Oregon State won its first start of the football season since 2015, building a big lead against Boise State and then holding off the Broncos’ rally to win 34-17 on Saturday night at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.
For the Beavers, the season-opening win represents another step in improvement under fifth-year coach Jonathan Smith. OSU made its first bowl appearance in eight years last season.
Here is a summary of how the game developed:
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FINAL: OREGON STATE 34, BOISE STATE 17
— Boise State takes over at its 29-yard line after the Beavers’ missed field goal. The Broncos face third and long, and Alex Austin shuts down the swing pass and makes a stop for no gain. Boise State is going for it. An offside penalty helps the Broncos. So on fourth-and-six, Green keeps it up and gets the first down. The Broncos move past midfield when the clock goes under 3 minutes. Now with 1:41 left, Boise State has it first and 10 of the OSU 24. The Broncos face third and two of the 6. Taylen Green is sacked. The Broncos attempt a field goal, but Dalmas’s attempt goes wide to the left. The state of Oregon kneels and that will do it. The Beavers win the game 34-17.
— The Beavers get it back after Taylen Green throws an interception. The ball went under and Alex Austin caught it at OSU 45. That’s five turnovers for the Broncos. The Beavers have turned him around three times. Oregon State moves toward Boise State 29, but drive stops. Everett Hayes attempts a 47-yard field goal, but it goes wide to the left. The Beavers’ lead remains at 34-17 with 4:37 to go.
— Oregon State’s drive starts on its 35 after kickoff goes out of bounds. The Beavers face third-and-10. Nolan throws incomplete, but a pass interference penalty at Boise State gives OSU a first down. Three plays later, on third-and-one, the handoff goes to Jack Colletto, who bursts down the middle and dives into the end zone for a 41-yard touchdown. Oregon State 34, Boise State 17 — 10:39
— Taylen Green leads the Broncos on another touchdown drive. He finishes it off with a 4-yard run. That cuts Oregon State’s lead to 10. Oregon State 27, Boise State 17 — 1:05 p.m.
END OF THIRD QUARTER: OREGON STATE 27, BOISE STATE 10
— The Beavers go three and out and give it back to the Broncos, who take over at their 33-yard line. After a 5-yard run by Latrell Caples, the third quarter ends.
— Boise State starts at their 25-yard line. On second-and-9, QB Taylen Green hits a defender, finds plenty of room to run down the left side and carries him 74 yards for a touchdown for the Broncos. Oregon State 27, Boise State 10 — 2:10
— Oregon State takes over at its own 40-yard line. Nolan finds Musgrave up the middle for 19 yards. So it’s a trick. Nolan throws back to John Dunmore, who then throws deep down the right sideline to Trey Lowe. At first it’s called a touchdown, but on review it’s a 41-yard gain to the 2-yard line. A false start sets OSU back five yards. A hold then sends the Beavers back to the 17-yard line. Nolan then fumbles the ball and it is determined to be a fumble. However, he is under review. He reverses the call, but there was offensive holding on the play. He then he serves first and goal from 27. Nolan stays and picks up near 15, goes down to 12. Then Nolan shoots incomplete. He was looking for Harrison in the end zone. On third-and-goal, Nolan holds and gets to the 5-yard line. That draws Everett Hayes, and his 22-yard field goal is good. Oregon State 27, Boise State 3 — 2:57
— Rejzohn Wright comes up with what looks like an interception, but instead called for pass interference. After a run that’s going nowhere and an incomplete, the Broncos face third and 11. It’s incomplete again and the Broncos have to punt.
— The Beavers start their drive from their own 34-yard line. Damien Martinez rushes for 12 yards. Trey Lowe picks up 15 more. Then a holding penalty sets OSU back. Nolan throws complete to Luke Musgrave for a gain of 7, but after review he is incomplete because Musgrave was out of bounds. That will bring the third and 16 of the Boise State 45. The Beavers can’t convert and punt. Boise State takes over at its 12-yard line.
— Oregon State gets the ball first to start the second half. Chance Nolan tries to shoot the ball, but it’s a soft shot and Boise State’s Caleb Biggers tiptoes toward the sideline to catch it. Boise State has a short field, starting at OSU 25. However, the Broncos can’t do much with it and have to settle for a 41-yard field goal from Jonah Dalmas. However, they are on the board. Oregon State 24, Boise State 3 — 12:11
HALF TIME: OREGON STATE 24, BOISE STATE 0
— Boise State’s drive starts from their 25-yard line. Green and the Broncos put together a good drive. A 26-yard pass to Stefan Cobbs takes the Broncos to OSU 25. Latrell Caples with a good catch after flipping over and taking a hit that knocks his helmet off. The Beavers take a timeout with 11 seconds left at the half. The Broncos have him first and 10 since OSU 14. Green throws incomplete. With just 5 seconds left in the half, the Broncos line up to attempt a 32-yard field goal. But Jonah Dalmas kick is not good, wide right. So at the half, Oregon State still leads 24-0.
— The Beavers quickly come off their own end. Chance Nolan throws deep to Anthony Gould, who catches the 47-yard line and drives it to the Boise State 21-yard line. It’s a 74-yard pass play. But on the next play, Damien Martinez fumbles the ball and Boise State gets it back. However, it seems that he will invest in the repetition. It is annulled and the Beavers retain possession. On the next play, Fenwick takes it to the right side and hits the pylon for a 12-yard TD run. The Beavers are turning this into a loss now. Oregon State 24, Boise State 0 — 3:11
— The state of Oregon returns it. On third and 15, Nolan’s pass goes up in the air and is intercepted by JL Skinner. The Broncos take over at OSU 16. On third and 12, Green converts it with a 13-yard pass to George Holani. The Broncos have it first and goal from the 5. But two plays later, another turnover. Boise State’s Ashton Jeanty fumbles after a Jaydon Grant hit, and the Beavers’ Alex Austin recovers at the 2-yard line.
— The Broncos bring in a new quarterback, Taylen Green. He gets a first down for Boise State, but then the drive stops and the Broncos punt. Oregon State takes over at its 29-yard line.
— The Beavers force a third turnover from Boise State, with a sack by Riley Sharp. Jack Colletto pounces on the fumble and Oregon State takes control at the Broncos 6-yard line. However, the Beavers can’t hit, settling for a 21-yard field goal by Everett Hayes to win big early in the second quarter. Oregon State 17, Boise State 0 — 10:28
— Oregon State keeps the Broncos at 3 and out again, and after the punt, the Beavers take control at the Boise State 49. The Beavers try a few tricks, but Anthony Gould gets bogged down by a loss. Tre’Shaun Harrison is called for a dead ball personal foul. The Beavers cleared it, a 52-yard punt from Luke Loecher, and Boise State took over at their 10-yard line.
END OF 1ST QUARTER: OREGON STATE 14, BOISE STATE 0
— Boise State falls back on its first two plays of offense. The first quarter ends. The Broncos will face off at third and 14 to start the second quarter.
— After another three and out of Boise State, Chance Nolan continues for Oregon State. He hits Luke Musgrave for 7 yards, then Tyjon Lindsey for 8 yards. Nolan then throws a bomb at Lindsey, who catches it, brushing off a defender and running into the end zone to catch a 47-yard touchdown. Oregon State 14, Boise State 0 — 1:15
— Now Jaydon Grant has an interception when Bachmeier knocks down his receiver. The Beavers have him from their own 47-yard line. Chance Nolan hits Tre’Shaun Harrison, who spins him upfield for a 26-yard gain. On the next play, Nolan comes out and finds Luke Musgrave for a 27-yard touchdown pass. The Beavers attack first. Oregon State 7, Boise State 0 — 5:24
— The Beavers go three and out after the interception and punt to the Broncos, who take control at their 25-yard line.
— Oregon State gets the ball back just two plays after losing it on a fumble. Rejzohn Wright intercepts Hank Bachmeier’s pass at the Beavers 21-yard line.
— After the Broncos punt, Oregon State takes control at their own 39-yard line. Facing fourth-and-two from their own 47-yard line, the Beavers line up to try, but then call a timeout. Jack Colletto is in the game now for the fourth down play. He gets it and goes ahead for the first try. … A couple of plays later, Chance Nolan finds Luke Musgrave down the middle for a gain of 27, down to Boise State’s 30. But on the next play, Deshaun Fenwick fumbles and the Broncos rally. They take care of themselves 29.
— Boise State gets kickoff and Oregon State’s defense forces a three-and-out to start the game.
Boise State in the state of Oregon
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Reser Stadium, Corvallis
last line: Beavers by 2
weather at start: Clear skies and 71 degrees
Television channel: ESPN (Xfinity Comcast 35/735, Dish 140, Charter Spectrum 27/816, DirecTV 206)
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What is at stake
With a tough game at Fresno State looming in Week 2, the importance of Saturday’s opener increases for OSU. Boise State is coming off a 7-5 season and one of its worst offensive performances in years. Both teams are packed with veterans; OSU, particularly on defense, and Boise State, with three-year starting quarterback Hank Bachmeier. This is the first game at Reser Stadium since the west grandstands collapsed in January. The stadium’s capacity is temporarily reduced to 26,407 this season, but the school is fielding a $5 million, 6,750-square-foot video board for tonight’s game.
— Nick Daschel reported from Corvallis