NOTES: "Our guys never quit, never blinked"

JACQUIZZ RODGERS is less than 100 yards away from breaking Ken Simonton's freshman mark. Slade Norris and Victor Butler continue to move up OSU's all time sack list. Much more news and notes inside from Oregon State's 27-25 victory over Arizona State Nov. 1.

Pregame notes:

  • Oregon State won the toss and deferred to the second half. The Beavers kicked off from the North end zone.
  • Oregon State wore black tops and bottoms while Arizona State wore white tops with maroon bottoms.
  • OSU was favored by 15 points.
  • Temperature: 59 degrees with 82-precent humidity | Wind: 7 MPH S | Weather: Cloudy with light drizzle at times, but mostly dry.
  • The game marked Oregon State’s annual homecoming contest.
  • The announced attendance was 44,109 - the second highest total this year behind the Washington State contest.


Series notes:

  • The Beavers picked up just their 10th win in the series. ASU leads 24-10-1 overall.
  • OSU evened their record against Arizona State in Reser Stadium to 5-5-1.
  • The Men in Black have won three of the last four in Corvallis against the Sun Devils.


Offense notes:

  • The offense generated 370 total yards, 109 on the ground, 2.9 ypc, and 261 through the air, 11.3 ypc, while converting on 6 of 14 (43%) third down and 1 of 1 fourth downs. OSU was 4 of 8 on third downs in the second half.
  • The offense held the ball for 11 more minutes than ASU in the second half.
  • The offense picked up 22 first downs, eight via the run, 12 by pass and two by penalty while holding on the the ball for 32:21, almost a full five minutes more than ASU.
  • The offensive line gave up just one sack.
  • The Beavers scored on all three opportunities in the redzone.
  • Two of the Beavers touchdowns came on third and goal.
  • QB Lyle Moevao injured his right shoulder, his throwing shoulder, early in the second quarter and did not return.

    “Lyle was throwing to Shane Morales, and at the completion of the play, he was getting hit and fell on the shoulder,” coach Mike Riley said.

    He finished with 42 yards and one touchdown on 4 of 6 passing.

    Moevao is day to day, but will probably not start at UCLA.
  • QB Sean Canfield received his first significant action of the year after Moevao went down completing 19 of 28 (68%) passes for 218 yards, two touchdowns and one interception that was returned for a touchdown.

    “A bad read and a bad throw,” Canfield said of his interception. “Those two combined will give you that result.”

    After his second half interception he completed seven of 10 passes on the next two drives as the team scored each time to grab back the lead.

    “As a quarterback, you have to have a short-term memory and just get those things out of your head,” Canfield said. “And the next drive was awesome. We went down there and scored. I was pretty fired up.”
  • RB Jacquizz Rodgers carried the ball 30 times, his second highest total this year, for 133 yards, his third highest total this season, and one touchdown.

    He also chipped in five catches for 55 yards.

    Quizz has scored at least one rushing touchdown in seven straight games.\ and has topped the 100-yard mark six times this season.

    Rodgers is 84 yards away from breaking the OSU freshman rushing record by Ken Simonton (1,028 in 1998)
  • WR James Rodgers led the team with a career high eight catches for a career best 102 yards, including a 28 yard catch in the third quarter that setup Justin Kahut's 45 yard field goal.
  • WR Sammie Stroughter hauled in six passes for 70 yards and one touchdown.

    His 11 yard score in the fourth quarter gave the Beavers their biggest lead of the game at 24-16.

    Stroughter is now tied for fifth place in OSU's career receiving (138 catches) and tied for seventh in career receiving TDs (12).
  • WR Shane Morales continues to produce as he caught three passes for 31 yards and a career high two touchdowns.

    Morales has caught at least one touchdown in three of the last four games and leads the team with six touchdown catches.
  • Stroughter, James Rodgers and Morales combined for 17 catches for 203 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Senior OT Tavita Thompson received his first start and playing time of the year as he split time with redshirt freshman Mike Remmers at right tackle.

    Thompson played about 60 percent of the plays while Remmers played 40 percent of the time.

    Thompson was extremely fired up as the team ran out on the field, but was a bit rusty on the field as he was beat several times.

    In fact it looked like Remmers had the better game.
  • C Alex Linnenkohl hurt his ankle but is not expected to miss any playing time.

    Linnenkohl had some crushing blocks on several running plays as he pulled, came around the edge and knocked a defender to the ground.
  • LT Andy Levitre made his 30th career start despite missing most of the week's practice due to being sick.


Defense notes:

  • The defense gave up 295 total yards, 78 on the ground, 2.4 ypc, 217 through the air, 14.5 ypc, while ASU converted 4 of 14 (29%) third downs, 1 of 1 fourth downs and scored on all five redzone opportunities.
  • The defense yielded 14 first downs, six by run and eight by pass while holding onto the ball for 27:29, including 12:02 in the first quarter.
  • The defense didn't allow an offensive touchdown until ASU's final drive.
  • The Sun Devils had a first down at the OSU 22 yard line or closer but got just three points.
  • For the first time this year LB Keaton Kristick led the team in tackles with eight tackles, including one sack - his second sack on the year.
  • S Greg Laybourn added eight tackles.
  • DE Victor Butler had a dominating game wracking up eight tackles, including 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and an interception in the endzone on a two point conversion to seal the win.

    “I thought Greg Laybourn and I were exchanging jobs. I always wanted to play safety for the Beavers,” Butler said.

    "I thought I’d go back there and make a play. I’m just glad it worked out. It was a stunt inside. They bootlegged to my side. I didn’t have the edge any more, so I figured maybe I could fill in coverage.”

    Butler now has at least a half of a sack in the last three games and has 18.0 for his career - third on OSU's all time list and 1.5 behind Inoke Breckterfield (1995-98) for second.
  • DE Slade Norris turned in another solid performance finishing with six tackles, including three for loss (1.5 sacks).

    Norris now has 15.5 career sacks tying him for fourth on OSU's all-time list with DE LaDarius Jackson (1999-00). He now has at least a half of a sack in the last four games.
  • CB Keenan Lewis led the team with two pass breakups. He also chipped in three tackles.

    Lewis injured his ankle but is not expected to miss the UCLA game


Special teams notes:

  • Despite averaging 36.7 yards on three punts, with a long of 39 yards, P Johnny Hekker struggled as his kicks were low and fast allowing for easy returns including one for 58 yards.
  • Due to Hekker's sub par performance true freshman P Ryan Allen was going to punt the next time, but fortunately the Beavers did not have to punt in the second half.

    “Ryan Allen is ready to go,” Riley said. “I’ve been looking for an opportunity for him to get in the game. We’ve talked about using Ryan. That competition is a real competition. Ryan Allen is talented, as is Johnny. Johnny just didn’t do it the last game.”
  • K Justin Kahut continued his solid play making 2 of 3 field goals - the third time this season he finished with two made field goals.

    Kahut connected on a career long 45 yard boot in the third quarter and a 41 yard attempt in the fourth quarter before pushing a 45-yard kick to the left late in the final quarter.

    He has made five of his last six field goals.
  • PR Sammie Stroughter returned three punts for 20 yards, including a 21-yard jaunt that setup up OSU's first touchdown of the game.
  • Arizona State kicked away from KR James Rodgers all game as he fielded just one kickoff for 15 yards. Patrick Henderson returned five kickoffs for 97 yards.


Miscellaneous notes:

  • The Beavers have won seven straight at home.
  • RB Jacquizz Rodgers wore a homemade button that read, "Rose Bowl, 01-01-09." A kid had made them for the entire team.
  • QB Matt Moore was on the sidelines and received a good cheer when he was showed on the JumboTron.
  • The game marked the return to Reser Stadium for Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson, who coached Oregon State from 1999-2002, going 31-17.
  • The Beavers came from behind twice in the second half.
  • Oregon State is now one of two teams, the other being Cal, who are in complete control of their Rose Bowl destiny.
  • The Beavs have won five of their last six games.
  • Arizona State fumbled three times, but did not lose any of them.
  • ASU had 10 penalties for 80 yards, including three false starts. OSU had just two penalties for 15 yards.
  • Arizona State had the ball for 12:02 in the first quarter compared to OSU's 2:58.
  • Coach Mike Riley won his 52nd career game at Oregon State, moving him into sole possession of third place all-time. He surpassed Dee Andros, who had 51 from 1965-1975. Next in line for Riley is No. 2 Tommy Prothro, who had 63 wins at Oregon State from 1955-64.
  • Oregon State has now outscored its opponents, 174-44, in the first quarter of games at Reser Stadium dating back to the 2006 season. In the last 13 games at home, the Beavers have a 139-20 scoring margin over opponents in the first quarter.
  • The Beavers improved to 45-7 under head coach Mike Riley when taking a lead into the fourth quarter.
  • Oregon State has now gone 18-4 in games played in the months of October, November and December over the last two-plus seasons. That mark is tied for best in the Pac-10 with USC.

BeaverBlitz Top Stories