Oregon State held its first scrimmage of fall camp Friday night at Reser Stadium. The “Family Fun Night” showcased some of the exciting talent and newcomers on Oregon State’s roster.
Darrel Garretson threw for 95 yards on 10-of-16 passing. He also scampered for a 5 yard touchdown run. Garretson led the first team on a 70-yard scoring drive that included a 41-yard bomb to wide receiver Jordan Villamin. Garretson looked poised and confident in his role as leader of the offense, which is a great sign for the Beavers.
Overall the offense managed three scores on the night; the first being Garretson’s 5 yard run, then Paul Lucas pulled off a 10 yard touchdown run and finally true freshman Art Pierce punched in a 3 yard run for a score.
Fans were eager to see Seth Collins in his new position and he did not disappoint. He hauled in four catches for 76 yards, including an acrobatic 38-yard reception. Collins didn’t get any carries, but he was the top receiver on the night.
Playing without Sean Harlow and Victor Bolden Jr, the offense still racked up 301 yards of offense. But the defense held it’s own; Treston Decoud snagged an interception thrown by freshman Mason Moran.
Also, Oregon State’s run defense held the offense to just 98 yards of rushing for an average of just 3.92 yards per carry. The Beavers run defense struggled at times last year so it was good to see the defensive lineman and linebackers step up to clog the running lanes.
Of course, it’s never easy to draw any lasting conclusions from inter-squad scrimmages. Oregon State’s relatively inexperienced offensive line could of made the Beavers run defense look better than they were on Friday night.
Overall it was a exciting night and awesome to finally see the Beavers back on the field at Reser Stadium. Oregon State will return to practice on Saturday and will prepare for another open to the public scrimmage, which will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Reser Stadium.
Check out the full stats courtesy of Gina Mizell’s Twitter account:
Stats from Oregon State's Friday-night scrimmage. pic.twitter.com/bMb7jLF4vo— Gina Mizell (@ginamizell) August 13, 2016