NOTES: 'Ev was outstanding'

Bernard tops 100 for 13th time in career...Serna continues his streak...Riley continues his non-conference winning ways...defense dominates while spreading the wealth.

Pregame Notes:


Series Notes:

  • The Beavers improved their record against Utah to 9-4-1, 4-1-1 in Corvallis.
  • The 17 point difference was the third largest point difference in the series.
  • OSU snapped Utah's two game winning streak against them that dated back to the 1991 and 1992 seasons.
  • Oregon State will travel to Utah in 2008 on Sept. 6.


Offense Notes:

  • The offense generated 370 total yards, 241 rushing and 129 passing, while scoring 24 points and converting 4 of 5 times inside the redzone.  The offensive line yielded just one sack. 
  • OSU picked up18 first downs (12 rushing, 6 passing), but managed to converted just 3 of 14 (21%) third downs. On the other hand they did convert all three fourth down attempts.
  • QB Sean Canfield got off to a rocky start completing just two of his first seven passes while leading the team to two three and outs in the first quarter; although two of his passes were dropped by Anthony Brown on back to back plays.  Canfield seemed to settle down in the second half completing 6 of 12.  He finished 8 of 19 for 87 yards, one touchdown and one interception and by the end of the game had a better command of the offense as he lead them on three scoring drives that resulted in 17 points in the second half.
  • QB Lyle Moevao first collegiate pass didn't go as planned as he miscommunicated with a receiver and threw an interception that setup Utah's first and only touchdown.  Moevao did gather himself two drives later though as he led the team on a 11-play, 58-yard scoring drive to tie the game at seven.  During that same drive he showed guts hanging in the pocket delivering a perfect pass to Darrell Catchings for a 17-yard gain on fourth and seven from the Utah 33 to setup the Beavers first score the game.  Moevao did have trouble getting plays back to his teammates in a timely manner as the offense broke the huddle with 10 seconds left on the play clock several times. He finished 3 of 9 for 32 yards with one interception.
  • RB Yvenson Bernard ran 29 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns while catching a team high four passes for 23 yards.  It was Bernard's 13th career 100-yard rushing game.  He broke off a 54-yard run, the second longest of his career (his longest is 57) in the third quarter setting up the Beavers second touchdown of the game.  Bernard accounted for 110 of the 138 yards on the Beavers first two scoring drives.
  • With the game in control, RB Matt Sieverson received the bulk of the carries in the fourth quarter rushing seven times for 23 yards.  He did a nice job of hitting the hole quickly and moving his feet driving the pile forward.
  • WR Darrell Catchings made a big impact in his first collegiate game, at first it looked like the wrong kind of impact as he dropped a critical third down pass.  But the coaches showed great confidence in him one player later as he ran the same route and caught a 17-yard pass on fourth down to setup the Beavers first touchdowns of the game.  He also caught a six yard touchdown in the third quarter to put the Beavs up by six.
  • True freshman WR James Rodgers is fast becoming a fan favorite, especially after rushing four times for an electric 62 yards (17, 10, 10, 25).  Rodgers displayed his speed getting to the corner several times and, despite his stature, he is not afraid to cut inside.  During his most electric run, a 25-yard jaunt that was setup up by a great block by Shane Morales on the edge, he out ran a defender to the corner, stutter stepped another defender for a few more yards and waited for his blockers to pick up a few more.
  • The rotation at tight end got a work out as Howard Croom started the game with Gabe Miller, Brady Camp and John Reese all seeing the field in the first half.  The majority of the time they were held into block as Utah stacked at least six guys in the box almost every play.  Miller and Croom each had a catch each, a 10-yarder and 12-yarder, respectively.
  • Last year the fullback did not receive one carry.  This year the fullback already has two carries.  FB Andy Stewart carried the ball twice for four yards, with one of his carries resulting in a first down on fourth and three.
  • WR Anthony Brown was sidelined with cramping and dropped a couple of easy passes that a senior should catch. He finished with one catch for 29 yards, the Beavers longest reception of the night.
  • LG Jeremy Perry injured his left leg in the fourth quarter at the end of a running play.  He is out for around six weeks.  Adam Speer will take his place in the starting lineup against Cincinnati with Gregg Peat sliding into the second on the depth chart.
  • WR Sammie Stroughter roamed the sidelines in jean shorts and his jersey.  He was usually hanging around Riley while looking in on the play calling.


Defense Notes:

  • The defense accounted for five sacks, including nine tackles for loss, while holding the Utes to 196 total yards and just 18 total yards rushing.
  • In similar fashion to last year, six players accounted for the five sacks while eight players accounted for the tackles for loss.
  • A couple of things stood out about the Oregon State defense.  As a unit they are fast, yet disciplined, and do a great job of swarming to the ball.  Several players made great one on one open field tackles.  And they all hit hard.
  • FS Al Afalava led all players with 10 tackles, including one sack, as he seemed to be around the ball each play.  He also added a team high three pass deflections.
  • SS Daniel Drayton also turned in a fine performance in his starting debut recording seven tackles, including two for loss.  Drayton made several nice open field tackles where he squared his shoulders driving into the offensive player for a solid stick.
  • CB Keenan Lewis picked up where he left off last year going out in the first half with leg cramps.  He missed the majority of the game and it makes one wonder how he is going to fair in the humidity in Cincinnati. 
  • CB Tim Clark received plenty of playing time as he briefly replaced Hughes in the first half before eventually permanently replacing Lewis who was dealing with cramps.


Special Teams Notes:

  • K Alexis Serna connected on all three extra point attempts upping his school record of consecutive extra points made to 109.
  • In his first action as a punter Serna struggled, to say the least, averaging just 33.1 yards per kick with a long of 42 and a short of 17, his first punt of the game.  The field position game is certainly something to keep your eye on.
  • With the new 30-yard kickoff rule none of Serna's boots reached the endzone.  Most were fielded near the 10 or 15 yard line.  He averaged 59.4 yards per kick.
  • PR Taylor Kavanaugh did an excellent job fielding and returning punts as he returned four for 42 yards, with a long of 21. His 21-yard return proved to be exciting as he bobbed and weaved his way through Utah defenders near the Beaver sideline.  Kavanaugh's athletic display got Stroughter excited as he jumped onto the field where he slapped Kavanaugh on the helmet.


Miscellaneous Notes:

  • Unfortunately for Utah their top RB Matt Asiata left with a broken leg in the first quarter and QB Brian Johnson was sidelined with a dislocated shoulder in the second.  With both of them in the game, Utah had no problem moving the ball up and down the field racking up136 yards in just a little over a quarter.  After Johnson's injury the Utes generated only 62 yards of offense.
  • The Beavers improved their record in August to a perfect 4-0.
  • Over the last four seasons the Beavers are 21-1 when leading after three quarters.
  • Oregon State has now won 23 consecutive non-conference home games.  The last time the Beavers lost to a non-conference opponent in the friendly confines of Reser Stadium was in 1996 when Montana won 35-14.
  • OSU has now won their last five games and nine of their last ten, dating back to last season.
  • Mike Riley improved his record in Corvallis to 39-34.
  • Nine team NFL scouts - Bears, Dolphins, Chargers, Giants, Seahawks, Texans, Chiefs, Patriots and Steelers - watched the game.


Play of the Game.
There wasn't one specific offensive or defensive play that changed the momentum of the game.  Not to take anything away from the Beavers victory, but when Johnson went down it was game over for Utah.

Grady managed to help generated just 62 yards of offense while going three and out five times.  Hand it to the Beaver defense though as they physically dominated Utah wearing them down in the second half.


Players of the Game.

Offense -  RB Yvenson Bernard shimmied and shacked his way to another 100-yard game showing once again that he is one of the top backs in the country.  His reliability as a runner, blocker and catcher is just what the team needed to stabilize the offense and help the new quarterbacks ease into their roles.

Defense - CB Brandon Hughes tallied five tackles, including two for loss, and one pass deflection, but what was really impressive was his physical play.  On both of his tackles for loss he fought through a receiver for the tackle.  SS Daniel Drayton and FS Al Aflava also should get special recognition as Drayton made several textbook open field tackles while Afalava seemingly was always around the ball.

Special teams - PR Taylor Kavanaugh did a superb job of filling in for Stroughter as he made the right decisions and when to fair catch and when not to.  It won't be surprising if Kavanaugh breaks a few big returns this year.  He also did a nice job as the team's holder.

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