Hawaii Preview

What: Oregon State (1-0) vs. Hawaii (0-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6

Where: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii

TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network/Beaver Sports Radio

Series Record: 6-3 OSU. The Beavers won, 33-14, last season in  Corvallis.Sean Mannion threw for 372 yards and 4 touchdowns, two of which were to Brandin Cooks, who finished with 7 catches for 92 yards.

Notes: Hawaii nearly upset ranked Washington in its season opener — coming up just short, 17-16. The Warriors had more total yards offense than UW, 424-336. Running back Joey Iosefa led the way for UH, rushing for 143 and a TD. Saturday’s game will mark the second straight season OSU and UH have played each other in the second week of the season.

5 Keys to Victory

1. Convert in the Red Zone: The Beavers made it into the red zone nine times last weekend against Portland State. Normally, that would be excellent news, but they managed to score only one touchdown. That’s not going to cut it most games. So the Beavers need to execute better inside the 20-yard-line against Hawaii. Or at least attempt to run the ball more that close to the goal line.

2. Other WRs Step Up: Richard Mullaney and Victor Bolden had strong first games for the Beavers, both catching 5 passes for 55 and 52 yards respectively. But outside of them, no other OSU wide receiver had a catch. So it would be nice to see Malik Gilmore/Hunter Jarmon get more involved and help open things up for Sean Mannion and the passing game. Of course, they also need more balls thrown their way.

3. Avoid a Slow Start Offensively: OSU’s offense took awhile to get going against Portland State. In fact, it didn’t really start clicking until midway in the 3rd quarter. The Beavers can’t afford to have a repeat this weekend. Not when they are on the road against a team that’s got to be feeling pretty good after giving Washington all it could handle. The Beavers hardly looked like world beaters against PSU — and UW is a better team. OSU needs to come out strong and get ahead early.

4. Hit the QB Early and Hard: The Beavers recorded only one sack against Portland State, despite having a D-line that dwarfed the Vikings’ offensive line. Hawaii QB Ikaika Woolsey threw 42 times last weekend, so the Beavers need to put pressure on him and get to him sooner rather than later. If not sack him, they need to at least let Woolsey know that they are there, and throw him off his rhythm.

5. Contain Joey Iosefa: Hawaii’s senior running back is a load — literally. The 6-foot, 240-pound bruiser was a force against Washington, carrying the ball 30 times for 143 yards and a score. Isosefa might not break any big runs, but he can move the chains, and more worrisome for the Beavers, wear a defense down. The Beavers need to bottle him up, bring him down, and force the Warriors to go to the air. If Isosefa is able to do what he did against UW, the Beavs could be in for a long day.

Game prediction: Oregon State 24, Hawaii 14.

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