Defense, Special Teams, Humidity Doom Beavers

For the past several weeks Bearcat fans have heard from OSU nation about how the great Beaver defense and power running game would wear down the Bearcats. There were a few things Beaver fans didn't quite pay enough attention to when making their predictions for this game.

It's bad enough that a team has to take a five plus hour flight for a game, but when you have Cincinnati humidity waiting for you it becomes much worse. Game time temperatures was in the high 80's, which wasn't' so bad but the humidity was thick and heavy and on the rise by kickoff. As the game wore on it became apparent that the humidity was taking a heavy toll on the Beavers, in the third quarter cramps were setting in and players hobbled off the field in a steady stream to get treatment and stretch.

 

No matter what the weather on this night the Bearcat defense bottled up the OSU rushing attack from the start. Oregon State's work horse tailback Yvenson Bernard was held in check averaging only 1.9 yards per carry and finishing with a total net yardage of 30 for the game. Without Bernard the Beaver offense was out of their comfort zone and forced to pass. The result was 6 interceptions by the Bearcats, Haruki Nakamura and DeAngelo Smith each had two while Brad Jones and Corey Smith picked on apiece.

 

Then there was special teams and why we play the games on the field. Any reasonable analysis of this game would have given OSU a clear advantage on special teams with Groza Award winning kicker Alexis Serna and return man extraordinaire Sammie Stroughter. But it was UC kicker Jake Rogers who was a perfect 2-2 on field goals including a 55 yarder while Serna missed a relatively easy 38 yard attempt. In the third quarter Sammie Stroughter fumbled a punt that was recovered by UC at the 2 yard line. Two Bradley Glatthaar runs later UC was pulling away 17 – 3. The Bearcat special teams gave the Bearcats the lift they needed to get the job done.

 

Seen at the Game

 

There were several NFL scouts watching the game. Teams that were identified were the Jacksonville Jags, Bengals, Texans, Steelers, and Chiefs.

 

A few hundred Oregon State fans were at the game decked out in their Orange. While the game didn't offer them much to cheer after speaking with a few of them they seemed to enjoy the city and Nippert stadium. In two years when UC goes out west hopefully we can represent UC as well as these OSU fans did.

 

Once again the students showed up in impressive numbers, a rough guess would have the student section at 75% capacity five minutes into the game.


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