corvallis, mineral. • Had the University of Utah gotten a timely stop on defense, or any stop on defense on Saturday night, the complexion of the Pac-12 South would still be entirely in their favor.
Instead, that Utes defense, which has been great for long stretches lately, but not for the entire game, ran into trouble again. This time, he was Oregon State, co-leader of the PAC-12 North and owner of the highest-ranked running offense in the conference. The Beavers did all they wanted on the ground, rushing 260 yards to overcome an early two-touchdown deficit to beat the Utes, 42-34, at Reserve Stadium.
utah (4-3, 3-1 pac-12) is now tied for the south division lead with arizona state, but holds the tiebreaker over the sun devils with a 35-21 win on October 1st. 16. The Utes host UCLA (5-3, 3-2 Pac-12) on Saturday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium in what is now an even more critical interdivisional competition.
“We came out in the second half, and I don’t want to say we were flat, but they just kept their game plan, they kept running the ball, they didn’t change anything and they started having big runs in the second half as well,” said the Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham. they were efficient in both halves. I’m not saying in the first half we were much better against the run because they still had a lot of running yards in the first half.”
Oregon State (5-2, 3-1 PAC-12) scored touchdowns on two third-quarter possessions, sandwiched around a 27-yard scoop-and-annot from Luke Musgrave on a blocked punt to take a lead of 35-31 at the 2:58 mark of the third quarter.
utah’s ensuing drive stalled, then ended with jordan noyes driving a 52-yard field goal attempt wide to the left.
The Beavers, who at one point were rushing for 8.9 yards a carry, then went airborne. On third-and-6 from his own 49-yard line, Chance Nolan hit Trey Lowe for 11 yards, then went deep down the right sideline to Trevon Bradford for 32 more to set up first and goal on the 8.
bj baylor’s eight-yard touchdown run on the next play made it 42-31 with 9:49 left.
“We’re back in Salt Lake City and getting ready to play the Bruins,” Cam Rise said matter-of-factly after throwing for 267 yards and rushing for an additional 73.
Down two points, Utah then led to Oregon State 2, but on fourth-and-goal, Rise’s pass to Britain Covey was intercepted at the goal line by Alex Austin, returning the ball to the Beavers.
That play capped a frustrating night in the red zone, because while the Utes were 6-for-8 within 20, the two misses were turnovers on attempts, and two of the touchdowns were field goals, which Whittingham has previously mentioned. he doesn’t consider victories.
“That was probably our weakest offensive area tonight,” Whittingham said. “We just didn’t execute as well as we needed to, and they made plays.”
A quick 14-0 Utes lead less than halfway through the first quarter gave way to Oregon State and their running game, settling in and finding the advantage against the Utah defense.
At one point in the second quarter, the Beavers averaged 8.9 yards per carry, reaching three on 17-14, but a key Utah defensive play helped turn the momentum around.
On 1st and 10 from his 25-yard line, Nolan ran to his left, only to be run over by brandon mckinney, a safety, and stripped from behind. The ball bounced into the arms of junior tackle Tafuna, who slipped a foot in bounds to return the ball to Utah with a shortstop.
on the next drive, ascending rushed for 16 yards on third and 10 to 3, then tavion thomas blasted his way into the end zone on the next play for a 24-14 ute lead with 46 seconds left to go. part time .