Coach Mike Riley watches from the sidelines against Portland State. He's looking for crisper offensive execution from the Beavers as they move into the second half of the season. (Amanda Cowan | Corvallis Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State offense has had its share of ups and downs in the first half of the season.

The Beavers are 11th in the Pacific-12 Conference in scoring offense at 27.3 points a game and 10th in total offense.

They are 10th in rushing at 130 yards a game and ninth in passing at 262.7.

That’s a far cry from the 467 yard a game the Beavers averaged last year.

“I feel like we’re just kind of hit and miss,” coach Mike Riley said.

“We’re just not real sharp throwing the football and I’m not talking about the quarterback. I’m just talking about the passing game in general. It’s just not what it has been in the past and we’ve got to execute better.”

The Beavers are having a difficult time with penalties. Too often a false start sets them back.

“And then the other thing that kills us is the penalties. We’ve got to quit doing that. If you give yourself a chance without penalties and just getting a good snap, now you can make some plays. We end up so bad on third down because we play behind the odds all the time.”

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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.