NOTES: 'It was just our night'

Yvenson Bernard and Alexis Serna move up Pac-10 lists...James Rodgers scores his first career touchdown...notes of the offense, defense, special teams...miscellaneous notes, key quotes and more.

Pregame Notes:

  • Washington State won the toss and deferred to the second half.

  • The announced attendance was 22,660. The low attendance was due to school being out for Thanksgiving.

  • Weather: 50 degrees, Wind: 0-10 mph W, heavy rain


Series Notes:

  • Washington State continues to lead 47-42-4, 22-16-5 in Pullman

  • Oregon State has defeated Washington State in six of the last eleven meetings.

  • Saturday's win in Pullman was just the second Beaver victory in Martin Stadium since 1980.

  • The Nov. 17 meeting was the latest date the teams have met since 1950.

  • The 52-points is the most ever scored by the Beavers in the series.


Offense Notes:

  • The offense generated 431 yards of offense, 218 on the ground and 213 through the air while averaging 4.4 yards per run and 12.5 yards per completion.

  • The offense picked up 18 first downs, eight via the run and 10 via the pass, while converting a 10 of 21, second best this year, on third downs and a perfect 7 of 7 in the redzone.

  • Oregon State dominated in time of possession holding the ball for 35:24, almost a full 11 minutes more then Washington State (24:36).

  • RB Yvenson Bernard ran for an efficient 74 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries for 4.4 yards a touch as he left in the second quarter as he tweaked his knee. He is not expected to miss the Civil War.

    Bernard now has 3,759 career rushing yards moving him past Steven Jackson into 10th place on the Pac-10 list.

    He has 1,037 yards this year, the third straight year he has surpassed a grand in rushing. He is the second Beaver to accomplish this (Ken Simonton) and just the seventh player in conference history to reach that mark.

  • RB Matt Sieverson carried the ball 11 times for 49 yards and scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 7-yard run in the third quarter.

  • RB Clinton Polk carried the ball just three times but broke off a 56-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. It was his second touchdown this season.

  • WR James Rodgers continued to be deadly on the fly sweep as he carried the ball eight times for 34 yards. He did recorded his first career touchdown on a 8-yard run in the first quarter. A 60-yard run in the first quarter was called back due to a holding penalty that would have added another touchdown to his total.

    Rodgers was the team's leading receiver with five catches for 65 yards, with a long of 19.

  • RB Patrick Fuller saw his first action in several games carrying the ball four times for 17 yards.

  • QB Lyle Moevao completed an efficient 15 of 28 (54%) for 202 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. He missed several open receivers that would have resulted in big gains and/or touchdowns, but was generally on target and did a great job of standing in the pocket and delivering the pass.

    The coaches did a nice job of using his mobility and rolling him out of the pocket. He looked calm, confident and managed the game well.

  • QB Ryan Gunderson saw his action for the third time this year as he entered the game late in the fourth quarter completing 2 of 2 passes for 11 yards.

  • WR Darrell Catchings caught four passes for a team high 70 yards, including a 32-yard gain in the third quarter that help setup Sieverson's touchdown.

  • WR Anthony Brown added three catches for 53 yards. Brown is the team's leading receiver with 37 grabs for 502 yards.

  • TE Howard Croom scored his third touchdown this season as he finished with two catches for 14 yards. Croom has a team high three receiving touchdowns.

  • LB Gregg Peat started the game in place of Jeremy Perry who is still working on getting back into shape. Peat did a fantastic job as the offensive line didn't skip a beat giving Moevao plenty of time to through.

  • LG Jeremy Perry did not play due to soreness in his leg.

  • CB Tim Clark started his third game this year, this time in place of Brandon Hughes who was suspended for the first half due to his involvement in the fight against Washington.

  • RT Roy Schuening started his 48th consecutive start which ties him for the longest streak in OSU history with LB Richard Seigler.


Defense Notes:

  • Once again the Beaver defense didn't yield any points in the first quarter. Only Arizona, Cincinnati and USC scored in the first quarter against the Beavers, all field goals.

  • The defense game up 397 total yards, 83 on the ground and 314 through the air. WSU's running game averaged 2.8 yards per rush and 15.0 yards per completion.

  • The defense limited WSU to 4 of 15 on third downs and 1 of 3 on fourth downs.

  • The defense forced a season high eight turnovers - seven interceptions (ties a school record, the three other times OSU did this was versus Oregon (1942), Idaho (1946) and Arizona State (1968)) and one fumble.

  • LB Keith Pankey grabbed his first career interception as he picked off a pass in the fourth quarter.

  • For the first time in his career CB Gerard Lawson led the team in tackles with eight stops. He also added an interception, his second of the year.

  • LB Joey LaRocque was all over the place as he grabbed six tackles, picked off a pass for 10 yards and broke up one pass.

  • LB Derrick Doggett grabbed two interceptions, returning both of them for a total of 50 yards. On the season he has three interceptions, tying with with Keenan Lewis for the most on the team. He finished with four tackles.

  • DE Victor Butler continues his tear on quarterbacks as he grabbed a half of a sack and was credited with four quarterback hurries. He also had a team high two pass breakups.

    Butler leads the team with 9.5 sacks.

  • DE Jeff Van Orsow grabbed his first interception this year.

  • SS Greg Laybourn harnessed his second career interception as he picked off a pass in the second half. He finished with four tackles, including half a tackle for loss.

  • DE Slade Norris added a sack giving him 9.0 this year, good for second on the team.

  • CB Keenan Lewis continues to struggle with his knee as he started the game but missed most of the second half with his bum knee.

Special Teams Notes:

  • P Alexis Serna punted eight times for a 35.5 average, with a long of 53 and two landing inside the 20.

  • PK Alexis Serna made 1 of 2 field goals connecting from 22 yards out and missing from 50 yards out. Both attempts came in the second quarter.

    With his field goal and seven extra points he now has 372 career points moving him past Ken Simonton (366) as he is now the school's all-time leading scorer. He is fourth in Pac-10 career scoring.

    Serna has made 136 consecutive extra points, three short of the league record.

  • LB Dwight Roberson had another standout day on special teams grabbing three tackles.


Miscellaneous Notes:

  • The offense converted 6 of 7 third down opportunities in the first quarter.

  • The offense opened up the game by going on a 11 play 76-yard scoring drive.

  • OSU has clinched consecutive winning league records for the first time since a span of doing that from 1966 through 1969.

  • At the conclusion of the game, OSU's average field position was their own 45 yard line. IN the first half it was Washington State's 47.

  • Oregon State is 10-6 on the road in conference play since 2004. Only USC (12-3) has more away game victories in that same span.

  • In the last two years the Beavers are 13-3 during the combined months of October, November and December - a Pac-10 best.

  • The Men in Black are now on track for the Pacific Northwest title, their first since 2004, if they can defeat the Ducks Dec. 1.

  • OSU has now outscored its opponents 103-9 in the first quarter this season.

  • With the Beavers' seventh win of the year they are guaranteed a bowl game (their seventh in the nine years) and to finish no less than 4th in the Pac-10 and could finish as high as third.

  • Oregon State scored 31 points off of eight turnovers.

  • WSU QB Alex Brink threw six interceptions, tying a school record. It was also the first time in 15 games he did not throw a touchdown. He threw 13 of his 43 (30%) career interceptions against OSU.

  • OSU has won five of their last six games.

  • The Beavs led 31-3 at halftime and scored 21 points in the first quarter.

  • The 52 points in the most points scored by OSU in a conference road game and the second most ever in a conference game behind the 55-7 win over UCLA in 1999.


Key Quotes:

  • Head coach Mike Riley - “It was just our night. I’m really proud of our players and our coaching staff. It’s always tough to play these guys, but our guys played with preparation and tenacity. The combination of the two was evident. We just got after them defensively. Our pressure was good and guys were opportunistic. We capitalized most of the time.”

    On his team - “I’m proud of the way the team has kept playing and gotten better. You play every week and don’t worry too much about the past, learn from it, go on and play the next game and things take care of themselves. This team has learned to live in the moment, and it’s paying off.”

    On being bowl bound - “From where we were, wondering who was going to make plays, we’ve come a long ways. I’m just glad this team is going to a bowl game. It’s good for our fans and our school, and the development of our young players. We have a good senior class, and I wanted them to experience a bowl game. Just being 6-6 and bowl-eligible is different than actually being in one, and for sure we solidified that. Now we’ll try to make it better.”

    On Moevao - “Lyle had some big plays for us. He made some tough, big-time throws.”

  • LB Joey LaRocque - “We got some pressure on the quarterback, and were in the right place at the right time. There was a lot of good coverage behind us, and plays were made. We ran a few different coverages we don’t usually do and things happened. It was great play calls and a great team victory That’s what football’s all about. We made some things happen today. Our morale is excellent right now. We’re executing well and things are happening for us right now.”

  • QB Lyle Moevao - “Our offensive line did a great job of picking up the pressure they brought. It made it easy for me. I just came out and delivered the ball. Playing in rain is always something different you have to deal with, but I got used to it pretty quick.”

  • LB Derrick Doggett - "“We wanted to go out there and impact the game and create turnovers. Everybody was out there running around, making plays. We were just in the right spots at the right times. It feels great that we're going to a bowl, but we've got another game to play first. This gives us more confidence going into the Civil War."

    On his interceptions - "I like running with the ball. When I get the ball, I feel like I can score.”

  • RT Roy Schuening - “We are for sure going to a bowl game now. We have a tough game in two weeks. The Ducks will be ready to play, but we’ll spend two weeks getting ready for those guys Those guys will be ready to play. But we are setting ourselves up for a good bowl game, and that was one of our goals at the beginning of the year.”

    On the offense - “When our offensive line comes to play, we can dominate anybody. Lyle did a good job moving around the pocket, and we did outstanding running the ball. It was a concern because of how they blitz and the type of defense they play. That shuts down your cutbacks, but we got after it. Ev did a great job, and the backups came in and did great. They hit the holes. Our line came out and did our job today. It’s a great feeling.”

  • QB Alex Brink - "Their front seven is a great group, as good as we’ve seen. Their ends were able to get pressure on us, their linebackers are fast, they dropped guys into coverage and it was tough. If you don’t play turnover-free and aren’t able to run the ball, you’re out of luck. Against a group like that, they’re going to keep your points low.”

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