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Beavers Down Huskies 27-24, Everett Hayes’ Game-Winning FG Puts Oregon State on Top of Pac-12 North

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Oregon State took the field at Reser Stadium Saturday night on a high following their historic road win at USC, their first win against the Trojans at the Coliseum since 1960. Jonathan Smith and the Beavers would need to put the USC win in the rear view mirror quickly, as they played host to the Washington Huskies in their first home conference game of the year.

Washington received the ball to start the game, and their offense went straight to work. Huskies quarterback Dylan Morris hit Terrell Bynum on a 44-yard touchdown strike to give Washington the early 7-0 lead.

Oregon State moved the ball inside the Washington red zone for the first time as the first quarter came to a close, but were unable to get on the board after a missed 39-yard field goal by Everett Hayes. The Beavers were forced to try the field goal attempt after a 3rd & 8 play that looked like a completed pass for a first down by Nolan, but his foot was ruled out of bounds before the throw.

On the ensuing possession for Washington, Oregon State’s Jaydon Grant forced a fumble on Cameron Davis and the Beavers recovered the ball at the Washington 11 yard line. Three plays later, Jack Colletto punched it in from 3 yards out to tie it up 7-7.

Oregon State’s defense forced a three-and-out, and the offense went back to work on a short field. B.J. Baylor capped off a quick 7-play drive with an easy 5-yard touchdown run. 14-7 Beavers midway through the second quarter.

For the third straight series, the Beavers’ defense stepped up big. This time, Avery Roberts came up with an interception on Dylan Morris. Unfortunately for Oregon State, Chance Nolan would throw an interception of his own on the Beavers’ second play of their possession.

Just prior to the end of the first half, Washington finished a 12-play drive with a 20-yard field goal by Peyton Henry to bring the score to 14-10 Beavers at the break.

Oregon State extended their lead to 17-10 heading into the final quarter, as the defense continued their strong performance. The Beavers defense held Washington’s offense out of the end zone on eight straight possessions after the Huskies touchdown on their opening drive of the game.

Sean McGrew ended the drought with a 39-yard touchdown run to even things up at 17-17 with 10:19 left to play.

Disaster struck for the Beavers on their ensuing possession. On the first play of the series, Chance Nolan fumbled the ball while pressured and scrambling to his right. Washington took full advantage with a 6-yard touchdown run by Sean McGrew, his second of the game. All of the sudden, the Huskies took a 24-17 lead.

Oregon State’s offense would not panic, down 7 points with just over 10 minutes left to play. Chance Nolan connected with Anthony Gould on a couple big pass plays to move the Beavers down the field, deep into Washington territory.

On a 2nd & 2 from the Washington 27 yard line, B.J. Baylor finished the drive with authority on a clutch touchdown run to tie things up again at 24-24.

With the momentum back on the side of the Beavers, the defense was faced with the biggest play of the night. Washington found themselves with a 4th & 1 situation on their own 46 yard line with 3:18 left to play. Oregon State’s defense stood tall, as Dylan Morris was stopped short of the line to gain. The play would be reviewed and later confirmed, Oregon State football with a chance to take the lead and potentially win the game.

The Beavers went right back to the ground with B.J. Baylor and the Florida State transfer, Deshaun Fenwick. Baylor and Fenwick gashed the Washington defense with big chunk runs as the clock ticked away and the Beavers found themselves in position to kick a game-winning field goal.

On 4th & Goal at the Washington 6 yard line with 0:03 left on the clock, Everett Hayes kicked the game-winning 24-yard field goal through the uprights as time expired.

Oregon State snapped a 9-game losing streak to Washington with the win, and moved into first place alone at the top of the Pac-12 North.

FINAL: Oregon State 27, Washington 24

 

 

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