There’s no way around it — the Beavers got their butts handed to them by Arizona. Adding to my misery was the fact that I was there at Arizona Stadium and witnessed the carnage up close and personal. Here’s five statistics I liked, good and bad.
5 Stats I Liked:
1… You’d think being on the losing end of 44-7 affair meant that the Beavers turned the ball over here and there, but they didn’t. As impressive as that is, unfortunately, the Beavers weren’t able to capitalize and struggled to move the ball pretty much the entire game.
4.9… Was the Beavers’ average yards per carry against the Wildcats, which is pretty darn good. It’s also proof that if they would commit to the run, it could pay off. But Storm Barr-Woods, who averaged 6.7 YPC only received nine carries. That’s unacceptable.
6th… Speaking of Barr-Woods, he rushed for 61 yards, eclipsing 2,500 yards for his career — making him the sixth running back in program history to reach that mark. The senior now needs 48 yards to pass Dave Schilling for fifth place.
10… When Seth Collins was sidelined in the second quarter, Marcus McMaryion finally got some meaningful snaps. He threw 10 passes, completing four. Despite attempting 14 less passes than Collins, he finished with 42 yards, while Collins has 58.
5… Despite his emphasis on discipline, Gary Andersen’s squad has been penalized quite a bit this season. That wasn’t the case against Arizona, as OSU committed five for 59 yards, compared to seven for the Wildcats. The bad news, they had more penalty yards than UA.
5 Stats I Didn’t Like:
44… Allowing 44 points to a struggling Wildcats squad wasn’t what the doctor ordered for a unit that was coming off giving up 40+ points to Stanford. And sadly, 34 of those points came in the first half — pretty much making game, set, match at that point.
368… Of Arizona’s 644 total yards of offense came on the ground. It’s an understatement to say the Wildcats ran the ball well against OSU; they dominated the line of scrimmage and imposed their will, at an embarrassing level.
52… After being so strong on third down during its first several games of the season, the defense faltered against UA, allowing the Wildcats to convert 10 of 19 third-down attempts, a 52 percent clip. The Beavers’ pass rush was nonexistent most of the game.
98… Hate to sound like a broken record, but the Beavers’ struggles passing the ball is so glaring, it can’t be avoided. 12 completions for a mere 98 yards isn’t going to cut it. At this point, it’s safe to say, Jerry Pettibone’s Wishbone offense featured a more effective passing game.
18.7… That’s how many yards the Beavers averaged on kickoff returns, which meant poor field position. In fact, OSU’s return game has been lacking all season, which has put more pressure on the offense to sustain drives. A big return could’ve made a big difference, especially early on.
Blame my negative outlook on my view from the cheap, but close-to-the-action seats. But I think even the most optimistic of Beavers fans would have a hard time denying the fact that the team took a huge step backward against Arizona, on both sides of the ball. It’s a not so subtle reminder that this season is likely to be filled with a lot of downs. At the same time, we wouldn’t be fans if we didn’t overlook that fact at times…
As always, Go Beavs! (RW)