Defense paves way to 6-0
The atmosphere was electric in Corvallis, as the Oregon State Beavers defense leads the team to a 21-7 win over Utah.
The offense was not on in this one—having just one sustained drive—and it was up to the defense to save the day.
Oregon State forced four turnovers, two interceptions and two fumbles. Two turnovers in the first half led to Beaver touchdowns, becoming huge turning points in the game.
Michael Doctor had a great game, playing all over the field. He finished with a team high 10 tackles along with one of the Beaver’s interceptions.
OSU’s secondary turned in one of their best performances this season, holding Utah to 172 yards through the air. Rashaad Reynolds had an impressive game, recording seven tackles and three pass deflections.
At first glance, Storm Woods didn’t have an amazing game. He finished the night with 46 yards on 17 carries and three catches for 20 yards.
But Woods did punch into the endzone all three times for the Beavers, ensuring the win. He also put together some fairly strong carries—on a day when the running lanes were far from open.
While the defense won the game, it would have been a lot harder without Keith Kostol.
Kostol finished the game with eight punts, averaging just under 40 yards per kick. On several occasions, he pinned the Utes deep in their own territory.
With Utah dominating the time of possession, Oregon State’s special teams made a big difference.
Cody Vaz appeared to pull a total 360 from last week’s 42-24 win over BYU.
Where he made some beautiful throws against the Cougars, he made some hideous ones against the Utes. He finished Saturday night with 174 yards passing and no touchdowns. Tipped passes at the line were once again an issue.
The offensive line played a double sided game.
On one side of the coin, they did pretty well. The Beavers didn’t allow any sacks against a strong Utes d-line, neutralizing nose tackle Star Lotulelei.
But the reality of the situation is—while they didn’t give up any sacks—they were pushed around a lot. Isaac Seumalo had issues holding his ground. Very rarely did the running lanes hold, leading to a lack of offensive rhythm.
Last week, Brandin Cooks had a standout game, making eight catches for 173 yards. It was his third game with over 100 yards receiving this season.
Unfortunately, the second year receiver couldn’t get anything going against Utah. He had just one catch for eight yards.
Cooks had quite a few issues getting open, and didn’t look like himself. If he had played better, maybe that offense wouldn’t have looked so stagnant.