Oregon State

Beavers get offense rolling ... eventually

OSU rallies late, but falls to Washington State, 38-28
Staff Report

The third year under Jonathan Smith began at Oregon State Saturday and nearly turned out a dramatic rally for a win. But, it didn't.

Washington State rolled to a 28-7 lead midway through the third quarter, then fended off a late surge by the Beavers and pulled off a 38-28 on the opening day of PAc-12 Conference football play.

OSU pulled to within 31-28 with 2:39 left in the game, capping off a 15-play, 90-yard drive with a 15-yard run by Jemar Jefferson. But, the ensuing onside kick was recovered by the Cougars, and they bolted for a 44-yard score on their first play for the eventual final score.

Oregon State missed a field goal in with 21 seconds left for its final scoring attempt.

OSU plays at Washington Saturday. The Huskies had their game with Cal cancelled due to COVID-19 issues.

Tristan Gebbia finished with 329 yards and one touchdown pass for the Beavers, but struggled to move the offense into the third quarter. OSU's opening three possessions lasted three plays before a punt, and the team had five such possessions during the game.

Jemar Jefferson ran for 120 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries to power OSU's ground game. The Beavers finished with 451 total yards of offense.

WSU finished with 456 total yards, including 229 yards on the ground.


Beavers have surprising season on tap

Unheralded Oregon State can only impress with what it does
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

CORVALLIS - It's easy to forget the Oregon State football team almost qualified for a bowl game last year.

Were it not for a game-ending touchdow at Washington State in the season finale, the Beavers would have had six wins and been bowl eligible. And, how long has that been?

It was 2013 with coach Mike Riley, who left for Nebraska after the following season.

In actuality, that's only five seasons, which isn't that long in the big stadium of college football suffering.

Smith has high hopes for this season built around quarterback xxx Gebbia, as he preps the team for its season-opener against Washington State Saturday at Reser Stadium.

Oregon State has been set as a 2-point favorite over the Cougars, primarily because its playing at home. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.




Beavers get coaches excited

OSU holds its second scrimmage, two weeks before opener
Staff Report

Oregon State's football team kept its preparations for its season-opener on track Saturday with two hours of scrimmage work at Reser Stadium.

The Beavers, who open at home against Washington State Nov. 7, worked their No. 1 offense against their No. 1 defense for three drives, and the offense scored on all three with junior quarterback Tristan Gebbia at the helm. Gebbia tossed two touchdown passes to freshman Zeriah Beason.

“He didn’t miss much out there,” head coach Jonathan Smith said to media afterward. “I think he played as well as he has all camp.”

The scrimmage was the final one before the opener.

Gebbia's play helped turn the tables on the defense from its first scrimmage. A week earlier, the defense shredded through the offense to establish itself as the dominant part of the team. Not so Saturday.

Running backs Jermar Jefferson, B.J. Baylor and Connor Morton performed well behind an inspired offensive line that caught Smith's attention.

"I was pleased with that group today," he said. "We're making real progress there."

Sophomore Everett Hayes went 3-of-5 on his attempts, hitting from 38, 44 and 52 yards, while missing from 37 and 50.

The Beavers are aiming to move forward from last year's campaign, which had them basically one play away from a bowl game before finishing at 5-6.

Oregon, Oregon State open at home

The seven-game schedule begins Nov. 7, ends with Dec. 18 championship game
Staff Report

Oregon's two members of the Pac-12 will begin their football seasons at home, the conference announced Saturday.

Oregon will play host to Stanford, while Oregon State plays host to Washington State.

Whether fans will be allowed in their respective stadiums has not been revealed.

After cancelling the season in August, the conference voted last week to play a seven-game season and took a week to create a schedule. The annual Civil War is set for Nov. 27, midway through the schedule. Both schools are scheduled for just three home games.

The seventh game of the conference schedule includes the championship game, set for Dec. 18 - a Saturday. Teams that do not qualify for the title game will play their seventh game the preceeding Friday.

Oregon is the defending champion and lone team from the conference ranked in the Top 25 - at 14.


NOV. 7

Stanford at Oregon

Washington State at Oregon State

NOV. 14

Oregon at Washington State

Oregon State at Washington

NOV. 20.

UCLA at Oregon

NOV. 21

Cal at Oregon State

NOV. 27

Oregon at Oregon State

DEC. 5

Oregon at Cal

Oregon State at Utah

DEC. 12

Oregon State at Stanford

Washington at Oregon

DEC. 18

Conference championship

Are college student/athletes really just assets?

Oregon's rumored bail from Pac-12 is just bad for the state
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

There’s a lot of online discussions these days about the University of Oregon leaving the Pac-12 Conference for better exposure and bigger financial numbers in the Big 12 or even Big Ten, and it’s all wrong for the state.

It’s probably a good decision to the bottom line for Oregon’s athletic department, and especially its football program, but the school needs to remember it’s a public institution and there should be a lot more commitment to that than a few dollars and better positioning for the College Football Playoffs.

Yes, USC is apparently looking hard at that same move, which has social media abuzz with which other schools would bail from the Pac-12, and Oregon is either next, or right behind UCLA with Washington in there, too.

That would leave the Pac-12 with eight schools, including Oregon State, and a huge drop in revenue for each so that it would then need to add members or merge with another conference such as the Mountain West.

And, it’s all basically related to football and its four-team national championship playoffs.

The Pac-12 does just fine competitively in every sport, right up to the four-team CFP, which is an annual battle to play into ahead of a second team from the SEC. This past season, Oregon won the Pac-12 and was in the discussion for a spot until a late-season loss at Arizona State knocked it out. Even though the Ducks won the conference title game with a dominating performance, being a conference champion of one of the five Power Conferences - along with the ACC and All-American Conference - doesn’t mean anything to the CFP voting committee, which probably still would have put one-loss Alabama ahead of one-loss Oregon into the Final Four.

Is that one thing enough to leave behind the Pac-12 and sister school Oregon State?

Here’s a "no" vote on that.

A key thing to figure in is the athletes that make the school what it is. Sure, each school wants to give its athletes the best experience possible, and that revolves around money to a significant degree. But, is football the complete measure of an athletic department’s capabilities?

If the conference champion can’t compete for a spot in the CFP equally with the second-place team from the SEC or Big Ten without being unbeaten, should the entire world of college sports on the West Coast change?

College football is already crazy with how much money is delivered to head coaches - many of whom are more known in each state than, say, the governor (at least until recently).

The Athletic’s Andy Staples recently wrote this four-team move should happen into the Big 12, which would become the Big 16 (even though the Big 12 only has 10 schools and would thus become the Big 14) - what a crappy name to be part of.

The Pac-12 has tons of history that doesn’t seem to be much of a factor in these rumors, only money does. Plenty of athletes - student/athletes - love being part of the history of the conference. Winning a conference title has that flair attached to it. It’s not just a conference title, it’s a Pac-12 title with a list of former champions that goes back to 1916 for some sports - football and baseball. That would all be gone with a conference title needing wins over schools such as Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas State.

And, again, Oregon State gets absolutely lost in that, as would Washington State for that state.

Oregon State scrimps along to compete in the Pac-12, as does Washington State, but those schools compete relatively equally in many other sports - remember the national title the Beavers’ baseball team won in 2018? And 2006, and 2007?

Rumors are great for social media, especially these days where there’s no actual contests to bounce around. But, Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens would do the state a great favor by talking over this subject with media and putting the Ducks squarely in the conference it’s been a part of for more than 100 years.


Oregon finally overcomes

No. 14 Ducks end three-game skid to Oregon State
Staff Report

The Oregon men's basketball team got back on track - in-state anyway - with its drive to own the Pac-12 Conference Thursday by beating Oregon State, 69-54, at Matthew Night Arena in Eugene.

It wasn't a surprise as Oregon entered ranked No. 14, while Oregon State entered just above .500. But, the Beavers had won the past three contests with the Ducks, including a 63-53 decision at Gill Coliseum earlier in the month. Hot shooting in the second half, though, helped Oregon pull away and end that particular skid on the way to moving back atop the conference standings.

Oregon improved to 22-7 overall, 11-5 in conference games, and into a tie with UCLA for the PAc-12 lead. The Ducks have home games with California and Stanford next week to round out the regular season.

Oregon State dropped to 15-13, 5-11 with home games against Stanford and Cal next week.

Senior Payton Pritchard, as he has nearly the entire season, led Oregon with 23 points, including 15 in the second half. Will Richardson added 15 points and Anthony Mathis had 13 for Oregon, which led just 29-25 at the half.

Ethan Thompson and Tres Tinkle combined for 29 points to lead the Beavers, who hit six of 20 3-point shots. Oregon hit 11 of 23 - 5-of-9 by Pritchard.


OSU snares its top prospect

Jonathan Smith returns to Corvallis as head coach
Staff report

Oregon State has finalized a deal to bring Jonathan Smith back to Corvallis as its next head football coach.

Sports Illustrated and The Associated Press reported earlier Wednesday that Oregon State chose to hire Smith, a former Beavers quarterback who has been part of a Washington staff that has led the Huskies to consecutive double-digit-win seasons.

"I want to thank President Ray and [athletic director] Scott Barnes for their confidence in presenting me this opportunity to return to Oregon State University to be the head coach," Smith said. "I also want to express my gratitude to Coach (Chris) Petersen for providing me a path to realize my dream as a head coach."

Smith has been working as quarterbacks coach for Petersen since 2012, starting at Boise State, and then at Washington, starting in 2014.

He also had stops as an assistant at Montana and Idaho. He was a graduate assistant at Oregon State from 2002-03.

Smith was a walk-on in Corvallis, playing for the Beavers from 1998-2001. He started a quarterback on Oregon State's 2000 team that went 11-1 and defeated Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl under coach Dennis Erickson.

"We are very excited about having Coach Smith lead our program," Barnes said. "We interviewed several qualified candidates and Coach Smith emerged as our top choice. He brings to Oregon State football an impressive plan to build our program. He has a unique perspective on what it means to be a part of Beaver Nation and to be successful for our student-athletes on and off the field."

A fan favorite during his playing days, Smith ranks third on Oregon State's career list with 55 touchdown passes and 9,680 passing yards.

Oregon State has been in the market for a new coach since Gary Andersen surprisingly stepped down in early October after a 1-5 start, with the victory coming over Portland State.


OSU finally runs out of Rodgers

Speed will help Oregon State prep for the upcoming season
Aug. 6, 2012 / By Frank Hoaglin, oregonsports.com

Monday marks the beginning of a new era for Oregon State football. 

For the first fall camp in five years, one of the most recognized names in Beavers history will be absent. Every OSU fan knew this day would come eventually, as both the Brothers Rodgers were destined for bigger things once their careers in orange and black were finished.

The brothers: James and Jaquizz; will never truly be replaced, but the current Oregon State offense is loaded with speed and agility that should help ease the departures.

Although sophomore running back Malcolm Agnew endured an injury-plagued freshman year, he flashed occasional Quizz-like brilliance and will be a fixture in this year's backfield along with oft-injured junior Jovan Stevenson and fellow sophomore Terron Ward.

Stevenson, also known for his speed and agility, has great hands out of the backfield and Ward displays "lightning in a bottle" capabilities, so it will be curious how Beavers head coach Mike Riley allocates touches on a game-by-game basis.

The veteran at the skill positions, Markus Wheaton, returns for his senior season and will surely be used in fly-sweep packages. Sophomore speedster Brandin Cooks is also a candidate for use in the fly-sweep, and will combine with Wheaton to help stretch the field for sophomore quarterback Sean Mannion.

Cooks displayed brilliant speed on several occasions last season, particularly in his first career touchdown reception, one where he got behind BYU defenders and tracked a Mannion pass into the end zone. Writers and analysts talk about "Pac-12 speed," something that teams will have to be weary of when planning for the likes of Wheaton and Cooks.

One last piece to keep an eye on this fall will be sophomore wideout Obum Gwacham, a former Oregon track star who likened his skill-set to that of a former OSU great, Chad Johnson. The tall, lanky receiver has elite athleticism and game-breaking speed that goes along with being a track star. As Mannion improves his accuracy, he'll look to utilize Gwacham's large frame and long reach in the passing game, something an OSU quarterback has lacked in the past few years.

There is no lack of speed in this year's Oregon State offense, something the Rodgers Brothers can look on from on the outside and be proud of.


Cunningham leads Beavers past Utah

Oregon State rebounds from blowout loss with a blowout win
Feb. 4, 2012

Jared Cunningham scored 20 points to help Oregon State pound Utah 76-58 in a Pac-12 Conference men's basketball game Saturday.

Cunningham, who scored 27 in an upset of Oregon last week, hit seven of 16 shots from the field and six free throws to help the Beavers win for the fourth time in five games.

Devon Coliier added 14 points on 6-fof-10 shooting and Joe Burton added eight points and 11 rebounds for Oregon State, which improved to 15-8 overall, 5-6 in Pac-12 play.

The Beavers missed all nine of their three-point attempts, but finished hitting 46 percent of their field-goal attempts.

Oregon State plays host to Washington State on Thursday.


Beavers get wiped out by Stanford, 103-101

A four-overtime loss leaves OSU with a split of weekend series
Jan. 7, 2012

Oregon State missed an opportunity for a huge upset win when a last-second three-point attempt bounced away at the buzzer and allowed Stanford to exit Gill Coliseum with a 103-101 victory after four overtimes in Pac-12 Conference men's basketball play Saturday.

Jared Cunningham scored 19 points and Devon Collier had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Beavers. Joe Burton added 18 points and Eric Morland had six of the team's 11 blocked shots, which set a team record for a single game.

OSU had never before played four overtimes, and matched its highest point total in a conference game.

Cunningham played 54 of the game's 60 minutes.

"Well, that was one to remember, even though we didn't win," Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson told media afterward. "I couldn't be happier with my team. I thought they fought hard. Tonight they realized that they can play with anybody in the country."

The Beavers, who beat Cal on Thursday, dropped to 11-5 overall and 1-3 in conference action. Stanford is 13-3, 3-1.



Oregon State won its first Pac-12 Confernce men's basketball game behind dual 24-point games from Jared Cunningham and Ahmad Starks Thursday night.

The Beavers surpassed 90 points for the seventh time this season - a school record - and beat California 92-85 at Gill Coliseum.

OSU led by as many as 16 points in the second half, but needed a 9-3 run to pull away after the Bears had rallied to with 77-73.

"I couldn't be more proud of our team and our effort, especially coming off a weekend (losses to UW and WSU) like we had," Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson told media after the game. "I knew that if we could take care of the start, and it almost didn't look like we were going to down 5-0, that we would play well and go toe-to-toe with them."

The Beavers (11-4, 1-2) play host to Stanford Saturday night.


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