Corvallis, OR – After a tough previous year, The Oregon State Beavers are back on track with a 48 – 25 win over Southern Utah Thunderbirds for their first home game.
Smith led a winning team for his first home game at Oregon State University. The Beaver’s went hard in the first half with a lead of 41 – 7. With an impressive starting offense line-up, they had a strong duo including Jermar Jefferson as receiver and second string quarterback, Conor Blount. The Beavers started out strong in the first half racking up 454 yards and scoring 7 of their 8 possessions.
The fans were pleased with Jefferson’s performance as he took on 4 touchdowns and rushed 238 yards. The freshman gave much credit to his offensive line stating to the press, “They were opening up big holes for me so I could do good stuff in the open field,” said Jefferson.
While Jefferson did an outstanding job on the field, there were many assets to the team that rose to the occasion to ensure a win for the Beaver’s. Conor Blount completed 15 of 22 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown, Artavis Pierce had 11 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with a left arm injury, and in the second half, Jake Luton hands it off to B.J. Baylor for two plays, then throws complete to Andre Bodden for 25 yards resulting their end score to be 48.
The Beaver’s offense lost momentum as the second half started leaving it up to their defense to keep the game looking like a blow-out. Jefferson picked up the speed with a big run in the beginning of the fourth quarter and was immediately crushed with a fumble and another turnover by Beaver’s offense.
Coach Smith concluded with, “I really liked our start, obviously. We just have to come out for half time and play better than that. I’m overall pleased but we’re definitely not a finished product.”
The Beaver’s play on Nevada’s turf next week at 4 PM.