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Lombardi's Look Back: Oregon State

Debniak delivered the kill on his Senior Day

This wasn't a win made possible only be a Herculean defensive effort, like the 21-14 triumph over USC. It wasn't an offensive flash in the pan against a terrible defense, like the 54-48 overtime shootout over Arizona. And it was far from a squeak-by win over a decidedly inferior team (see Stanford 24, Washington State 17).

This was a gutsy, ultimately successful see-saw war against an excellent Oregon State team, one secured only by rousing Stanford contributions from both sides of the football. For over two months, Derek Mason's excellent defense had been straining under the excessive weight of an ineffective offense. Playing with fire had already inflicted two severe burns: one at the hands of Washington, the... Recommended Stories

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