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He Said. She Said. Arizona Victory

The He said-She said team watched the game from high above Reser Stadium in the press box and then again on Sunday morning on television. Neither vantage point disappointed.

She said: Offense

Let me get one thing out of the way.  Ryan Nall is a freaking stud.  

In the first half alone, he rushed 11 times for 82 yards averaging 7.5 yards per carry.  He finished the game with 23 carries for a 124 yards. The offense is completely different with him in the game.

Next up, how about Marcus McMaryion? Talk about an efficient stat line. 16-19 for 265 yards and 5 touchdown tosses.  

He joins Beaver greats such as Erik Wilhelm, Derek Anderson, Lyle Moevao and Sean Mannion as Beaver quarterbacks to throw for five touchdowns in a game.  Impressive company!

A couple of his throws were complete beauties too. He threw a dime to Trevon Bradford for a big score in the third quarter.   McMaryion was on target all game.  

Jordan Villamin also stepped up big. After struggling much of the season, he finished the game with six catches for 124 yards and a touchdown.  Great to see him look back in last year’s form.

She said offensive grade:  A

He said Offense:

The thunder and lightning duo of Nall and Artavis Pierce was in full effect Saturday night.   What we saw was a solid glimpse of the future with this exciting combo.

While Nall gets most of the well deserved accolades, Pierce played a key roll in spelling Nall and giving the offense a different look.  

Not only did he net 71 yards on 15 carries, he also picked up 41 more yards on three catches out of the backfield.  

Both of these guys are becoming dual threats with their running and catching skills, which only means more weapons for the offense.  .  

What more can you say about McMaryion?  He was all around fantastic on Saturday night.  Probably the most efficient game from a QB that I have ever seen in Reser.

A lot of the props for McMaryion and the running backs, though, need to go to the offensive line.   They did a great job of protecting their quarterback and opening holes all night.

He said offensive grade:  A

She said Defense:

The defense had quite a game against the Wildcats.  Holding them to 162 yards rushing, well below their 215 yards/game average on the year.

I was actually surprised by Arizona’s play calling early in the game.  They were trying to pass on the Beavers.  I was concerned about the Wildcats running on the Beavers defense, which statistically hadn’t been strong against the run.  For some reason, the Cats didn’t want to pound the rock much throughout the game.

Caleb Saulo and Manase Hungalu continue to be the heart of the defense and continue to make huge plays. The youth is exciting as well, as guys like Xavier Crawford, Dwayne Williams, Andrzej Hughes-Murray and Shemiah Unutoa-Whitson are growing up in front of our eyes.

Devin Chappell continues to impress me with his tough play as well.  The guy is relentless and always is giving 110% on every play.  

Defensive Grade She said: A

He said Defense:

An all around solid defensive performance for the Beavers.

Arizona came in averaging 402 yards per game.   They only managed 350 against Oregon State.

I loved the way that the Beaver defense came out after halftime, really exerting their will and setting the stage for the blowout.  

The Wildcats had deferred to the third quarter so they got the ball to start.  They went three and out on that first drive, losing 6 yards in the process.  

The next time they got the ball?  Another three and out.  

The Beaver offense scored touchdowns following both of those possession and the game was effectively over at that point, with a 35-10 score.

This defense has continued to impress as the season has gone on.   They get one final test next week.

He said Defense Grade:  A-

She Said: Coaching Overall:

It is funny.  Win and the the coaches are rockstars.  Lose and they don’t know what they are doing.  

Saturday night, they dialed up the perfect set and we saw the most complete game that we’ve seen all season.

It was a tough week too, with Seth Collins in the hospital and the team and coaches thoughts with him and his family. Andersen mentioned how much time he had spent with Collins throughout the week at the hospital.

Yes, Arizona is not a good team, but the Beavers are continuing to improve and as Coach Andersen alluded to during his post-game comments, this team just continues to fight.  

Adversity, injuries, crazy illnesses, they just keep battling.   It’s clear that the coaches and staff have instilled that fighting quality in this team.

The culture has been changed in Corvallis.  Andersen has cemented his attitude into the program.

Was this the game that “flips” things for the Beavs?

Only time will tell, but heading into Civil War, the Beavers are an improved team and this week should be fun.

She said grade: A

He said: Coaching/Overall:

As Angie mentioned, this was the most complete game of the season.

The offensive game plan was on point and the play calling was stellar. Loved the commitment to the run, with 46 runs to 19 passes.

Similarly, the defensive plan was just as solid, especially coming out after half. Nice having Titus Failauga and Dwayne Williams back.

This team is building the foundation for the future.  

The final pour will come this week.  I’m excited to see what gets stenciled in the 2016 season history book.

He Said grade:  A

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