Two big things in OSU’s favor against Hawaii

OREGON STATE will leave earlier than normal this week for a road game, hopping a plane for Hawaii after Wednesday’s practice for the Saturday night game. The Beavs now have two big advantages heading into Hawaii that they didn’t have before the season opener for both teams took place.

First, it’s going to be difficult for Hawaii not to have a “letdown game.”

You see it all the time in college football, when a team gets way up, plays a close one, and then just doesn’t have the same spark the next week no matter the opponent or circumstances. Hawaii played some inspired football on Saturday, nearly knocking off Washington in a 17-16 loss.

Sure, they could come out with the same fire and physicality, and sustain it all four quarters, that they did against UW. But the odds are not in their favor, not when you're talking about 18-22 year old college football players, and regardless of whether it's Alabama, Florida State or Hawaii.

Second, there is no way the Beavers will underestimate Hawaii.

Not now. Not after they see the tape of Hawaii-UW.

Safety Ryan Murphy was the only player of note to come out with an injury, Mike Riley said Sunday, but it doesn’t appear anything serious. Riley said Murphy’s shoulder bruise might mean he’s limited at the start of the practice week but Riley said he’ll be ready by game time.

Two others coming off injury, Damien Haskins and Dashon Hunt, are fully cleared to practice and play this week, Riley said.

Youngsters and a player in a new position who impressed Riley:

“I thought (OL) Garrett Weinreich played well for the first time playing. That was a good sign. (Fullback) Ricky Ortiz, who got his first start, I thought he played well. Defensively, (DE Obum Gwacham) did a nice job. Special teams, Chris Brown and Cyril Noland, who have had sporadic duty in the past, did a nice job. There's some names for you," said Riley.

Game time is 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, it will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.

RB Joey Iosefa, a 6-0, 245-pounder, bashed his way for 143 yards against UW. But he has more moves and athleticism than his size suggests.

OSU six players on the roster from Hawaii: junior defensive tackle Ali'i Robins, redshirt freshman defensive end Titus Failauga, redshirt freshman linebacker Manase Hungalu, freshman receiver Drew Kell, freshman defensive tackle Kalani Vakameilalo and freshman defensive end Lamone Williams.

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