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Salt Lake City, Utah – Oregon State battled No. 13 Utah on even terms over the final three quarters on Saturday in a 27-12 setback in a Pacific-12 Conference game at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
The Beavers (2-6, 0-5 Pac-12) held Utah (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12) to one touchdown and two field goals over the final three quarters. They were still in contention until they turned the ball over on downs at the Utah 17-yard line with 1:26 remaining.
OSU redshirt sophomore quarterback Nick Mitchell was 19-of-35 for 204 yards and his first career touchdown pass in his initial wire-to-wire start. Junior Victor Bolden had seven receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown on a 2-yard hookup with Mitchell that brought the Beavers to within 24-12 with 8:07 to play.
Bolden also rushed seven times for a team-high 45 yards. Mitchell added 40
OSU senior tailback Storm Barrs-Woods rushed for 21 yards on nine carries and moved ahead of Dave Schilling into fifth place on OSU’s career rushing list with 2,556 yards. Schilling gained 2,552 yards from 1969-71.
Redshirt freshman receiver Datrin Guyton complemented Bolden with four catches for 55 yards and sophomore Jordan Villamin added three catches for 94 yards, including a 74-yard catch-and-run that set up OSU’s only touchdown.
Freshman linebacker Jonathan Willis had a career-high 11 tackles and sophomore Baker Pritchard added nine, also a lifetime best. Senior linebacker Lavonte Barnett added a sack for 10 yards in losses, and also forced a fumble.
The Beavers have allowed just 51 points in the last 10 quarters, dating back to halftime of the Oct. 17 Washington State game.
Utah scored on its first two drives to take a 14-0 lead but the OSU defense stiffened and the offense responded at that point. The Beavers closed to within 14-6 at halftime on 23- and 31-yard field goals in the second quarter by Garrett Owens.
Mitchell was 9-of-12 for 57 yards in the first half; Bolden had three receptions, Villamin and Ryan Nall two each. Mitchell also led OSU in rushing with 45 yards on seven carries.
The Beavers host UCLA at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Reser Stadium on Dad’s Weekend in their next game. It will be televised by Pac-12 Networks.
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