Stung for 53

Mike Riley said the Beavers were going into a hornet's nest and the 51-year old coach was right as Oregon State was stung for 53 points in a dominating performance by the Broncos of Boise State.

Beaver players of the game
WR Mike Hass – grabbed 12 passes for 293 yards and three touchdowns, tying one school record and setting another (more information below)…was the Beavers only receiver to consistently get open and catch passes.

P Sam Paulescu –booted four punts for a 52-yard average, including a 62-yard blast out of his own end zone that trickled down the sideline.


Key play of the game
The Beaver defense just gave up their first points of the game on a field goal after stiffening in the redzone when BSU had first and goal. The score was 14-3 and the seemingly unstoppable Beaver offense was on the field with the ball at their own 35-yard line.

The crowd was out of the game and momentum was clearly on the Beavers’ side. Unfortunately Anderson forced a pass into triple coverage and the ball was deflected and was intercepted by Korey Hall (who had 3 picks on Friday) for a touchdown. The Broncos would rattle off 24 unanswered points and dominate the game.


From Death Valley to Treasure Valley
The players were upbeat and motivated during practice this week despite the heartbreaking loss to LSU two weeks ago. Following the loss to LSU, ESPN’s Lee Corso predicted the Beavers would be blown out in Bronco Stadium because it takes at least two weeks to recover from a loss like the Beavers suffered. Looked like Corso knew what he was talking about.

Fatigue may have also been a factor as the Beavers had just four days to prepare due to a mess up at the Eugene airport. Most of the team, especially the defense, looked a step slower.


Here we go again
Once again the Oregon State special teams were outplayed. A new coach and a new system has been installed, but the outcome is the same. Oregon State’s punt and kickoff coverage was less than spectacular as the unit gave up a touchdown that was fortunatley called back for holding.

The players consistently missed tackles as the BSU players slipped by orange and white defenders for extra yardage. Boise State started most of the game at their own 40-yard line.

Yvenson Bernard once again made horrible decisions as he fielded a punt inside the Beaver five yard line while also coming out of the endzone despite Ryan Cole telling him not to. Not to be outdone, Cole fielded a kick in the endzone just a few minutes later and attempted a return when he should not have.

The only bright spot on special teams was Sam Paulescu who booted a 61-yard kick after the Broncos pinned the Beavers deep in their own territory.


Records fall
Junior receiver Mike Hass set and tied one school record Friday against Boise State. He finished the game with 12 receptions for 293 yards and three touchdowns. Hass’ 12 receptions ties him with Vern Burke (Iowa State, 1962) for the most passes caught in a game while his 293 yards breaks Robb Thomas’ (Akron, 1987) record of 230.

Senior quarterback Derek Anderson’s four touchdown passes gave him 57 for his career and moved him ahead of Jonathan Smith (55) in career touchdown passes thrown.  Anderson's 57 career touchdown passes moves him into 9th all-time in the Pac-10.


Beaver fans were excited after Oregon State’s performance against LSU because of the excellent execution of the offense, defense, and special teams – not so against the Broncos. Oregon State was dominated on both lines of scrimmage, killed on special teams, and struggled on offense.

As a team the Beavers had a tough time wrapping up the Boise players and as a unit did not know what play was coming next. The Beavers defensive coordinator was out coached as the Boise State offensive coordinator called the right plays all night long.

For some reason the Beavers played zone coverage which killed them as the Boise State receivers ran free all over the field. BSU also picked up the majority of OSU’s blitzes, another indication that the right play was called.

The penalties returned as well as Oregon State was flagged seven times for 79 yards - 45 of the yards were for unsportsmanlike conduct.


The stuff you probably already know

  • Boise State rattled off 34 unanswered points on Friday.
  • PK John Dailey made all four attempted extra points with all of them spliting the goalposts.
  • DE Bill Swancutt was held in check most of the night and swapped back and forth from right end to left end during parts of game.
  • This was Boise State’s first victory over a Pac-10 team in ten tries.
  • The 53-points scored by the Broncos is the most ever scored by them against a BCS school.
  • Mike Hass had 12 receptions, the rest of the team had 10.


The stuff you might want to know

  • LB Chaz Scott was ineligible for the Boise State due to reasons unrelated to football. Nine times out of ten, this means academics.
  • The first attempted pass to a tight end came at 10:19 in the third quarter when Anderson completed a 10-yard gain to Joe Newton.
  • WR Brandon Powers made his first collegiate catch against Boise State on a four yard gain in the second quarter.
  • WR Marcel Love made his first collegiate catch against Boise State on a five yard gain in the second quarter
  • The last time the Beavers started out 0-2 was in 1996, the last year Jerry Pettibone coached. Oregon State finished 2-9.
  • The last time a team scored over 50 points against the Beavers was in 1991 when Washington State scored 55 in Pullman.  The final score was 55-7.
  • Derek Anderson has thrown 3 or more picks seven times in his career (2002: 3 vs. ASU, 5 vs. WSU | 2003: 5 vs. FSU, 4 vs. USC, 3 vs. ASU, 3 vs. UW | 2004: 4 vs. BSU)


More:  What they're saying...see what the media has to say about the game on Friday night.

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