Boulder, CU – The Buffaloes find a way to upset the Beavers by keeping the game close and allowing the defense to hold on tight in the thriller 37-34 victory some might call an upset.
Colorado won the game with a true freshman Cole Becker kicking a 43-yard field goal in double overtime, which came shortly after Oregon State’s Everett Hayes missed a 38-yarder.
“That’s the moment that all kickers dream about that, right there,” Becker said. “And I’m so proud of the way this team rallied.”
Colorado rested on great play by quarterback Brendon Lewis who threw three touchdowns and 170 yards which was enough Saturday under the lights.
The ground game was critical in helping keep Oregon State offense off the field. Jarek Broussard had 24 carries rushing for 151 yards, while his supporting cast allowed for the team to have 255 total yards rushing.
“Whew … what a game,” coach Karl Dorrell said. “I felt like our team grew up a little bit today. They rose to the circumstances and they didn’t panic. We’ll see where it takes us.”
Colorado Isaiah Lewis came up with a timely interception to halt the Beavers in the red-zone taking back the moment in second quarter up 10-7. Lewis finished the game with five tackles with his interception.
Oregon State two way star Jack Colletto was making his presence felt on the ground with 3 rushes 22 yards. The big run was wildcats like 14 yard touchdown run to get Beavers on the scoreboard.
Colorado improved to 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the Pac-12. Oregon State (5-4, 3-3), trying to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2013, suffered a huge blow in that quest with this loss.
The fourth quarter almost cost Colorado the victory when their 20-10 lead evaporated slowly.
Wide receiver Montana Lemonious-Craig claimed a late 16-yard touchdown catch. Lemonious-Craig finished the day with two catches for 22 yards but the scoring play was the catch that was needed.
For the defense for Colorado Quinn Perry led the team with 9 tackles to help slow down the Beavers scoring just enough.
“Our mindset was to go out there and score again,” Lewis said. “That’s what we did and came out with a win.”
The Buffalos will travel to the Rose Bowl next week to face the UCLA Bruins and look for another victory.
The Beavers will host Stanford Saturday and try to get the much need six victory to get in a bowl game.