Corvallis, OR – An exciting first half leads to a disappointing end. Washington state Cougars lead the scoreboard against the Oregon State Beavers, 56-37.
Washington state takes over by scoring two touchdowns within minutes of the first quarter making the score 14-0. Shortly after, Jermar Jefferson scores a 6-yard touchdown, putting the Beavers back on the board, 14-7. After this play happened, the momentum of the Beavers shifted, pushing them to keep a strong pace.
Jefferson broke a long touchdown run that was unfortunately called for a hold, resulting the Beavers having to punt the ball. The Cougars lost this opportunity and the Beavers ended up recovering the ball. Jefferson scores a touchdown shortly after, tying the game 14-14. The fans instantly became enthusiastic and rowdy as the first quarter was neck-and-neck.
While the Cougars responded quickly to these plays, the beavers were not letting down. Travon Bradford reversed the ball in the second quarter and raced down the sideline 56 yards setting up Jefferson to score his third touchdown of the game. With 34 seconds left of the first half, the cougars responded with a fourth touchdown, leading them 28-24.
The fourth quarter lead Connor Blount to throw a beautiful pass to Timmy Hernandez, running 46 yards. Shortly after, Jefferson scores his fourth touchdown and BJ Baylor ends the game as their final touchdown with 35 seconds left on the clock.
The Beavers started to fade throughout the second half. Blount left the game mid-fourth quarter disappointed after a shoulder injury. This injury put Jack Colletto on the field. Colletto instantly hands off to Artavis Pierce, who picks up 32 yard push but was incomplete after the refs called a holding penalty. This pushed the Beavers back, facing a third-and-54. The Cougars instantly take over, leading the scoreboard 49-30.
“Well, sounds pretty similar from the last few weeks. It’s tough to get over the hump. We continue to battle but it’s a reoccurring thing.” Smith says. “We didn’t have any huge runs that I can remember other than the end there, so there’s some steps. And I think there’s individual improvement.”
Oregon State has an upcoming bye-week but will take on California on their home turf, October 20th.