LB Keith Ellison – seemed to be everywhere on the field as he grabbed 8 tackles, 3.5 for loss, three sacks, and forced one fumble…reacted to the offense well and wrapped up the opposition effectively…definitely his best game of the season.
LB Chaz Scott – brought a lot of energy and punished New Mexico quarterback Kole McKamey on option plays…also helped special teams by being one of the first players down the field…laid a nasty hit on a kickoff returner that stopped the player in his tracks.
Play of the Game
The Beaver offense had stalled several times inside 30-yard line and the crowd was restless. Neither team had the momentum in the fourth quarter.
New Mexico had the ball on their own 20-yard line down 14-7. The Lobos had two receivers on the left side of the field in a bunch formation. The play was for the outside receiver to step back and the other receiver to pick off the defenders. Brandon Browner flew through the block and leveled the UNM receiver with a vicious hit.
The crowd went wild and the Oregon State sideline became animated. From that point on the Beaver defense and offense played with more emotion which helped OSU grab their first win of the season.
When it rains, it pours
For the last four years Oregon State fans have been treated to kind weather on game days. The stands have been occasionally sprinkled with what most would call rain and what Oregonians would call mist, but on Saturday, Sep. 18 mother nature doused Beaver Nation.
For most of the game and the entire second half a steady downpour pounded away at the 30,000 plus Beaver faithful. The good thing is, that despite the wet weather, there was still a lot of orange in the stands.
The Oregon State linebackers were outstanding on Saturday against New Mexico. They shot the gaps wells, supported the run, and harassed the UNM ball carriers. Chaz Scott had several huge hits, Keith Ellison had an outstanding game, and Derrick Doggett hassled the Lobo punter the entire day. Trent Bray and Jonathan Pollard also had some nice open field tackles to support the cause.
The Beavers had the ball on their own 20-yard line, up by 10, with a little over two minutes left to play. The men in black didn’t mess around as they lined up to run and dared New Mexico to stop them. The Lobos could not as the Beavers chewed up the last two minutes with good blocking and efficient running.
Penalties, penalties, penalties
At least one touchdown and several drives near the redzone were hampered due to numerous holding and personal foul penalties. Oregon State finished with eight penalties for 89 yards.
Some fans complained about the officials in Saturday’s game. Overall, they did a decent job. They let the cornerbacks and receivers be VERY physical with each other, but were consistent for both teams. They did miss a fumble and luckily I had the camera rolling. You can take a look at the blown call yourself on the premium message board.