RECAPS: What they're saying...Utah at OSU

What the Oregon and Utah media are saying about Oregon State's 24-7 win over Utah Aug. 30.

| From an Oregon State perspective |


Beavers hand it to Bernard
What does the quarterback matter?

Uh, maybe not all that much, based on opening night at Oregon State ... more from Bob Clark of the Register Guard | Game Report


Looking for answers raises questions for OSU's Riley
The answer is Yvenson Bernard.

Unfortunately, the question is still: Canfield or Moevao?

Thursday night, the senior tailback led the way as Oregon State eased past Utah. As expected. Meanwhile, the Beavers' sophomore quarterbacks muddled along behind ... more from George Schroeder of the Register Guard.


Lineman produce but still want more
So dominant was the Oregon State offensive line Thursday night that Yvenson Bernard spent much of the fourth quarter relaxing and clamoring on the bench with teammates.

Cameras captured Bernard in a festive mood as he enjoyed the final moments of a 24-7 victory over Utah in the season opener at Reser Stadium. And why not? The senior running back had 165 yards and two touchdown on 29 caries while cementing his status as one of the nation's top rushers ... more from Adam Jude of the Register Guard.


Beavs run, defend and win
Oregon State's offense sputtered early on against Utah on Thursday. Yvenson Bernard provided just the kind of jump start the Beavers needed.

The senior tailback rushed for 165 yards on 29 carries and sparked Oregon State's go-ahead drive in the second half, and the defense limited the Utes to a mere 18 rushing yards in OSU's 24-7 season-opening victory at Reser Stadium ... more from Jon Mitchell of the News Tribune.


'Ev' and the defense lead Beavers to season-opening win
When in doubt, give the ball to Yvenson Bernard.

With sophomore quarterbacks Sean Canfield and Lyle Moevao going through expected opening-night jitters, Bernard was Old Reliable for the Oregon State offense, rushing for 165 yards and two touchdowns in the Beavers' 24-7 victory over Utah Thursday ... more from Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune.


Bernard carries Beavers
Oregon State's quarterback rotation is a work in progress, and its best receiver might not play this season.

But the Beavers have tailback Yvenson Bernard and a veteran defense, and that was enough Thursday to produce a 24-7 victory against Utah ... more from Gary Horowitz of the Statesman Journal.


Slow and steady
It was a combustible first dual-quarterback experiment and it nearly blew up in the face of the Oregon State football team.

Everything eventually settled down and the Beavers began the season with a victory. They may have even found a starter ... more from Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Gazette Times | Beavers report card | Sideline breifing

Defense delivers a comfort zone
Not sure about your starting quarterback? Let your defense give them time to get comfortable.

With Sean Canfield and Lyle Moevao settling in behind center against Utah on Thursday evening, the Beavers' defense gave them plenty of slack ... more from Kevin Hampton of the Gazette Times.


Bernard breaks down Utes
Oregon State opened its football season and broke in new-look Reser Stadium with a 24-7 win over Utah on Thursday night as tailback Yvenson Bernard ran for 165 yards on 29 carries and scored two touchdowns.

"He provided stability," OSU coach Mike Riley said. "When we didn't have a lot going on, he was there for us." ... more from Paul Buker of The Oregonian.

Beavers fans adore big screen at Reser
With his three children running in circles around him and eating ice cream, Scott Burroughs was forced to watch most of the first half away from his choice seats.

Not that Burroughs seemed to mind. Instead of sitting in the seventh row across the 45-yard line, Burroughs stood on a concrete ramp in the southwest corner of Reser Stadium, with his only view being that of the scoreboard ... more from Jeff Smith of The Oregonian.



| From an Utah perspective |

A painful one: Key Ute players injured early in loss to Beavers
It was a night of heavy losses for the Utes.

Thursday's season opener at Oregon State featured three significant setbacks for Utah — the game, tailback Matt Asiata and quarterback Brian Johnson ... more from Dirk Facer of the Desert News.


Asiata suffers season-ending injury
Matt Asiata's fourth carry proved to be his last in Utah's game against Oregon State.

The highly touted tailback, who was an all-American at Snow College, broke his right leg on a 2-yard run with 4:46 left in the first quarter and will be lost for the season. He finished with 16 yards rushing ... more from Dirk Facer of the Desert News.


Utes' opener turns into a nightmare
This was supposedly the season when the mature, improved Brian Johnson returned to quarterback the Utah offense to greater achievements after a redshirt year, while junior college transfer Matt Asiata gave the Utes the power running ability they were lacking.

Anybody for Plan B?

Make that Plan Z ... more from Kurt Kragthorope of the Salt Lake Tribune.


Oregon State tops injury-depleted Utes 24-7
Utah's football team came into Corvallis with the hopes of refreshing the magic of a former star, debuting a new power running game and setting a tone for a season that players insisted wouldn't end in mediocrity.

Instead, the Utes' goals were squashed and trampled, much like their running game that couldn't even manage a yard a carry, in a 24-7 loss to Oregon State on Thursday in front of 40,409 in the newly renovated Reser Stadium ... more from Lya Wodraska of the Salt Lake Tribune.


Senior hounded by OSU in emergency role
The biggest controversy associated with Utah's 2006 football season opener was the scripted appearance of backup quarterback Tommy Grady in the second quarter at UCLA.

There was no such plan Thursday night at Oregon State, but Grady still ended up playing in the second quarter of a 24-7 defeat in Utah's '07 opener. Inserted because of Brian Johnson's shoulder injury, Grady played the rest of the game ... more from Kurt Kragthorpe of the Salt Lake Tribune.


Asiata's injury changes Utes' attack
Utah's running game was supposed to be all about Matt Asiata and his ability to flatten defenders.

Instead, the Utes come home after a 24-7 loss to Oregon State looking for a replacement for their would-be star ... more from Lya Wodraska of the Salt Lake Tribune.

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