Saturday, Oct. 9: Cougars 31, Beavers 24
Big picture: In a battle between Washington State's passing game and Oregon State's ground game, the host Cougars prevailed by tackling OSU's Trey Lowe a half-yard short on fourth-and-19 at the Cougs' 6-yard line to end the game. Washington State's eighth consecutive win over Oregon State means there are no unbeaten teams in the Pac-12 North.
Oregon State is 4-2 (2-1). Washington State is 2-2 (2-2).
The Beavers defense was making big plays in the first half, turning back the Cougars multiple times in the red zone to lead 10-3 at halftime.
The second half was all offense. WSU scored touchdowns on all four of its second-half drives. OSU scored quick touchdowns to tie the game at 17 and 24 and drove to a first-down at the Cougars' 28 with 1:34 left. A pass interference penalty against WSU on a fourth-and-10 gave the Beavs first down at the 14 with 1:11 on the clock. But Chance Nolan was sacked on first down at the 22 and lost a yard on a second-down scramble. On fourth and 19 from the 23, Nolan threw short to Lowe, who sliced diagonally across the field but was tackled just short of a first down.
Oregon State still sits atop the division but missed a chance to move to 3-0 and keep real pressure on the rest of the division heading into its bye week.
Notable numbers: Oregon State out-gained Washington State 309-94 on the ground, averaging 6.9 yards per carry. But the Cougars did most of their damage by passing for 399 yards, averaging 8.7 yards per Jayden de Laura (23 of 46) pass.
For Oregon State, B.J. Baylor ran for 145 yards (18 carries, 8.1 average including a 50-yarder) and Deshaun Fenwick ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns (15 carries, 8.4 average).
WSU used big plays to counter OSU's ground game, including a 55-yard catch and run by Joey Hobert to give the Cougs their first lead in the third quarter. Travell Harris led WSU receivers with eight catches for 147 yards, including a 58-yarder.
Up next: Oregon State is idle next week. Utah visits Reser Stadium on Oct. 23 (time and TV, TBD).
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