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OCT. 23 PAC-12 FOOTBALL: Oregon State shakes off slow start, halftime deficit to turn away Utah at Reser Stadium.

Big picture: The Beavers should be ranked after another impressive performance. Oregon State is 5-2 and tied with Oregon atop the Pac-12 North Division at 3-1 and has an offensive line and running game that should serve them well as they get deeper into the season and the weather gets worse. … At 5-2, Oregon State is one win from becoming bowl eligible for the first time in eight years, but the Beavers look like a hungry bunch capable of much bigger things.

The Beavers, who fell behind 14-0 early, grabbed momentum out of the halftime break by driving 75 yards to open the third quarter then getting a Luke Musgrave blocked punt for a go-ahead touchdown.

Storylines: OSU's offensive line and general resiliency stood out in another notable win in the Jonathan Smith rebuild. The Beavers were resilient both in the first quarter and in the third quarter. In the first quarter, after falling behind 14-0, OSU ran the ball on 10 consecutive plays on a 12-play, 75-yard march to their first touchdown. The first half ended with the Utes up 24-14 after Chance Nolan was sacked and fumbled to set up the third Utah touchdown of the first half. On the first drive of the third quarter, the Beavers completed a third-and-8 pass to Tyjon Lindsey for 36 yards to flip the field and scored on an 11-yard Nolan to Trevon Bradford play on a third-and-5.

Notable numbers: Led by 152 yards from B.J. Baylor, the Beavers ran for 260 yards as 41 of their 60 offensive plays were runs. … OSU quarterback Chance Nolan completed 14 of 19 for 208 yards and two touchdowns. … Trevon Bradford caught six passes for 74 yards and a touchdown and had a 10-yard rushing touchdown. … Oregon State overcame 11 penalties for 114 yards and suffering the only turnover of the night at Reser Stadium.

Up next: Oregon State at California, 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 (Pac-12 Network).


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