Kefense Hynson has been involved in organized football for nearly three decades, including the past five as a receiving coach at Oregon.
What Hynson saw live on Saturday night at Stanford Stadium made him watch on video during the return trip, and multiple times with the players when the team met on Sunday afternoon.
Harrison sprinted onto the field, turning the Stanford corner in front of him, Ethan Boehner, and Patrick Fields five yards behind. OSU Quarterback Ben Gulbranson He threw a 20-yard pass that was meant for Harrison to come up and play. Harrison rallied and over Bonner, snatched the ball off Stanford’s corner helmet, pivoted and ran the remaining 35 yards into the end zone while the Cardinal’s defenders chased in vain.
“Talk about the rise of defenders…that was, and then some. It was an incredible catch. Probably one of the best catches this year,” Heinson said.
The thing is that Harrison’s reception was with him Rebekah. To pass accuracy and catch the ball by compulsion, sports and moment, Silas Bolden The 21-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter was worth the reel highlight.
“One of the greatest moments I’ve ever seen,” Gulbranson said.
Without Bolden’s catch, the game probably wouldn’t make it to Harrison. OSU, trailing 24-10, was fourth and 8th at the Stanford 21 with less than a quarter to play. If the beavers falter, there may not be enough time to catch and pass the cardinal as Oregon eventually did.
First, the play itself. Gulbranson chose to skip going down first and instead, six points when he saw a special look from the Stanford defense.
“They gave us a look we loved. It’s easy when you can get 10 guys off the field and play one-on-one,” said Gulbranson.
Except for the Cardinal’s corner, Nicholas Tomer made it difficult. Gulbranson threw the ball through a tight space, a pass that sailed just over Tomer’s shoulder and into one of Bolden’s arms.
Capturing him was just part of that feat. Bolden caught the ball next to the sideline, and was able to tap both feet inward, although only one is required in college football.
Bolden’s ability to touch his foot at the right time is a daily exercise during training.
“It becomes muscle memory,” Heinson said. “You combine that with physical abilities and then you get Silas Bolden.”
Gulbranson’s performance: As expected, Gulbranson had mixed feelings about his debut in Oregon. The third-year student completed 20 of 28 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns, while helping to perform at OSU’s running game at a high level. On the downside, Gulbranson was sacked four times, twice as much as the Beavers lost during their first five matches.
“There are definitely a lot of things I feel I can improve,” Gulbranson said.
Gulbranson felt he was well prepared for his first start, but admitted, “I was definitely nervous…I was very nervous all week. The coaches put together a great plan for me.”
No decision has been made on whether Gulbranson or Chance Nolan will start Saturday’s game against Washington State at Razer Stadium. Nolan is currently undergoing concussion protocol after suffering a hit in the late first quarter against Utah on October 1.
If it was Gulbranson, he would definitely encounter a different atmosphere. Gulbranson played three quarters at bustling Rice Eccles Stadium in Utah, then Stanford. This time, it will be Reser’s friendly frontier.
“We have the greatest fans in Pac-12,” Gulbranson said. “They make a lot of noise and energy. It would be a great feeling for sure if I had the chance to play in front of the fans.”
tongue tied: Six games a season, one of the most announced transfers in the Jonathan Smith era hasn’t done anything statistically anything other than three specials. Makiya Tong, a former 4-star recruit who moved to Georgia, played in all six games, but made few appearances at the receiver.
Since moving to OSU in 2020, Tongue has had one career, coming last season against Idaho. Reggie Tongue’s 6-foot-2, 220-pound son had some injuries last season but was fit for every game in 2022.
Hynson said they had some plays involving Stanford’s Tongue, but they were never contacted.
“I’m still high in Makiya,” Heinson said. “He plays hard. He is training hard. He does everything the right way.”
Nick Daschle from Corvallis.
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