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Ken Goe: Oregon State seems primed for one more step ahead this season after beating Boise State in opener

Whereas the Pac-12 was distracted by disheartening losses elsewhere, Oregon State beat the stuffing out of Boise State on Saturday at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.

The Beavers took the ball away 5 occasions and rolled up 470 yards complete offense to open the season with a decisive 34-17 victory.

OSU seemed higher in each part whereas roaring out to a 24-0 halftime lead earlier than an enthusiastic crowd of 27,732, overcame a sloppy third quarter and despatched Boise State packing within the fourth.

The Beavers have massive hopes for this season. They confirmed sufficient pizzazz to justify the hype.

It’s as if the followers knew what was coming. Tickets had been gone early within the week. Whereas capability is restricted as a result of Reser’s west facet is beneath development, it was a much bigger, louder, extra engaged crowd than OSU usually attracts for a #Pac12AfterDark, nonconference sport.

If the trustworthy are excited, properly, why not?

This might develop into the very best OSU staff since Mike Riley strung collectively 28 victories from 2006-08. The group OSU rolled Saturday could be from the Mountain West Convention, but it surely’s higher echelon.

Boise State hasn’t had a shedding season since 1997. The Broncos aren’t patsies. The Beavers simply made them look that manner.

“It’s a primary sport,” OSU coach Jonathan Smith stated. “I do suppose we tried to make it bodily on each side of the ball, tackling and working and taking part in with vitality. … It’s a superb begin. We received a sport.”

The brand new-look OSU protection beneath first-year coordinator Trent Bray was stifling. Boise State cycled by two quarterbacks and wanted a scoreless, comfort drive on the finish of the fourth quarter to complete with 311 yards of offense.

OSU quarterback Likelihood Nolan accomplished 14 of 23 passes for 251 yards, displaying a contact on the deep ball that beforehand was MIA.

One of many Nolan incompletions was a superbly thrown go, feathered over the shoulder and thru the palms of receiver Tre’Shaun Harrison in stride. It could have been a 53-yard landing go if Harrison had held on.

If the working sport sputtered early, it delivered within the fourth quarter, when Jack Colletto broke unfastened for a 41-yard scoring run to place the Broncos away.

There’s a lot to enhance upon. The 100 yards in penalties, as an example. And the Beavers have to display a knockout punch.

They couldn’t land one till Colletto’s scoring run with 10:39 to play after floundering within the third quarter.

“For future reference, I don’t suppose that’s going to win ball video games when we have to,” Colletto stated. “That’s one thing we undoubtedly have to concentrate on.”

Compared to what occurred elsewhere, although, it was spectacular.

Pac-12 bellwethers Oregon and Utah each went into SEC nation and got here up empty on Saturday.

The Geese obtained their helmets handed to them 49-3 in Atlanta by Georgia, the defending nationwide champion. No disgrace in that, though you could be excused for pondering Oregon would put up a combat.

Utah was higher towards Florida in a 29-26 loss. However the backside line is the supposed finest groups within the convention went 0-2 towards Huge Boy opponents.

So, maybe there’s a void on the prime. Maybe OSU can contend to fill it.

Smith has constructed this program brick by brick from the wreckage through which Gary Andersen left it. He has accomplished it from the underside up in a peaceful, affected person, constant manner.

Nolan is in his third season in this system, guard Brandon Kipper is in his fifth, future NFL tight finish Luke Musgrave is in his fourth.

Security Jaydon Grant walked on from West Linn Excessive College in 2016. Inside linebacker Omar Speights joined the Beavers out of Corvallis highschool Cresent Valley. Colletto, OSU’s jack of all trades, has been a part of this system since 2018.

Seven of Smith’s on-field assistants have been with him since he took over in 2018.

As an alternative of plumbing the switch portal to combine and match gamers and churning by coaches, the Beavers have leaned on homegrown personnel and caught to a long-range plan.

All of it started to repay final 12 months, when the Beavers broke by to win seven video games and go to their first bowl sport since 2013.

Precedent suggests the Beavers will take one other step ahead this season.

Why not a giant one?

— Ken Goe reported from Corvallis for The Oregonian/OregonLive | Twitter: @KenGoe


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