Saturday, October 10, 2009

Rodgers Brothers lead Beavers past Stanford










The Rodgers Brothers, Jacquizz and James, combined for 410 total yards Saturday, as the Oregon State Beavers cruised to a big halftime lead, on their way to a 38-28 win over the Stanford Cardinal, in Pac-10 Conference football action at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.

Oregon State ran the Wildcat offense for the first time and ran it effectively. Jacquizz Rodgers took a direct snap and blazed 61 yards to the Cardinal 16, then scored 4 plays later on a 7-yard run. Justin Kahut kicked the extra point, giving the Beavers a 7-0 lead 4:49 into the game. Jacquizz, who carried 8 times for 109 yards in the opening quarter, had runs of 16 and 19 yards on the next possession, then ran the final 12, completing a 9 play, 83-yard drive. Kahut's kick put Oregon State up 14-0, with 2:00 left in the first.

Jacquizz scored again to open 2nd quarter scoring, going around right end this time for a 2 yard score. Kahut toed the PAT,and with 9:56 to go in the half, the Beavers were up 21-0. Stanford responded with an Andrew Luck to Chris Owusu 21-yard pass play for the Cardinal's first score of the night. The Nate Whitaker PAT with 7:14 remaining in the 2nd quarter, cut OSU's advantage to 21-7. However, the Beavers got those points, and more back before the half ended. Sean Canfield flipped a 16-yard swing pass to James Rodgers for a touchdown with 4:32 left, with Kahut converting for a 28-7 lead. Kahut's 31-yard field goal with 24 seconds to go, gave Oregon State a 31-7 halftime lead.

After holding the Beavers to a 3-and-out to open the 2nd half, Stanford drew a bit closer. Jim Dray caught a Luck pass for a 7-yard touchdown, capping a 9 play, 83 yard drive. Whitaker converted with 7:04 left in the 3rd and the Beaver lead was 17, at 31-14.

Oregon State started their next possession at their own 20, running the rest of the time off of the 3rd quarter clock in reaching the Cardinal 5. On the first play of the 4th quarter, Jacquizz Rodgers tied the school record with his 4th rushing touchdown of the game. Kahut kicked the extra point and with just 6 seconds gone in the final quarter, the Beavers appeared pretty safe with a 38-14 lead. After Stanford went 3-and-out, they held Oregon State to a 3-and-out, getting the ball back at their own 9, after recovering the fumbled punt. The Cardinal drove 91 yards, with Toby Gerhart capping the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run. Gerhart then dove in at the left pylon for the 2-point conversion, slicing the Beavers lead to 38-22, with 9:12 left in regulation time. After exchanging possessions, Oregon State once again called on punter Johnny Hekker, to pin Stanford deep. Hekker, who didn't punt once in the 1st half, kicked the ball inside the 20 for the fourth time in the 2nd half. The Cardinal fumbled the punt again, this time recovering at their own 1, with only 2:37 still on the clock. Stanford would drive the length of the field with no time outs, but did put the ball in the endzone, with Gerhart scoring on a 2-yard run. The 2-point conversion attempt was knocked away with 25 seconds left, the Beavers recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock, winning the game 38-28.

Oregon State dominated the statistical ledger. After outgaining the Cardinal 325-103 through the first 30 minutes, they would finish the evening with a 466 to 375 yard advantage in total offense. The Beavers led in 1st downs 27-22, were 8-of-15 on 3rd down to Stanford's 1-of-9. Oregon State led in net rushing yardage 176 to 149 and net passing yardage, 290-226. Beavers were penalized 9 times for 71 yards, Stanford 6 times gor 66 yards. There were no turnovers in the game.

Jacquizz Rodgers had a huge night for Oregon State. After three straight sub-100 yard rushing games, Quizz broke out for 189 yards and 4 touchdowns on 33 carries. He also caught 5 passes for 82 yards. His brother James had a big night too, catching 5 passes for 71 yards and a touchdown, rushing twice for 10 yards, running back 1 punt for 23 yards and 2 kickoffs for 35 yards. Sean Canfield was very effective too, completing 22-of-32 passes for 290 yards and 1 touchdown. For the Cardinal, Andrew Luck was 12-of-30 passing for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns, Toby Gerhart rushed 20 times for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns, Chris Owusu and Jim Dray each caught touchdown passes.

The Beavers won for the second straight week, while breaking a two-game home losing skid, improving to 2-1 in conference, 4-2 overall. Stanford slips to 3-1 in conference, 4-2 overall.

Oregon State gets next week off, giving them an extra week to prepare for a trip to Los Angeles to meet USC on Saturday, October 24th. The Trojans, who were off this week, are 4-1 on the season, 2-1 in the Pac-10. USC plays their annual game against Notre Dame next Saturday in South Bend, Indiana. Kickoff for the October 24th game between the Beavers and the Trojans is 8:00p.m. EDT. The live broadcast can be heard at http://www.kpam.com. The game will be televised live on either ABC or ESPN. Oregon State upset #1 ranked USC in Corvallis last season, 27-21. Stanford plays at Arizona next week.

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