TOP 5: Norris, Paea, Camp shine

THE LOSS WILL sting plenty, for a little while anyway, but there were also plenty of positives in Oregon State's heartbreaking 31-28 loss to No. 15 Utah. From the play of DE Slade Norris to the emergence of TE Brady Camp, here are the top five performers on the Orange and Black side of the ball.

In no particular order...

1.  DE Slade Norris
The Slade Norris that Beaver fans became accustomed to last season showed up Thursday night as he was unstoppable off of the edge in the first half.

He sacked Brain Johnson on Utah's first play of the game for a three yard loss while on the next series he slipped around the tackle and pulled down RB Eddie Wide for a six yard loss and a near safety.

On Utah's first possession of the second quarter he ran down Johnson knocking the ball out as DT Pernell Booth recovered the fumble near the sideline.  Three plays later and the Beavers were up by a point.

Norris finished with three tackles for loss, including two sacks, more than doubling his season total.  He also added one pass breakup up and a forced fumble.

On the year Norris has 18 tackles and a team high 5.5 tackles for loss including a co-team high 2.5 sacks.

 

2.  DT Stephen Paea
After showing steady improvement in the Hawaii and USC games defensive tackle Stephen Paea had a breakout game notching five tackles, including two sacks.

Paea harnessed his first whole sack as a Beaver during Utah's final drive of the first half pulling down Johnson on 2nd and 6 for an 11-yard loss forcing a third and long situation.

He finished with a career best five tackles, including two sacks.  On the year, Paea has 15 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss including 2.5 sacks.

 

3.  LB Keaton Kristick
It looks like Keaton Kristick is finally settling into his position as he has grabbed 18 tackles, inlcuding 3.5 for loss in the last two games compared to 18 tackles and three for loss in the first three games of the year.

In the last two games Kristick is flying to ball, wrapping up the ball carriers and starting to emerge as one of the leaders on defense.

 

4.  QB Lyle Moevao
For the third consecutive game Lyle Moevao did not throw an interception as he managed the game perfectly lofting several passes just out of reach of the Utah defenders and in stride to the Beaver receivers.

Moevao completed 21 of 31 (67%) attempts for 313 yards, his second highest total of the season, and two touchdowns. 

He was sacked a season high three times as he fumbled twice losing one of them.  To his credit he got absolutely leveled several times but still held onto the ball.

 

5.  TE Brady Camp
With the emphasis of getting the ball into the hands of playmakers Sammie Stroughter, James Rodgers and others the tight ends have been primarily used for blocking this season.

But Brady Camp had his best game as a Beaver grabbing a season high three catches for 23 yards and one touchdown - the first touchdown by an OSU tight end this year and the first touchdown of his collegiate career.

He picked up a first down on a 12-yard catch in the fourth quarter and his 9-yard catch helped setup the final touchdown of the game.

On his 2-yard touchdown reception he found a soft spot in the middle of the endzone and caught a bullet from Moevao.

In the previous four games Camp had three catches for 37 yards.


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