Back on track

A two game conference winning streak and a shot at the Northwest Championship. News and notes from the Washington State contest inside.

Play of the Game
The score read 10-3 with the Beavers up by seven early in the second quarter. Washington State punter Kyle Basler made a nice punt pinning Oregon State on their own 10-yard line. Derek Anderson and his receivers failed to connect three straight times forcing Sam Paulescu to punt from his own end zone.

The Cougars put a tremendous amount of pressure on Paulescu as the one of the crimson and gray flew through the line with his hands up in position to block the punt and tie the score. Paulescu stayed calm and booted a beautiful kick that went at least 45 yards through the air and rolled for 20 more putting the Cougars on their own 21-yard line. All in all it was a 69-yard kick, his longest punt of the season.


Players of the Game
P Sam PaulescuWashington State kept the pressure on the entire game as they broke through the line multiple times. They got their hands on at least two punts, but Paulescu remained calm and booted six balls for a 45.7 yard average. He out kicked WSU’s Kyle Basler, who holds the conference’s best per punt average, by an average of six yards per kick. Basler booted 10 balls for a 39.5 average.

The offensive line – Once again they gave Derek Anderson ample time to throw. They also improved on their run blocking performance helping the team rack up a season high 171 yards on the ground, including a perfectly blocked touchdown run by Ryan Cole.

LB Trent Bray – The man is an tackling animal as he added thirteen more tackles to his team leading 78. The Washington native had 24 tackles, one sack and one interception against the Washington schools. His 11.1 tackles per game average is good for second in the Pac-10.


Ground Game Starting to Roll
While the running game is not producing the numbers Beaver fans are accustomed to seeing, the ground game is starting to move the chains. In the first four games of the season the Beavers ran for 285 total yards, in the past three games the Beavers have rushed for 384.

The most notable difference against Washington State was the short game as the team picked up nice three, four and five yard gains. Dwight Wright and Ryan Cole were nimble between the tackles and the offensive line gave them room to use their quickness. Redshirt freshman Yvenson Bernard got his first carries of the season finishing with 20 yards on six carries.


Excellence of Execution
The Beavers have scored a touchdown on their first drive in five of their first seven games of the season. They have scored on their first drive in every game (a field goal against UW) this year except the New Mexico contest.

  • LSU: six play, 25-yard drive capped by a six yard pass to George Gillett
  • Boise State: two play, 49-yard drive capped by a 49-yard pass to Mike Hass
  • Arizona State: seven play, 58-yard drive capped by a 34-yard pass to Mike Hass
  • California: five play, 73-yard drive capped by a 45-yard run by Dwight Wright
  • Washington State: 11 play 82-yard drive capped by a three yard pass to Dwight Wright

Civil War Blood Drive

During halftime a commercial for the Civil War blood drive was shown on the JumboTron. Mike Riley and Oregon head coach Mike Belloti split screen time telling fans about the event. When Belloti was on the screen all the fans would boo, when Riley was on the screen the fans would cheer. It was fun to hear this and they should have played the commercial again just so we could boo and cheer again.


A Little Love and Kicking Hass
Wide receiver Marcel Love continued his outstanding play on Saturday catching five passes for 84 yards and one touchdown. In the last three games Love has caught 14 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns.

Even with the added attention Mike Hass continues his outstanding play as he added 99 yards on five catches against Washington State. With the extra attention the chances for him to go deep have gone down, but he is still finding ways to get open. The past two weeks he has made several big third down catches to keep drives alive.

Hass leads the league and is in the top 10 nationally in receptions (7.29) and receiving yards per game (114.0). He is the only Pac-10 receiver averaging over 100 yards per game.


Black Swarm
The Beaver defense found themselves against the Washington schools as they played fast and aggressive en route to forcing 10 turnovers (five interceptions, five fumbles) against the Huskies and Cougars.

In the first five games of the year, the Beavers managed just nine turnovers (six interceptions, three fumbles). The Cougars converted just 1 of 14 third down conversions against the Beavers. During one four play span WSU quarterback Alex Brink was sacked for twice, almost had two passes picked off, and eventually fumbled the ball on a blindside hit.


Miscellaneous Notes

  • Some fans were chanting for Ryan Gunderson late in the third quarter and fourth quarter when the game was still in question. After Anderson threw his third touchdown of the game, the score prompted one fan to yell, “I love Anderson! He is the best!” His yell silenced the drunk, ignorant idiots for the rest of the contest.
  • Center Matt Brock rested on the bench late in the second half due to a knee injury and redshirt freshman Kyle DeVan replaced him. There was a noticeable difference with the younger player in the game as one snap was fumbled and the exchanges were rough. Despite those miscues DeVan played well, blocking effectively.
  • Linebackers Chaz Scott and Jonathan Pollard were in the middle of the players taking the field at the opening of the game hi-fiving and bumping chests with their teammates. It was nice to see them leading the charge and giving their team some energy.
  • Tight end Dan Haines bruised heel proved to be more serious than previously thought. Haines saw limited time at H-back as redshirt freshman Olaniyi Sobomehin played in his place. Sobomehin played well as he was a big part of the team’s success on the ground.
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