Oregon State Beavers Football

A Season in a Single Game

Last weekend many teams across the country saw their entire season come down to a single game. USC-UCLA played for their division, Oklahoma-Oklahoma State played for a conference title, and Notre Dame-Stanford played for a shot at the Playoff. All...

OSU Announces $42 Million Renovations

CORVALLIS, Ore.–Oregon State announced a $42 million renovation to the Valley Football Center on Wednesday. The expansion includes 55,000 suqare feed addition, new locker rooms, equipment rooms and a concourse that connects the east and west sides of Reser Stadium. The projected, called “Victor Through Valley” is set to finish before the start of the 2016 season.

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Beavers Crushed by the Cardinal 38-14

FB BEAVERS PIC FOR WEBCourtesy: Oregon State Athletics

Stanford, Calif. – Quarterback Sean Mannion moved closer to the Pacific-12 Conference’s career passing yardage record on Saturday but the Beavers fell 38-14 to Stanford at Stanford Stadium.

Mannion completed 14 of 30 passes for 122 yards and remained in second place with 12,134 yards. He needs 194 more yards to pass career leader Matt Barkley of USC, who threw for 12,327 yards from 2009-12.

The Beavers (4-3 overall, 1-3 Pac-12) were held to 221 yards by the Cardinal (5-3, 3-2 Pac-12), who lead the conference in total defense. Stanford won its fifth straight game in the series.

‘There wasn’t anything good about that game. I hated it,” OSU coach Mike Riley said. “We were not very good in any area. We got outplayed in every area.

“We didn’t tackle well, we got outplayed offensively and we played poorly on special teams. I’m really disappointed.

“We took lost-yardage plays, which we knew we couldn’t do,” as Mannion was sacked six times for minus-55 yards. “We got ourselves in a hole and appeared not to be able to do anything. We just couldn’t execute at all. It was bad football.”

Stanford took a 7-0 lead on its first possession and was marching for a second when safety Ryan Murphy grabbed his first interception of the season. Following an OSU punt, linebacker Michael Doctor returned another interception to the Stanford 5-yard line and tailback Chris Brown powered over on the next play for a 7-7 tie with 2:03 left in the first quarter.

However, Stanford scored the final 21 points of the first half to take a 28-7 intermission lead. The Cardinal added 10 more unanswered points in the second half before OSU tailback Damien Haskinsscored on a 1-yard run with 3:54 to play on his first career carry for the final margin.

That touchdown was set up by quarterback Luke Del Rio’s 52-yard completion to Hunter Jarmon, a career-long for both players. Del Rio was 4-for-8 for 87 yards in his first meaningful game action.

Fullback Ricky Ortiz blocked a punt in the third quarter. It was OSU’s first such play since Oct. 8, 2011, when Clayton York blocked a punt for a touchdown in a 37-27 victory at Reser Stadium.

The Beavers resume Pac-12 Conference play against California at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. OSU’s annual Homecoming game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network. It is the first of three consecutive home games.

“We’ve got to put a good, solid game plan together,” Riley said. “We’ve got to do every bit of teaching we possibly can. We just have to have a great week of practice, focus on good football and get them ready to go play like crazy.

“That’s where this season points to now. We took a big step back today.”

 

OSU Injuries Create Offensive Line Woes

CORVALLIS, Ore.–Injuries continue to plague Oregon State, and it’s hitting the offensive line the hardest. In the past three days, three players on the O-Line have gone down. As players continue to go in and out on the O-Line, Mike Riley says confidence up front is a concern. Versatility has become key for this unit to succeed. In fact, Sean Harlow has played all five offensive line spots since spring. Veteran offensive lineman Isaac Seomalu will have to wait to help plug those holes up front however, as he has officially been ruled out for the Beavers’ season opener against Portland State.

UCLA Steals O-Line Commitment Najee Toran From Oregon State

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Najee Toran
Najee Toran

The UCLA Bruins have landed a verbal commitment from offensive line prospect Najee Toran, a three-star 6-foot-3, 265-pound prospect from northern Texas. However, the commitment comes with some controversy considering fellow Pac-12 member Oregon State believed they were Toran’s preferred school.

Toran used one of his official visits this weekend at UCLA and clearly has had a change of heart. And as is the case in recruiting, this verbal commitment is not binding and can be switched at any time until he signs his national letter of intent (LOI) in February.

He still holds offers from Boise State, Colorado and Houston amongst other Division 1 programs.

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Huge 4th Quarter Gives Beavers a 52-24 Win Over Washington State

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Oregon State at Washington State | (Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian)
Oregon State Beavers vs Washington State 2013 | (Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian)

When looking at the final score you’d think that the Oregon State Beavers (5-1, 3-0) had their way with the Washington State Cougars’ (4-3, 2-2) defense, but a close game through three quarters turned ugly late. Tied 24-24 heading into the final 15 minutes of play, a 28-0 fourth quarter propelled the Beavs to their fifth consecutive win.

[gn_quote style=”1″]“Offensively, for two-thirds of the game, we played pretty well,” Washington State head coach Mike Leach said. “For one third of the game, we played about as bad as it’s possible to play.”[/gn_quote]

And Leach wasn’t kidding about that powerful offense to begin. Cougs starting quarterback Connor Halliday went 26-of-49 for 248 yards and a touchdown, but three fourth quarter interceptions put a damper on the strong outing.

As for the Beavers, Sean Mannion‘s 34-of-51 through the air for 493 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, would be the highlight game for most quarterbacks seasons, but it likely doesn’t even crack the top-3 through six games. Great things are simply expected from Mannion and so far he hasn’t disappointed.

Sean Mannion | (Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian)
Sean Mannion | (Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian)

After the game the Beavers celebrated the hard-earned victory, but acknowledged the errors and that it’s only one more game. One game that puts them a game away from bowl eligibility.

[gn_quote style=”1″]”We got a number of turnovers, and that eventually makes it really hard for an offensive team to have any continuity,” Beavers head coach Mike Riley said. “That was big, and that was a great win for the Beavers.”[/gn_quote]

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Oregon State Beavers Football Receives 3-Star OL Commitment

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Drew Clarkson
Drew Clarkson | (The Colombian)

The Oregon State Beavers Football team has received a verbal commitment on Wednesday from three-star offensive guard Drew Clarkson of Camas High School in Camas, Washington. OSU ffensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh reportedly was Clarkson’s primary recruiter.

Clarkson, 6’4″ and 275 lbs, selects the Beavers over other offers from California, Eastern Washington, Northern Colorado, Washington and Washington State amongst other programs both regionally and afar.

He makes the 15th commit for the Beavers’ 2014 recruiting class and is the top prospect according to ESPN’s player rankings. As a junior in 2012 Clarkson earned 1st Team All-GSHL and 1st Team All-State.

Clarkson has battled with testicular cancer and is an incredible story. You can read more here.

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Oregon State Beavers Dominate Colorado, 44-17, as Sean Mannion Shines

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It wasn’t a perfect game, but it was certainly the most complete performance for an Oregon State Beavers football team (4-1, 2-0) that’s won four-consecutive games. And the key for the Beavers’ once again was junior quarterback Sean Mannion.

Mannion (27-of-52, 414 yards, six touchdowns and one interception) set an Oregon State record for most passing touchdowns in a game. While it wasn’t the perfect performance I was predicting, it’s certainly a testament to just how important he is to the team.

Sean Mannion
Sean Mannion | (Greg Wahl-Stephens/Associated Press)

The two biggest surprises of the game were without a doubt the Oregon State running attack and the Beavers’ secondary. Coming into the game as one of the worst units in the country statistically, both showed up against Colorado with dominating performances.

OSU combined for 120 yards rushing, which while it doesn’t sound impressive is nearly double the average on the season. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks, along with another 100+ yard performance catching the ball added 47 yards on nine carries (9.4 YPC) including a long of 23.

And as for the secondary. Oregon State’s defensive backs held Colorado starting quarterback Connor Wood to 14-of-34 for 146 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and an abysmal 3.5 QBR.

And equally impressive was the way the Beavs shut down Colorado receiver Paul Richardson. Through two games Richardson had games of 218 and 219 yards but was held to just 70 on Saturday.

Junior safety Ryan Murphy had one of the two Beavers touchdowns making it back-to-back weeks with a pick. His 27-yard interception return was the highlight of his four tackle day.

Terron Ward
Terron Ward | (Greg Wahl-Stephens/Associated Press)

Moving forward the Beavers are now just two games away from becoming bowl eligible with arguably their two easiest opponents directly ahead. Following a bye week, OSU will go on the road to face Washington State and Cal before starting a brutal slate of games.

Oregon State closes out the season with games against Stanford, USC, Arizona State, Washington and this team from Eugene called the Ducks that’s had some success.

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Sean Mannion Could Put Up Career Numbers Against Colorado

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Talk all week has been about the offensive firepower that will be on display Saturday between the Oregon Ducks and Cal Bears, but there’s another game in the Pac-12 this week that could see new records set.

Yes, the Oregon State Beavers led by captain Sean Mannion could very well light up the scoreboard and stat sheets on Saturday and be the offensive highlight of the week.

Sean Mannion
Sean Mannion | (Greg Wahl-Stephens/Associated Press)

Through four games Mannion leads the FBS with 1,604 yards, which is nearly 300 yards more than the next highest. His 133 completions on 186 (71.5%) is the 10th best passing percentage in the nation and best in the Pac-12. He’s well above Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota who has only completed 59.8% through three games.

And Mannion’s 15 passing touchdowns? Yeah, that’s an FBS best as well. In fact, no other Pac-12 quarterback has thrown more than eight.

The Beavers have been abysmal on the ground this season, a rarity for a Mike Riley coached team. And so far it doesn’t look like there will be any change to that regardless of what Riley says. At 55.0 yards per game and 2.1 yards per carry only Connecticut, Miami (OH) and Florida International have been worse at running the ball.

Storm Woods could be making a return as early as next week as he’s back in practices for the Beavers, and until he’s suited up why would OSU even want to attempt a running attack? Not to take anything away from Terron Ward and the stable of walk-ons behind him, but no opponent has to worry about a balanced attack from the Beavers.

But why is this week the one that Mannion breaks all the records? Will he really amass more than 443 yards and five touchdowns like he did against Utah two weeks ago?

Yes… And here’s why! The Colorado defense is terrible! And I’m not talking about just your run of the mill terrible, oh no. Colorado has one of the worst defenses in the Pac-12, particularly its pass defense.

Colorado Buffaloes
Colorado Buffaloes | (CU Athletics)

The Buffs have allowed 481 yards (240.5 YPG) and 58.5% through the air to the powerhouses that are the Colorado State Rams and Central Arkansas Bears. I’ll confess; I had to look up the Central Arkansas mascot.

Of course, while I rip on the Colorado secondary it pales in comparison to the atrocity that is Oregon State’s. So far they’ve given up 1,148 yards and 63.2% and a Steven Nelson pick-6 is the only bright spot thus far.

But the real reason that Mannion is going to pass for unfathomable numbers and absolutely tear the Colorado defense to shreds is the simple fact that there isn’t a rustier team in football right now than the Buffs. After floods that postponed the Fresno State game and a bye week, it’s been three weeks since Colorado has played a down of live football.

Meanwhile, the Beavers are nearly halfway through the season and are starting to workout the kinks that plagued them against Eastern Washington in week one. They are by no means perfect, but they have the reps at least and are showing signs of improvement.

With Mother Nature and statistics on the Beavers’ side, watch out for an air-raid attack.

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