The 20th-ranked Stanford Cardinals trailed for most of Thursday night's road game, but it was a late touchdown that helped them avoid an upset. Kelly Chryst found JJ Arcega-Whiteside for a three-yard touchdown pass with 20 seconds left, helping the Cardinals slip past the Oregon State Beavers, 15-14. Stanford was playing without starting running back Bryce Love, who sat with an ankle injury, and the offense definitely showed those effects. They finished with just 222 total yards, but their defense forced three Oregon State turnovers to prevent the Beavers from pulling away. Harrison Phillips forced the biggest turnover by recovering a fumble with 2:30 left to set up the game-winning drive, which included a big fourth-down conversion on fourth-and-10. In just their second game since firing head coach Gary Anderson, the Beavers fell to 0-5 in conference play and 1-7 overall under interim coach Cory Hall, who took over after beginning the season as cornerbacks coach. Oregon State will visit California next week, while Stanford will hope to have Love back when they visit Washington State.
Ravens Crush Dolphins After Losing Flacco
The Baltimore Ravens were involved in an overly-physical game on Thursday night due to dirty plays from the Miami Dolphins defense, but they got back at them on the scoreboard. After losing Joe Flacco to a concussion following a hard hit from Kiko Alonso, the Ravens blew past the Dolphins, 40-0. Flacco exited in the second quarter after taking a hit to the head while sliding by Alonso, which knocked his helmet off, cut his ear open, and knocked him out of the game. Flacco did have a 34-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin to get his team started before exiting. He finished 10-for-15 for 101 yards. Quarterback Matt Moore got his first start for the Dolphins, who are without Jay Cutler until at least next week with broken ribs. Moore threw for 176 yards and two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns. C.J. Mosley returned the first pick-six 63 yards, and then Jeremy Smith followed that with a 50-yard return for a score. The other dirty play saw Ndamukong Suh grab backup quarterback Ryan Mallet by the neck and throw him to the ground. Both dirty plays caused a scuffle between the teams, both of which involved Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. Baltimore had dropped four of five games, but have put that behind them by recording their largest shutout win in franchise history. There is no official timetable for Flacco's return, but Baltimore will hope to have him back when they visit the Tennessee Titans next week. The Dolphins will also hope to get their starting QB back when they host the Oakland Raiders.
Cousins Goes Off on Former Team in Win
DeMarcus Cousins said after Thursday's game that he appreciated the fan-base and organization during his time with the Sacramento Kings, but that was after he schooled them at the Golden 1 Center. Cousins had 41 points and 23 rebounds in the New Orleans Pelicans' 114-106 win over the Kings on Thursday night. Cousins shot 14-of-25 from the field and added six assists, helping his team out-rebound the Kings by 15. Cousins' dominance helped New Orleans overcome a 14-point halftime deficit, as he had the go-ahead three-pointer with 2:21 to play in the game. The former Kings big man helped overcome the loss of Anthony Davis, who was sidelined on this night with a knee injury. He remains listed as day-to-day. Veteran Jameer Nelson also contributed with 18 points and four three-pointers, helping the Pelicans earned their second win of the season. Cousins was playing in his second career game against Sacramento, as he had 37 points on 12-for-21 shooting on March 31st in a Pelicans' victory. The Kings had seven players finish in double figures, including rookie De'Aaron Fox scoring 14 points off the bench. Cousins will bring his Pelicans into a matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. The Kings will play host to the Washington Wizards on Sunday night.