Colorado vs. Oregon State – Game Recap – October 22, 2022
CORVAILLIS, Ore. — Damien Martinez rushed for a career-high 178 yards and three touchdowns, and Oregon State’s defense put on another strong performance Saturday night in a 42-9 win over Colorado .
The Beavers (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) have won three straight games and are eligible for bowling for the second straight year after ending a seven-year hiatus last season.
“I really think this is a milestone for the program,” said Oregon State senior safety Jayden Grant, who had six tackles and one interception. “Just from the standpoint of where we are, how we run the business. When you’re the favorite in a game like this, it’s easy to let it go to your head.
Colorado (1-6, 1/3 Pac-12), playing its second game under interim head coach Mike Sanford, was unable to build on the momentum of the overtime win of last week against California.
Oregon State extended a 21-3 halftime lead to 28-3 on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Ben Gulbranson to tight end Jack Velling in opening practice of the third quarter.
On Colorado’s first offensive play in the second half, JT Shrout’s pass to tight end Brady Russell was intercepted by cornerback Alex Austin and returned 42 yards for a touchdown. Pick 6 gave the Beavers a 35-3 advantage.
Oregon State amassed 472 total yards, including 270 on the ground.
“They know what they want to do and they do it very well,” said Colorado linebacker Josh Chandler-Semedo, who had a record 11 tackles. “The big blocks and the O line, they really know how to block it.”
Martinez agreed with this assessment, saying “it starts with the O line”.
“He’s special,” Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith said of Martinez. “The guy has a knack for being a real freshman. He had his fair share of errands tonight and showed up.
The Buffaloes eventually scored a touchdown on Jayle Stacks’ 1-yard run late in the third quarter to culminate with an 80-yard drive.
Martinez, who was a workhorse with 22 carries, opened the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter.
Oregon State increased its lead to 14-0 early in the second quarter on Gulbranson’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Silas Bolden.
Colorado entered the board with Cole Becker’s 44-yard field goal midway through the second quarter.
Martinez’s second rushing touchdown — a 3-yard flurry down the middle — extended the lead to 21-3 with 1:45 left in the first half.
The Buffaloes had a chance to put points on the board before the break, but wide receiver Jordan Tyson dropped Shrout’s fourth pass at the Oregon State 15-yard line with 18 seconds left in the first half. time.
TAKES IT AWAY
Colorado: The Buffaloes didn’t generate enough offense to threaten Oregon State on their home turf, and the game essentially ended early in the third quarter. Colorado was limited to 290 yards and Shrout was intercepted twice.
Oregon State: Damien Martinez may have made his way into a leadership role. The true freshman has produced consecutive 100 yards rushing, and 372 yards and four touchdowns over the past three games.
It was an effective performance from Ben Gulbranson in his third career start in place of Chance Nolan, who remained in concussion protocol for a third consecutive game. The redshirt rookie completed 14 of 21 passes for 202 yards with two touchdowns and wasted a fumble. The Beavers are 3-0 with Gulbranson as the starting quarterback.
Colorado: Host Arizona State next Saturday.
Oregon State: Will be in Washington on November 4