Oregon State is above .500 for the first time in the Jonathan Smith era after defeating Idaho 42-0 Saturday afternoon at Reser Stadium.
The 2-1 Beavers entered the contest with no mystery on which QB would be at the helm for the OSU offense. While Head Coach, Jonathan Smith has three Beaver QBs who have started an FBS game, moving forward with Chance Nolan has been the right call.
Nolan and company scored 14 in each of the opening two quarters, outgaining Idaho 247-131 in the first half. The four scores were well crafted by Offensive Coordinator Brian Lindgren and each came from a different Beaver, in order:
-Nolan TD throw to Tyjon Lindsey who fights to get past the chalk, 7-0
-B.J Baylor four-yard TD run for his sixth score of the season, 14-0
-Deshaun Fenwick runs up the gut for a nine-yard score, 21-0
-Nolan finds TE Teagan Quitoriano for his first TD of the campaign, 28-0.
After scoring his first against Idaho, B.J Baylor now has more TDs this season, six, than he has combined in the rest of his Beaver career, five.
The rainy final half at Reser Stadium saw the Beaver dominance continue, scoring a further 14 points in the third quarter.
Chance Nolan quickly connected with Champ Flemings four minutes into the half on a 30-yard TD pass down the right sideline. Flemings’s haul was his first TD catch since his impressive 2019 season.
B.J Baylor wasn’t satisfied with just one TD and punched in another from two yards out to make it 42-0. After that score, Beaver backups primarily took the field, including QBs Sam Noyer and Freshman Sam Vidlak.
Idaho picked off Sam Noyer deep in the third quarter and got to the five-yard line on offense but could not convert, ultimately failing on fourth down for the third time. Vidlak took the drive right after at his own five and was forced into a three-and-out after a drop by his receiver.
The fourth quarter was the only period that didn’t result in any Beaver points but also finalized the first Beaver shutout since 2006. It was practically a perfect day for Oregon State Football: No major injuries, giving up just 200 total yards, scoring six TDs, and giving Beaver nation even more optimism.
Idaho Statistical Leaders:
QB: C.J Jordan- 7/16, 37yds, 2INT, 65yds rushing
RB: Aundre Carter- 30yds, 3.8avg
WR: T Traynor- 5rec, 38yds, 7.6avg
Oregon State Statistical Leaders:
QB: Chance Nolan- 14/19, 175yds, 3TD, 0INT, 21yds rushing
RB: B.J Baylor- 69yds, 6.3avg, 2TD
RB: Deshaun Fenwick- 59yds, 8.4avg, 1TD
TE: Luke Musgrave- 3rec, 40yds, 13.3avg
Next for Oregon State is a trip to Los Angeles, taking on USC on Saturday night at 7:30.