expected to go to a big bowl
this year. It's a good feeling."

Sammie Stroughter and Brandon Powers each caught touchdown
passes from Moore and Oregon State's blitzing defense made things
tough for Stanford quarterback T.C. Ostrander, sacked five times --
all in the second half. Ostrander also was picked off in the end
zone by Coye Francies early in the fourth quarter.

Anthony Kimble ran into several blockers before finding an
opening to the right and going 36 yards for a touchdown on
Stanford's second offensive play 3:21 into the game that put the
Cardinal on the board first.

But Oregon State tied it 2½ minutes later on Moore's 28-yard TD
pass to Stroughter and Moore hit Powers on a 15-yard strike 11
seconds into the second quarter -- one of six catches by Powers.
Moore has the longest active streak in the nation for passes
without an interception at 117.

Kimble's TD marked the first time all season Stanford has scored
first.

Kimble, Trevor Hooper and Brandon Harrison all sat in silence
afterward in Stanford's subdued locker room. The Cardinal couldn't
win in the final home game for 18 seniors who were honored
beforehand.

Stanford (1-10, 1-7), which shocked Washington last weekend at
Husky Stadium in Seattle for its first victory to snap an 11-game
skid, was trying to salvage one victory in its sparkling new
stadium that underwent a $90 million facelift during the offseason.

"It's hard for the senior class to go out like this," said
Kimble, a junior. "Every year I've been here, the seniors have
gone out with a down feeling. It's hard not to win a game at home
for our fans -- a brand new stadium and we can't get a win in it."

Stanford freshman Richard Sherman caught five passes for 90
yards. The Cardinal now have two weeks before playing rival
California in the Big Game in Berkeley to end a most disappointing
season under second-year coach Walt Harris, which has raised
questions about his job security with new athletic director Bob
Bowlsby.

"It's real difficult," Harris said of going 0-5 in Stanford
Stadium. "It's as difficult as anything I have ever personally had
to experience and I'm sure for our players it's the same way in the
area of football. We have a lot of work to do and we are committed
to getting it right."

Oregon State receiver Chris Johnson helped move the Beavers into
scoring position late in the first half with a one-handed, 10-yard
catch that he hauled in with his left hand while falling over under
pressure from Stanford cornerback Nick Sanchez.

Two plays later, Michael Okwo appeared to intercept a pass from
Moore but a review of the play showed he didn't keep two feet in
bounds and Oregon State got a 31-yard field goal from Serna.

Stanford's infamous band, on probation after getting into
trouble with the school for allegedly vandalizing its former
practice facility, was allowed on the field for the first time all
season. No charges will be filed after an investigation failed to
find sufficient evidence. The group has been barred from playing at
Notre Dame and Oregon in previous years because of behavior and
offensive content in its halftime show.