Oregon State came in expecting a fight from Washington State, but the Beavs failed to show up in the first two and a half quarters.
Six of the first eight OSU drives ended in punts, including five three-and-outs.
Meanwhile, the Cougs weren’t exactly setting the world on fire in the first 30 minutes, but they did lead 14-7 at halftime.
Then, Washington State (1-0, 1-0) extended their lead to 28-7 before the Beavs finally woke up on offense.
Oregon State (0-1, 0-1) outscored the Cougs 21-10 the rest of the game, but still fell short 38-28.
In the first half, Beaver QB Tristan Gebbia only threw for 90 yards and a touchdown. He was a completely different quarterback in the second half.
Gebbia threw for 239 yards in the final 30 minutes — to finish with 329 yards. He didn’t throw another TD, but he was leading the offense more effectively. Also, Jermar Jefferson finally broke out — like he usually does against Washington State.
Jefferson finished with 120 yards on the ground and three rushing TDs.
A slow starting offense and an iffy defense lead the list of issues that need solving.
Gebbia looked hesitant at times in the first 35 minutes. He played with more confidence late, so hopefully — for the OSU’s sake — he will start that way going forward.
Up next, the Beavs will travel to Seattle to face Washington, kickoff set for Saturday at 8 p.m. on FS1.