Monthly Archives: October 2021

Beavers Get Bushwacked by Bears in Strawberry Canyon

Oregon State got jumped early by Cal Saturday afternoon in Strawberry Canyon, and though the Beavers twice rallied when they were on the verge of getting blown out, the Bears countered, and pulled away to a 39-25 win that wouldn’t have been that close but for a questionable spot that negated a knockout punch, and the subsequent decision by Cal to pull off when they could well have piled on.

Too many turnovers were troubling (Oregon State had 3 of them, including one on the first play of the game when Marqez Bimage stripped BJ Baylor that Cal turned into a touchdown less than 3 minutes into the game), and there were also (again) too many (Defensive Coordinator Tim) Tibesar signature turn some primary receiver loose for an undefended touchdown (2 more tonight) coverage scheme failures. And there was too much of the most experienced quarterback in the conference (Cal’s Chase Garbers) to get away with that.

The Beaver defense was shredded by the experienced and mobile Garbers, who converted 13 of 19 third down situations, and repeatedly found something when the bullets were really flying. The result was a balanced Bear attack Garbers directed that ran for 255 yards and 2 touchdowns (58 by Garbers), while Garbers was throwing for 262 yards and 3 more touchdowns. A staggering 517 yards. Compounding the problem for Oregon State, Cal controlled the ball for 8 more minutes of the game, limiting the Beavers’ opportunities to come back.

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Oregon State Overcomes Obstacles and Comes From Behind Repeatedly To Beat Utah

Familiar Beavers All Figure In Homecoming Win

Oregon State had to overcome numerous obstacles, some self-created, some courtesy of officiating, and certainly some created by a very tough opponent, in order to come from behind multiple times, and defeat Utah 42-34 Saturday evening.

First there were the after-effects of the upset loss 2 weeks ago to Washington State in Pullman, due in significant part to their own miscues. A bye week should have been long enough to get back on track, but instead, Oregon State came out unready to play an opponent of the level of Pac-12 South leading (and still leading, despite the loss Saturday) Utah, and the Utes promptly jumped out to a 14-0 lead, scoring on their first 2 possessions of the game.

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Oregon State Comes Up Short At Washington State

Oregon State came up about a foot short on 4th & 19 with 33 seconds left, when Trey Lowe was hauled down just shy of the first down that would have at least allowed the Beavers to try to pull out a win Saturday in Pullman. It continued a trend where Oregon State had come up short in a number of situations as the afternoon went along. The result was a 31-24 come from behind Washington State win.

An awful pass that resulted in an interception late in the first half didn’t wind up hurting Oregon State, mostly because the Beaver defense came up with one of their own to preserve a 10-3 halftime lead.

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Oregon State Ends Another Losing Streak, This One Against Washington

Oregon State continued its run of changing recent, and not so recent, trends, ending another major losing streak, this one 9 straight losses to Washington, most of them in blowout fashion, Saturday night with a 27-24 win over the Huskies.

It took an all-night effort by the Beavers, who came from behind multiple times, including in the 4th quarter, and a 24 yard field goal by Everett Hayes as time expired, to overcome the Huskies, in what turned out, thanks to Stanford’s controversial 31-24 overtime win over third ranked Oregon, to be a straight up dog fight for sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 North.

Washington struck first, when Husky QB Dylan Morris found Terrell Bynum on a crossing route, and Bynum turned on the jets, above, to outrun the Oregon State defense for a 44 yard touchdown not 3 minutes into the game to cap the opening drive of the evening.

It took until early in the second quarter for the Beavers to pull even, using their tried and true Jack Colletto package to even it at 7-7 on Colletto’s 3 yard scoring run, above.

The 3 play drive came after Rejzohn Wright recovered a Cameron Davis fumble on the first play of the second quarter, and wiped out what looked like was going to be a possibly game-altering sequence featuring an egregious officiating error, followed by a bad-rule induced replay failure.

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