Justin Kahut didn’t want to be the reason Oregon State’s Rose Bowl dream died. He didn’t have to be.
With time expiring, Kahut drilled a 24-yard field goal right through the uprights, giving the Beavers the 19-17 victory.
“I didn’t see the game ending like that,” Kahut said. “I didn’t want to not go to the Rose Bowl because of me. I wanted a second chance, and I got it. I felt good. This is the way it was supposed to happen.”
Just minutes before, Kahut missed the potential game-tying extra point try, and it seemed as though Arizona might squash the Rose Bowl dreams of the Beavers.
After the missed extra-point try, it didn’t look as though Oregon State would get another chance to redeem themselves. Arizona needed to run out a little more than three minutes and the game was theirs.
It was the Beavers' defense that stepped up and stopped Wildcats RB Keola Antolin two yards short, forcing fourth down.
After the Wildcats punt, Oregon State took over on their own 20-yard line with 1:19 to go.
Could the Beavers once again overcome adversity? Would their Rose Bowl dreams stay alive?
Justin Kahut held the answer on the tip of his foot. He walked on the field, waited for the snap, and then calmly split the same uprights he had just missed a few minutes earlier.
“The whole team believed in me,” Kahut said. “That’s hard to do.”
Pac 10 rushing leader Jacquizz Rodgers was knocked out of the game in the first quarter. But the Beavers made due without him.
Backup QB Sean Canfield took the starting role and helped lead the Beavers to their comeback win. He passed for 224 yards and one touchdown.
Oregon State still has one test left as they face in-state rival Oregon in the Civil War on Nov. 29.
The Ducks will be looking for some major payback as the Beavers have taken the last two Civil War meetings.
Add to that the fact it was Oregon State who crushed Oregon’s Rose Bowl dreams by beating the then-9-1 Ducks in 2000. Oregon would love to return the favor to this year’s Beavers team.