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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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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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Beavers Coug It. Again.

Oregon State played their best half of football of the season Saturday afternoon, and probably their best first half of the Gary Andersen era, taking a 24-6 lead over Washington State, much to the delight of the Homecoming crowd that was on hand to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the 1941 team that won the 1942 Rose Bowl (in Durham, NC), for the Beavers’ only Rose Bowl Trophy.

1942 Rose Bowl Trophy

But just as happened 2 years ago, it was the Cougars who clawed out a 4th quarter comeback win at Reser, this time a 35-31 win.

The fast start was a product of the return to action of both RB Ryan Nall and WR Victor Bolden, as well as quarterback Marcus McMaryion playing his best 30 minutes of ball as well.

Ryan Nall

Nall busted off the 3rd longest run from scrimmage in Oregon State history, above, for an 89 yard touchdown on the 2nd play of the Beavers’ second series, and added a 19 yard touchdown catch and run from McMaryion later in the period for a 14-0 Beaver lead after 1 quarter.

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Final Thoughts On Couging It, Or Not

The last couple of years, it the Beavers who have Cuoged it, blowing a 4th quarter lead 2 years ago when the Cougars last visited Reser, and then getting run off the field in the first half of last season’s blowout loss in the Palouse.

And this year, Oregon State is catching Washington State at the worst possible time, after the start of the season, when Mike Leach’s Cougar teams are never prepared and start off struggling, but also after they have gotten on track, and before Luke Falk, or whomever else was the Cougar quarterback (it was Connor Halliday who got a broken leg and gave way just in time for then freshman Falk to lead WSU to the come from behind 39-32 win in his first start, the only win for the Cougs down the stretch in 2014), inevitably gets hurt.

Indeed, if Oregon State can hold Falk, above, to 400 yards passing, it will be their best job of controlling him yet.

Further, the Beavs are beat up defensively themselves, with CBs Dwayne Williams and LB Titus Failaugua out, and CB Jay Irvine now officially out for the year with his shoulder injury. Also of concern is CB Treston Decoud, arguably the Beavers’ best defensive player, being listed as questionable this week.

But Oregon State should get RB Artavis Pierce back, though Ryan Nall is questionable. QB Conor Blount is available to backup Marcus McMaryion, which means Mason Moran’s redshirt should stay intact for another week.

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