Grool's keys to the game

That small furry creature you saw scampering across the filed at the end of the game was not our beloved possum, but the monkey that coach Mike Riley finally got off of his back with his first victory of the season.

Now Pac-10 play starts for the Beavs with a visit to the Desert to face a quarterback that currently seems to be the darling of NFL scouts. ASU's Andrew Walter is on fire after dismantling #12 Iowa, a knocking the Hawkeyes of of some top 25 polls.

Here is what OSU needs to do in order to insure they do not suffer the same fate as Iowa.

1. Stop the Big Play
And with ASU the big play is through the air. This is a team that has yet to score a rushing touchdown on the season and have relied heavily on Walter's arm.

If Oregon State cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Aric Williams can lock down the receivers the way they did at LSU, this will be a very good game for Oregon State.


2. Take Advantage of Scoring Opportunities
Missing field goals and not scoring once inside the red zone is not going to cut it this week. The Sun Devil defense has been doing a good job in the scoring department and the Beavers need to take care of the ball.

Finishing every drive in the redzone with a field goal and even better, a touchdown, is essential to the Beavers success.


3. Pressure the Quarterback
For all the talent that Walter has, scrambling is not one of them. Barishnikov (sp?) he is not, he's actually more like Gorbacheov (sp?) when it comes to dancing around.

The defensive tackles need to push the pocket and flush him out to Joe Lemma and Bill Swancutt for some big hits.  Blitzes will also be a vital part of the game to move him out of the pocket and force him to throw on the run. Look for Keith Ellison to have another outstanding game.

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