Oregon State – Week 2 NCAA Football Summary
Week 2 produced some good and not so good results in college football for the Beaver State.
So first the bad news.
Has anyone seen the Oregon State Beavers? Because they apparently forgot to show up to Saturday’s contest against non-conference BCS foe No. 8 Wisconsin.
The Badgers defense cinched up the noose already tightening around coach Mike Riley’s neck, as Russell Wilson lit it up for the second straight week as Wisconsin pummeled Oregon State 35-0 at Camp Randall Stadium.
However, the game started with OSU winning the majority of the battles at the line of scrimmage until the Badgers took control about the middle of the second quarter, when Wilson exploded en route to throwing three touchdown passes on the day.
Wilson’s play seemed to ignite Wisconsin’s running game that had been stuffed by Oregon State’s defenses early on, as Montee Ball peeled off huge chunks of yardage highlighted by two touchdowns on the ground.
For the Beavers, freshman quarterback Sean Mannion took most of the snaps but struggled to move the ball for Oregon State, while Week 1 starter Ryan Katz Katz started against the Badgers, ran three plays, then was lifted for Mannion after he picked up a first down. Later, Katz re-entered immediately after Mannion had thrown a first-down pass.
What is Riley thinking?
In the meantime, the good news is Malcolm Agnew, who entered the weekend as the nation’s leading rusher – now dropping to No. 23 after sitting out Saturday with a hamstring injury — will return for OSU’s upcoming bout with bottom feeder UCLA this weekend. H-back Joe Halahuni also is expected back and his return could help the salvage a season already gone awry.
Rumor also has it that wide out James Rodgers is meeting with doctors and family to talk about a possible return, maybe as early as this weekend.
Meanwhile, back in Eugene everyone was waiting to see how their team would respond after last week’s stunning loss to LSU.
Well, the “Eugene Machine” answered, finding its wheels, as the Oregon Ducks ran right over the Wolf Pack and never even felt it in a 69-20 win on Saturday at Autzen Stadium.
Quarterback Darron Thomas turned in a monster performance, matching a school record with six touchdown passes, while true freshman De’Anthony Thomas, who had a couple of costly fumbles in the opener against LSU, ran for 81 yards, and tacked on 93 yards receiving including two touchdown receptions.
And it wasn’t just the passing game that went off, the Ducks uncorked their vaunted running game that had was held to just 95 yards in Week 1, exploding for 272 of their 603 offensive yards via the run.
LaMichael James led the assault with 67 yards and a rushing touchdown, plus a 58-yard punt return for a TD and two touchdown receptions. It was a welcome performance, as James showed his versatility in the absence of fellow running back Kenjon Barner, who did not play because of an ankle injury sustained against LSU.
Oregon coach Chip Kelly reinstated linebacker Kiko Alonso and cornerback/kick returner Cliff Harris for the game. Both had been suspended indefinitely after offseason offenses.
The Ducks will square off at home against Missouri State on Saturday.