STANFORD, Calif. - The lackluster effort, poor execution personality showed up again.
Coming off a complete game victory the week before, the Oregon State football team disintegrated on Saturday night.
The Beavers were dominated from start to finish in a Pacific-10 Conference game by seventh-ranked Stanford, 38-0, before a crowd of 38,775 in Stanford Stadium.
OSU's game plan worked on a few occasions, but the Beavers were simply overmatched.
"I'll say they outplayed us today, and we just have to find a way to fix it," defensive tackle Stephen Paea said. "To be honest there's no excuses for this game. We came up short. They played well today. Credit to them."
Stanford (11-1, 8-1) put forth an effort worthy of Bowl Championship Series consideration.
The Cardinal will move up the BCS standings and be an interesting option for the four BCS bowl games to select as an at-large team.
"I think our guys have stated their case on the field," Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh said. "We've impressed the heck out of 11 teams we played this season. The voters should be impressed."
The season for the Beavers (5-6, 4-4) comes down to next Saturday's Civil War in Reser Stadium. They need an improbable upset to become bowl eligible.
OSU will face long odds in upsetting top-ranked Oregon, which has a national title game berth on the line.
"It's really early to talk about that game right now, but it's obvious that's all this team has left to try to do and that's an understatement," Riley said. "We are disappointed with this game. The only thing left is prepare for that game and try and win it."
The Beavers won't have a chance against the Ducks if they play like they did against Stanford. The Cardinal rolled up 470 total yards with little resistance and scored on four of six first-half drives to all but put the game away.
Stanford didn't do any misdirection running that has fooled the Beavers over and over this season. The running backs ran right at them and quarterback Andrew Luck stretched the field.
Luck threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns. He hit two long ones to Doug Baldwin for 42 and 29 yards, had a 52-yarder to Tyler Gaffney and a 29-yarder to Zach Ertz.
Luck stood in the pocket and took target practice.
"After that game, it sucks to lose and sucks to lose by that score," linebacker Dwight Roberson said. "As a team we have to find the positive in everything. We have to correct things. That's what we have been trying to do all year. It comes down to making plays, and they made more plays today."
The Beavers committed five turnovers and had a punt blocked. Quarterback Ryan Katz threw three interceptions and fumbled once.
Protection broke down around him and there wasn't a consistent running game.
"We moved the ball a little bit," Riley said of the team's 285 total yards. "We had stuff, but we couldn't follow it up. We couldn't finish anything."
The Beavers left the stadium wondering what is going on. They can't find answers.
Preparation is the same week to week. Sometimes the effort and execution are there, and sometimes they aren't.
"I don't know," Paea said of what's going on. "It's just being consistent. The effort was there. We just didn't finish. We were shattered by the Cardinal early and couldn't get going."
Cliff Kirkpatrick covers the Oregon State football team for the Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald. Read more about the Beavers at cliffkirkpatrick.mvourtown.com.