(CORVALLIS)—As one fan phrased it in the south end zone on Saturday night, it was basically “Beavis versus Buffhead”: Two loser conference teams, fighting for respect in front of a half-full stadium in late October. College football doesn’t get much less exciting than this, and even the final score was indicative of how boring the game was.
The Colorado Buffaloes broke a long Pac-12 winless streak with a 17-13 win over the host Oregon State Beavers last night, and that was probably the Beavers’ last chance to win a game in 2015. The Buffaloes hadn’t won a conference game since beating California in November 2013, and they hadn’t won a road Pac-12 game since beating Washington State in September 2012.
That’s how bad it is for the Beavers now: They’re on the road against Utah next weekend, followed by a home game on November 7 against UCLA. Oregon State wraps up its schedule with a road game at California, a home game against Washington and a road game against Oregon. There are no wins in that stretch.
The game looked like it would be a high-scoring affair when both teams scored on their opening drives, but after a long injury delay early in the second quarter—Beavers cornerback Treston Decoud had to be taken off the field in an ambulance, but he was in the locker room after the game—the whole game slowed down. The game was tied, 10-10, at halftime.
Colorado went up by a touchdown in the fourth quarter and held on for the win when the Beavers were unable to score on their final drive of the game. Oregon State’s third freshman quarterback—Nick Mitchell—threw an interception to end the Beavers’ chances.
OSU Head Coach Gary Andersen tried to mix things up with his offense this week, but it didn’t pay off much. The Beavers outgained the Buffaloes, 401-328, but the offense still left the defense on the field for over 33 minutes of the game. Oregon State couldn’t finish enough drives with points, basically.
Usually the starting QB, Seth Collins split time with Mitchell, while former backup QB Marcus McMaryion seems to be the odd man out now. Mitchell was just 9-for-24, however, for 122 yards and the one INT. Collins was 4-for-7, gaining 77 yards. Andersen said the two will continue to rotate at the position for the rest of the season; neither shows enough promise with the arm to make a difference in the win column, however.
The Beavers had some room to run the ball, as Ryan Nall—who had 19 carries in the first six games combined, two of which he didn’t get the ball at all—ran for 122 yards on 20 carries, including the only Oregon State TD. Senior Storm Barrs-Woods had one carry, as Andersen looks to build for 2016 already now.
“It’s tough, no question about it,” Andersen told the media after the game. “I don’t have a bunch to say.”