But Oregon State ran only 61 plays on Friday night and to Mike Riley, it felt more like about 50.
"What hurt us the most offensively (were) the red zone turnovers and our third down conversions," said Riley.
Riley said Sean Mannion had all year long thrown the ball away when the situation called for it and hadn't tried to force it into difficult windows. But that changed against USC. On the first costly interception, Mannion stared down his receiver too long and the safety came over. On the second pick, it simply wasn't there and Mannion needed to throw it away, especially on first down.
But Riley was also confident Mannion will come back strong against ASU after the Beavers' bye.
"He's watched the film and he knows, he's a great critic of what he does with the ball…He'll be fine -- and he'll be better in the next game," said Riley.
OSU IS BANGED up and the bye week will allow for some much-needed rest.
Linebacker Joel Skotte (concussion) will go through the concussion protocol until he's cleared. Riley said more should be known on both linebacker D.J. Alexander (stinger) and defensive tackle John Braun (shoulder) later in the week. He seemed optimistic the Beavs could get both back before ASU on Nov. 16.
DT Mana Rosa (elbow) and OL Grant Enger (shoulder) are both scheduled for MRIs but Riley was hoping both would be okay in time for ASU. OL Garrett Weinreich (concussion) should be back at practice this week.
Tight ends Caleb Smith and Connor Hamlett should be ready for ASU as well. LB Michael Doctor, out all year, has done a little bit more in recent weeks but Riley was non-committal at this stage on him being available towards the end of the season. Doctor has a redshirt year available.
Oregon State didn't execute at certain points and they'll be down about that, Riley said, but he also felt certain they'd bounce back strong against ASU. Riley also said the Beavs didn't play smart against USC.
"I think they'll come back and practice well, they'll be ready to go. It's disappointing because they had a lot at stake the last two weeks, and I know this is hard for them. Particularly in this last game, we didn't play as well as we could have -- or as smart as we could have. And it cost us."