Oregon State Takes It To USC

Oregon State scored first, on a touchdown pass to Tegan Quitoriano barely 5 minutes into the game, came from behind in the 2nd quarter to take a 21-17 halftime lead, dominated the 3rd quarter, and scored 46 seconds into the 4th quarter to open a 4 score lead, going up 42-17, having punched in touchdowns on 5 consecutive drives.

The Beavers then withstood a 10 point Trojan rally, and ended the game with a field goal for the last points of the 45-27 win, and then an interception that allowed Chance Nolan to again give away a couple yards from of a dominant rushing total yardage, with a couple of victory formation plays, the like of which Oregon State has never been able to do in the LA Coliseum.

But how the Beavers went about the win was even more impressive than the score, which was the most points Oregon State has ever scored against USC, eclipsing their record of 38, which had stood since 1914. Or that they got their first win in the Coliseum since 1960. Oregon State took the fight to USC wire to wire, and never backed down, on offense or defense.

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Oregon State Overwhelms Idaho

Oregon State did what they wanted and needed to do Saturday; overwhelm Idaho 42-0. The Beavers scored touchdowns on their first 4 drives, and 6 of 7, the only exception coming when the first half ran out, and defensively, not only shut out the Vandals, they held them to under 200 total yards, and only gave up 4 plays of 10 yards or more. Oregon State also snagged 2 interceptions, and turned over Idaho on 4th down 4 times. 

 

Idaho isn’t a bad team, as evidenced by the fact that they made Oregon State work for the lopsided win. But the FCS division Vandals from the Big Sky Conference were outmanned, and gradually overwhelmed time and again. 

Oregon State only had one play for more than 25 yards, Champ Flemmings’ 30 yard touchdown reception, above, early in the third quarter that opened the lead to open the lead to 35-0. And the Beavers only had 4 plays of more than 20 yards. 

But the efficient Beavers mounted 4 8 play scoring drives, and another that took 9 plays, and finished off the game with another 9 play drive that ate up nearly 6 minutes, and preserved Oregon State’s first shutout win in nearly 13 years, since the win in the 2008 Sun Bowl. 

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Oregon State Rolls Early, In The Middle, and Late Over Hawaii

Oregon State started fast against Hawaii Saturday night, scoring on their first 3 possessions to jump out to a 21-0 first quarter lead. After the Rainbow Warriors stopped what looked like would be a rout, and actually cut into the deficit in the second quarter, pulling within 24-7 at the break, the Beavers got an interception by Riley Shaerp on the first play of the second half, and a 30 yard touchdown run by BJ Baylor on the second play, to re-open the lead to 31-7.

Hawaii rallied within 11 points with a pair of third quarter touchdowns, but Oregon State responded with a 77 yard drive, capped by Chance Nolan’s 13 yard touchdown toss to Anthony Gould on the first play of the 4th quarter.

The resilient Rainbow Warriors answered with a 75 yard touchdown drive of their own, making it a 2 score (with one needing only to be a field goal) game again, with 10 ½ minutes still to go.

But the Beavers sealed the deal with the drive of the night, no small accomplishment given the teams had already combined for 8 scoring drives of 64 yards or more, 6 of which took sustaining double digit plays. Oregon State drove 90 yards, using 15 plays, to eat up 7 minutes and 10 seconds, which Baylor capped off with his 3rd touchdown run of the night, putting the Beavers up 45-27 with only 3:12 left. That would wind up the final score.

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Purdue Plays And Oregon State Mistakes Defeat Oregon State

Playing in front of fans for the first time since the 2019 Civil War, Oregon State came out aggressive, and it got them an early lead. But that aggressiveness ultimately backfired, when questionable 4th down gambles in their own territory in both the 3rd and 4th quarters failed, and handed short fields to Purdue. The Boilermakers capitalized on both gifts, to the tune of 10 points, this in a game they ultimately won by 9 points.

And after the much maligned Oregon Statge defense that had actually out-plaed their offense had an inexplicable 4th down break down, Purdue had the 30-21 win.

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Arizona State Torches Oregon State

On a night when it poured from the beginning of pregame warmups through the game and well into the night, one would assume it would be impossible to burn anything. 

However, Arizona State still managed to burn the Oregon State defense to the ground. The Sun Devils hit big play after big play after big play on their way to 514 total yards, including 375 rushing, and a 46-33 win. 

For their own part, the Beavers rolled up some numbers as well, 474 total yards, 250 on the ground. But multiple turnovers, multiple messed up punts, and too many trick plays that backfired more than overcame some offensive creativity, and yet another 100 yard rushing game by Jermar Jefferson. 

Big plays, often as a result of a defense that didn’t account for Arizona State primary threats, were a real big problem as well, as Oregon State gave up touchdown plays of 64, 53, 55, & 29 yards in length. 

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Stanford Does “Stanford” To Oregon State Again

Oregon State played well, especially considering they were short handed going into the game, and then got beat up some more. But with the game tied just past the mid-way point in the 4th quarter, Stanford did what Stanford does. The Cardinal ate up nearly 5 ½ minutes, kicked the go ahead field goal, fought a rear guard action to bleed away most of the rest of the game, and then forced a fumble, the only one of the game the Beavers suffered. It was the only turnover by either team in their last 2 meetings.

As a result, the Cardinal got out of Reser Stadium with a 27-24 win, and Oregon State continued to have a “Stanford problem”.

 

The Cardinal spent the week in the hotel across the street from Reser Stadium, after being exiled by Santa Clara county Covid restrictions that force the game to be moved from Palo Alto to Corvallis. Stanford Coach David Shaw even declared his team residents of Corvallis. As such, they made themselves comfortable enough to win their 3rd close game in 4 years in Reser.

Chance Nolan, in his second start for Oregon State in place of the injured Tristan Gebbia, who suffered a hamstring injury late in the win over Oregon, and had season ending surgery this week, improved markedly over his first start.

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Utah Holds Off Oregon State

It was going to be hard for Oregon State to beat Utah on the road in any event, and the loss of quarterback Tristan Gebbia late in last week’s win over Oregon didn’t help. But the big blow came when Covid contact tracing forced running back Jermar Jefferson into quarantine Tuesday evening, and out of the game, though Oregon State didn’t disclose that development until after it came out Saturday morning, after Jefferson didn’t make the trip to Salt Lake City.

Things got worse early in the third quarter when backup running back BJ Baylor was forced out of the game with a shoulder injury. Shortly thereafter, wide receiver and kickoff returner Champ Flemings also left, also with a shoulder injury.

When Utah’s Britain Covey started off the 4th quarter with a 64 yard punt return for the touchdown that put the Utes ahead 30-10, it probably would have sent most of the crowd for the exits on a frigid night in Salt Lake City, with temperatures in the 20s, had there actually been a crowd.

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Oregon State Leaves Oregon In A Fog

The newly renamed “Rivalry” game between the Beavers and Ducks put itself prominently in history with the greatest of the “Civil Wars”, as Oregon State pulled out the 41-38 win. 

The local sunshine pumpers accidentally hooked up the pumps to fog, and the resulting shrouding of Reser was easily the most obscured game since the 2004 Fog Bowl against USC. 

But no amount of fog could take away from a battle that had it all; a record setting performance by Jemar Jefferson, an even better start by Oregon, egregious coaching errors, key missed penalties, timing management issues that made spot gate seem trivial, arguably Beaver quarterback Tristan Gebbia’s best game, multiple key injuries, including one to Gebbia at a key juncture, and a game winning score in the final minute of the game. By a player who had never played a Division I down before. 

And as a result, the outcome was better for Beavers than the famous but unsuccessful battle with the Trojans. 

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Oregon State Wins Wild One over California

Oregon State started fast and finished strong Saturday in their first day game of the season Saturday, and it was enough to pull out an exciting 31-27 victory for the Beavers’ first win of the season. 

The Beavers scored on the first play of the game, and again on their first pass play of the day, got the last score of the game, after blocking a punt, got an interception after the Bears had driven inside the Oregon State 10 yard line, and got one last big Jemar Jefferson run that sealed the victory. 

Jefferson’s 65 yard run that setup victory formation bookended the game nicely with his 75 yard touchdown run that started the day.  Jefferson’s first and last runs of the game are the 2 longest in his career.

In between, Tristan Gebbia had the most exciting day on a day where lots of Beavers and Bears got excited. Gebbia had the rare trifecta, throwing for the Beavers 2nd touchdown, catching a pass for a go ahead touchdown in the 4th quarter, and finally, rushing for the game winning touchdown with 4 ½ minutes to go.  

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Washington Slugs Oregon State

Oregon State made progress Saturday night in soggy Seattle, but in the end, it wasn’t enough, and Washington whipped the Beavers for the 9th year in a row. The Huskies got a 27-21 win in new Head Coach Jimmy Lake’s coaching debut, and their first game of the season. 

For those who like 50’s football, this game was for you. If you eliminate one 42 yard catch and run, Oregon State’s Tristian Gebbia and Washington’s redshirt freshman Dylan Morris, in his mystery first start, combined to throw for 184 yards. The Beavers and Huskies meanwhile combined to run for 434 yards. 

If you don’t like Pac-12 officiating, this game was not for you. Oregon State will decry “the spot”, which not only turned the ball over in a 4 point game inside the Washington 5 yard line, earning comments of “egregious” and “horrible” from multiple national journalists. In truth, it was only the most glaring of several ball spotting excursions. 

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