'We have a swagger about us now'

Player of the game...players of the game...we want Moore...another solid performance by the defense...clock eating drives...injury update and more news and notes from Oregon State's 44-10 win over Arizona State Nov. 4.

Play of the game.
Arizona State had just put together a nine play, 80-yard scoring drive to pull within 10 points at 17-7. The Beavers answered with an efficient six play, 80-yard scoring drive and they made it look easy.

QB Matt Moore completed passes of 18 and 19 yards to TE Joe Newton while hooking up with WR Anthony Wheat-Brown for a 35 yard gain and a nine yard touchdown pass.

And to make matters worse of the Sun Devils S Al Afalava picked off QB Rudy Carpenter's first pass of their next series and returned it to the ASU 6. Two plays later, the Beavers had a commanding 31-7 lead with 8:52 left in the game.

 

Players of the game.

Offense - Once again QB Matt Moore made all the right decisions as he completed 17 of 31 for 282 yards with one touchdown through the air and one rushing. See the hot news on Moore for more.

Defense - LB Joey LaRocque continues to improve as he recorded a team high eight tackles. He is now the team's second leading tackler with 53 stops.

Special teams - PK Alexis Serna hit all three of his field goals, including a 51-yarder, and all five of his PATs. See the hot news on Serna for more.

 

A team effort.
As a unit the receivers turned in their best performance of the year with each starter catching at least three passes. There were no dropped passes despite the inclement weather conditions.

Sammie Stroughter had a team five catches for 95 yards including big plays of 31 and 49 yards that helped setup one touchdown and one field goal. Brandon Powers finished with four catches for 44 yards, including a tough 21 yard grab in the middle of the field during a downpour.

Anthony Wheat-Brown caught his third touchdown of the season and finished with three catches for 65 yards while Joe Newton added three long catches for 71 total yards.

 

We want Moore.
The last time Beaver Nation witnessed a quarterback sporting the Orange and Black sidestepping defenders and picking positive yardage was in the late nineties when Terrance Bryant was at the helm.

Moore rushed five times for 44 yards, including a career best 19-yarder. Three of his carries resulted in first downs while one resulted in a touchdown.

Something has clicked with Moore as he looks confident weather he is running or passing. He is making his decisions, the right ones, quickly and for the second consecutive week he has not thrown an interception, a feat he did not accomplish in 2005.

His command of the offense is making the offensive line look good as they have given up six sacks, all in the USC game, in the last four contests.

The California native was also a large part of the Beavers success converting third downs. OSU converted a season best 9 of 17, with four of them coming through the air.

 

Another solid performance.
The Beaver defense continued to perform at a high level limiting the Sun Devils to just 223 total yards and 10 points, zero in the second half, while forcing two turnovers that led to 10 points.

ASU came into the game averaging 172.6 yards per game on the ground (second in the conference), but managed only 99 yards in Reser. QB Rudy Carpenter completed only 9 of 27 for 124 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.

OSU also added 10 tackles for loss, eight by separate players, and four more sacks and now lead the Pac-10 in sacks with 32. Seventeen players had two or more tackles while seven players had four or more stops.

The unit ranks second in the conference in turnover margin (.56) and are third in the conference in total defense (301.1). ASU converted just 3 of 13 on third down and now OSU leads the conference in opponent third down conversions (.250).

Carpenter was 9 for 27 for 124 yards and no touchdowns.

 

Use that clock.
The Men in Black had an impressive, clock eating drive against USC two weeks ago in the second half and the trend continued this week against Arizona State. The offense put together three scoring drives that took four minutes or longer.

In the second half the Beavers put together back to back series that took 12:49 off of the clock, or almost one full quarter of play. The 15-play, 93-yard third quarter drive took 6:49 while the 12-play, 43 yard fourth quarter drive took 5:59.

OSU leads the Pac-10 in time of possession with a 31:42 average.

 

Injury update.
For the latest on the injuries and check out the hot news items.

 

Almost there.
The Black Bandits of Benton County are just outside the top 25 and with a win against UCLA should crack the national standings. Here's the latest

  • #20 in the Saragin rankings
  • #24 in the BCS rankings
  • #27 in the Associated Press poll
  • #29 in the coaches poll

 

Bowl game.
Oregon State is just one win away from bowl eligibility with four, three on the road, games (at UCLA, at Stanford, No. 24 Oregon and at Hawaii) left on the schedule. The Beavers are tied with Oregon at 4-2 in conference play.

Here's a look at the Pac-10 bowl arrangements.

 

Kudos to the coaches.
Much of the concern heading into the Arizona State game was how the OSU players would react after a big win against USC. Kudos to the coaches for keeping the players focused and excited for this game.

"That was kind of the storyline. How were we going to react?" Riley said. "That was our most complete game of the season, and it came at the perfect time. I’m proud of the coaches and players for staying the course after all the excitement last week.”

Also, thanks to the Arizona State team, especially QB Rudy Carpenter, for firing up the OSU team in warmups. Extra motivation never hurts.

 

Flawless again.
For the seventh time this year the offense took the opening drive for a touchdown. Moore and company moved 84 yards in 12 plays to take a 7-0 advantage with 10:40 left in the first quarter.

The Beavers have outscored their opponents 94-34 in the first quarter this year.

 

This and that.

  • For additional player notes visit the hot news page.

  • The Beavers have won four straight Pac-10 games for the first time since 2000 (Stanford, UCLA, Washington State, California, Arizona and Oregon).

  • Oregon State scored 17 unanswered points to open the game and ended with 16 unanswered.

  • The Beavers out gained the Sun Devils 403 to 223.

  • In the previous two match ups the Sun Devils did not turn the ball over once holding a 6-0 turnover margin.

  • This is the first time since 2002 (Temple and UNLV) that the Beavers have put together back to back games without offensive turnovers.

  • The 34-point margin of victory was the most ever against Arizona State.

  • The 31 first-half points were the most by halftime since Nov. 15, 2003 against Stanford.

  • OSU also didn't commit a turnover for the second consecutive game. The last time the Beavers went two games in a row without a turnover was 2002.

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