Oregon State's Cyril Noland-Lewis celebrates stopping San Diego State's Lloyd Mills' punt return. Noland-Lewis had a big game at USC on Sept. 27. (Jesse Skoubo/Corvallis Gazette-Times)

While the Beavers struggled on offense at USC, the defense played well for most of the game.

Backup safety Cyril Noland-Lewis had a breakout game against the Trojans with eight total tackles, six solo.

Noland-Lewis has 13 tackles for the season.

“He knows what to do, he knows where to be,” OSU defensive coordinator Mark Banker said. “He plays with enthusiasm and great intention.”

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Banker said Noland-Lewis needs to learn how to finish when making a tackle.

“He was there at the point of attack and guys went down for the most part, but they gained another five yards because he was low on his tackle,” Banker said.

“He doesn’t need to do that. He’s got a big old body and he needs to run through these tackles and put a guy on his back. That’s what he needs to do. He needs to do a better job of tackling.”

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Kevin Hampton is sports reporter for the Gazette-Times. He can be reached at 541-758-9519 or kevin.hampton@lee.net.