The grand coming-out party for an Oregon State team with lofty expectations was nearly a disaster.
With record season-ticket sales in anticipation of the Beavers’ first winning season in a quarter century, Oregon State opened against Division I-AA Idaho and barely escaped with a 14-7 victory Saturday at Corvallis, Ore.
The crowd of 32,024 was the largest for an Oregon State home opener in 15 years, but that didn’t seem to bother the Vandals from Idaho.
“They really believed that they could come in here and win,” Idaho Coach Chris Tormey said of his players. “The game was in the balance in the fourth quarter.”
The game looked like a rout when Oregon State’s Cameron Reynolds scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 67-yard run on the fourth play of the game.
But the Beaver offense virtually vanished after that.
Idaho’s last gasp came in the final few seconds, when David Griffin outran Oregon State’s secondary but stumbled as the pass from Brian Brennan sailed over his head on what would have been an 82-yard touchdown play.
No. 19 Arizona 41, Pacific 9--This nonconference game at Tucson started out close until Wildcat quarterback Dan White got warmed up, as he threw four touchdown passes in the first three quarters.
In the second quarter, senior Jonathan Prasuhn, who had attempted only two field goals inhis career, tied a school record with a 57-yard field goal as time expired at the end of thefirst half, giving the Wildcats a 20-3 lead.