CORVALLIS — Oregon State drove into Oregon territory three times on its first five drives, but looked up at a 21-0 deficit on the scoreboard.
Oregon stopped the Beavers on fourth down on one trip, and later OSU missed a field goal before throwing an interception in the end zone.
“Coach (Jim Leavitt) preaches the next play, so when a big play happens, we have to take the next snap and give it what we got,” Oregon defensive end Drayton Carlberg said. “Stack those on top of each other and we know we can keep stopping teams in the red zone.”
OSU won the opening coin toss and took the ball before quarterback Jake Luton completed passes of 13 and 12 yards to get the Beavers to midfield. Oregon State reached the 33-yard line before Luton threw consecutive incomplete passes to end the drive.
The Beavers trailed 14-0 when they drove to the Oregon 22-yard line before Jordan Choukair missed a 40-yard field goal.
“We know our offense can score, so to keep them to kicking a field goal or going for it on fourth down and stopping them, that was huge as a team,” Carlberg said.
OSU drove to the 3-yard line on its next possession before Jack Colletto came in at quarterback and threw a pass that was intercepted by Nick Pickett in the end zone.
“It is 21-0 and they are about to score and we pick off that pass, that was a big play,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. “It was nice to see our offense and defense complement each other. Good stops by the defense and our offense controlled the line of scrimmage and we were able to run to keep the defense off the field. That’s a good combination to control a game on the road.”
Oregon State had the ball trailing 28-9 in the third quarter when it ran a double reverse before the ball was flipped back to Luton, who couldn’t handle the ball as it fell to the ground at the OSU 23-yard line. Gus Cumberlander came up with the fumble recovery after sealing last week's win over Arizona State with a late fumble recovery.
“I saw them fumbling like the fumblerooskie,” Cumberlander joked. “I saw the ball on the ground and just like last week, I jumped on it.”
Four plays later, CJ Verdell scored on fourth down to put Oregon ahead 34-9.
Oregon had allowed an opposing running back to reach at least 140 yards on the ground in four straight games, but Jermar Jefferson led the Beavers with 64 yards on 21 carries. The freshman was averaging 119.6 yards per game on the ground and was eighth nationally in rushing.
“Good technique and gap leverage, we did that well,” Carlberg said.
Oregon sophomore Thomas Graham had a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and added a second interception later in the game.
“That is a great example of why football is such a great developmental sport,” Cristobal said. “Last year, (Graham) probably led the conference in pass interference penalties. He was 17-years old and everyone was all over him because he couldn’t cover a guy like (Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry). One year later, what he has done to commit himself to being a great football player has shown on a weekly basis.”