Below are the five most impressive players of the game, leading up to the player of the game at No.1:
5) Justin Kahut - Kahut got a couple opportunities Saturday and capitalized on all. Oregon State had built a 14 point lead and was stalled on their own 33 yard line. The junior place kicker split the uprights from 50 yards out and extended the lead to 17. Kahut added another three spot late in the third from 24 to push the lead from 31 to 34, where it would stay till the final tick. Justin went 4-4 on PAT's. Kahut begins the 2009 season very well and confidence should be no problem heading down to Las Vegas for their first road test.
4) Ryan Katz - After Sean Canfield and company had built a 31 point lead, Redshirt sophomore quarterback Ryan Katz got to see the first collegiate action of his career and looked poised. Katz finished the day 7-12 for 124 hashes with no touch downs or interceptions. The strong armed righty made all throws versus the PSU defense. Katz showcased his rocket arm on multiple occasions, zipping the pass to his intended target in a tight window. Then found Joe Halahuni over the middle, putting very nice touch on the ball that found the sophomore tight end in stride just over the covering linebacker's head--35 yards down field. Then on his longest throw of the day, Katz did a good job of eluding the pass rush, rolled out to his right, and threw on the run, finding Aaron Nichols 56 yards downfield. With the strong performance of Katz, if there's any doubt about Lyle Moevao's shoulder next week, coaches should feel plenty confident in Katz's ability to lead the team and quite possibly may err on the side of caution when dealing with Moevao.
3) Jacquizz Rodgers - The Texas Brick quietly went about his business today racking up 103 total rushing yards and adding in four catches for 32 yards. Many people who doubted his break away speed are now believers. Quizz ran off guard left and saw an opening to his right. Quizz did his typical stop on a dime, side step and exploded up field untouched for a 43 yard score. Jacquizz found the end zone three times on the day and ran only 19 times at 6.4 a pop. Quizz was hit hard by Viking defenders and never looked worried about his shoulder -- all can now safely say its 100 percent.
2) James Rodgers - Mr. "Do It All" was at it again. James electrified on the Beavers' first play from scrimmage of the '09 season. Rodgers was bumped at the line of scrimmage, Canfield play faked to his tail back, and launched the ball deep to a streaking Rodgers. Quan got behind the Portland State secondary and went untouched for 87 and the year's first points for the Beaver offense. James was used sparingly, with two fly sweeps for 23 yards, and just one more catch of eight yards to bump his total to 95 yards. J. Rod again showed his versatility in the return game, taking the opening kick off, and first one for PSU, of the second half all the way back to the PSU 43. James finished the day with 167 all purpose yards and a score.
1) Sean Canfield - Can he translate it from the practice field to game day was the question. Did he? Yes. Canfield started his 2009 campaign well with the before mentioned 87 yard strike to James Rodgers. Canfield was quick to make a decision on the day, scanning his options and checking down to his outlet route well. Big Lefty went a cool eight for 11 for 158 yards and one score. What's more important is the zero that sits under the interceptions column. Canfield was efficient and confident in his limited work. Canfield focused primarily on the Rodgers brothers in the passing game, but did find Damola Adeniji twice for 31 yards in his final drives under center.
Honorable Mention Player Of The Game -- Michael Philipp and Grant Johnson: The young left side duo held strong and allowed Canfield time to find his targets. The next two weeks will be a much better test, but in week one the two got their feet wet and looked solid doing so.
Play Of The Game -- 87 yard touch down from Canfield to James Rodgers on Oregon State's first play from scrimmage. Rodgers' speed, Canfield's play fake, and a perfect pass electrified Beaver Nation and hopefully is a sign of things to come for the OSU offense.
Play Of The Game Honorable Mention -- Katz rolled out right after being forced out of the pocket and threw in stride to Nichols who made the catch falling down for a gain of 56. Good to see Katz's ability to be mobile as well as Nichols make a long deserved play.
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