Corvallis, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Gaffney rushed for 145 yards and a career-high three touchdowns on 22 carries, and Stanford's defense came up with a big stand in the final seconds, as the eighth-ranked Cardinal held off Oregon State, 20-12, on Saturday at Reser Stadium.
Gaffney's third score of the night came on a 32-yard scamper early in the fourth and staked Stanford to a 20-9 cushion.
After forcing back-to-back punts from the Beavers, Gaffney had a chance to ice the game for the Cardinal, but fumbled at his own 20-yard line, setting up Trevor Romaine's 39-yard field goal that brought Oregon State within 20-12.
With all three of their timeouts, the Beavers elected to kick it deep and then stopped Gaffney for no gain on 3rd-and-1 after using two of their timeouts.
Brandin Cooks returned the ensuing punt 28 yards to the Stanford 43 before a defensive pass interference call moved the Beavers to the 32-yard line.
Cooks came up with a pair of receptions to give Oregon State a 1st-and-goal from the 7, but Mannion misfired on his next three passes to leave the Beavers with one play and only seven ticks left on the clock.
With the game on the line, Sean Mannion fired a strike to Kevin Cummings in the end zone, but Cardinal safety Ed Reynolds jarred the ball loose, allowing Stanford (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12) to escape with the victory.