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POSTED November 11, 2012 10:49 p.m.

No. 13 Oregon State falls to No. 16 Stanford 27-23

STANFORD  (AP) — Oregon State’s best chance at a Pac-12 title and possibly a Rose Bowl berth seemed well within its grasp.

In an instant, all those dreams slipped away.

Cody Vaz threw for 226 yards and a touchdown and had an otherwise solid start washed away with a fourth quarter fumble, and No. 13 Oregon State lost 27-23 on Saturday to drop back in the conference chase.

“We’re disappointed, obviously,” Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. “It was a tough loss and we had our opportunities. What we did was give up the big play two scores up and gave them back the momentum. That was big for them. Then the turnover gave them good field position to score the winning touchdown.”

Vaz fumbled late in the fourth quarter to give the Cardinal (8-2, 6-1) the ball at the Beavers 29. The only Oregon State (7-2, 5-2) turnover turned out to be the difference.

Kevin Hogan audibled out of a run and called the play “Special,” which Stanford also ran to convert a fourth-and-9 in an overtime win against Arizona earlier this season, then hit tight end Zach Ertz for a 13-yard touchdown for the go-ahead score with 5:07 left and Stanford stopped the Beavers twice more.

Now it’s the Cardinal who head to top-ranked Oregon next in what is essentially a North Division final — if Stanford also beats UCLA in its season finale — for a spot in the conference championship game. Oregon has beaten Stanford the last two seasons.



Fales, San Jose State rout New Mexico State

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — David Fales threw for 276 yards and four touchdowns on Saturday and San Jose State rolled to a 47-7 victory over New Mexico State.

San Jose State (8-2, 4-1 Western Athletic) started putting points on the board early, as Fales and Chandler Jones collaborated on two scoring passes in the first half.

Fales completed 12 of 18 passes. Jones caught five passes for 101 yards.

San Jose State also played tough defense, holding New Mexico State (1-9, 0-5) to 120 yards on the ground and only 100 through the air.

New Mexico State finally got on the scoreboard with 42 seconds left in the game on a 9-yard pass from Travaughn Colwell to Trevor Walls.



Fresno State uses defense to defeat Nevada 52-36

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Robbie Rouse rushed for 261 yards and two touchdowns and Fresno State tied a school record with three defensive touchdowns in beating Nevada 52-36 on Saturday.

Rouse had 36 carries and touchdowns runs of 1 and 39 yard for the Bulldogs (8-3, 6-1 Mountain West).

Fresno State’s defensive touchdowns came on a 34-yard interception return by Derron Smith, a fumble recovery in the end zone by Tyeler Davidson and a 26-yard fumble recovery and return by Travis Brown, which put Fresno State up 38-21 with 8:45 left in the third quarter.

Bulldog quarterback Derek Carr completed 17 of 35 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns. He hit Davante Adams from 36 yards out in the first quarter and connected with Marcel Jensen from 32 yards out late in the second quarter to tie the game at 21 just before halftime.

Stefphon Jefferson rushed for 95 yards and three touchdowns for Nevada (6-4, 3-3), which lost its third consecutive game.



Eastern Washington hangs on, beats UC Davis 31-28

CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Vernon Adams’ 9-yard touchdown run with 8:13 to play capped a second-half rally, and Eastern Washington blocked a late field-goal attempt Saturday to beat UC Davis 31-28 and move into a first-place tie in the Big Sky Conference.

Adams’ score came after Kyle Padron hit Greg Herd for a 51-yard touchdown to pull the Eagles (8-2, 6-1) within 28-24. Later, UC Davis lined up to attempt a game-tying 52-yard field goal with 44 seconds left, but David Gaylord blocked it to seal the win.

EWU’s Demitrius Bronson finished with 63 yards rushing and two first-quarter touchdowns. That gave the Eagles a 14-3 lead before the Aggies (3-7, 2-5) scored 21 unanswered points on Randy Wright’s 72-yard touchdown pass to Corey Galindo and Dalton Turay’s two short scoring runs.

The Eagles are now tied with Northern Arizona and Montana State. All three teams finish their regular season next week.

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