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Oregon Sees Opportunities And Seizes Civil War Win From Oregon State

Oregon saw a number of opportunities in Saturday’s 123rd Civil War game against Oregon State, and the Ducks capitalized on all of them, seizing a 24-10 win over the Beavers as a result.

Key injuries to both the Oregon State offense and defense, assignment problems on defense, questionable play calling on offense, and special teams breakdowns all contributed to the problem, and the opportunities, which Oregon converted into both a 2 touchdown halftime lead, and the 2 touchdown win.

The Beavers got bad news when senior starting quarterback Jake Luton determined in pre-game warmups that an injury to his throwing arm fore-arm initially sustained in last week’s game against Washington State had not responded to treatment enough for him to grip or throw the football effectively.

As a result, red-shirt sophomore Tristan Gebbia, with 10 minutes notice, made his first start since high school in the Civil War, in front of an Autzen Stadium capacity crowd of 56,243, the biggest crowd of the year to watch the Beavers.

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Washington State, And Oregon State, Gets The Best Of Oregon State

Washington State got the best of Oregon State Saturday night in Pullman, needing every second of the game to pull out the 54-53 win that sends the Cougars to a bowl game. In more ways than one.

But as much as anything, and anything also includes amended officiating, Oregon State got the best of itself, outguessing itself, and playing such atrocious defense all night long that 5 takeaways couldn’t slow Washington State down enough to avoid a literally last second defeat, when Cougar running back Max Borghi scored from 2 yards out with 1 second left to complete a 2 touchdown comeback in the last 4 minutes of the game.

As a result, it is the Beavers, not the Cougars, who will have to go on the road next week to win a rivalry game against an favored angry opponent to end what will otherwise become a 6 year bowl drought.

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Beavers Win A November Game To Remember

Oregon State won a November game to remember Saturday night. Also one that mattered to all concerned. That hasn’t happened in almost exactly 5 years, coming 1 night after the freezer bowl win over the same Arizona State team that left Reser Stadium after a series of unexpected game events then as well.

When Jake Luton knelled down to end the game, the Beavers led the Darkness Devils 35-34. Shortly thereafter, an assortment of students and family members spilled onto the field, and the band played on.

It came after over 3 hours of offensive fireworks and fizzles, both of which have been repeated story lines for both Oregon State and Arizona State all season. It came after some brilliant defense by both teams, but also numerous breakdowns. Also a recurring theme in both Corvallis and Tempe. It came after some questionable officiating. A standard across the conference for years.

It also came after some bold and aggressive decisions by both head coaches late in the game, one of which worked, albeit aided by both a defensive mistake and the last of a long line of officiating surprises. It was another success story by a second year coach who has been right more often than not when rolling the dice.

And one which didn’t work, something of a surprise from an experienced coach who has had a considerable amount of success late in games in his current 2 year stint by making good calls, not one that was highly likely to lead to losing, when an alternative that likely would have led to overtime, and more, maybe much more, 50-50 football, was available.

“But its football.”

So said senior Oregon State safety Jalen Moore in analysis of both Arizona State Coach Herm Edwards’ decision to go for 2 points, and the lead, after the Devils had pulled within 1 point on Brandon Aiyuk’s 2nd touchdown catch of the game with 1:40 to go, and Oregon State Coach Jonathan Smith’s decision to pull punter Daniel Rodriguez off the field, and have Luton try to pick up a win sealing first down with a 4th down pass.

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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 Wins Shootout In Arizona

Oregon State started both halves fast, but used bigger finishes to both halves to outdistance Arizona in a shootout in Tucson Saturday. The Beavers scored on their first possessions of the game and after halftime, but it was a 28 point 2nd quarter and 2 more scores in the last 8 minutes of the game that produced the Wildcat Homecoming spoiling 56-38 win.

The Beavers rolled up 572 total yards, including 385 in the first half, using a balanced attack that saw both Artavis Pierce and Jemar Jefferson run for over 100 yards, and Jake Luton complete 20 of 26 passes, for 328 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The 1-2 punch of Pierce (114 yards on 15 carries), above, and Jefferson (105 yards on 22 rushes), who was seeing his first significant action since the Hawaii game, also accounted for 4 of Oregon State’s 5 rushing touchdowns, 3 by Jefferson.

Isaiah Hodgins had another monster game, with 7 catches for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns, and overcame a knee injury that knocked him out of action briefly late in the 2nd quarter, but Noah Togiai also had 5 catches for 69 yards and a score as well. Luton found 6 other Beavers as well.

The offensive barrage came despite the naming this week of Arizona Hall-Of-Famer Chuck Cecil as the ‘Cats’ new Defensive Coordinator.

Oregon State needed nearly all of it though, as the Beaver defense, though continuing their trend of being better at times, still gave up 526 yards, 378 in the air to a combined effort of Kalil Tate and Grant Gunnell, who combined to complete 26 passes.

The ‘Cats also got 78 yards and 2 touchdowns rushing from JJ Taylor, and another 54 yards and a score from Gary Brightwell, most of that on a late 3rd quarter Arizona drive that pulled the ‘Cats within 42-31. Taylor also had 7 catches for 89 yards.

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Oregon State Takes Easy Win From Cal Poly

It wasn’t quite like taking candy from a baby, but it wasn’t far from it Saturday, when Oregon State easily took a 45-7 non-conference win over over-matched Cal Poly. The Mustangs from the FBS Big Sky Conference made a contest of it for a few minutes, but then the game looked so much like so many of the Beavers games in recent times, where one team at a wholly different talent level did mostly what they wanted against a game but out-manned opponent. But instead of being on the deficient end of the deal, Oregon State was the team that was clearly superior.

It didn’t even matter that the Beavers were without starting running back Jemar Jefferson, whose’ foot was in a boot much of the week, a fact the Oregon State kept under wraps until game day. Or that WR Tyjon Lindsey, who started the first 2 games of the season in place of still missing Trevon Bradford, was also not available.

Nor did it matter that starting left guard Gus Lavaka and rotation DB Kaleb Hayes had to watch the decisive first half from the locker room, serving suspensions after separate fist-flying incidents in Hawaii in last weeks’ game.

The absence of both inside linebackers Addison Gumbs and Matthew Tago, both injured in last lweek’s loss, with Gumbs lost for the season, were contributors to a bit of a problem the Beavers had with the Mustang’s triple option rushing game. But not to the point of it being anything other Oregon State players were able to eventually handle.

That’s not to say these issues won’t be a much bigger concern when the Beavers begin Pac-12 play in 2 weeks, after next week’s well timed bye, against Stanford. But against a Big Sky opponent that isn’t one of that conference’s best, the differences in size, speed, and depth across the roster were just too overwhelming.

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Oregon State Makes A Bad Facebook Video In Hawaii

The fact that Oregon State, as a Power 5 program, was reduced to being Facebook video fodder for coverage of their game at Hawaii was a harbinger of things to come Saturday night.

But even that didn’t begin to tell the tale of a game in which the Beavers, after scoring first, and putting up 28 points in the first half, and had twice taken 2 touchdown leads in the 2nd quarter, went scoreless in the second half, and ultimately self-destructed.

An inexplicable decision to try a fake punt deep in their own territory with just over 4 minutes left to go in a tied game resulted in setting the table for Hawaii’s game winning field goal. An inexcusable personal foul to follow sealed the deal, putting the Rainbow Warriors in close enough range that kicker Ryan Meskell, who had already missed 3 field goals, couldn’t hardly miss the 24 yarder that produced the 31-28 win.

That didn’t end the game though, and Oregon State drove into position for a game tieing 52 yard field goal attempt. Which Jordan Choukair hooked wide left, evoking memories of the last time he was put in position to make an important kick against a Mt. West opponent with the game on the line.

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Beavers Can’t Cowboy Up

Oregon State continued to show some offensive improvement, and that unit competed for a significant part of the game in Friday night’s season opener against Oklahoma State. But when it mattered, and all night defensively, the Beavers couldn’t Cowboy up, and the Cowboys rode out of Reser with a 52-36 win that kept them unbeaten in season openers against the Pac-12.

Oregon State opened the game with an impressive scoring drive, going up 7-0 less than 2 minutes into the game. After Oklahoma State answered, the Beavers took a 10-7 lead after the first quarter, and also had an impressive drive right before halftime that produced points (though not as many as it should have), and demonstrated the only way they were going to stop the Cowboys, leaving them with just 3 seconds to work with before the break.

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Damaged Ducks Still Destroy Defenseless Beaver Defense

Oregon came into the Civil War wanting to run the ball, and wanting to shut down the Oregon State rushing game. Just like everyone has all season. Yet the Beavers weren’t able to do anything about it, and as a result, the Ducks became the latest in a long list of teams to have multiple backs have career days against them, as they rolled to a 55-15 win, which wasn’t as close as the score indicated, due to an Oregon State score with 16 seconds left. It was Oregon’s 10th win in the last 11 Civil Wars.

As usual, the Oregon State defense did not come out prepared to play, and Oregon built a 21-0 lead, on 3 touchdowns by C.J. Verdell, below.

This despite playing the first quarter without star WR Dillon Mitchell, who was benched by Oregon coach Mario Cristobal for being late to a meeting. Mitchell, arguably the most dangerous receiver in the conference, would finish with just 1 catch for 9 yards. Due in part to Oregon almost totally eschewing the air game after the break. More on that to come.

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Huskies Fast Start Leaves Beavers Behind

Washington got off to a fast start on Senior Day, and did what numerous teams have done this season; dump Oregon State into such a deep hole it was impossible to climb out. Despite out-scoring the Huskies over the final 3 quarters of the game, the Beavers fell 42-23.

The Huskies stormed 79 yards in 4 plays to start the game, the key play being a 64 yard run up the north sideline that set up Salvon Ahmed for an easy 4 yard run to start the scoring just over 2 minutes into the game.

Gaskin’s cut and run wasn’t the proverbial ankle breaker, but it was an ankle sprainer for Hamilcar Rashed Jr., who limped off, and despite a heavy tape job, spent the rest of the game pacing the Beavers’ sideline.

Oregon State responded with a solid drive, keyed by back to back runs for 23 and 14 yards by Jemar Jefferson, below.

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