By Kevin Hampton

Corvallis Gazette-Times

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BERKELEY, Calif. — Thomas Tyner has been close to 100 percent for Oregon State for the past two weeks after fighting the injury bug for the bulk of the season.

The Beavers were already becoming a more diverse offense, and Tyner was a welcome addition with his speed and power.

Tyner showed a few flashes in Oregon State’s 15-14 loss to Stanford on Oct. 26, gaining 52 yards on nine carries with a touchdown.

It was evident that the Beavers had a pretty good tandem in Tyner and Ryan Nall.

On Saturday, Tyner scored another touchdown and led the Beavers with 41 yards on eight carries in a 37-23 loss at California.

But the Beavers were playing from behind for most of the game, which made it difficult to keep the run game going on a consistent basis in the second half. The Beavers finished with 104 yards on the ground.

“For me, that’s not enough but at the same time we still ran the ball,” interim coach Cory Hall said.

Hall said he likes what he has seen in the former Oregon Duck since he has been healthy.

“Thomas has been very effective. Thomas Tyner has been a huge positive for our offense in this run game,” Hall said. “When a player comes in and he’s retired and he’s been retired from football for a lengthy amount of time, it’s a process getting him back and getting him going and I think you’re starting to see Thomas Tyner come into his own.

“Looking down the road, looking ahead, you plan on him playing a lot of football for us. He’s going to be a major factor in the run game for us offensively.”

On the Beavers’ first possession Saturday, they used Tyner out of the backfield and ran the ball with Nall out of the wildcat and scored a touchdown off a trick play.

But for the most part, Oregon State’s offense was average at best in the first half. The Beavers rushed for 82 yards and passed for 83. Nall had 32 yards rushing and Tyner 31.

“We didn’t get the win and that’s the main goal every game,” tight end Noah Togiai said. “In order to win we’re going to have to run the ball a little bit better. I’m not blaming the backs, I’m not blaming anybody, but up front, O-line, tight ends, including myself have to be able to block better than we did today.”

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