Friday, December 2 2022

After a few tough games to start the season, Oregon State needed a game without a ton of pressure.

The Beavers got this Saturday in a 68-28 win over state of montana. But they don’t have much time to celebrate a 3-0 start with USC No. 7 looming.

Oregon State has been consistent on offense against the Bobcats – 324 passing yards and 216 rushing yards.

Chance Nolan was 19 of 25 for 276 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

USC will give the Beavers defense a huge challenge, so it was important for them to look strong against Montana State, and they did.

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In the first half, when the starters were on the line, Oregon State held the Bobcats to 86 yards and a touchdown.

Additionally, the Beavers had three interceptions in the game – by Rejzohn Wright, Ryan Cooper Jr. and Jaydon Grant.

Oregon State is as prepared as it can be to take on USC, which is reborn this year under freshman head coach and offensive guru Lincoln Riley.

The Beavers beat two strong Mountain West teams in Boise State (34-17) and Fresno State (35-32), and they had an easier week to work on their offense and defense without the stress of a close game .

Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Anthony Gould (2) makes a catch against Montana State Bobcats safety Rhedi Short (3) during the first half on September 17, 2022 at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon.

Nolan looks great at times, like Saturday against Monday State and the first half against Boise State.

There will be some pressure on Nolan against USC, who entered this weekend averaging 53.5 points per game, not just to be consistent, but to make big plays.

The Oregon State defense will have to continue to force turnovers. For the Beavers to upset the Trojans at Reser Stadium, they will need to win the turnover battle.

As far as tune-up plays go, it was a good game for Oregon State.

They got to play in front of their Portland fans at Providence Park, and it was a great night to celebrate their first 3-0 start since 2014.

But it’s back to work Sunday for the Beavers as they prepare for their biggest challenge yet.


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