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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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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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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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Stanford Destroys Defenseless Oregon State

Oregon State actually produced some offense, at least for the first half. Jake Luton threw for over 200 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Jemar Jefferson, above, had another game of over 100 rushing yards, leading the Beavers to more than 400 yards of offense.

And they still got steamrolled by 31 points by an injury riddled Stanford team that was coming off having lost 4 of their last 5 games. Also one that called off the dogs early and played nearly everyone in the stadium that had a red shirt. Players who didn’t see action against FCS Cal-Davis saw extended minutes. It was the only reason Oregon State held Stanford under 600 yards, and was only beaten 48-17.

The offensive barrage by the Cardinal was so large, 558 yards by the end of the third quarter, the numbers surpassed anything Stanford had done offensively against Oregon State since John Elway was their quarterback, 36 years ago. And that includes several times when Oregon State fielded a completely non-competitive team against them, when it wasn’t as statistically lopsided as this one was.

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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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The Washington State Experience Too Much For Oregon State

Washington State started fast Saturday night, and finished strong too, one last Oregon State rally (of 5) not withstanding, and as a result, the Cougars upended the Beavers, and headed back to Pullman with a 56-37 win. In between, all manner of chaos occurred.

It was #Pac12LongAfterDark (where anything can happen) game, a Coug game (where any number of weird things usually do happen), and a renewal of one of the northwest rivalry games (where literally generations of history have a way of bubbling up) all rolled into one.

Its a shame its the most lightly attended Pac-12 confrontation, in part because the teams have the 2 smallest stadiums in the conference, but then neither team consistently distributes all of its tickets, much less uses them all, because regardless of whether the Cougs Cuog it, or the Beavers do, something always seems to happen that no one saw coming. This was the case Saturday night, as though Oregon State managed to distribute 34,429 tickets, there were never 30K people in the place at any point. Those that were there saw plenty they didn’t expect.

Unfortunately for the Beavers, some things everyone did see coming also happened. The Oregon State defense struggled to disrupt the Washington State offense, missed more tackles than anyone will take the film study time to fully count, and watched their secondary get carved up. To the tune of 430 yards passing by Gardner Minshew, who completed 30 of 40 passes, and threw for 5 touchdowns. And the beleaguered Beavers gave up 100 rushing yards, this to a Cougar team that doesn’t run.

After routinely giving up program record rushing nights to start the season, 100 yards doesn’t sound so bad. But Washington State did that (and 10 yards more) on just 17 carries, as the final totals include 4 sacks of Minshew and the kneel down that ended it.

That as many stayed after the first 2 1/2 minutes as did was probably because not all of them had even made it to their seats from the beer line by then, and missed the explosive start.

Washington State went 3 and in, covering 75 yards on 3 passes for the opening score in a minute and 16 seconds. Oregon State went 3 and punt, which Washington State blocked, and covered for the touchdown that made it 14-0 2:24 into the game.

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Arizona Dominates Outmaned Oregon State

Oregon State has returned from its 2 week venture into Big West and bottom of the Mt West territory, and the results in their Pac-12 opener were predictable. Arizona established the upper hand early, opening a 14-7 first half lead that belied how large their statistical advantage was. The Wildcats became dominant in the second half, and pulled away to a 35-14 win that was in line with an advantage in yardage of 594 to 238.

The ‘Cats served notice on the first drive of the game when JJ Taylor went 40 yards for the first of his two long touchdown runs that bookended his 284 yard afternoon to take a a 7-0 lead.

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Handing Out Some Candy Before The Run To Reno

The first couple of game recaps didn’t include handing out the candy awards, which have proven to still be a popular part of Oregon State football analysis. These were always Peter’s choices, at least while he had the time to do the dispensing, but we will try to resume the tradition. The long road trips and night games that have become commonplace on the Beavers’ schedule contribute to the problem, but also make candy-worthy performances all the more note-worthy for all the same reasons.

The Halloween Spice Drops Award of Awesomeness goes to running backs in both of the first two games.

Even in a lopsided loss, Artavis Pierce earned a big bag of spice drops for his 80 & 78 yard touchdown runs on the 1st & 3rd plays Oregon State ran in the 3rd quarter against Ohio State. They were spectacular sprints as we saw them, but you only realize how notable they were when you realize the Buckeyes haven’t allowed 2 touchdown runs that long in the same season in over 20 years. Most of that time, Ohio State has been pretty good.

That’s why it disappointed and concerned Oregon State fans and team members alike as much as it did when after a good start against the Thunderbirds (another 91 yards and a touchdown),  Pierce hyperextended his left elbow when he landed out of bounds just shy of scoring a touchdown in the second quarter of Saturday’s Southern Utah game. The injury will likely sideline Pierce until the Homecoming game against California, after the bye week, after mid-October.

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