Thursday, October 2, 2008

Last second kick trips Beavers by 3

Louie Sakoda kicked three field goals, the last from 37 yards with no time remaining, to rally 15th ranked Utah from an 8 point deficit with 2:18 remaining in regulation, to a 31-28 win over the Oregon State Beavers Thursday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Each team got on the board via the field goal route in the first quarter. Justin Kahut kicked a 37 yard field goal for Oregon State 3:13 into the game, then the Utes Louie Sakoda kicked a 33 yarder 6:24 later.

In the second, Al Afalava, who was considered doubtful for this game earlier in the week, returned an interception 26 yards for a Beaver touchdown. The extra point failed, leaving Oregon State's lead at 9-3 9 seconds into the second quarter. Utah ran the ensuing kick back to Oregon State 15, but the Beaver defense stiffened and held the Utes to a 29 yard field goal by Sakoda 4:30 into the quarter, keeping the lead at 9-6. Utah drove deep on their next possession and Brian Johnson found Freddie Brown in the back of the endzone for a 14 yard touchdown pass. Sakoda kicked the extra point, putting the red-clad Utes on top 13-9, with 7:04 remaining in the half. Utah recovered a Lyle Moevao fumble at the Oregon State 27 3 minutes later and pounded it home from there, with Brent Casteel taking a pitch on a misdirection play around left end for 12 yards and a touchdown. Sakoda's extra point with 2:31 left in the half, put the Utes up 20-9. The Beavers responded quickly however. After two big running play took the ball deep in Utah territory, Moevao hit Shane Morales with a 24 yard touchdown pass with 1:13 remaining. The two point conversion failed and the Utes went into the break with the 20-15 lead.

Utah turned it over at their own 34 on the opening possession of the second half and Oregon State capitalized to regain the lead, striking paydirt in just three plays. Jacquizz Rodgers found a huge hole in the middle and scored from 7 yards out. The two-point conversion failed, but the Beavers were back on top 21-20 just 2:27 into the second half.

Oregon State carried the one point lead into the fourth quarter. The Beavers pushed the advantage to 8, with an 11 play, 80 yard drive that took 6:35 off the clock. Moevao, on third and goal at the Utes 2, rolled to his right and found tight end Brady Camp in the middle and just over the goal line, for his second touchdown pass of the night. Kahut's kick put Oregon State on top 28-20, but most importantly, left Utah just 2:18 to try and tie the game. However, that mattered little to the Utes. Johnson hit wideout Bradon Godfrey from 26 yards out with 1:29 left. After a pass interference call in the back of the endzone on the conversion try, Johnson rolled around the right side for the two-point conversion, tying the game 28-28. The Beavers went 3 and out, using just 15 seconds of game time. Johnny Hekker's 32 yard punt gave the Utes the ball at their own 45, with 68 seconds remaining in regulation. Utah moved the ball quickly downfield, going 35 yards on 5 plays in 40 seconds, advancing to the Oregon State 21 yard line, where they used their last time out with 2 seconds left. Sakoda then calmly nailed the 38 yard fieldgoal to complete the comeback, as the Utes pulled out the 31-28 win.

The Beavers outgained Utah 406 to 337 and had the advantage in first downs 20-18. Jacquizz Rodgers had another strong game, rushing 25 times for 101 yards and a touchdown. He also caught 4 passes for 76 yards. His brother James caught 5 passes for 82 yards, Shane Morales had 4 catches for 61 yards and a score and Brady Camp caught 3 passes for 23 yards and a touchdown. Lyle Moevao completed 21 of 31 passes for 313 yards and the two touchdowns for Oregon State. Brian Johnson completed 17 of 30 passes for 301 yards for the Utes, with two touchdowns and one interception. Brent Casteel had 5 catches for 105 yards, Bradon Godfrey and Freddie Brown caught touchdown passes and Casteel rushed for a score.

The Beavers, 2-3 overall, 1-1 in the Pac-10, return to Reser Stadium on Saturday, October 11th, hosting the Washington State Cougars(2-4, 1-1). Kickoff is set for 5:30p.m. Central time, with the game telecast on Fox Sports Northwest. Utah, 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the Mountain West conference, hosts Wyoming (2-3, 0-2) next Saturday afternoon.

Jimmy says "Go Beavers!

Shane Morales hauls in Moevao pass for a 24 yard touchdown late in the first half.

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