OSU 44 Washington State 21 – Game Recap
Here are 5 reasons why the Beavers beat the Cougars in this Pac 12 match up.
1. The Cougars could not contain OSU QB Sean Mannion - Mannion passed for a career high 376 yards with 4 TD and only 1 INT averaging an impressive 11.1 yards per completion.
Mannion is a talented redshirt freshman that took over at QB in the 3rd game of the season and in the WSU win he had 2 first half TD passes and 2 in the 2nd half.
He picked apart the secondary, as the Cougars’ pass rush struggled in the game and never put much pressure on him in the pocket.
2. No defense, no win - The Cougars not only allowed Mannion to have a career game, but they also gave up 175 rushing yards and OSU freshman RB Malcolm Agnew rushed for 101 yards and a TD.
How bad was the WSU defense in the game? Well, the Beavers did not punt the ball until the game was almost over and they would have scored on every single possession if WSU’s Damante Horton had not picked off a Mannion pass in the first quarter.
3. The OSU defense played well - While the Cougars did have 315 total yards they only gained 83 rushing yards in the game and they turned the ball over 3 times.
The OSU pass rush was solid in the game and sacked QB Jeff Tuel 3 times in the first half and put a wicked hit on him right before halftime that knocked him out of the game.
4. Turnovers hurt the Cougars - In the game WSU had 3 turnovers with Tuel and Marshall Lobbestael each throwing an INT and the Cougars losing a fumble as well.
The turnovers halted drives for WSU and that really hurt since their defense could not keep the Beavers from moving the ball.
5. WSU played poorly on 3rd down - The Cougars did not play well on 3rd down on either side of the ball, as on offense they only were 4/11 on 3rd down conversions and on defense they allowed Oregon State to convert on 8/12 on their 3rd down conversions.
Next Up - Oregon State has a good chance to get to 3 wins on the season, as next week they host a Utah team that is only 3-4 and has yet to win a conference game in their first season in the Pac 12.
Don’t look for WSU to end their 3-game losing streak next week, as they are on the road and face 10th ranked Oregon.