CORVALLIS - It was the get-right game that Oregon State needed. After starting the season 0-2 with losses to Oklahoma State and Hawaii, OSU took it to Cal Poly to pick up their first win of the season. QB Jake Luton went 17/22 for 255 yards and 4 TDs before being replaced by backup Tristan Gebbia. The defense held the triple-option offense of Cal Poly to just 7 points, with the lone score coming in the first quarter.
Here are three quick takeaways from the game:
1. Goodbye losing, hello points
Oregon State waved goodbye to a six-game losing streak with the victory over Cal Poly. The last time the Beavers won a game? October 27th, 2018 at Colorado. Oh, and hello points! The 45 points scored by the Beavs are the most the team has scored since scoring 48 in a victory over Southern Utah last season. That was also the last time the Beavers won a game at home.
2. No Jermar, no problem.
Star running back Jermar Jefferson missed the action on Saturday while he nursed an injured ankle. The running back corp behind him rose to the occasion and put on a show. Led by the 101 yards from B.J. Baylor, the running back by committee for OSU totaled 33 carries for 258 yards and two scores. Of course, the Beavers are better with Jefferson in the lineup, but the depth behind him showed they can step up when the team needs them to.
3. Luton looked untouchable
Quarterback Jake Luton had a stellar game for OSU. He was only asked to throw the ball 22 times, but 17 of those ended up in completed passes. 255 yards and four touchdowns later, Luton got to go home early and watch backup Tritan Gebbia get some reps. If Luton can play like this in two weeks against Stanford, OSU might just start the conference schedule off on the right foot.
Beyond the Game:
Owen Nicholson is a World War Il veteran and a lifelong Oregon State fan. On Saturday he was honored with a special ceremony. To make it better, it was Owen's 95th birthday and he was celebrating it with Beaver Nation.
@BeaverFootball had a great defensive performance by @jkmccartan with six tackles and six assists in the 45-7 win over @calpolyfootball @RipCityRadio620 @1190KEX @roncallan #GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/1Cs5JcRj4W— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) September 15, 2019
.@BeaverFootball played solid defense in their 45-7 win over @calpolyfootball @Jmofromthe4 played his first game of the season and had six tackles! @RipCityRadio620 @roncallan @1190KEX #GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/jH2Z95R0oO— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) September 15, 2019
Up Next: The Beavers have a bye next week and then will begin to prepare for their Pac-12 opener as Stanford comes to Reser on Saturday, September 28th.