Well, that was an ugly one.
Arizona's Khalil Tate has taken the conference by storm, entering last night's game with more than 1,000 rushing yards on fewer than 100 carries. Against the Beavers it was business as usual for Tate as he ran the ball only 16 times but racked up 206 yards and a pair of touchdowns en route to a 49-28 victory for the Wildcats.
If we're honest though, Oregon State couldn't stop any Arizona runners. J.J. Taylor and Nick Wilson also had one hundred yard days, and the Beavers allowed a total of 534 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.
But we're not here to discuss records that Arizona is chasing down. We're here to look at how Ryan Nall—who now has the ninth-most rushing yards all-time at Oregon State—and Jordan Villamin are doing in their pursuit of Oregon State records in their respective statistical categories.
Ryan Nall, RB - 22 carries, 95 yards, no touchdowns.
While Nall did have a receiving touchdown, this marked the third consecutive game in which he failed to register a rushing touchdown. If he can manage three in the final two games of the season, he will end the year with the fifth-most rushing touchdowns in Oregon State history.
Nall's 95 rushing yards did push him past J.J. Young for #9 all-time in a Beavers uniform, and he now sits only 22 yards behind Bill Enyart for #8 and an even 100 yards behind Pete Pifer for #7.
Jordan Villamin, WR - One reception, 20 yards, no touchdowns.
It was another disappointing game from the senior receiver. For whatever reason, Villamin isn't targeted as much as his body size (he's basically the size of former Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson) would imply. With two games left in his collegiate career, Villamin needs a big couple games if he's going to crack into the top ten in the Beaver record books.
2017 Record Tracker (career totals) - 10 games played, 2 to go
- Ryan Nall - 2,133 rushing yards - #9 (#8 Bill Enyart - 2,155 rushing yards)
- Ryan Nall - 23 rushing touchdowns - tied at #7 with Sam Baker (#5 Bill Enyart & Storm Woods - 25 rushing touchdowns)
- Jordan Villamin - 124 receptions (#10 Reggie Bynum - 149 receptions)
- Jordan Villamin - 1,787 receiving yards (#10 Roddy Tompkins - 1,845 receiving yards)
- Jordan Villamin - 13 receiving touchdowns (#10 Sammy Stroughter - 14 receiving touchdowns)
Author's Note: Each week in 2017, I'm going to look at the players that are within reach of the all-time ranks in Beaver history, as well as any surprise efforts that might land among the single-game or single-season records. Stay tuned as 2017 progresses, and we'll track where Nall and Villamin—as well as any other Beaver athletes that emerge as record-setters—end up by season's end.