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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

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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Husky Defense Hammers Beavers

Prominent talking points around the Pac-12 this season have been about how the Washington Purple Reign defense isn’t what it has been, and how efficient the Oregon State offense has been.

Both were, and still are, true.

But Jimmy Lake and Pete Kwiatkowski, the Huskies Defensive Coordinator and Co-Coordinator had none of it Friday night at Reser Stadium though.

From the get-go, Washington shut down the Oregon State offense, and as a result, despite what was arguably the best defensive performance by the Beavers since well back into the days when Mark Banker was actually a successful defensive coordinator, the Huskies claimed the 19-7 win.

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Oregon State Pulls A Tough Win Out Of Berkeley

Oregon State spent a lot of time answering tough questions Saturday in Berkeley, and the Beavers had enough good answers to pull out a 21-17 win against California.

The first question was whether the Beavers would bounce back after last week’s 52-7 blowout loss to Utah. Jumping out to a 14-0 first half lead against Cal, and another of the best defenses in the country, never mind the conference, was a definite yes.

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Luton Emerges At Oregon State Scrimmage

The question most of the 4-5,000 members of Beaver Nation who turned out for what turned out to be a sunny afternoon for their only look at Oregon State football during spring winter ball was who the starting quarterback will be. Based on who took the first reps, and the most reps with the starters against starters, it appears it will be JC transfer Jake Luton, even if head coach Gary Andersen and Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach Kevin McGiven don’t want to say so yet.

That same rotation suggests Marcus McMaryion, who started the latter part of last season, and was the most effective of the 3 who played, will be the backup, with Darrel Garretson third on the depth chart. Connor Blount is still the insurance policy, and Mason Moran is still a distant 5th.

Nothing that happened in the (nearly) Spring Scrimmage suggests otherwise.

All 3 posted relatively decent numbers, but the differences with Luton are differential. Despite being on the rebound from an illness that cost the 6’7″ Luton some 20 lbs. (has anyone around the Corvallis campus NOT had some malady this winter?), Luton has the ability to stretch the opposing defense.

That was on display early in the 2nd series (the first one went for a touchdown on the first play, more on that shortly) when Luton hit freshman Isiah Hodgins for a 37 yard completion, below.

Isaiah Hodgins

And it wasn’t a case of finding someone behind a backup defensive back who won’t be seen on the field in a contested contest; it was Dwayne Williams and Brandon Arnold, Oregon State’s best corner and safety. That set up a touchdown toss to Jordan Villamin.

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