Beavers get back to winning ways
In the week leading up to the Dad’s Weekend showdown against Arizona State, the Oregon State football team was making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Coming off a stunning loss to the University of Washington Huskies, questions arose regarding the quarterback position, and who would be under center come Saturday.
Sean Mannion, the incumbent starter, was coming off a horrific outing against Washington, which had many believing coach Mike Riley rushed him back into action too soon after undergoing knee surgery.
Then there was Cody Vaz, the “savior,” who stepped in for Sean Mannion during his injury absence and continued with the status quo—winning. Cody Vaz also led an impressive drive against the Huskies that tied the game late in the 4th quarter, only to falter down the stretch, regardless of some questionable clock management.
With all of this in mind, Riley turned to the junior quarterback to lead the Beavers in to battle against the Sun Devils. After a rocky start, Vaz settled down and rallied the Beavers back from an early deficit to down ASU 36-26.
The win kept the Beavers slotted in at No. 11 in the BCS, and pushed Oregon State to 7-1 on the year.
Here are the best performances from last weekend’s game.
Offensive Game Ball
This is probably the hardest award to give this week, as there were plenty of great offensive performances. Terron Ward stepped up in the absence of Storm Woods with 146 rushing yards on just 19 carries to go along with one touchdown. Brandin Cooks was also back to doing “Brandin Cooks“ things, as he reeled in six receptions for 116 yards and a score.
However, the player getting the game ball from me this week is senior wideout Markus Wheaton.
Barely a week removed from getting knocked out of the UW game after taking a hard hit in the second quarter, Markus Wheaton came up big for Oregon State to help secure the bounce-back victory.
Wheaton caught four balls for 108 yards, two of which were for a TD, and also added three rushes for 57 yards.
His efforts on the offensive side of the ball helped lead Oregon State past ASU, and he likely made quarterback Vaz much more comfortable knowing his star wideout was healthy and active.
Defensive Game Ball
This week’s defensive game ball goes to two players in Oregon State’s secondary, Rashaad Reynolds and Sean Martin.
Stepping in for the ailing Jordan Poyer, who missed the game with a strained right knee, Rashaad Reynolds and Sean Martin sparkled.
Reynolds led the team in tackles with six solo and three assisted, and Martin recorded six total tackles with three solo and three assisted. Martin also recorded a pass breakup and showed hardly any signs of being inexperienced while filling in for Jordan Poyer.
After allowing Arizona State to jump out to 19 points in the first half, the OSU defense buckled down and didn’t allow another score until 22 seconds left in the 4th quarter. The play of Reynolds and Martin helped keep the Sun Devils at bay while the Oregon State offense was mounting its comeback.
Special Teams Game Ball
While Keith Kostol was up to his usual tricks (booting the leather off the ball), his special teams counter part was picking up the slack any time the offense stalled.
Trevor Romaine was 3-3 in field goal attempts and 3-4 on extra points. While the missed extra point will leave many fans scratching their heads and breathing a sigh of relief that it didn’t come back to bite the Beavers, Trevor Romaine did show off some of his leg strength in the three field goals he knocked through, hitting from 41, 45 and 33 yards out.
Total Yards – 424
Passing – 14-33 – 267 yards – 8.1 YPA
Rushing – 39 carries – 157 yards – 4.0 YPC
1st Downs – 19
Penalties – 6-55 yards
TOP – 33:30
Cody Vaz: 14-33, 267 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
Terron Ward: 19 rushes, 146 yards, 1 TD, 7.7 avg.
Markus Wheaton: 4 receptions, 108 yards, 2 TD, 27.0 avg., 3 rushes, 57 yards
Brandin Cooks: 6 receptions, 116 yards, 1 TD, 19.3 avg., 3 rushes, 5 yards