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Cougs Rally Past Beavs - Bowl Eligible

Luke Falk led the Cougars to a furious 2nd half rally erasing a 24-6 halftime deficit to beat the Oregon State Beavers 34-31 in Corvallis.  Falk finished 33-46 with 415 yards and 5 touchdowns and propelled the Cougs to their 2nd straight season of becoming bowl eligible.

The Cougs got off to a slow start in Corvallis being forced to put on their first 3 possessions.  This has been a theme the last 3 games, where the Cougs and their air-raid offense has been shut out in the first quarter.  Oregon State on their 2nd possession gave the ball to Ryan Nall who broke an 89 yard touchdown run to put the Beavs up 7-0.  Third string Beaver quarterback Marcus McMayrion followed that up with a 14 yard pass to Nall to put OSU up two scores in the first quarter.  After being shut down offensively, Falk sparked the offense late in the 2nd down 21-0.   Falk hit receiver Tavares Martin Jr. on a crossing pattern that went 33 yards for a Cougar touchdown. 

Coach Mike Leach said after the game, “In the first half, we got out coached and we got outplayed.”  The second half, the Cougs played like a totally different team.  After giving up 399 yards in the first half, the Cougar defense held the Beavers to under 100 yards in the 2nd half.  That is a major difference the past two years compared to prior years, the resiliency of this team has got them through some tough games.

The Cougs came out blazing in the 2nd half.  On their first drive, Falk connected with Jamal Morrow for a 66 yard touchdown pass and connected on the two point conversion to pull the Cougs within two touchdowns.  Then next drive, Falk dodged a couple of tacklers and completed a Hail Mary type pass to Gabe Marks for a 37 yard touchdown pass.  The following possession, Falk connected with Marks again in the back of the end zone for a 28 yard connection to put the Cougs up for good.

Falk Finished the game with 415 yards on 33 of 46 passing and 5 touchdowns.  The running game was able to get back in stride with 137 yards of total rushing after finishing with minus 52 last week against ASU.  The Cougs will be at home this weekend when they play the 2-6 Arizona Wildcats at 1:00.

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