Monthly Archives: November 2020

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. 

Along the way were enough notable plays on both sides that will keep columnists and chat boarders occupied for years.  Continue reading

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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Washington State Hands Oregon State Double Digit Loss

Oregon State entered the Pac-12 season opener as a 3 point favorite over Washington State, which was implementing a new offense, the run and shoot, and a revamped defense, for a new coach, and completely new coaching staff, and with a new quarterback. It was the first time the Beavers have been favored over a Power-5 opponent in years.  

It was also a major mis-calculation. The Cougars dominated a majority of the game, and held off a Beaver rally to come away with a 38-28 win on a damp and chilly night in empty Reser Stadium. 

Oregon State started with back to back 3 play and punt possessions. Washington State then took a 7-0 lead, when true freshman Jayden dE Laura, the first true freshman to ever start at quarterback for the Cougars, connected with Travell Harris for a 29 yard touchdown completion. 

The Beavers answered that with another 3 and punt, which ended with a bad snap on the punt, which set the Cougars up in Oregon State territory. Only an interception by Jaydon Grant in the Beaver endzone prevented another Washington State score, but then came a a 5 play and punt effort.  

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