Stinger persists, but Kristick will be ready for Stanford

2009-10-06T23:15:00Z Stinger persists, but Kristick will be ready for StanfordBy Cliff Kirkpatrick, Gazette-Times Reporter Corvallis Gazette Times

Keaton Kristick plans to take it easy in practice for the second week in a row.

The Oregon State football team's leading tackler is recovering from his second stinger in two games. Stingers are nerve injuries between the neck and shoulder.

Kristick and coach Mike Riley expect he will be ready for Saturday's game against Stanford. Kristick, however, still declines to use a neck brace.

"I'm going to take every precaution during the week," Kristick said. "I won't practice much. I'll do what I have to do in the training room and make sure it's not a problem for the future."

Kristick remains focused on playing his aggressive style, which may be part of the problem. However, that's why he is second in the Pacific-10 Conference with 8.4 tackles a game.

"I lead with my head a lot, and that hurts at the end of the day," Kristick said.

His performance will be crucial in stopping Stanford's powerful running game, which ranks second in the conference.

"They are going to be sending a lot of guys my way," Kristick said. "I have to be ready. I have to disrupt some plays. I'll do what I have to do. I'll throw my body in there and hope I don't get mangled."

Road warriors

The Beavers have won their last six games away from Reser Stadium. They beat Washington, UCLA and Arizona last year, won the Sun Bowl and defeated UNLV and Arizona State this season.

This season is the first time they won the first two road games of the season since beating Arizona State and Iowa in 1967.

"If you want to be a good team you have to win on the road," Riley said. "We lost two at home and we needed to make some up. And the last one was a good one to make up."

Turnover notes

OSU is 29-3 in the last 67 games when committing fewer turnovers than the opponent, 9-18 when committing more and 4-4 when it's even.

The Beavers have turned the ball over four times this season, tied for ninth in the nation. OSU, Cincinnati, Idaho, Colorado State and Nebraska are the only teams not to have lost a fumble this season.

Since 2001, the Beavers are 10th in the nation in forced turnovers with 231. They trail Southern California (276), Virginia Tech (255), Oklahoma (253), Boston College (242), West Virginia (242), Southern Miss (236), Hawaii (234), Washington State (234) and Boise State (232).

Quick hits

The Beavers have won 14 of the last 17 games that have been decided by seven points or less. ... WR Casey Kjos (back) will work out with the team and may return this week after missing three games.

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