BF.C KEYS TO THE GAME: Portland State

WITH PORTLAND STATE's run and shoot offense, an untested, inexperienced and mostly youthful Oregon State secondary is expected to be tested early and often. To help the secondary find their feet, the front seven must get pressure on the quarterback -- which is one of three keys to defeating Portland State.

Get to the quarterback

Portland State returns three of five starting offensive linemen from a unit that yielded 41 sacks in 559 pass attempts which is a sack every 13 or so attempts. 

With the Vikings once again set to rely on the passing game there will be plenty of opportunities for sacks.

If the front seven can pressure Drew Hubel it will take pressure off of the young Orange and Black secondary. 

Pressure on the gunslinger also forces quarterbacks to make quick  decisions which often turn to turnovers or incomplete passes.

And interceptions by the secondary is just what they need to boost their confidence.


Have the game in control by halftime

Oregon State should be able to push Portland State around on both sides of the ball, throw in electric playmakers such as the Rodgers brothers on offense and the Beaver attack should score almost every time they touch the ball.

OSU must play a clean, efficient game and have the game well in hand by halftime which serves two purposes.

One, the starters rest and enjoy the view from the sidelines.  Two, the backups get valuable repetitions which pay dividends later in the year.


No turnovers

The only way Portland State makes it a game is by getting copious amounts of turnovers.

QB Sean Canfield has been known to go turnover crazy at times so playing a clean, smart game for the senior gunslinger is paramount to get the season off on the right foot.



1. Slow down LeSean McCoy -  The defense did a superb job keeping McCoy in check.  He finished with just 85 yards and zero touchdowns on 24 carries while carrying the ball nine times for a measly 21 yards in the second half.  McCoy came into the game averaging 116 yards per game and 10.5 points per game.

2. Play a clean special teams game - P Johnny Hekker earned Special Teams Player of the Game honors after punting 10 times for a 45.0 average while Justin Kahut's 44-yard boot in the second quarter proved the difference maker.

3. Turn Sammie loose - Stroughter was held primarily in check as he finished with six grabs for 88 yards and two carries for 19 yards as Lyle Moevao battled with hellacious wind most of the game.

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