Jake Luton proves he is a difference maker

Jake Luton proves he is a difference maker

LOS ANGELES - Apparently Jake Luton likes the number six. I mean that is the number on his Oregon State jersey. It's also the number of TDs he was involved in during the Beavers impressive 48-31 victory over UCLA.

His teammate and wide receiver extraordinaire, Isaiah Hodgins, was glowing about Luton (and the other playmakers) after the game outside the locker room:

Beaver nation turned out in force at the Rose Bowl and when it was apparent the Beavs were going to win, the huge throng of Orange and Black moved down from Section 27 in the far reaches of the Rose Bowl end zone to the seats right next to the field (Bruin fans had left and opened up the area for OSU fans).

That is where I caught up with Luton who was fresh off his career high five touchdown passes and a 19-yard scamper for his final score. It was the longest run of his Oregon State career:

While the Beavers enjoyed the chaotic scene on the field after the big win, it was a little different for Chip Kelly and the Bruins. Kelly had never lost to the Beavers before and maybe that played into his decision to go for it on fourth and one on his own 34 after Luton and company opened the game with an impressive touchdown drive.

I thought, well, Chip Kelly has no respect for Oregon State after his years beating up on OSU in Eugene. But the Beavers stuffed the Bruins on the fourth down play when running back Joshua Kelly met a wall of OSU defenders for a five-yard loss. The Bruins coach told the LA Times after the loss:

There's no one more disappointed than we are right now. So that is part of the process and we have to work through it and when you're a young team you're going to make mistakes but we don't make excuses for it.

Jonathan Smith grew up in Pasadena and was thrilled with his first FBS win of the season and was happy to talk me about the performance of his QB Jake Luton:

He was lights out tonight! His game has continued to improve. He's got some help around him now. I thought the O-line did an awesome job in the run game and in protection. Jake played with a lot of confidence, he was accurate with the ball. Obviously Hodge was a feature and he had a great game again. We had some huge contributors including Noah Togiai catches a big ball, Kolby Taylor with a big fourth down catch. Teegan Quitoriano with the touchdown catch in the red zone so Luton really spread the ball around.

Luton threw for 285 yards, ran for 27, and ties an Oregon State record with six total touchdowns with five TD passes and that 19-yard run.

Was this Jake Luton's greatest game as a Beaver? He did come off the bench and lead the Beavers back from a 31-3 deficit last October in Boulder to an overtime win vs. Colorado. But this performance was his greatest game in a Beaver uniform. Here's why: In the third quarter, the Beavers came out and let UCLA get within ten at 27-17. Luton's first pass was awful when the Beavers got the ball the first time and it was a three and out. You could feel the momentum heading to the Bruins. 

The defense did stiffen and gave Luton another chance on their second possession. Luton throws another dud. Then on second down he finds Togiai for an eight yard pickup. Brian Lindgren, the Beavers Offensive Coordinator dials up a play-action pass that defined the night. A 53-yard TD bomb to Tyjon Lindsey for six points and Oregon State was on its way to their first win over an FBS team in 2019. The poise of Luton in that situation defines him as a difference maker. 

Next up for the 2-3 Beavers and Luton...Utah. A 5:00 PM kickoff at Reser on Saturday.

Oregon State will be underdogs against the 17th-ranked Utes but no doubt the Beavers gained some Pac-12 respect with their breakthrough win against UCLA.

It was one Hekk of a weekend for these Pro Beavs


It was one Hekk of a weekend for these Pro Beavs

While the Oregon State football team was grinding out a tough victory on the road over the Cal Bears on Saturday, there were a number of former Beavers winning on the football field as well. 

Let's take a look at how the Pro Beavs fared in Week 7 of the NFL season: 

Johnny Hekker and Brandin Cooks: Los Angeles Rams

The Rams found their groove again Sunday, ending a three-game losing streak with a 37-10 victory over the lowly Atlanta Falcons in Week 7.

Johnny Hekker put on one Hekk of show when he executed this fake punt and showed off his quarterback skills with absolute perfection. The Rams were facing a fourth-and-three when Hekker, rather than punt, dropped back and found safety Nick Scott for the 23-yard completion.

Wide receiver Brandin Cooks had a quiet game, catching 4-of-7 targets for 59 yards.

Kansas City Chiefs: Matt Moore 

Star-studded quarterback Patrick Mahomes exited Thursday's game against the Denver Broncos with a knee injury, but thankfully the Chiefs had Matt Moore to step in.

The former Oregon State Beavers quarterback went 10-19 on the night for 117 yards and touchdown, helping the Chiefs snap a two-game losing streak with a 30-6 victory.

With Mahomes out for 3-5 weeks, Moore will likely take the reins at Chiefs starter in his absence. 

Jordan Poyer: Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills came from behind, thanks to 15 unanswered points in the second half of Sunday’s game, to beat division foes, the Miami Dolphins 31-21.

Former Beav Jordan Poyer had nine combined tackles (seven solo) and two tackles for loss in the win.

Steven Nelson: Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers also came away victorious in Week 7, defeating the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center. Starter Steven Nelson didn’t make the trip with the team due to a groin injury sustained against the Baltimore Ravens one week earlier.

Hopefully the Steelers can get Nelson back soon. Prior to Sunday’s game, Nelson had played in all but one of Pittsburgh’s defensive snaps this season. He is the sixth best cornerback in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.


Beavers defense has a dominating performance

Beavers react to their win, Luton credits their "fight"

Social media reacts to the Beavers' win over Cal

Beavers defense has a dominating performance

Beavers defense has a dominating performance


The Beavers defense balled out in Berkeley. 

Many have criticized the Oregon State (3-4, 2-2 Pac-12) defense lately but they proved themselves against Cal (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12). They held Cal’s offense to only 17 points, a season low for a Power 5 Beavers opponent this season. Their front seven domianted with a season-high nine sacks and 14 tackles for loss giving them 50 tackles for loss on the season. The Beavers had 53 all of last season.

Redshirt freshman outside linebacker Riley Sharp finished the game with five tackles including three sacks. He spoke about the Beavers mindset going into the second half with a 14-3 lead. 

We knew this game was ours...We just had the mindset that we are going to win this game and we’d do whatever it takes to do that...

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Beavers react to their win, Luton credits their "fight"

Beavers react to their win, Luton credits their "fight"


Oregon State (3-4, 2-2 Pac-12) defeated Cal (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) on Saturday afternoon led by quarterback Jake Luton who passed for 174 yards and two touchdowns. It's the first time since 2013 that the Beavers have won consecutive road conference games.

Heading into the fourth quarter, the Beavers had blown a 14-point lead and trailed by three points.  But when Luton and the Beavers got the ball back, they did what they do best: Kept fighting. 

“It was good. We knew we could do it. In the third quarter we got backed up a couple times and kind of shot ourselves in the foot. So we knew just needed to keep fighting and we executed when we needed to.”

The game proved how resilient this Beavers can be. A week after being embarrassed by Utah, the Beavers knew they needed to put it behind them and move forward. It wasn’t easy to go into California and leave with a win, but the Beavers did just that.

“We did what we needed to win the game...there was ups and downs and we just kept fighting. Kept fighting until the very end.”

Watch what other Beavers such as BJ Baylor and Isaiah Hodgins react to the victory in the video above.

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Social media reacts to the Beavers' win over Cal

Social media reacts to the Beavers' win over Cal


It’s a great day to be a Beaver. 

The Oregon State Beavers (3-4, 2-2 Pac-12) traveled to Berkeley for their second road conference win of the season where they defeated the California Golden Bears (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) 21-17. 

The Beavers jumped out to a 14-0 lead before giving up 17 unanswered to let it slip away. But BJ Baylor came to save the day. Baylor ran and rolled over Cal defenders for a touchdown with 4:41 left in the game to give the Beavers the lead. It proved to be enough, as Jaydon Grant secured an interception a few plays later and the defense stood tall to help the Beavers walk away with the victory. 

Here’s how social media reacted to the win:

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Instant Analysis: Oregon State upsets Cal



The Oregon State Beavers (3-4, 2-2 Pac-12) have won another conference road game against the California Golden Bears (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12), by a score of 21-17. The teams tied in total yardage at 282 but Cal's turnover proved to be the difference.

Here are some takeaways from the game. 

1. Smith has the team bought in

The Utah game was a disaster and previous Beaver teams would have let it affect them for weeks to come. Not this team.

The Beavers’ start today was reminiscent of their start against UCLA. Both games were a week after a demoralizing loss and Oregon State came ready to play. From the beginning, Oregon State seemed to have more intensity in their play and slowly took control of the game. Coach Smith’s ability to instill a fight like this into the program should leave fans eager to see what his team will play like in future seasons.

Then, in the second half Cal took the lead and held it until late. However, the Beavers fought back to take the lead with 4:41 left  in the game off a BJ Baylor run. The resilience shown in the second half showcased the grit of this team. Then on defense, redshirt sophomore cornerback Jaydon Grant intercepted a Cal quarterback Spencer Brasch to get the ball back and finish the game.

2. The offense is good

Cal’s defense ranks among the best in the conference and proved that when they shut out Oregon in Autzen in the first half earlier this year. The Beavers proved their offense is for real by winning the matchup against Cal’s impressive defensive front. Today it didn’t just move the ball against a struggling defense but rather one of the conference’s best. 

3. Beavers’ defense is hot and cold

The much-ridiculed Beavers defense showed why there’s reason to be optimistic. A unit that used to be a laughing stock has now put together an impressive first half against Cal. The Oregon State pass rush constantly pressured Cal’s quarterback Devon Mobster into sacks or hurrying up his progression. In short-yardage situations, the Beavers’ defense came up big time and time again to get off the field. 

A defensive possession that sticks out was when Cal had a 2nd and 1 on their opening drive, and then got tackled behind the line of scrimmage the next three plays. It not only gave the offense back the ball, but it set the tone for the day, but then the Golden Bears answered.

Cal took the lead in the third quarter by scoring two touchdowns on the Beavers’ defense. The Golden Bears challenged the Beavers’ secondary to beneficial results time and time again whether it be though catches or flags. But in the end, the Beavers’ defense played well enough to win.

Oregon State Beavers in action against Cal, follow us on social for live updates

Oregon State Beavers in action against Cal, follow us on social for live updates

Last weekend may have gone poorly for the Beavers, but they are back in action ready to redeem themselves. 

Oregon State (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12) travels to Berkeley to play the California Golden Bears (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12). The game kicks off at 11:30am and you can follow along on social

Here are some of the best highlights of the game so far (check back often, as this article will be updated throughout the game):


Beavers force a turnover on downs on Cal’s opening possession.


The Beavers score with the classsic "I'm playing Madden and need a 1st down" halfback angle route.


The Beavers' favorite connection of Luton to Hodgins once again gets them on the scoreboard.


BJ Bayor runs it in for the lead against Cal. 


Redshirt sophomore Jaydon Grant gets his first career interception.


Remembering OSU's upset of No. 2 Cal

Remembering OSU's upset of No. 2 Cal


When a Beavers fan hears the phrase “Giant Killers” they always think of the victories against USC. But there’s another program defining win that’s easily forgotten.

In 2007, the California Golden Bears were ranked No. 2 in the AP poll and had an inside track to the BCS National Championship Game. Well, that was until the unranked Beavers went into Berkeley and escaped with a 31-28 victory ending Cal’s chances at a national championship. 

Heading into halftime, No. 1 LSU was losing to Arkansas so Cal knew if they could defeat the Beavers they would be ranked first. But the Beavers knew that as well. 

Former Oregon State kicker Alexis Serna remembers how the Beavers felt going into the second half:

“[C]oming out in the second half we knew that they were really the number one team in the nation at that moment and that was the motivation for us to go out there and win.”

The most iconic play of the game is also the final play of the game. Cal had the ball in the redzone down just 3 points with 14 seconds left and no timeouts left. Quarterback Kevin Riley scrambled past the line of scrimmage and was tackled in bounds allowing the clock to run out before a field goal could tie the game.  

The Beavers would go on to win five of their last six games to finish the season ranked No. 25 in the AP Poll. Completely contrasting the Beavers, Cal would only win one more game the rest of the regular season and finish the season unranked.  This matchup was the third of an eventual eight weeks in a row the AP #2 team lost. 

The Beavers return to Berkeley 12 years later this Saturday and look to recapture some of that magic. 

Oregon State fan favorite Matt Moore steps up big for Kansas City Chiefs


Oregon State fan favorite Matt Moore steps up big for Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs were dealt a tough blow on Thursday night when reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes left the game due to injury. 

With 10 minutes left in the second quarter, Mahomes attempted a quarterback sneak for a first down. The Chiefs converted but lost Mahomes in the process. In the pile of bodies, Mahomes got his leg twisted up under him and the result was a dislocated knee cap.

With the Chiefs up 10-6, in trotted former Oregon State Beavers quarterback Matt Moore.

Moore had attempted just one pass all season, but now had to lead to Chiefs to victory on the road - he did just that. 

Moore went 10-19 on the night for 117 yards and touchdown, and in doing so helped the Chiefs snap a two-game losing streak. 

Social media, especially Beavers fans, loved seeing Moore get the job done:

After the game, it was reported that Mahomes will likely be out for three weeks, if not more. So now the Chiefs will turn to Moore again. 

In the span of two months, Moore has gone from semi-retired free agent, to the back-up for the MVP, to starter for the Kansas City Chiefs. That's quite the jump for Moore who has not started an NFL game since Week 11 against the Patriots in 2017, and did not play at all in 2018. 

Over his 12-year career, Moore has played in 51 games, starting 30 of them, and has passed for 7,055 yards and 46 touchdowns. 


Moore was one of the top-rated quarterbacks coming out of high school in 2002 and eventually chose to attend UCLA. He spent two seasons with the Bruins before leaving the program. He enrolled at Oregon State in 2005 and spent his final two years of college football as the Beavers starting quarterback. 

In 2006 he led the Beavers to a 10-4 record and a victory over Missouri in the Sun Bowl. In his two seasons at OSU, Moore passed for 5,733 yards and 29 touchdowns.

But the Moore-Oregon State connection doesn't stop there. Prior to the 2018 season his younger brother Nick Moore, also a quarterback, transferred from Eastern Washington and joined the Beavers. Moore, a redshirt sophomore, has yet to play for Oregon State. 


Beavers look to bounce back vs. Cal

Beavers look to bounce back vs. Cal

The Oregon State Beavers (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12) got embarrassed on Saturday at home to the Utah Utes (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) 52-7. 

But there’s no sense in dwelling on the past, so the Beavers must look forward towards their next opponent: the California Golden Bears (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12). 

Here’s what outside linebacker Hamiclar Rashed Jr had to say:

“Just got to keep our heads up...Bad stuff happens, people tend to point...Keepin’ everybody’s heads up, keepin’ everybody calm is the biggest thing I can do.”

You can watch the full clip above and hear from the Beavers’ defensive coordinator, Tim Tibesar, as well.

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