Utah opened this game up scoring 24 unanswered points. That’s about all you need to know about this one. Oregon State just flat out did not show up to play on the road–again.
It is a freshman led team, so you can’t be completely shocked that they weren’t ready for this game. Utah has a nice following that generally show up to the stadium and make a lot of noise, and you could tell from the beginning that the Beavers were rattled.
This late in the season, you would have to have hoped that quarterback Sean Mannion could put that aside and play a solid game. This was simply not the case.
Mannion threw a touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to finally get the Beavers on the board, but it was too little, too late.
Utah was led by Junior, John White IV, who compile an impressive 205 yards on 35 carries. That also included a touchdown in the second quarter from six yards out.
Can it get any worse for the Beavers?
If they allowed over 200 yards on the ground to Utah’s 88th ranked rushing game, I worry for them knowing that Stanford and their 19th ranked ground attack roll into town this weekend.
An assault that lifted the Cardinal to a 56-48 triple-overtime victory over the 20th-ranked Trojans on Saturday night.
Running back Stepfan Taylor dashed in for the tying touchdown with 38 seconds left in regulation and the go-ahead score in the third overtime, and Stanford’s defense preserved its 16-game winning streak by forcing Curtis McNeal’s fumble into the end zone to finish it.
Meanwhile, Oregon State ranks in the bottom half of the country in both passing, and rushing defense. Not a good recipe when you welcome in Andrew Luck, and the Cardinals that have excelled in every single aspect of the game this season on the offensive side of the ball.
Add in the fact that Stanford also sports a top 25 defense. The writing is seemingly already written on the wall for this one.
Doing things a little differently for this portion this week, as Oregon State had very little to choose from in terms of recognition. I chose to give the main lowlights” from this week.
Quarterback Sean Mannion earns the first nod. He completed just 27 of his 49 passing attempts for a dismal 231 yards. That’s just 4.7 yards per passing attempt. He also added three interceptions in this one too. This is surely a performance the freshman would like to forget.
Number two goes to freshman running back Malcolm Agnew. When healthy this season, he has put up some very solid numbers. Including a 200-plus yards rushing performance earlier in the season. This weekend however, he managed just 26 yards on 9 carries. A whopping 2.9 yards per carry.
Oregon State will be doing their best to get this game out of their heads as soon as possible.
DB – Josh LaGrone (Knee)
OT – Michael Philipp (Knee)
CB – Sean Martin (Foot)
DT – Dominic Glover (Academics)
DT – Castro Masaniai (Leg)
RB – Jovan Stevenson (Knee)
LB – Feti Unga (Knee)
Riley says it will take a ‘monumental’ effort to upset No. 4 Stanford. The Beavers are now just 2-3 in the conference, and 2-6 overall.
Since returning as head coach at Oregon State in 2003, Mike Riley’s teams have gone 7-5 on average, including three straight 9-win seasons (2006-08).
Riley’s worst team was his 3-8 1997 squad — his first team during his first stint in Corvallis.