CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University football team took on the University of Minnesota Saturday night at Reser Stadium to close out the non-conference portion of the schedule.
The Beavers (1-2) fell to the Golden Gophers (2-0) 48-14.
David Morris finished the contest with 17 tackles, the first Beaver since Lance Mitchell to record at least 17 in a game. Mitchell ended the game against TCU on Sept. 4, 2010 with 18.
Ryan Nall moved further up the Oregon State record books, now sitting at 1,611 career rushing yards and only 11 away from surpassing Billy Main (1967-69) to move into 14th on the all-time list.
Jordan Villamin’s score in the second quarter put the Fontana, Calif., native at 13 career receiving touchdowns and only one away from tying Sammie Stroughter (2004-08) for the 10th spot on the school’s record list.
Oregon State got on the board midway through the second quarter when Jake Luton found Villamin 16 yards out from the end zone to cut the lead to 17-7. The drive was kept alive after Timmy Hernandez found Tuli Wily-Matagi for 10 yards on a fourth down pass from the Minnesota 27-yardline.
A Golden Gopher fumble less than 30 seconds later was recovered by Bright Ugwoegbu to give possession back to OSU. The Beaver’s ensuing drive was capped off by a two-yard rush from Trevorris Johnson to narrow the gap to 17-14.
Minnesota entered halftime up 20-14 after a 49 yard field goal and pulled away in the second half for the 48-14 final.
The Beavers will open up the conference portion of their schedule on the road next week in Pullman, Wash., against Washington State. The contest will broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. PT on September 16..