Corvallis, OR – In their final home game of the season, Oregon State extended their losing streak to 9 games as they fell to Arizona State 40-24.
In a tale of two halves Oregon State struggled in the first, at one point trailing Arizona State in total yards 322-26.
Much like last week performance, interim head coach Corey Hall was able to make adjustments at the half resulting in a competitive second half box score of Arizona State 17, Oregon State 10.
Reflecting on the team’s’ difference between the two halves coach Hall simply said, “[We] need to be able to put together two halves”.
The Beavers however, looked like a completely new team in the fourth quarter as quarterback Darell Garretson and running back Trevorris Johnson both found the end zone amounting 14 points. The Beavers comeback and momentum was quickly crushed after Garretson fumbled the snap on Arizona State’s 10 yard line with only 2:29 left to play. Arizona State would go on to win 40-24.
Arizona State controlled the game early as their quarterback Manny Wilkins found Kyle Williams and Curtis Hodges for touchdowns on their first two possessions of the game.
The Sun Devils led 14-0 with less than 6 minutes of play. Following an Arizona State safety which extended the their lead to 16 points, the Sun Devils switched to a conservative run game.
The Beavers defense continued to struggle in the second quarter against the rush allowing Arizona State running back Demario Richard to rush for two touchdowns of his own.
With 1:53 left in the first half Oregon State finally showed signs of life with some trickery on an electrifying 36 yard reverse by wide receiver Trevon Bradford. Bradford’s rush would set the Beavers up with a 1st and goal look that was capped off by a 1-yard touchdown rush from running back Ryan Nall, giving the Beavers their first score of the day.
The two teams would trade field goals in the third quarter putting the Beavers down 33-10 as they entered the 4th quarter.
Oregon State will travel to Eugene next week to face in-State rival Oregon, in their final game this season.
A rivalry game in-which Oregon State running back Ryan Nall has historically had his best performances.
“We don’t care about our record anymore, all we care about is winning the State,” said Nall an Oregon Native