Jake Luton

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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How can Oregon State fix the physicality issues faced vs. Utah?

How can Oregon State fix the physicality issues faced vs. Utah?

CORVALLIS - The Beavers (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12) called Utah (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) “a really, really good team” this week. That may have been selling the Utes short.

Utah dominated the Beavers in all three phases of the game en route to a 52-7 victory at Reser Stadium.

The lone TD came in the final minute of the game:

After the game, the Beavers spoke to the media about the loss and had a similar message: Utah played much more physical than Oregon State. 

Jake Luton discussed the lack of success in the run game:

“We have to try and be more physical and try to implement the run game.” 

Hamilcar Rashed Jr also cited a lack of physicality for the loss.

“They just flat out outplayed us. We [weren’t] physical enough. We have six more games, we just have to be more physical. Simple as that.”

Now, the Beavers look ahead to traveling to play the California Golden Bears (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12) who will be coming off a bye.

You can watch the entire clip above where quarterback Jake Luton, defensive back Jalen Moore, linebacker Hamilcar Rashed Jr., and offensive lineman Blake Blandel discuss the loss.

 

Beavers preview "really, really good" Utah

Beavers preview "really, really good" Utah

 

After leaving the Rose Bowl with a win, the Oregon State Beavers (2-3, 1-1 Pac-12) are focused on a tough opponent coming to Reser Stadium: No. 15 Utah (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12).

“They’re great. They’re really, really good.” said starting quarterback and reigning College Football Performance Awards National Player of the Week, Jake Luton. “It’s definitely going to be a challenge but we’re a physical team just like them, and we can make plays. So, we’ll be ready to go.”

Utah has among the best defensive units in the conference including a Pac-12 leading rushing defense (53.8 yards per game) that will be going head to head with an effective rushing attack for Oregon State. Running back Artavis Pierce, who is second in the conference at 7.5 yards per carry and 564 rushing yards, believes consistency and execution is the key to beating the Utes.

“We just have to go out there and play four quarter football...even though they’re a good opponent we need to believe in ourselves that we can keep up with a great team like this and keep executing so we can get a win.”

But the Utes field a complete defense, including a dangerous secondary. During his interview on the Talkin Beavers podcast, wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins said that Utah’s secondary is among the best in the conference: “They are very talented.” 

The message from the coaches seems to emphasize playing a complete game and competing:“Go out there [and] play physical, that’s going to be a big part of it, they’re a physical team and finish every play because they don’t take reps off.” said offensive lineman Brandon Kipper. 

Kipper went on to say that coaches will have a great gameplan ready but it’s up to the players to execute it. If the Beavers can put together a complete game for the second consecutive weekend, they may be able to come away with another victory.  

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Oregon State vs Utah: 10 Things to Know

Oregon State vs Utah: 10 Things to Know

Oregon State (2-3, 1-1 Pac-12) hosts No. 15 Utah (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) in search of consecutive conference victories for the first time since 2016. 

Utah was the preseason favorite to win the Pac-12 conference this season, according to the media poll, but a 30-23 loss at USC on Sept. 20 makes those aspirations less likely to be realized. To keep pace with the rest of the Pac-12 South, the Utes cannot afford to lose and will arrive at Reser Stadium ready to play when the game kicks off at 5 p.m. (PT). 

But before that, here are some facts to get you ready for the game.

LONG TIME NO SEE

This is the first match-up against the Utes since 2016 which had a similar set up. That week, the 5-1, No. 21 Utes came to Reser Stadium and received more than they expected. Oregon State trailed by 12 points with 8:25 left before missing a field goal. Utah scored on their next possession and escaped with a 19-14 victory. 

UNLUCKY SCHEDULING

Saturday marks the first of two consecutive bye weeks that the Beavers play a team coming off a bye. The Cal Bears are on a bye this week before hosting the Beavers on October 19th. 

BETTING LINE

As of Thursday, October 10, the consensus line of Utah being favored by 14.5 has received 63% of total bets according to the Action Network. 

BOTH UTAH AND OSU PERFORM ON THIRD DOWN

Utah and Oregon State are tied for the best third down conversion rate in the Pac-12 at 58.3 percent. Both defenses will have their work cut out for them as they try to get off the field. 

ISAIAH HODGINS AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY 

Pro Football Focus rates Isaiah Hodgins as the top wide receiver in the nation. He leads the Pac-12 in receiving yards (632) which is good for fifth in the nation. However, the four players ahead of him have all played one more game than Hodgins. 88.3 percent of his receptions this season have gone for either a first down or a touchdown. He’s also second in the nation in receiving yards per game (126.4), receptions per game (8.6), and receiving touchdowns (9).

JAKE LUTON TAKES CARE OF THE FOOTBALL

Quarterback Jake Luton has yet to throw an interception this season and ranks second in the nation for the most consecutive passes without one, trailing Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa by a single pass attempt. Luton only needs 16 more passes without a pick to tie the school record held by Matt Moore. Pro Football Focus also rates Luton as the second best quarterback in the conference. Oregon State as a team leads the nation with only one turnover. 

WHAT ABOUT SPECIAL TEAMS?

Punter Daniel Rodriguez has had an excellent season thus far. He’s second in the conference for punting average at 47.9 yards and executed an impressive dropkick kickoff against the Bruins that the Beavers recovered. One play later the offense scored another touchdown to jump out to a 21-0 lead. 

RASHED ATTACKS THE BACKFIELD

Outside linebacker Hamilicar Rashed continued his effective play against the Bruins with seven total tackles, including six solo tackles and two tackles for loss. He leads the Pac-12 with 9.5 tackles for loss which places him eighth nationally. The defense overall has 39 tackles for loss, second in the conference. 

PIERCE HAS STEPPED UP

With sophomore running back Jermar Jefferson battling an ankle injury, senior Artavis Pierce has stepped into the starting role and flourished. He continues to hold the school record for yards per carry at 6.1, and this season he averages an outstanding 7.5 yards per carry. Pierce is rated the top running back in the Pac-12 by Pro Football Focus.

DEPENDABLE BRANDEL

Offensive Lineman Blake Brandel has started 41 consecutive games which ranks at the fourth longest streak in school history.

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Jake Luton's improvement integral to Beavers' success

Jake Luton's improvement integral to Beavers' success

Leaving the Rose Bowl on Saturday night, a feeling of euphoria surrounded the Oregon State Beavers. They had just won their first conference game of the season (2-3, 1-1 Pac-12), led by the soon-to-be College Football Performance Awards National Player of the Week, Jake Luton.

The redshirt senior quarterback accounted for six total touchdowns, including his first rushing touchdown of his Oregon State career, to ice the game with 1:42 left on the clock. 

“That was fun... It was something we practiced, and to finally get it called in the game, Noah [Togiai] gave me a great block, it was fun."

However, Luton’s road to today has not been easy. He began his career at Idaho appearing in just six games before transferring to Ventura Community College where he became a JUCO All-American throwing for 3,551 yards and 40 touchdowns. 

He then committed to play the rest of his college career at Oregon State. Immediately, he came down will an illness that saw him lose 30 pounds. However, he would still beat out the two previous starting quarterbacks for the Beavers: Marcus McMaryion and Darell Garretson. Despite being poised to breakout, it did not come together for Luton who suffered multiple serious injuries over the next two seasons that allowed him to start in only nine games: a thoracic spine fracture four games into his redshirt junior season, a concussion against Ohio State to open his senior season, and a high ankle sprain against Nevada.

Due to the bad injury luck, the NCAA granted Luton a sixth year of eligibility. He has answered with the best football of his career. The quarterback has passed for 1,297 yards and 14 touchdowns through five games this season. But more importantly, he has taken care of the football only losing one fumble and not throwing a single interception on the season. Luton credits his fearlessness on the field for the ball security. 

“I’m not thinking about it. Just going out there and playing football, and putting work in...you can’t be scared.”

The success should not be too surprising given Luton always showed flashes in his playing time at Oregon State (i.e. the comeback in Boulder last season against Colorado). But this is the first time in his collegetic career of carrying over the same offense and offensive coordinator in consecutive seasons. He credits the continuity with making him feel more comfortable running the offense and enjoys executing some of the more complex plays.

“It’s been awesome to take that next step in the playbook.”

Luton’s play has been one of the bright spots on the season for the surprising and much improved Beavers. Despite a 2-3 record not being super impressive, the Beavers could have easily won either the Stanford or Hawai’i games. They lost both 31-28. The over/under win total in the preseason was 2.5 wins for Oregon State and the team could easily be 4-1.

Beaver fans should be pleased with the season so far, and credit Jake Luton, along with many other players, with the improvement. 

Two Oregon State Beavers take home Pac-12 Awards

Two Oregon State Beavers take home Pac-12 Awards

Jake Luton was already named the College Football Performance Awards National Player of the Week and now you can add another honor, and a teammate to the list of success stories from the weekend. 

Luton has been named the Pac-12 Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week and punter Daniel Rodriguez has been named the Special Teams Player of the Week

Luton, the senior QB, threw for 5 TDs (on 18 of 26 passing for 285 yards) and also managed to run one in from 19 yards in the fourth quarter. 

Luton proved to be a difference maker for the Beavs as they picked up a big Pac-12 win. 

Rodriguez's contributions are best described by the Oregon State Athletic Office:

Rodriguez punted three times and averaged 47.7 yards per in the win over UCLA. He was also credited with a 23-yard kickoff on a “drop kick” that the Beavers recovered as an onside kick. That recovery, by David Morris, led to the Beavers’ third score of the game to push Oregon State to a 21-0 lead six minutes into the game.

Video of the unique kickoff can be seen here:

 

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

 

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.

Jake Luton and the Beavers put together a complete game

Jake Luton and the Beavers put together a complete game

With the Beavers nursing a 10-point lead with under two minutes left in the contest, everyone expected the Beavers to run out the clock with running back Artavis Pierce.

But suddenly, it was quarterback Jake Luton running the ball into the end zone to cap off a 48-31 win in the Rose Bowl.

“That was fun... It was something we practiced, and to finally get it called in the game, Noah [Togiai] gave me a great block, it was fun."

It was the first conference victory for the Beavers who came off a heart breaking loss to Stanford a week prior. Luton after the game said the team has played well this year but had never played “a complete game” until tonight. 

“We showed what we can do.”

Once Luton scored, the entire offense began to celebrate, but they weren’t the only ones of Beaver Nation celebrating the win:

Even Coach Smith had something to say after the game:

Highlights: Hot start leads Beavers to victory

Highlights: Hot start leads Beavers to victory

Oregon State (2-3, 1-1) defeated the UCLA Bruins (1-5, 1-2) 48-31 at the Rose Bowl Saturday night. Jake Luton had 285 yards passing and six total touchdowns. Three of those touchdowns were caught by Isaiah Hodgins who had 10 receptions for 123 yards. Artavis Pierce led the way on the ground with 21 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown. The Beavers earned their first conference victory of the season.

 

Isaiah Hodgins played so dominant even former Beavers wide receiver Timmy Hernandez couldn’t believe UCLA wasn’t doubling him:

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Instant Analysis: Oregon State prevails over UCLA

Instant Analysis: Oregon State prevails over UCLA

Oregon State (2-3, 1-1 Pac-12) defeated the UCLA Bruins (1-5, 1-2 Pac-12) by a score of 48-31 in front of 48,532 in the Rose Bowl.  

The Beavers never trailed and earned their first conference win of the season. It is Jonathan Smith’s second career conference victory as Oregon State head coach. 

Here are some takeaways from the game:

1. A Perfect Start 

Oregon State held a 21-0 lead after only 6:01 minutes of play. Luton had two touchdown passes, Pierce ran all over UCLA, the defense stopped the Bruins on fourth down and the Beavers even recovered a dropkick kickoff taking advantage of a UCLA penalty. The Beavers came out as the aggressor and dominated the line of scrimmage while digging a hole for UCLA to climb out of. 

2. Running the ball early is key

To get that early lead, the Beavs repeatedly utilized the run game to move the chains. With Jermar Jefferson battling an ankle injury, Artavis Pierce got the start in his place. He entered the contest leading the Pac-12 in yards per carry at 8.4. He will leave Pasadena with that distinction in tact. His 53 yard run in the second quarter will stand out on the stat sheet, but he ran well past the line of scrimmage on the majority of his carries. When the Beavers can run the ball this effectively, it forces the defense to put more men near the line of scrimmage which opens up the passing game. 

3. Isaiah Hodgins is a cheatcode 

Isaiah Hodgins entered Saturday’s contest leading the Pac-12 in receiving yards, yards per game, and receptions per game. It didn’t take long for him to leave where he left off. Hodgins had two touchdowns in the first half to lead the Beavers to a 27-7 lead following his second score. 

If the Beavers need a play, Hodgins will deliver. For his first score, Luton threw a fade in the end zone where Hodgins' size was no match for the defender. In the third quarter, in response to a UCLA kickoff return for a touchdown, Hodgins came down with an acrobatic sideline catch to move the chains. He’d cap off that drive with his third touchdown of the night. 

Having a player like Hodgins, who is arguably the best receiver in the Pac-12, allows the Oregon State offense to flourish despite playing at a talent disadvantage, which they do in most conference games. The Beavers had better utilize him constantly while they can because he may be playing on Sundays this time next year.

4. Smith is leading real progress

A week following a heartbreaking loss to the Stanford Cardinal at home, Smith preached that his team was making progress when asked what it takes for a team to learn how to win. The Beavers backed up that claim today. 

From the first snap, the Beavers played with tenacity that resulted in dominating the Bruins on the road. The Beavers could have rolled over away from home, and previous teams may have done just that, but this team has worked hard and bought into the process implemented by Smith and his staff. 

In just 17 games, Smith has an efficient offense that can score frequently and a defense that has improved massively from the end of the Gary Andersen era. Showings like tonight act as proof that progress is being made and makes Oregon State a more attractive playing destination for potential recruits. If the Beavs can translate progress showed today to landing some more talented recruits, then a bowl game is only a matter of time.