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Turnovers doomed Oregon State's upset bid against USC last week. Can the Beavers get back to their winning ways in Utah?

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Oregon State football's Rejzohn Wright returns an interception in the first quarter against Montana State on Sept. 17, 2022, at Providence Park in Portland.

For the first time this season, the Oregon State football team must shake off a loss as it prepares for the next Pac-12 test — a road trip to face No. 12 Utah on Saturday, Oct. 1.

The Beavers (3-1) fought valiantly against No. 6 USC (4-0) last week, but they could not get a stop when they needed one late in the game. The Trojans left Corvallis as 17-14 victors and cemented themselves at the top of Pac-12 pecking order for the time being. Meanwhile, Oregon State left Reser Stadium empty-handed after a gutsy battle.

READ MORE: Takeaways from Oregon State-USC

Now, OSU head coach Jonathan Smith takes his team on the road as conference play continues, and another tough opponent awaits them in Utah. Can the Beavers get their mojo back?

Here's how to watch Saturday's game, as well as a look ahead at what to watch for between Oregon State and Utah.

HOW TO WATCH

Who: Oregon State (3-1) at No. 12 Utah (3-1)

When: Saturday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m. Pacific

Where: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah (buy tickets)

TV: Pac-12 Networks

Live stream: Pac-12.com

Radio broadcast: Beaver Sports Network (1190 KEX-AM)

Radio stream: 1190 AM on iHeart Radio

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

The Beavers landed a few offensive haymakers on USC in last week's loss, but the defense looked especially potent as it shut down the Trojans for most of the game. When the levy finally broke, though, it put the burden back on the OSU offense to generate points; instead, quarterback Chance Nolan threw two fourth-quarter interceptions, giving him four on the day and ending the bid for an upset at home.

Going into last week's game, the Beavers were riding high on the backs of three nonconference wins. Now, they have to figure out how to bounce back from the disappointing loss to USC. The improvement must start with Nolan, who had a career-worst day in the turnover department. On the other hand, the Beavers nearly beat a top-10 team even despite their quarterback's struggles. That close margin of victory came thanks to the OSU running back committee of Deshaun Fenwick, Jam Griffin and Damien Martinez, all of whom have shown flashes of star potential through the first four games.

As for No. 12 Utah (3-1), the Utes have won three straight contests since losing their season opener to Florida. Utah quarterback Cam Rising and running back Tavion Thomas lead a balanced offense that has scored at least 34 points in each of those three wins. The defense, meanwhile, has forced multiple turnovers in each victory, while allowing just 9.0 points per game. Last week, Utah trounced Arizona State 34-13 on the road. Now back in Salt Lake City, the Utes look to make it four in a row in their Homecoming game against the Beavers.


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