The 2016 season has officially kicked off for the Oregon State Beavers, as they are in Minnesota taking on the Golden Gophers.
The Beavers have looked good early, but a few key mistakes have been the difference in this one.
Oregon State had an impressive drive midway through the first quarter, highlighted by a 40-yard run by Ryan Nall, and took the early 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, however, it started to fall apart for the Beavers. Quarterback Darell Garretson took a hard blindside hit and fumbled the ball. The Gophers recovered on the Beavers 29-yard-line, and scored a few plays later.
It wasn’t but a few minutes later that the play repeated itself. Another blindside hit. Another Garretson fumble. Another touchdown for the Gophers.
Minnesota had the 14-7 lead, but the game was still closer than the score. If not for the two turnovers, the Oregon State defense looked like they could have kept Minnesota off the board.
It looked like that score would hold until halftime, but the Beavers put together a late drive to tie it up, before the Gophers answers with a 45-yard field goal to end the half. So here we sit at halftime, Beavers 14 - Gophers 17.
There is still plenty of time to play in this one, and as the old saying goes, “it's anyone’s ball game.”
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-Darell Garretson: 14/20, 138 yards and 2 touchdowns
-Ryan Nall: 6 attempts, 56 yards
-Seth Collins: 3 catches, 40 yards
-Victor Bolden: 4 catches, 27 yards, 1 touchdown
-Ryan Nall: 4 catches, 52 yards
-Mitch Leidner: 6/9 36 yards
-Mitch Leidner: 5 attempts, 25 yards
-Rodney Smith: 16 attempts, 77 yards, 1 touchdown
-Tyler Johnson: 2 catches, 21 yards