Befuddled in Tempe

News, notes and the AP pictures from Saturdays contest with Arizona State.

Play of the Game
Tied 7-7 and with the ball at the ASU 32-yard line tight end Joe Newton made a spectacular one handed catch and made his way towards the end zone for what seemed to be a sure touchdown. Unfortunately, Newton failed to secure the ball as safety Emmanuel Franklin poked the ball out at the one yard line and recovered the fumble in the end zone.

Wide receiver Mike Hass was whistled for a 15-yard penalty after yelling at the referee and ASU went on a seven play, 85-yard drive that resulted in a field goal. On the next offensive series Derek Anderson and Dwight Wright fumbled the exchange and ASU recovered on the Oregon State 12-yard line.

One play later the Sun Devils were up by 10 going into halftime and with all of the momentum.

<< Mike Hass goes up for a pass.

Oregon State Player of the Game
WR Mike Hass – caught a game and career high 14 passes for 172 yards and one touchdown…his 14 catches broke Vern Burke’s school record of 12 that he set against Iowa in 1962.


Dirty Laundry
Yellow flags made their way onto the field early and often Saturday taking away Beaver touchdowns and giving the Sun Devils excellent field position. An illegal formation took away a 51-yard touchdown pass to Dwight Wright and several taunting penalties resulted in an extra 15 yards for the maroon and yellow.

Oregon State’s 10 penalties for 103 yards resulted in six first downs for the Sun Devils. In the last two games OSU has committed 186 yards in penalties that have resulted in eight total first downs for the opposition.


Slippery hands
Holding onto the pigskin has proved to be a difficult task for the men in black this season. Last week the Beavers fumbled the ball five times, but only lost possession on two of the fumbles. This week they let the ball hit the turf four times while losing possession three times. That’s nine fumbles in two games that have cost OSU field position, momentum and at least 21 points.


Freshman Contributing
Safety Lamar Herron has been playing well on special teams earning him playing time on the field. He is the first safety in the game when Sabby Piscitelli or Mitch Meeuwsen needs a rest. Herron recorded three tackles against ASU.

Defensive back Charles Burnley recorded his first tackles of the season against Arizona State. He finished with two tackles, one on special teams and one on defense while playing cornerback.

Wide receiver Sammie Stroughter returned his first collegiate career punt when he returned a fourth quarter boot for 24 yards. Stroughter fielded the ball confidently and looked quick as be moved up field. He should see more time returning kicks. Stroughter also added one tackle on special teams.


One dimensional
The running game stalled for the third game this year as Beavers finished with -19 yards for an average of -.9 yards per carry. Oregon State only ran the ball 22 times with Ryan Cole receiving six carries, good for 25 yards, and Dwight Wright ten carries, good for 10 yards.

On the season the Beavers have rushed 131 times for 393 yards. By comparison…this time last year the men in black had ran for 722 yards on 179 carries…there are 18 individuals in Division I ball that have at least 393 yards…in Division I ball only BYU and Hawaii average less yards on the ground than the Beavers.

Dwight Wright runs for a few >>

Two for two
Place-kicker Alexis Serna made his first extra points of the season connecting on both of his attempts at ASU. He is now 2 of 5 on the season. Riley chose to leave John Dailey in Corvallis and let Serna handle the kicking duties this week.


Glass is half-empty or glass is half full
Yvenson Bernard once again struggled fielding kickoffs and punts. He returned two punts that were inside the 10-yard line and let a kickoff, that should have been fielded, roll out of the back of the end zone. The ball hit around the 10-yard line and if it had not trickled out of the end zone it would have been a live ball.

On the other hand punter Sam Paulescu had another decent day as he booted seven punts for a 43.1 average. Sammie Stroughter also got his first chance at returning punts and looked good.


More photos

Derek Anderson


Ryan Gunderson


Mitch Meeuwsen and Trent Bray (#44)


Tight end Joe Newton

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