Monthly Archives: September 2019

Oregon State Has A Stanford Problem

Oregon State had a Stanford problem Saturday night. Again.

For the 10th time in 10 years, Stanford found a way to win a game against Oregon State, and Beaver fans came away from the contest frustrated.

In the decade, Oregon State has had some good teams, some that were at least capable of competing for a while, and some that were flat out uncompetitive. Especially against Stanford. During that time, the Cardinal have had a lot of good teams, and some that were not as good as their record. This year’s Stanford squad looks like it fits in the latter grouping.

But as usual, Stanford was better when it mattered, even if not overall, and got the 31-28 win.

The game was delayed 15 minutes by a thunderstorm, and then the first quarter was played in a deluge. For some reason, most of normal warmups after the local lightning strike were skipped, as was the National Anthem. Despite the disruption, Oregon State started the game with a lot of energy. Perhaps because of the disruption, the Beavers played the first half, without  the focus to match that energy.

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Oregon State Takes Easy Win From Cal Poly

It wasn’t quite like taking candy from a baby, but it wasn’t far from it Saturday, when Oregon State easily took a 45-7 non-conference win over over-matched Cal Poly. The Mustangs from the FBS Big Sky Conference made a contest of it for a few minutes, but then the game looked so much like so many of the Beavers games in recent times, where one team at a wholly different talent level did mostly what they wanted against a game but out-manned opponent. But instead of being on the deficient end of the deal, Oregon State was the team that was clearly superior.

It didn’t even matter that the Beavers were without starting running back Jemar Jefferson, whose’ foot was in a boot much of the week, a fact the Oregon State kept under wraps until game day. Or that WR Tyjon Lindsey, who started the first 2 games of the season in place of still missing Trevon Bradford, was also not available.

Nor did it matter that starting left guard Gus Lavaka and rotation DB Kaleb Hayes had to watch the decisive first half from the locker room, serving suspensions after separate fist-flying incidents in Hawaii in last weeks’ game.

The absence of both inside linebackers Addison Gumbs and Matthew Tago, both injured in last lweek’s loss, with Gumbs lost for the season, were contributors to a bit of a problem the Beavers had with the Mustang’s triple option rushing game. But not to the point of it being anything other Oregon State players were able to eventually handle.

That’s not to say these issues won’t be a much bigger concern when the Beavers begin Pac-12 play in 2 weeks, after next week’s well timed bye, against Stanford. But against a Big Sky opponent that isn’t one of that conference’s best, the differences in size, speed, and depth across the roster were just too overwhelming.

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Oregon State Makes A Bad Facebook Video In Hawaii

The fact that Oregon State, as a Power 5 program, was reduced to being Facebook video fodder for coverage of their game at Hawaii was a harbinger of things to come Saturday night.

But even that didn’t begin to tell the tale of a game in which the Beavers, after scoring first, and putting up 28 points in the first half, and had twice taken 2 touchdown leads in the 2nd quarter, went scoreless in the second half, and ultimately self-destructed.

An inexplicable decision to try a fake punt deep in their own territory with just over 4 minutes left to go in a tied game resulted in setting the table for Hawaii’s game winning field goal. An inexcusable personal foul to follow sealed the deal, putting the Rainbow Warriors in close enough range that kicker Ryan Meskell, who had already missed 3 field goals, couldn’t hardly miss the 24 yarder that produced the 31-28 win.

That didn’t end the game though, and Oregon State drove into position for a game tieing 52 yard field goal attempt. Which Jordan Choukair hooked wide left, evoking memories of the last time he was put in position to make an important kick against a Mt. West opponent with the game on the line.

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