Oregon State beats Stanford in miraculous fashion


Ben Gulbranson got his first start with Chance Nolan out and the Beavs looked good on their first drive. The offense got down to the Stanford 20 and the drive stalled. Backup kicker Atticus Sappington missed a 40-yard field goal though leaving the Beavers empty handed. Stanford took possession and went on a dominate 12-play, 78-yard touchdown drive that was equal parts disturbing and demoralizing. On the ensuing kickoff the refs claimed Jack Colletto called fair catch while Silas Bolden caught and returned it meaning Oregon State would have to start the drive at their 1-yard line. Beaver fans everywhere were irate (or maybe it was just me) but Oregon State put together one of their most impressive drives of the season tying the game up with a Jack Colletto touchdown run. Momentum quickly shifted to Stanford though as they regained the lead with a field goal. The Beavs punted on three straight possessions to end the half (two 3-and-outs). And Stanford added a touchdown to take a commanding 17-7 lead into the break. SECOND HALF The defense forced a quick 3-and-out and then the offense got into field goal range. A missed Sappington 45-yarder was of no consequence thanks to a Stanford penalty and he nailed the 40-yarder to make it a one score game. Another great defensive stand made it seem like the Beavers were regaining momentum, but the offense went backwards thanks to three straight passing plays. Tanner McKee hit a couple of receivers for explosive pass plays and the Beavs soon found themselves down by two touchdowns, 24-10. Things looked bleak as the 4th quarter rolled around and Oregon State down fourteen. On 4th-and-8, the coaching staff decided to go for it and not settle for a field goal and Silas Bolden came up with a game-saving touchdown catch.