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Beavers Lose in a Heartbreaker

WSU wins a shootout, 54-53

Oregon State v Washington State Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images

WHAT A DEVASTATING LOSS! My blood was pumping, unnecessary adrenaline was coursing through my veins as bowl-eligibility was in the Beavers grasp. Oregon State up 53-42 with four minutes remaining in the game and all was right with the world. Instead WSU had other plans and the Beavers were sent home with regrets. Here’s how it happened...


Washington State won the toss and elected to receive. Their vaunted offense was driving with relative ease until John McCartan snagged a gorgeous interception in the redzone. The Beavers then marched 99-yards in five plays to take a 7-0 lead. Washington State continued to do damage offensively, but to the Beavers also forced a few turnovers. Late in the 2nd quarter with the score tied at 21-21, Everett Hayes nailed a 47-yard field goal (much to the delight of Beaver fans everywhere). 24-21 - Oregon State.


The second half started slow for the Beavs and after WSU’s 2nd unanswered touchdown to take a 35-24 lead things looked bleak. Oregon State didn’t score in the 3rd quarter and that is not a thing you want to do against The Cougars and their explosive offense; But then the 4th quarter happened. The Beavers scored not one, not two... But four touchdowns in the final quarter (29 points). With under 2 minutes in the game WSU scored a touchdown and could not recover an onside kick. The Cougars used their remaining timeouts and had the Beavers in a 4th-and-four situation. Jonathan Smith decided to go for it, because hey it worked last week against ASU right? This time the pass was incomplete and WSU took over. The Cougars drove down the field with limited time remaining needing a touchdown to win. A pass interference play in the endzone placed the ball at the 2-yard line with just 4-seconds remaining. The pass-happy Cougars gave it to the same man who guaranteed a win; Max Borghi who ran it in for the game winning touchdown. Ball game over, 54-53 WSU.

What an absolutely insane game. It’s obviously a huge bummer Oregon State didn’t come out on top, but wow was it entertaining. Many will question Jonathan Smith’s decision to go for it on fourth-down at the end of the game. And hey maybe it turns out differently if they punt, we’ll never know. Personally, I didn’t mind the aggressive decision. Both teams put up over 600 yards of offense tonight. Jake Luton threw 5 touchdowns passes, Jermar Jefferson was awesome. But now the Beavers will need to win the Civil War to earn bowl-eligibility.