Oregon State started a little slowly tonight, as the coaches seemed to want to utilize a ball control, odds based offense. Cooks and Wheaton were limited for too much of the game, but Storm Woods was effective in the red zone and ended up with all 3 TDs for the Beavers. The defense came up huge causing 4 turnovers. DB Sean Martin had the last one with less than 90 seconds left to ice the game for good. Attendance was a very solid 45,769, good for the 5th most in school history, and the first consecutive sellouts since 2008. Although the offense never found too much rythym, Utah’s freshman QB made a couple key mistakes and the game remained in OSU’s hands throughout.
OSU had five big recruits at the game in bigtime defensive backs L.J. Moore and Tatum Taylor, outside linebacker Joey Alfieri from Jesuit, Memphis verbal RB Damien Haskins and QB Luke Del Rio who is a verbal to Oklahoma State. They all had to have loved the electricity in Corvallis. Recruiting should continue to pickup with OSU now looking at #7 or better tomorrow in both the AP and BCS polls. Scott Crichton had another strong defensive effort. He applied consistent pressure and he and Wynn each recovered a fumble. Doctor also had a nice pick in the 1st half. DJ Alexander had an awesome sack near the end of the game that guaranteed the Beavers victory. It’s good Banker took the opportunity to be aggressive against the freshman Wilson when it mattered.
Next Week the Beavers travel to CenturyLink Field in Seattle to take on the Huskies and go for the best start ever in Oregon State history. Mannion will likely see action against Washington as they will likely need to score 25+ to have their best chance to win. Vaz atleast kept from making any costly mistakes tonight. His best throw was an important 26 yard strike to Cummings. Oregon State seems to be better when they pass atleast as much as they run in the first half and then go with a few more runs in the 2nd half for ball control and timeclock management. OSU will need a great week of practice and try to jump out to a quick start in Seattle. Enjoy this one for 24 hours and get right back at it Beaver Nation!