Oregon State was expected to win their home opener in convincing fashion, but not many predicted the total destruction that occurred in Reser Stadium on Saturday night. The Beavers were 23.5 point favorites. But the second quarter had barely started when Silas Bolden returned a punt for 65-yards to the end zone making it 28-0. Oregon State cruised to a convincing win on Saturday evening.
Here’s how it all went down:
UC Davis and Lan Larison put together an impressive opening drive, marching deep into OSU territory. This UC Davis team might be in a lower division than Oregon State, but they’re a top-15 team in FCS. The Beavers were missing key contributors like Anthony Gould and Calvin Hart Jr. and for a moment it seemed that this one might actually be somewhat close. Until Easton Mascarenas came up with a huge interception to shut down the Aggies best drive of the first half. Damien Martinez and the Beaver offense needed just one play to run in a 64 yard touchdown for the first score of the game. After those two plays it was just a good ole fashioned blowout. Oregon State took a 38-0 lead into the break.
Aidan Chiles took over at quarterback to start the third. He looked good tacking on two more touchdowns using both his arm and legs. Damien Martinez needed just 7 carries to top 100 yards. Silas Bolden was dangerous. Riley Sharp caught his first touchdown as a tight end. Oregon State truly dominated from start to finish. UC Davis put together a long drive late in the fourth quarter to finally get on the board making it 55-7.
- It was the most lopsided victory in the Jonathan Smith era and the Beavs were clearly not trying to run up the score.
- I got my wish from last week. Both DJ Uiagalelei and Damien Martinez were able to limit the hits and snaps they took.
- The defense continues to impress despite having so many new faces in at linebacker and in the secondary.
- A much cleaner game penalty-wise than week 1.
- Not a lot of cons through the first two games. Aidan Chiles has already played in 2 games and can only play in 2 more if he wants to preserve his redshirt year backing up DJ Uiagalelei.
- Washington State knocked off #19 ranked Wisconsin in Pullman on Saturday. I don’t want to look past SDSU, but it’s likely that the Beavs and Cougars will both be ranked in the top-20 setting up a big matchup on September 23rd in Eastern Washington. The de facto Pac-2 championship game will be a big one!