Saturday, October 11, 2008

Beavers pound Cougars

The Oregon State Beavers nearly gave up a 21 point first quarter lead, before regaining their composure and rolling past the Washington State Cougars 66-13 in a Pac-10 conference game Saturday night in Corvallis, Oregon.

Lyle Moevao threw a pair of touchdowns, 30 yards to Sammie Stroughter and 20 yards to Shane Morales, and Jacquizz Rodgers ran one in from 3 yards, to put the Beavers up 21-0 after one quarter.

Washington State rallied with four interceptions in the second quarter. Chantz Staden scored from a yard out and Louis Bland returned an interception 17 yards, bringing the Cougars to within 8, at 21-13. Oregon State did tack on 3 more points, as Justin Kahut booted a 28 yard field goal, to put the Beavers on top 24-13 at the half.

Oregon State put the game out of reach with three scores in the third. Moevao scored on a 1 yard sneak, James Rodgers scored from 17 yards out, then Ryan McCants ran it in from 3 yards, putting the Beavers up 45-13.

Three more scores went on the board in the fourth quarter for Oregon State. Damola Adeniji blocked a punt and recovered in the endzone for a score, Jeremy Francis scored on a 5 yard run and Sean Canfield, seeing his first action since last December's Emerald Bowl, hit Adeniji from 39 yards out to round out the scoring, as the Beavers rolled to the 66-13 win.

Jacquizz Rodgers led the Oregon State offense with 168 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Moevao played well, despite the four picks in the second, completing 13 of 25 passes for 203 yards and two scores. Justin Kahut kicked a field goal, plus 7 extra points, Matt Barker got a chance late and kicked two extra points for the Beavers. Oregon State, who had eight different players score touchdowns, dominated statistically, getting 30 first downs to Washington State's 9. The Beavers won the rushing battle 307-53 and outgained the Cougars in total yards, 549 to 132. Staden rushed 17 times for 47 yards and a touchdown for Washington State, Marshall Lobbestael completed 6 of 16 passes for 72 yards, before being knocked out with an injury in the second half.

When asked about how often 66 points come in a Pac-10 game, Oregon State Head Coach Mike Riley said "Not enough. Those don't come very often in our league." Riley, talking about the second half effort of his team, said "It was just a terrific effort in all facets of the game." And Riley was very pleased with the defensive effort as well, saying that "Our guys just outquicked them. Our guys looked quick and played quick and dominated the line of scrimmage."

With the win, the Beavers even their season record at 3-3, 2-1 in the Pac-10. The Cougars, who gave up 60+ points for the third time this season, fall to 1-6 on the season, 0-4 in the Pac-10. Washington State hosts 8th ranked USC next Saturday. Oregon State travels to Seattle next Saturday, to meet the Washington Huskies, 0-5 overall, 0-3 in the Pac-10. Washington did not play this week. Game time is 6:00p.m. Central time from Husky Stadium and can be seen live on the Versus Network.

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