CORVALLIS (AP) — Oregon State quarterback Tristan Gebbia passed for a touchdown, ran for a touchdown and was on the receiving end of a score in the Beavers’ 31-27 victory Saturday over California at Reser Stadium.
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Gebbia’s 1-yard touchdown run with 4:30 remaining, set up by Jesiah Irish’s blocked punt, gave Oregon State its final lead.
California drove to the Beavers’ 10 late in the fourth quarter, but on first-and-goal Chase Garbers’ pass was tipped by Hamilcar Rashed Jr. and intercepted by fellow linebacker John McCartan.
Jermar Jefferson’s 65-yard run with just under a minute to go sealed the win for Oregon State (1-2, 1-2 Pacific 12), which opened the season with losses to Washington State and Washington.
Jefferson ran for 196 yards, including a 75-yard jaunt on the game’s first offensive play.
Oregon State led 24-20 in the fourth quarter and had possession, but safety Elijah Hicks intercepted a Gebbia pass and returned it 30 yards to the Beavers’ 32.
The turnover led to Garber’s 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jake Tonges and a 27-24 California (0-2, 0-2) lead with 8:01 remaining.
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California: The Golden Bears’ first two scheduled games, against Washington and Arizona State, were canceled due to COVID-19 outbreaks and Cal was much improved from last week’s 34-10 loss at UCLA.
California hurt its own cause on special teams. Nikko Remigio’s 88-yard first quarter punt return was called back due to an illegal block, and he had a 90-yard kickoff return in the third quarter negated by a holding call.
Oregon State: The Beavers showed they can win a close game. Oregon State continues to rely on running back Jermar Jefferson, who had his third straight 100-yard game.
Gebbia threw two interceptions and will need to improve moving forward if the Beavers hope to have any chance of upsetting No. 11 Oregon next week.
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