The Beavers opened the 2016 season in Minnesota on Thursday, losing to the Golden Gophers, 23-30.
The Beavers came in as two touchdown underdogs, yet many experts, myself including, picked Oregon State to pull the upset.
For much of the game, it looked that it may just happen. The Beavers outplayed the Gophers, stopped their offense for large parts of the game, and it looked like the upset was in the works.
However, when it counted the most, Minnesota flexed its muscle and put the hammer down. Oregon State had the 23-17 lead at the end of the third quarter, but the Gophers would score13 unanswered points in the fourth to take the game.
In the end, it was the Beavers own mistakes the did them in. Quarterback Darell Garretson had two keys fumbles, both of which Minnesota would turn into a touchdown. Those 14 points were the difference in this one.
Minnesota held the 17-14 lead at halftime, and in all actuality, only three of those points were really earned. The other 14 were handed to them.
As spirited as the Beavers played, it just wasn’t enough in the end. However, Beaver fan or not, you have to be impressed. Coach Andersen said that the goal this game was to show that this team has improved, and after watching the game, I believe that to be the case.
They showed they can score some points. The defense showed it can make a few stops. The team as a whole showed it has a lot of heart. If they can just put it all together for a full four quarters, then maybe they can win a few games.
A loss is never the way you want to start a season, but for the Beavers, this lose showed that they are headed in the right direction.
Minnesota, a team maybe believe will represent the west division in the Big 10 Title game, really had to earn this one in the end. When Andersen and the Beavers look at the tape of this one, they will know it was a game they could have, and should have won.
Final Score: Beavers 23 –Golden Gophers 30
Ryan Nall was by far the player of the game for OSU. The biggest surprise was why OSU didn’t find ways to get him more involved, or give him the ball in short yardage situations. Nall finished the game with 71 yards on the ground, and 80 through the air. Oregon State's most explosive run plays, and pass plays, came from Ryan Nall. Even more impressive than his stats was his ability to take a hit and keep on running. Rarely did you see a single defender make a tackle. It took multiple defenders to bring him down. In the first year with a true position, Nall has all ready shown he can thrive. It will be very interesting to see how he impacts the game as he continues to improve.
Next Up: Oregon State opens the home slate Saturday, September 17, against Idaho State. Kickoff is set for 2:00P PM at Reser Stadium.
Oregon State Beavers:
-Darell Garretson: 25/40, 228 yards and 3 touchdowns
-Ryan Nall: 13 attempts, 71 yards
-Seth Collins: 5 catches, 57 yards
-Victor Bolden: 5 catches, 32 yards, 1 touchdown
-Ryan Nall: 8 catches, 80 yards
Minnesota Golden Gophers:
-Mitch Leidner: 13/26, 130 yards
-Mitch Leidner: 13 attempts, 76 yards, 2 touchdowns
-Rodney Smith: 25 attempts, 125 yards, 2 touchdowns
-Tyler Johnson: 3 catches, 31 yards
-Drew Wolitarsky: 4 catches, 53 yards
-Nate Wozniak: 3 catches, 33 yards
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