What They're Saying: TCU 30, OSU 21

THERE IS NO shortage of prose, on the day after, from Dallas to Corvallis and other points in between, following Oregon State's season opening loss.

When the Beavers had the ball, it was hit or miss. First-time starter () Ryan Katz made some spectacular plays -- he had a 30-yard touchdown pass to flanker James Rodgers in the first quarter and a beautiful 34-yard strike to slotback Jordan Bishop in the second -- but there were also some clunkers on a night TCU made sure it wasn't going to get beat by either one of the Rodgers brothers. -- Paul Buker, The Oregonian

So it's too early to say the Beavers are in another one of those slow starts. They'll be better in Game 2. An early big win is coming (against Louisville). – Cliff Kilpatrick, Corvallis G-T

Another day, another disappointing opener for the Oregon State football team. – Lindsay Schnell, The Oregonian

TCU pushed Oregon State around inside palatial Cowboys Stadium. No getting around that. – Ted Miller, ESPN

Katz made some plays, but he botched too many to win. He completed 9 of 25 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns. I'm a big believer in the kid, but he missed a couple of home-run throws and overthrew some simple short passes, too. Also, he came to the line of scrimmage for a critical first down with 4:18 remaining on his own 18 and kicked the game away. – John Canzano, The Oregonian

They were relentless. They were physical. And as the humid night wore on, they were the unit that eventually seized control of the game and made TCU a 30-21 winner Saturday. But for once, it wasn't the Horned Frogs' nationally ranked defense that won the night. It was the offense -- the running game, mostly. – Gil Lebreton, Star Telegram

Up front, the Beavers tried eight different linebackers, and there was a steady exchange of defensive linemen. Some of that was because of the steamy conditions, and it was the opening game. – Bob Clark, Register Guard

The Horned Frogs did not dominate, their win only assured after Oregon State's muffed snap went into its own end zone for a safety, but it's hard to argue with the result. They held Beavers star Jacquizz Rodgers to 74 yards on 18 carries and Oregon State to 253 total yards in a 30-21 victory. – Stewart Mandel, Sports Illustrated

In a war of attrition, the strong usually survives. Unable to come up with a big play on defense, the Frogs put together second-half drives that consumed seven-plus minutes and three more drives of more than four minutes. – Gil Lebreton, Star Telegram

Patterson, who incredulously texted GameDay host Chris Fowler after hearing Corso's pick, considered the prediction a gift. "I don't care what Corso thinks," Patterson said after the game. "They have to do their job and I have to do things to do my job. I just wanted to make sure they knew I was listening." Stefan Stevenson, Star Telegram

OSU's running game didn't help much. Jacquizz Rodgers was held to 75 yards and one TD on 18 carries. The team gained 73 yards. The Beavers exchanged scores with TCU much of the game. The defense held its own but wore down in the middle of the game. -- Cliff Kilpatrick, Corvallis G-T

No one in purple had a good answer for the question of the night: Who exactly gave the order to open the stadium roof on a 90-degree afternoon? But it seemed to produce the desired effect. – Gil Lebreton, Star Telegram

It was there for the taking for No. 24 Oregon State. The Beavers had been pushed around Cowboys Stadium all Saturday night by No. 6 TCU but they were within 28-21 late in the fourth quarter because of two pass interceptions, a fake punt and a few late defensive stops. – Paul Buker, The Oregonian

Louisville and Boise State will see the blueprint as easily as the rest of us do. So will the entire Pacific-10 Conference. The OSU season rests in Katz's ability to stick a dagger in the opposing defense when it cheats up, trying to stop the Beavers running game. – John Canzano, The Oregonian

For all challenges the Oregon State football team faced in opponent and setting for a season opener, it wasn't a disastrous start. – Cliff Kilpatrick, Corvallis G-T

As for TCU, Saturday's Cowboys Classic was more about taking the first steps in an improbable but not impossible run toward a national title game this season. Mission accomplished. -- Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas Morning News

Known for scheduling fearlessly in the nonconference season, and sometimes getting their ears boxed in, the Beavers went back and forth with the Horned Frogs, even though they were whipped decisively at the line of scrimmage and could never get a handle on quarterback Andy Dalton and TCU's physical run game. – Paul Buker, The Oregonian

And it was Wesley, not Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers, who finished the game as the most important and productive offensive player from either side. Wesley finished with a game-high 134 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown. – Mac Engel Star Telegram

Beavers safety Lance Mitchell probably doesn't get enough credit for being one of the top playmakers at his position in the Pacific 10 Conference. The junior had an eye-opening game against TCU with nine solo tackles, nine assisted tackles, and a 21-yard interception return that set up OSU's first touchdown. – Paul Buker, The Oregonian

High in the stands at Cowboy Stadium on Saturday night, a TCU fan held up a sign that read, "Dam the Beavers." Gary Patterson's defense was listening. – Lindsay Schnell, The Oregonian


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