IT SEEMED FITTING that the score should be tied 6-6 at the half. In a defensive-fueled two quarters, not only had neither team found the end zone, Utah and Oregon State were unable to convert a single third down until there were mere seconds left on the clock on OSU's last drive. There were two overriding themes in the first 30 minutes. Defense, of course, was one. The other was ...


Lots and lots of mistakes.

There were penalty flags galore and each team turned the ball over twice. Even the Pac-12 officials got in on the act, when an already tackled, sitting-on-his-wallet Sean Mannion got creamed by a Utah defensive end. Incredibly, no flag was thrown.

But the flags, and non-calls, weren't the big errors. Those were reserved for the players.

Still, Oregon State ran the ball fairly well, they just couldn't get much going in the passing game until (kinda) the late stages of the second quarter.

At the break, Oregon State had thrown for 43 yards. Think that's bad? Utah had 18 passing yards after two quarters of play.

Oregon State's defense had four tackles-for-loss, three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. Utah's defense had five TFL, two sacks as well as a pick and fumble recovery.

OSU had 105 total yards on offense, Utah had 81. Utah had 63 hashes on the ground, Oregon State had 62.

One of the main producers of that rushing total, Storm Woods, however, went out limping after a hard hit on the knee late in the half. Chris Brown replaced him and held his own. Terron Ward got off some good runs too in the first half.

The only Beaver points, however, would come off the right foot of Trevor Romaine.

Meanwhile, Utah's running quarterback, Kendal Thompson, got out of some tricky situations early and Devontae Booker gained good yardage. But the Beaver defense starting wrapping up better as the game went along, limiting Utah's first- and second-down runs and posting a few sacks along the way.

We'll be back with more after the game.

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