PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon State Beavers mounted a second-half comeback and upset the 9th-ranked Oregon Ducks in a see-saw battle that came down to the last series.
The Beavers took the lead with less than 30 seconds to play and beat the Ducks, 41-38.
Both teams put their talented defense on display as both offenses were stopped numerous times. It wasn’t until 8:57 in the third where Beavers quarterback Tristan Gebbia found freshman receiver Zeriah Beason for an 18 yard touchdown, cutting into the Ducks lead 24-19.
The Ducks came out and responded exactly how they needed to, putting together a very dominate drive that was capped off by Ducks quarterback Tyler Shough finding tight end Hunter Kampmoyer for a 4 yard touchdown, giving the Ducks a controlling 31-19 lead over the Beavers.
Just when it seemed like the Ducks were about to put the game out of reach, the Beavers defense came up big with an interception by standout corner Nahshon Wright, which then led to Gebbia rushing a touchdown, making it 31-26 for the end of the third quarter.
While both teams continued to make plays, the Beavers offense seemed like they couldn’t be stopped as they marched back down the field after an Oregon three and out offensively and capped off the drive with Jermar Jefferson bulldozing his way into the end zone, and converting the two-point conversion giving the Beavers their first lead of the game at 34-31 with 12:23 left in the game.
That lead didn’t last long, the Ducks came right back and muscled their way down to the Beavers 1 yard line, which then led to Ducks running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio walking into the end zone regaining the lead 38-34 with 8:27 left to play in the game.
Oregon State found themselves in crunch time down by just four with under five minutes to play in the game, the Beavers offense marched down the field but came up short on fourth and five after a great stop by the Ducks defense and the Beavers turned it over on downs.
That wasn’t the last of the Beavers though, the Ducks defense failed to pick up a first down thus, giving the Beavers one last shot to win the game with 1:10 left in the game.
After driving all the way down to the 1 yard line, the Ducks defense stood strong and forced the Beavers to a fourth down and goal on the one yard line as Gebbia left the game due to a lower body injury.
This led to transfer quarterback Chance Nolan coming into the game for the Beavers and pushing his way into the end zone on fourth down to give the Beavers the 41-38 lead over the Ducks with just 20 seconds left in the game.
The Ducks took their shots down field but just couldn’t convert and turned the ball over on downs as time expired.