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Rewinding Oregon State’s 42-34 victory against the Utah Utes

OregonLive.com logo OregonLive.com 10/27/2021 Nick Daschel, oregonlive.com

CORVALLIS — Oregon State ended a five-game losing streak to Utah and kept its Pac-12 North division title hopes alive with a 42-34 victory against the Utah Utes on Saturday at Reser Stadium.

The Beavers (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) rallied from a two-touchdown deficit early to take their first lead at 28-24 midway through the third quarter. The teams then traded touchdowns, but Oregon State got consecutive defensive stops and then the Beavers extended their lead to 42-31 with 9:49 left.

Oregon State handed Utah (4-3, 3-1) its first conference loss of the season.

Here’s a recap of how Oregon State vs. Utah unfolded.

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FINAL: OREGON STATE 42, UTAH 34

— The Utes try the onside kick. Oregon State recovers it. Akili Arnold came up with it. The Beavers start at the Utah 45. Baylor picks up about 12 yards for a first down. The clock runs. The Beavers take a timeout with 1:53 left. They should be able to run out the clock now and walk away with a 42-34 victory. They kneel it down and they do run out the clock for the win. Oregon State improves to 5-2 (3-1 Pac-12) and

— Utah starts at its 35. Rising buys time and then throws complete to Dalton Kincaid, who takes it down to the OSU 22-yard line. Now an incomplete pass. And a false start on Utah to make it 2nd and 15. Rising looks for Covey, but he overthrows him. It’s 3rd and 15 now. Rising throws complete, but short of the first down. Utah’s Jordan Noyes kicks a 33-yard field goal, and that cuts Oregon State’s lead to eight with 2:38 to go. Oregon State 42, Utah 34

— B.J. Baylor runs it for 4 yards. Then he runs it again, this time for no gain. It’s 3rd and 6 for OSU from their own 6. On 3rd and 6, Chance Nolan throws deep down the right sideline for a wide-open Tre’Shaun Harrison. He runs down to the Utah 40-yard line before he’s brought down. It’s a 54-yard play. Now a false start on the Beavers. On 1st and 15, Baylor runs it for about 1. Utah takes a timeout. Baylor runs for a gain of 3, and the Utes take their second timeout with 3:58 left. Nolan’s pass is tipped, but complete. The Beavers have a 4th and 5 from the Utah 35-yard line. The Utes burn their final timeout with 3:54 left. Oregon State keeps the offense on the field. Nolan throws incomplete, and Utah takes over with 3:47 to go.

— Utah needs just two pass plays to get into OSU territory. Then two running plays, first a Rising keeper and then one to Bernard, and the Utes are down to the OSU 21-yard line. Britain Covey catches an inside pass and picks up 9. He gets a catch on an outside screen, and he runs down to the 5-yard line. On 1st and goal, Rising’s pass to the end zone is incomplete. It was knocked away by Elijah Jones. On 3rd and goal, Rising keeps it and he is short of the goal line. He fumbled it, but out of bounds. On 4th and goal with 6:35 to play, the Utes go for it. The pass goes to Britain Covey, who looks like he will haul it in, but it’s knocked loose by Alex Austin at the last moment. Incomplete. The Beavers take over on downs. They still lead it 42-31 with 6:22 to play.

— The Beavers start at their 34-yard line after the Utes’ missed field goal. Anthony Gould picks up 3 on a fly sweep, and then Nolan finds Zeriah Beason for a first down throw to the 45. B.J. Baylor runs it up the middle for a yard. Baylor picks up 3 more, and it’s 3rd and 6. Trey Lowe catches a pass in the flat and breaks a couple of tackles to pick up a first down, to the Utah 40. Now Nolan throws complete to Trevon Bradford, who turns it up for a nice gain after the catch. The play goes for 32 yards, to the Utah 8-yard line. It’s 1st and goal for the Beavers. Baylor gets the carry, and he is into the end zone for the score. Oregon State extends its lead with 9:49 to play. Oregon State 42, Utah 31

— Utah lines up to punt it from the OSU 44. Oregon State blocks it. Omar Speights picks it up and runs it all the way down to the Utes’ 16. But there are flags on the play. The Beavers are called for two players wearing the same number. And there’s a dead-ball penalty as well. So Utah winds up with a 1st and 10 from the OSU 24. Rising keeps it on an option to the right and picks up maybe a yard. The Utes run a similar play, and Rising picks up about 15, but there’s a holding penalty that brings it back. Rising throws incomplete on 2nd and 20. Now on 3rd and 20, Rising’s pass is tipped and incomplete. The Utes line up to try a 52-yard field goal. The kick is no good, so the Beavers’ lead stays at 35-31.

END 3RD QUARTER: OREGON STATE 35, UTAH 31

— Utah’s drive starts from the 25. Tavion Thomas runs for gains of 7 and 4. Rising looks deep for Kuithe, but it’s incomplete. Covey runs for 3 yards. Then Thomas runs for 1 but is down with an apparent leg injury. He walks gingerly off the field with help from two teammates. It’s 2nd and 9 for Utah from the OSU 45. Pledger runs for 4 yards. A nice stop by Keonte Schad and Avery Roberts. On 3rd and 5, Avery Roberts stops Rising for a loss of 3. The third quarter ends. Utah will have 4th and 8 when the fourth quarter begins. Oregon State heads to the final period with a 35-31 lead.

— The Beavers start from the 24. B.J. Baylor runs for 7 to the 31. Nolan then throws it away. On 3rd and 3, Trey Lowe has plenty of running room and races all the way down to the Utah 31 for a gain of 38. Nolan takes a hit after his throw falls incomplete. Utah’s Devin Lloyd is called for targeting. It’s under review, as all targeting calls are. Lloyd led with his helmet and hit Nolan around the stomach area. After review, the call is upheld, and Lloyd is out for the rest of the game and the first half of the Utes’ game next Saturday at home against UCLA. It sets up Oregon State with a 1st and 10 from the Utah 16. Baylor picks up 6, down to the 10. Bradford takes it on an end around to the left, and he turns the corner and scampers to the end zone for the touchdown. It’s been back and forth, and OSU goes up 35-31 with 2:58 left in the quarter. Oregon State 35, Utah 31

— Oregon State’s Jaydon Grant is called for targeting on Cam Rising’s 15-yard keeper. The play is under review. After review, the targeting call on Grant is upheld. He’s disqualified for the rest of this game, and for the first half of the Beavers’ game next week at Cal. Utah into OSU territory. Rising throws complete to Devaughn Vele. Next play, Rising fires inside the 5 to Jaylen Dixon. So now it’s 1st and goal Utes. The handoff goes to Tavion Thomas, who is marked just short of the goal line. On 2nd and goal, Thomas does punch it in. Utah retakes the lead with 5:01 to go in the third quarter. The extra point is good. Utah 31, Oregon State 28

— Utah starts at its own 25. Tavion Thomas runs for five yards. Then Britain Covey makes a catch, but Avery Roberts drops him after a gain of 1. On 3rd and 4, Rising throws complete for the first down to Cole Fotheringham. There’s a flag, offside on the Beavers, which is declined. So 1st and 10 Utes. They run a reverse, and OSU drops Brant Kuithe for a loss of 5. After a 5-yard pass to Pledger, the Utes face 3rd and 10. Rising is pressured, and his pass falls incomplete. Utah wanted pass interference, but no flags. Utah lines up to punt, the Beavers block the punt — and Luke Musgrave blocks it and then picks it up for a scoop and score. The Beavers now lead it 28-24 with 7:26 to go in the third quarter. Oregon State 28, Utah 24

— The Beavers get the ball first to start the second half. Chance Nolan goes play action, rolls right and throws complete on a short pass to Trevon Bradford. He turns it upfield for a gain of 9. Then B.J. Baylor runs left and has the first down. Baylor runs right and picks up 2. Nolan looks for Tyjon Lindsey on the left side, but Lindsey can’t hold on against good Utah defense. This time Nolan does find Lindsey on a deep ball, for a gain of 36, down to the Utah 26. Bradford then picks up 10 on a fly sweep left, down to the Utah 15. Now a Nolan pass on an inside play to Tre’Shaun Harrison goes for a gain of 9. On 2nd and 1, Baylor turns the corner on the left side and dives into the end zone. But there’s a flag on the play. It’s holding on Harrison. That brings up 2nd and 6 from the 12. Fenwick is pushed out of bounds after a gain of 1. On 3rd and 5, Nolan throws complete to the end zone for Trevon Bradford. Touchdown Beavers. The extra point is good, and with 10:48 to go in the third, the Beavers cut Utah’s lead to three points. Utah 24, Oregon State 21

HALFTIME: UTAH 24, OREGON STATE 14

— Chance Nolan runs it on first down, gets tackled, but on top of a defender, and so he keeps running and picks up the first down. After a short pass to Trevon Bradford, the Beavers take a timeout with 27 seconds left in the half. After an incomplete pass to Trey Lowe, the Beavers face 3rd and 6. Nolan looks for Tre’Shaun Harrison, but his pass is incomplete. OSU punts it away, and Utah takes over with 8 seconds on the clock. Rising kneels it and the half ends. The Utes hold a 24-14 lead at the break.

— Can the Beavers get another stop here? Utah picks up 3 on a run. After a 3-yard loss, it’s 3rd and 10 for Utah. Cam Rising scrambles for the first down once again, down to the OSU 3. Alton Julian and Kitan Oladapo are shaken up on the play. Tavion Thomas runs it in for a touchdown with 46 seconds left in the half. Utah 24, Oregon State 14

— Oregon State takes over at its own 1 after the defensive stand. B.J. Baylor gives the Beavers some breathing room with an 8-yard run to the 9. Then Baylor picks up 3 more and a first down. On 2nd and 13, Chance Nolan fires complete over the middle to a leaping Trevon Bradford to the OSU 25. Chance Nolan is sacked, and he loses the ball. Utah recovers, but it’s out of bounds. So possession stays with the Beavers. But the play is under review. After review, Utah’s Junior Tafuna got his foot down on the fumble recovery, and the Utes have the ball at the OSU 19.

— The Beavers get Utah into a 3rd and 12 situation, but then QB Cam Rising improvises and scrambles for a gain of 21. The drive continues, and the Utes get into the red zone on an impressive catch by Devaughn Vele, which is good for 41 yards, down to the OSU 12. The Utes get inside the 5 and go for it on 4th and goal. Rising throws complete to Brant Kuithe, but Alton Julian stops him a yard short of the end zone. A huge stop for the OSU defense. It remains a 17-14 Utah lead with 3:47 to go in the first half.

— On the second play of Oregon State’s drive, B.J. Baylor uncorks a 68-yard run and finally gets tackled at the Utah 1-yard line. On the next play, Chance Nolan throws it to Jack Colletto for a 1-yard touchdown. Oregon State cuts the Utah lead to 17-14 with 6:59 to play in the first half. Utah 17, Oregon State 14

— On 3rd and 3, the Utes convert on a Rising pass to Theo Howard. ... Three plays later, Tavion Thomas busts a good run, down to the OSU 39. Rising throws incomplete, intended for Howard. ... The Utes drive into the red zone, but the Beavers hold them to a 29-yard field goal. It was a 17-play, 64-yard drive for the Utes. Utah 17, Oregon State 7

END 1ST QUARTER: UTAH 14, OREGON STATE 7

— The first quarter ends with Utah leading 14-7. The Utes will face 3rd and 3 from their own 32 to start the second quarter.

— The Beavers look much better on their second offensive drive. But then a false start penalty turns a 3rd and 1 into a 3rd and 6. The Beavers run it to Trey Lowe, and he picks up the first down. Then B.J. Baylor takes the handoff and gets down to the Utah 36. Deshaun Fenwick runs off the right side for 4. ... On 3rd and 4 at the 30, Nolan gives it to Lowe, and he dives ahead for the 1st down. Chance Nolan rolls out, keeps it and dives for a gain of about 7. B.J. Baylor spins left and gains 5 to the Utah 14. Anthony Gould gets the ball on a reverse to the left, and he races to the pylon, diving in for the end zone. The Beavers answer. Utah’s Vonte Davis is shaken up on the play. Utah 14, Oregon State 7

— Oregon State’s first drive does not go well. After they’re penalized on the kickoff, they move backwards. Chance Nolan loses the ball on third down, and the Beavers recover it. On a punt with OSU at its own 1, Luke Loecher has to dig the snap off the turf and barely gets it away. Utah takes over the the OSU 38. ... Now it’s 3rd and 6 from the Beavers’ 20. Oregon State is whistled for offside, and that makes it 3rd and 1. Tavion Thomas picks up the first down, to the OSU 11. The Beavers then leave Brant Kuithe wide open in the end zone, and it’s a Utes touchdown. A rough start for the Beavers thus far. Utah 14, Oregon State 0

— The Beavers won the toss and elected to defer, so the Utes get the ball first. Utah picks up 5 yards and 1 yards to make it 3rd and 4. Cam Rising’s pass is incomplete, but Kitan Oladapo is whistled for pass interference, giving Utah a first down. Now the Utes are called for a false start. On 1st and 15, Rising scrambles for 7 to the 50-yard line. The Utes pick up 13 and then 9 on running plays. And the Beavers are called for a facemask, so the Utes have it at the OSU 13. And Micah Bernard runs it from there to the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown. Utah takes the early lead. Utah 7, Oregon State 0

PREGAME

Utah at Oregon State

When: 4:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Reser Stadium

Latest Line: Utes by 3

Weather at kickoff: 54 degrees and possible showers

TV channel: Pac-12 Network (Xfinity Comcast 421/720, Dish 406, Pac-12.com/Pac-12 Now, Charter Spectrum 332/452)

How to watch live stream online: You can watch this game live for FREE with fuboTV (free trial). You can also get this game on Sling TV (promotional offers) if you are out of fuboTV trials, or simply prefer that platform and their pricing plans. You can also watch this match live on Pac-12 Live with your cable or satellite provider login information.

On the air: Radio on KEX (1190), KPOJ (620), Sirius 136, Sirius XM 197, Sirius XM App 959

What’s at stake

Depending on the outcome of UCLA-Oregon, Oregon State could be playing for sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 North. Utah has no such issues, as a win keeps the Utes alone in first place in the Pac-12 South. It’s one of the biggest stakes-type games at Reser Stadium in some time. Beat Utah, and the Beavers move to within one win of becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2013.

— Nick Daschel | ndaschel@oregonian.com | @nickdaschel

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