Pac-12 Previews: Oregon State looking for back-to-back winning seasons

Oregon State quarterback Chance Nolan hands off the ball to running back B.J. Baylor during the LA Bowl against Utah State in Inglewood, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. Nolan returns in 2022 and is in a three-way battle to be the starting quarterback this season.

Ashley Landis, Associated Press

Editor’s note: Third in a series of articles examining each of the Pac-12 football teams heading into the 2022 season.

Before last season, Oregon State hadn’t had a winning season, or gone to a bowl game since 2013. 

That changed in 2021, as the Beavers finished with a 7-6 record and played in a bowl game — a loss to Utah State in the L.A. Bowl.

On top of that, Oregon State handed Pac-12 champion Utah its only conference loss last season, a wild 42-35 shootout victory in Corvallis.

Before the annual rivalry game against Oregon, coach Jonathan Smith signed a new contract that carries him through the 2027 season.  

“Coach (Jonathan) Smith has led the resurgence of our football program in a way that has made all of Beaver Nation proud,” said athletic director Scott Barnes. “Their steady growth, improvement and success on the field, in the classroom and the community is apparent. A strong foundation has been laid for success and the future of Beaver football is bright due to coach Smith’s leadership.”

OSU finished No. 19 nationally rushing last season, gaining 260 on the ground against the Utes. 

The Beavers ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in total yards and scoring a year ago.

Smith, who’s entering his fifth season at the helm, is rebuilding the offensive line because the Beavers …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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