A Closer Look at Oregon State’s 0-3 Start
It was deathly quiet at normally raucous Reser Stadium for much of the day, yet head coach Mike Riley remains encouraged by his team’s most recent performance despite falling to 0-3, for the first time under the Corvallis native.
Is he crazy?
On defense, the Beavers continue to get pushed around, allowing opposing receivers to go up and snatch the ball, practically handing Bruins’ quarterback Richard Brehaut a 146-yard passing day.
I mean come on, only Kansas has done worse so far against the pass than Oregon St..
Even from UCLA’s perspective, this win was watered down. But hey, although the Bruins weren’t great, they were good enough to beat an OSU team that isn’t yet good enough to overcome big mistakes – such as self inflicted penalties on key plays.
Riley believes Beavers play was encouraging?
What Riley calls encouraging, I believe is a trend. And it’s a lot like the current stock market–a downward one.
However, while there’s not a lot of good that comes from a third straight loss – and seventh in eight game – there was a couple upticks.
Quarterback Sean Mannion passed for 287 yards and a touchdown in his first career start, while the final outcome could have been worse if not for some really good special teams play.
Meanwhile, though, the running game minus Malcolm Agnew, has been awful, and it appears Agnew will have to run through a lot of people when he does come back, since the Beavers O-line seems to have left on the bus to Blowout City.
And it gets worse.
Oregon State must now go to Tempe to take on Dennis Erickson, and the fearsome Vontaze Burfict and the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Is an 0-4 start possible?
Well, let’s just say this, the Beavers have a long season ahead of them, as they certainly look like they have returned to that dark place as a football program.