Oregon State (1-3) was thoroughly outplayed by Colorado (4-1) losing 47-6 in Boulder, Colorado Saturday afternoon.
The Beavers actually jumped off to a quick start against the Buffs forcing a three-and-out on Colorado’s first possession after three straight incompletions from Colorado QB, Steven Montez. After getting the ball back Oregon State drove down and took a 3-0 lead. Colorado has been known for getting off to quick starts this season. In fact, it was their first deficit to start a game this season. Beaver fans had to be feeling cautiously optimistic, but that changed in a hurry. Colorado decided enough was enough and turned to their running game. After moving the chains a few times Montez hit WR Shay Fields for a big touchdown. After an unsuccessful OSU possession. Montez again hit Fields for another long touchdown. And just for fun Montez went back to Fields for his third long touchdown of the first half. Shay Fields ended the day with 7 receptions for 169 yards and three touchdowns, but he had most of those catches and yards in the first half. Darell Garretson struggled to hit open receivers and Oregon State’s offense continued to sputter. Gary Andersen pulled Garretson late in the first half in favor of Blount, but that didn’t work as Conor Blount quickly threw a pick-six, but not before Colorado hit a 54 yard field goal. Needless to say, things were not going well for the Beavers. Colorado went into the breaking holding a 37-6 lead.
Things did not turn around in the second half. Conor Blount didn’t look much better than Garretson and actually threw another interception in the second half. But, in Blount’s defense it took a fantastic play from Tedric Thompson to tip it, corral it, and get his feet in bounds to pull of the interception. (Avoid the video below if you don’t want to be reminded).
With a 40-6 lead entering the fourth quarter, Colorado starting bringing in the second-team. Oregon State still struggled to move the ball against Colorado’s second unit and eventually the final whistle blew, sending the Beavers home dejected after a 47-6 defeat.
- There certainly wasn’t a lot of good to come out of this contest. Artavis Pierce looked good running the ball. He showed some good vision and explosiveness. He only received 8 carries but went for 61 yards (7.6 YPC). He also showed off some good blocking and receiving skills.
- Seth Collins at times seems to be the Beavers only reliable receiver. He had 5 catches for 56 yards. Which isn’t bad on a day where both QB’s threw for a combined 105 yards.
- A lot... Let’s start off with the quarterback play. Garretson and Blount combined to go 13-of-32 for 105 yards and 2 interceptions. That’s an average of 3.3 yards per attempt (not good). For comparisons sake, Colorado’s quarterbacks combined to go 21-of-30 for 316 yards and three touchdowns (10.5 yards per attempt).
- Oregon State couldn’t sustain drives, convert in the redzone, or stop Colorado’s explosive offense.
- Overall, it was a demoralizing game for Beaver fans who were hoping to see improvement in year two of Gary Andersen’s rebuild.