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Arizona State Torches Oregon State

On a night when it poured from the beginning of pregame warmups through the game and well into the night, one would assume it would be impossible to burn anything. 

However, Arizona State still managed to burn the Oregon State defense to the ground. The Sun Devils hit big play after big play after big play on their way to 514 total yards, including 375 rushing, and a 46-33 win. 

For their own part, the Beavers rolled up some numbers as well, 474 total yards, 250 on the ground. But multiple turnovers, multiple messed up punts, and too many trick plays that backfired more than overcame some offensive creativity, and yet another 100 yard rushing game by Jermar Jefferson. 

Big plays, often as a result of a defense that didn’t account for Arizona State primary threats, were a real big problem as well, as Oregon State gave up touchdown plays of 64, 53, 55, & 29 yards in length. 

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USC Was Just Better Than Oregon State

USC came to Corvallis for the first time in 5 years, and Saturday night, they were just the better team, from the better program, than Oregon State. The result was a 38-21 Trojan win that was closer for much of the game than that.

The game was determined by 4 key sequences, all of which worked out in USC’s favor.

Two of them were memorable. They culminated in long touchdown runs by Aca’Cedric Ware, one for 57 yards on the first play of the second quarter, and another that covered 62 yards early in the fourth quarter, when it had been a 1 score game. Those, and the fact that USC kicker Michael Brown made a long field goal and Oregon State kicker Jordan Choukair missed one that was long enough, but wide, provided the difference in the score.

Both came immediately after Oregon State had lost focus, while USC coach Clay Helton had taken advantage of an extended break to make a shrewd play call. Helton, notably, took over play calling duties from Trojan Offensive Coordinator Tee Martin this week, along with terminating offensive line coach Neil Callaway.

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California Obliterates Outmanned Oregon State

California came into Saturday having lost 3 games in a row, the last one a lopsided blowout loss to UCLA. Fortunately for the Bears, Saturday was their turn to draw Oregon State on the schedule.

The Beavers’ defense has been the antidote for anything that ails an opposing offense for some time now, and with injuries piling up, the Oregon State offense is losing its ability to present problems to any defense as well. Saturday was not only no exception, it was the Beavers’ worst outing of the season.

California controlled the first half, and opened a 21-0 lead that wasn’t a touchdown larger only because the Bears suffered an unforced fumble while knocking on the Oregon State goal line.

But the Bears remedied that on the first drive of the third quarter, going the length of the field on 4 plays to take a 28-0 lead, and the game was effectively as over at that point as it was when Josh Drayden snagged a pick-6, above, with 20 seconds left that made the final 49-7.

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Buckeyes Obliterate Beavers

Ohio State obliterated Oregon State in the season opener. Despite playing without head coach Urban Meyer, who is serving a suspension for the debacle surrounding his former assistant coach, and several defensive breakdowns of their own, the Buckeyes rolled almost unchallenged for 721 yards, and a 77-31 win, easily covering a nearly 40 point spread despite the Beavers hitting several huge plays of their own.

Oregon State actually got off to a good start, with a good opening drive. Unfortunately, it ended with a turnover, after the first of several poor long snaps, and starting quarterback Jake Luton, who was hit hard on the game’s 1st play, left the game after the turnover with a concussion.

To beat any team remotely as good as 5th ranked Ohio State, a team has to play a clean game. Instead, Oregon State followed the turnover with a facemask penalty, and then a blown coverage, which produced a short field for Ohio State, and a Buckeye touchdown not 4 minutes into the game.

Connor Blount took over for the injured Luton, and connected with Trevon Bradford, above, for a 49 touchdown pass to tie the game. Both teams were burned early by soft safety play, not unusual for the beginning of the first game against an opponent you don’t know.

That was the extent of the game being competitive however, as the Buckeyes easily gashed the Beaver defenses for the go-ahead touchdown, the first of 3 touchdown runs Ohio State’s Mike Weber Jr. would record, on his way to being the player of the game. Weber would record a game high 3 touchdowns and a game high 186 yards, on a game high 20 carries.

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