Quarterback

D

Any time four INTs are thrown it's not going to be a good game. Sean Mannion did and that led to the big score in the Oregon win. Some of his pass were off and some were forced.

Running backs

C

Storm Woods and Terron Ward ran the ball well at times, but the Beavers couldn't stick with them because of the big deficit in the second half. Woods averaged 4.4 a carry and scored two TDs

Receivers

D

Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks combined for 12 receptions. That was a victory for the Ducks. The others contributed but not enough in a shootout game.

Offensive line

C

Mannion was sacked once and there was a little bit of a running game. The linemen did enough to give the Beavers a chance. The rest of the offense didn't.

Defensive line

F

The Ducks just ran through or around the line. DE Scott Crichton was on the verge of making a big sack, possibly force a fumble, but he couldn't tackle in the third quarter. That was another big momentum shift.

Linebackers

F

D.J. Alexander led the team in tackles, but the Ducks kept squirting through for big yards. OSU's goal is to stop the run every game. Oregon ran for 430 yards.

Secondary

D

Oregon didn't need to throw much, but did a good job when they did. Most of the secondary tried to help run support so there were plenty of tackles made deep down field.

Special teams

F

The Beavers couldn't handle a squibbed kickoff in the third quarter and it was a turning point turnover that led to an Oregon TD. Then Wheaton drops a punt for a turnover.

Coaching

D

The special teams were in shambles and players were confused on substitutions. Once again the Beavers were put in position to win a high-profile Civil War and fail.

Cliff Kirkpatrick covers Oregon State sports for the Gazette-Times. He can be reached at cliff.kirkpatrick@lee.net.

(2) comments

Patrick
Patrick

All season Beav special teams have done excellent job kicking ball into end zone, as well as never running the ball (ourselves) out of the end zone up field .... Saturday we were never close to a kick to the end zone and we ran almost every kickoff out of end zone or fumbled all the short kick offs. We lost the game on field position, set up , by a special teams unit that went missing and never showed up on Saturday.

OSUSupporter
OSUSupporter

Patrick, to say we lost because of special teams play is a bit short sighted. The reason we lost was because they ran the ball down our throats, gashing our line for huge chunks of yardage, and we couldn't run the ball at all. The game clearly showed at least on Saturday our defense was slow to the edges and fundamentally our tackling was pathetic. Crichton was made to look silly grabbing feebly as their runners ran through his arms and Wheaton was at his worst, dropping easy passes and muffing a punt. Finally Riley again stayed too long with Mannion who threw away any chance for a victory by throwing more picks than TD passes. On the bright side, the O line held up pretty well and I think if we stuck to the run game we would have limited our turnovers and given ourselves a chance.

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