Oregon State (2-6) lost their 6th game of the season this Saturday and their opponent Utah (4-4) got their first ever Pac 12 victory in the 27-8 win.
Here are 5 reasons why the Beavers lost against Utah.
1. The Beavers could not run the ball - in the loss to Utah OSU only had a grand total of 32 yards with their lead RB of Malcolm Agnew gaining only 26 yards averaging a less than stellar 2.9 yards per carry.
2. The Beavers could not defend the run - Not only could OSU not get anything going on the ground on offense their run defense could not keep the Utes from racking up a ton of rushing yards.
Utah ran for 225 yards in the game and the Beavers’ defense had no answers for Utah RB John White IV, who rushed for 205 yards, averaged 5.9 yards per carry, and had a 60-yard run.
3. Interceptions -Beavers’ QB Sean Mannion was the reigning Pac 12 Player of the Week after passing for 4 TD in last week’s win over Washington State, but in the Utah game he had 3 INT and only 1 TD.
Mannion did pass for 231 yards in the game, but the INT killed him since he had to carry the team with his arm since the Beavers could not run the ball.
4. Not coming though in the clutch - The Beavers did not come through when it really counted, as they were only 6/18 in 3rd down conversions and 0-2 on 4th down conversions.
5. 2nd quarter defensive lapse - The Beavers were only down 3-0 when the 2nd quarter began, but they gave up 21 points in the quarter with 2 TD passes and 1 TD run.
On top of that the Beavers did not score any points in the 2nd quarter.
Next Up: Don’t look for Oregon State to add to their win total next week, as they face an undefeated Stanford team.
At least Oregon State will be at home.
With the Beavers sitting at 2-6 a bowl game is very unlikely, as they would have to win their remaining games, which are all against teams that are .500 or better including Stanford and Oregon, who are both ranked in the top 10.