Saturday, September 5, 2009

Beavers beat Portland State to open '09 season











A solid, workman-like effort led the Oregon State Beavers past the determined Portland State Vikings 34-7 today in the opening game of the 2009 college football season for both teams.

After allowing the Vikings to move into Oregon State territory to start the game, the Beaver defense stiffened and forced a punt. After taking over on their own 13 to start their first possession, OSU went the distance on their first play from scrimmage. Sean Canfield threw deep to a streaking James Rodgers for an 87-yard touchdown. Justin Kahut kicked the extra point and the Beavers took a 7-0 lead 5:22 into the 1st quarter. They expanded the lead to 14-0 on a 5-yard run by Jaquizz Rodgers and a Kahut kick with 5:53 left in the first.

Oregon State built the lead with 10 points in the second quarter. Kahut booted a career-best 50-yard field goal 1:49 into the quarter, then Jaquizz Rodgers punched it in from one yard out, with Kahut converting 2:32 away from halftime.

The Beavers, who won the toss and deferred to the second half, wasted little time expanding the lead some more. After running the kick into Portland State territory, Jaquizz Rodgers went up the middle for 43-yards and a touchdown just 9 seconds into the second half. Kahut kicked the PAT and the OSU lead was 31-0. Kahut's 24-yard field goal with 1:24 left in the third, gave the Beavers a 34-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Vikings had an excellent chance to get on the scoreboard early in the final period, but failed on four-straight plays from the Oregon State 2-yard line. Later in the quarter though, Portland State finally broke the shut out. Connor Kavanaugh, who like his brother, the Beavers' Tyler Kavanaugh, is his team's place kick holder, came in at quarterback and led Portland State on a solid drive from near midfield, and finally scored from one yard out with 2:51 remaining. Robert Truax booted the PAT and that was all the scoring for the day, as Oregon State ran out the clock for the win.

For the Beavers, Sean Canfield was 8-of-11 passing for 158 yards and a touchdown, while backup Ryan Katz was 7-of-12 for 125 yards. Jaquizz Rodgers rushed 16 times for 103 yards and 3 touchdowns, and James Rodgers caught 2 passes for 95 yards, one of those the 87-yard catch-and-run touchdown on OSU's first play from scrimmage. For Portland State, Drew Hubel was 20-of-37 passing for 250 yards, while Connor Kavanaugh was 2-of-4 for 22 yards, and added 35 yards rushing and a touchdown on 5 carries. Ray Fry had a fine day receiving, with 10 catches for 146 yards.

The Beavers had 433 yards total offense(7.3 yards per play) to the Vikings' 349(5.3 yards per play). Each team had 18 first downs and showed solid proficiency on 3rd down, with OSU going 8-of-14 and PSU 6-of-15. The Vikings' one lost fumble was the only turnover of the day.

The Beavers, 1-0 on the season, travel to Las Vegas next week, for a matchup with the UNLV Rebels. Kickoff is set for 11:00pm EDT. The live audio stream can be heard on http://www.kpam.com/. The game can also be seen nationally on CSTV. UNLV opened their season with a late-night home game this week against Sacramento State. Portland State opens their home season next Saturday at Portland's PGE Park with a 4:05pm EDT game against Southern Oregon. The Vikings game can be heard at http://www.kpdq-am.com/.

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