The Oregon State Beavers had a bit of a hole to climb out of in the second half vs. Boise State, trailing the Broncos by 24 points at the half, 31-7. If the first half was any indication, the Beavers were dead in the water.
The Broncos outgained the Beavers 435 to 67 in the first half, in one of the more lopsided affairs you may ever see. The Beavers could have easily rolled over and let Boise State rattle off another 500 yards, but they didn’t.
Andersen’s crew showed heart. They showed fight. Even in defeat, the Beavers showed they will not go down without a fight. They may have lost the game, but there should be plenty of positive takeaways from this game (along with plenty negative ones)
Sure the Beavers were in a 31-7 hole, but the OSU team that played in the second half would have beat the heck out of the OSU team that played in the first.
Behind freshman walk-on quaterback Connor Blount, who started the second half for the injured Darell Garretson, the Beavers started to chip way.
On the second drive of the half, Blount led the Beavers right down the field, found pay dirt, and Reser Stadium was breathing a little life. Then, in a surprise move that caught Boise State on its heel, the Beavers went for, and recovered an onside kick.
A few plays later Garrett Owens drilled home the long FG, and suddenly it was a two score game, 31-17.
The Beavers looked refreshed and inspired. The sideline was full of vigor, and the defense went from Swiss cheese to world beater. Let’s reiterate, Boise State amassed 435 yards in the first half. They only managed 10 yards in the third quarter. That is a good adjustment by Beavers.
The Beavers defense played easily its best half of football, and for the entire second half Oregon State looked like the better team. Too bad, they were already down by 24 when they decided to start playing.
For the Beavers, an ugly first half was nearly salvaged by a stellar second half, but the taste was still too sour to stomach. The Beavers start Pac-12 play next week, which means they have seven days to learn how to play a full 48 minutes.
Final Score: Beavers 24 – Broncos 38
Key Sequence: In the first half the Beavers forced two key Boise State fumbles that resulted in great field position for OSU; Once starting at midfield, and once starting at the Broncos’ 22-yard line. As nice as the fumbles were, Oregon State wasn’t able to score a single point off the two takeaways. In a game like this, points off turnovers can be the difference between a win and a loss, and they were today. Oregon State lost by 14 points, scoring on those two drives would have come in pretty handy.
Freshman quarterback Connor Blount went from unknown scout player to the talk of the town after this game was over. After starting quarterback Darrell Garretson was pulled from the game because as Andersen said post game, he “wasn’t 100%,” Blount found himself thrown into action. The walk-on wasted little time putting on a show, driving the Beavers down the field, and leading the OSU to a touchdown. He showed poise and a great playmaking ability, and if anything else he gave the few Beavers fans who actually stayed in Reser something to cheer about. In all, he finished 11 of 18 for 138 yards through the air. Not a bad showing for his first half of action.
The Beavers were torn apart by running back Jeremy McNichols. The Boise State junior rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns, and that was just in the first half. As good as McNichols was, he is not best running back the Beavers will face this season. Oregon State better fix some of their defensive issues, or some of these Pac-12 backs will run right through them.
Next Up: Oregon State travels to Boulder to take on the Colorado Buffaloes. Kickoff is set for 11:30 am on Saturday, October 1st.
Darell Garretson – 11-16, 53 yards and 0 touchdowns
Connor Blount - 11-18, 138 yards and 0 touchdowns
Ryan Nall –14 attempts, 67 yards and 2 touchdowns
Victor Bolden - 6 rec, 43 yards
Seth Collins – 9 rec, 106 yards
Brett Rypien – 19-36, 215 yards and 1 touchdown
Jeremy McNichols – 28 attempts, 208 yards and 3 touchdowns
Jeremy McNichols – 4 rec, 20 yards and 1 touchdown
Thomas Sperbeck – 6 rec, 104 yards
Chaz Andersen: 4 rec, 45 yards