Oregon State edges Fresno State 35-32

Jack Colletto scored on a 2-yard rush on the final play of the game and Oregon State rallied for a 35-32 victory over Fresno State on Saturday night.

The Beavers (2-0) initially looked set to go for a game-tying field goal before coach Jonathan Smith opted to bet for the win after a Fresno State (1-1) timeout.

“They called a time out and I kept saying to myself, ‘We came here to win the game, not to go to overtime,'” Smith said. we did.”

Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford said he wasn’t trying to ice the kicker when he called the timeout, but just wanted to avoid confusion among his players.

“(The Beavers) were going back and forth with the placement and going there, so we had to have the right people on the field,” he said.

The Bulldogs didn’t have the players to stop Colletto. He took a straight snap and ran it for the score that gave the Beavers their first 2-0 start since 2014.

“I was like I thought this might work,” Colletto said of his reaction when Smith called his number. “We’ve had success with the games we’ve had and it’s worked perfectly.”

He capped off a crazy final part of the game that featured three lead changes in the final 1:50.

Chance Nolan threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Tre’Shaun Harrison with 1:50 remaining to give Oregon State a 29-26 lead on the 2-point conversion.

Jake Haener needed just 45 seconds to respond, completing a 45-yard pass to Jalen Moreno-Cropper who set the score 4 yards to Erik Brooks with 1:05 left.

Abraham Montano missed the extra point and the Beavers had a chance to tie it with a field goal or win it with a TD.

A 28-yard pass from Nolan to Luke Musgrave brought the ball to the 14, then a pass interference call set up the final call for Smith and the winning score.

Nolan went 14 for 27 for 219 yards and a TD.

Colletto ran for two scores and Silas Bolden and Deshaun Fenwick also had TD runs for Oregon State.

Jordan Mims rushed for 122 yards and two scores, and Haener threw for 360 yards for the Bulldogs, who were looking for their first 2-0 start since 2013.

Oregon State: The Beavers won for the first time in six trips to Fresno State and rode through a tricky opening streak against Boise State and Fresno State with two wins.

“It’s big,” Smith said. “They are two quality teams that we have just played. Our main goal is not to be a big unconference. But those two games set us up. The type of Pac-12 style compared to these two teams is not much different.

Fresno State: The Bulldogs were hoping for their first home win against a Pac-12 team in 10 years, but missed too many chances. They have traveled to Oregon State 25 times or more seven times and turned those trips into just two touchdowns. Montano missed a 34-yard field goal after a red-zone drive, and Fresno State settled for field goals four more times for 12 points. Mims’ TD in the third quarter provided the only TD until Haener’s final TD.

“We moved the ball well and did a lot of good things, but you have to score touchdowns,” Haener said. “Part of that is on me. I have to do a better job with decisions in the red zone.

Oregon State: Hosts Montana State next Saturday.

Fresno State: Visit No. 10 Southern California on Saturday in the Bulldogs’ first game against a top-10 team since losing to No. 6 Washington and No. 1 Alabama in 2017.

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