NOTES: "It's not about the calls"

SOME IN BEAVER Nation want to, at least in part, blame Oregon State's first loss of the season on the referees, but the players say that is ridiculous. Sean Canfield moves up the career passing list while James Rodgers becomes just the second player in school history to have over 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving. Many more news, notes and tidbits inside.

Pregame notes:

  • Cincinnati won the toss and choose to receive.

  • Captains for OSU were Sean Canfield, Gregg Peat and Brandon Hardin.

  • The announced attendance was 41,909

  • Weather: 70 degrees, Wind: W 12 mph, party sunny

  • The game took three hours and sixteen minutes to play.


Series notes:

  • Oregon State fell to 0-2 versus Cincinnati.

  • UC snapped Oregon State’s 26-game non-conference home winning streak (last loss vs. Montana on Sept. 7, 1996).

  • The Beavers drop to 6-9 overall versus current Big East opposition.

  • It is Mike Riley's first non-conference home loss since he has been at Oregon State.


Offense notes:

  • The offense generated 344 yards of total offense, 240 via the pass, 8.3 ypc, and 104 on the ground, 2.9 ypc, while holding onto the ball for 35:44, over 11 minutes more than Cincinnati.

  • The offense picked up 21 first downs, seven via the run and 14 via the pass while converting 5 of 17 third downs and all three redzone opportunities - two field goals and one touchdown.

  • The offense converted just 2 of 9 third downs in the first half and gained just 29 total yards in the second quarter. Other ominous statistics from the second quarter include: three first downs in four possessions, six plays that didn't gain any yardage and three penalties (two false starts and a holding) on the offensive linemen. Four of the Bearcats five sacks also happened in the second quarter.

    "That second quarter was sloppy on offense," Sean Canfield said. "If we would have cut that out, we might have had a chance, but we can't live like that."

  • At one point in the second quarter true freshman Goeff Garner replaced Mike Remmers at right tackle. Ganer was overwhelmed and gave up a sack.

  • The offense failed to capitalize on a prime opportunity at the beginning of the fourth quarter when they faced first and goal from the five yard line trailing 21-15. Two runs by Quizz resulted in negative five yards while a quick dump to Quizz resulted in negative four yards as the team had to settle for yet another field goal.

    "That was horrible," coach Mike Riley said of the offensive series. “there’s no excuse for any of that.”

  • The offensive line yielded five sacks, but several of them happened because Canfield held onto the ball too long.

  • QB Sean Canfield completed 29 of 45 (64%) passes for a season high 240 yards, no touchdowns and one interception - his first of the year.

    The pass was high forcing Darrell Catchings to go high up for the grab. While pulling the ball down, his knee hit the ball and popped into the air where UC defender JK Schaffer snagged the pigskin.

    It was the first turnover of the season for Oregon State, the last FBS school in the nation to commit a turnover.

    Canfield moved into eighth all-time in OSU career passing with 3,295 career yards. He is two spots behind No. 6 Lyle Moevao, who has 3,410 for his career. No. 7 is Ed Singler, who had 3,399 passing yards from 1979-82.

  • RB Jacquizz Rodgers started and played the entire game despite having a sprained ankle.

    Rodgers lacked his usual explosiveness in between the tackles and was not helped out by a struggling offensive line, but still managed to carry the ball 20 times for a game high 73 yards and the team's lone touchdown of the game.

    He also added five catches for 19 yards.

    "They did a great job of keeping everything in front of them and just not having big plays get on them," Quizz said of UC. "They did a great job of stopping the run, penetrating and closing off gaps."

    Quizz has now scored at least one rushing touchdown in each game this season and in five of his last six games played. His 73 yards rushing, gives him 1,595 for his career, good for 12th in school history.

  • WR James Rodgers touched the ball a staggering 22 times catching a team and career high 11 passes for 90 yards while running 11 times for 67 yards.

    All of his runs came on the fly sweep while most of his catches came on quick hitters to the outside.

    Rodgers now has 1,048 career receiving yards and is just one of 11 players in Oregon State history to have 1,000 yards or more receiving.

    He is also just the second OSU player in school history with 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving. Pat Chaffey (1986, 88-90) had 1,421 rushing yards and 1,293 receiving yards.

    Rodgers has 1,048 receiving yards and 1,142 rushing yards for his career.

  • WR Damola Adeniji caught five passes for 57 yards - both career highs.

  • WR Casey Kjos did not play due to back spasms.

  • WR Aaron Nichols played a significant amount of time in the slot due to Kjos injury.

    Nichols had several nice blocks on the edge during the fly sweeps. He finished with two catches for 20 yards.

  • WR Jordan Bishop started in the slot for the second time this season - he started in the home opener against Portland State.

    After catching five passes last week, he did not make a catch against Cincinnati.

  • WR Darrell Catchings suited up for the first time this season after injuring his hand during fall camp.

    Catchings caught one pass for 18 yards, but dropped a couple other passes.

  • TE Joe Halahuni grabbed four passes for 32 yards - both season highs.


Defense notes:

  • The defense gave up a season high 408 yards of total offense, 332 via the pass, 10.7 ypc, and 76 yards on the ground, 3.3 ypc, while UC held the the ball for 24:16. It was the third straight week the defense held its opponent under 100 rushing yards. Cincinnati averaged 572 yards and 48.5 points per game through its first two games of the year.

  • The defense yielded 18 first downs, three via the run, 14 via the pass and one by penalty.  The Bearcats converted 5 of 14 third downs while converting 3 of 4 redzone opportunities.

  • The defense recorded just one sack and have only two on the year. Despite the lack of sacks, the defense did a decent job of pressuringTony Pike forcing him out of the pocket and making him throw on the run.

    But Pike did an even better job of avoiding the rush and finding the open man. He finished with 332 yards on 31 of 49 passing for three touchdowns, one rushing, and one interception.

    "We played a ton of good defense," coach Mike Riley said. "I know they got a ton of big plays, but I thought it was a good plan by coach Mark Banker. Even though we lost the game, I thought defensively we took a step forward in a lot of areas because I think that's a pretty good offensive team."

  • The Beavers recorded a safety in the second quarter - the first time that has happened since the Arizona State game in 2007 when a snap sailed over the Sun Devil punter's head.

  • S Cameron Collins co-led the team with eight tackles.

  • LB Keaton Kristick turned in a fine game grabbing a co-team high eight tackles.

    His 14-yard interception in the third quarter was the first of his career.

  • LB David Pa'aluhi had his best game this year harnessing seven tackles, including a team high 2.5 for loss.

  • LB Dwight Roberson corralled seven tackles, including 2.5 for loss as well.

    Roberson and Pa'aluhi combined for the team's only sack of the game.

  • CB James Dockery had a fantastic game finishing with five tackles, one for loss, and one pass breakup.

    Despite the boxscore showing just one pass breakup Dockery deflected a couple passes on picture perfect one and one coverage.

  • DT Stephen Paea had a season high five tackles.

  • DL Kevin Frahm played both defensive end and defensive tackle. He finished with one tackle.

  • S Saesi Tuimaunei had a rough game as he was burnt twice for long touchdowns. He finished with two tackles.

  • At one point in the game, the linebackers consisted of true freshmen Rueben Robinson and Devin Unga and junior Keith Pankey.


Special teams notes:

  • K Justin Kahut connected on all three of his field attempts (46, 39, 23) making it his eighth career multiple field goal game and his second of the season.

    Kahut averaged 61.6 yards per kickoff with one touchback.

  • P Johnny Hekker averaged 40.7 yards per punt on seven kicks. Two of his kicks landed inside the twenty while one resulted in a touchback.

  • KR James Rodgers returned one kickoff for 38 yards. For the majority of the game Cincinnati kicked away from Rodgers


Miscellaneous notes:

  • Cincinnati had the ball for just 8:36 in the second and third quarters.

  • Oregon State has won nine of their last 11 games.

  • The Bearcats held the Beavers to 27 rushing yards on 20 carries in the first half.

  • The Beavers have kept their opponents from scoring on their first drive of the game in all three games this season. OSU forced Cincinnati to punt after three plays.

  • OSU took a 6-0 lead into the second quarter. The Beavers have outscored their opponents, 215-68, in the first quarter over Oregon State’s last 42 games. Over the 18 games, OSU has a 180-44 advantage.

  • Cincinnati became the first team to score against the Beavers in the first half this season when Tony Pike scored on an 8-yard run. It was an 80-yard drive, the longest scoring drive against OSU this season.

  • Prior to Cincinnati’s first score, the Beavers had not allowed a first-half score for three straight games dating back to the 2008 season.

  • Untimely penalties once again killed the Beavers.
    • In the first quarter on third and four from the CIN35, OT Mike Remmers was called for a personal foul making if third and long.
    • In the third quarter, DE Ben Terry was called for roughing the passer on third and 13 after an incomplete pass.
    • In the second quarter Sean Canfield hit Darrell Catchings for a 26-yard gain and Canfield was hit late, but an ineligible receiver down the field wiped out the gain and the roughing penalty. The Beavers ended up punting from their own 15.

  • A bad call? With a little over 11 minutes left to play and Oregon State down by six, the defense apparently forced a timely turnover as Lance Mitchell made the tackle on the running back and David Pa'aluhi stripping the ball. Keith Pankey recovered the fumble as Reser Stadium erupted into celebration. Unfortunately the referees called that forward progress had been stopped which negated the fumble.

    “You’ve got to respect the call,” Keaton Kristick said. “It was good for them, not good for us.”

    “It’s not about the calls,” Tim Clark added. “It never comes down to that. We shouldn’t have let it get that close."

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