It was anything but pretty, but the Oregon State football team earned a hard-fought 19-6 Pac-12 Conference win over Washington State on Saturday in Reser Stadium.
While it was a rough game – see 11 total penalties for 110 yards, for three Sean Mannion interceptions and three WSU sacks, the defense stepped up to help the Beavers improve to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the conference.
“I thought the defense in general was very disruptive,” coach Mike Riley said. “When Washington State thought they had something, they really didn’t. Guys made plays and Poyer’s interceptions were big time. It really helps to get a sack because the quarterback always has that in the back of his head. The guys played hard and made a lot of plays.”
Still, every player that stepped up to be interviewed following the game said there was plenty to work on, that the Beavers haven’t put a complete game together. While that is true, the good part is the Beavers are finding ways to win.
“There are some easy things we need to fix,” Mannion said. “Obviously we are happy with the win but we also know there is a lot that we can do better, there is no doubt in my mind. I know personally that there are some things that I can do to improve as well.”
Defensive end Scott Crichton, who had three sacks and was disruptive throughout the game, said he can’t wait for the Beavers to put together that complete game.
“We have so much potential to win every game on our schedule,” he said. “We haven’t played as a whole team yet because either the offense or defense carries us in each game. Once we finally play as a team, you guys (the fans) are in for something great.”
The 4-0 start has been great, to say the least, for the players and fans after last year’s 3-9 debacle. The young players who saw game time last year are showing that experience this season. And, truth is, the Beavers have plenty of room to improve.
As they do, the sky is the limit. Who knows how good this team can be. I liked that the players weren’t overjoyed with the win. It shows a maturity beyond this young team’s years.