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Beavers end rough 2020 season with a loss to Arizona State

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That's a wrap on the 2020 Pac-12 season for the Oregon State Beavers.

The Beavers played host to the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday and ASU wasn't a nice house guest at Reser Stadium.

Oregon State jumped out to an early 7-0 lead but ASU quickly rebounded and took the game over.

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OSU couldn't get out of its own way, numerous times handing ASU the ball with great starting field position. 

When it was all said and done ASU picked up the 46-33 victory and Oregon State fell to 2-5 on the season. 

COVID-19 made this a season like we have never seen before but it was still the expectation that we would see the Beavers take the next step in their rebuild.

Perhaps they did. Aside from the loss on Saturday, Oregon State could have won every game they played. 

A moral victory, however, doesn't mean much to anyone and is old news in Corvallis. 

2021 just became a whole lot more pivotal to coach Jonathan Smith's future at Oregon State.

FINAL SCORE: Oregon State 33 - Arizona State 46

The Good: 

Chance Nolan looked solid once again. He only had 114 yards passing, but a lot of that had to do with the heavy rain and Oregon State turning more to the run game. When he was called upon to pass, he looked poised... that is when the o-line gave him time to stay in the pocket. He had two touchdowns on the night and Beavers fans have to wonder if there will be a true quarterback competition next season between Nolan and a healthy Tristan Gebbia.

 

Jermar Jefferson was as good as always. He rushed the ball 24 times on Saturday and eclipsed the 100-yard mark once again. As one of the best backs in the entire country, one has to wonder if it was his last game in a Beavers uniform. Oregon State fans certainly hope not.

The Bad: 

The defense. That side of the ball had looked much improved in recent weeks but they took a giant step back against the Sun Devils. ASU scored 46 points, the most the Beavers have let an opposing team score all season. They were without one of their best players in Avery Roberts, and Hamilcar Rashed Jr. left with an injury, but that is no excuse. The defense did not show up in this one.

Special Teams we no better. OSU had two missteps with the punting unit - once getting a punt blocked and once botching a fake punt attempt. Both instances gave ASU the ball with a short field, and the Sun Devils scored as a result. Poor execution on special teams doomed the Beavers.

The Highlight: Every play is better with a little trickery

The Pic of the Night: 

Jack Colletto runs it in for a score as the rain pours down at Reser Stadium.

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