It was a tough evening in Salt Lake Metropolis for the Oregon State Beavers.
The Beavers have been with out beginning quarterback Tristan Gebbia, who suffered a hamstring harm in final week’s sport in opposition to the Geese, and he wasn’t the one large identify to overlook motion.
Simply hours earlier than the sport the college introduced that star working again Jermar Jefferson was unavailable attributable to COVID-19 testing and make contact with tracing protocols.
The sky gave the impression to be falling, however the Beavers have been nonetheless assured following their large upset over Oregon.
They trotted out redshirt sophomore quarterback Probability Nolan for his first begin with the Beavers and would depend on veteran working again BJ Baylor to shoulder the load for his younger signal-caller.
Nonetheless, issues went from dangerous to worse for OSU when Baylor left the sport with a shoulder harm after simply three carries. He wouldn’t return.
With 14:36 left within the sport, Utah returned an Oregon State punt to take the 30-10 lead and it appeared they have been able to ship the Beavers residence, however OSU would not go down simple.
I did not assume at any level we have been ever out of the sport. 20 factors is not an enormous factor to return again from.
“We all know each sport will come all the way down to the fourth quarter,” stated linebacker Avery Roberts. “Does not matter what the rating is early. We all know on the finish it is gonna come all the way down to the fourth quarter. So, whether or not you are up or down, you simply gotta hold enjoying.”
And the Beavers did. Although it appeared unlikely, Oregon State mounted a comeback. A number of yards right here, a couple of yards there, and the Beavers have been placing collectively a drive.
With 5:07 left within the sport, Nolan discovered Kolby Taylor with an unimaginable dart to make a 30-24 Utah lead. Utah had the lead, however OSU had them on the ropes.
Stated Nolan, “I am unable to communicate sufficient concerning the relentlessness of our staff. The sport isn’t over. It is a lengthy sport. We acquired 15 minute quarters and lots can occur in a minute. We by no means quit and also you gotta combat to the top. That is what our staff does week in and week out.”
The Beavers by no means give up. It has develop into the staff’s calling card beneath head coach Jonathan Smith, and it is precisely what they did on Saturday. Till the ultimate whistle, the staff confirmed combat.
However the combat fell brief as Utah held on for the victory.
Though the staff confirmed resolve, Coach Smith wasn’t proud of the shortage of execution. “We did not execute at a excessive sufficient stage to win the sport,” stated Smith. “That is what I informed the staff within the locker room. We’re gonna combat for 4 quarters. I respect the trouble and competitiveness of our outfit, however we gotta execute higher to win video games.”
The loss stings, however we actually want to provide Oregon State somewhat credit score. The protection stepped up large and appears utterly totally different than the protection we noticed open the season in opposition to Washington State. And regardless of dropping all their greatest offensive weapons, the Beavers nonetheless had an opportunity to attain the game-winning landing within the last seconds, all with a backup quarterback and third-string working again main the way in which.
The sport itself was ugly. The consequence was brutal. However the Beavers nonetheless confirmed that good issues are brewing in Corvallis. On the very least, you realize these Beavers won’t ever roll over. If they’re going down, they are going down swinging.