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Utah Holds Off Oregon State

It was going to be hard for Oregon State to beat Utah on the road in any event, and the loss of quarterback Tristan Gebbia late in last week’s win over Oregon didn’t help. But the big blow came when Covid contact tracing forced running back Jermar Jefferson into quarantine Tuesday evening, and out of the game, though Oregon State didn’t disclose that development until after it came out Saturday morning, after Jefferson didn’t make the trip to Salt Lake City.

Things got worse early in the third quarter when backup running back BJ Baylor was forced out of the game with a shoulder injury. Shortly thereafter, wide receiver and kickoff returner Champ Flemings also left, also with a shoulder injury.

When Utah’s Britain Covey started off the 4th quarter with a 64 yard punt return for the touchdown that put the Utes ahead 30-10, it probably would have sent most of the crowd for the exits on a frigid night in Salt Lake City, with temperatures in the 20s, had there actually been a crowd.

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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

Big Recruiting Wins

Two weeks ago, I was worried as crap about Beaver recruiting. We were sitting with two recruits and none of them were “wow” names. That doesn’t mean that they are not going to be amazing or anything about what they will be like as Beavers. It is just the perception of an outsider who only has recruiting services and highlight films to go by.

While I still have my worries, they are position-specific. The past few days, many of those have been addressed  — with the verbals from Chandler, Arizona (Chandler High School) Sammie Stroughter-clone, Kolby Taylor, and the next Derrick Doggett in Sherwood, Oregon (Sherwood High School) David Morris. The Beavers also received a verbal from German exchange student, Fabian Kratz, an offensive tackle from Illinois. Throw in Quantino Allen from Florida two weeks ago and you have a huge upswing in speed, talent and recruits for this team.

The main point is that it shows the tenacity of our coaching staff, and that they are finding a way to sell a program that had very little to celebrate last year. In order to turn the program around, this staff needs to get the athletes to do it. To be able to recruit when things look down is a key component to building this team. Two months ago, I was feeling very hopeless about things. Today, I see a little bit of hope, not because the guys that they are signing are these 5-star media darlings, but because they are good players that will work hard and make the team better. All of which is what is needed to build a winner.