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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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USC Was Just Better Than Oregon State

USC came to Corvallis for the first time in 5 years, and Saturday night, they were just the better team, from the better program, than Oregon State. The result was a 38-21 Trojan win that was closer for much of the game than that.

The game was determined by 4 key sequences, all of which worked out in USC’s favor.

Two of them were memorable. They culminated in long touchdown runs by Aca’Cedric Ware, one for 57 yards on the first play of the second quarter, and another that covered 62 yards early in the fourth quarter, when it had been a 1 score game. Those, and the fact that USC kicker Michael Brown made a long field goal and Oregon State kicker Jordan Choukair missed one that was long enough, but wide, provided the difference in the score.

Both came immediately after Oregon State had lost focus, while USC coach Clay Helton had taken advantage of an extended break to make a shrewd play call. Helton, notably, took over play calling duties from Trojan Offensive Coordinator Tee Martin this week, along with terminating offensive line coach Neil Callaway.

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Arizona State Destroys Oregon State 52-24

Arizona State raced to a huge early lead, withstood a couple of Oregon State rallies, and pulled away to 52-24 win Saturday night, led by Eno Benjamin, who ran for 312 yards and 3 touchdowns, and caught 3 passes for 27 more yards, and another score.

Oregon State was uncompetitive until the middle of the second quarter in the 98 degree heat at kickoff in Tempe (which was still in the mid 90s at game’s end). Arizona State scored on their first 3 possessions, facing only token isolated resistance, and built a 17-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter, on Benjamin’s second score of the night, below. Meanwhile, Oregon State quarterback Conor Blount fumbled on 2 first quarter possessions, and was taking a pounding.

The Sun Devils extended the lead to 24-3 by midway in the second period, on a 47 yard Benjamin scoring run, before the Beavers finally got going.

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Arizona Runs Over Oregon State

Last November, Oregon State beat a beat up Arizona team 42-17 in Corvallis. Going into tonight’s rematch in Tucson, most folks were expecting a similar score, except with the teams reversed.

And that was about what happened, as the ‘Cats literally ran over the Beavers for a 49-28 win, though that did represent the smallest of victories for Oregon State under interim coach Cory Hall, as the line was 22 points, so the Beavers did cover.

That’s about it though, and it was effectively over by halftime. Arizona, led by Heisman hopeful Khalil Tate, set the tone for the evening early, which was one of the ‘Cats literally shredding the Beaver defense.

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Oregon State’s Second Scrimmage Sees Some Setbacks

Oregon State fans who had taken in last week’s scrimmage at Summit High School in Bend were using it as a benchmark, and hoping to see areas of progress in today’s second scrimmage, and the final one before the season opener in now less than 2 weeks in Fort Collins against Colorado State, came away underwhelmed, as the Beavers seemed to take a step back in several areas.

Operating without slot receiver Seth Collins, the offense was even more one dimensional than usual, and didn’t stretch a defense at any point in the abbreviated hour and quarter scrimmage. The good news (at least for the offense; not so much for the defense) is the running game was effective, with both Ryan Nall and Thomas Tyner running well, and an array of backups including Atravius Pierce, and freshmen Calvin Tyler & B.J. Baylor all had moments of flash.

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Oregon State Scrimmage Shows Us Something

Oregon State’s first scrimmage during preparations for the 2017 season, and the first look we have had at anything meaningful about the Beavers since the Spring End of Winter Game,  was surprisingly informative. With all but a handful of players available and in action, a notable contrast from a lot of scrimmages and open events in recent years, the assembled crowd of nearly 4,000 at Summit High School in Bend, got to see a number of series with starters and, especially on defense, a lot of people who will be rotation players.

The turnout, made much larger by the sound decision to push start time back to 7:30 in light of the week’s heat wave, allowed a number of Beaver onlookers to make the trip over from the valley who would not have been able to do so on a weekday. It made the autograph session almost unmanageable, but that’s a good problem to have, and a welcome one when a team is coming off 3 consecutive losing seasons.

And even after the majority of the fans left early, used to a format that meant once the 3rd & 4th stringers appeared, nothing more of relevance would happen, we still saw useful series, as Coach Gary Andersen continued to rotate 1s & 2s in until the end of the hour and a half exercise, and even ran some kickoffs where returns actually were not whistled down. More on that, and special teams in general, later.

The first thing most fans were looking for was a look at 6’7″ transfer Jake Luton, who was named the starter earlier in the week. Luton was ill during the winter practices and game, and still established himself as the clear leader in the starting quarterback competition, which went on longer than it should have. Friday night established that Luton, who has gained all of the 30 lbs. he lost to the illness that he fought through earlier in the year, was in fact the right choice, leading multiple scoring drives, including a 70 yard march on the opening drive of the scrimmage.

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