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Utah loses 21-7 to No. 8 Oregon State

Associated Press Published: October 21, 2012

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Travis Wilson took the blame.

Utah's freshman quarterback was apologetic after his team's 21-7 loss to No. 8 Oregon State on Saturday night.

"They played hard, they played physical, but ultimately it was my fault. I didn't take care of the football and threw two picks," he said. "And that just can't happen."

Wilson threw for 172 yards and a touchdown but also threw those two interceptions in his second start for Utah (2-5, 0-4 Pac-12).

He passed for 220 yards in his first career start last week, a 21-14 loss to UCLA. Utes coach Kyle Wittingham decided to stick with Wilson this week over senior Jon Hays, who started three games this season after Jordan Wynn went down with a career-ending shoulder injury.

"He's just a freshman. A true freshman," Wittingham said. "There's going to be some growing pains with him. We think based on two ballgames he's played that he's shown a lot of poise and confidence and we think he's got a lot of upside to him."

Oregon State (6-0, 4-0) not only remained perfect with the win, the team also became bowl eligible after going just 3-9 last season. It is Oregon State's best start since 1907, when the school had a 6-0 season as Oregon Agricultural College.

Beavers quarterback Cody Vaz threw for 174 yards against the Utes. Storm Woods ran for 46 yards and all three Oregon State touchdowns.

But it was the Beavers' defense that made all the difference, when an interception and a fumble recovery led to first-half touchdowns.

Oregon State capitalized on Michael Doctor's interception of Wilson with a 1-yard scoring run from Woods, putting the Beavers ahead 7-0 late in the first quarter. Rudolf Fifita then sacked Wilson and forced a fumble that was recovered by Dylan Wynn, leading to Woods' 2-yard touchdown dash.

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