CORVALLIS, Ore. (WNN) — BJ Baylor had 20 carries for 111 yards and two touchdowns, Everett Hayes kicked a 24-yard field goal at the end of time 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 an upset at Stanford’s No. 3 Oregon to put the Beavers (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) in first place in Pac-12 North .
Who saw this coming from a team that hasn’t been in a bowl game since 2013?
Oregon State broke a nine-game losing streak to Washington (2-3, 1-1 Pac-12) and leads 2-0 in conference play for the first time since 2013.
“We’re not going to be happy with where we are now,” said Oregon State Safety Elton Julian. “I feared it would happen. We just have to keep going.”
After losing the lead in the fourth quarter, Oregon State scored its fourth consecutive win.
A strip-sack from Oregon State quarterback Chance Nolan by Faatui Tuitele at OSU 19 and fellow defensive lineman Sam Taimani’s recovery and 13-yard fumble return set up Sean McGrew’s 6-yard touchdown run, leaving Washington with 10 to 24 Got a lead of -17. :02 left.
Beaver came back.
A 19-yard run opposite wide receiver Anthony Gould, followed by a 22-yard reception from Gould, set up BJ Baylor’s 27-yard run to tie at 24-24 with 6:35 remaining.
Washington quarterback Dylan Morris was stopped inches short of the first bottom on the 3:18 mark near midfield on a fourth and -1 straight snap run. The spot was retained on review by an officer.
“Unfortunately on occasion, they cut us short,” Washington coach Jimmy Lake said. “But we’re going for her every time.”
Oregon State went back to its strong running game to set up Hayes’ game-winning field goal.
Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith said, “College football is a long game and it’s going to go back and forth and obviously that’s exactly how the game was played.” “I couldn’t be more proud of the way we continued to fight.”
McGrew’s 39-yard touchdown run up middle tied the game at 17-17 with 10:19 remaining. Morris’s 18-yard pass to Kamari Pleasant in third and 18 deep Husky field kept the drive alive.
The total for the Beavers in Washington ranged from 318 yards to 290, and restricted Oregon State quarterback Chance Nolan to only 48 yards. The Huskies were on the verge of their third straight win, but were unable to finish.
“It’s obviously disappointing because you look at the surge of greatness,” said McGrew, who ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns. “If we just keep doing what we know how to do, I don’t think that someone can stop us.”
Oregon State picked up pace at the start of the second quarter.
Cornerback Rezan Wright retrieves Cameron Davis’ fumble in Huskies 12. The turnover resulted in a 3-yard touchdown run from Jack Coletto and a tie game at 7-7.
The Beavers took their first lead at Baylor’s 5-yard touchdown in the middle of the second quarter around the right end at 14-7.
Washington’s Peyton Henry converted a 20-yard field goal in the final game of the first half and the Beavers led 14-10 at the break.
Hayes scored a 29-yard field goal at 5:28 of the third quarter to extend Oregon State’s lead to 17-10.
Washington took the early kickoff and ran for 75 yards to score, reaching a wide-open Terrell Bynum from a 44-yard pass that was not touched on the way to the end zone.
Washington: Redshirt freshman quarterback Dylan Morris, who went into the game leading the Pac-12 in the passing yard, continues to show promise. He completed 17 of 26 for 142 yards with touchdowns and interceptions, and was 4-for-4 for 70 yards and a score on the game’s opening drive.
The Huskies have only allowed two passing touchdowns this season.
Oregon State: Chance Nolan, who came fourth nationally in playing entering efficiency, struggled to find the passing lane against the Huskies. He completed just 7 of 15 for 48 yards and an interception, and lost a fumble on a sack.
But OSU’s running game, which covered 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 Coletto has become an offensive weapon. A former quarterback for the Beavers, Colletto is often called upon to take straight snaps in short-yardage situations. He scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season against Washington.
In the Beavers’ previous game at USC, Colette became the first FBS player since 2004 with two rushing touchdowns and an interception in the same game, which the Beavers won 45–27, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since 1960. His first victory.
Washington: The Huskies will be given a bye next week and will host UCLA on October 16.
Oregon State: The Beavers will be in Washington State next Saturday.
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