CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Shayne Skov was not ready to let go. Minutes after Stanford survived a late scare against Oregon State, the senior linebacker said he planned to "live in the moment" and enjoy the victory for 24 hours.
His coach had other ideas.
"I'm already done thinking about Oregon State and the effort," David Shaw said after Saturday night's 20-12 victory.
"It wasn't good enough to beat Oregon or good enough to be in the game against Oregon."
The Cardinal, which climbed to No. 6 in The Associated Press poll released Sunday and is fifth in the latest BCS standings, has 10 days to prepare for the undefeated Ducks. Topping its to-do list: Fix the passing game.
Stanford rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns -- all the TDs by tailback Tyler Gaffney -- but quarterback Kevin Hogan missed more passes (10) than he completed (eight).
The offensive line struggled to repel OSU's pass rush; the Cardinal converted just 2 of 9 third downs; and receiver Ty Montgomery, Stanford's best playmaker, caught just three passes.
All told, Stanford scored 29 fewer points against the vulnerable Beavers defense than Eastern Washington did in its Week 1 victory in Corvallis.
"Offensively, we didn't play well enough,'' Shaw said. "We missed too many things in the passing game -- our quarterback, receivers and coach. We can do so much better ...
"We put our defense in some tough spots. For the most part, they bailed us out."
For the second consecutive week, Stanford (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12) executed its defensive game plan to perfection. The Cardinal limited Oregon State's downfield passing game and forced quarterback Sean Mannion to check down to secondary receivers.
That, in turn, caused Mannion to hold the ball a split-second longer -- and made the pocket passer vulnerable to Stanford's pass rush.
The Cardinal sacked Mannion eight times -- he'd been sacked nine times all season -- and held him to one completion of 20 yards or more. Trent Murphy had 21/2 sacks.
Stanford held Brandin Cooks to 80 receiving yards; he'd been averaging 168.
Oregon State was 6 of 17 on third down, 1 of 5 on fourth down and scored touchdowns on just 20 percent of its trips into the red zone.
"You have to be spot on against them," Beavers coach Mike Riley said. "That's why we had more negative plays than we've had all year and had a hard time sometimes with protection.''
nov. 7 game
Oregon (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12) at Stanford (7-1, 5-1), 6 p.m. ESPN