CORVALLIS, Oregon – BJ Baylor had 20 carries for 111 yards and two touchdowns, Everett Hayes scored a 24-yard field goal after time ran out, and Oregon State beat Washington 27:24 on Saturday night.
It’s still relatively early in the season, but Oregon State’s win combined with Stanford’s annoyance with No. 3 Oregon in overtime puts the Beavers (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) in first place in the Pac -12 North.
Who saw this come from a team that hasn’t been to a bowl game since 2013?
Oregon State has lost nine games to Washington (2-3, 1-1 Pac-12) and is 2-0 in conference play for the first time since 2013.
“We won’t be happy with where we are now,” said Alton Julian, Oregon state security officer. “I knew that was going to happen. We just have to keep going. “
Oregon State garnered its fourth straight win after losing the lead in the fourth quarter.
A strip sack of Oregon State quarterback Chance Nolan of Faatui Tuitele at OSU 19 and defensive lineman Sam Taimani’s recovery and 13-yard fumble return set up Sean McGrew’s 6-yard touchdown run, which Washington did at 24 -17 with 10. the lead provided: 02 left.
The beavers came back.
A 19 yard run on a reverse to wide receiver Anthony Gould followed by Gould’s 22 yard reception set up BJ Baylor’s 27 yard run to tie the game at 24:24 with 6:35 remaining.
Washington quarterback Dylan Morris was stopped in a fourth and first direct snap run near midfield at the 3:18 mark just inches from a first down. The spot was confirmed on an official review.
“Unfortunately they tagged us just before the spot,” said Washington coach Jimmy Lake. “But that’s what we strive for every time.”
Oregon State returned to its strong running game to set up Hayes’ game-winning field goal.
“College football is a long game and it will go back and forth and this game obviously evolved that way,” said Jonathan Smith, Oregon state coach. “I couldn’t be more proud of the way we kept fighting.”
McGrew’s 39-yard touchdown run in the middle connected the game at 17:17 with 10:19 remaining. Morris’s 18 yard pass to Kamari Pleasant on the third and 18 yards into Huskies territory kept the drive alive.
Washington had a total of 318 yards to 290 yards for the Beavers and limited Oregon State quarterback Chance Nolan to only 48 yards. The Huskies were close to their third win in a row but couldn’t finish.
“It’s obviously frustrating seeing the spurts of size,” said McGrew, who ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns. “If we just keep doing what we know, nobody can stop us.”
Oregon State gained momentum early in the second quarter.
Cornerback Rejzahn Wright brought back Cameron Davis’ fumble with the Huskies ’12. The turnover resulted in Jack Colletto’s 3-yard touchdown run and a tie at 7-7.
The Beavers took their first lead 14-7 in Baylor’s 5-yard touchdown on the right end of the middle of the second quarter.
Washington’s Peyton Henry scored a 20-yard field goal in the final game of the first half and the Beavers led at 14:10 at break.
Hayes made a 29-yard field goal to increase Oregon State’s lead to 17-10 at 5:28 of the third quarter.
Washington took the opening prelude, marching 75 yards for the result, culminating in a 44-yard pass to a wide-open Terrell Bynum that wasn’t touched on its way into the end zone.
Washington: Redshirt freshman quarterback Dylan Morris, who led the Pac-12 in the drive past, continues to show promise. He completed 17 of 26 for 142 yards with a touchdown and interception and was 4-for-4 for 70 yards and a score on the game’s opening drive.
The Huskies have only allowed two touchdowns this season.
Oregon State: Chance Nolan, who came in fourth in terms of pass efficiency, struggled to find fast lanes against the Huskies. He only completed 7 of 15 for 48 yards and an interception and lost a fumble on a sack.
But the OSU’s running game, which amassed 322 yards against USC, accounted for 242 yards and all three Beaver touchdowns and was a major factor in the win.
Oregon state backup linebacker Jack Colletto has become an offensive weapon. Colletto, a former Beavers quarterback, is often asked to snap head-to-head shots in close-range situations. He scored his fourth dazzling touchdown of the season against Washington.
In the Beavers’ previous game at USC, Colletto became the first FBS player since 2004 to have two blustery touchdowns and an interception in the same game when the Beavers won 45:27, their first win at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since 1960.
Washington: The huskies are saying goodbye next week and will host UCLA on October 16th.
Oregon State: The Beavers will be in Washington State next Saturday.