It was close for a half, and Oregon State led initially, and 3 different times during the early going. Colorado State took only a 4 point, 24-20 lead to the locker room, after Jordan Choukair connected on a 25 yard field goal as time ran out to cap a 9 play, 73 yard drive.
The Beavers got Ryan Nall going early, both in the rushing game, and the passing game, and the wrecking Nall finished with 115 yards on 15 carries, including a 75 yard touchdown, and another 4 catches for 30 yards.
Oregon State out-passed and out-rushed Colorado State in the first half.
Given that much information, most Beaver Believers, including head Coach Gary Andersen not only would have taken it, but felt pretty good about the Beavers chances.
That’s when Oregon State’s Pac-12 depth and experience, and the effects of the constant battering by not only Nall, but also Artavis Pierce and Thomas Tyner, was supposed to take over the game.
Instead it was Colorado State that made the halftime adjustments, and their Big Sky talent that wore down and beat up the Beavers, and set the stage for the Rams to pull away to a 58-27 blowout win in the 90+ degree heat to christen their brand new on-campus stadium, in the first football game played on campus in Fort Collins in 49 years.