Beavers put up 77 points in rout of Colonels
While the rest of the country was involved in critical conference championship games, Oregon State welcomed the visiting Nicholls State Colonels to Reser Stadium, to make up the postponed match from the beginning of the year.
Nicholls State, an FCS team with just one win on the season, hardly provided much competition for the Beavers as they could only muster 223 total yards on the day, resulting in just 3 points.
Oregon State was operating on all cylinders right from the start, and proceeded to score a touchdown on every single possession in the game.
Even third string quarterback Richie Harrington saw some action this past Saturday.
The final score (77-3) showed just how one sided the contest was, and while Nicholls State was sent to their tenth loss on the year, OSU pushed their record to 9-3, a complete turn around from last year’s 3-9 finish.
The 77 points scored also set a school record for Oregon State, surpassing the previous record of 76 points, set back in 1931.
Here a couple of standout performances from this past weekend’s game.
Offensive Game Ball
Senior wideout Markus Wheaton entered Saturday’s game just ten receptions shy of tying James Rodgers’ career mark at Oregon State.
Both Sean Mannion, and Cody Vaz, found Wheaton early and often in the first half, and the record started to get closer and closer.
With time running out in the first half, and the Beavers driving yet again, Cody Vaz found Markus Wheaton for a 14 yard gain and Wheaton’s 223rd career reception, surpassing James Rodgers. On the very next play, Vaz found Wheaton for a one yard touchdown strike, capping off a 12 reception, 123 yard first half.
Wheaton also added 2 rushes for 17 yards, and one score, bringing his touchdown total to two on the day.
In a game where the OSU offense was excelling in every possible facet of their game, Wheaton’s accomplishments not just on the day, but in his career donning the orange and black, deserve every bit of recognition here.
An outstanding career for one of the pleasant surprises the Beavers have had in some time; a big congratulations to Markus Wheaton for the accomplishment.
Defensive Game Ball
Making his final start at Reser Stadium for the Oregon State Beavers, senior cornerback Jordan Poyer delivered a performance Beaver Nation has come to expect from the sure fire, future NFLer.
Recording just two tackles on the day, Poyer made his presence felt with a big interception (his 7th of the year, and just one shy of the NCAA leading 8) and also added one pass deflection (his 6th of the year).
If there’s one thing Jordan Poyer has done as a member of the OSU football team, it’s been making life extremely difficult for opposing quarterbacks; Saturday’s game against Nicholls State was no different.
We’ve seen Rashaad Reynolds transform in to an above average cornerback over the course of this year, but Jordan Poyer’s absence on next year’s team will be greatly missed as OSU says goodbye to one of the best defensive players it’s had, this decade.
Special Teams Game Ball
The OSU offense (as noted above) was simply on fire all day Saturday, so punter Keith Kostol’s services were not needed even once.
What that left, in the form of special teams at least, was Trevor Romaine’s extra point tries.
We’ve seen Romaine miss them in the past (he’s missed 3 on the year), so the sheer fact that he went a perfect 11 for 11 is quite impressive in it’s own right.
Other than those short extra point opportunities, Romaine, and the rest of the special teams only saw action on the field during kick offs. With no kick/punt returns to speak of, the special teams game ball goes to Romaine purely because of his work on the extra points.
With the win on Saturday, Oregon State was bumped up to #13 in the BCS standings, and received a bid to square off against the Texas Longhorns in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
The Alamo Bowl is scheduled for December 29th, with a tentative kickoff slated for 3:45 PM.
Total Yards – 683
Passing – 36-44 – 453 yards – 10.3 YPA
Rushing – 40 carries – 230 yards – 5.8 YPC
1st Downs – 42
Penalties – 3-25 yards
TOP – 36:27
Sean Mannion: 20-23, 231 yards, 2 TD
Cody Vaz: 14-17, 190 yards, 3 TD
Storm Woods: 12 rushes, 54 yards, 2 TD, 4.5 avg.
Terron Ward: 8 rushes, 64 yards, 1 TD, 8.0 avg.
Malcolm Agnew: 12 rushes, 76 yards, 1 TD, 6.3 avg.
Markus Wheaton: 12 receptions, 123 yards, 1 TD, 10.3 avg., 2 rushes, 17 yards, 1 TD
Kevin Cummings: 4 receptions, 64 yards, 1 TD, 16.0 avg.