So this is what rock bottom feels like.
Oregon—not State—scored the most points ever by a team (69!) in the 121-year history of the Civil War.
Oregon—not State—witnessed their star running back, Royce Freeman, score a 59th and then a 60th career rushing touchdown, tying and then breaking Beaver legend Ken Simonton's career Pac-12 record for rushing touchdowns. Talk about insult to injury.
2017, you were cruel and heartless.
Ryan Nall, RB - 14 carries, 41 yards, zero touchdowns.
Nall finishes the season with 810 rushing yards, giving him 2,216 rushing yards as a Beaver. That's 17 yards short of Pete Pifer for #7 all-time at Oregon State. He's also only 458 yards short of Storm Woods for the #5 all-time slot. If Nall returns for his senior season he should easily reach that mark, but there are already rumblings that Nall might look to go the graduate transfer route and finish his career somewhere other than Corvallis.
Jordan Villamin, WR - zero receptions, zero yards, zero touchdowns.
What a disappointing way for Villamin to end his collegiate career. He needed only 16 yards to tie Victor Bolden for #9 all-time in Oregon State receiving yards, but getting blanked on the stat sheet nixed any hope for that.
Personally, Villamin was always one of those guys that I believed would break out sooner or later, but it looks like he ran out of time. He does have a great build to play the receiver position in the NFL, but I'm not sure how much interest that he will receive at the next level. I hope that some team gives him a look, and I'll be rooting for him to succeed in whatever he does moving forward.
2017 Record Tracker (career totals) - 12 games played, 0 to go
- Ryan Nall - 2,216 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.