A tale of two halves; Beavers lose to Utes

Keenan Puncocher, Multimedia Contributor

After rushing for 474 yards last week against Cal, the Oregon State Beavers (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12) were only able to total 297 yards this week against Utah (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12). Although the game was a back and forth affair, the Beavers were unable to leave with the win, losing 19-14.

With unusual weather consisting of heavy rain and strong wind affecting this week’s game, the offense looked to establish the passing game early, and allow starting quarterback Darell Garretson to find his passing rhythm.

Garretson finished his day on 4-20 passing for 24 yards, after going down with an undisclosed injury. Backup quarterback Conor Blount, was able to complete only one offensive drive after also having to be removed from the game due to injury.

Following the game, wide receiver Victor Bolden spoke to his team’s injuries, as well as the confidence of his teammates.

“It hurts to see one of your brothers go down, when you’re family,” Bolden said. Sometimes we can’t control what happens in the game, but we still have to be in it and be prepared. When a number is called, you have to step up and make the play.”

On the defensive side, the Beavers were able to play a physical and stout game, holding Utah to only seven points after halftime. Allowing a total of 42 total passing yards, the defense kept Oregon State within striking distance throughout the duration of the game.

Sophomore linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu, who was responsible for 11 total tackles, talked about the adjustments his team made at half.

“We didn’t actually change much. We went out at half and told eachother that we were going to play our type of football,” said Ugwoegbu. “Forget the scoreboard, we were going to go out there and play defense. Good sound and technique football, and that’s what we did.”

Looking ahead to the Beavers next game against the Washington Huskies, head coach Gary Andersen is still looking for the key to offensive success. While the seriousness of running back Ryan Nall’s injury remains unknown, sophomore quarterback Marcus McMaryion looks to be the starter going into next week.

Coach Anderson expressed his frustrations with his offense following the game, as well as what needs to change in preparation for Washington.

“Our passing game as a whole is a real struggle right now,” Anderson said. “We can’t sugar coat, fake it, hide it, or pretend it’s not there. It needs to get better.”