CORVALLIS — Oregon State’s Clayton York, a senior fullback from Redmond, got more action than just the game-opening senior celebration Saturday at OSU’s Reser Stadium.
In what marked his final Civil War, York got multiple opportunities to be the lead blocker.
That was hardly out of the ordinary for York, who has topped the depth chart at OSU’s little-used fullback position.
Entering the game with just one pass reception and no rushing attempts this season, the 6-foot, 238-pounder was also a key player during one second-quarter drive.
First, York caught a 6-yard pass from OSU quarterback Sean Mannion on a first-down play in Oregon territory. Moments later, York got his first carry of the season — and it was a crucial play.
On fourth down with 2 yards to go for a first down from the Oregon 34, York got the call to run. He was stuffed initially but was able to bounce outside to the right. But York’s effort would not be enough after getting pushed out of bounds a yard short of a new set of downs.
In the moments after the game — a 48-24 Oregon victory — York made his way over to the visitors’ sideline, where he hugged family and friends in attendance.
“Obviously this is not what I wanted," York, who was noticeably disappointed, said as he was returning to the OSU locker room. “I think we’re a better team than that."
— Zack Hall