LAS VEGAS (Florida Sports Wire) – The 14th-ranked Oregon State Beavers defeated Florida, 30-3, in the SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday afternoon to cap a 10-3 campaign. For the third time in program history, the Beavers (10-3, 6-3) have won their 10th game in a season.
Ben Gulbranson threw for 165 yards and a score, completed 12-of-19 passes and ran for another 15 yards and a score on the ground. Deshaun Fenwick led the rushing attack with 107 yards on 21 carries. Jam Griffin and Tyjon Lindsey each added a rushing touchdown.
Kyrei Fisher-Morris led the defense with 11 tackles – including seven solo stops, three for loss and a sack. Jaden Robinson and Omar Speights combined for 13.0 total stops, including Robinson’s five solo tackles. Alex Austin and Ryan Cooper Jr. each registered a pass breakup to stifle Florida’s passing game.
The Beavers found the scoreboard first following a eight play, 65-yard drive that was capped off by a Tyjon Lindsey rush for eight yards for the 7-0 advantage. Jaden Robinson and Omar Speights combined for 13.0 total stops, including Robinson’s five solo tackles. Alex Austin and Ryan Cooper Jr. each registered a pass breakup to stifle Florida’s passing game.
After keeping the Gators off the board on downs, Oregon State added to the lead after a 59-yard drive set up a 27-yard score from Everett Hayes to make it a 10-0 affair with 4:32 left in the second. The Beaver defense kept the opposition off the board twice to keep the score intact going into the break.
An 11-yard rush by Colletto off a Beaver fake punt set the offense with their second touchdown of the day on the second half’s opening drive. Gulbranson found Golden between a pair of Florida defenders for the 15-yard connection to add seven to lead following Hayes’ PAT. On the ensuing drive – set up by a punt blocked by Colletto – Gulbranson sprinted seven yards to the endzone for his second score.
Fenwick stretched the lead even further when he found the endzone from two yards out to make it a 29-0 ballgame before Atticus Sappington connected on the PAT to make it 30. The Beavers chewed off 6:33 from the clock and went 98 yards on 33 plays.
Oregon State previously won 10 games in the 2000 and 2006 seasons.