Sun Devils down Beavers, 46-33, in season finale
A competitive season for Oregon State concluded in the rain Saturday night, as Arizona State rolled up more than 500 yards of offense and beat the Beavers 46-33 at Reser Stadium.
Unfortunately for the Beavers, who finished 2-5 in a season shortened because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it ended up being the least competitive game they played in coach Jonathan Smith's third season as coach. The Beavers' four previous losses were by a combined 25 points and the Sun Devils exploded for 514 yards and seven touchdowns, thanks in part to OSU mistakes, and led by 19 points until the final play of the game.
For good measure, the Beavers scored on the final play of the game, as QB Ben Gulbranson, seeing his first action of the season, threw a 16-yard TD pass to fellow true freshman Zeriah Beason. Still, the 13-point loss was OSU's worst of the season, although the seventh game of the Pac-12 season had little meaning other than to provide playing experience for players. Highlights were, of course, home wins against California and Oregon.
The Sun Devils (2-2) rushed for 375 yards and six touchdowns.
They scored four unanswered touchdowns in the first half after Oregon State took a 7-0 lead on Chance Nolan's 12-yard TD pass to Tyjon Lindsey.
DeaMonte "Chip" Trayanum scored on a short TD run to tie it. A blocked punt gave ASU the ball next and QB Jayden Daniels scored on a 7-yard TD run.
On OSU's next possession, Jermar Jefferson, who might have played in his final game with the Beavers, fumbled and ASU recovered. On the first play, Daniels threw a 63-yard TD pass to Geordon Porter.
ASU's Rachaad White, who had 158 yards on 13 carries, scored the first of his two touchdowns to make it 26-7.
Leading 26-15, the Sun Devils scored early in the third quarter when Daniels scampered 53 yards and stiff-armed Alex Austin en route to the end zone for the touchdown.
Jack Colletto, the backup Oregon State QB used in short-yardage situations and also plays linebacker and on special teams, scored his second rushing TD, but then White ripped off a 55-yard TD run.
Leading 40-27, the Sun Devils scored again off another OSU punt mistake. The snap actually hit upman Teagan Quitoriano — an intentional fake punt attempt? — and the Sun Devils took over and scored on Ricky Pearsall's 29-yard end-around touchdown run.
Jefferson eclipsed 100 yards for the fifth time in six games (he missed the Utah game because of COVID-19 protocol). He had 103 yards on 24 carries, giving him 858 yards on 133 carries (6.5 yards/carry) with seven touchdowns. Could the junior leave Oregon State for the NFL?
The Beavers had 250 yards rushing.
Nolan went 9 of 23 for 114 yards and two touchdowns, including a 24-yard TD strike to Tre'Shaun Harrison. Gulbranson went 6 of 9 for 64 yards and the TD score. Lindsey had a completion to Quitoriano on a trick play for 46 yards.
Daniels went 8 of 15 for 139 yards and a TD.
ARIZONA STATE 7 19 14 6 — 46
OREGON STATE 7 8 12 6 — 33
OSU — Tyjon Lindsey 12 pass from Chance Nolan (Everett Hayes kick), 8:56
ASU — DeaMonte "Chip" Trayanum 2 run (Christian Zendejas kick), 5:01
ASU — Jayden Daniels 7 run (kick failed), 12:44
ASU — Geordon Porter 63 pass Daniels (pass failed), 11:03
ASU — Rachaad White 4 run (Zendejas kick), 7:22
OSU — Jack Colletto 1 run (Colletto run), 1:44
ASU — Daniels 53 run (Zendejas kick), 10:50
OSU — Colletto 11 run (pass failed), 7:06
ASU — White 55 run (Zendejas kick), 4:32
OSU — Tre'Shaun Harrison 24 pass from Nolan (run failed), 1:40
ASU — Ricky Pearsall 29 run (pass failed), 12:43
OSU — Zeriah Beason 16 pass from Ben Gulbranson (no kick), :01
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