Monthly Archives: September 2021

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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