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With the lopsided win, Oregon State finds itself with another season of bowl eligibility and plenty of upsides

PMG PHOTO: RALEIGH EMERSON - Oregon State freshman Damien Martinez scored three touchdowns in the Beavs 42-9 win over Colorado on Oct. 22.

Trib's take: Oregon State has proven itself a good team. Maybe not a great team, as losses to top 25 opponents USC and Utah have thus far excluded it from the national top 25 rankings, but a good team. Why? Good teams do what Oregon State did against bad teams such as Colorado on Oct. 22. The Beavs handled the Buffaloes 42-9 after four quarters of mostly one-sided action.

The Beavers established a big lead, 21-3, heading into the locker room at halftime, thanks to a pair of rushing touchdowns from Damien Martinez and a touchdown pass from Ben Gulbranson to Silas Bolden.

The second half was more of the same. Another touchdown pass from Gulbranson to backup tight-end Jack Velling, this one for 60 yards, as well as a 42-yard pick-six by defensive back Alex Austin, put the Beavers up 35-9 by end of third stanza. Martinez picked up this third touchdown of the evening with a 4-yard rush.

Oregon State's defense was on top of things as well, getting two fumble recoveries and two picks to quell any Colorado momentum over the course of the game. The Beavers limited Colorado's offense to less than 300 yards, which is what a good team should do. Meanwhile, the Beavers put up 472 yards of total offense, including 202 yards through from Gulbranson and Co.

Big picture: Oregon State flexed both its starters and its backups on offense showed up against Colorado, an admittedly outmatched opponent. However, it was still good to see the Oregon State offense set itself up for success in the future.

Gulbranson was efficient through the air, going 14-22 for 202 yards and two touchdowns with a QBR of 170.8. The long pass of the game was to backup tight end Jack Velling for a 60-yard touchdown reception.

The Beavers' regular rotation on offense shared the load. On the ground, Martinez led the way with 178 yards on 22 carries, followed by Jam Griffin with 48 yards and seven carries and Isaiah Newell with five carries for 36 yards.

The receiving corps had half the amount of looks on offense, led by Tyjon Lindsey with four catches for 45 yards, Griffin with two catches for 25 yards and Tre'Shaun Harrison with two catches for 23 yards. Velling and Bolden were the lone receivers to snag touchdown passes.

With the win, the Beavers become bowl eligible at the end of the season.

Oh, yes!: Freshman running back Damien Martinez might be something special. The Lewisville, Texas, alum more than doubled his yearly touchdown count against Colorado, now totaling five for 2022. But it's not just that he's scoring more recently, it's that he's finding ways to break away for big plays.

In the last three wins Oregon State rattled off, Martinez rushed for longs of 43, 50 and 40 yards, respectively. In the week six win over Stanford, Martinez rushed three times for an average of 27.7 yards. The 178 rushing yards against Colorado was his season high, but Martinez has routinely proven that he is one of the go-to backs in an Oregon State rushing corps replete with strong running backs.

Oh, no!: Oregon State didn't play a perfect game. The Beavers tallied 10 penalties for 77 yards, put the ball on the ground twice and lost a fumble. The Beavers gave up one sack for six yards as well as suffering five tackles-for-loss. It's nitpicky in a blowout win over an overmatched opponent, but if Oregon State wants to maintain its current win streak, it'll have to clean up some of those things against better opponents going forward.

Up next: Oregon State (6-2) travels to Washington (6-2) on Friday, Nov. 4. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.


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