Corvallis, Ore. – BYU used long, sustained drives and a host of turnovers on Saturday to defeat Oregon State 38-28.
The game also featured something that has been missing in BYU games of late – offense and lots of it. Overall BYU accounted for 501 total yards to go along with their 38 points.
Quarterback Riley Nelson led the way going 17-27 for 217 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran the ball 12 times for 87 yards.
The Cougar ground game led the way with 284 combined yards on the day. They were led again by converted linebacker Michael Alisa who ran for 84 yards on 20 carries with JJ Di Luigi adding 74 yards late on just eight carries.
Receiver Cody Hoffman had a lot of friends and family at the game and made their trip well worth the effort with his nine catches for 162 yards and a touchdown.
The Cougar defense stepped up in key moments, forcing four critical Beaver turnovers to stunt scoring threats. Linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Brandon Ogletree each had key interceptions as Oregon State reached deep inside Cougar territory with Ogletree also accounting for a forced fumble.
With the game tied 14-14 at the half, BYU came out strong, mounting a seven-play 80-yard touchdown drive to go up 21-14 with 11:16 left in the third quarter. Nelson hit Hoffman from 12 yards out for the score and the team never looked back.
BYU finished off the Beavers with a 69-yard scoring drive; Nelson hit Kaneakua Friel in the end zone with 3:37 left in the game, to go up 38-21.
Oregon State scored late in the game, but it was too little too late, with a final score of 38-28.
Nelson and the Cougar offense did well with third-down situations throughout the game. They converted their first seven third-down situations and finished, having converted 8 of their 11 attempts.
BYU’s loss came at a cost, however, as defensive standouts Hebron Fangupo, Romney Fuga and Jordan Pendleton were unable to finish the game due to injury. The extent of those injuries will be evaluated this coming week.
The win improved BYU’s record to 5-2 on the year. They’ll travel back home and take on Idaho State next Saturday.
Cougars on the air
BYU (4-2) at Oregon State (1-4)
Saturday, 2 p.m. MT
Reser Stadium, Corvallis, Ore.
TV: KBYU, Fox College Sports Pacific
Radio: 1160 AM, 102.7 FM
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