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Oregon State running back Ryan Nall could be playing in his final Civil War game on Saturday. He will make a decision on going to the NFL after the season.

Anibal Ortiz, Mid-Valley Media

Oregon State's offense has played some good football in the second half of the past two games.

The problem was that the Beavers were already facing hefty deficits when the offense began to get on track.

Last week, the Beavers were trailing 30-7 at the half and made a strong push before falling to Arizona State, 40-24.

The Beavers were able to take some shots down the field because of the situation, but OSU co-offensive coordinator Kevin McGiven said the Beavers also made adjustments.

"I think really the first half of the last couple games (we) realized some deficiencies, I think both some things that we weren't able to execute (and) there were some things that they were taking away from us that we thought may have been there, so there were some adjustments required," McGiven said.

That meant stretching the field with the pass game after having little success in establishing the run.

"Part of those adjustments weren't just within the schemes, but just the overall philosophy of how we needed to approach the game to try to get ourselves back into it," McGiven said. "So just came out maybe a little bit passive in the first parts of both of those games and we realized we need to be more aggressive and we realized we need to look for ways to try to get our guys matched up on the perimeter and try to scheme some things to attack coverage in the pass game.

"So it worked out, obviously, but too little too late both times. Had a chance to make it a one-possession game there at the end of that game and get right back into it. That's what I asked those guys to do at halftime and that was the adjustment that we made and they came out and executed it. We've just got to do that a lot earlier."

Straight line formation

When OSU got close to the ASU goal line, the Beavers lined up in a straight line behind the ball before splitting up and getting set in a normal formation.

McGiven said it was another offensive wrinkle that the Beavers are using to let the players have some fun on the field, but it also was done to get a softer front and create confusion.

"Even you saw in that situation you had a couple guys that weren't real settled in, that were kind of waiting for us to get lined up and then we get lined up and snap the ball," he said. "Sometimes it prevents defenses from digging their feet in and can help you out in a short-yardage goal-line situation where we use that."

Nall on his future

Ryan Nall could be playing in his final Civil War on Saturday.

Nall has the choice of going for the NFL or staying at OSU for his senior season.

"Right now I'm focused on just finishing the season out," Nall said. "I set myself up to be in a good position to have options. After the season I'm going to discuss with my parents what's best for me, but right now I'm just focused on the Civil War."

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