CFN Take: Oregon St Loses Civil War Shootout
Oregon State Beavers 2013 ... Head Coach: Mike Riley
at Oregon 36, Oregon State 35
| 2013 Record: 6-6|
8/31 Eastern Wash L 49-46
9/7 Hawaii W 33-14
9/14 at Utah
9/21 at San Diego St W 34-30
9/28 Colorado W 44-17
10/5 OPEN DATE
10/12 at Washington St W 52-24
10/19 at California W 49-17
10/26 Stanford L 20-12
11/1 USC L 31-14
11/9 OPEN DATE
11/16 at Arizona St L 30-17
11/23 Washington L 69-27
11/29 at Oregon W 36-35
Basically … Josh Huff caught two 12-yard touchdown passes in the final eight minutes with the second one coming with 29 seconds to play to give Oregon the lead, but Oregon State had a last gasp shot. Two Sean Mannion passes that would’ve put the Beavers in field goal range just missed, and the Ducks held on. Oregon took an early 14-0 lead on touchdown runs from De’Anthony Thomas and Thomas Tyner, but Oregon State came back helped by a two-yard Storm Woods scoring run and a six-yard Terron Ward touchdown catch. Huff kept the Ducks around with a 28-yard touchdown catch, but Oregon State blew up in a wild fourth quarter. Victor Bolden gave the Beavers the lead with 1:38 to play on a 25-yard run, but the Ducks roared down the field finishing with Huff’s diving last scoring grab.
- Oregon WR Josh Huff caught nine passes for 186 yards and three scores.
- Oregon State QB Sean Mannion completed 29-of-47 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns with a pick. WR Brandin Cooks caught 11 passes for 117 yards.
- Oregon QB Marcus Mariota completed 17-of-34 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns with two picks and ran seven times for 53 yards.
- Each team turned the ball over three times. Oregon gained 568 yards of total offense, Oregon State gained 545.
Washington 69, at Oregon State 27
Basically … Washington obliterated the Beavers scoring the first 48 points helped by Bishop Sankey touchdown runs from three, five and eight yards, and punctuated by an 80-yard Shaq Thompson pick six. The Beavers finally got on the board in the fourth quarter on a 29-yard Brandin Cooks touchdown catch, but the Huskies kept on rolling with Deonte Cooper running for his second short score of the game and Dwayne Washington tearing off the first of two touchdown dashes, scoring from 32 and 71 yards away.
- Washington RB Bishop Sankey ran 23 times for 179 yards and three scores, Deonte Cooper ran 11 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns, and Dwayne Washington ran 11 times for 141 yards and two scores.
- Oregon State QB Sean Mannion completed 20-of-41 passes for 229 yards and a score with three picks.
- Washington QB Cyler Miles completed 15-of-24 passes for 162 yards and a score.
- Turnovers: Oregon State 4 – Washington 0
at Arizona State 30, Oregon State 17
Basically … Marion Grice ran for two one-yard touchdowns and D.J. Foster ran for an eight-yard score for a 20-0 first half Arizona State lead. Oregon State mounted a bit of a comeback with a six-yard Caleb Smith touchdown catch to help cut the lead to ten, but the Sun Devil defense helped take over with Robert Nelson taking one Sean Mannion’s four picks for a 23-yard touchdown to help the Sun Devils pull away. Mannion’s second touchdown pass, a 29-yarder to Connor Hamlett, came too late.
- Oregon State turned the ball over five times to Arizona State’s two. The Beavers outgained the Sun Devils 390 yards to 339.
- ASU RB Marion Grice ran 24 times for 118 yards and two scores, and he caught four passes for 13 yards.
- Oregon State QB Sean Mannion completed 31-of-46 passes for 320 yards and two scores with four picks.
- Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly completed 22-of-37 passes for 183 yards and two picks, and he only ran for six yards.
USC 31 … at Oregon State 14
Basically … USC dominated the Beavers as Javorius Allen ran for 133 yards and three scores, and Marqise Lee came up with a 71-yard touchdown helping the Trojans to bowl eligibility. Oregon State tied it at 14 on a Brandin Cooks 27-yard touchdown catch and a 41-yard pick six by Ryan Murphy, but USC scored 17 unanswered points on two Allen scoring runs, highlighted by a 52-yarder, and Andre Heidari hit a 34-yard field goal.
- It wasn’t just Javorius Allen. He ran 16 times for 133 yards and three scores, but Silas Reed led the team with 140 yards on 22 carries.
- Sean Mannion completed just 26-of-45 passes for 277 yards and a score with three picks.
- Cody Kessler threw a pick six, but he completed 17-of-21 passes for 247 yards and a score. Marqise Lee caught five passes for 105 yards and a score.
- Oregon State had the ball for just under 24 minutes and was outgained on the ground 242 yards to 92.
Stanford 20, at Oregon State 12
Basically … Stanford appeared to have a tough win well in hand, but Oregon State made it tough late with a 39-yard Trevor Romaine field goal making it an eight-point game with three minutes to play, and with a final throw into the end zone getting batted away to finish. Stanford got three touchdown runs from Tyler Gaffney from four, nine and 32 yards, but the passing game sputtered and the defense had to hang on after a great start. Oregon State’s lone touchdown came on an eight-yard Brandin Cooks catch.
- Give Sean Mannion and Oregon State credit for staying alive. The offense wasn’t working against the great Stanford defense, but the O came back late to make it interesting. The Cardinal did everything to stop Brandin Cooks, but he came up with nine catches for 80 yards and a score. Mannion threw it 57 times, but he was under pressure all game long and threw for 271 yards. The Beavers had the ball for over 38 minutes, and they made it fun late, but it was a tough home loss.
- There’s still a chance to pull out the North by winning out, but the team has to gear it up quickly with USC coming up on Friday. Arizona State and Oregon on the road certainly won’t be easy, and Washington at home will be tough, but in a schedule-is-half-full way, go 4-0 in November, and the Pac-12 title shot is there. That’s a lofty goal, but it’s still there.
Oregon State 49, at California 17
Basically … Oregon State’s Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks were at it again, hooking up on second quarter touchdown passes from 14 and 34 yards out as part of a 35-3 run into the third quarter. Cal managed to get into the end zone on two Zach Kline touchdown passes, but the outcome was already decided. Storm Woods caught one of Mannion’s four touchdown passes, and Terron Ward ran for two one-yard scores.
- Soon, Oregon State will face some real competition, like next week against Stanford, and then we’ll get to see just how good Sean Mannion really is. The passing attack continues to be unstoppable, but Cal isn’t a fair test – the Bears give up massive yards to everyone. Mannion completed 35-of-45 passes for 481 yards and four touchdowns, and Brandin Cooks caught 13 passes for 232 yards and a score.
- Cal is supposed to be the one with the high-octane passing game, but Jared Goff didn’t get the Bears into the end zone, and even though he completed 21-of-31 passes for 220 yards with a pick, the O didn’t move. Zach Kline hit 11-of-16 passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.
- This isn’t going to work. Either the Cal defense has to get better, fast, of the offense has to start winning shootouts by being more dangerous and explosive. It’s not going to get any better with a trip to Washington next week.
- Give the Oregon State defense a little bit of credit, too, for coming up with four takeaways and keeping the Cal offense to 366 yards. This was never a game because of Mannion and the passing attack, but it was a blowout because the defense kept giving the ball back to Mannion.
Oregon State 52, at Washington State 24
Basically … Down 24-17 in the third, Oregon State exploded for 35 unanswered points with Sean Mannion throwing three scoring passes during the run with two to Brandin Cooks and another to Kevin Cummings. Cooks ran for an eight-yard score and Storm Woods ran for his second score of the game to make a tight game a blowout. Washington State got short scoring runs from Marcus Mason and Jeremiah Laufasa, and Connor Halliday threw a four-yard touchdown pass, but the offense turned it over six times helping the floodgates to open.
- Is America realizing what Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks are doing? They haven’t faced the Pac-12 killers yet, but they’re putting on one of the best shows in college football. The two hooked up 11 times for 137 yards and two scores, and Mannion finished with 493 yards and four touchdowns. Cooks led the team with 34 rushing yards and a score.
- Washington State was playing well, the offense was moving fine, and then the mistakes started to come with six turnovers killing the team and any momentum. Connor Halliday threw for 248 yards and a score, but he gave away three picks.
- The Cougars needed this win. The defense is okay, but it got picked apart by Sean Mannion and now has to deal with a road trip to Oregon. The rest of the schedule isn’t too bad, but the Cougars will be the underdog the rest of the way – the Utah game now looks a lot tougher – and it’s going to take two wins in the final five to go bowling.
- If it wasn’t for the wild shootout loss to Eastern Washington to start the season, Oregon State would be a top 15 team with the potential to shoot up the rankings with a layup against Cal next week. However, the Beavers still have to deal with Stanford, USC and Washington at home and road games to Arizona State and Oregon.
at Oregon State 44, Colorado 17
Basically … Oregon State broke open a 3-3 tie with 35 straight points on five Sean Mannion’s six touchdown passes with two to Brandin Cooks, a 42-yarder to Terron Ward and two short throws to Caleb Smith. Colorado got into the end zone twice in the fourth quarter on two Connor Wood scoring passes, but it was way too late.
- Eastern Washington? Now that loss is looking more and more bizarre with the way Oregon State is playing. Sean Mannion has been lights out, bombing away on the Buffs for 414 yards and six touchdowns, with Brandin Crooks unstoppable catching nine passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns.
- Colorado is better and improving, but there will be some major speed bumps once in a while. This was one of them. The offense couldn’t move the ball until it was too late, and the four turnovers were too much to overcome.
- Linebacker Addison Gillam did a decent job against the run, making 13 tackles with a tackle for loss, but the defense couldn’t get off the field. There was decent pressure, but not enough to slow down the Beaver passing attack.
- OSU got to empty the bench a bit. Getting up so big in the first half allowed the coaching staff to play around with the depth, especially on defense. There were a few problems late, but they didn’t matter. The game was well in hand.
Oregon State 34, at San Diego State 30
Basically … Down 27-14 after the third quarter, Oregon State rallied for 20 fourth quarter points with Sean Mannion touchdown passes to pull within two, and then the defense saved the day with a 16-yard Steven Nelson interception return for a score with just 2:31 to play – nine seconds after Mannion’s second scoring pass of the quarter. Oregon State took a 14-7 first quarter lead on a two-yard pass to Kellen Clute in the first quarter, and then San Diego State exploded with 20 straight points highlighted by an 80-yard Colin Lockett touchdown catch. But when the Beaver offense started to work late, the Aztecs couldn’t stop it.
- Mistakes have been an absolute killer for the Aztecs. The team hasn’t been a world-beater, but turnovers ruined the Eastern Illinois game and the pick six late was a devastating blow. Quinn Kaehler’s second interception of the quarter snuffed out the SDSU final chance.
- Oregon State was loaded with big mistakes on its own with 13 penalties and two turnovers. Fortunately, Sean Mannion bombed away to pull the game out of the fire. He threw 55 times for 367 yards and three touchdowns to offset a non-existent day from the running game that finished with just ten net yards on 20 carries.
- The Aztecs were terrific at getting behind the line and forcing Oregon State to be one-dimensional. King Holder led the way with 11 tackles and two broken up passes, but the team as a whole was disruptive.
- SDSU was good at getting behind the line, but Oregon State was better. The Beaver defense kept bringing the heat all game long with five sacks and 13 tackles for loss. Even so, Kaehler kept pushing until he made the two key late mistakes.
Oregon State 51, at Utah 48 OT, Sept. 14
Basically … Oregon State answered a 41-yard Andy Philips field goal in overtime with a six-yard Brandin Crooks touchdown catch for the wild win. Crooks also caught second half scoring passes from 55 and 18 yards out, but despite the late heroics, it was Utah who came up with the big plays late as Travis Wilson ran for a nine-yard touchdown with just 21 seconds in regulation to force overtime. Wilson threw two touchdown passes and ran for three scores, including a 35-yarder in the third and a 24-yarder in the fourth, but he threw a pick six in the second quarter to Dres Anderson and game up two other interceptions.
- The fun and exciting game had a serious tone as Oregon State running back Storm Woods was carted off the field with an apparent neck injury late in the game. Before getting injured, he led the team with 34 yards on 12 carries.
- It’s not saving grace, especially in conference play, but Utah continues to play far better than it did last season. There might not be enough options in the backfield, with James Poole carrying it 25 times, but Travis Wilson continues to be the most dangerous threat. You take the good with the bad – he threw three picks, but he ran 13 times for 142 yards and three scores.
- Sean Mannion had himself a game. Not only did he throw for 443 yards and five touchdown passes, he came through clutch time and again in the fourth quarter, bailing the offense out on key fourth down plays. He had help from his receivers. Brandon Crooks caught nine passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns, and Richard Mullaney caught seven passes for 142 yards and a score.
- Oregon State put itself in a hole, but it managed to climb out despite the ten penalties for 69 yards and the lack of a running game. This was all Mannion.
at Oregon State 33, Hawaii 14, Sept. 7
Basically … With the scored tied at 14 coming out of halftime, Oregon State took control of the final 30 minutes scoring 19 unanswered points on two of Sean Mannion’s four touchdown passes and punctuated by a safety. Hawaii got a 15-yard touchdown catch from Clark Evans and a 23-yard interception return for a score from Julian Gener, but the offense stalled in the second half.
- Hawaii never had the ball. The Oregon State defense came up with stop after stop, allowing the Warriors to convert just 1-of-11 third down chances, hanging on to the ball for just over 20 minutes.
- Sean Mannion continues to take the Oregon State quarterback job by the horns, throwing for 372 yards and four scores. He threw a pick six, but everything else worked out just fine for the passing attack. The ground game stalled with Storm Woods only running for 50 yards on 17 carries, but he caught seven passes for 95 yards.
- Can the Warriors finally get the passing game rolling again? Taylor Graham tried, but he only completed 10-of-20 passes and was harassed all game. Sean Schroeder threw a pick, but he completed 8-of-12 throws – he just didn’t make anything happen down the field.
- Keith Kostol killed Hawaii. The Beaver punter only averaged 38.8 yards per kick, but he put four of his six boots inside the 20. Hawaii can’t handle a long field.
Eastern Washington 49, Oregon State 46, Aug. 31
Basically … In a wild and crazy shootout, Vernon Adams ran for a two-yard score with 18 seconds to play, and Oregon State missed a last-second field goal attempt, to give Eastern Washington the big upset. Adams was unstoppable, throwing for 411 yards and four scores and ran for two touchdowns and 107 yards, but the Beavers were able to keep pace with Sean Mannion throwing for 422 yards and three touchdowns, while Storm Woods ran for two touchdowns. The two teams combined for 1,152 yards of total offense.
- Looking at the positives, the offense was fantastic. Sean Mannion was nearly flawless, the ground game worked, and Brandin Crooks caught 13 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns. The defense simply couldn’t handle Vernon Adams.
- Michael Doctor and the Beavers might have missed far too often once Adams started rolling, but he came up with a great day with 11 tackles and two sacks. However, there wasn’t enough help in the backfield to get to Adams before he could get going.
- Remember, this doesn’t really matter. As long as the offense can handle itself in shootouts, the defense will come around. It’s an embarrassing loss, but the Beavers will bounce back quickly. They’re too good not to.
Why To Get Excited … the Beavers enter the new season in a far better frame of mind than a year ago, having improved from 3-9 to 9-4. Head coach Mike Riley will mold a solid corps of talent on both sides of the ball, which includes a pair of quarterbacks with starting experience. As long he can remain healthy, Storm Woods gives the offense its most dangerous threat on the ground since Quizz Rodgers was still in Corvallis.
Why To Be Grouchy … Oregon State will have a difficult time duplicating last year’s effort in run defense, in which it ranked 27th in the country. The middle of the D has been gutted by the graduations of MLB Feti Taumoepeau and tackles Castro Masaniai and Andrew Seumalo. The interior linemen, in particular, were unheralded, occupying blockers so that the Beavers on the flanks can make big plays.
The Number One Thing To Work On Is … figuring out the identity of the starting quarterback. Injuries forced Riley to juggle Sean Mannion, the incumbent, and Cody Vaz, the starter versus Texas in the bowl game, but the coach clearly prefers to ride one hurler week-in and week-out. The Beavers need both upperclassmen to elevate the players surrounding, while drastically cutting down on their mistakes. If OSU is going to challenge last season’s mark, it’ll require more stability from behind center.
Non-Conference Games: Eastern Washington, Hawaii, at San Diego State
Games Against The South: at Arizona State, Colorado, USC, at Utah
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 8-4
Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Eastern Washington, Hawaii, at Utah, at San Diego State, Colorado, at Washington State, Stanford, Washington
Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at California, USC, at Arizona State, at Oregon
Schedule Analysis: Beaver fans should expect nothing less than a 7-0 start. Eastern Washington might be potent, but it’s Eastern Washington. Hawaii is still trying to figure out what it’s doing, and road trips to Utah and San Diego State have to be wins if the team is planning on taking any sort of a step forward. With Colorado at home and a week off to get ready for road trips to Washington State and Cal, that means six of the first seven games are against teams that didn’t go bowling last year.
Getting at least a split of home games against Stanford and USC will be vital to have any hope of staying in the Pac-12 North chase. There isn’t a true break over the final six weeks, but there’s a wonderfully placed bye week in early November to get ready for a trip to Arizona State followed up by Washington and the Civil War regular season finale at Oregon.
Team Concerns For 2013: After a surprising year, Mike Riley has to do a little tweaking in what should be a strange and interesting season for the Pac-12 North. The Beavers need to be better up front after struggling in pass protection and not doing enough for a ground game that averaged just 124 yards per game. The defensive front could stand to be a wee bit stronger now that tackles Castro Masaniai and Andrew Seumalo are gone, but the run D should be fine. The kickoff return game was the worst in the Pac-12 averaging 18.34 yards per try.
The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. The Beavers are coming up with their share of good receivers in a strength-in-numbers class, and quarterback Kyle Kempt out of Ohio was a good get, but the key to the class is the haul for the defensive front. Mike Riley is getting four JUCO defensive tackles who all go around 300 pounds and can all step in and be a part of the equation right away. Edwin Delva, Kyle Peko, Lyndon Tulimasealii and Siale Hautau are all instant players.
2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 42. That Class Was Heavy On ... The defensive back seven. The Beavers have done a great job on the defensive line over the last few recruiting classes, and now it’s time to work on the backfield, especially the secondary, with safety the key to the season and a few nice-looking corner prospects ready to sign on. The offensive line was worked on mostly in the 2009 class, and now come the reinforcements for three years from now led by Isaac Seumalo, Scout.com’s No. 1 ranked guard.
2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 42. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive ends. Oregon State can’t get the players that Oregon and other Pac 12 programs can get, so it has to go bulky in numbers when it has to fill a hole. This year, the goal was to improve the defensive front, and with ten linemen brought in including JUCO transfers Rusty Fernando, Rudolf Fifta, and Blake Harrah, the Beavers are hoping for instant depth. Dylan Wynn is the star of the class and could end up being the team’s next great pass rusher. The strength of the offensive class is at receiver with Richard Mullaney a big target and Brandin Cooks and Tyrequek Zimmerman field stretching speedsters.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 60. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Defensive
tackles. The Beavers loaded up on offensive linemen
last year, and this year Mike Riley concentrated on
the defensive front. QB Sean Mannion is the crown
jewel of the class and LB Shaydon Akuna is a nice
get, but 280-pound Thomas Molesi, 290-pound Fred
Thompson, and 290-pound Mana Tuivailala will be the
key to the class. Throw in pass rushers in Dominic
Glover, who'd be an ideal end in a 3-4, and Scott
Crichton and OSU is loaded on the line for the next
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 48. That Class Was
Heavy On ... offensive linemen. With so much turnover going on here, it was time for Mike Riley to replenish in the trenches, a key to the program’s success in recent years. A half-dozen new linemen are set to hit Corvallis, hoping to open holes for Jacquizz Rodgers as soon as possible. The name to remember in the short term is Michael Philipp, a can’t-miss guard, who had offers from everyone in the Pac-10 and is physically ready to play right now.