Is change coming after Beaver loss?

CORVALLIS -- Oregon State had their chances. Arizona had unfinished business. Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles, starting his first game in his young collegiate career, put on a passing clinic in a 37-32 win over Oregon State and dissecting a young Beavers secondary that looked helpless for much of the game.

Foles hung a 254-yard, three touchdown performance on the Beavs -- for the second straight game, the Oregon State pass rush was nowhere to be seen. OSU finished with zero sacks and allowed Foles what seemed like hours in the pocket.

Add in the fact the Beavers' secondary could not hone in on the young quarterback, allowing Foles to complete 25 of his 34 pass attempts without being intercepted, and it probably shouldn't even have been as close as it was.

Coming in, it was apparent that the Beaver pass rush would play a big key to the outcome of the game, and it did, unfortunately. The defensive line was held in check by a stout and athletic Arizona offensive line.

WHILE OSU QUARTERBACK Sean Canfield has been the starter, his days holding that spot may be numbered after another uneven performance.

The senior seemed shaky and made some poor decisions, throwing into traffic on numerous occasions and was intercepted twice, one coming late in the fourth quarter on a key drive that could have won the game for Oregon State.

The Beavers started that all-or-nothing mission on their own 3-yard line after a special teams gaffe saw a punt go unattended. Still, there was plenty of time on the clock for a game winning drive that would have erased much of what had come before it.

After completing four passes and moving the chains with ease, Canfield looked to connect with junior wideout Aaron Nichols, who reeled in his first Oregon State touchdown of his career earlier in the contest. But the senior threw the pass into traffic. No miracle this year.

The Beavs, after a quick three and out, had another long shot left with few seconds remaining but for the second straight game, the offensive line couldn't hold the pocket. Canfield never got much of a chance at the end, as the offensive line let junior defensive end D'Aundre Reed sandwich their QB and take him down for a safety, all but sealing the Beavers fate for the game and increasing the deficit to five points.

Lady luck had another trick up her sleeve for Oregon State. Senior cornerback Patrick Henderson pulled off the improbable, recovering the onside kick. With but 0:23 left, and the ball placed on their own 34 yard line, there was at least the hope of a miracle.

But again the offensive line let Arizona come through again, and Canfield was sacked on the final two plays. The Beavs lost for the second straight time at home for the first time since the 2006 season.

SECOND GUESSERS WILL question if the playcalling was too conservative -- the Beavs' long range passing game is virtually non-existant at this point. Other will cite the lack of protection by the offensive line, allowing five sacks of Canfield -- 10 in the last two games.

Others will point to a phalanx of missed tackles.

Combine that with a young Beavers secondary that allowed a quarterback making his first collegiate start to rip apart the Oregon State defense. Still others will point to the paucity of contribution by the OSU defensive ends, the position that provided so much bounce to the Beavers' step last year.

Regardless, there are adjustments that need to be made if OSU is going to put together a run like they have the last three years, with three straight 2-3 starts.

Fans piling out of Reser cast their vote, chanting: "MOE-A-VAO! MOE-A-VAO! MOE-A-VAO!"

But is that really all that's needed to turn the season around for the better?

Maybe not. But now, at 2-2, it also might be a place to start.

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