Oregon State upsets rival No. 11 Oregon with fourth-quarter rally, capped by last-minute TD – AZCentral.com

CORVALLIS, Oregon — From a thick fog emerged clarity.

Oregon’s playoff dream is dead, and Oregon State has finally breathed some life back into the rivalry.

The Beavers outscored the No. 11 Ducks 22-7 in the fourth quarter to win 41-38 on Friday at Reser Stadium.

Oregon coordinator Andy Avalos’ defense gave up 532 total yards, but had a chance to pull out the win if it could have held the Beavers to 531.

But the Ducks’ goal-line stand did not hold up on fourth-and-inches as Beavers backup quarterback Chance Nolan muscled his way into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown with 33 seconds left.

Oregon State starting quarterback Tristan Gebbia appeared to score on second down, but he was ruled short of the goal line. On third down from inside the 1-yard line, he was stuffed again by Oregon defensive tackle Austin Faoliu and injured on the play.

Jemar Jefferson was happy to play decoy and celebrate Nolan’s one shining moment after rushing for 226 yards and two touchdowns to keep the Beavers (2-2) in the game.

Tyler Shough passed for 266 yards and two touchdowns for Oregon, but threw two interceptions as the Ducks (3-1) lost to Oregon State for the first time since Justin Herbert’s freshman season in 2016.

After Gebbia scrambled for 13 yards to convert a fourth-and-7, Oregon came up with the key stop four snaps later when linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia batted down a pass on fourth-and-7 from the Oregon 15-yard line with 2:18 left.

But the Ducks went three-and-out on the next series to give the Beavers a shot to pull of the upset.

Oregon State scored 15 points in 63 seconds early in the fourth quarter to turn a 31-19 deficit into a 34-31 lead.

Oregon challenged a play in which Deommodore Lenoir wrestled the ball loose from Jefferson on the sideline. The review was upheld and the play was ruled an Oregon State first down and not a fumble.

Gebbia’s 1-yard touchdown drive, after Jefferson converted a fourth-and-3, completed the 16-play, 92-yard drive in 8:05 to get the Beavers within 31-26 with 13:26 remaining.

Jermar Jefferson rushed for 226 yards, most ever in the Oregon-OSU rivalry.

Then Shough was picked off by Nahshon Wright, which set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Jefferson with 12:38 remaining. Gebbia’s two-point conversion run gave the Beavers a three-point lead.

Shough answered with a 23-yard completion to Hunter Kampmoyer to convert a third-and-7 before Cyrus Habibi-Likio’s 1-yard touchdown run gave the Ducks a 38-34 lead.

The Beavers were within 24-19 after an 8-yard touchdown pass from Gebbia to Zeriah Beason, but the two-point conversion attempted failed.

Oregon reeled off a series of chunk plays and Shough finished the quick 74-yard answer drive with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Kampmoyer to make the score 31-19 with 6:43 remaining in the third quarter.

The Ducks led 24-13 at the intermission as Shough completed 13-of-18 passes for 202 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown pass to Devon Williams.

On the game’s first drive, CJ Verdell moved the chains on a third-and-11 with a 14-yard reception on a screen pass. Jaylon Redd refused to be tackled and spun his way down the sideline for a 37-yard touchdown run to open the scoring.

Jefferson, who had a 75-yard on the first play of Oregon State’s victory over California last week, evened the score with an 82-yard run down the visiting sideline.

Oregon answered with an 11-play, 93-yard drive capped with a 1-yard touchdown run by Shough to make the score 14-7.

Jefferson finished the first quarter with 134 yards on six carries but was held to 15 yards on five carries in the second quarter.

A promising drive by the Beavers was halted in the red zone after a tackle for loss by Noah Sewell and a pass deflection by Kayvon Thibodeaux.

After holding Oregon State to a field goal, Shough connected with Williams for the long touchdown on a second-and-21 to give Oregon a 21-10 advantage.

Everett Hayes’ 48-yard field goal made it a one-possession game but walk-on Henry Katleman, who beat out slumping Camden Lewis in practice this week for the placekicking duties, was true on a 33-yard attempt with 46 left in the first half.

Oregon is scheduled to play California next Saturday in Berkeley. The Bears fell to 0-3 with a 24-23 loss to rival Stanford on Friday.

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