WTS: 'It felt like Stanford all over again'

A MISSED EXTRA point in the first quarter sets in motion a devastating series of events as All-American Louie Sakoda boots a 37-yard field goal as time expires for Utah's sixth straight win of the season. Here's what the Oregon and Utah media are saying about Thursday evening's events.

| From an Oregon State Perspective |


Utah rallies to boot Beavers 31-28 on final play
All losses hurt, but the pain from Oregon State's 31-28 defeat at the hands of Utah Thursday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium will linger longer than usual.

"It's up there at the top of the toughest losses I've had," OSU safety Greg Laybourn said. "It hurts worse when you really think you should have won it." ... more from the Portland Tribune.


A painful loss, but not fatal
As he faced the media after the most heartbreaking of defeats Thursday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Lyle Moevao shook his head.

"It felt like Stanford all over again," the Oregon State quarterback said after Utah had scored 11 points in the final 1:29 to snatch a 31-28 victory. "Same story – we made too many mistakes." ... more from the Portland Tribune.


Another stinging road loss for Beavers
Oregon State unveiled a new look on the football field Thursday night at the University of Utah. Unfortunately for the visiting Beavers, the combination of white jerseys and black pants didn't help them deliver a new look on their opponents' scoreboard.

A week after rocking and shocking the college football world by toppling No. 1 USC, OSU fell in heartbreaking fashion on a last-second field goal that gave the 15th-ranked Utes a 31-28 victory at Rice-Eccles Stadium ... more from the Mail Tribune.


A good fight, just not a win
The national college football darlings came back down to earth, but fought it every step of the way.

There was no letdown after the improbable upset last week. It was a good showing, just not good enough ... more from the Gazette Times | Report Card


Beavers collapse
With 2 minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the game, the Oregon State defense appeared to have stymied a Top-25 offense and picked off a victory.

But then OSU, which had shut out Utah for half a football game, surrendered big yardage and watched the Utes score 11 points to send OSU to a loss ... more from the Gazette Times | Sideline Report


Moevao sees Cardinal after last-second loss
The stadium was much fuller, the crowd far louder, and the opponent much more highly regarded.

But after No. 15 Utah's stunning 31-28 come-from-behind win over Oregon State on Thursday night, OSU quarterback Lyle Moevao was reminded of another loss ... more from The Oregonian.


Time runs out on OSU
In a back-and-forth slugfest that had a slew of momentum-changing plays, Utah got the ball last and that was the difference Thursday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

All-American Louie Sakoda kicked a 37-yard field goal on the final play of the game to lift No. 15 Utah past Oregon State 31-28 in front of a capacity crowd of 45,599 that was standing and yelling much of the fourth quarter ... more from The Oregonian.


OSU stunned, baffled after last-second loss
Utah fans rushed the field at Rice-Eccles Stadium after the 15th-ranked Utes beat Oregon State 31-28 in dramatic fashion Thursday night, mirroring the reaction of OSU fans at Reser Stadium after the Beavers' win over USC seven days earlier.

But it was different game that came to mind for Oregon State quarterback Lyle Moevao after the crushing nonconference defeat ... more from The Oregonian.


For Beavers, it's all over but the winning
The field at Rice-Eccles Stadium was a mob scene long after the game ended Thursday.

Utah students, fans, players, coaches, band members, television cameras, even the mascot jammed together in a joyous celebration, with the public address announcer pleading for the celebrants to take it easy so nobody would get hurt ... more from The Oregonian.


| From an Utah Perspective |


Beavers put big scare into unbeaten Utes
The Oregon State Beavers suffered the letdown many people were expecting after they stunned then-No. 1 ranked USC last week.

But it didn't come until nearly 58 minutes were played in their thrilling 31-28 loss to Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Thursday night ... more from the Desert News.


Louie Louie —Sakoda kicks field goal to win it as time expires
Utah's quest for perfection continues.

A 37-yard field goal by Louie Sakoda as time expired lifted the 15th-ranked Utes to a 31-28 victory over Oregon State on Thursday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The kick capped a wild comeback from an eight-point deficit in the final 1:29 and upped Utah's record to 6-0 ... more from the Desert News.


Don't try to explain it, relax and enjoy it
By now it's probably time to stop trying to figure out how and why the Utes have remained undefeated in six games, and just appreciate the trip.

Never mind they fell behind Oregon State by eight points with 2:18 to go, Thursday at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Forget that quarterback Brian Johnson fumbled and threw an interception — both culminating in OSU touchdowns. Ignore that the Utes still haven't played a complete game ... more from the Desert News.


Johnson struggles, comes through when it really counts
With a little over two minutes left and the Utes trailing by eight points due in large part to two costly Brian Johnson turnovers, not many people believed that the Utes had a chance to win the game in regulation if at all.

It's a good thing Johnson did ... more from the Desert News.


Last-minute men
The dream was on cardiac arrest, then was miraculously resurrected.

The No. 15 Utes, now 6-0, were exonerated from a horrendous second-half performance and continued their undefeated season when Louie Sakoda split the uprights with no time remaining to deliver an improbable 31-28 victory over an eager Oregon State Beaver that featured an escape built for the ages ... more from the Daily Utah Chronicle.


Johnson falters at first, comes back at end to hit hard
For 57 minutes of Thursday night's game, Utah quarterback Brian Johnson struggled to find any sort of rhythm.

For three minutes, time stood still ... more from the Daily Utah Chronicle.


Field goal caps wild comeback against Oregon State
Oregon State had a great offense, a strong defense and a good game plan. The one thing the Beavers didn't have Thursday? A kicker like Louie Sakoda.

Sakoda, already one of Utah's most celebrated athletes, added to his local legend Thursday by kicking a game-winning field goal to give the Utes (6-0) a 31-28 win over Oregon State (2-3) in front of 45,599 at Rice-Eccles Stadium ... more from the Salt Lake Tribune.


Utes rally back to do what USC couldn't
With a curious college football nation freshly interested in seeing what Utah would do against the Oregon State Trojan-killers, the Utes showed their hand, alongside their poise and talent, accomplishing what USC couldn't: Beat the Beavers.

Final numbers on the board: Utah 31, OSU 28 ... more from the Salt Lake Tribune.


Beavers crack U. defense
The defense has always been there for Utah.

They've always been able to produce a big turnover, a sack, or a plain stop. And because of those traits, the Utes have been at their most productive on this side of the football ... more from the Salt Lake Tribune.


Riley OK with interference call
Oregon State coach Mike Riley didn't dispute a pass interference call that cost the Beavers victory against Utah on Thursday night.

He just wondered what took the official so long to make it. After Utah trimmed Oregon State's lead to 28-26 with 1:29 remaining, it looked like the Beavers had stopped the Utes' attempt to tie when quarterback Brian Johnson's pass sailed past David Reed in the end zone ... more from Salt Lake Tribune.


Casteel goes cold in 2nd half
After a productive first half in which receiver Brent Casteel put up better numbers than he did in four quarters against Utah's previous five opponents, Casteel became practically nonexistent in the second half.

In the first two quarters, Casteel had three carries for 20 yards and two receptions for 52 yards. But the connection between Casteel and Brian Johnson just wasn't the same in the second half and Casteel had just one reception for 13 yards ... more from the Salt Lake Tribune.

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