Beavers handed first loss
On a day in which four other undefeated teams lost, the Oregon State Beavers join their ranks, losing out on the first 7-0 start in team history.
Storm Woods had a very big night, perhaps his biggest of the season.
The redshirt freshman needed just 15 carries to reach 90 yards. Woods added four catches for 37 yards. He was instrumental in OSU’s second half offensive rhythm.
The shame in all this is that Riley didn’t lean on Woods until the second half. If he had trusted his tailback sooner, the Beavers might have gotten a “W” out of this one.
When Markus Wheaton was knocked out of the game, Riley went to the next receiver on the depth chart, Obum Gwacham. When Gwacham struggled, he took a gamble on redshirt freshman Richard Mullaney.
In his second appearance this season, Mullaney didn’t miss a beat. He finished the game with four catches for 70 yards, including a very big 46 yarder to keep OSU’s hopes alive in the third quarter.
The d-line played a hell of a game.
They held a strong Husky rushing attack under 100 yards, while accumulating two sacks. Several times they pushed Keith Price out of the pocket—forcing him to throw the ball away.
Scott Crichton had a relatively quiet night, but was still an explosive force. He was in on every play, and was usually the one chasing Price around.
This is might be an unpopular opinion, but this loss falls on Mike Riley.
The Beavers coach called a horrendous first half. Facing one of the Pac-12’s best passing defenses—and worst running defenses—he stubbornly stuck to pass plays. Steve Sarkisian dared him to challenge his cornerbacks, and the Huskies consistently came out on top.
It was amazing how the field opened up once Riley fell on Woods in the second half.
Another point of contention has to be the quarterback situation. One could argue that Mannion should never have started this game. At the least, Riley should have him out sooner.
Double Standard Helmet-to-Helmet
There was plenty of interesting officiating tonight, but the most abhorrent was the double standard on helmet-to-helmets.
In the first quarter, Markus Wheaton was in the air attempting to catch the ball. A UW defender didn’t seem to lead with his head, but he did tackle the defenseless Wheaton with clear helmet-to-helmet. Not only was the ball intercepted on a bounce, but Wheaton sat out the rest of the game.
There was no call.
The second, happened in the fourth quarter on a catch by Kasen Williams. Moving down field, he was wrapped up. Another Beaver defender moved in for support on the tackle. As Williams was falling, he made helmet contact with Beaver No. 2.
This is when the refs made the call.
There was reason to question Sean Mannion‘s early return, but I don’t think anyone saw this coming.
Things didn’t seem so bad at first. The Beavers were shutout in the first half, but that was a product of dropped passes and bad play calling.
The wheels fell off the bus in the second half. Mannion made some horrendous reads, leading to two interceptions—he had four total. Those mistakes became OSU’s undoing, and Mannion was inevitably replaced by Cody Vaz.