The Unusual Suspects: Week 12

SEAN CANFIELD in his final regular season game as a Beaver went out with a bang, completing 24 of 36 passes for 306 yards and two scores. And strangely enough, it was the only Civil War he has played in. Canfield wasn't the only one who performed well. There are any number of performances that inevitably get diminished in the fog of a loss, and these are some of them.

Jacquizz Rodgers was bottled up well by an active Duck front seven, however he accumulated 137 total yards and a score – 64 rushing, 73 receiving. Brother James Rodgers continued his Pac-10 tear, finishing the game with 139 receiving yards, 29 rushing yards, and a TD. Justin Kahut was perfect on the night, nailing four field goals of 40, 28, 29 and 45 yards.

But the Beavers fell 37-33 and watched Oregon fans and players celebrate with roses in hand. While there are plenty of "what if's" to be thrown around, the Beavers played hard and respectably, falling short against a top 10 team on the road.

As usual, there were performances which bear repeating, and these are our unusual suspects:

Casey Kjos – Battling injuries his entire career, most notably an injured back, Kjos has remained fairly healthy this season and for all his hard work, was finally rewarded.

Canfield found the Ohio native two times on the day for 18 yards, most notably from nine yards out for his first score of the season and career.

Kjos' catch put OSU up 30-21 and had Beaver Nation feeling pretty good before the Ducks staged their comeback. Kjos is a junior and will be back next season, providing another reliable set of hands.

Rueben Robinson -- After David Pa'aluhi left the game with leg cramps in the third quarter, there was as expected, a drop off. But Robinson stepped in and played tough physical football at the middle linebacker position. Just a true freshman out of Hamilton High in Chandler, Ariz., Robinson stuck his nose into the pile and totaled four tackles – including 1.5 for loss -- in limited time.

With Tony Wilson recovering from knee surgery, Robinson will make the middle ‘backer position three deep in '10 with the aforementioned Pa'aluhi and Wilson.

Stephen Paea / Brennan Olander – Rightfully named the Tongan Terror, Paea was a regular in the backfield and made his presence felt from the first snap.

Paea split blockers and penetrated the Oregon line early and often, forcing two Duck fumbles – one of which was recovered by OSU – and finishing with 4.5 tackles and two tackles for loss but his impact on the game was far greater than that.

A number of sites and blogs dedicated to forecasting the NFL Draft, as well as mainstream media outlets, have speculated on Paea as a possible early draft entry. Hopes in Beaver Nation are that the junior DT will be back next season to close out his career as one of the best in OSU history.

Olander played on a banged up knee, but seemed no worse for the wear. Indeed, Olander battled through pain and finished second in total tackles for the black shirts with seven.

His three tackles for loss was also a defensive high on the night. Olander is a junior as well, and will return to anchor what should be a tremendous d-line in 2010.

Kickoff Coverage Unit – Oregon entered the game with lethal return men and OSU stifled the potent group. The beavs' coverage squad allowed just 20 yards per kickoff return, with one return called back when two Ducks holding penalties negated a runback to the house. Kenjon Barner was held five yards under his average and momentum was never gained by Oregon via the return game, something vital in any attempt to win on the road.


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