OSU’s homecoming game is a success as the Beavers beat the Washington State Cougars 24-10

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Quarterback Ben Gulbranson prepares to hand the ball off to running back Jam Griffin in Saturday’s matchup against the Washington State Cougars. The Beavers went on to win the game with a score of 24-10.

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Editor’s Note: The Washington State quarterback’s name was listed incorrectly in Saturday’s story about the Beaver Homecoming game. His name is Cameron Ward. The Barometer regrets the error.

The Oregon State Beavers beat the Washington State Cougars with a final score of 24-10 on Saturday at Reser Stadium, which also happened to be Oregon State’s annual homecoming game. 

Oregon State’s homecoming game could be classified as a success with an overdue win, student tickets selling out in three hours, Alumni being present, and awards and recognition being granted throughout the entirety of the game.

Although Oregon State was once again without quarterback Chance Nolan, who is out with a concussion, as well as tight end Luke Musgrave and running back Trey Lowe, Saturday’s game started off strong for the Beavers. OSU’s wide receiver Silas Bolden returned WSU’s kicker Colton Theaker’s  kickoff of 65-yards back to the WSU 40-yard line.

Just five and a half minutes into the first quarter, redshirt freshman  and now second-time starting quarterback, Ben Gulbranson snapped the ball to inside linebacker Jack Colletto, for a gain of one yard to achieve the first touchdown of the night.

The second quarter stayed steady, as kicker Atticus Sappington’s 26-yard field goal attempt was deemed good, with 14-minutes left in the quarter. Sappington’s kickoff of 61-yards was returned by 12-yards by Washington State wide receiver, Lincoln Victor. In Washington State’s possession, Washington State kicker Dean Janikowski scored a three-point field goal. This changed the score to 10-3 OSU, ending the first half of the game. 

Oregon State kept momentum in the second half of the game, with wide receiver Anthony Gould making a touchdown in the third quarter with eight minutes left and Sappington’s one-point field goal. This gave OSU a lead of 17-3.

Sappington then had a 62-yard kickoff, which Victor intercepted, returning 16-yards and giving Washington State possession of the ball.

Washington State’s quarterback Cameron Ward completed a 23-yard pass to wide receiver Robert Ferrel, who advanced from the WSU 44-yard line to the OSU 39-yard line, being taken out of bounds by defensive back Kitan Oladapo, for a first down. Washington State running back Jaylen Jenkins, who was named PAC-12 Freshman of the Week, scored a touchdown 11 minutes into the third quarter and gave the Cougars a new score of 17-10.

With the last 15 minutes on the clock, the Beavers and the Cougars had their hearts in the game. Three seconds into the last quarter, a direct snap to Colletto resulted in another touchdown for OSU, giving them the secure lead with a score of 24-10. 

Saturday’s game brings the Beavers to a 5-2 season record and making Oregon State sixth in the PAC-12 conference.

Next Saturday, Oregon State welcomes the University of Colorado to Reser Stadium, hoping to conquer their next conference play with a kickoff at 5 p.m.