Kyle Whittingham walks the sideline during the first half. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Oct. 21, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - The No. 8 Beavers remained undefeated with a 21-7 victory over Utah on Saturday night that gave them their best start in more than a century.
Freshman Travis Wilson threw for 172 yards and a touchdown for Utah (2-5, 0-4). The Utes limited Oregon State to just 52 yards on the ground.
Oregon State capitalized on Michael Doctor's interception with a 1-yard scoring run from Woods, putting the Beavers ahead 7-0 late in the first quarter. Rudolf Fifita then sacked Wilson and forced a fumble that was recovered by Dylan Wynn, leading to Woods' 2-yard touchdown dash.
Wilson found Jake Murphy with an 18-yard scoring pass midway through the second quarter to make it 14-7.
Utah threatened in the third quarter and got as close as the Oregon State 3, but a fumble was recovered by the Beavers' Scott Crichton to end it.
"We did some good things offensively, but you can't turn the ball over four times. You just can't do it," coach Kyle Wittingham said. "The name of the game, other than points, is winning the turnover margin. And we're just not doing that right now."
Utah had won four of its last five games against the Beavers.