CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith says quarterback Chance Nolan has been gaining confidence since last season.
Nolan, who got the start on Saturday against Hawaii, went 21-29 with two touchdowns in the victory.
"I think it's a credit to Chance and his work ethic off of last year," Smith said. "Got some time, started a couple games, improved in those games from game one to game two. But didn't bat an eye in regards to his prep through the summer, fall camp, knowing there was a competition going on. We talked about it during fall camp how it close it was. That guy kept plugging away. He was totally prepared for his first start."
Nolan started in three of OSU's final four games last season.
He also closed out the game in the win over Oregon after starting quarterback Tristan Gebbia went down with an injury.
Oregon State hosts Idaho at 12:30 P.M. on Saturday.