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5 Reasons Why Oregon State Could Not Beat BYU

BYU 38 Oregon State 28 – Game Recap

Oregon State’s nightmare of a season continued on Saturday, as they lost to BYU at home to drop to 1-5 on the season. A bowl game for the Beavers is a major long-shot, as they not only have 5 losses, but they also are only 1-2 in the Pac 12 and still have to face Stanford, Washington, and Oregon. Here are 5 reasons Oregon State lost to BYU.


1. OSU’s defense could not contain BYU QB Riley Nelson – Nelson was the main reason that BYU won, as he had a stellar game passing for 217 yards with 3 TD and 1 INT and he also rushed for 87 yards averaging a solid 7.1 yards per carry. Nelson threw all of his TD passes in the 2nd half.

2. Oregon State could not stop the run – In the game the Beavers gave up a whopping 282 rushing yards and you will not win a lot of games giving up that many yards on the ground. One player did not kill the Beavers with no BYU player gaining over 100 yards on the ground, but Nelson (81 rushing yards), RB Michael Alisa (84 rushing yards) and RB JJ Di Luigi (73 rushing yards) all had good games.

3. Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers– Oregon State committed 4 turnovers in the game and that really hurt them, bad. QB Sean Mannion did pass for over 300 yards n the game, but he was picked off twice.

For the season the freshman QB only has 5 TD and 9 INT. BYU LB Brandon Ogletree could not be stopped in the game and in 3 straight Oregon State possessions he caught an INT and forced 2 fumbles.

Beavers couldn't contain BYU

4. Oregon State could not run the ball – Coming into the game Oregon State only ranked 104th in the nation in rushing offense, but they were optimistic they could run the ball since RB Malcolm Agnew was returning from injury.

However, he only had 49 rushing yards in the game and overall the Beavers only rushed for a grand total of 59 yards.

5. The Beavers failed to deliver in the clutch – Oregon State simply did not come through in the clutch on either side of the ball.

They were only 5/12 on 3rd down conversions in the game and on defense they allowed BYU to go 6-6 in red zone opportunities.

Next Up: Oregon State has a legit chance to get back in the W column next week facing a Washington State squad that has lost 3 of their last 4 games.

However, WSU is not a pushover any more, as they have a passing offense ranked in the top 10 in the nation and their D is not nearly as bad as it has been the last few seasons. On top of that Oregon State has to hit the road next week.

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