Nov 19, 2022; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Oregon State Beavers quarterback Tristan Gebbia (3) against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Transfer QB Tristan Gebbia picks Ohio State

Transfer quarterback Tristan Gebbia is headed to Ohio State, Rivals.com reported Tuesday.

Gebbia last played at Oregon State, and it was reported when he entered the transfer portal earlier this montk that he’d be seeking a medical redshirt to give him eligibility for a seventh college season.

The news comes just one day after Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud said he’s entering the NFL draft. Gebbia gives coach Ryan Day a veteran option for a Buckeyes program that will enter spring workouts with Kyle McCord and Devin Brown as the main competitors for the starting job.

The Buckeyes also will have incoming freshman Lincoln Kienholz on scholarship.

Gebbia, 24, was a four-star prospect in the Class of 2017, ranked the No. pro-style 9 quarterback by the 247Sports composite in the class. He initially signed with Nebraska, then transferred to Oregon State as a redshirt freshman ahead of the 2018, which he sat out due to NCAA transfer regulations. He missed the 2021 season due to a hamstring injury and attempted just 11 passes in reserve duty in 2022.

In all, he appeared in 12 games (five starts) for the Beavers, completing 128 of 200 passes for 1,250 yards and five touchdowns with four interceptions. He entered the transfer portal following the transfer of quarterback DJ Uiagalelei from Clemson.

McCord, a five-star prospect when he entered Ohio State, backed up Stroud for two seasons. In 2022, he appeared in seven games and was 16-of-20 passing for 190 yards and a touchdown.

Brown played 15 snaps as a freshman in 2022 but didn’t attempt a pass.

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2022; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Oregon State Beavers linebacker Omar Speights (1) against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Oregon State All-Pac-12 LB Omar Speights to transfer

Oregon State linebacker Omar Speights entered the transfer portal on Thursday, multiple reports said.

Speights, a team captain, led the Beavers last season with 83 tackles, including eight tackles for loss. He earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors.

In four seasons at Oregon State, Speights played in 45 games and amassed 308 tackles (25 for loss), five sacks, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

The Beavers went 10-3 in 2022 and finished the season ranked No. 17 in the AP Top 25 poll.

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Dec 3, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback DJ Uiagalelei (5)throws during the first quarter of the ACC Championship game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Clemson QB D.J. Uiagalelei transfers to Oregon State

D.J. Uiagalelei, a former five-star prospect once considered to be Trevor Lawrence’s heir apparent at Clemson, plans to transfer to Oregon State, ESPN reported Friday.

Uiagalelei threw for 2,521 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2022 but was benched on multiple occasions. He spent most of his final game with the program on the sideline as freshman Cade Klubnik guided Clemson to a win over North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

In 35 career games with the Tigers, Uiagalelei completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 5,681 yards with 36 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

Coming out of St. John Bosco High School in California, Uiagalelei was a five-star prospect and ranked No. 2 among quarterbacks in the 247Sports composite.

Now he’ll join an ascending Oregon State program that finished the season ranked No. 14 with a 10-3 record after defeating Florida 30-3 in the Las Vegas Bowl.

As an added wrinkle, Uiagalelei will play a Pac-12 Conference game against his brother, Matayo Uiagalelei, a five-star edge rusher prospect who committed to Oregon this week.

–Field Level Media

Dec 17, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  Florida Gators running back Trevor Etienne (7) runs with the ball through the Oregon State Beavers defense during the first half at the Las Vegas Bowl at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports

No. 14 Oregon State stifles Florida in Las Vegas Bowl

Ben Gulbranson threw for one touchdown and rushed for another as No. 14 Oregon State defeated Florida 30-3 Saturday in the Las Vegas Bowl.

The Beavers (10-3) reached double-digits in victories for just the third time in school history.

Florida (6-7) avoided being shut out for the first time since 1988 as Adam Mihalek kicked a 40-yard field goal with 37 seconds remaining. That extended the Gators’ Football Bowl Subdivision record of scoring in 436 consecutive games.

Florida quarterback Jack Miller III, a transfer from Ohio State who was making his first collegiate start after Anthony Richardson opted out of the bowl game to prepare for the NFL draft, completed 13 of 22 passes for 180 yards.

However, Florida’s rushing attack was limited to 39 yards on 33 attempts.

Gulbranson was 12-of-19 passing for 165 yards. Deshaun Fenwick rushed for 107 yards on 21 carries.

After leading 10-0 at the half, the Beavers pulled away with two touchdowns in a span of 1:36 early in the third quarter.

Oregon State took the second-half kickoff and went 64 yards on 10 plays, with Gulbranson throwing a 15-yard scoring strike to Silas Bolden on a slant pattern into the end zone. The drive was kept alive by Jack Colletto’s 11-yard run on a fake punt on fourth-and-2 from OSU’s own 44-yard line.

The Gators went three-and-out on the ensuing possession and Jeremy Crawshaw’s punt was blocked by Colletto, the Paul Hornung Award winner as the nation’s most versatile player.

Skyler Thomas picked up the ball and returned it seven yards to Florida’s 7-yard line.

On third-and-goal from the 7, Gulbranson scored on a quarterback draw to make it 23-0.

Oregon State’s Jam Griffin added a 2-yard TD run early in the fourth.

The Beavers put together an eight-play, 65-yard touchdown drive on their second possession of the game. Wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey scored on an 8-yard run on an end around with 2:10 left in the first quarter.

OSU’s Everett Hayes kicked a 27-yard field goal with 4:32 remaining in the second quarter to extend the lead to 10-0.

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Nov 26, 2022; Corvallis, Oregon, USA; Oregon State Beavers head coach Jonathan Smith watches his team from the sidelines during the second half against the Oregon Ducks at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith receives extension

Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith has agreed to a contract extension through the 2028 season, the school announced Sunday.

Smith will receive $30.6 million in total compensation over the next six seasons, according to the school. His 2023 guaranteed compensation is $4.85 million, and it will increase by $100,000 each year.

“Coach Smith has taken the Oregon State football program to new heights, and we knew it was important to reward him and his staff to keep the momentum moving forward,” Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes said in a news release. “The success they’ve achieved on the football field has been evident, and Coach’s Smith leadership and the work of his staff also has changed the culture of the program in the classroom, the weight room and the community.”

Smith, 43, guided Oregon State to a 9-3 regular-season record in 2022, including a 6-3 mark in Pac-12 play. A victory against Florida in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday would mark just the third time that the Beavers won 10 or more games in a season.

Smith was Oregon State’s starting quarterback when the program recorded a school-best 11-1 record in 2000. The Beavers finished the season with a 41-9 steamrolling of Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl and finished fourth in the final AP ranking.

“I want to thank Scott Barnes and the Oregon State administration for continuing to support this football program and everyone who works tirelessly for our student-athletes and all of Beaver Nation,” Smith said in a statement Sunday. “We are proud of what has been accomplished, but the work is not done and we’ll continue to put in the effort and do it the right way.”

Smith is 25-31 in five seasons with the Beavers.

Smith played at Oregon State from 1998-2001 and ranks third on the school’s all-time list in career passing yards (9,680 yards) and touchdown passes (55).

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Oct 1, 2022; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Oregon State Beavers quarterback Chance Nolan (10) drops back to throw the ball in the first quarter against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Oregon State QB Chance Nolan entering transfer portal

Oregon State quarterback Chance Nolan is entering the transfer portal, according to multiple reports on Thursday.

Nolan started 17 straight games for the Beavers until injuring his neck in a game against Utah on Oct. 1. He didn’t play again this season.

In Nolan’s absence, Ben Gulbranson guided Oregon State (9-3) to six victories in seven games as starter.

Nolan passed for 939 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions this season.

Last season, Nolan passed for 2,677 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while leading Oregon State to its first bowl appearance since 2013.

In three seasons with the Beavers, Nolan threw for 4,153 yards, 32 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in 22 games (20 starts).

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Nov 19, 2022; Eugene, Oregon, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Bo Nix (10) throws a pass during the first half against the Utah Utes at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Bo Nix’s status uncertain as No. 9 Oregon faces Oregon State

Oregon coach Dan Lanning isn’t tipping his hand, especially when it comes to quarterback Bo Nix’s health, entering his first rivalry game against Oregon State on Saturday in Corvallis, Ore.

Lanning said Nix would continue to undergo treatment on his injured right foot and be evaluated on a daily basis.

Nix played in the No. 9 Ducks’ 20-17 victory against Utah last Saturday, though he barely practiced during the week. He completed 25 of 37 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown with one interception.

“We’ll see,” Lanning said of Nix’s availability for the regular-season finale. “We have a great medical staff, they do a good job. Bo understands, playing the game for a long time, he understands the way his body feels. Obviously he was able to go out there on Saturday, but we keep evaluating as we get closer to each game.”

The Ducks (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) can clinch a berth in the conference title game against No. 6 Southern California and keep alive their slim hopes for a spot in the College Football Playoff with a victory against the No. 21 Beavers (8-3, 5-3).

Nix isn’t the only Oregon player with health concerns. Starting center Alex Forsyth missed last week’s game because of a right shoulder injury, fellow offensive lineman Jackson Powers-Johnson left after sustaining a leg injury, and receiver Chase Cota has missed the past three games with an undisclosed ailment.

“We have a lot of tough kids,” said Lanning, who declined to discuss the status of those three players. “It’s that time of year when you’re banged up and you’re hurting and it’s not Week 1 anymore. We have a lot of guys that are banged up.”

Beavers coach Jonathan Smith announced that quarterback Ben Gulbranson, who has started the past six games and gone 5-1 with Chance Nolan sidelined due to a neck injury, would remain the starter for the remainder of the season.

Gulbranson has thrown for 1,005 yards and eight TDs with just one interception since taking over. His lone loss was a 24-21 setback at Washington, which is now ranked No. 13.

Gulbranson completed 15 of 21 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown in a 31-7 victory last Saturday at Arizona State.

“He’s gotten better each week,” Smith said of Gulbranson. “Competition is healthy, so whenever Chance gets healthy again, or next year even, Ben’s gonna have to compete.”

Freshman running back Damien Martinez rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns against the Sun Devils, his fifth consecutive game with more than 100 yards on the ground. That’s the longest streak by a Beavers player since Steven Jackson had a six-game stretch in 2003.

“He won’t go down easy,” Smith said of Martinez. “He’s getting to the line, guys are starting to hang, he’s making guys miss, he’s pushing the pile, he’s finishing runs.”

While Smith was reluctant to talk about the Oregon game until this week, his players have shown no such reservations.

“I’ve been thinking about the Ducks (since) before the season,” Oregon State linebacker Easton Mascarenas-Arnold said. “We’re ready for that.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 8, 2022; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona State interim head coach  Shaun Aguano walks the sidelines as his team plays the Washington Huskies at Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday.

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Arizona State facing sixth ranked foe, hosts No. 23 Oregon State

Arizona State is out of bowl contention and interim coach Shaun Aguano may be out of a job in two weeks heading into the remaining games against No. 23 Oregon State and archrival Arizona.

The Sun Devils (3-7, 2-5 Pac-12) play their sixth ranked opponent of the season when they face the Beavers (7-3, 4-3) at Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday.

Arizona State is 1-4 against ranked opponents with the lone win coming against Washington at Tempe three games into Aguano’s tenure. He took over for the fired Herm Edwards on Sept. 18 after the Sun Devils’ 1-2 start.

Aguano has gained support from fans and his players since the win over Washington, but the Sun Devils have lost three of their last four games.

The school has hired an outside consulting firm in its search for the next permanent head coach. Aguano is still under consideration, according to school officials.

“The continuity, the passion for Arizona State football … it’s hard for somebody to come from the outside that has no idea what Arizona State football means to people,” Aguano said. “I think that’s No. 1, especially in this transition in understanding what type of recruited athletes that we want here, to build a program that is disciplined and held accountable, and put on a product that is tough, that never quits.”

Aguano made the bold move of replacing starting quarterback Emory Jones with Trenton Bourguet, a former walk-on who directed wins against the Huskies and Colorado.

Bourguet was pulled from Saturday’s 28-18 loss at Washington State with an undisclosed injury and his status is unknown for the game against Oregon State.

Jones, a mobile quarterback, has completed 125 of 199 passes for 1,533 yards and seven touchdowns, while Bourguet has completed 88 of 123 passes for 992 yards and eight touchdowns. Both have four interceptions.

Oregon State has injury concerns of its own with nine players getting hurt in a 38-10 win over visiting California last week.

The Beavers could reportedly be without as many as six starters, including safety Jaydon Grant, cornerback Alex Austin and linebacker/running back Jack Colletto.

“We’re not the only program dealing with that,” Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith said of the injuries. “Shoot, we’re playing Arizona State, and they’ve had a bunch. I look across the league. It’s an unfortunate part of the game. No one is playing with their full roster at the end of the year.”

Smith added that he believes Oregon State will “compete well” against Arizona State despite the rash of injuries.

He pointed out that the Beavers still defeated the Golden Bears handily despite missing some of their key players.

“I think it’s due to our culture around here, that guys are preparing even if they haven’t done a ton of playing time, but they’ve been ready,” Smith said.

Oregon State is led by redshirt freshman Ben Gulbranson, who is playing in place of the injured Chance Nolan (neck and concussion problems). Gulbranson has completed 88 of 141 passes for 1,042 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions.

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Nov 12, 2022; Corvallis, Oregon, USA; Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Anthony Gould (2) runs the ball for a touchdown during the first half against the California Golden Bears at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon State builds early lead on Cal, coasts to victory

Ben Gulbranson threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third Saturday night as Oregon State established a 21-0 second quarter lead en route to a 38-10 win over California in Corvallis, Ore.

Gulbranson completed 15 of 23 passes for 137 yards in a performance that was more efficient than spectacular, but perfectly fine considering how tough the Beavers’ defense was against the pass-happy Golden Bears.

Oregon State allowed just 160 total yards, with only nine on the ground. Prolific Cal quarterback Jack Plummer hit on 22 of 34 attempts, but for just 151 yards with an interception.

The Beavers (7-3, 4-3 Pac-12) got a solid performance from running back Damien Martinez, who rushed for 105 yards on 23 carries. Oregon State finished with 362 total yards and controlled the ball for more than 36 1/2 minutes.

Gulbranson initiated the scoring with a 1-yard sneak with 5:37 left in the first quarter, capping a 65-yard drive that lasted almost five minutes. The Beavers made it 14-0 less than 3 1/2 minutes later on a 5-yard run by Jam Griffin, six plays after Plummer tossed an interception at the Bears’ 31.

The lead grew to 21-0 at the 12:01 mark of the second quarter when Anthony Gould slalomed through Cal’s punt coverage team on a 55-yard touchdown.

The Bears managed their only touchdown with 2:33 remaining in the half when Jeremiah Earby picked up a Martinez fumble and sped 33 yards down the right numbers.

Any thoughts of a second-half rally for Cal (3-7, 1-6) were quashed when Everett Hayes boomed a 49-yard field goal and Gulbranson hit Tre’Shaun Harrison for an 8-yard scoring strike for a 31-7 lead in the third quarter.

Michael Luckhurst booted a 36-yard field goal 2 1/2 minutes into the fourth quarter to round out the Bears’ scoring, while Gulbranson capped Oregon State’s onslaught with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jack Velling with seven minutes remaining.

The outcome eliminated Cal from bowl consideration.

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Nov 4, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Oregon State Beavers quarterback Ben Gulbranson (17) passes against the Washington Huskies during the third quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Backup QB critical as Oregon State clashes with Cal

Out of the College Football Playoff poll after a last-second loss at Washington, Oregon State sets its sights on a strong finish.

The Beavers, also chasing a prestigious bowl bid, are leaning on backup quarterback Ben Gulbranson, starting with Saturday night’s home game against Pac-12 Conference foe California.

Gulbranson is 3-1 in a starting role since Chance Nolan suffered a neck injury in the Beavers’ October 1 loss at Utah. In last week’s defeat, Gulbranson threw for just 87 yards. He completed 12 of 19, missing open receivers downfield on more than one occasion.

“He’s got a couple of guys running wide open, he’s got to hit them,” said Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith. “It needs to be better. We’ve chosen a brand of football with our current staff. But we’ve got to get better in the passing game.”

The Beavers (6-3, 3-3) have gotten a combined 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions from Nolan and Gulbranson. Nolan tossed six picks in his last five quarters, including four in a narrow September home loss to USC.

Meanwhile, the Golden Bears (3-6, 1-5) must win out to become bowl-eligible. With arch-rival Stanford and UCLA remaining after this week, it seems like a long shot. They nearly pulled a major upset last week but lost 41-35 at No. 8 USC.

Cal trailed 27-7 in the third quarter, but rallied behind three second half touchdown passes from Jack Plummer. The Bears pulled within six points with just under three minutes left but couldn’t make a defensive stop to give themselves a chance to steal victory.

“The expectations was to play better football,” said Cal coach Justin Wilcox. “I loved the competitiveness, but where we really played poorly was at the end of the half. We could have played that much better.”

Plummer’s lone interception late in the half set up a Trojan touchdown that made it 20-7 at the half. But his 406 yards made him the first Bears’ quarterback in six years to crack the 400 mark in a game.

–Field Level Media