CORVALLIS, Oregon – Senior quarterback Jake Luton passed for 255 yards and four touchdowns to lead Oregon State to a 45-7 victory over Cal Poly in a non-conference football game Saturday afternoon before 33,585 inside Reser Stadium.
Luton twice hit Isaiah Hodgins and Champ Flemings for touchdowns in the first half as the Beavers (1-2) raced to a 38-7 halftime lead and never looked back.
Cal Poly, in the middle of a three-game road trip, fell to 1-2.
The Mustangs answered an eight-yard Luton to Hodgins touchdown play with a score of their own as Xavier Moore caught an eight-yard scoring pass from Jalen Hamler, tying the game at 7-7 with 8:02 to play in the opening quarter.
Oregon State, however, scored the next 31 points of the game before halftime.
Luton again hit Hodgins with an 11-yard touchdown pass and, in the second quarter, connected with Flemings on 47- and 75-yard scoring passes. B.J. Baylor added a six-yard run and Jordan Choukair made a 26-yard field goal for the Beavers.
Only score of the third quarter was a five-yard run by backup quarterback Tristan Gebbia. There was no scoring in the final period.
Cal Poly had other scoring opportunities besides the one touchdown, but Colton Theaker missed a pair of field goal attempts spanning 37 and 42 yards, both in the first half. The Mustangs also drove to the Oregon State 19-yard line midway through the final period before Hamler threw his first interception of the year. Shawn Wilson made the theft at the Beavers' one-yard line.
Oregon State's defense notched 10 tackles for lost yardage, including three sacks, to thwart other Mustang drives.
Cal Poly sophomore slot back Duy Tran-Sampson produced his second career 100-yard game, accumulating 137 yards on a career-high 29 carries.
Hamler completed five of 10 passes for 112 yards and the one touchdown. J.J. Koski was the only Mustang with multiple catches, grabbing two for 61 yards.
Oregon State's Baylor rushed for 101 yards on seven trips and Artavis Pierce added 90 yards on 12 carries as the Beavers outgained Cal Poly on the ground, 258-203. Luton completed 17 of 22 passes for 255 yards and four scores. Hodgins caught seven passes and Flemings five.
Linebacker Aaron Cooper made 11 tackles while Matt Shotwell and Kevin Howell added eight each. Sharky Reza earned his fourth career interception and Pono Faaagi notched the lone Mustang tackle for lost yardage.
Cal Poly has a bye next week before opening Big Sky Conference play Sept. 28 at Southern Utah.
Photos courtesy of James Smith | James Smith IV Photography