Oregon State capped a tremendous season with a bowl victory over an SEC team.
The No. 17 Beavers beat Florida 30-3 on Saturday in the Las Vegas Bowl to finish with their first 10-win season since 2006.
Oregon State dominated the game defensively, holding the Gators to 219 total yards.
Florida was missing key players for various reasons and were down to their third-string quarterback, Jack Miller III.
However, the Beavers played well defensively all season, and this was a good statement by them against a team from the nation’s best conference.
Offensively, Oregon State played well considering they were without two of their top receivers, Tre’Shaun Harrison and West Salem graduate Anthony Gould.
The Beavers also lost leading running back Damien Martinez early in the game to injury.
But other players stepped up — Deshaun Fenwick rushed for 107 yards, and Silas Bolden had six catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.
Ben Gulbranson got the job done at quarterback, completing 12 of 19 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 15 yards and a touchdown.
Tristan Gebbia, a senior, got some action for the Beavers as a reward for a long career. Gebbia was 5 of 6 for 24 yards.
Beavers get third 10-win season in program history
Oregon State finishes the season with a 10-3 overall record, including 6-3 in Pac-12 play.
It is just the third 10-win season in program history.
The Beavers now take momentum into the offseason.
Oregon State ended the season on a four-game winning streak, which not only includes the bowl win, but a 38-34 comeback win against rival No. 15 Oregon.
The Beavers have signing day coming up, and as of Saturday afternoon they have 19 verbal commitments and a class ranked sixth in the conference, according to 247Sports.com.
The biggest question facing head coach Jonathan Smith heading into the 2023 season will be at quarterback.
Chance Nolan already left for the transfer portal, and Gebbia graduates.
What will Gulbranson do?
Who will be part of the quarterback competition in spring practices?
The Beavers have four-star quarterback Aidan Chiles joining the program in the upcoming recruiting class. And they might try to add a transfer from the portal.
There is a lot to be determined moving forward, but Beavers fans should enjoy this season, which was one of the best in program history.