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
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.