GAMEDAY College Football

Oregon State 68, Montana State 28

Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. - Chance Nolan threw for 276 yards and four touchdowns and Oregon State remained undefeated with a 68-28 victory over Montana State.

Anthony Gould caught a pair of touchdown passes and returned a punt for another score for the Beavers, who are 3-0 to open the season for the first time since 2014.

"It was fun," Gould said. "But it's even better when you get to enjoy it with your team. Getting a quality team win, it's fun to be able to go out there and get it."

Providence Park is normally home to Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers and the Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League. Oregon State hadn't played in Portland since 1986.

Montana State is using a two-quarterback system this season, with Tommy Mellott and Wyoming transfer Sean Chambers. Mellott threw for 101 yards with three interceptions, while running for 135 yards. Chambers ran for 35 yards and three touchdowns.

The Bobcats (2-1) - who haven't defeated an FBS team since 2006, when they beat current Pac-12 member Colorado 19-10 - were coming off a 63-13 victory over Morehead State in Bozeman.

"We wanted to come in here and compete, and we didn't do that," Montana State coach Brent Vigen said.

Deshawn Fenwick gave the Beavers the early lead with a 25-yard scoring run up the middle. Montana State answered with Chambers' 7-yard keeper on the Bobcats' first series of the game.

Nolan hit Tre'Shaun Harrison with a 6-yard scoring pass to give the Beavers a 14-7 lead.

Mellott was intercepted on Montana State's subsequent drive and Oregon State took advantage, scoring on Nolan's 1-yard keeper. But Marqui Johnson scored for the Bobcats on a 98-yard kickoff return to close the gap to 21-14.

Silas Bolden scored for the Beavers on a 24-yard pass from Nolan midway though the second quarter. Nolan added a 9-yard scoring pass to Gould to make it 34-14 going into halftime.

Gould returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown early in the second half.

Chambers had and 8-yard run to close the gap to 40-21, but Damien Martinez ran for a 7-yard score and Gould caught a 17-yard TD pass from Nolan to extend the lead to 54-21.

Jam Griffin ran for 23 yards for another Oregon State touchdown early in the fourth quarter, after the Beavers pulled many of their starters.

Chambers added a 1-yard keeper for the Bobcats with 7:55 left but Kanoa Shannon ran for a 3-yard Beavers touchdown in the final minutes.

"The multiple quarterback thing is not easy, especially when they're capable of really throwing it," Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith said. "And some of the stuff they were giving us was unique in regards to motion from the backfield. But we're going to continue to face good quarterbacks and we've got to be ready for it."

THE TAKEAWAY

Montana State: Freshman running back Jared White injured his lower leg in the game against Morehead State and won't be available for at least a couple of months. Isaiah Ifanse, who racked up 1,623 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, also missed Saturday's game.

Oregon State: Oregon State was without tight end Luke Musgrave and running back Trey Lowe will miss Saturday's game because of unspecified injuries. ... The game at Providence Park was a sellout. ... Gary Payton II, who played at Oregon before winning an NBA title last year with the Golden State Warriors, was at the game. Payton signed with the Portland Trail Blazers in the offseason. ... Gould's touchdown on a punt return was Oregon's first since 2015.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MontStOreSt
OreSt TD 11:20 Deshaun Fenwick 25 yd run (Everett Hayes kick) 0 7
MontSt TD 5:19 Sean Chambers 7 yd run (Blake Glessner kick) 7 7
Second Quarter MontStOreSt
OreSt TD 14:51 Tre'Shaun Harrison 6 yd pass from Chance Nolan (Everett Hayes kick) 7 14
OreSt TD 11:09 Chance Nolan 1 yd run (Everett Hayes kick) 7 21
MontSt TD 10:53 Marqui Johnson 98 yd kick return (Blake Glessner kick) 14 21
OreSt TD 6:19 Silas Bolden 24 yd pass from Chance Nolan (Everett Hayes kick) 14 28
OreSt TD 4:14 Anthony Gould 9 yd pass from Chance Nolan (missed kick) 14 34
Third Quarter MontStOreSt
OreSt TD 12:41 Anthony Gould 80 yd punt return (missed kick) 14 40
MontSt TD 7:21 Sean Chambers 8 yd run (Blake Glessner kick) 21 40
OreSt TD 5:51 Damien Martinez 7 yd run (Atticus Sappington kick) 21 47
OreSt TD 1:09 Anthony Gould 17 yd pass from Chance Nolan (Atticus Sappington kick) 21 54
Fourth Quarter MontStOreSt
OreSt TD 12:33 Jam Griffin 23 yd run (Atticus Sappington kick) 21 61
MontSt TD 7:55 Sean Chambers 1 yd run (Blake Glessner kick) 28 61
OreSt TD 3:02 Kanoa Shannon 3 yd run (Atticus Sappington kick) 28 68
Team Stats
  Montana State Oregon State
First downs 14 31
  Rushing 9 12
  Passing 5 18
  Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Efficiency 3-10, 30% 10-13, 77%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 32-168 42-214
Passing Yards 101 324
Return Yards 190 227
Completions-Attempts-Int 9-18-3 22-29-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts 4 0
Punts-Average 36.3
Fumbles Lost 0-0 2-0
Penalties - Yards 3-27 6-65
Time of Possession 27:38 32:22
Montana State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Mellott 9 18 101 0 3
Oregon State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Nolan 19 25 276 4 0
B. Gulbranson 3 4 48 0 0
Montana State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Mellott 18 135 7.5 0
S. Chambers 9 35 3.9 3
E. Elliott 2 4 2.0 0
M. Johnson 1 -1 -1.0 0
C. Thomas Jr. 1 -2 -2.0 0
W. Patterson 1 -3 -3.0 0
Oregon State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Fenwick 9 63 7.0 1
D. Martinez 8 50 6.3 1
J. Griffin 9 47 5.2 1
C. Nolan 4 25 6.3 1
K. Shannon 6 21 3.5 1
B. Gulbranson 2 13 6.5 0
S. Bolden 1 1 1.0 0
Montana State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Snell 1 27 27.0 0
C. Thomas Jr. 3 24 8.0 0
W. Patterson 1 24 24.0 0
R. Alston 2 17 8.5 0
T. Pickering 1 8 8.0 0
E. Elliott 1 1 1.0 0
Oregon State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Harrison 8 133 16.6 1
A. Gould 5 77 15.4 2
J. Dunmore 1 26 26.0 0
S. Bolden 1 24 24.0 1
T. Lindsey 2 20 10.0 0
J. Overman 1 15 15.0 0
J. Irish 1 14 14.0 0
J. Valsin III 1 8 8.0 0
J. Velling 1 7 7.0 0
D. Fenwick 1 0 0.0
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Montana State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Oregon State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
R. Wright 1 26
R. Cooper Jr. 1 0
J. Grant 1 0
Montana State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Leighton 4 145 36.3
Oregon State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
Montana State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Oregon State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Gould 3 104 34.7
Montana State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Johnson 5 190 38.0
Oregon State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Bolden 1 80 80.0
D. Martinez 1 17 17.0
T. Miller 1 0 0
Montana State Missed FG
Player Length
Oregon State Missed FG
Player Length
E. Hayes 46




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