OSU football: Run success important in Oregon State's win

2013-12-25T18:15:00Z OSU football: Run success important in Oregon State's winBy KEVIN HAMPTON, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times

HONOLULU — It was hard to tell which Oregon State team would show up in Hawaii.

On offense, it was clearly the team that nearly took out Oregon in the Civil War.

A big part of OSU’s success against Boise State in Tuesday’s Hawaii Bowl — aside from Rashaad Reynolds’ two defensive touchdowns — was the run game.

The Beavers went to work on the ground right away and finished with 195 yards on the ground in the 38-23 win.

The biggest difference between the Hawaii Bowl and the Civil War was who had the big day. In the Civil War, it was Terron Ward. This time it was Storm Woods, who rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown. Ward added 54 and a score.

The Beavers were able to control the ball and put together a few long drives that proved to be crucial when the Broncos made a little push at the end.

“It’s almost out of desperation that we found it late,” coach Mike Riley said. “It’s really hard to live for any offensive linemen throwing the ball as much as we were throwing it against very good teams. Really good defensive lines. Matchups are hard, so we’ve gotten a real good snapshot of who we’d like to be the last two games.”

Defensive pressure

Although the Beavers gave up big yards to the Broncos — 538 total and 382 passing — they kept quarterback Grant Hedrick off-balance enough with a big push up front that it often slowed or stopped drives.

The Beavers sacked Hedrick five times, had eight tackles for loss and plenty of QB hurries.

Scott Crichton had three tackles for loss and one sack, but forced the BSU offensive line into holding and drew a few calls.

Mike Riley called Crichton a “difference-maker” for the Beavers.

OSU defensive coordinator Mark Banker also brought pressure from the linebackers and defensive backs.

No tricks for Broncos

Trick plays have sparked Boise State to some big wins in the past, but the Beavers were ready.

OSU did not break down and give up any big plays when the Broncos tried a trick or two early in the game.

“That’s kind of a Boise State trademark,” BSU interim coach Bob Gregory said. “We didn’t get them (Tuesday).”

A few facts

With the win, the Beavers improved to 11-6 in bowl games. OSU is now 5-3 against Boise State.

This season, the Beavers were 4-1 in games when they scored a defensive touchdown.

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    Glennn739 - December 25, 2013 10:42 pm
    Too bad the Beavers had to "Hold on for the Win" as our GT writer reported. Obviously, the Broncos did not dish up two more Turnovers in the 2nd half like the did in the first.

    Overall a great game. Interestingly, No Mannion 300-400yds passing, no Cooks 100-200yds receiving, the Headline for the game was Rashad Reynolds two fumble recoveries run back for TD's. Also, the stingy defense. Overall a great team game. Hopefully the Beavers learned that for this game, and the season as a whole, that Flashy Statistics and leading the Nation in any category is meaningless when your team loses. This win needs to be blueprinted and replicated as a Beaver Benchmark.

    For next year -
    Mannion - needs to dump the ball more often, stop looking for the Glory Play which has so many times ended up in Sack. Dump it and atleast retain the line of scrimmage.

    Must have a running game and balance. Both will give Mannion and receivers a chance to do even a better job than they have already been doing. We have a top notch passing game, but it cannot do it by itself, every game.

    Defense must improve vs. rush and especially winning the edge. Also vs. mobile QB.
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