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Oregon State defense holds back Boise State 34-17

Beavers end six-game losing streak in season openers

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Oregon State Beavers linebacker Jack Colletto (12) scores a touchdown after rushing for 41 yards during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Boise State Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, in Corvallis, Ore. Oregon State won 34-17.
Oregon State Beavers linebacker Jack Colletto (12) scores a touchdown after rushing for 41 yards during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Boise State Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, in Corvallis, Ore. Oregon State won 34-17. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman) Photo Gallery

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Chance Nolan passed for two touchdowns and Oregon State’s defense forced five turnovers in a season-opening 34-17 victory over Boise State on Saturday.

The Beavers, who are hoping to build on last season’s first bowl-game appearance since 2013, took control early behind their opportunistic defense and a few big plays offensively.

Oregon State snapped its six-game losing streak in season openers.

Boise State received a lift off the bench from backup quarterback Taylen Green, who replaced an ineffective Hank Bachmeier and sparked a second-half comeback.

Bachmeier, a fourth-year starter, was pulled in the second quarter and did not return after tossing two interceptions and losing a fumble. He did not play in the second half.

Green showed promise, especially as a runner with 102 yards on the ground. His 74-yard touchdown gallop late in the third quarter cut Oregon State’s lead to 27-10. He also scored on a 4-yard keeper early in the fourth quarter that brought Boise State within 27-17.

With the Beavers’ offense in neutral, short-yardage specialist Jack Colletto — a Camas High alum — broke loose up the middle on a third-and-2 play for a 41-yard touchdown with 10:39 remaining to provide the final margin of victory.

The Beavers opened the scoring on tight end Luke Musgrave’s 26-yard touchdown catch, which followed Bachmeier’s second interception of the first quarter.

After a three-and-out by Boise State, Nolan hit Tyjon Lindsey for a 47-yard touchdown, giving Oregon State a 14-0 lead at 1:15 of the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Riley Sharp’s sack of Bachmeier forced a fumble that Colletto recovered at the Broncos’ 6-yard line. Boise State’s defense held and Everett Hayes kicked a 23-yard field goal to increase the lead to 17-0.

The Broncos whiffed on their best scoring opportunity in the first half when Ashton Jeanty lost a fumble at the Beavers’ 2-yard line.

A 74-yard catch-and-run by Anthony Gould set up Deshaun Fenwick’s 5-yard touchdown to increase the Beavers’ lead to 24-0 at the break.

Nolan was intercepted early in the third quarter on a sideline pass that he appeared to try and throw out of bounds. Despite taking over on the Beavers’ 25-yard line, Boise State settled for a 41-yard field goal by Jonah Dalmas to get on the scoreboard.

A 41-yard pass from wide receiver John Dunmore to Trey Lowe led to Hayes’ 24-yard field goal and a 27-3 Beavers’ lead, but Green’s long touchdown run gave the Broncos life.


Boise State: Is it time for the Taylen Green era at quarterback? Backmeier struggled mightily. Green is a work in progress as a passer, but he gives the Broncos another dimension with his running ability and speed. Will Backmeier bounce back or could there be a quarterback controversy brewing?

Oregon State: The Beavers’ defense was superb in the first half, forcing four turnovers that were instrumental in building a big lead. Nolan, a returning starter at quarterback, displayed his big-play capability in the passing game, but he also was intercepted twice. Avoiding turnovers will be a priority for Nolan moving forward.


Boise State will play at New Mexico on Saturday.

Oregon State will play at Fresno State on Saturday.


Boise St. 0 0 10 7 17
Oregon St. 14 10 3 7 34

First Quarter

OSU—Musgrave 27 pass from Nolan (Hayes kick), 5:24.

OSU—Lindsey 47 pass from Nolan (Hayes kick), 1:15.

Second Quarter

OSU—FG Hayes 20, 10:28.

OSU—Fenwick 12 run (Hayes kick), 3:11.

Third Quarter

BSU—FG Dalmas 41, 12:11.

OSU—FG Hayes 23, 2:57.

BSU—T.Green 74 run (Dalmas kick), 2:10.

Fourth Quarter

BSU—T.Green 4 run (Dalmas kick), 13:05.

OSU—Colletto 41 run (Hayes kick), 10:39.

First downs 19 17
Total Net Yards 311 470
Rushes-yards 31-126 37-178
Passing 185 292
Punt Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoff Returns 4-68 2-31
Interceptions Ret. 2-13 3-0
Comp-Att-Int 23-36-3 15-24-2
Sacked-Yards Lost 2-17 0-0
Punts 5-37.4 4-42.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 1-1
Penalties-Yards 5-35 10-100
Time of Possession 25:46 34:14


RUSHING—Boise St., Green 11-102, Jeanty 4-16, Holani 13-9, Caples 1-5, Bachmeier 2-(minus 6). Oregon St., Colletto 3-44, Martinez 11-40, Fenwick 10-39, Lowe 7-32, Nolan 4-28, (Team) 1-(minus 1), Gould 1-(minus 4).

PASSING—Boise St., Green 19-28-1-155, Bachmeier 4-8-2-30. Oregon St., Nolan 14-23-2-251, Dunmore 1-1-0-41.

RECEIVING—Boise St., Jeanty 6-52, Cobbs 4-39, Smith 4-29, Caples 4-23, Holani 3-35, Bowens 2-7. Oregon St., Musgrave 6-89, Harrison 3-33, Gould 2-69, Lindsey 2-55, Lowe 2-46.

MISSED FIELD GOALS—Boise St., Dalmas 32, Dalmas 32. Oregon St., Hayes 47.