CORVALLIS, Ore. — It's been a long time coming for this Oregon State football team since Jonathan Smith took over for a floundering program in 2018, but the Beavers keep making history. With a 24-10 win over Arizona State Saturday night, the Beavers football team is undefeated at home for the first time since 2000.
It was the perfect game as well, as the last team to go undefeated was honored before the game as the 2001 Fiesta Bowl Champions were inducted into the Oregon State hall of fame.
OSU jumped out to a 17-0 lead over the Sun Devils in the first half thanks to two long drives that ended in touchdowns. While Oregon State only had 90 yards through the air, BJ Baylor dominated the ground game. The senior picked up 150 yards on 20 carries, bringing his season total to 1,200 yards rushing. Add on a 47-yard touchdown run from Jack "The Hammer" Colletto in the fourth quarter, the Beavers come away with a statement win in the penultimate week of the regular season.
The Beaver defense was just as tough, limiting a stout Arizona State running game to just 100 yards and a touchdown. Entering Saturday's contest, the Sun Devils averaged over 212 yards a game on the ground. Rachaad White, who was second in the Pac-12 in yards-per-game with 96.6, was limited to just 39 on 15 carries.
An all-around dominating performance that was the perfect send-off for Beavers fans before renovations on Reser Stadium are set to begin.
Next week, a 12:30 pm showdown with arch-rival Oregon in Eugene to wrap up the regular season. With a win over the Ducks and a Washington State loss against Washington, the Beavers could go from a 7-12 team in their past two seasons to Pac-12 North Champs playing for a conference title in December.