Beavers Run Away from Hawaii Late at Reser Stadium, 45-27

After taking over for the struggling Sam Noyer in the Beavers’ opening at Purdue, quarterback Chance Nolan would get the start in Oregon State’s home opener for a late kickoff against Hawaii.

Nolan began the game red hot, completing his first twelve pass attempts as the Beavers jumped out to an early 21-0 lead.

Junior running back B.J. Baylor was strong in the opening half as well, bursting through a wide open hole for the Beavers second score of the game. Baylor finished the first half with 91 yards on 8 carriers (11.4 ypc) and a TD.

Wide receiver Anthony Gould was the surprise performer of the opening half, catching 6 passes for 106 yards.

Oregon State’s defense got things going in a hurry when linebacker Riley Sharp intercepted Hawaii on their first play of the second half. The turnover set up B.J. Baylor for another touchdown run, this time from 30 yards out.

At that point, Oregon State had taken a commanding 31-7 lead and things would get even better. Hawaii quarterback Chevan Cordeiro’s pass was intercepted again by the Beavers. Defensive back Alex Austin pulled down the tipped ball to steal another possession for Oregon State with 12:32 to play in the 3rd quarter.

Oregon State would fail to capitalize off of their second takeaway of the game, giving the ball back to Hawaii deep in their own territory. The Warriors got things going at this point, marching down the field on a 9-play, 90-yard drive capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Calvin Turner Jr.

B.J. fumbled on the Beavers’ 36 yard line on the ensuing possession, which led to another Hawaii touchdown. This time through the air from Cordeiro to Nick Mardner. All of the sudden Hawaii found themselves in the game with the score 31-20 Beavers.

Early in the 4th quarter, Chance Nolan completed an 8-play, 77-yard drive with a touchdown pass to Anthony Gould.

Hawaii would not go away down 38-20 in the final quarter. The Warriors hit right back with a 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive in which they were able to convert on three 3rd downs against the Beavers defense. Oregon State’s inability to stop Hawaii on 3rd down was a big reason why the Warriors were able to stick around so long.

With the score at 38-27, Oregon State went back to work needing a long drive to take the air out of Hawaii’s sails. Fortunately, they got just that. Nolan and Baylor led the way as the Beavers marched on a very long 15-play, 90-yard drive that ate up well over 7 minutes of game time.

B.J. Baylor capped off the drive with a 1-yard scamper and the clock showing 3:12 left to play. Oregon State iced the game with that touchdown run to bring us to our final score of 45-27 Beavers.

Oregon State rushed for 258 yards as a team, while Baylor had 171 yards of his own and 3 total touchdowns. The Beavers even their record at 1-1 on the season.

Next up for Oregon State, they will take on Idaho at home on Saturday, September 18th.


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