TOP 5: OL dominates, Rodgers rolls

THE OFFENSIVE LINE leads the way to 548 yards of offense and 66 points as the defense holds the Cougars to just 132 yards of total offense while sacking the quarterback five times.

In no particular order.


1. The offensive line
The buffet busters helped the offense pile up a season high 548 yards of total offense, the fifteenth highest total in school history, and 66 points, the highest point total since 1996 and the most under coach Mike Riley.

The offensive line did not yield one sack as they gave Lyle Moevao plenty of time to throw while opening up huge holes for a trio of running backs to rush through.

Four different players scored touchdowns on the ground while the running backs combined for 322 yards on 42 carries - good for an astonishing 7.6 yards per carry.

They also helped the offense convert a season best 6 of 9 on third downs and 1 of 1 on fourth downs.


2. WR Sammie Stroughter
For the second time this year, and ninth time in his career, senior Sammie Stroughter eclipsed the 100-yard marking snatching six passes for 116 yards, good for 19.3 yards per catch, and one touchdown.

Five of his six catches resulted in first downs.

His 116-yards on Saturday gives him 2,058 for his career making him just the fifth player in Oregon State history to reach the 2,000-yard plateau.

Stroughter is fourth all-time at Oregon State and trails Mike Hass (3,924), James Newson (3,572) and Reggie Bynum (2,231)

The 6-foot, 180-pound receiver was also electric on punt returns eluding several defenders on his first return for a 29-yard gain down the Beaver sideline. He finished with five returns for 51 yards.


3. DE Slade Norris
In his sixth straight start senior Slade Norris was almost unstoppable off of the edge finishing with a team high nine tackles, including two sacks.

It is the first time he has led the team in tackles in his career.

The Oregonian now has 13.5 career sacks moving him into a tie for eighth with Angelo Dilulo (1980-81, 1983-84) on OSU's career list.

Norris has grabbed four sacks in the last two games.


4. RB Jacquizz Rodgers
The true freshman continued to shine running for 168 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries. His 7.3 yards per carry is a season high and it was his fourth 100-yard rushing game of his career.

During the four game stretch, he has totaled 565 yards rushing (141 ypg.), 111 rushes (27 rpg/5.1 ypc) and six rushing touchdowns.

In six games this season he has a Pac-10 best 718 yards and eight touchdowns, second in the Pac-10, on a conference high 147 carries.


5. The defense
The Oregon State defense limited Washington State to just eight first downs, 132 total yards, just 79 through the air, while sacking the quarterback five times.

The Cougars averaged a measly 2.2 yards per play and converted just 3 of 15 on third down.

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