Know Your Foe Q&A: Oregon State Beavers

To get more insight into the Buffaloes' next opponent, we caught up with Angie Machado, Publisher of on the network...

Oregon State enters conference play 1-2 after losses to Minnesota and Boise State, and a win over Idaho State. What were your main takeaways from the Beavers' results in non-conference action?

Angie Machado: "The biggest takeaway that we've seen from the Beavers is that they are extremely inconsistent, which can be attributed to a big extent to youth.  The Beavers went on the road to open the season at Minnesota and played a pretty solid game.  Most expected them to come home and after a bye week go out and completely dominate Idaho State, but that didn't happen.

"Not that the Idaho State game was ever in question, but the Bengals were able to move the ball on the Beaver defense and the offense was only able to score 30 (seven came from a pick six).

"Last week against Boise State, the Beavers came out and allowed the Broncos to score on their first possession, but the offense turned around and answered with a score of their own. However the defense was not able to stop the Broncos in the first half, allowing 435 yards of offense, while the Beaver offense only managed a meager 67 yards.

"To their credit, they woke up in the second half and made a game of things with a new quarterback, but the damage had been done and the Beavers lost 24-38.

"As I mentioned in the opening, a lot of this inconsistency is due to youth.  The Beavers have played six true freshmen and nine redshirt freshmen this season.  When you're playing with that much inexperience, mistakes and inconsistency is bound to happen, although Beaver coaches and fans hope that they figure things out sooner rather than later."

Starting quarterback Darell Garretson injured his leg last Saturday vs. Boise State... what is his status for this week's game?

"Garretson is practicing and is listed as the starter in the most recent game notes that have been released.  He suffered an foot/ankle injury during week one and has taken a pounding in the other two games, but even after coming out against Boise State, he remained suited up, with his helmet on, ready to go back in, if needed.  The injury doesn't seem to be too serious, but since he wasn't at 100% the coaches made the decision to give him a break last week."

Conor Blount, a walk-on true freshman, replaced Garretson and seemed to spark the offense in that game. Is there any controversy out in Corvallis as to who should lead the Beavers' offense going forward?

"Coach Andersen has stated that if healthy, Darell Garretson is their guy.  Blount made some nice throws, but Garretson has the experience and the knowledge of the offense.  It was great experience for the true freshman and it truly did seem to spark the offense.  I do think we see Blount if there appears to be any struggle with Garretson in Boulder."

Who are the Beavers top playmakers, on both sides of the ball? And what makes those players stand out?

"Offensively, the Beavers are led by senior wide receiver Victor Bolden who is currently the teams all-purpose yards leader with 105 rushing yards, 131 receiving yards, 23 punt return yards and 241 kick return yards.  He is extremely fast and dangerous especially running the fly sweep.

"Seth Collins is another dangerous offensive weapon. After playing quarterback for the Beavers last season as a true freshman, Collins made the transition to receiver this spring and he has proven to be a quick learner.  He leads the team in receiving yards (16 receptions for 185 yards) and can make circus catches down the stretch which has made him one of Garretson's favorite targets.

"Running back Ryan Nall is a bruising back who is most dangerous running between the tackles.  He is deceptively fast and is strong in goal line situations.  He was dinged up at Minnesota and has been a little slow to return to 100%, but he looked pretty good against Boise last week.

"Defensively the Beavers are led by senior cornerback Treston Decoud, who has tallied two interceptions this season.  Senior safety Devin Chappell leads the team in tackles (23) and has also added two tackles for loss."

Do the Beavers have any injuries of note in addition to Garretson?

"The biggest injury heading into this week's match-up with Colorado is the loss of tight end Noah Togiai for the rest of the season. Togiai suffered a knee injury on the first play against Idaho State and we learned after the game on Saturday that Togiai would be out for the season."

Lastly, how do you see Saturday afternoon's game in Boulder shaking out? What is your score prediction?

"The Buffaloes are on an upswing and are the veteran team heading into Saturday.  I'm sure Coach MacIntyre and his staff and players can sympathize with the Beavers as they know what it is like to undergo a rebuild and have a young team.  The Beavers are too young, too inconsistent and I just don't see a way for them to come out of Boulder with the win. Colorado 41 - Oregon State 21"

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