NOTES: "I'm not going to lie, it hurts."

THE STATISTICS PAINT a vastly different picture than the final score. Despite giving up three sacks, the offense had advantages in first downs, total yardage, turnovers and time of possession, but the last two minutes and 18 seconds was hell for the Beaver defense.

Pregame notes:

  • Utah won the toss and deferred to the second half.
     
  • Oregon State wore its new white jersey with black pants. Utah wore red with red
     
  • The announced attendance was 45,559 - the 3rd highest attendance and 14th overall sellout at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
     
  • Temperature: 72 degrees, Wind: NE at 4 mph, Weather: mostly cloudy

 

Series notes:

  • Oregon State still leads the series 9-5-1 including 4-3 in Corvallis. The teams have split the last two games.
  • The Beavers have not won at Utah since 1968, a 24-21 victory.
     
  • The MWC holds a 6-1 record against the Pac-10 in 2008.

 

Offense notes:

  • The offense generated 405 yards of total offense, 92 on the ground, 2.9 ypc, and 313 through the air, 14.9 ypc, while holding onto the ball for 31:06.
     
  • The offense picked up 20 first downs, 5 via the run, 12 by pass and three by penalty while converting 3 of 13 (38%) third down opportunities and 3 of 4 (75%) opportunities in the redzone.
  • The offense had advantages in first downs (20-18), total yardage (405-337), turnovers (+1) and time of possession (31:06 to 28:54).
     
  • The offensive line gave up a season high three sacks after yielding just five sacks in the first four games of the year. As unit they were called for a false start five times.
  • The offense went for two points after a touchdown twice, failing each time.
     
  • OT Andy Levitre had a rough time in the second half as he was called for a false start three times.

    “They were shifting around on defense and it was loud," Levitre said. "but it was more a lack of focus on my part than anything."
  • RT Mike Remmers struggled blocking DE Koa Misi as the tight ends were used to help Remmers out.
  • QB Lyle Moevao completed 21 of 31 (68%) passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns. It was his third straight game with zero picks and his fourth game this year with at least two passing touchdowns.

    Moevao was harassed most of the night as he was sacked a season high three times while four passes were knocked down at the line of scrimmage.

    His 11-yard sack in the third quarter on third down resulted in a 43-yard field goal attempt instead of a 32-yard attempt, which proved to be costly as Justin Kahut missed the field goal.
     
  • RB Jacquizz Rodgers tallied his third consecutive 100 yard rushing game finishing with 101 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries (4.0 ypc).  Quizz has scored a rushing touchdown in four of five games this year.

    Thirty-three of his 101 yards came on a draw play in the second quarter. It was the longest rushing play of his career. Eliminating the 33-yard run Quizz averaged 2.8 yards on his 24 other carries as their was no room to run in the middle of the field.

    Quizz also added four catches for a career high 76 yards, which includes a 41-yard reception, the longest of his career, on a screen that setup up OSU's final touchdown.
     
  • WR James Rodgers led the team with five receptions for a career high 82 yards.
     
  • WR Shane Morales added his third touchdown of the year on a 24-yard pass from Moevao in the second quarter.  He finished with four catches for 61 yards.
     
  • WR Sammie Stroughter had 2 catches for 32 yards, both resulting in first downs.  Stroughter played sparingly and was visibly in pain as limped the entire game due a hip flexor injury. 

    He is fifth on OSU's all-time receiving yards list with 1,942 and is ninth on OSU's all-time receptions list with 120.
     
  • TE Brady Camp had the best game of his career catching a career high three passes for 23 yards and his first career touchdown.

    His 2-yard touchdown reception put OSU up by eight late in the fourth quarter.
     
  • WR Darrell Catchings had one grab for 31 yards.
     
  • TE Howard Croom added two catches for eight yards.  After going catchless in the first three games of the year Croom has at least one pass in the last two games.

 

Defense notes:

  • The defense gave up 337 total yards, 136 via the run, 3.6 ypc, and 201 through the air, 11.8 ypc, while Utah held onto the ball for 28:54.
     
  • The defense yielded 18 first downs, 8 by the run and 10 by pass while Utah converted 8 of 17 (47%) third downs and 1 of 1 fourth downs while scoring on all five redzone opportunities.
     
  • The defense gave up two passing plays that covered 25 yards or more a 40 yard pass and a 25 yard pass.  OSU has yielded just five passing plays that have covered 25 or more yards this season.
  • The defense limited Utah QB Brian Johnson to 10-of-22 for 110 yards, one touchdown and one interception while sacking him four times in the game's first 57 minutes and 42 seconds. In the last two minutes and 18 seconds he was 7-of-8 for 91 yards and one touchdown.
  • In the first 28 minutes of the second half the Beaver defense gave up just four first downs. In the last two minutes they gave up six first downs. Many fans have pointed out that the defense flipped from their 4-3, which was working, to a prevent defense at the same time. Johnson was no longer being harassed in the backfield, which gave him too much time in the pocket allowing him to dissect the secondary.
     
  • S Al Afalava started despite his groin injury and picked off a pass in the second quarter returning it 26-yards for the Beavers first touchdown of the game. 

    It was OSU's first defensive touchdown of the season and his second career touchdown (the first came on a fumble recovery against UCLA in 2007).

    Afalava also added three tackles.
     
  • DT Stephen Paea's 11-yard sack late in the second quarter is the first solo sack of his career. Paea finished the game with two sacks and now has 2.5 in his career. He had half a sack against Hawai'i.
     
  • DT Pernnell Booth's third quarter fumble recovery is the first of his career.
     
  • DE Slade Norris recorded his first full sack of the season on the first defensive play of the game. Norris finished the game with two sacks and he now has 11.5 (9.0 to start the season) sacks in his career. 

    Norris' forced fumble in the third quarter is the second of his career. It setup the Beavers' first offensive touchdown of the game.
     
  • CB Brandon Hughes did not suit up due to a hamstring pull.
     
  • CB Tim Clark received his fifth career start replacing Hughes in the lineup.  Clark played well in coverage finishing with five tackles and one pass deflection.
     
  • LB Keaton Kristick continued to play well notching eight tackles, including 1.5 for loss.
     
  • CB Brandon Hardin broke a bone in one of his hands, but will not miss any playing time as he will suit up against Washington State with a cast.
  • DT Mitchell Hunt also broke a bone in one of his hands, but is not expected to miss any playing time.
     
  • LB Dwight Roberson also continued to play well racking up nine stops, good for second on the team,.
     
  • For the first time this year S Austin Hall led the Beavers with 11 stops and one forced fumble. 

    Hall received extra playing time due to Afalava's groin injury and Suaesi Tuimaunei playing with a cast over his hand.
  • DE Victor Butler continued to play with a sprained ankle and had symptoms of the flu.
  • S Greg Laybourn grabbed nine tackles, but was called for a very questionable pass interference that gave Utah a second chance at the two point conversion. The ball was well behind the receiver and Laybourn was trailing him. The receiver stopped and Laybourn ran over him.

    Initially no flag came out, but the crowd lobbied the referees with the yellow eventually hitting the turf.

 

Special Teams notes:

  • P Johnny Hekker set a career high booming a 56-yard punt in the first quarter which landed at the Utah 8. But Hekker shanked his final punt of the game 31-yards which gave Utah excellent field goal position for their final game winning drive.

    Hekker finished with a 38.3 average on six punts with two landing inside the 20.
  • K Justin Kahut had a rocky return after missing the previous six quarters with a hip pointer. He missed 1 of 2 field goals and 1 of 2 extra points.  Rumors are that he wasn't completely healthy, but Riley says otherwise.

    "I think he was totally healthy," Riley said. "It's a game of inches. He didn't miss by far."

    Kahut connected on his first field goal attempt, a 37-yard boot in the first quarter, but missed a 43-yard kick in the third quarter.
     
  • The Utah kick returners out gained OSU's kick returners 157 to 22.  A big part of that was Utah's Louie Sakota putting all of his kickoffs into the endzone, but the Beaver coverage team did give up a 79-yard return.

 

Miscellaneous notes:

  • The game took 3 hours and 10 minutes to play.
     
  • For the third consecutive year OSU has started out 2-3.
     
  • Despite the loss, Oregon State has won three of its last six games on the road against Associated Press top-25 teams, defeating No. 18 Oregon and No. 2 California last season and No. 24 Hawai'i in the season finale of 2006. The losses have come to No. 13 USC last year and earlier this season to then-No. 19 Penn State.
     
  • Overall, OSU is 5-3 over the last eight games against AP top-25 teams.

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