CORVALLIS OR – Oregon State Beavers attempt a home win against the Oregon Ducks but end up losing their 122nd Civil War, 55-15.
It was a tough loss for the Beavers this Friday. Coach Smith came in confident hoping for a win on their home field against their biggest rivalry, but instead, underestimated the rushing power that the Oregon Ducks presented. What started out civil, ended up being a disappointing stat for the Beavers, especially during the second-half. The Beavers took a beating, giving up 251 rushing yards during the second half alone.
Isaiah Hodgins finished with eight catches for 133 yards, while Timmy Hernandez had six grabs for 87 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman, Jermar Jefferson had 21 carries for 64 yards. The Beavers were able to get inside Oregon 35 four times during the first half but put up only 3 points on the scoreboard, which was a 45-yard field goal by Justin Choukair.
The Beavers came midway through the second quarter, when on second-and-goal from the Oregon 3, Jack Colletto’s attempted jump pass to tight end Teagan Quitoriano was intercepted at the goal line by Ducks safety, Nick Pickett. “That’s part of coaching. That’s part of play calling,” Smith said. “You’re going to take some risks here and it could backfire. That one definitely did.”
It was after the missed field goal were things started to take a downhill turn. Hernandez was able to score both touchdowns in the second half but the Ducks were ruthless after they put up 34 points after halftime. Even though the Beavers offense picked up a bit in the second half, the team as a whole started to dwindle and look worn-down in the fourth quarter.
“I’d say throughout the season we played with full effort for four quarters. Something that maybe we lacked a little last year,” Hernandez said.
While the Ducks await for what bowl game they will attend, the Beavers will start their off-season.
“That is not the standard,” Smith said. “We’re going to continue to work and look forward to building on this thing.”