Oregon State tops Washington State 24-10 behind Gulbranson

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Oregon State fans take to the field after the team’s victory over Washington State in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022 in Corvallis, Oregon. (AP Photo/Mark Ylen)

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As Ben Gulbranson made his second career start at Oregon State quarterback on Saturday night, the Beavers relied heavily on their running game and defense in a 24-10 victory over the State of Washington.

Good strategy.

Oregon State (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12 Conference) rushed for 203 yards and Jack Colletto ran for two short touchdowns giving Washington State (4-3, 1-3) his third defeat in four games.

The Cougars relied almost exclusively on the arm of quarterback Cameron Ward, who threw 54 passes in the game.

A 50-yard left tackle from Damien Martinez at the 4-yard line late in the third quarter set up Colletto’s 2-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, giving the Beavers a 24-10 lead.

Trailing by 14 points with six minutes remaining, Ward was forced out of the pocket fourth-and-8 from the Cougars’ 37-yard line and his desperation shot fell incomplete.

Oregon State missed a 31-yard field goal with about three minutes left, which would have made it a three-point game, but the Beavers defense sealed the victory.

The teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter.

Midway through the third quarter, Gulbranson rolled to his left and threw into the end zone at receiver Anthony Gould, who jumped high in the air and grabbed a 17-yard touchdown, increasing the Beavers’ lead to 17- 3.

Back came the Cougars.

Ward completed five of six passes on an 80-yard touchdown, culminating in a 9-yard touchdown to running back Jaylen Jenkins that cut the Beavers’ lead to 17-10 at 4:15 of the third quarter.

The Cougars didn’t score again.

Silas Bolden ran the game-opening kickoff 60 yards to set up Oregon State’s first touchdown. Colletto, operating from the wild formation, scored on a 1-yard run to give the Beavers a lead they wouldn’t give up.

Washington State ran just six offensive plays for a yard in the first quarter. The Cougars were more effective offensively in the second quarter, but were still trailing 10-3 at halftime.

The second quarter was tough for Gulbranson, who failed to complete a pass as the Beavers managed just two first downs.

TAKES IT AWAY

Washington State: The Cougars haven’t generated enough offense to avoid defeat. Ward continues to display big-play ability, but the Cougars couldn’t generate a consistent running game and were too one-dimensional.

Oregon State: The Beavers were naturally conservative in their offensive approach and relied on the running game. Martinez’s 50-yard run late in the third quarter was one of the game’s key elements. Oregon State’s three-man rotation of Martinez, Deshaun Fenwick and Jam Griffin continues to produce. Gulbranson had a touchdown pass and an interception.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame

Former Oregon State wide receiver Mike Hass, winner of the 2005 Biletnikoff Award, was honored at a first-quarter on-court ceremony. Hass will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December.

IMPACTING INJURIES

Oregon State quarterback Chance Nolan was in concussion protocol this week and missed his second straight game. Nolan, who was injured in the first quarter of the game against Utah on Oct. 1, had made 19 straight starts before the injury.

Washington State’s leading rusher Nakia Watson and starting wide receiver Renard Bell were retained due to injuries sustained in last week’s loss to USC.

NEXT

Washington State: The Cougars host Utah on Oct. 27 after a bye week.

Oregon State: The Beavers will host Colorado next Saturday.

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