The Beavers fell 19-14 to the Utes on Saturday afternoon. It was a sloppy low-scoring game as the weather played a big impact even, though the conditions started to improve in the second half. Both teams still combined to throw for less than 150 yards. And most of those yards came in the last few minutes. Check out the quarter-by-quarter recap below.
Oregon State won the toss and elected to receive the ball despite the rough conditions. Oregon State wasn't able to do much offensively though. Utah simply looked more dominant at the line of scrimmage. The Utes went on a 10 play 73-yard drive, capped off by a 5 yard touchdown by running back Joe Williams (back from retirement). Ryan Nall took his first carry for 32 yards but did not return to the game after that. He really needs to get 100% healthy. The first quarter ended with a bad snap sailing over punter, Nick Porebski's head resulting in a safety. Beavers found themselves down 9-0.
The Utes went on another long drive (12 plays 55 yards), but settled for a field goal to increase their lead 12-0. The weather was obviously a huge factor as both offenses struggled. The highlight of the first half was Devin Chappell's monster hit and because it was a backwards pass Oregon State recovered it.
Oregon State couldn't get points from their next drive, so they still found themselves down 12-0.
Things changed for the better in the third for Oregon State. The defense forced a three-and-out, then Artavis Pierce capped off a run-heavy drive with an 18-yard touchdown run. Helping get Oregon State back in the game down just 12 to 7. The defense was fired up and held Utah to just 4 total yards in the third quarter. The offense couldn't captalize though, Garret Owens missed a 51-yard field goal and at one point Darell Garretson was 1-for-16 passing the ball, with one interception and just one passing yard.
Paul Lucas started to get involved in the run game (which was a good thing). Then Garretson completed TWO passes in a row, both to Victor Bolden. It looked like Oregon State’s offense was starting to click, but then Garretson began limping and had to be removed from the game. He came back out with crutches. It’s a left ankle injury, no word on the severity yet. The drive ultimately stalled and Owens shanked an easy 27-yard field goal. After another forced punt by the Beaver defense. Oregon State got the ball back but Conor Blount was sacked and fumbled the ball near the Beavers endzone. This led to a touchdown scamper by Utah’s quarterback Troy Williams, putting Utah up 19-7. Not only did Blount fumble but he was also hurt on the play. Forcing Marcus McMaryion into action and he responded! He led a nice Oregon State drive and threw a great 14 yard strike to Hunter Jarmon for a touchdown, pulling Oregon State back to a one score deficit (19-14). A failed onside kick gave Utah the ball back and the defense stepped up one last time stuffing Utah on a 4th-and-short run. With just over 30 seconds left McMaryion ran out of magic and the clock hit zero as Bolden was forced out of bounds before he could lateral the ball.
- Oregon State’s defensive played a great second half. After getting pushed around early they rebounded and played with much more fire in the second.
- The Beavers ran for 197 yards on 35 carries. Not bad against Utah’s tough defense.
- Third-string quarterback Marcus McMaryion was the games leading passer with 76 yards and a touchdown on just 9 attempts.
- Oregon State was in the game the whole time. And were a lot more competitive against Utah then they were against Colorado or Boise State.
- Retired/unretired Utah running back, Joe Williams, ran for 179 yards and a touchdown after leaving the team for nearly a month.
- Darell Garretson finished the day with four completions for 24 yards on 20 attempts and was injured.
- Ryan Nall only took one carry before being taken out. I think he needs to be held out until he’s 100%.
- The Beavers had lots of chances to take the lead, but missed field goals, penalties, and miscues haunted them.
It was a tough loss, but it's a game Oregon State should be able to learn from and build off. They could be in trouble if Ryan Nall and Darell Garretson are out for long periods of time though.