Monthly Archives: October 2018

Luton Leads Comeback In Colorado

Beavers Overcome 4 TD Deficit To Beat Buffs In OT

Oregon State started slowly in Boulder, not surprisingly, given they had 3rd string quarterback Jack Colletto making his first start. But so did Colorado, who was without star WR/RB Laviska Shenault for the second game in a row, and it was only a 7-3 deficit that the Beavers faced early in the 2nd quarter.

But it was only a matter of time, and the Buffs exploded midway in the period, when Colletto overthrew an open Timmy Hernandez, who was behind all Colorado defenders, and then on the next play, threw a pick-6 that went off the hands of Andre Bodden, who had come in cold for Hernandez, and directly to Dante Wigley, below.

Shortly thereafter, Steven Montez first completed a long pass to set up a short field, and then found an undefended K.D. Nixon for the touchdown that put the Buffs up 24-3 before halftime.

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California Obliterates Outmanned Oregon State

California came into Saturday having lost 3 games in a row, the last one a lopsided blowout loss to UCLA. Fortunately for the Bears, Saturday was their turn to draw Oregon State on the schedule.

The Beavers’ defense has been the antidote for anything that ails an opposing offense for some time now, and with injuries piling up, the Oregon State offense is losing its ability to present problems to any defense as well. Saturday was not only no exception, it was the Beavers’ worst outing of the season.

California controlled the first half, and opened a 21-0 lead that wasn’t a touchdown larger only because the Bears suffered an unforced fumble while knocking on the Oregon State goal line.

But the Bears remedied that on the first drive of the third quarter, going the length of the field on 4 plays to take a 28-0 lead, and the game was effectively as over at that point as it was when Josh Drayden snagged a pick-6, above, with 20 seconds left that made the final 49-7.

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The Washington State Experience Too Much For Oregon State

Washington State started fast Saturday night, and finished strong too, one last Oregon State rally (of 5) not withstanding, and as a result, the Cougars upended the Beavers, and headed back to Pullman with a 56-37 win. In between, all manner of chaos occurred.

It was #Pac12LongAfterDark (where anything can happen) game, a Coug game (where any number of weird things usually do happen), and a renewal of one of the northwest rivalry games (where literally generations of history have a way of bubbling up) all rolled into one.

Its a shame its the most lightly attended Pac-12 confrontation, in part because the teams have the 2 smallest stadiums in the conference, but then neither team consistently distributes all of its tickets, much less uses them all, because regardless of whether the Cougs Cuog it, or the Beavers do, something always seems to happen that no one saw coming. This was the case Saturday night, as though Oregon State managed to distribute 34,429 tickets, there were never 30K people in the place at any point. Those that were there saw plenty they didn’t expect.

Unfortunately for the Beavers, some things everyone did see coming also happened. The Oregon State defense struggled to disrupt the Washington State offense, missed more tackles than anyone will take the film study time to fully count, and watched their secondary get carved up. To the tune of 430 yards passing by Gardner Minshew, who completed 30 of 40 passes, and threw for 5 touchdowns. And the beleaguered Beavers gave up 100 rushing yards, this to a Cougar team that doesn’t run.

After routinely giving up program record rushing nights to start the season, 100 yards doesn’t sound so bad. But Washington State did that (and 10 yards more) on just 17 carries, as the final totals include 4 sacks of Minshew and the kneel down that ended it.

That as many stayed after the first 2 1/2 minutes as did was probably because not all of them had even made it to their seats from the beer line by then, and missed the explosive start.

Washington State went 3 and in, covering 75 yards on 3 passes for the opening score in a minute and 16 seconds. Oregon State went 3 and punt, which Washington State blocked, and covered for the touchdown that made it 14-0 2:24 into the game.

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