- Oregon State won the toss and deferred.
- Jeff Van Orsow, Alan Darlin, Yvenson Bernard and
Ryan Gunderson served as the captains.
- The announced attendance was 40,409.
- Weather: 80 deg., wind NW 18mph, sunny.
- The Beavers improved their record against Utah to 9-4-1, 4-1-1 in
- The 17 point difference was the third largest point difference in the
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.