Not to be for Beavers
RENO, Nevada — Oregon State's Jordan Choukair missed a 34-yard field-goal attempt as time expired, preserving Nevada's 37-35 win Saturday night at Mackay Stadium.
The Beavers had moved from their own 30-yard line to the Nevada 16 after a Wolf Pack punt with 3:25 left. Choukair — who had missed a 49-yard attempt earlier in the fourth quarter — sent what would have been the game-winning kick left of the upright, extending the Beavers' road losing streak to 21 games.
The missed field goal spoiled a rousing comeback by Oregon State (1-2), which trailed 30-7 in the second quarter.
The Beavers dominated from the middle of the second period, finishing with a big advantage in first downs (28-17), total offense (540-357) and passing yardage (459-201).
Senior quarterback Jake Luton came off the bench to complete 23 of 35 passes for 284 yards and a touchdown before leaving in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.
Sophomore Isaiah Hodgins tied an OSU single-game record with 14 receptions for 200 yards and two touchdowns. The 14 catches equaled the mark co-held by Mike Hass and Brandin Cooks.
Senior Timmy Hernandez hauled in 11 passes for 116 yards. and true freshman Jermar Jefferson carried 25 times for 106 yards and two TDs.
The 459 yards passing ranks sixth on the Oregon State single-game list and is the most by an OSU team since 2013.
Beaver mistakes helped Nevada (2-1) mount a 23-point second-quarter lead. An interception return set up Nevada's second touchdown, a long punt return got the Wolf Pack into position for a third TD and Malik Reed returned a Conor Blount fumble 48 yards for a score and a 30-7 lead with 10:18 remaining in the second quarter.
Luton came on and quarterbacked the Beavers to a pair of TDs late in the quarter to draw them to within 30-21 at the half.
Neither team scored in the third quarter, but the Beavers took advantage of a short field after a 12-yard Jesiah Irish punt return to drive for a touchdown. Jefferson's 1-yard plunge and Choukair's PAT made the score 30-28 with 11:40 left.
Nevada answered quickly, driving 75 yards in seven plays for a touchdown to go ahead 37-28 with 9:13 to play.
After an Oregon State punt, true freshman John McCartin intercepted a Nevada pass and return it 30 yards to the Wolf Pack 40. The Beavers were on the march from there, true freshman Kase Rogers scoring from the 1 to close to within 37-35 with 4:49 left.
The Beavers converted a pair of fourth-down plays to set themselves up for what could have been a raucous celebration and the end of a long road losing streak. It wasn't to be.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Oregon State 7 14 0 14 — 35
Nevada 16 14 0 7 — 37
NEV — Toa Taua 5 run (Ramiz Ahmad kick)
OSU — Isaiah Hodgins 5 pass from Conor Blount (Jordan Choukair kick) 8:15
NEV — Ahmad 26 FG 6:58
NEV — McLane Mannix 24 pass from Gangi (kick failed) :01
NEV — Jackson Kincaide 9 pass from Gangi (Ahmad kick) 12:33
NEV — Malik Reed 48 fumble recovery return (Ahmad kick) 10:18
OSU — Jermar Jefferson 2 run (Choukair kick) 4:12
OSU — Hodgins 6 pass from Jake Luton (Choukair kick) :22
OSU — Jefferson 1 run (Choukair kick) 11:40
NEV — Kelton Moore 1 run (Ahmad kick) 9:13
OSU — Kase Rogers 2 run (Choukair kick) 4:40
Att. — 20,462