In their last outing the Stanford Cardinal manhandled Oregon State 20-12 with a blitzing 3-4 defense that swarmed for 13 tackles for loss, including 8 sacks.
Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason attacked the Beavs with The Cardinal's "Bear" defensive front, which aligns the three down linemen directly over the center and two tackles, forcing one-on-one matchups. He shot linebackers and safeties from every angle. OSU quarterback Sean Mannion was battered and harried, and his nation-leading passing attack managed just 271 yards, 17 on the ground with the sacks figured in, a paltry 3.7 yards per play.
Dragging the line: In one of the fateful plays of last year's overtime loss to Stanford, Zach Ertz bobbles a pass at the back of the end zone, ruled a catch after review ((Nate Barrett/Emerald photo). The loss was the latest installment of a back-and-forth history with The Cardinal, costing the Ducks a shot at Notre Dame in the BCS finale.