WTS: Hawaii at Oregon State

TRUE FRESHMAN RUNNING back Jacquizz Rodgers carries the team to victory, the defense puts in a complete game and Justin Kahut struggles with an injury. Here's what the Oregon and Hawaii media are saying about Oregon State's 45-7 win over the Warriors on Sept. 13.

| From an Oregon State Perspective |

A step in the right direction for Beavers
Mike Riley wore an orange lei given to him by the family of one of his Hawaiian players, David Pa’ahalui, as he met with the media Saturday at Valley Football Center.

How apropos after the 45-7 shellacking his Oregon State team had just lei’d, er, laid on Hawaii ... more from The Portland Tribune.


Defense takes step forward
After allowing Penn State and Stanford to run wild the first two games of the season, the Oregon State defense wanted to make a statement on Saturday afternoon in its home opener against Hawaii.

The front seven took its share of blame for the two losses, so that group had a players-only meeting earlier this week ... more from the Gazette Times | Report card


A dominating day
It seems odd saying the season was saved in the third week of season.

However, that’s the case for the Oregon State football team - at least for now ... more from the Gazette Times | Sideline report


Beavs say aloha to winless season by ripping Hawaii
Winless after two games, a visit from USC looming on the schedule, Oregon State couldn’t have put much more emphasis on the must-win nature of Saturday’s game against Hawaii.

“There couldn’t be a doubt in this game,” OSU linebacker Bryant Cornell said. “We had to win big." ... more from the Register Guard | Game report


Beavers sweep away some doubts
Exhale, Oregon State fans.

It took a team meeting by the defense, another believe-it-or-not rushing performance by 5-foot-7 freshman tailback Jacquizz Rodgers and the noise level generated by 45,059 fans at Reser Stadium, but Oregon State nailed down its first victory of the season on Saturday afternoon, a 45-7 romp over Hawaii ... more from The Oregonian.


Matchup wasn't fair to Hawaii
It's better to give than receive, which is why much of the crowd of 45,059 spent the second half celebrating in the Reser Stadium parking lot.

Pounding Hawaii 45-7 Saturday was a much nicer way to spend the day than, say, watching Oregon State's debacle last week at Penn State ... more from The Oregonian.


Offense has complete package
If you want to know how much better Oregon State's offense is this season than it was in 2007, just ask one of the guys who plays against it every day in practice.

"We have so many playmakers this year," OSU defensive end Slade Norris said. "Any time the ball is handed off, we have so much speed they can make a play after that tackle, after that catch. That's what I really think differs this year from last year." ... more from The Oregonian.


Beavers revive season with big win
Oregon State's 2008 season has a pulse.

Desperate for a victory after an 0-2 start, the Beavers rolled to a 45-7 triumph Saturday before 45,059 at Reser Stadium ... more from the Statesman Journal | Notebook


Beavers appear to have an answer in 'Quizz
Oregon State freshman running back Jacquizz Rodgers followed up his workmanlike effort against Penn State last weekend with another one on Saturday. He carried the ball 26 times for 110 yards against Hawaii and scored two touchdowns.

His 3-yard score with 2:28 left in the first quarter tied the game at 7. He added a 1-yard TD that gave the Beavers a commanding 28-7 lead at the 11:41 mark in the third quarter. In that same quarter, on the first play of OSU's second drive, Rodgers broke off a 21-yard run — the longest of his young, but promising career ... more from the Mail Tribune.


OSU routs Hawaii for first win
With two losses and top-ranked USC around the corner, the Oregon State Beavers knew they had to beat Hawaii in a big way.

"There couldn't be any doubt about this game," linebacker Bryant Cornell said.

There wasn't ... more from the Associated Press.


| From a Hawaii Perspective |

Reality bites
This one hurt on a bunch of levels.

Hawaii's promising start to yesterday's meeting against Oregon State dissolved into a blowout loss, leaving the Warriors to tend their wounds -- physical and otherwise -- heading into their first bye week of the season ... more from the Star Bulletin.


Warriors score first, then the dam breaks
For few moments, Hawaii could do no wrong.

A defensive stop to open yesterday's game against Oregon State was followed by an efficient drive ending in a touchdown and an early lead to silence the home crowd ... more from the Star Bulletin.


USC’s on the horizon, so Oregon State makes sure to win big
Hawaii was rolling.

The Warriors marched 73 yards in seven plays on their first possession yesterday to take a 7-0 lead on Oregon State.

"They were pretty fired up and we were on our heels," OSU coach Mike Riley said. "It was crucial that we respond in some way. Our response was really good." ... more from the Star Bulletin.


Thumbs down!
In the gloom of yesterday's one-sided 45-7 loss to Oregon State, the Hawai'i football team is heading back to the proverbial drawing board.

The question is: Who will be the artist? ... more from the Honolulu Advertiser.

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