The #14 Oregon Ducks defeated the (10-2, 8-1) Oregon State Beavers (5-7, 4-5) by a score of 24 to 10.
Justin Herbert: 18/30 - 174 YDS - 1 TD
Tristan Gebbia: 26/40 - 243 YDS
TD SCORERS: (UO) Mykael Wright, Johnny Johnson III, Cyrus Habibi-Likio (OSU) Jermar Jefferson
DUCK YARDS: 380 YDS - 243 passing - 137 rushing
BEAVER YARDS: 365 YDS - 174 pass - 191 rushing
TURNOVERS FORCED: Ducks 1 - Beavers 1
1ST QUARTER: The Beavers deferred the kickoff and Verone McKinley took it to the 30-yard line. A Travis Dye carry for a couple yards started things off then Jaylon Redd picked up 13 through the air for the first down. A batted pass by Elu Aydon on 2nd-and-7 put Justin Herbert in a difficult situation, but the quarterback was able to connect with Johnny Johnson III for another first down. A 28-yard pass to Josh Delgado had the Ducks at the Beaver 20. Oregon was forced to go for it on 4th-and-1, which Cyrus Habibi-Likio was able to convert, but four plays later Cristobal elected to kick the field goal. And from the OSU 14-yard line, Camden Lewis made the field goal.
Ducks 3 - Beavers 0
The Beavers started at their own 15, and handed the ball off to Jermar Jefferson for a one-yard gain. Backup quarterback Tristan Gebbia made the start and hit Teagan Quitoriano on his first pass, picking up 19 yards. A 22-yard pass to Champ Flemings got the Beavs into Oregon territory. Then on 4th-and-3, Gebbia hit Trevon Bradford for 17 yards to reach the red zone, but after a 6-yard run by Jefferson, the Beaver drive stalled due to a personal foul and freshman Everett Hayes was called on for the 40-yard field goal.
Beavers 3 - Ducks 3
Mykael Wright took the kickoff 98 yards for the game’s first touch down.
Ducks 10 - Beavers 3
Gebbia hit Bradford for seven yards, then Jefferson picked up a couple on the ground, but a completion to Tyjon Lindsey lost two yards resulting in a Beaver punt. The Ducks started at their own 37 but were also forced into a three-and-out after Herbert threw back-to-back incompletions.
2ND QUARTER: The Duck defense began to pick up speed on the next drive; a broken up pass by Jevon Holland, a short gain by Artavis Pierce on second down, then a hard hit by Bryson Young on 3rd-and-14 following a holding penalty on OSU made up the short drive.
A good return by Holland put the Ducks in good field position and two plays later - an 11-yard run by Dye and a 28-yard contested touchdown pass to Johnny Johnson III - the Ducks were up by two scores.
Ducks 17 - Beavers 3
Flemings returned the kickoff to their 37-yard line, and a couple carries earned them a fresh set of downs. Jefferson picked up two yards on first, but three consecutive incompletions gave the Ducks the ball when Troy Dye nearly picked off Gebbia on 4th-and-3 at midfield.
Oregon traveled 14 yards in 5 plays but were forced to punt after an Omar Speights sack on second and an inompletion to Johnson III on 3rd-and-10. Blake Maimone was able to pin the Beavs to the one-yard line thanks to the help of Haki Woods Jr and Thomas Graham Jr.
Oregon was called offsides but it didn’t matter, because Artavis Pierve picked up 23 to give Oregon State some much needed breathing room. However, the Beavs were only able to pick up seven of the ten necessary yards and punted.
Dye gained 38 yards on a well-blocked run, but the Ducks failed to pick up another first down. Maimone once again was able to put the Beavers in a bad spot with an excellent punt.
Starting at their own 5-yard line, the Beavers handed the ball off to Jefferson on three consecutive plays but were only able to gain seven yards. The Ducks started their next drive in enemy territory, but after a CJ Verdell run for no gain and a pair of incompletions, Oregon punted yet again.
With about a minute left in the half, Oregon State earned a hard-fought first down and ran out the clock.
***Halftime Score: Ducks 17 - Beavers 3***
3RD QUARTER: The Beavers started with the ball in the second half, and Gebbia found Isaiah Hodgins for a nine-yard gain. Two plays later, B.J Baylor picked up the first down with a four-yard gain. A screen to Noah Togiai lost two yards, then back-to-back incompletions ended the drive. Isaac Slade-Matautia deflected a pass on third down that brought on the decision to punt.
Starting at their 25-yard line, Dye received three straight carries and picked up 23 yards. On 2nd-and-8, Herbert found Juwan Johnson for a nine-yard pass and first down. Verdell picked up another set of downs with a couple of carries and Beaver defensive back David Morris was injured on the tackle.
Verdell’s next three carries fell short of the first down, but a pass to Ryan Bay on 4th-and-4 at the OSU 21 picked up 11 yards to keep the drive alive. Two more Verdell carries picked up a total of four yards, but on third-and-goal from the six-yard line Herbert was unable to connect with Johnson. Camden Lewis then missed the very, very short field goal.
Hodgins picked up 18 yards through the air on the first play of the drive, then Jefferson tacked on 14 more on the ground. After a short gain, and then a short loss due to a Kayvon Thibodeaux tackle, Gebbia hit Bradford for a seven-yard gain, setting up a 4th-and-2 at the Oregon 40. The Autzen faithful won the play by causing a false start which resulted in a punt instead of a play on fourth down.
The Ducks traveled 30 yards in six plays but were ultimately forced to punt when a John McCartan first-down sack for a loss of seven yards disrupted the early momentum of the drive.
Two plays by Jefferson earned the Beavers a first down after starting at their own 13.
4TH QUARTER: After an incompletion to Hodgins, Gebbia connected with the star receiver on the next play for a 14-yard gain. Hodgins caught another one for eight yards and then Jefferson earned some fresh downs with a short carry. Gebbia picked up 15 yards with his legs, then a couple plays later Hodgins caught a 10-yard pass to reach the Duck 22.
Gebbia picked up another three on the ground, then on 2nd-and-7 Jefferson ran it in for a 19-yard score.
Ducks 17 - Beavers 10
The Beavs squibbed it and Oregon started at their own 30. Verdell took a screen pass for three yards, then Herbert ran it for a six-yard gain. On 3rd-and-one, Herbert found Bay for eight yards, then picked up another 24 yards on the ground.
Verdell ran for a gain of nothing, Herbert missed an opportunity to pick up a first down when he overthrew Johnson III, and on 3rd-and-10 Redd was only able to pick up four yards. Herbert came up big with a 17-yard completion to Brian Addison, who fumbled the ball out of bounds. Herbert then connected with Redd for a seven-yard gain that seemingly reached the end zone, however, as the receiver extended his reach toward the pylon, the ball came out and rolled out near the pylon, resulting in a change of possession and touchback.
After an incompletion to Flemings, Gebbia found Hodgins and Bradford for a first down. Jefferson gained five yards on a pair of carries, then Hodgins earned another first down with a six-yard reception.
Consecutive incompletions from Gebbia set up a 3rd-and-10, and after a five-yard Jefferson run, a pass to the running back fell one-yard short of the first down.
The Ducks went three-and-out on their next possession after a sweep by Darrian Felix on 3rd-and-3 fell short. With 2:22 left on the clock, the Beavers received the ball on their 15-yard line. Gebbia’s first pass was batted by Isaac Slade-Matautia and nearly picked by him, as well, and on the next play Jermar Jefferson attempted to hurdle a Duck defender when he fumbled the ball. Brady Breeze jumped on the opportunity, giving Oregon the ball at the Beaver 27.
Habibi-Likio carried the ball three times in a row: the first for a gain of one yard, the second a gain of six, and the third a 20-yard touchdown run to seal the game for the Ducks.
Ducks 24 - Beavers 10
Oregon State marched down the field in a seven-play, 52 yard drive that fell well-short of the miracle they needed to win.