Well, not much to say about the Beavers’ latest setback that dropped them to the bottom of the Pac-12 North. The bright spot for me besides the amazing weather was seeing Nick Mitchell get his first shot. It will be interesting to see how the quarterback situation plays out the rest of the season. Onto the main event…
5 Stats I Liked:
122… Rushing yards for Ryan Nall. The RS freshman enjoyed a breakout performance against Colorado, averaging 6.1 yards on 20 carries. His 1-yard TD run with 2:58 left in the opening quarter gave OSU its only lead of the game. Nall moves the pile impressively and is a bruiser!
24… Passes attempted by Nick Mitchell. He only completed nine of them, but the important thing was that he finally got a chance to show what he could do. He appears to know the offense well and what to do. He just needs more time to get comfortable.
4.9… Average yards per carry for the Beavers… That’s further proof that the Beavers can be effective running the ball, if they commit to it. And I’ll keep beating you guys over the head about this 🙂
6… Stops for Kyle Peko. The much-anticipated defensive lineman enjoyed his best performance in an OSU uniform. One of those tackles for loss. He also had a QB hurry and a pass breakup. Despite the defensive line’s struggles this season, Peko has been strong.
401… Total yards of offense for the Beavers; marking their second-highest total of the season. It was a balanced effort, too, as they rushed for 202 yards and threw for 199 yards. On the other hand, maybe that makes the loss more hard to accept.
5 Stats I Didn’t Like:
1… Touchdown. In a high-powered, high-scoring conference such as the Pac-12, one trip into the end zone isn’t going to cut it — not even close. The Beavers’ offense needs a serious boost, and soon.
40… Percent completion percentage for OSU’s QBs. Yes, the Beavers QBs are young and inexperienced, but it’s still hard to see the passing game struggle, after being spoiled by Mike Riley’s passing attack. The good news: Mitchell throws a pretty catchable ball.
0… Turnovers forced. The Beavers did a good job of limiting the Buffaloes offensively. But in a game where points were hard to come by, a turnover could’ve made all the defense. And it’s frustrating they couldn’t force one against Colorado.
1… Missed field goal. With the score tied at 10, and a chance to go up three early in the third quarter, the Beavers came away empty from 44 yards out. Maybe three points there would’ve helped changed the outcome of the game.
0-4… In Pac-12 play. Sorry, I have to go here. At the end of the game, that’s the stat the matters. The Beavers found themselves alone in the last place and will have a hard time climbing out out of that spot.
With Utah on the docket this Saturday, things definitely don’t get easier for the Beavers, especially because the Utes will be smarting from their loss to USC. The important thing to watch for is more progress to be made, no matter how small. And as always, Go Beavs! (RW)