Boulder, CU – Oregon State scored 25 unanswered answered points behind quarterback Jake Luton coming off the bench to spark the Beavers. They trailed Colorado 31-3 in the third quarter before forcing overtime.
The Buffaloes had its Homecoming spoiled by Oregon State losing in overtime 41-34 Saturday at Folsom Field.
Luton came in off the bench to give Beavers a big spark finishing with 310 yards passing, 28/39 completions with 3 touchdowns.
“I just hoped I’d provide a spark for the team,” Luton said. “The guys never got down,”
Both teams had a last attempt to end the game in regulation with a victory. The Beavers could have ended the game early if they made the last extra point. Then leaving 29 seconds on the clock, the Buffaloes set themselves up for 53-yard field goal that had no chance of going through the uprights as time expired.
“I guess you’d call this a gut-wrencher,” Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said.
Colorado (5-3, 2-3) started off the game fast building a 24-3 lead at the half keeping the student section up on their feet. Steven Montez had a steady game completing 24/39 passes for 319 yards with 2 touchdowns.
This now is Colorado third loss in a row after starting off the season 5-0 looking to have a winning season. Today’s performance was a classic case of taking your foot off gas.
“I think we might have (coasted) a little bit,” Buffs QB Steven Montez said.
Oregon State (2-6, 1-4) coach Jonathan Smith made a key decision when he swapped backup Jake Luton for starting quarterback Jack Costello. Everybody roots for the back up and Luton didn’t disappoint the fans or his teammates.
Now Colorado will use these game as a teachable moment as the travel to face the Arizona Wildcats who will have Khalil Tate back at quarterback.
Oregon State will return home riding this wave to face a wounded USC team in Corvallis.