NOTEBOOK: Oregon State vs. Hawaii

A BIG REASON WHY Oregon State couldn't finish off drives with touchdowns last week -- penalties. Gobs and gobs of penalties. Will the Beavs clean that up in Week 2 at Hawaii? The good news is that they might have already done so, with the vast majority of the yellow flags against the Beavers coming in the first half.

WHAT: OSU (1-0) vs. Hawaii (0-1)
WHERE: Aloha Stadium (50,000), Honolulu, Hawaii.
WHEN: 7:30 pm PT
TV: CBSSN
SERIES: Oregon State leads, 6-3.

--Oregon State killed themselves last week with 13 penalties for a loss of 119 yards, (10 of those came in the first half.) That meant OSU didn't finish drives in the end zone and had to rely on a record-setting day from kicker Garrett Owens, who made five of seven attempts.

If OSU similarly struggles once they get inside the red zone, this one could remain in doubt well into the second half. Many thought the Beavs would win by four TDs or more over FCS Portland State, but instead they trailed at the half and needed a defensive surge in the second half to win 29-14. OSU held PSU to just 40 yards in the second half.

--Hawaii had their own version of that, shutting out the Huskies after the break, forcing eight straight punts and limiting UW to 119 yards of offense over the final two quarters, most of which came on the final clock-killing drive.

--Hawaii is 5-9 against Pac-12 teams since 2005.

--But Hawaii figures to be susceptible to a letdown, both mentally and physically, after opening with an inspired effort in the opener. If not, then Norm Chow might have something very unexpected there for 2014.

--For the second week in a row, the good news is Hawaii plays at home. The bad news is that they'll face their second straight Pac-12 opponent.

Hawaii nearly pulled the shocker of the week, falling 17-16 to Washington. was just 1-11 last season, ending the season on a positive note in taking down Army in their '13 finale, 49-42.

--This looks to be a very different OSU defense than last year's. The Beavers prevented PSU from converting even one of its nine third-down attempts and Vikings passers were a combined 10-of-27 for 83 yards with two interceptions. In 2013, OSU was 100th in the nation in total defense, allowing 436.6 ypg.

-It also may be a different Beaver run game. OSU rushed for 176 yards against PSU, nearly double their 2013 season average of 94.4 ypg, (115th nationally).

-As for differences with Hawaii, they ran 97 plays and controlled the ball for more than 34 minutes against the UW. Last season, Hawaii ranked nearly dead last, 117th in the country, in time of possession (26:38).

-When OSU is on offense, keep an eye on Taz Stevenson, who posted a team-high 10 tackles, with nine of those of the solo variety.

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • The OSU coaching staff has extensive ties to Hawaii - defensive coordinator Mark Banker was a linebackers/special teams coach at UH in 1995, offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh was a popular Rainbow Warrior assistant under June Jones from 1999-2004, and defensive line coach Joe Seumalo played for UH from 1985 through 1988 and was a graduate assistant at Hawaii in 1999-2000. Receivers coach Brent Brennan was a UH graduate assistant in 1998 and is a cousin of former Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan.

  • The Beavers have won three straight in the series, including last season's 33-14 decision at home.

  • OSU and UH first met way back on New Year’s Day 1924, with the Hawaii “Fighting Deans” pulling off a stunning 7-0 upset as a rainbow appeared over Moiliili Field. Sports reporters then began to refer to UH as the “Rainbows.” True story, says westhawaiitoday.com’s Wes Nakama.


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