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Instant Recap: Oregon State beats Idaho State 37-7

Beavers win their first game of the young season

NCAA Football: Oregon State at Minnesota Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon State (1-1) picked up their first win of the 2016 season beating Idaho State (1-2) 37-7 in Corvallis Saturday afternoon.

First Quarter

Oregon State won the coin flip and elected to receive the ball first. The Beavers picked up a big third down on the first drive thanks to a 44-yard catch and run by Paul Lucas. But, the drive stalled and Oregon State was forced to settle for a field goal, this would became somewhat of a problem in the first half but regardless Oregon State took the lead early 3-0.

On Idaho State’s first possession Failauga broke into the backfield and blind-sided Bengals QB, Tanner Gueller, and forced a fumble that was recovered by the Beavers. Darell Garretson then showed off some fancy footwork on the next possession that went for a big gain. And then on a designed QB run scored the first rushing touchdown of his Oregon State career, putting OSU up 10-0. Later, Oregon State had another drive stall in the red zone but Garrett Owens hit another field goal to give Oregon State a 13-0 lead. Also, Treston Decoud picked up his first career interception late in the first quarter, thanks to a pass that was tipped by Baker Pritchard.

Second Quarter

Idaho State’s offense was doing a nice job of picking up third down conversions and was generally moving the ball a lot better against Oregon State than they were against Colorado last week. But, credit the Beavers defense despite giving up chunks of yards they also generated a lot of big plays. Caleb Saulo nabbed an interception and Ryan Nall punched in a touchdown to put OSU up 20-0.

Later, Oregon State committed their only turnover on the day thanks to a Garretson pass that probably should have been caught by Xavier Hawkins but instead landed into the arms of an Idaho State defender. Oregon State’s defense answered with an interception of their own as Brandon Arnold snagged a great pick and gained a nick chunk of yards on the ensuing return. That set up another Owen field goal just before half to give Oregon State a 23-0 lead at the half.

Third Quarter

Oregon State must not have been fully prepared for the start of the second half because on the first play of the third quarter (after the touchback) Idaho State’s running back, Jakori Ford, avoided a host of potential tacklers and ran for a 75 yard touchdown. After the extra point, Idaho State found themselves down just two scores (23-7). In fact, on Idaho State’s second play of the third quarter they gained 25 yards. Meaning in just two plays they gained more yards then they had the whole game against Colorado’s defense (96 total yards). But thankfully, Oregon State’s defense woke up and got a stop and then Victor Bolden answered with a 92-yard run of his own.

Soon afterwards, Treston Decoud intercepted Tanner Gueller and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown. It was Decoud’s first career touchdown and his second interception of the game. Giving Oregon State the lead 37-7 which would go on to be the final score.

Fourth Quarter

The fourth quarter started off ominously as the Beavers failed to convert a fourth and one, giving Idaho State the football. But Idaho State wasn’t able to capitalize. With just under 9 minutes back-up QB Marcus Maryion was brought he but he never attempted a pass. Oregon State ran the clock out as much as they could and the game simmered to an end.

The Good

  • Oregon State picked up their first win in nearly a year
  • The defense forced 5 turnovers
  • The offense was able to generate a number of big plays

The Bad

  • Noah Togiai appeared to hurt his knee on the opening kickoff and did not return
  • Ryan Nall did not look 100% rushing for just 39 yards on 13 carries
  • The defense wasn’t able to shut down Idaho State, allowing 363 total yards

Stay tuned for more insights and analysis later tonight and tomorrow!