TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Though homecoming weekend drew plenty of support from alumni and students, it wasn’t enough to get the University of Arizona Wildcats a win in this year’s match to the Oregon State University Beavers.
The Cats fell 56-38 to the Beavers after trailing from the start of the game.
Oregon started strong at the top of second half, scoring a touch down early, bringing the score up 42-19 in favor of the Beavers.
Arizona countered with a 35-yard touchdown by senior Cedric Peterson but failed its two-point conversion. Wildcats’ running back Gary Brightwell scored a 10-yard touchdown, rounding out the third quarter 42-31.
The Beavers took over the fourth quarter with a 5-yard touchdown by quarterback Jake Luton for a strong lead 49-31. Arizona’s running back J.J. Taylor scored a 2-yard touchdown to tighten Oregon’s lead over the Wildcats but was quickly countered by a 24-yard touchdown by Oregon’s wide receiver Tyjion Lindsey locking in the Wildcats’ fate.
Oregon State was the first to score with a touch down early in the first quarter. Arizona countered with two field goals to round out the first quarter 7-6, with the Beavers leading.
Oregon started the second quarter strong with a touchdown in the first minute of play. Brightwell ran 38 yards to score Arizona’s first touchdown of the game after a pass from quarterback Grant Gunnell.
Arizona fell further behind after a touchdown from Beavers running back Jermar Jefferson to bring the score to 21-12 during the ninth minute of the second quarter. The Wildcats would score one more touchdown by running back J.J. Taylor, that was soon countered by a fourth touchdown from Beavers running back Artavis Pierce, bringing the score to 28-19.
Beavers tight end Noah Togiai ran 23 yards to land another touchdown in the last four seconds of the half to bring the score 35-19 in favor of Oregon State.
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