Game 5: Utah State

Oregon State entered the state of Utah with a 2-2 record and back to back losses against USC and Arizona State.  Mike Riley and his team looked to break the 18-game road losing streak and extend their non-conference winning streak to seven.  The last time the Beavers won on the road was in 1994 when the men in black defeated UCLA, 23-14.

The Beavers fumbled five times, but only lost two and turned in a scrappy performance on defense that earned them a 20-16 victory in front of 11,682 white and blue clad football fans in Logan.

"I never realized it before the game, but basically there was only one guy in our locker room who had ever come away from an Oregon State road game with a win and that was Toalei Talataina. (Toalei played in OSU's victory at UCLA in 1994 before going on a two-year church mission)," Riley said.  "The other kids who were here were redshirted at the time. That obviously is a big step for this team and for the kids in the program, particularly for those who have been around here a long time, to win a game on the road."

Both teams offense's staled for the majority of the game.  The Aggie defense kept the OSU offense off balance with a variety of blitz packages, while the OSU defense harassed the Utah State quarterbacks the entire contest.

Inoke Breckterfield broke the OSU sack record in Logan, UT.

Defensive end Inoke Breckterfield garnered two sacks against USU giving him 17.5 for his career and the OSU sack record. 

"As we say around here, Inoke sets the standard for hustle. He is a highly motivated player who takes a lot of pride in what he does, plus he has the physical ingredients of quickness and strength and leverage that helps make him a great player," Riley said. 

"I think it is only fitting that he is Oregon State's career sack leader because I believe he is probably the best pass rusher who has ever played at Oregon State."

Special teams performed well again, especially Tim Alexander who had several electrifying kickoff returns, including a 60 yarder, his second longest of his career.

"Tim is really coming on. He is playing more comfortably, playing with more confidence," Riley said.  "I think he is developing into one of the best all-around players anywhere right now with his ability to return kicks, that is kickoffs and punts, and what he is doing in our passing game. He is just breaking the surface of what he can do as a receiver."

Oregon State's Ken Simonton just missed the 100 yard mark with 99 yards on 27 carries despite the line struggling to establish the run.  Riley was happy that the Beavers stuck with the run, but again focused on being more consistent on the ground.

"Our running game against Utah State was like we thought it would be, a little sporadic. We new with their blitzing and stunting defense that they would take us out of some stuff and we have some plays for short or no yardage," Riley said. 

"However, we thought if we stayed with it we would get some plays that would split their defense, which we did. We would like to be more consistent, everyone in football is looking for that, but overall we made some improvement and came back with a running game that really helped us."

Ricky Walker's interception helped lead the Beavers to victory.

Ricky Walker's grabbed an interception early in the fourth quarter to set up Terrance Bryant's 18-yard touchdown pass to Greg Ainsworth that gave OSU the victory. 

Bryant's scoring pass to Ainsworth gave the Beavers a 20-13 lead with 13:58 remaining. Bryant was 22 of 40 for 258 yards, and also scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter. Bryant set an OSU record as he completed his 140th pass without an interception, giving him the OSU season record.

"Terrance has done a very remarkable job in the fact he has the least amount of time at his school of any Pac-10 quarterback. In just a matter of two months he has become the starting quarterback and has been thrust into a very unique limelight with probably a lot of personal burden of wanting to do well," Riley said. 

"He is conscientious and wants to do right and that is one reason he is not throwing interceptions. He is probably a little too careful with some balls because he is not giving the receivers a chance with some throws, but overall he is doing a great job."

Utah State's only touchdown came early in the third following Bryant's one yard touchdown run, as quarterback Riley Jensen found wide receiver Ricky Brumfield for a 29-yard touchdown pass.

Following their victory in Utah the Beavers once again traveled to California to try and pick up a victory against a conference opponent. The Beavers hopped to snap the 14 game Pac-10 losing streak in Palo Alto.

Notes:

  • Oregon State's victory over Utah State was the Beavers' fourth straight over a Big West Conference opponent.
     
  • Defensive end Inoke Breckterfield had two sacks against Utah State, giving him 17 1/2 on his career, which amounts to an all-time OSU record.
     
  • Terrance Bryant threw 40 passes without an interception against Utah State which pushes his streak to 140 passes thrown without an interception, breaking the old season mark of 126 by Erik Whilhelm in 1986.
     
  • OSU's victory stopped an 18-game road losing streak by the Beavers.
     
  • Oregon State has now won seven straight non-conference games and Mike Riley is undefeated (6-0) as a head coach against non-conference opponents.
     
  • Tim Alexander posted his fourth best career all-purpose yardage game with 174 yards, and second longest kickoff return, 60 yards.

 

Mike Riley Recaps with Win
"First of all, we have to be very pleased with winning the game. We made some mistakes that are correctable. I think we played under some very tough circumstances and we kept fighting in a tough game and we won the game and I think that was a very positive thing for our football team."

 

Big Daddy Orange's Commentary:
An ear-witness report sung to the tune of 16 Tons.
(With apologies to Earnie Ford)


We lost 18 straight but that’s in the past.
We finally won a road game at long last.
We threw a pass over the middle and we ran outsideeee
We still can’t throw deep but we’ll let that one slide.

(Chorus)
You lose 18 in a row and what do you get?
A really lousy record and an athletic department in debt.
We finally broke the streak our non-conference record is 3 & OOOOOOOOOOOOO
I hope we win next week at Palo Alto!

Ken had 99 yards and Greg scored a TD
We fumbled 5 times but we only(?) lost 3.
Tim ran back kickoffs like the Aggies were a bunch of runtsssss
It would be even better if he could just field punts.
(Chorus)

Inoke broke Kane’s record he’s the king of sacks
Ricky’s interception really broke the Aggies’ backs.
Darrell was excited and Bob was the sameeeeeee
Holy Jumpin’ Up and Down Martha WE WON A ROAD GAME!!!!!!!!
(Chorus)

So next week it’s on to Stanford the school with the dumbest mascot
Is that supposed to be a walking pine tree or what?
I hope their band wanders on the field before the game is throughhhhhhh
‘Cause we’ll whup their football team and their tuba players too.
(Chorus)


Box Score

FINAL               1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH     TOTAL
                    ---  ---  ---  ---     -----
OREGON ST             3    0   10    7      20
UTAH ST               0    6    7    3      16   FINAL


SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QTR: ORST - FG, JOSE CORTEZ 32 YD, 3:39
    2ND QTR: UTST - FG, BRAD BOHN 30 YD, 9:19
             UTST - FG, BRAD BOHN 20 YD, 14:56
    3RD QTR: ORST - TD, TERRANCE BRYANT 1 YD RUN (JOSE CORTEZ KICK),
                        2:37
             UTST - TD, RICKY BRUMFIELD 29 YD PASS FROM RILEY JENSEN
                        (BRAD BOHN KICK), 4:53
             ORST - FG, JOSE CORTEZ 26 YD, 7:14
    4TH QTR: ORST - TD, GREG AINSWORTH 18 YD PASS FROM TERRANCE BRYANT
                        (JOSE CORTEZ KICK), 1:02
             UTST - FG, BRAD BOHN 37 YD, 6:14
                                                            
                      Oregon St     Utah St 
First downs                  17          18 
Rushed-yards              33-95      47-129 
Passing yards               258         217 
Sacked-yards lost           0-0        2-12 
Return yards                 18          36 
Passes                  22-40-0     13-27-2 
Punts                    6-36.2      8-35.9 
Fumbles-lost                5-3         2-1 
Penalties-yards            8-60        3-20 
Time of possession        26:28       33:32 



Individual Statistics 
RUSHING: Oregon St-Simonton 27-99, I White 2-minus 1, Bryant
4-minus 3. Utah St-Roberts 18-69, Brown 22-51, Jensen 7-9.


PASSING: Oregon St-Bryant 22-40-0-258. Utah St-Jensen
13-27-2-217.


RECEIVING: Oregon St-Battle 6-53, Ainsworth 5-85, J Kuykendall
3-37, Alexander 3-37, Tompkins 2-14, Simonton 1-16, Maurer 1-9,
Prescott 1-7. Utah St-Brown 5-105, Scott 4-66, Brumfield 3-38,
Damuni 1-8.


Att: 11,682




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