Beavers edged by Buffaloes 17-13, fall to 0-4 in Pac-12

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CORVALLIS, Ore. – Tailback Ryan Nall powered for a career-high 122 yards on 22 carries on Saturday night to spark the offense in a 17-13 setback to Colorado at Reser Stadium.

A redshirt freshman from Central Catholic High School in Portland, Nall scored once and had a long run of 20 yards in his first extended action of the season. He easily surpassed his previous best of 32 yards, at Washington State on Oct. 17, and more than doubled his season output to 217 yards.

The Beavers (2-5, 0-4 Pac-12) nearly pulled the game out in the final minute as redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Mitchell drove them to the Colorado 40. However, a fourth-down pass was intercepted with 24 seconds to play and the Buffaloes (4-4, 1-3 Pac-12) ended a 14-game Pacific-12 Conference losing streak.

Mitchell made his first career start and was 9-for-24 for 122 yards. Sophomore Jordan Villamin had four receptions for 65 yards, redshirt freshman Datrin Guyton four catches for 56 yards and junior Victor Bolden three catches for 60 yards.

The Beavers outgained Colorado 401-328 and were balanced offensively, with 202 yards rushing and 199 passing. It was OSU’s fourth 200-yard rushing game of the season and its second-highest offensive output.

Linebackers Rommel Mageo and Manase Hungalu led the defense with eight and seven tackles, respectively.

Colorado scored a field goal on its first drive for a 3-0 lead but the Beavers answered with an 8-play, 74-yard touchdown drive to surge ahead 7-3 with 2:58 remaining in the first quarter. Nall’s 1-yard plunge gave the Beavers the lead.

Colorado went back ahead 10-7 at 9:11 of the second quarter. The Beavers answered again and tied the game 10-10 on a 42-yard field goal by Garrett Owens with 3:20 left in the half.

Both teams missed field goals in the third quarter, keeping the score knotted 10-10 heading into the final period. Colorado then went ahead 17-10 on a 4-yard run by Sefo Liufau with 12:31 remaining.

OSU drew within 17-13 with 9:12 to play on a 34-yard field goal by Owens. The defense forced three 3-and-outs in the final 7:38 but OSU could not muster the winning touchdown.

The Beavers head to Salt Lake City next Saturday for a 4 p.m. game against Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The game will be televised by Pac-12 Networks.

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