Mike Riley was talking to a friend on Monday who asked if the Beavers had a game this week.
Riley said they did and his friend replied, “Oh, that’s good.”
“That would have been hard to sleep on for two weeks,” Riley said Tuesday, referring to Saturday’s 49-46 upset at the hands of Eastern Washington.
While many in Beaver Nation are still scratching their heads trying to figure out how on Earth the Eagles came into Corvallis and hung 625 yards total offense on the Beavers, the players and coaches are focused on this Saturday’s game at home against Hawaii (0-1).
“We’re back in the flow right now getting ready for a game,” Riley said. “I think we have responded well the early part of practice this week.”
Riley said he was impressed with the way Hawaii played against USC.
That is the focus moving forward this week.
“It all turns into the specifics of what Hawaii does,” Riley said. “So you prepare for what they do and who they’re doing it with so that’s how every week changes basically. Then we try to gain more and more confidence throughout the week.”
Bolden’s first action
Freshman receiver Victor Bolden saw his first action and got in on the kickoff return team.
He had six returns for 119 yards with a long of 27.
“I think he handled the game very well as far as the nerves and being out there making plays on kickoff return,” Riley said.
“I think he is capable of so much more. I think once he starts to settle down and see things a little better he’ll be better.”
Cooks on the mend
Junior receiver Brandin Cooks missed his second straight practice after taking a hit to the back late in Saturday’s game.
“I think he was much better today,” Riley said. “He caught punts (before practice). I would expect him to do some practicing (today) which would be good.”
Sophomore center Isaac Seumalo, who missed Saturday’s game, was back practicing and Riley said he should be good to go this week.
“(If) we stay on this course, we expect him to play,” Riley said.
Even with two first-time starters, the offensive line was solid on Saturday.
Josh Mitchell filled in for Seumalo at center and Roman Sapolu took over at right guard as Grant Enger moved to right tackle.
“I think the guys did a nice job for sure up front,” Riley said. ” I think assignments were good. That doesn’t mean we didn’t get beat. ... One of the few throws (Sean Mannion) missed was because of the pressure.
“So it wasn’t like perfect but it was good to not get sacked. I think the pressure and the talent will get stronger as we go so we’re going to have to be better and better.”