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When: 2 p.m. Nov. 4 TV: Pac-12

CORVALLIS — At the end, it was another gut-wrenching loss for Oregon State.

The Beavers let No. 20 Stanford off the hook in a 15-14 loss Thursday night.

The Beavers led 14-9 and had a first down at their 43 with 2 minutes, 30 seconds left. Another first down or two and the upset would be complete.

That is when Ryan Nall fumbled.

Stanford recovered, converted on a fourth-and-10 play and eventually scored the game-winner on Keller Chryst’s 3-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside with 20 seconds left.

“So not the outcome that (we) wanted,” Beavers interim coach Cory Hall said. “Second game in a row. And the expectation has changed.

“Beaver football is changing and this is evidence of it. Disappointed, yes, but still encouraged and still encouraging all of our players.”

The Beavers finished with 138 yards and two touchdowns, but lost two fumbles.

The second was the back-breaker.

“There was penetration, I tried to make a jump-cut and a kid stuck his hand out on the ball and was on the ball and it just popped out,” Nall said.

“I tried to fight for it but I couldn’t get it back.”

On the other side of the ball, it certainly helped that Bryce Love was unable to play.

Love, the nation’s leading rusher with of 198.1 yards per game, tweaked an ankle against Oregon on Oct. 14. The Cardinal (6-2 overall, 5-1 Pac-12) announced that Love would sit out about 90 minutes before the start of Thursday night’s game.

“Yes, you could say Bryce Love wasn’t there, but like I’ve been telling people, one player does not make a team,” Hall said.

The Beavers took a 14-6 lead early in the third after a Cardinal unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on third down kept the drive going. A roughing the passer and targeting call on a 23-yard pass from Darell Garretson to Noah Togiai moved the ball to the Stanford 18m and Thomas Tyner darted in from there.

The Beavers got the ball back on an interception by Omar Hicks-Onu and moved the ball to the Stanford 34, but Jordan Choukair’s field goal attempt was short.

The Cardinal cut the Beavers’ to 14-9 after a 43-yard drive.

After Chryst found Arcega-Whiteside with the fade in the end zone, Oregon State got the ball back, but the Cardinal intercepted Garretson’s hurl from the Stanford 44 with 3 seconds left.

“We’re not going to apologize for a win. They outplayed us from the beginning of the game. They played harder, they played smarter, they played better for really three and three-quarters of a quarter,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “And we found a way to get a turnover and we found a way to get in the end zone, and that’s the bottom line.”

The Beavers have played with spirit in the two games since the departure of Gary Andersen. Oregon State challenged Colorado but ultimately lost 36-33 on Oct. 14, five days after the school parted ways with Andersen.

“Disappointed yes, but still encouraged, and still encouraging all our players,” Hall said. “The season’s not a wash, because any time you’re able to line up, put a helmet on and compete, that’s always a blessing. That being said I’m proud of our players.”

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