OK, let’s call this what it is: A lost season for the Beavers. That “playing for the future” bit is hard to believe in wake of another drubbing, this time 41-0 at the hands of the Bruins. It was awful. With that said, here’s my by-the-numbers look at the game…
5 Stats I Liked:
0… Points allowed by the Beavers in the first quarter. It was a great start for the defense and gave OSU a fighting chance, even if it was fleeting. They repeated the feat in the final quarter, as well — unfortunately the game was well out of hand at that point.
6.2… Yards per carry for Storm Barrs-Woods. The senior running back has battled injuries this season and a roller-coaster rotation at running back. However, he ran well against the Bruins, gaining 87 yards on 14 carries.
11… Tackles for Devin Chappell. The junior defensive back, a former walk-on from Western Oregon, turned in his best performance as a Beaver, tying for the team lead in tackles. It’s another chapter in his feel-good story.
38,074… People attended Saturday’s game — a season high. Yes, it helped that it was Dad’s Weekend, but it was still impressive considering OSU’s dismal season and the less than ideal weather. Sadly, the stadium was pretty empty after halftime.
66… Yards is punter Nathan Porebski’s new career long punt. He uncorked the monster punt (helped by a few OSU bounces) in the second quarter to pin the Bruins deep. He’s quietly put together a few solid games in a row.
5 Stats I Didn’t Like:
0… Points scored. I get that this is a transition season, and there was bound to be some up and downs, but never in my wildest nightmares could’ve I imagined the Beavers’ would struggle to move the ball. UGH.
41… Percent was the combined completion percentage for Nick Mitchell and Marcus McMaryion, which highlighted the offensive struggles against OSU. To be fair though, the wide receivers didn’t do them any favors at times.
5.5… Yards per carry for the Bruins. That ultimately put too much pressure on the Beavers’ defense, and eventually UCLA was able to score at will. If they hadn’t move all the way down to their third-string offense, who knows what the score could’ve been.
12… Yards receiving for Jordan Villamin. The sophomore receiver is too explosive not to be targeted more. So it’s been disappointing to watch him struggle to get involved consistently this season and get in a rhythm. Sadly, you could say that about all the receivers.
6, 116, 2… That’s the Rec/Yards/TDs line for UCLA receiver Thomas Duarte, who sparked the Bruins to an early lead that they never relinquished, or for that matter even had to peek back to see if OSU would come charging back.
And to add to insult, I’m coming clean. Saturday’s game marked the first time as a Beavers fan that I didn’t go back for the second half. I kinda feel bad about that, but at the same time, the game left me completely deflated and bummed. I still am.
This is why it’s tough being a fan. While our brains think one thing, our hearts want to think another thing. I knew this season would be rough, but I wanted to believe that this coaching staff was elite enough to squeeze out a little magic… Go Beavs! (RW)