Postgame notebook: Oregon State pecked for 63

News and notes from Oregon State's 63-27 loss at Louisville on Sept. 17, 2005.

Play of the game.
After taking their first two drives of the game for points and with the defense shutting down the vaunted Louisville attack Oregon State clearly had all of the momentum even when Louisville answered with their own drive late in the first quarter to make the game 10-7.

Just minutes after the Cardinals' touchdown defensive end Elvis Dumervil recorded his first sack of the game. On the next play Dumervil beat Adam Koets on the end again and swatted the ball from Moore's hand where Louisville recovered on the OSU 12. Two plays later Louisville took the lead for good as it would be the start of 42 unanswered points.


Players of the Game.
Offense -
Wide receiver Mike Hass turned in his seventh consecutive game of over 100 yards receiving as he finished with nine catches for 163 yards and one touchdown.  He moved into second place on OSU's career reception list.

Defense - None, giving up 63 points is embarrassing.

Special teams - Lamar Herron gave a much needed jolt to the return game as showed good decision making and the ability to find the running lanes. Herron returned a kickoff 97-yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter but the play was nullified by an illegal block in the back. He finished with three returns for 100 yards.


Not so special part II.
After a hideous performance against Boise State a week ago the Oregon State special teams had a lot to prove against Louisville.  The unit did improve its kickoff and punt coverage but struggled in the return game as they were tagged for several blocks in the back.  They also yielded their first blocked punt of the season which setup a UL touchdown.  Alexis Serna continued to be solid as he hit field goals of 43 and 46 yards and Lamar Herron did an superb job on kickoff returns, see above.  Sammie Stroughter struggled again as he wasted time moving east and west instead of taking the ball straight up the field.


Line play.
Both of the Beaver lines opened up the game with stellar play.  The defensive line blew up the UL offensive line the first two series keeping the Cardinal offense in check.  Defensive tackle Ben Siegert recorded two sacks in the first quarter, tripling the Beavers season total.  The offensive line gave quarterback Matt Moore plenty of time to throw and even opened up some holes for running back Yvenson Bernard to run through.  But the units broke,  down in the second quarter.

The offensive line started to get shoved around as Adam Koets was beat twice on the edge by Elvis Dumervil who single handedly changed the momentum of the game.  Center Kyle DeVan also struggled with the big UL tackles as he failed to get leverage and was bull rushed into Moore.  On the whole the entire unit had a difficult time picking up the Louisville blitz packages.  The defensive ends turned in another sub par performance recording just four tackles and failed to get even close to Cardinal quarterback Brain Brohm.  The line's failure to get pressure on the quarterback exposed the young OSU cornerbacks as they gave up big play after big play.


Once again a linebacker (Keith Ellison, seven) led the team in tackles but the unit was neutralized the entire game as they were man handled at the line of scrimmage and failed to wrap up the running backs. Trent Bray finished with four tackles, his lowest total since the Stanford game in 2004 where he also tallied four tackles.   Derrick Doggett was the team's second leading tackler with five grabs.


The offense had a tremendous amount of success last year with its first drive of game due to the first 20 or so plays being scripted.  Oregon State revisited that success Saturday as it took its opening drive 68 yards in 11 plays for a seven point lead.  The play calling included six passing plays which included a well executed screen and five running plays.  For the first time this season the sweep play was used and the linemen did a good job of getting to the outside and sealing their men.


You know it's a blowout when.
Before the end of the third quarter ESPN cut away to provide updates on the other college football games around the country.  The broadcast did not return to the Louisville game until there was less than 10 minutes left in the game.   During that time Matt Moore threw a touchdown to Mike Hass.


Some, errr interesting, statistics.

  • Oregon State threw 59 passes, the second most ever against the Cardinals.
  • Louisville needed just 50 plays to score their points.
  • UL scored on five consecutive possessions and got to third down just four times in the game.
  • The 63 points scored by Louisville tied the most ever given up by a Beaver defense. Oregon State lost to Stanford 63-9 in 1981 and Southern California 63-0 in 1985.
  • The Beavers ran 94 plays and almost doubled Louisville's time of possession, 39:24-20:36.


Additional notes:

  • Freshman running back Patrick Fuller scored his first touchdown of his college career late in the fourth quarter for the Beavers final points of the game.

  • Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Andy Levitre replaced junior Adam Koets at left tackle in the third quarter as Koets was getting killed on the end by Dumervil.  Koets also re-injured his hand and was not 100%.

  • Sophomore center Kyle DeVan was getting manhandled by the Louisville tackles and was replaced in the second half by redshirt freshman Adam Speer.  DeVan banged his knee at the start of the second half aggravating his tendonitis which hampered his performance.
  • Punter Sam Paulescu completed his first pass of his OSU career when he hooked up with Yvenson Bernard on a five yard pass in the first quarter on fourth and two on a faked punt at the OSU 37.
  • Redshirt freshman linebacker Eddie Stamm recorded his first tackle of his OSU career on special teams.
  • Redshirt freshman cornerback Bryan Payton is academically ineligible but is practicing with the team.
  • Long snapper Joel Cohen tore an ACL knee ligament in the second quarter.  It is not known when he will return.

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