THE WASHINGTON DEFENSE gives up an average of 495.4 yards per game so it goes without saying that one of the keys this week is to run the ball.

    Just like the Washington State game, minus the second quarter, the Oregon State offense and defense must come out of the gate firing on all cylinders and looking to bury a struggling team with nothing to lose.

    The Beavers have scored on its first possession in the last three games and a methodic, clocking eating, pound it down the Huskies throat opening drive would be perfect way to set the tone.

    Score early, score often and don't give the home fans a reason to cheer.

    The Purple and Gold starting offensive line averages 323 pounds while the average weight of the OSU starting defensive line plus a reserve is 270 pounds.

    The 53-pound difference is a good thing for the Black and Orange defense, especially the ends, which rely on speed to disrupt the backfield.

    UW has already given up 15 sacks this year and that's sweet, sweet music to Slade Norris and Victor Butler's ears who are both looking to move into the top five of their school's career sack list.

    Once again the Beaver offense will be going up against one of the worst defenses in the nation.  Washington is giving up an average of 495.4 total yards per game - the second highest total in all of college football - including 233.4 yards on the ground (5.7 ypc).

    A heavy does of Jacquizz Rodgers should do the trick as he tries to become the first player in school history to run for over 100 or more yards in five consecutive games since Steven Jackson did it in 2003.

    And if the run isn't working, then Lyle Moevao, Sammie Stroughter and company should be able to move through the air as the Husky defense has given up 17 passing touchdowns already this year.


Reviewing last week's keyss:

  1. Play with focus and passion - Besides the hiccup in the second quarter the team came out very focused while playing with aggression and passion.  The offense scored on three of its first four possessions while racking up a season high 548 total yards of offense.  The home town crowd also did a nice job of bringing the energy even if they expected a blowout.
  2. Demoralize the Cougar offense - The Beaver defense limited the Washington State attacked to just 132 total yards, just 1.3 yards per carry and one offensive touchdown.  They sacked the quarterback a season high five times and made life just plain miserable for the Crimson gunslingers.  The only scores the Cougars had were after turnovers while working with a short field.
  3. Pound the football - In their best outing of the year the running game churned up a season high 323 yards while averaging 7.5 yards per carry.  Five different players ran for a touchdown while each running back averaged over six yards a carry, scored a touchdown and broke off a play of 21 yards or longer.

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