Oregon State wins a bowl game for the first time since 2013 in dominant fashion


Jason May

OSU quarterback Ben Gulbranson throwing the ball during the Las Vegas Bowl Game this Saturday.

Ryan Harlan, Sports Writer

The No. 14 Oregon State Beavers secured a dominant 30-3 win over the University of Florida Gators in the Las Vegas Bowl in Allegiant Stadium on Saturday.

The bowl game win has been an achievement that has been over nine years in the making for the Beavers.

After securing their ninth win of the season over bitter rival the No. 15 University of Oregon Ducks in a 38-34 win at Reser Stadium to propel the team to the Las Vegas Bowl. The Beavers have now earned their tenth win of the season with their victory over the Gators, giving them a record of 10-3 to end the 2022 football season.

Early in the game, it was a stalemate for both the Beaver and Gator defenses as they held both offenses scoreless through most of the first quarter. Wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey ended the stalemate on an 8-yard touchdown run to give the Beavers the first points of the game, making the score 7-0.

The Gators on the ensuing drive looked to answer the early scoring drive from Oregon State. However, the Beaver defense forced the Gator offense to turn the ball over on downs giving the ball back quickly to the Beavers.

On the ensuing drive for the Beavers off the turnover quarterback, Tristan Gebbia checked into the game for Oregon State for quarterback Ben Gulbranson in the second quarter. The Beavers added to their lead with a field goal from kicker Everett Hayes extending the Oregon State lead 10-0 with 4:32 in the second quarter.

Gulbranson returned to the game on the next drive for the Beavers in the second quarter. On the final drive of the first half, the Beaver looked to add to their lead heading into halftime, but Florida blocked the field goal attempt from Hayes at the end of the second quarter.

After halftime, the Beavers added to their lead with a 15-yard touchdown throw to Silas Bolden to extend the Oregon State lead to 17-0. On the ensuing Florida possession, utility player Jack Colletto blocked the Gators’ punt giving the ball to the Beavers at the Florida 7-yard line.

The Beavers capitalized off the blocked punt with a 7-yard touchdown run from Gulbranson extending the Oregon State 23-0 with 9:09 in the third quarter. Early in the fourth quarter Oregon State added another scoring drive extending the lead 30-0 on a 2-yard touchdown run from running back Jam Griffin.

On the ensuing drive for the Gators, Florida turned the ball over on downs after running back Montrell Johnson Jr. failed to pick up the first down to keep the drive alive for the Gators, giving the ball back to the Beavers.

The Gator offense in a last-ditch effort to avoid being shutout scored their first points of the game on a 40-yard field goal from Florida kicker Adam Mihalek cutting the Oregon State 30-3 at the end of the 4th quarter.

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