For the second straight week, Oregon State played a competitive second half. Problem is: the first half was a blowout. Arizona State scored the first 30 points of the game, and never really felt threatened as they cruised through the second half, content to watch the clock tick down to zeroes.
The Beavers now sit at 1-10 on the season with only a road trip to Autzen Stadium left on the schedule. It's been a depressing few months for Oregon State faithful, but you know how this works: the Civil War often determines whether the offseason will be filled with optimism or filled with dread.
It is a long shot, I know, but perhaps an upset win over Oregon would dull some of the pain that has been the 2017 season.
vs Arizona State:
Ryan Nall, RB - 12 carries, 42 yards, 1 touchdown.
Late in the second quarter, Nall found the end zone for the 24th time in his Oregon State career. That touchdown put him alone at #7 all-time in Beaver program history, and only one behind Bill Enyart and Storm Woods (who are in a two-way tie for #5).
His 42 yards on the day also moved him up in the record books, as he passed Bill Enyart for #8 all-time in Oregon State history and is only 58 yards behind Pete Pifer for #7 all-time.
Jordan Villamin, WR - 5 receptions, 60 yards, zero touchdowns.
The senior receiver played his final game in Reser Stadium and was just barely able to move into #10 all-time in Oregon State receiving yards. He now sits at 1,847 career receiving yards, just 16 yards short of Victor Bolden at #9.
Late in the game Villamin had a nice gain over the middle and a couple of near-touchdown grabs, but then left the game with about eight minutes to play after suffering an apparent leg injury.
Beaver Nation hopes to see Villamin play—and play well—in his final career game next week.
2017 Record Tracker (career totals) - 11 games played, 1 to go
- Ryan Nall - 2,175 rushing yards - #8 (#7 Pete Pifer - 2,233 rushing yards)
- Ryan Nall - 24 rushing touchdowns - #7 (#5 Bill Enyart & Storm Woods - 25 rushing touchdowns)
- Jordan Villamin - 129 receptions (#10 Reggie Bynum - 149 receptions)
- Jordan Villamin - 1,847 receiving yards - #10 (#9 Victor Bolden - 1,863 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.