Camp came to an end for the Oregon State football team on Saturday with the second scrimmage of the fall.
OSU coach Gary Andersen said the Beavers were able to go for about 50 snaps in Reser Stadium.
"I thought they handled it well. They came out and competed," Andersen said. "It was awesome for them to get in front of Beaver Nation. It was a great crowd for the kids. They were excited about playing in front of their fans. So it overall was a productive day. I thought there were some good things, we'll evaluate the film and go from there."
The players were able to get some special teams work in and the scrimmage including some full-speed tackling and some lesser contact time periods.
Andersen said changing up the tempo during a scrimmage can be worrisome, but the players handled it with no problems.
"We need to tackle more with the first defense and we need to not tackle with the first offense as much," Andersen said. "So we tackled everybody a little bit and it was kind of a mixed bag, but again, these kids handled that well."
The first-team offense put together a touchdown drive on the first possession of the game.
Two big passes from Jake Luton to Noah Togiai set up Artavis Pierce for two runs in the red zone, the second an 8-yard score.
The starting defense came up strong during the next two drives, holding the second team offense to a three and out. Darell Garretson had the twos threatening to score on the ensuing drive, but Jalen Moore swooped in from his safety spot and made a crushing tackle on a receiver at the 3 to force a 20-yard field goal by Jordan Choukair.
Luton moved the starters to the 13, then tried to hit Jordan Villamin in the end zone, but the pass was broken up by Kyle White, After a 3-yard run, Luton went to the end zone again, this time to Togiai, who lost the handle thanks to Omar Hicks-Onu and Choukair hit another field goal.
"It was good to see those pass breakups in those situations," Andersen said. "There was two great balls that Jake threw, one to Noah and one to Jordan and they were both PBUs (pass breakups) down here. The DBs played the ball extremely well and those were contested balls. DBs won those two.
"So it was good to see them bow up in the red zone. You want to force field goals. That was a big thing for us."
Linebacker Jonathan Willis said the defense has been coming together nicely this fall and played well in the scrimmage in most areas.
"Today, I feel like the defense did good," Willis said. "We improved in multiple areas with the D-line to the outside 'backers and coverage. Especially in the red zone, the defense showed up a little bit."
After another short possession, the reserve offense went to the run. B.J. Baylor broke through the grasp of a defender or two, popped out of a crowd and raced down the sideline for a 36-yard gain.
Thomas Tyner had two carries and Champ Flemings had one, then Calvin Tyler carried to the 10 before taking it the final 10 yards on the next play.
The run game was successful throughout the scrimmage, with backup quarterback Aiden Willard running the ball in from the 15 to cap the day's TDs. Ryan Nall and Trevorris Johnson also had carries.
"I thought they did a great job," Luton said of the running backs. "I think B.J. did a great job, just someone who stood out to me. He had a couple really good runs. Cal had a really nice run where he kind of broke free, it looked like the play was dead, and he kept it alive. So yeah, I think the run game was huge like I think it will be all year."
With fall camp now switching to game preparation for Colorado State, Andersen said the offense has settled in on its identity.
"I think the quarterbacks are comfortable with whoever receivers are out there with them now, which is good to see and there's plays being made with all those receivers being out there," Andersen said.
"Both Darell and Jake feel settled into the offense very well, which is a good thing, and I've been able to solidify the two-deep for the most part. There's still a couple of those questions that are out there with inside linebacker and safety that we have to be able to get that fixed. But it was good week of work."
Offensive line switches
Fred Lauina, normally at guard, was at right tackle with Trent Moore moving to right guard and Gus Lavaka to left guard.
Andersen said offensive line coach T.J. Woods wants to get the best players in the right spots.
"Our ability to play physically but yet being able to pass protect to the best of our abilities is that line you want to match up that can do that the best," Andersen said.
Johnson, a running back was on crutches at the end of the game and Seth Collins is out with an undisclosed injury, reported to be a problem with a finger.