WTS: Oregon State at Penn State

THE DEFENSE GETS run over again. Poor special teams play. True freshman Jacquizz Rodgers shines. Here's what the Oregon and Pennsylvania media are saying about Oregon State's 45-14 loss to Penn State Sept. 6.

| From an Oregon State Perspective |


Beat Hawaii or be 0-5? Beavers have to be concerned
Do not confuse Brandon Hughes with Pinnochio.

The Oregon State cornerback does not tell a lie. At least, he did not Saturday night when speaking of the Beavers’ defensive plight ... more from The Portland Tribune.


Penn State enjoys a laugher in Happy Valley
Whoever calls this place “Happy Valley” ought to check with Oregon State first.

The Beavers fell behind 28-0 in the blink of an eye Saturday and slinked out of Beaver Stadium on the short end of a 45-14 mugging by Penn State ... more from The Portland Tribune.


Inconsistent play by Moevao hinders OSU
Although Oregon State quarterback Lyle Moevao put up good numbers in the Beavers' 45-14 loss at Penn State on Saturday, things went awry at the wrong times.

Moevao finished the day 25-of-41 with 250 yards and two interceptions in a repeat performance of sorts for the redshirt

junior making his sixth straight start for the Beavers ... more from the Mail Tribune.


Beavers 0-2 after being fed to the Nittany Lions
The quick version came from Quizz Rodgers.

“We got embarrassed, really,” the Oregon State freshman tailback said.

Yes, the Beavers did, by 19th-ranked Penn State in a 45-14 thumping Saturday as 108,159 watched in Beaver Stadium, and an ABC television audience looked on until the network mercifully switched its coverage elsewhere in the fourth quarter ... more from the Register Guard | Game report


Beavers take their kicks from a living legend
They’d just been whipped, 45-14. The band was on the field, and the fans were heading for the parking lots, and most of their teammates were trudging toward the visitors’ locker room.

Brady Camp ran the other direction, and so did Carl Sommer, chasing down an old man ... more from the Register Guard.


Big audience . . . ugly loss
There is no heat on the coach and no call for the defensive coordinator's head, but there were pointed questions that needed to be asked after No. 19 Penn State overwhelmed Oregon State 45-14 Saturday on national television and in front of 108,159 live witnesses.

Some of those watching -- at home and in Beaver Stadium -- probably were thinking, "Hey, these guys aren't much better than Coastal Carolina!" ... more from The Oregonian | Notes


OSU vows to tackle rest of season
Oregon State coach Mike Riley stepped out of the visitors' locker room at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, took a drag on his can of Pepsi and said evenly, "All right."

This was not the demeanor one would expect from a coach whose team is 0-2 after a 45-14 loss at Penn State. Where were the thrown chairs? The screams audible from outside the locker room? The grinding teeth after a lopsided loss? ... more from The Oregonian.


Beavers schooled by Penn St.
After reconfiguring its initial five games to accept a television-engineered meeting with Penn State, Oregon State's 2008 season remains a search for consistency.

The Beavers, mired by sloppy tackling and an ineffective punting game, never challenged the Nittany Lions, who captured a 45-14 victory Saturday at Beaver Stadium ... more from The Statesman Journal.


Punting woes leave the Beavers in a hole
Johnny Hekker twisted right to catch the snap, then shuffled left to avoid a backpedaling blocker. However Hekker, Oregon State's punter, wound up on the ground underneath Penn State linebacker Nathan Stupar.

Two plays later, 19 seconds into the second quarter, Evan Royster notched his third touchdown run to put the Nittany Lions ahead by 21 points ... more from The Statesman Journal.


Rodgers gets a chance to shine
The lone highlight to come out of the Oregon State football team’s 45-14 blowout defeat at Penn State on Saturday was the emergence of Jacquizz Rodgers.

Much was expected from the 5-foot-7, 193-pound true freshman tailback, but the coaches didn’t want to dump too much on him early. The plan was to ease him into the season with redshirt freshman Ryan McCants ... more from the Gazette Times | Report card


Beavers no match
It was a big payday and an opportunity to experience big-time college football.

That’s the best way to describe what happened to the Oregon State football team Saturday afternoon at Penn State ... more from the Gazette Times | Sideline report


| From a Penn State Perspective |


Strong second quarter fuels Nittany Lions
The second quarter began with a 28-yard touchdown run by Evan Royster. It ended with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Daryll Clark to Jordan Norwood.

By themselves, both plays were impressive, and emblematic of No. 19 Penn State’s 45-14 scrubbing of Oregon State on Saturday before 108,159 in muggy Beaver Stadium. Break them down, and the attention to detail of what is quickly shaping up to be a tremendous Nittany Lion offense becomes apparent ... more from the Centre Daily.


Defensive line keeps pushing forward
Roommates Aaron Maybin and Jerome Hayes spent Friday night like they usually do before a Saturday game.

“We both have the same problem,” Maybin said. “We have trouble sleeping at night before games. So we’re up just talking about just everything. ... Just how good we want to be and things that we’re going to accomplish and how far we want to see this team go.” ... more from the Centre Daily.


Clark puts stamp on QB position
Was that really No. 17 we saw on Saturday afternoon or maybe was it a vintage No. 12 from 2005?

In Saturday’s 45-14 drubbing of what was supposed to be a decent Oregon State team, No. 17 Daryll Clark sure looked a lot like No. 12 Michael Robinson, who led that 2005 team to an 11-1 mark, a No. 3 ranking and an Orange Bowl win ... from from the Centre Daily.


Royster runs for 3 TDs, as Penn State rolls
Penn State took out a lot of frustration on Oregon State on Saturday.

There was frustration over teammates getting caught up in more off-the-field incidents the past week, leading to two suspensions and a dismissal of one player ... more from The Tribune Review.


Lions easily defeat Oregon State, 45-14
The only man busier than Evan Royster on Saturday was Beaver Stadium's scoreboard operator.

Royster led the way for the Nittany Lions in their 45-14 thrashing of Oregon State. The junior tail back carried the ball 17 times for 144 yards and three touchdowns ... more from The Collegian.


No loss of focus for Penn State
Maybe because they've endured so many in the last year and a half, the Penn State Nittany Lions treated the latest off-the-field incidents as minor nuisances instead of catastrophes.

Playing without two suspended defensive starters, No. 19 Penn State maintained its focus throughout a surprising 45-14 win over Oregon State before 108,159 Saturday at Beaver Stadium ... more from The Reading Eagle.


Lions resembling past greats
Heisman winner John Cappelletti applauded Evan Royster. Jordan Norwood surpassed another No. 24 in O.J. McDuffie. The offense matched some of the ridiculous numbers of the unbeaten 1994 team.

Maybe it’s time to start thinking about this 2008 Penn State squad on its own terms ... more from the Times Reader.


Beavers lack much bite vs. Penn State
It was over before Oregon State even got started.

Beset by a week of more off-field distractions, Penn State shunned any indication they would have lingering affects from the suspension of two players for Saturday’s game against the Beavers ... more from The Sentinel.


Busy PSU buries Beavers
Among the DVDs Penn State watched this offseason was the highlight reel of the 1994 offense. Good, the players summarized, but their offense might be even better.

''I don't think they had the same type of athletes and the amount of athletes we have,'' wide receiver Brett Brackett said last week. "It will be hard to live up to what they did on the field, but I think we have the ability to do that." ... more from The Morning Call.


Five reasons why Penn State is Big Ten's most impressive team
On an afternoon full of shaky performances by some of the country's top teams, Penn State steamrolled Oregon State from the get-go and grabbed a 45-14 victory at Beaver Stadium.

The Nittany Lions built a 28-0 lead over the first 19 minutes, and starting quarterback Daryll Clark didn't play in the fourth quarter ... more from The Sporting News.


Penn State pounds Oregon State
After Penn State smoked Oregon State, 45-14, yesterday, safety Anthony Scirrotto stood up in the locker room and addressed the team.

Something had to be said.

The Nittany Lions had found themselves mired in another off-the-field distraction this past week. And Scirrotto, a senior captain, urged his teammates not to screw up this thing ... more from The Inquirer.


Visitors welcome at tailgate
On Saturday, Erica Shoop asked some Oregon State fans what flavor jello shot they’d prefer, and her father Gary invited them to get out of the rain under his tent.

The two Penn State fans said their tailgate is always open to anyone, especially, Erica Shoop said, because she has had the experience of being unwelcome at away games ... more from The Centre Daily.


Nittany Lions dominate Oregon State on third down
Perhaps no single statistic told the story of Penn State’s 45-14 romp past Oregon State on Saturday than third down conversions.

With first-year starting quarterback Daryll Clark running and passing at will, the Nittany Lions moved the chains five out of the six times they faced with third down in the first half ... more from The Citizen's Voice.


Clark, Royster lead Nittany Lions’ rout of Beavers
Daryll Clark smiled and waved at fans while talking to reporters as he walked off the field following Saturday’s 45-14 victory over Oregon State, handling the attention of being Penn State’s starting quarterback with as much ease as he had handling the Beavers defense.

In his second career start, Clark aced his first test against a major conference opponent, passing for 215 yards and two touchdowns and adding 64 yards on the ground with a score ... more from the Tribune-Democrat.

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