Oregon State Rolls Past Utah, 24-7
Aug. 30, 2007
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Yvenson Bernard ran for 165 yards and two touchdowns and Oregon State opened the season with a 24-7 victory over Utah on Thursday night.
Sophomore Sean Canfield completed eight of 19 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown for the Beavers (1-0). Canfield is in competition with Lyle Moevao to become Oregon State's starter.
Utah quarterback Brian Johnson completed eight of 13 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown, but left at the half with an apparent separated shoulder.
Utah (0-1) scored on the ensuing drive when Johnson hit Brent Casteel with a 36-yard pass to make it 7-0.
The Utes missed out on an earlier scoring opportunity when Louie Sakoda's 45-yard field goal attempt fell well short.
Moevao helped redeem himself with a gutsy 17-yard pass to Darrell Catchings on a fourth-down play with 7 yards to go. Bernard went on to score on the drive, running in from 9 yards out and knotting the score at 7.
Johnson, who did not play for the Utes last season because of a knee injury, did not return in the second half and was replaced by Tommy Grady.
Canfield came back in for the Beavers in the second half, finding Catchings with a 6-yard scoring pass in the third quarter to put the Beavers ahead 14-7. Alexis Serna added a 37-yard field goal before the quarter's end.
Bernard, who rushed for 1,307 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, scored on a 10-yard run early in the fourth quarter.