Oregon St. defeats Hawaii behind B.J. Baylor’s 3 TDs
B.J. Baylor rushed for three touchdowns and Chance Nolan passed for a pair Saturday night, sending host Oregon State to a 45-27 non-conference victory over Hawaii.
Successfully bouncing back from a road loss at Purdue, the Beavers (1-1) ran up 558 yards of total offense en route to their highest scoring output since a 54-53 loss at Washington State in November 2019.
Chevan Cordeiro threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns for the Rainbow Warriors (1-2), who fell to 0-2 against Pacific-12 Conference competition. They lost their opener to UCLA two weeks ago.
Oregon State scored on each of its first four possessions, including three straight touchdowns that opened a 21-0 lead in the final minute of the first quarter.
Hawaii was down 24-7 at halftime and 31-7 after Baylor ran 30 yards on Oregon State’s first play from scrimmage after halftime. But Hawaii struck back, getting a 1-yard TD run from Calvin Turner Jr. and a 10-yard scoring pass from Cordeiro to Nick Mardner to get within 31-20 late in the third period.
But Nolan’s second TD pass of the game, a 13-yarder to Anthony Gould, and Baylor’s 1-yard plunge with 3:12 left iced the Beavers’ win.
Nolan finished 21-for-29 for 302 yards without an interception. His top receiver was Gould, who hauled in seven balls for 119 yards and the one score.
Baylor was the game’s leading rusher with 171 yards on 18 carries.
Zeriah Beason hauled in Oregon State’s other TD pass, a 6-yarder in the first quarter.
Turner (seven catches, 106 yards) and Mardner (six catches, 110 yards) both went over 100 yards in receiving yards for Hawaii. Cordeiro, who threw two interceptions, was the club’s leading rusher with 48 yards on 13 carries.
Turner completed a three-touchdown night with two rushing scores. He totaled 21 yards on 10 carries and also threw a 35-yard pass on his only attempt.
Hawaii pushed the game’s total yards gained over 1,000 with 454 of its own.
–Field Level Media