Oregon State is 3-0 to start its season.

With a 26-9 win over San Diego State (2-2) on Saturday, the 16th-ranked Beavers closed out nonconference play with an unblemished record. It’s the second consecutive season Oregon State has opened with a 3-0 record.

Last season marked the first time since 2014 that Oregon State had opened a year 3-0. Now, the Beavers have consecutive 3-0 starts for the first time since 1999-2000. That 2000 team shared a Pac-10 title and played in the Fiesta Bowl. It went 11-1. It finished the year fourth in the AP poll.

Oregon State has dreams of a similar kind of year this fall. So far, all of the team’s goals are still firmly on the table.

The Beavs’ offense was out of sync for most of the day, but the defense did its part.

San Diego State had just three points and 139 yards in the opening half. Andrew Chatfield had a pair of second-quarter sacks — two of the four quarterback takedowns Oregon State had in the first half.

Through three quarters, the Aztecs had been held below 200 yards of total offense. It wasn’t until the Aztecs started chasing a lost game that the yardage started to pile up. They had 116 passing yards and a rushing score in the fourth quarter to make the scoreline respectable, but the Beavs ended SDSU’s final two drives without any damage.

The game changed on an Anthony Gould tunnel screen. DJ Uiagalelei hit Gould and the receiver turned on the jets to race for a 75-yard score and put Oregon State up 26-9.

Akili Arnold picked off San Diego State in the endzone on the ensuing possession, ending what looked like it could be a productive drive and a much-needed score for SDSU.

Uiagalelei finished with two interceptions himself, his first uneven performance of the season. The former Clemson Tiger finished with 284 yards and a touchdown, but he completed just 14 of his 30 passes.

Tailback Damien Martinez topped 100 rushing yards for the third consecutive game to open the year, finishing with 102 yards on 15 carries.

Easton Mascarenas-Arnold led the defense with 13 tackles. As a unit, the Beavs finished with six sacks and nine tackles for loss. San Diego State finished with just 70 rushing yards — more than 100 yards below its average coming in.

The Beavers head to Pullman next week for a Top 25 showdown with No. 23 Washington State.