NOTES: "A step in the right direction"

JACQUIZZ RODGERS becomes the first true freshman running back at OSU since Steven Jackson to top 100 yards. The defense holds Hawaii to its lowest total in a decade. Sammie Stroughter, Sean Sehnmen make their mark on special teams. Much more inside's comprehensive post game notebook.

Pregame Notes:

  • Hawaii won the toss and deferred to the second half.
  • The announced attendance was 45,059 - the second-largest ever at Reser Stadium, surpassed by the 45,629 listed in attendance for last season’s game against Washington.
  • Temperature: 74 degrees, Wind: E 9 mph, Weather: Sunny.

Series Notes:

  • Oregon State leads the series 5-3, including 1-0 in Corvallis.

  • The Beavers are now 58-22 all-time against current members of the WAC while Hawaii dropped to 13-34 verus current Pac-10 institutions.

  • OSU has won 25 straight non-conference home games.

  • Mike Riley has won all 16 of his non-conference games in Reser Stadium and all eight of his home openers.

Offense Notes:

  • The offense generated 485 yards of total offense, 268 via the pass, 13.4 ypc, and a seson high 217 on the ground, 4.3 ypc, while holding onto the ball for 37:27, just under 15 minutes more than Hawaii.
  • The offense picked up 28 first downs, 12 via the run, 14 via the pass and two by penalty while converting a season best 8 of 17 on third downs, 3 of 3 on fourth downs and 6 of 7 opportunities in the redzone opportunities.
  • Rushing: 15 attempts to left, 85 yards 5.6 ypc, 30 attempts up the middle for 94 yards, three TDs, 2.9 ypc, two TDs, 5 attempts 38 yards, 7.6 ypc right side.

  • Before the Hawaii game the offense had converted just 10 of 29 third down opportunities, but converted 8 of 17 against Hawaii.

  • The offense's average field position for the game was their own 46 and only punted once in their first 12 possessions.

  • They opened the second half by scoring (three touchdowns, one field goal) on their first four posseions.

  • RB Jacquizz Rodgers racked up 110 yards and two touchdowns on a career high 26 carries (4.2 ypc) making him the first OSU true freshman to gain 100 yards rushing in a game since Steven Jackson did it against USC in 2001. He also added three catches for 13 yards.

    “It was great. All of the credit goes to the guys up front," Rodgers said. "We’ve worked hard to get to the point we are at. We had to get the running game on track and that is what we did.”

    His three yard touchdown in the first quarter tied the game at seven and was his first in Reser Stadium while his one yard run in the third quarter gave the Beavers a 21 point lead. His 21-yard run during OSU's second posssesion of the game is the longest of his career and the longest for an OSU player this year.

    At 88 yards per game, he is on pace to break Ken Simonton's OSU freshman record of 1,028 yards set in 1998. Rodgers now has back to back two touchdown games.

  • RB Ryan McCants doubled his carries and then some from the first two games of the year as he rushed the ball 14 times for 63 yards, including a season long 15 yarder. In the previous two games he carried the ball eight times for 22 yards in limited playing time. McCants also had two catches for 14 yards - his first receptions of his collegiate career.

  • RB Jeremy Francis received his first carry in Orange and Black finishing with four carries for 27 yards (6.8 ypc).

  • QB Lyle Moevao had another decent game completing 20 of 34 (58.8%) for 268 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions. He finally rolled out the pocket several times, and looked good doing it, converting on third down twice on bootlegs.

    “This is a great confidence-booster, a great win to get us back on track,” Moevao said. “It’s how we used to feel last year. Playing at home, it wasn’t too hard to remember."

    He compelted passes to seven different receivers and did not get sacked once. Moevao also didn't get phased after Croom dropped a sure touchdown on second down - he followed it up with a 15-yard strick to Sammie Stroughter on third down for the score.

  • QB Justin Engstrom received his first snaps since the Stanford. He entered in the fourth quarter and mainly handed the ball off to McCants, Engstrom did attempt two passes though, but didn't connect on either and one should have been picked off.

  • WR Shane Morales led all players with 93 yards and one touchdown on five catches. His second quarter eight yard touchdown reception was his first score in Reser Stadium.

  • WR Sammie Stroughter had a co-team high five catches for 42 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter to put the Beavers up by 14 points. He also added two rushes for 11 yards.

    His stats from Saturday give him 115 receptions for 1,868 yards which places him fifth in the OSU's career yardage list. He needs 175 yards to tie Robb Thomas (1985-88) with 2,043 yards.

  • WR James Rodgers caught three passes for 76 yards and one touchdown. On his touchdown he caught the ball in the middle of the field, bounced off a would be tackler and raced 56 yards for the longest touchdown of his career and the longest offensive play for the Beavs this year.

  • TE Howard Croom, who has yet to record a reception this year, dropped a perfect pass by Moevao on an out pattern on second and 8 in the second quarter that would have resulted in a touchdown. Luckily Moevao found Stroughter in the endzone one play later.

  • TE John Reese had one catch for 18 yards. For the year he has four catches for 50 yards, all resulting in first downs.

  • QB Sean Canfield suited up in full pads, but did not play.

  • Sammie Strougher, James Rodgers and Jacquizz Rodgers all had over 100 yards of all-purpose yardage.

  • In the fourth quarter many of the second, third and fourth stringers got snaps.

Defense Notes:

  • The defense gave up 211 yards of total offense, the lowest offensive total for the Warriors since compiling 174 against SMU on Oct. 3, 1998, 154 via the pass, 9.6 ypc, and 57 on the ground, 2.8 ypc while Hawaii held the ball for 22:33.
  • The defense yielded 14 first downs, 3 via the run, 10 via the pass and 1 via penalty while UH converted 1 of 11 third downs and 1 of 1 redzone opportunities.
  • The defense once again did not give up a pass over 25 yards. They have only given up one pass 25 yards or longer this year (at Penn State).

  • Before the UH game the defense had yielded 12 of 26 (46%) third down opportunities but gave up just one first down against the Warriors.

  • Due to Hawaii's run and shoot offense the defense was in the nickel package for most of the game with three lineman with their hand down, three linebackers, three safeties and two cornerbacks.

    Oftentimes Bryant Cornell would be on the line of scrimmage and rush the quarterback and despite recording just two sacks there was plenty of pressure on the quarterback for much of the game.

  • Hawaii's only score came on their first possession of the game when they moved 73 yards in six plays making the Beaver defense look silly. After that first possession the Oregon State defense clamped down giving up only 138 total yards and nine first downs.

  • The defensive turnaround started on third and one in the first quarter when Slade Norris stopped Daniel Libre for a 5-yard loss to force the Warriors to punt.

  • For the second time this year S Greg Laybourn led all tacklers with nine stops, but suffered a mild concussion on diving interception in the third quarter after Al Afalava ran into him. It was his first interception this year and third of his career.

  • DT Stephen Paea had a fantastic game as he slammed several UH offensive linemen on their butts while disrupting the backfield on a regular basis. He finished with three tackles, including 1.5 loss, while breaking up one pass. The coaches lined him up at tackle and end throughout the game.

  • CB Keannan Lewis grabbed OSU's fiirst interception of the year in the second quarter. He has four interceptions in his career.

  • Despite recording just one tackle linebacker Bryant Cornell had his best game of the year as he grabbed one interception, the second of his career, and deflected another pass. His interception gave the offense the ball at the UH28 and led to the team's forth touchdown of the game.

    “I always feel like it’s just a beginning. You can never be satisfied," Cornell said. "You can be happy that you won but there’s always things you can do better.”

    On the deflected pass he read the play as the quarterback shoveled the ball to the running back. Cornell stepped in between the pass, but couldn't hang on. If he would have, he would have had six points.

    "That was too early in the game to make a big play so I let that one go,” Cornell said with a grin.

  • After not recording one sack at Penn State the defense got two as Keith Pankey grabbed one in the first quarter and Isaiah Cook and Stephen Paea combined for one in the third quarter.

  • S Austin Hall, who played most of the game as the nickel back, had a career high five tackles.

  • Each of OSU's three interceptions resulted in points for the Beavers.

Special Teams Notes:

  • P John Hekker, who entered the game with a 28.7 yards per punt average, had the best day of his young career as he belted two punts for a 41.0 yard average pinning Hawaii inside their own 20 twice. His 46-yarder in the second quarter is the longest of his career.

  • PR Sammie Stroughter returned three punts for 71 yards including an electrifying 43-yarder, a season high, where he leapt, bobbed and weaved down the Beaver sideline into Hawaii territory to setup OSU's first touchdown of the game.

  • Kick returners James Rodgers and Patrick Henderson each returned one kickoff for 35 and 33 yards, respectively, giving the offense excellent field position each time.

  • K Justin Kahut struggled missing all three of his field goal attempts wide left. He missed from 44, 41 and 48 yards out and is 2 of 5 on the season, but is suffering from a hip flexor.

    "I think that was a factor," Riley said. "I think he got flustered. He just had a bad day."

  • Junior kicker Sean Sehnem made his first career field goal attempt connecting from 32 yards out, the longest by an OSU kicker this year, in in the third quarter. He also made all three extra point attempts.

  • K Matt Barker received his first action of the year kicking the ball of twice while averaging 59 yards per boot. Kahut averaged 57.3 yards on three kickoff while Sehnem avearged 56.7 on three kickoffs.

  • LB Dennis Christopher had the hit of the season thus far as he unloaded on an unsuspecting defender, reminiscent of Moevao's hit on the Husky defender last year, during Stroughter's 20-yard punt return in the third quarter.

Miscellaneous Notes:

  • With the victory the Beavers avoided starting 0-3 to a season. The last time the team started a year 0-3 was 1996 under Jerry Pettibone.

  • The Hawaii victory was Mike Riley's 48th career win at Oregon State moving him into a tie with Paul Schissler (1924-32) for the fourth most wins in school history. He needs three more victories to tie Dee Andros (1965-75) for the third most wins in the program's history.

  • Oregon State topped the 40-point mark for the 15th time in head coach Riley’s eight-season tenure

  • The Beavers cut down on their penalties as they were flagged four times for 40 yards, which includes a horrible 15-yard flag on S Al Afalava after he legally crushed a recevier coming across the field. Give me a break Pac-10 officials!

    “I thought I hit him with my shoulder, because it was kind of aching when I hit him. I don’t know why they called helmet-to-helmet. It’s on the refs. I guess I’m a target now," Afalava said.

  • The OSU offense averaged 5.6 yards per play while UH averaged 3.8 yards per play.

  • After giving up seven poinst to Hawaii in the first quarter the Beavers went on a 45-0 scoring run.

  • For the first time this year Oregon State won the turnover battle forcing three interceptions while OSU did not turn the ball over. OSU is now -4 in turnovers this year.

  • The Pac-10 officials once again had a horrible day first for calling the helmet to helmet hit on Afalava and then twice waiving off punt returns by Sammie Stroughter due to holding, with one being attributed to Stroughter who was fielding the punt and was nowhere near a Hawaii player.

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