Monday Rewind: The Top Five

THE HEAT OF the desert couldn't compare to the heat that was on Justin Kahut with 10 seconds left in the game. But the sinking feeling in Beaver Nation went by the wayside as Kahut went from goat to hero with a 33 yard field goal pushing OSU ahead for good--outlasting UNLV 23-21. But Kahut's was only one of the top five performances of the game.

The balanced attack of the Beavs put up 382 yards total, 184 rushing, and 198 passing with Jacquizz Rodgers spearheading both attacks.

It may not have been the prettiest win but the Beavs allowed 21 points on the road against a pretty good offensive crew and 14 of those came in the final quarter, in oppressive heat. Bottom line, OSU will take it and move to 2-0 on the season.

Players of the game:
5) Justin Kahut redeemed himself and that's what matters. Earlier in the game he missed an extra point and then doinked a 47 yard field goal attempt off the left upright. Kahut stood firm and nailed the game winning field goal with seven seconds remaining after UNLV called two time outs in attempts to ice the junior place kicker. Although many are questioning Kahut and his consistency, he came through when needed and won the game with his right leg. Whether you're a Kahut fan or not, when the game is on the line he comes through, on the road no less, (see Arizona in 2008 and Saturday).

4) Sean Canfield didn't attempt anything downfield and was often pressured. The lefty managed to complete 80 percent of his passes, going 25-for-31 for 198 yards and two scores. Just like last week, Canfield again did not throw an interception. At times the senior from Carlsbad looked less than stellar, but stuck with it and found six different receivers on the day. Canfield has a passer rating of 173.34 over the past two games and is playing very efficiently, and more importantly--limiting mistakes.

3) Keaton Kristick was flying around the ball and made his presence felt, even when he didn't make the tackle. After safety Lance Mitchell jarred the ball loose Kristick recovered the UNLV fumble and returned it to the Beaver 30 yard line, setting up an OSU score. Kristick finished the day with eight tackles, two of which were for a loss, and a fumble recovery. The athletic outside linebacker is the leader of this Beaver defense.

2) Lance Mitchell looked overmatched from this chair attempting to defend the 6-5 Rodelin Anthony on his two late scores. Mitchell did, however, force a fumble that lead to OSU's lone score in the first half, and he made a twisting, acrobatic interception off an Omar Clayton pass just before the end of the first quarter. Mitchell was solid in run support, logged three solo tackles and seems to be turning into a playmaker for the Beaver secondary.

1) Jacquizz Rodgers broke off two runs of 45 yards, already giving him three runs this season longer than any of his rushes in 2008, a year where he was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year. Rodgers came out of halftime and provided 49 hashes of the Beavers' 60 yard scoring drive. At the end of the day, Quizz scampered for 166 yards on the ground and a score. Rodgers also added 10 catches for 65 yards yet again proving his ability to catch out of the backfield.

Final Thoughts:
While OSU moves to 2-0 and the Orange-clad vacationers partied it up on the Vegas strip, the Beavers have some serious questions to answer. The secondary didn't give up many long passes-- the longest was 34 yards -- however Clayton had a lot of time to throw and picked the defense apart at times.

The Beavs played good run defense, holding UNLV to just 82 yards on the ground and 310 total yards of offense.

The play calling was stale at times and running Quizz out wide so often was a head scratcher. OSU greatly benefited from forcing UNLV turnovers. The penalty committed by the UNLV defensive back on OSU's final drive was a gift.

Sean Canfield didn't attempt any passes downfield to stretch the secondary out. With speed on the edges and a strong armed quarterback, the Beavers should take a few shots deep each week and why they didn't Saturday is a mystery. The Beavers rushed for over 100 yards and won the time of possession battle which is so important to OSU's success. Many Beaver fans were more than likely cringing every time Quizz lowered his head and took a defender head on. Quizz may be compact and have a low center of gravity, however the unnecessary hits need to be kept to a minimum.


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