NOTES: "That was beautiful"

DEFENSIVE ENDS VICTOR BUTLER and Slade Norris continued to move up OSU's career sacks list while WR James Rodgers tallies his third career 100-yard rushing game. Many more news and notes inside this comprehensive post game notebook.

Pregame notes:

  • Arizona won the coin toss and elected to defer until the second half. The Wildcats kicked off from the North End Zone.

  • Oregon State was clad in all white while Arizona wore its red uniforms.

  • The Beavers were favored by 2.5 points.

  • The announced attendance was 48,503.

  • Temperature: 74 degrees | Wind: 5 mph NW | Weather: sunny


Series notes:

  • Arizona still leads 20-11-1 and 11-4 in Tucson.

  • Oregon State has won nine of the last 10 matchups and the last four at Arizona Stadium dating back to the 2000 season.


Offense notes:

  • The offense generated 390 yards of total offense, 166 on the ground, 5.0 ypc, and 224 through the air, 11.2 ypc, while holding onto the ball for 27:17.

  • The offense picked up 17 first downs, nine by rush and eight by pass.

  • The offense converted 5 of 14 (36%) third downs and 1 of 2 fourth downs while scoring on three red zone chances.

  • The offense averaged six yards a play and did not turn the ball over.

  • The offensive yielded just one sack and their 11th this year.

  • Oregon State has seen either Jacquizz Rodgers or James Rodgers score – or both – in nine of the team’s 11 games this season.

  • QB Sean Canfield started his second game this season completing 20 of 32 passes for 224 yards and one touchdown.

    Canfield was high with his throws early and got lucky a couple of times with passes that should have been picked, but settled down in the fourth quarter and delivered several key throws.

    His management of the two minute drill was impressive as he completed all three of his passes.

  • WR James Rodgers led the team with 102 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries. It was his third 100-yard rushing game of his career.

    Rodgers was not tackled for loss in the game. He did injure his shoulder though which could have account for him dropping a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. He is not expected to miss any playing time.

    Rodgers’ third-quarter rushing touchdown gave him at least one in four of his last six games. Rodgers has scored a touchdown either through the air, ground or on special teams in six of the Beavers’ 11 games this season.

  • RB Jeremy Francis led the team with six receptions for 61 yards, both career highs, including a year long 20 yard grab.

    Francis was crucial on the last drive of the game hauling in two receptions for 25 yards.

    “Jeremy went in and performed. In the long-run, it’s helpful for our team. In the short-run, to compensate for a player like Quizz or the starting quarterback not being in there. That’s a great sign for us," Riley said.

  • RB Ryan McCants ran 15 times for 52 yards, 3.5 ypc, with a long of 11.

    “Ryan McCants competed like crazy and moved the pile sometimes, and would not be denied," Riley said.

  • RB Jacquizz Rodgers left the game in the first quarter after taking a hit to his left shoulder.

    Quizz suffered an AC joint spring in his left shoulder and did not return. He carried the ball four times for 20 yards before his injury snapping his 100-yard streak at three games.

    “I was going to try to get back in, but my shoulder was too weak,” Rodgers said. "It got so weak I couldn't even move it."

  • WR Sammie Stroughter caught five passes for a team high 116 yards and one touchdown.

    His 47-yard reception with 39 seconds left help setup the game winning field goal.

    "I had the opportunity when they called my number and I thank the Lord, but when we need a big play, you’ve got to step up," Stroughter said.

    Stroughter now has 151 career receptions moving him into fourth place on the school list.

  • WR Shane Morales caught three passes for 26 yards.

    The first three catches made all came on third down. He was 2-for-3 on those third-down attempts.


Defense notes:

  • The defense gave up 297 total yards, the fourth consecutive game the defense has held an opponent under 300 total yards, 139 on the ground, 3.4 ypc, and 158 through the air, 9.9 ypc.

  • UA picked up 19 first downs, 10 by rush, eight by pass and one by penalty.

  • S Greg Laybourn led the team with 11 tackles, including 1.5 for loss.

    It is the sixth time this year Laybourn has led the team in tackles and the third time he has tallied double digits.

  • Arizona native LB Keaton Kristick nabbed eight tackles, good for second on the team.

  • Despite struggling with a knee injury DT Stephen Paea started, but was not 100-percent or his usual disruptive self. He finished with one tackle.

  • DE Slade Norris had a team high 2.5 tackles for loss, including half of a sack, giving him 16.5 for his career and placing him in sole possession of third place on OSU's career list.

  • DE Victor Butler continued to dominate grabbing five tackles, including 1.5 sacks.

    Butler now has 21 sacks in his career and is in sole po session of second place on OSU's career list.

  • LB Dennis Christopher grabbed the first sack of his career when he sacked Willie Tuitama in the second quarter for a four yard loss.

  • S Al Afalava had a season high six tackles.

  • LB Bryant Cornell had six tackles, all solo.

  • CB Keenan Lewis bruised his shoulder but is not expected to miss any playing time.


Special teams notes:

  • P Johnny Hekker had another solid game punting the ball five times for a 43.4 average.

    Hekker had a long of 50 with two of his punts landed inside the 20

  • K Justin Kahut made both of his field goal attempts, a career long 47-yard boot in the second quarter and a 24-yard kick to win the game. he has three field goals of 40 or more yards this season,

    Kahut did missed one of his two extra point attempts as he pushed it wide left.

    He has now made 14-of-20 field goals this season.

  • Kahut did remarkably better on kickoffs booting three for a 66.3 average, his highest average of the year.


Miscellaneous notes:

  • The game took 2:53 to play.

  • State has now won six straight games, the longest such streak under head coach Mike Riley in his eight seasons at the helm of the Beavers. It is the team’s longest streak since the Beavers won seven straight in the 2000 season.

  • Oregon State improved to 21-4 in games played in October, November and December over the past two-plus seasons. It is the best mark in the Pac-10 over that stretch.

  • Neither team scored in the first quarter. It marked just the second time the Beavers and their opponent have gone into the second quarter with no score. The first came in the season opener at Stanford.

  • The Beavers and Wildcats combined for six first-half points, tied for the least in a game this season. Oregon State and UCLA went into halftime with a 3-3 tie on Nov. 8, only to see the Beavers win 34-6.

  • Gronkowski’s third-quarter touchdown catch was Arizona’s first offensive TD against Oregon State since the third quarter of the Beavers’ loss in 2005

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