Oregon State is rolling, and now they’ll get a break with an off week.
The Beavers dominated Colorado 42-9 Saturday to win their third game in a row and improve to 6-2 this season.
With its sixth victory, Oregon State now is bowl eligible for the second season in a row.
It’s another example of how far the Beavers have come under head coach Jonathan Smith. From 2014 to 2020 OSU did not make it to a bowl game.
It’s also the Beavers’ first 6-2 start since 2013, when they were coached by Mike Riley. That 2013 team had a rough finish to the season, ending up 7-6.
Oregon State is hoping for a better finish this season after a bye week.
The Beavers looked strong on both sides of the ball against Colorado.
Oregon State Ben Gulbranson completed 14 of 22 passes for 202 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Gulbranson, making his third straight start in place of the injured Chance Nolan, continues to look better as he gets more snaps.
It remains to be seen who will start at quarterback when the Beavers return to action Nov. 4 at Washington.
Damien Martinez had a big performance Saturday, with 178 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
The balanced offense has been enough lately to win, but Oregon State’s strength has been the defense, which held Colorado to 290 yards Saturday.
In their past three games, the Beavers (3-2 in the Pac-12), have held opponents to 15.3 points per game.
The way Oregon State is playing, the consecutive losses to USC and Utah seem like a long time ago.
Pete Martini is a sports reporter for the Statesman Journal. You may reach him at PMartini@salem.gannett.com