NOTES: "We have that old feeling back."

EIGHT DIFFERENT PLAYERS scored touchdowns Saturday as Sammie Stroughter, Slade Norris and Victor Butler all moved up school lists. Many more news and notes in BeaverFootball.com's comprehensive post game notebook.

Pregame notes:

  • Oregon State won the coin toss and elected to defer. Washington State received the ball from the South end zone to start the game.

  • The announced attendance was 45,289, which marks the second-highest all-time at Reser Stadium. The largest mark of 45,629 occurred in 2007 against Washington.

  • Oregon State wore all black for the game while Washington State was in white uniform tops and maroon pants.

  • Oregon State was a 30-point favorite.

  • Gameday weather: Temperature: 61 degrees, Wind: 10 N, Weather: Clear and sunny

 

Series notes:

  • Washington State still leads 47-43-3 overall, but the Beavers lead in Corvallis, 22-19.

  • The 66 points is the most ever scored by the Beavers against a current Pacific-10 Conference team. The previous high was 55 against UCLA in 1999 at Reser Stadium.

  • Oregon State has won four of its last five games against Washington State and six of the last 10.

 

Offense notes:

  • The offense generated a season high 548 yards of total offense, the 15th highest total in school history, a season high 323 on the ground, and the first 300 yard rushing game since 2002, 7.5 ypc, and 225 yards through the air, 17.3 ypc, while holding onto the ball for 29:45.

  • The Beavers scored on three of its first four possessions and on all three of its third quarter possessions.

  • The offense made 26 first downs, 17 via the rush and nine via the pass, while converting 6 of 9 third downs and 1 of 1 fourth downs.

  • Rushing: 7 for 77 yards (11 ypc) on left side, 28 for 163 yards (5.8 ypc) and four touchdowns in the middle and 7 for 67 yards (9.5 ypc).

  • The Beavers had 11 plays that went for 20-yards or more.

  • Oregon State had five players rush for one touchdown apiece – Jacquizz Rodgers, Lyle Moevao, Ryan McCants, Jeremy Francis and James Rodgers.

  • Oregon State had three players score one touchdown through the air – Sammie Stroughter, Shane Morales and Damola Adeniji.

  • The offense averaged 7.9 yards per play while converting on 7 of 8 redzone opportunities.

  • Oregon State’s touchdown at the 12:14 mark of the first quarter capped off a two-play, 39-second drive, easily the team’s quickest offensively this season.

  • The opening touchdown drive for the Beavers marked the third straight game in which they scored on their opening drive of the game.

  • The average starting field position for OSU was their own 41.

  • Eight different players scored the Beavers nine touchdowns.

  • Each running back (Rodgers, McCants and Francis) scored a touchdown, averaged at least 6.4 yards per carry and had at least one run of 21 yards or longer.

  • RB Jacquizz Rodgers racked up his fourth consecutive 100-yard game carrying the ball 23 times for 168 yards and one touchdown.

    “I got through a couple of holes and was able to get into the secondary early,” Rodgers said. "I stuck to the cut-back lane, and it was open.”

    Rodgers, who averaged 7.3 yards per carry, was over 100 yards by the second quarter and sat most of the second half.

    Quizz has now scored in five of six games this year.

  • RB Ryan McCants saw his first action since the Hawaii game carrying the ball eight times for 53 yards and his first collegiate touchdown.

    His three yard touchdown run in the third quarter capped a 12 play 63-yard drive. He also had a career high 24-yard run in the third quarter.

  • RB Jeremy Francis also received his first carries since the Hawaii game carrying the ball seven times for 48 yards, both career highs, and his first career touchdown.

    Francis five yard run capped a three play 23 yard drive after a Washington State fumble. His 21-yard gain in the fourth quarter is the longest of his career.

  • WR James Rodgers had a season high 53 rushing yards and one touchdown on four carries - mainly on the fly sweep. He averaged a season best 14.2 yards per rush.

    Rodgers also added one catch for six yards.

  • QB Lyle Moevao had his worst game in Orange and Black completing 12 of 24 passes for 186 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions - doubling his season total. His 24 pass attempts is a season low.

    All four of his interceptions came in the first half, three in the second quarter, with one being returned for a touchdown. It was his first interception in three games this year.

    Moevao started out 5 of 6 for two touchdowns in the first quarter but went 1 of 9 with three picks in the second frame.

    His touchdown passes both came in the first quarter as he hooked up with Sammie Stroughter for a 30-yard score for the Beavers first points and then found Shane Morales for a 20-yard touchdown during OSU's second possession of the contest.

    Moevao also added a touchdown on the ground, a one yard quarterback sneak in the third quarter. It was the second of this season and fourth of his career.

  • QB Sean Canfield made his first appearance this season completing 1 of 2 passes for 39 yards and one touchdown.

    Canfield's first pass of the season resulted in a touchdown as he tossed a beautiful bomb to a streaking Damola Adeniji down the sideline for OSU's final score of the game.

  • WR Sammie Stroughter led the team with six passes for 116 yards and one touchdown making it the second time he has surpassed the 100-yard mark this season and the ninth time in his career.

    His touchdown reception gives him 11 for his career tying him with Jeff Kolberg (1969-71) on OSU's career list.

    His 116 yards give 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).

  • WR Shane Morales caught his fourth touchdown this year finishing with three receptions for 57 yards.

  • Walk on WR Damola Adeniji scored his first career touchdown on his first career reception when he reached up and grabbed a 39-yard bomb from Canfield in the fourth quarter.

    “It was amazing,” Adeniji said. “It was a dream come true, it really was.”

 

Defense notes:

  • The defense gave up a season low 132 total yards, 53 on the ground, 1.3 ypc, and 79 through the air, 11.3 ypc, while WSU held onto the ball for 30:15.

  • The defense gave up just eight first downs, three by pass, three by run and two by penalty.

  • The defense limited WSU to just 3 of 15 (20%) on third downs. The Cougars did not convert a third down in the first and third quarters.

  • The defense had a season high five sacks.

  • For the first time this year DE Slade Norris led the team in tackles as he finished with nine stops, including two sacks. He was a thorn in the side of the WSU offense as he had several vicious hits on the quarterback.

    He now has 13.5 career sacks tying him with Angelo Dilulo (1980-81, 1983-84) at eighth on the school's career list.

    He also added a forced fumble making it the third consecutive game he has forced a fumble.

  • DE Victor Butler recorded his first whole sack this year giving him 15 for his career tying him with Dorian Smith (2006-07) on the school's career list.

    He also forced two fumbles, giving him his first two of this season.

  • MLB Bryant Cornell grabbed six tackles, his highest total since the Stanford game.

  • DT Stephen Paea continued his strong play tallying six tackles. In the last two games he has 11 tackles, including two for loss while in the first four games he had 10 tackles, including 2.5 for loss.

  • S Lance Mitchell had a career best five tackles.

  • LB Keith Pankey had a season best five tackles.

  • LB David Pa'aluhi had an impressive game finishing with four tackles, including two for loss. Pa'aluhi showed a nose for the ball and was very physical at the line of scrimmage and wrapping up the ball carrier.

  • LB Dwight Roberson had another nice game finishing with four tackles, including one for loss.

  • Walk on DL Evan Hull recovered his first career fumble.

  • CB Brandon Hughes missed his second consecutive game with a hamstring injury. Tim Clark started in his placed grabbing three tackles and one pass breakup.

  • S Al Afalava did not suit up due to a groin injury. Suaesi Tuimaunei took his place in the starting lineup. Tuimaunei finished with two tackles including one for loss.

  • CB Keenan Lewis missed most of the second half with turf toe. Junior Patrick Henderson played in his place.

 

Special teams notes:

  • P Johnny Hekker punted just one time for 38 yards.

  • K Justin Kahut connected on his only field goal attempt - a 28-yard boot in the second quarter. He also made all seven of his extra point attempts.

  • K Matt Barker made both of his extra point attempts and handled four kickoffs averaging 58.6 yards per kick while getting one touchback.

  • KR Patrick Henderson has quietly done an superb job returning kickoffs as he ran one back for 35 yards. On the year he has averaged 34 yards per kickoff return.

  • PR Sammie Stroughter averaged 10.2 yards per punt return and almost broke his first punt return of the game for six as he eluded two defenders and raced up the Beaver sideline for a 29 yard gain.

  • Damola Adeniji blocked the teams first kick of the year as he bull rushed a WSU special teams player and blocked a punt in the fourth quarter.

    The ball landed in the endzone where Adeniji pounced on it for his first collegiate touchdown.

    “I told one of my buddies, ‘they’re playing me soft, so I’m just going to bull rush and see what happens,” Adeniji said. “It worked out for me.”

    The last time a Beaver blocked a punt and it was returned for a touchdown was in 2007 against Washington when Gerard Lawson blocked a punt and Dennis Christopher recovered it for six points.

 

Miscellaneous notes:

  • The game took 3:23 to play.

  • OSU outscored WSU 42-0 in the second half.

  • Oregon State had five penalties for 49 yards while Washington State had 12 for 145 yards, 13 more yards then their offensive total (132).

  • The 66 points are the most for the Beavers since posting 67 against Northern Illinois in 1996.

  • The 66 points by Oregon State is the most under head coach Mike Riley. It surpasses the 61 scored against Idaho State in 2007.

  • The Beavers set a record for biggest point differential, plus-53, against Washington State. The previous high of plus-35 was set in both 1969 and 2007.

  • Head coach Mike Riley won his 50th game while at Oregon State, moving him one shy of tying Dee Andros (1965-75) for third-most in program history.

  • The Beavers improved to 16-4 in games played in the months of October, November and December over the last two-plus seasons. The Beavers are tied with USC for the best record in the Pac-10 in that scenario.

  • Oregon State improved to 3-3 for the third straight season.

  • The Beavers improved to 43-7 under head coach Mike Riley when leading after three quarters.

  • The Beavers’ first four plays from scrimmage: 24 yards on the fly sweep by James Rodgers, a 30-yard Moevao-to-Stroughter touchdown pass; a 14-yard Jacquizz Rodgers run and a 28-yard Quizz run.

  • Oregon State’s 21 first-quarter points eclipsed the team’s 17 total through the first five games of the season combined.

  • Oregon State has outscored its opponents, 167-41, in first quarters at Reser Stadium dating back to the 2006 season. In the team’s last 13 home games, the Beavers have outscored their opponents, 132-17, in the first quarter.

  • The Beavers’ 66 points gave them more than 40 in two games this season after posting 45 in a win over Hawai’i. Oregon State has posted at least two games with 40 points or more in the last four seasons and in six of head coach Mike Riley’s eight seasons.

  • Oregon State improved to 7-16 over its last 55 games when committing more turnovers than its opponents.

  • The Beavers forced three fumbles, giving them 214 turnovers forced since the 2001 season. Oregon State entered the game tied for sixth in turnovers forced since 2001.

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