NOTES: "Those guys are playmakers"

JAMES AND JACQUIZZ Rodgers accounted for 59% of the team's offense despite playing just a little over two quarters while Justin Kahut nails the longest kick of his career. Plenty more news and notes inside.

Pregame notes:

  • Oregon State won the toss and deferred to the second half.

  • Captains for OSU at the start of the game were Sean Canfield, Gregg Peat, Keaton Kristick and Lance Mitchell.

  • The announced attendance was 41,679

  • Weather: 61 degrees, Wind: S SE 8 mph, cloudy, light rain

  • The rain Saturday marked the first time it has rained on Labor Day weekend during a football since the 2000 season. Oregon State went to the Fiesta Bowl that season.

  • The game took two hours and 53 minutes to play

  • The game is the latest start to the season for the Beavers since 1998 when Oregon State played Nevada on Sept. 5 to open the year.

  • The 11:30 a.m. start, meanwhile, is believed to be the earliest in the history of Oregon State football at Reser Stadium, also formerly known as Parker Stadium. The stadium opened in 1953.


Series notes:

  • Oregon State improved to 3-0 over Portland State

  • In three contests the Beavers have given up only 35 points versus the Vikings

  • The Beavers have now won 26 straight non-conference home games; coach Mike Riley is a perfect 17-0 during that streak

  • OSU won their season opener for the fourth time in the last five years

  • The Portland State game was the 19th consecutive televised game for the Beavers - a school record.


Offense notes:

  • The offense generated 433 yards of total offense, 282 via the pass, 12.8 ypc, and 151 on the ground, 4.2 ypc, while holding onto the ball for 29:37.

  • The offense picked up 18 first downs, 10 via the run, 7 via the pass and one by penalty while converting 8 of 14 third downs and 3 of 4 redzone opportunities.

  • The starting offensive line did not give up a sack, but the backups yielded two as Ryan Katz was pulled down to the turf twice.

  • Despite playing a little over two quarters the Rodgers brothers accounted for 59% of the team's offense.

    "Those guys are playmakers," coach Mike Riley said. "Every time they have it they have a chance to go all they way. They are two great weapons for this team."

  • QB Sean Canfield completed an efficient 8 of 11 (72%) passes for 158 yards and one touchdown.  Two of his three incomplete passes were dropped by Jacquizz Rodgers.

    "It was great that Sean was efficient," Riley said.  "I think really the only mistake that I can remember that he had in the first half was we had an illegal procedure on us on a third and short that caused us not to get a first down and then we kicked that field goal after that."

    On the first play of the game he hit a streaking James Rodgers in stride for an 87-yard touchdown, the sixth-longest pass in OSU team history.

    “It's not overly complicated," Riley said.  "It's one guy going deep and then another guy coming underneath and we make the free safety choose who to cover on that and he chose the wrong guy.”

    Canfield was confident and sure of his throws.  Not one throw was close to being intercepted.

  • QB Ryan Katz received the first snaps of his collegiate career completing 7 of 12 (58%) passes for 124 yards.  He entered the game on the Beavs second possession of the second half.

    Katz displayed his mobility several times moving out of the pocket.  One of his better throws came on the run when he lofted up a pass to Aaron Nichols for a 56-yard gain.

  • RB Jacquizz Rodgers finished with a game high 103 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries.  It was his eighth career game of 100 yards or more and fourth career game with multiple rushing touchdowns.

    "I have been gone for a while," Rodgers said.  "It feels like missing all those games, so I just needed to come out hard and play the best I can.”

    Quizz broke off a 43-yard touchdown run, the longest of his career, on the first play of the second half. 

    "You can tell as the game goes on he gets stronger and stronger and gets a better feel," Riley said.  "He showed all of that on his first run of the second half.”

    He also chipped in with a team high four receptions for 32 yards.

  • RB Jovan Stevenson received his first playing time in college carrying the ball 10 times for 31 yards.

  • RB Jordan Jenkins also received his first snaps carrying the ball two times for six yards.

  • In somewhat of a surprise WR Jordan Bishop started the game over junior Casey Kjos in the slot. Bishop did not record any statistics.

  • WR James Rodgers caught two passes for 95 yards with the bulk of his yards coming on his 87-yard touchdown catch.

    “The corner tried to jam me, and the safety was down and I just ran right by him," Rodgers said.  "Nice thrown ball by Sean, and it went for a touchdown. It felt good to be back.”

    He also had two carries for 23 yards on fly sweeps.

  • In his first start WR Damola Adeniji caught three passes for 45 yards.

  • WR Aaron Nichols snagged two passes for 61 yards, including a 56-yard bomb, the first catch of his college career, from Katz.

  • WR Markus Wheaton grabbed two passes for 13 yards and had one carry for four yards on a fly sweep.

    Wheaton was cleared to play the day before the game after sitting out a week of practice due to paperwork issues with NCAA.

  • In somewhat of a surprise, redshirt freshman Jordan Bishop received the start, the first of his career, in the slot over Casey Kjos

    Bishop did not record any stats.

  • TE Joe Halahuni had one catch for 35 yards - the only catch by a tight end in the game.

  • TE Brady Camp received the start over Howard Croom.

  • As expected, true freshman Michael Philipp started at left tackle making him the first true freshman at OSU to start on the offensive line since Keith DiDomenico did so at right guard in 1997 against USC and Oregon.

  • Oregon State color commentator Jim Wilson said he counted 14 different offensive linemen used in the game.


Defense notes:

  • The defense gave up 351 yards of total offense, 274 via the pass, 12.5 ypc, and 77 yards on the ground, 3.1 ypc, while PSU held the the ball for 30:23.

    “They had a really good offense and they racked up a lot of yards against us," linebacker Keaton Kristick said.  "We play a good offense like that again next week. It’s a learning experience and we’ll do better next week.”

  • The defense yielded 17 first downs, 5 via the run, 11 via the pass and one via penalty.  The Viks converted 6 of 15 on third downs while converting 1 of 2 redzone opportunities.

  • The defense did not record a sack in the game, but did not bring a lot of pressure either.  Only two players  (Castro Masaniai and Matt LaGrone) recorded a tackle for loss.

  • At the start of the fourth quarter the defense turned a superb goal line stand. The Vikings drove to the Oregon State two yard line, but the defense shored up forcing two incomplete passes and stuffed two runs.

  • Eight players on defense started the first game of their careers.

    "As corners and safeties, we knew we were the most inexperienced group and we knew we were gonna be tested today," cornerback Tim Clark said. "I thought we did a good job today responding."

  • Overall the defense played a very clean game, not very many missed tackles and no stupid penalties.

  • S Suaesi Tuimaunei co-led the team with seven tackles, two solo and five assisted.

  • S Lance Mitchell co-led the team with seven tackles, two solo and five assisted, while adding one pass deflection.

    He almost had an interception in the third quarter when he stepped in front of a receiver in the middle of the field, but the ball glanced off of his hands.

  • LB Devin Unga had six tackles in his first college game.  His brother Kevin had two tackles.

    “All the young guys that were called upon came out and did their job," cornerback Tim Clark said.

  • S Anthony Watkins also had six tackles as a backup safety.

  • CB James Dockery is the only player that suffered an injury as he sat out the second half with a bruised arm. He is not expected to miss any playing time though.


Special teams notes:

  • Brandon Hardin and Anthony Watkins were the team's top tacklers on special teams recording two stops a piece. Hardin had the first tackle of 2009 on as he tackled the return man on the opening kickoff.

  • The Beavers did not punt in the first half as Johnny Hekker punted just three times for a 45.7 average.

  • K Jusin Kahut connected on both of his field goal attempts - a 50-yard in the second quarter and a 24 yarder in the third quarter.

    The 50-yard boot, which barely made it through the uprights, is the longest of his career.

  • Kahut struggled with distance on kickoffs as most of his kicks were fielded at the 20.

  • KR James Rodgers returned one kickoff for 49 yards which setup his younger brother's 43-yard touchdown run.

  • KR Jordan Poyer returned one kickoff for 30 yards.

  • PR Taylor Kavanaugh fielded two punts for three yards.


Miscellaneous notes:

  • Eight true freshman played - OT Michael Philipp at left tackle, OT Geoff Garner as a backup tackle, RB Jovan Stevenson at backup running back, S Jordan Poyer on special teams, WR Markus Wheaton at receiver,  LB Rueben Robinson as a backup middle linebacker, LB Devin Unga on special teams and at linebacker and Kevin Unga on special teams.

  • Head coach Mike Riley improved to 57-42 at Oregon State.

  • There was only one turnover in the game - a forced fumble by Tim Clark and recovery by Stephen Paea.

  • Portland State had the ball for over 11 minutes in the first quarter.

  • PSU's average field position for the game: P31, OSU's: O25

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