Beyond the Box: Oregon State tops Cal 47-44 in overtime


Josh Worden, Senior Beat Reporter

The numbers that won’t show up in your typical box score

The Oregon State football team (2-3) beat California 47-44 in overtime on Saturday, the first Pac-12 win under head coach Gary Andersen and the first conference win in 13 tries. Here are the statistics from Saturday’s contest that may not appear in the average box score. 

OSU’s 474 rushing yards notched a school record in Pac-12/Pac-10 games. Running back Ryan Nall had 221 yards, better than his combined 211 yards through the first four games. 

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The Beavers’ six rushing touchdowns (three by Nall) topped their entire season total of five scores through the first four games.

Cal quarterback Davis Webb entered the game averaging 430 passing yards per contest with at least four touchdowns in every game. On Saturday, he had 113 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

Cal wide receiver Chad Hansen entered the game averaging 151 receiving yards per game with eight touchdowns. He had just four catches for 16 yards with no touchdowns on Saturday.

OSU had eight rushing plays that went 10 yards or more, but no passing plays that traveled 10 or more yards.

OSU didn’t punt the ball until there was 5:20 left in the fourth quarter.

The Beavers haven’t thrown a passing touchdown since the season opener versus Minnesota, tossing five interceptions in the meantime. Junior quarterback Darrell Garretson hasn’t thrown for more than 85 yards in any of the last three contests.

Last season, OSU held a lead for a combined 17:23 of all Pac-12 games (3.2 percent of the total 540 minutes of gameplay). On Saturday alone, OSU led for 52:37.

Cal scored on its final six possessions, closing a 34-17 gap to force overtime.

Junior wide receiver Jordan Villamin has been targeted 22 times by OSU quarterbacks this season, but has just eight catches for 49 yards and no touchdowns. He had one catch for five yards on Saturday.

For the first time this season, OSU’s leading tackler wasn’t a defensive back. Linebacker Caleb Saulo’s 13 tackles was three more than any teammate.

OSU has attempted 36 field goals in Reser Stadium since 2014 and only 11 field goals away from Corvallis in that same span. OSU kicker Garrett Owens went 2-for-2 on Saturday.

With his 21 kickoff return yards on Saturday, senior wide receiver Victor Bolden currently has 2,085 kickoff return yards in his career, which is just 75 yards shy of the career record set by Ray Taroli (1971-1974). Bolden already has the single season record from his freshman year in 2013 with 1,198 yards.

OSU and Cal reached the red zone a combined 11 times and scored each time.

The Beavers went 8-for-12 on third downs against Cal. The Golden Bears went 5-for-5 on fourth downs while OSU didn’t go for any fourth down conversions.

This season and last, OSU is a combined 14-for-14 on third-and-one conversions. In fourth-and-one situations this year, OSU is 0-for-3. 

In the Colorado game, OSU recorded just one tackle for loss in the 47-6 defeat. This week, it was Cal recording just one tackle for loss. OSU had six tackles for loss versus the Golden Bears.

OSU allowed 17 sacks through the first four games but didn’t give up any sacks versus Cal.

Both this year and last, OSU scored its first points in a Pac-12 third quarter against Cal. Last year, the Cal matchup was the seventh Pac-12 game of the year; this year it was the second.

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