Not sure it’s possible to describe how frustrating this season has been for the Oregon State Beavers. As bad as they have had it though, the team they matched up with this past weekend has had their own share of issues to deal with.
Now the Arizona Wildcats can add giving Oregon State their first win to their long list of ongoing problems.
The Beavers rode a 27-point second quarter to their first victory of 2011.
But the Wildcats didn’t go away quietly, and did a nice job in cutting it back to just a three-point game in the fourth quarter. However, a touchdown pass from Beavers freshman QB Sean Mannion with around five minutes to go iced this one, and got Arizona coach Mike Stoops fired in the process.
Amid all that, it goes without saying that Oregon State shouldn’t be overly excited with this win. They were able to jump out to a 30-6 lead over a pretty talented bunch yes, but they then went on to allow 21 unanswered points over in just a nine minute span. Including two scores in just an eight second span.
At this point the Beavers will just take anything they can get, and Arizona has given a lot lately.
Oregon State will look to try and build from their win against the Wildcats as they welcome the Cougars of BYU to town in a break from Pac 12 conference play.
BYU may be 4-2 this season, but don’t let that make you think that they are any better than the Beavers. They are a couple of calls away from being a one win team just like Oregon State.
The Cougars have recently benched Jake Heaps, formerly the number one rated quarterback out of high school, in favor of Riley Nelson. This move gave them their first semi-comfortable win of the season.
Could Nelson be the Cougs long term answer here?
He did throw two interceptions in the contest, but also racked up three touchdowns through the air, and over 50 yards of offense on the ground.
The Beavers defense could have its hands full.
NWSB Player Recognitions
True Freshman quarterback Sean Mannion had a solid outing this past week as he was able to complete 32 of his 41 passing attempts. While adding two touchdowns in the process.
In his first extended action of the season, Jovan Stevenson got 99 yards on just 17 carries in the contest. He also ran for a touchdown to cap off his solid day.
Going into the game, the Beavers had rushed for just 424 yards all season long. They were averaging just a little over 3.5 yards per carry, so the sophomore’s performance was a breath of fresh air to say the least.
Safety Josh LaGrone with a knee injury
Tackle Michael Philipp with a knee injury
Cornerback Sean Martin with a foot injury
Running Backs Jovan Stevenson with a head injury, and Malcolm Agnew with a hamstring injury
Wide Receiver Micah Hatfield with a hand ailment
Guard Josh Andrews with a knee injury
Defensive Tackle Dominic Glover with academic concerns
The Beavers will host Guard Cory English on a visit this weekend.
OSU is hoping to secure the commitment as he watches them take on BYU.
Brigham Young at Oregon State
When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 15, 2011
Where: Reser Stadium, Corvallis, Oregon