The Beavers escaped Aloha Stadium with a 38-30 victory, and while a win is a win, it was frustrating at the same time, considering the Beavers led 38-7 entering the 4th quarter! Peter71 will go into detail about that later with his ballyhooed Candy Report. Until then, here’s five things that stood out to me about Satuday’s game (in no particular order).
- Boom goes the Dynamite: WR turned DE Obum Gwacham turned heads during fall camp with his athleticism and speed, earning raves from several coaches including defensive coordinator Mark Banker. The senior, while still raw, showed off his potential against Hawaii, recording two sacks! He had a third, but it was negated by a holding penalty. Gwacham’s physical skill set is rare for DE, so he could really create mismatches and headaches for opposing players this season. It’s nice to see him making an impact, no matter if it’s a little later than expected.
- Sloppy Play: Besides letting a 31-point lead slip away, the ugliest part of the game for the Beavers was the 13 penalties they committed, which not only helped Hawaii get back into the game, but stalled OSU’s offense several times. The dead-ball penalties were especially infuriating. And the too many men on the field calls shouldn’t be happening still. The Beavers have to clean up this area soon, or they will lose several games as a result of penalties this season.
- Bolden was BEASTIN’: Was anyone else impressed at how strong Victor Bolden looked against Hawaii? And I’m not taking about his 11 catches for 119 yards and a TD. Just as impressive was the fact that he seemed to be embracing contact, breaking tackles and delivering hits to defenders, He also held onto a pass after getting absolutely drilled. Bolden is already being counted on to be the Beavers’ top playmaker this season, and having physical toughness will only help. His increased strength is great to see, and speaks to his work ethic and determination.
- OSU’s LBs are Good, Really Good: What a difference having all three starting linebackers healthy makes. The unit excelled against Hawaii, especially Michael Doctor, who missed all of last season due to injury. He was a force and helped keep Hawaii’s mobile QB in the pocket most of the game. All three starters, as well as backup Rommel Mageo, played well and helped set the tempo early on for the defense. This is a group that should be one of the best in the conference, as long as it can stay healthy. That said, it was worrisome to see DJ Alexander leave late in the game.
- Storm Moving Out: Storm Woods is a great blocker and has good hands out of the backfield. Plus, he also seems to move best in space. That’s why I’ve long advocated that he line up at WR here and there. So I was stoked to see him him do so against Hawaii, and I hope it happens more as the season goes on. Woods as a receiving option makes the Beavers’ passing game even more dangerous, and opens the possibility of him and Ward being on the field at the same time. And guess what, Woods tied for second on the team in catches against Hawaii, pulling in 4 for 41 yards. The dude can catch.
What things stood out to you about the Beavers against Hawaii? (RW)