By Kevin Hampton

Corvallis Gazette-Times

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Scan the statistics of Oregon State’s 36-33 Pac-12 loss to Colorado on Saturday afternoon in Reser Stadium and the conclusion would probably be the same as interim coach Cory Hall’s.

The final score does not tell the story.

Despite outgaining the Buffaloes 569 to 385, it was Colorado that made the plays in the end to pull out a win.

“The score didn’t show how we played,” running back Ryan Nall said. “You look at the stats and you look at specifically our offensive production and that doesn’t necessarily show the outcome of the game.”

It was a rough end to a rough week for the Beavers, who played well enough to win their first game since former coach Gary Andersen left.

Hall and the Beavers chose to look at the game in a positive light.

“There’s no doubt that our team came together after everything that happened Monday,” quarterback Darell Garretson said. “And I think when something drastic happens like that, guys tend to come together and it was hard, but the only way we’re going to get through it is us together and not parting ways.”

The Beavers took the lead in the fourth but could not stop Colorado’s final drive and then failed to get kicker Jordan Choukair close enough and his 52-yard try fell short.

Nall, who tore through the Buffaloes for 172 yards and three touchdowns, was dumped for a 3-yard loss on a play the Beavers had called in an attempt to move well within Choukair’s range.

“Right there in that situation on the third down they send an all-out zero and we try to run the play and center it up and kick the field goal and they knock us back out of our kicker’s field goal range,” Hall said. “That’s football.”

Colorado drove 88 yards for the go-ahead score and tacked on 2 for a 29-26 lead with 8 minutes, 53 seconds left in the fourth.

The Beavers came back with an 84-yard drive in 10 plays with Ryan Nall pushing his way into the end zone from the 4 to give the Beavers a 33-29 lead with 4:22 left. Nall got the drive going with a 31-yard burst and also had a 14-yard run to get OSU to the 15.

But the Buffaloes put together an 82-yard touchdown drive capped by a 13-yard pass from Steven Montez to Bryce Bobo to make it 36-33 with 1:34 to go.

While the Beavers piled up yards, the Buffaloes were more efficient on offense. They had 179 yards and three touchdowns passing and Phillip Lindsay rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns.

“I’m frustrated just about the defense. Maybe I didn’t lead enough, maybe I didn’t communicate it enough. I’m just frustrated with myself. I don’t think I that I did enough for the defense,” linebacker Manase Hungalu said.

“It was just poor performance by the defense. We need the team to play four quarters and not just show peaks of good plays here and there.”

The Beavers moved the ball on the ground, rushing for 280 yards and three touchdowns.

Darell Garretson connected on 20 of 37 passes for 289 yards but did not have a TD.

“We’ve seen Darell Garretson do this before,” Hall said. “So for me it doesn’t come as a surprise, it doesn’t come as a shock at all. He’s a good athlete and I think he displayed that and he’s surrounded by good athletes.”

Garretson completed passes to eight players. Timmy Hernandez, playing in place of Seth Collins, led the way with seven catches for 65 yards. Collins was ill.

“Obviously not having Seth, that hurt a little,” Garretson said. “But we had guys that stepped up today and played really well. I think across the board our receivers played really well.”

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