Oregon State played a fantastic game of football this past weekend against the Washington Huskies. In doing so, they picked up their third win on the season. All of which have been in conference play.
The key going into their civil war battle with Oregon will be limiting their turnovers. They weren’t able to do that against Washington, opting instead to force a couple of turnovers themselves to help even out the odds a little.
That plan could backfire against the Ducks, who hang onto the rock pretty well backed by a .55 turnover margin per game.
The game against the Huskies started just as most of Oregon States’ games have started this season, with Washington getting on the scoreboard first. But then when the Beavers answered that touchdown, with two unanswered scores of their own, momentum began to shift in the OS’s favor.
Washington then came back with a touchdown of their own to knot it up, but Oregon State ended the first half ahead 17-14, with a field goal as time expired.
After a pedestrian third, the fourth quarter heated up.
Enter Jovan Stevenson. He had three rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter after coming into the game with just two touchdowns on the year.
Those scores put this one out of reach as the Beavers walked away with an impressive 38-21 win. OSU Football Stats
This week Oregon State will face their bitter rivals, the Oregon Ducks, in this year’s edition of the annual Civil War game.
Oregon pretty much outclasses the Beavers in every way this season, but that won’t stop them from competing. Especially with the Ducks hung over from their loss to USC. Besides, it’s a rivalry game, and crazy things tend to happen.
If the Beavs are to pull off an incredible upset, they are going to have to slow down the Oregon running game, which sits at 5th in the country.
The Ducks also average over 45 points a game. Something that Oregon State just cannot match.
If the Beavers are going to make some noise here, their defense will have to come up huge. They will need to force turnovers, while stacking the box against the run.
Back to highlights for this Oregon State team. It has been quite a while.
Sean Mannion gets the first nod as he was actually efficient this weekend. He went 26-37 for 339 yards. He also added two touchdowns on the day.
Markus Wheaton gets the second notice here with 191 yards from scrimmage in the game. It’s a shame he wasn’t able to get into the score column in this one with the day he had.
Lastly we have Jovan Stevenson. He wasn’t the most efficient runner on the day, or even for his own team.
However, he got the job done in crunch time when his number was called with three rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
DB – Josh LaGrone (Knee)
OT – Michael Philipp (Knee)
DT – Dominic Glover (Academics)
DT – Castro Masaniai (Leg)
WR – Jordan Bishop (Foot)
CB – Sean Martin (Foot)
LB – Rueben Robinson (Concussion)
OL – Geoff Garner (Shoulder)
WR – James Rodgers (Ankle)
RB – Malcolm Agnew (Hamstring)
Looming at Oregon State’s position in the standings for their half of the conference this season, it does appear that they are going to be able to stay out of the cellar in the northern division with their victory over Washington this week. They are now 3-5 in the north with just one game to play. The team below them, Washington State, is just 2-6, but the Beavers have the tiebreaker as they won the match-up between the two.
Look on the bright side. No bowl game, but at least still better than WSU.