DL has different stat line in mind vs. ASU

ONE THING MIKE RILEY didn't talk about in his press conference today, at least directly, was when you have to go halfway down the defensive stat chart to locate the first defensive end with a tackle, that's never good news. Kevin Frahm, Ben Terry, and Matt LaGrone recorded but four tackles between them in the loss to Arizona. Solve that, and the Beavs' chances of besting ASU improve considerably.

It seems as if it's not just lack of pressure from the defensive front that is plaguing the Beavs, but the inability to get off blocks.

Regardless of the cause(s), if the Beaver defense hopes to change what is fast becoming a 2009 trend out on the edge, OSU will need to better mix it up, hand-fight and flat out win up front.

Because they need to get more production from their d-ends if they're going to come out of ASU with a win.

It's also not all on the defensive ends, either. They're dependent on the d-tackles, and vice-versa. The solution lies not just in the play of the d-ends, but with the d-line as a whole.

MEANWHILE ON OFFENSE, Sean Canfield, as you've not doubt read a number of times, was again sacked on five occasions for the second straight week. Granted, three were in the final two minutes of the game in pressure situations, but they're sacks nonetheless and you can't take a sack in the end zone.

Canfield did show a little more urgency in the game, especially right out of the gate, as well as mobility -- he tucked it and ran a few times and even picked up two first downs, one on fourth and one in a key touchdown scoring drive mid-way through the fourth quarter.

What is arguably becoming more of a concern than the sacks is if the senior is forcing more throws, as seems to be the case.

ARIZONA PUT ON a punting clinic, placing three -- all in the final quarter -- inside the Beaver five yard line. Kennyn Crier averaged 45 yards a punt while OSU's Johnny Hekker had a tough day with only 34 per boot that included a touchback.

But Beaver return men also helped Arizona out by failing to run up and secure a fair catch. The difference in the game was field position and starting inside your own five yard line three times in the final quarter will thwart most all chances at a come back victory.

HOW THE BEAVS have used Jacquizz Rodgers has fans buzzing. Ironically, Beaver fans in the past have complained about Rodgers' high carry rate. Not this past week.

Rodgers had only 16 carries, gaining 85 ground yards.

And some fans were heard grousing as they left Reser on Saturday that Quizz was used far too much in the passing game. His 13 passes led all Beaver receivers.

Further, fans were left wondering why the Beavs didn't send Quizz into the line with a full head of steam on third and one.

Offensively, on balance, there were sparks, but consistency was absent as the ground game took a back seat to the passing attack. While the latter half of the game, with the Beavs trailing, dictated a passing attack, the Beavs weren't as balanced as they normally are through the bulk of the game.

And that's not Mike Riley Football. He likes a running back who can carry it about 30 times a game.

The question against ASU is how many of these things will Oregon State be able to turn around.

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