CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State was looking for their first season at or above .500 since 2013. All they needed was a win against Stanford at Reser Stadium on Saturday night.
But with 55 seconds left in the game on the Stanford 35-yard line with Oregon State down 27-24, quarterback Chance Nolan had the ball knocked out of his hands by Stanford's Gabe Reid. The Cardinal recovered, handing Oregon State their fourth loss of the season.
Oregon State's games this season have been decided by less than six points, on average. Every game seems to come down to the final possession and this time, the Beavers couldn't manage a last-second score.
Besides the fumble, Chance Nolan was very successful for the Beavers' offense. He threw for three touchdowns and over 220 yards and ran for 50 more. Jermar Jefferson, in his return from the COVID-19 list, ran it 18 times for 80 yards.
In Eugene, the Oregon Ducks were left watching Pac-12 football after their game was canceled when their opponent, Washington, didn't have enough scholarship players available due to coronavirus protocols. They'll wait to see who their opponent is next week for a Saturday match-up.