OFF NOTES: Just one redzone opportunity

THE OREGON STATE offense converted just 36% of its third down opportunities, but had the ball for just a little over 20 minutes in the entire game. All of the news and notes on offense, plus grades for each unit inside.

  • The offense generated 255 yards of total offense, 5.0 ypp, 182 via the pass, 18.2 ypc, and 73 on the ground, 2.9 ypc, while holding onto the ball for 20:37.
      
  • The offense picked up 13 first downs, four via the run, eight by pass and one by penalty while converting four of 11 third downs (36%) and 1 of 1 fourth downs.

  • The Beavers started the game with a two tight end set, but went three and out on its first series.
  • The offense traveled just one time inside the redzone scoring on the opportunity.

  • The offense had the ball for just 7 minutes and 15 seconds in the second half.
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    QUARTERBACK

    C

    Katz did a good job of managing the game and only threw into coverage twice. He had no problem throwing the ball away or scrambling if no one was open. Plus, his two touchdown passes were beautiful.

    On the negative side he did overthrow or throw behind a receiver several times and he did not look Quizz's way once. All in all though, a solid outing.

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    • QB Ryan Katz completed 9 of 25 passes (36%) for 159 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start. His 34-yard second quarter touchdown pass to Jordan Bishop in the corner of the endzone is the longest touchdown pass of his career.

      His two touchdown passes were perfect throws, but he did overthrow a wide open Quon on the first play of the game and Markus Wheaton in third quarter.

      "I thought we left a lot of good plays out there," Katz said. "We have to capitalize on opportunities. We did that on some, but not enough."

      While Katz played a decent game he did throw behind or above a wide open receiver four to five times.

      His scrambling ability did paid off as he side stepped several would be sacks.

    • Katz took the blame for the bad snap that resulted in a safety at the end of the game.

      “We should have stuck with the original play,” Katz said. “That’s on me.”
       

     

    RUNNING BACK

    B-

    Yeah Quizz was held under a 100-yards, but the Texan made something out of nothing time and time again and did an excellent job pass blocking.

    The bad part of the running backs was Darkins who missed several blocks that would have resulted in some big gains for Quizz.

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    • RB Jacquizz Rodgers carried the ball 18 times for 75 yards, 4.2 ypc, and one touchdown. His longest scamper was a 16-yard gain in the third quarter.

      Quizz didn't have a lot of room to run all night long and was mainly used as a decoy. Interestingly enough Katz did not target him with a single pass.

      The junior running back moved into a tie for seventh place with K Justin Kahut in career points with 198.

    • FB Will Darkins wasn't as a effective as he normally was as he missed several key blocks.

     

    OFFENSIVE LINE

    C-

    As good as the offensive line was at pass blocking they were equally bad at run blocking.

    True, TCU stacked the box the entire game, but the o-line failed to open even the smallest hole.

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    • The offensive line yielded just two sacks and gave Katz plenty of time to throw in the pocket, but they did a porous job of run blocking as Quizz had nowhere to run most of the game.

    • LT Wilder McAndrews and RG Burke Ellis received their first career starts.

     

    RECEIVERS

    A

    Rodgers got behind the secondary several times and had a great block on the outside to setup Quizz's touchdown.

    Nichols made a fantastic grab and there were no dropped balls.

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    • WR James Rodgers grabbed a team high four passes for 75 yards and one touchdown.

      His 26-yard touchdown in the first quarter was the 15th of his career moving him into a tie for fifth on OSU’s all-time career receiving touchdowns list.

      Quon's four receptions gives him 165 for his career moving him into third on OSU's all-time list. Rodgers also had two carries for eight yards - both were fly sweeps.

      Katz missed a streaking Rodgers on the opening play of the game down the sidelines that would have resulted in a touchdown.

    • TE Joe Halahuni had two catches for 26 yards, but was not targeted much.

    • WR Aaron Nichols grabbed two passes for 24 yards. His diving 20-yard snag in the first quarter was a thing of beauty as he laid out for the catch, but still managed to get a foot down.

      The catch came on third and eight keeping the drive alive.

    • WR Jordan Bishop's 34-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter is the longest of his career and his second in orange and black.

    • WR Markus Wheaton, who received the start on the outside, had one carry for six yards on a fly sweep.

      Wheaton had a few steps on a receiver in the second half down the sideline but Katz overthrew him.

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