Corvallis, OR. -- After his school record-tying six-touchdown performance in Oregon State’s 48-31 beating over UCLA, sixth year quarterback Jake Luton was named Pac-12 offensive player of the week.
But what’s even more impressive is his ability to take care of the football. Luton has thrown 166 consecutive passes without an interception, which dates all the way back to last season. He is one pass behind Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa for the longest streak in the nation.
“[Jake] has improved his game from last year and I think he’s playing with a ton of confidence,” said head coach Jonathan Smith. “He’s also got a lot of confidence in the guys around him because those guys can play at a really high level.”
Luton was also added Monday to a list of 15 nominees for 2019 May Clinic comeback player of the year award. Players are nominated from all levels of college football based on prior injuries or illnesses. Luton sustained injuries that wiped out large chunks of his 2017 and 2018 season.
The Beavers celebrated Saturday’s victory. However, they were back to work on Sunday in preparation for this week’s game against Utah.
"They should celebrate [the win] but there's only a short window of time that you are doing that,” said Smith. “So we should add some confidence but these guys are very aware of what they got in front of us. This is a good football team we are playing on both sides of the ball. They got good athletes. So nothing is going to be easy or given. We are going to have to go earn it."
The Utes are the best in the conference in total yards allowed per game at 282.4 yards per game, including an impressive 53.8 on the ground.
Kickoff Saturday against Utah is at 5:00 p.m. at Reser Stadium.