Jack Colletto’s 1-yard sneak in overtime gave Oregon State its first lead and the Beavers held on to beat Colorado 41-34 Saturday in Boulder, Colorado, denying the Buffaloes’ bid to gain bowl eligibility before November.
It was Jake Luton who rallied the Beavers from a 28-point second-half deficit but they wouldn’t have their first road win since 2014 without Colletto, who returned from an awful first half to score twice on keepers.
The Buffaloes were seemingly safe when Travon McMillian, who was held to 25 yards on 10 first-half carries, took the first snap of the second half, burst up the middle and raced untouched for a 75-yard score and a 31-3 lead.
One play. Seventy-five yards. Twelve seconds.
Behind Luton, the Beavers answered with their own 75-yard touchdown drive. Only, this one took 17 plays and 6 1/2 minutes. It included a trio of third-down conversions and two fourth-down conversions, including an 8-yard TD to Isaiah Hodgins on fourth-and-2.
Still, at 31-10, nobody at Folsum Field envisioned the Buffs blowing a program-high 28-point lead like they did against Kansas on Nov. 6, 2010.
Both teams blew a chance to win it in the final seconds of regulation.
After Oregon State tied it at 34 with 29 seconds left on Luton’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Trevon Bradford, defensive end Terrance Lang blocked Jordan Choukair’s extra point.
The Buffs quickly reached the Beavers’ 36-yard line, but Davis Price badly missed a 53-yard field goal attempt as time expired.
Arizona State 38, USC 35: N’Keal Harry scored on a 92-yard punt return and the Sun Devils defeated the Trojans in Los Angeles.
Harry also caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Manny Wilkins as the Sun Devils ended the Trojans’ 19-game home winning streak. Eno Benjamin rushed for 192 yards and two touchdowns, and Arizona State won at the Coliseum for the second time in their past 10 visits dating back to 2001.
Redshirt freshman Jack Sears threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start for USC, which had not lost at home since Clay Helton took over as interim coach midway through 2015. Michael Pittman Jr. had two touchdown receptions, and Tyler Vaughns threw a touchdown pass, caught a touchdown and returned a punt for a touchdown.
Harry put Arizona State up 31-28 with 2:54 left in the third quarter, reversing field back to his own 2-yard line before cutting right and finding a lane down USC’s sideline.
Arizona 44, (19) Oregon 15: Khalil Tate threw for 189 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats upset the Ducks in Tucson, Arizona.
Tate, who missed last week’s loss to UCLA with an ankle injury, helped Arizona snap a two-game skid, while handing Oregon its second straight loss.
Justin Herbert has two touchdown passes and an interception for the Ducks.
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