Where does OSU go from here?

Where does OSU go from here?

It’s a simple question, with a not so simple answer; where does Oregon State go from here?

Prior to the season many people thought the Beavers would be a bowl team. Year three of Gary Andersen would see the big jump in the win-loss column.  The fan base was full of optimism, and justifiably so.

However, instead of a return to respectability we have seen this team take a giant step backwards. Following a 42-7 drubbing at the hands of the Washington Huskies on Saturday the Beavers fell to just 1-4 on the season. That one victory took last second heroics from the offense to steal, yes steal, a win from FCS Portland State.

Against the Huskies the Beavers struggled to do anything on offense. At the end of the third quarter they had a total of just 104 yards of offense and zero scores. To put that in perspective the Huskies had 98 yards and a touchdown on their first drive of the game. Not the best of comparisons.

But we have to be fair on this night. The defense played lights out in the first half. They gave up that big drive to start the game, then hunkered down and held the Huskies scoreless the rest of the half. It was the best defensive half we have seen from OSU all season. But then the OSU we have some to remember showed up in the third quarter, allowing the Huskies to score 21-points.

Failing to score while failing to keep the opposition from scoring… well, you’re not going to win any games with that formula.

The frustration from coach Andersen could be heard in his voice postgame. The coach seems to be just as bewildered as we are. And that should be most troubling of all. When the captain of the ship doesn’t know why it turns left when he turns the wheel right, you have a serious problem.

There is something off with this Beavers team; I just can’t quite put a finger on it. At this point, it may be time to start looking to 2018.

The Beavers still have USC, Colorado, Stanford, a much improved Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, and Oregon remaining on the schedule.

Will it be possible to pick up a win in that stretch? Of course it will be. Anything is possible, but that doesn't mean it's plausible. Win one game - Sure. Win enough games in that stretch to become bowl eligible – don’t hold your breath.

The Beavers we saw on Saturday will be lucky to win a quarter, let alone a game the rest of the way. And that is a sad state of affairs for a team that we all thought, myself included, was ready to turn the corner.

 

 

 

Beavers learn firsthand just how good Khalil Tate is

Beavers learn firsthand just how good Khalil Tate is

Khalil Tate is good. The whole country knows it. On Saturday the Beavers learned the lesson firsthand. Tate ran all the Beavers to the tune of 206 -yards and two scores. But it wasn’t just Tate that had his way. The entire Arizona run game was in attack mode. The Wildcats ran for 534-yards and seven touchdowns. Seven! In short, Oregon State just couldn’t stop the ground attack.

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FINAL SCORE: Arizona 49 – Oregon State 28.

Now the Beavers turn their attention to Arizona State. With two games left on the schedule (the Sun Devils and the Ducks) can Oregon State get its first conference victory?

Beavers lose to Cal, remain winless in Pac-12 play

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Beavers lose to Cal, remain winless in Pac-12 play

Once again the Beavers fall short of a Pac-12 victory, losing to Cal 37-23 on Saturday afternoon. California’s Patrick Laird put on a show on the ground with 214 yards rushing, compared to Oregon State’s Thomas Tyner and Ryan Nall who ran for 41 and 35 yards, respectively.  Beavers QB Darell Garretson was 13/25, with 169 yards passing.

What began with a successful opening scoring drive for the Beavers quickly turned into showcasing the struggling defense.

The Beavers did make a notable stop on 4th down towards the end of the 2nd quarter which lead them to a field goal, as well as forcing a Cal fumble in the 3rd.

However, back-to-back scoring by the Bears gave Cal an early lead that they were able to hold onto for the reminder of the game. But despite the loss, the Beavers looked pretty darn good in their uniforms. 

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The Beavers are on the road again next week, facing Khalil Tate and the rest of the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, Nov. 11. 

Beavers could taste victory, but come up short. OSU loses to No. 20 Stanford 15-14.

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Beavers could taste victory, but come up short. OSU loses to No. 20 Stanford 15-14.

CORVALLIS, OR- Give credit where credit is due, and tonight that belongs to the Oregon State Beavers defense. Before kickoff, it was announced that Stanford running back, the nation's leading rusher, and Heisman contender Bryce Love would be ruled out due to an ankle injury. Regardless of who was in Stanford's backfield, the Cardinal historically have been a power-run game beginning up front with a strong offensive line. But the Oregon State defense rose to the challenge and held Stanford's run-game to just 82 yards, 15 points (12 of which from field goals). However, it wasn't enough as Oregon State (1-7) loses a nail-biter to No. 20 Stanford (6-2) 15-14.

The defense started off strong from kickoff limiting explosive plays and making it difficult for Cardinal quarterback Keller Chryst to find open receivers. Oregon State struggled at first to get off the field on third down, but compensated by giving up only field goals and not touchdowns. That is until the very last Cardinal drive, started from an OSU fumble to give Stanford good field position with just under 3 minutes to go, leading to a Stanford touchdown to lead the Beavers 15-14.

Now for the offensive side of the ball. The backfield duo of sophomore Ryan Nall and senior Thomas Tyner established the run-game early finding success through the middle and then bouncing to the outside which helped open up downfield for senior quarterback Darell Garretson. The two combined for 138 rushing yards and one 18-yard touchdown run from Tyner. Following the game, interim head coach Cory Hall said, "Beaver football has changed". There is something different about this Beavers squad in the last two weeks alone.

Up next: Oregon State (1-7, 1-5 PAC-12) travel south to face the California Golden Bears (4-4, 1-4 PAC-12) at 2 p.m. next Saturday, November 4th.

Beavers fight 'til the end, but fall short against Colorado

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Beavers fight 'til the end, but fall short against Colorado

Look at every stat expect the final score, and you will think the Beavers won this game. Oregon State dominated much of the game, but in the end they fell just short of a victory in the first game of the Cory Hall era. The Beavers had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, only to see a 52-yard field attempt by Jordan Choukair fall just short. Now the Beaver will use the upcoming bye week to prepare for Stanford. 

Final score: Oregon State 33 - Colorado 36

A look back at Andersen's Corvallis journey

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A look back at Andersen's Corvallis journey

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To many, this is the only thing they gathered from the departure of Oregon State’s now ex-head coach Gary Andersen. Writing this the day after Andersen’s departure would’ve welcomed a lot of knee-jerk reactions. Aside from the money, I’m sure plenty thought finally, this should’ve happened month ago, or good riddance. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and look at how the Beavers program arrived at this place.

Andersen heading to Oregon State seemed like a dream hire. He came from winning roots at Wisconsin, and if I’m being honest, I was baffled by him coming to Corvallis. It felt like a step back. He won a WAC title at Utah State before spending two years at Wisconsin where his combined record was 20-7, 13-3 in conference. In his final year he went 11-3, 7-1 in conference and a Big Ten Championship game loss to the eventual National Champion Ohio State. He capped the year with an overtime Outback Bowl win against Auburn. Quite the resume for a coach coming to Oregon State.

On to the Corvallis arrival. He took over for the beloved Mike Riley who went 5-7 before leaving for Nebraska. With any coaching change, embrace the fact that there will be a first-year drop-off unless the team is completely loaded with talent. The 2-10 record year one was seen as a complete rebuilding season. Year two showed growth at the end with a win over archrival Oregon. The scene was set for a bowl bid to be had this year and the fan base was bamboozled.

The season’s opening 58-24 loss to Colorado State was the writing on the wall. Accompany that with escaping a close encounter against FBS opponent Portland State, which is 0-5, and you’ve got a hot seat. After this past week’s 38-10 road debacle against USC, coach Andersen called it quits. His combined record in three years was 7-23, 3-17 in conference.

There’s a lot of finger-pointing opportunities. Let’s start with the fact that Oregon State is one of the toughest jobs in the country.  Next are the lackluster recruiting classes. It’s no secret that the state of Oregon isn’t littered with elite football talent, so coaches must make headway in the surrounding states. More than anything the lack of player development. You won’t out-recruit the blue blood programs. The next coach must be able to develop these two- and three-star recruits. Look to programs like Gary Patterson at TCU and Matt Rhule at Temple. Maybe Andersen underestimated this challenge and he didn’t have a staff that was truly invested in player development.

He clearly respected the program and profession enough to walk away without taking a dime with him realizing it simply wasn’t working out. For that fans should thank him.

Don't ask me why Andersen is gone -- but OSU lost a good man

Don't ask me why Andersen is gone -- but OSU lost a good man

Why, Coach, why?

That's all I can say in the wake of the news that Gary Andersen is no longer the football coach at Oregon State. I don't know why. It makes no sense. Colleges don't change head coaches in the middle of the season -- any season -- and although the school's athletic director, Scott Barnes, insisted many times over that it was "a mutual decision." Really? Nobody was pushing from either side? Boosters played no part in this? I just don't see Andersen leaving his team in the middle of the season. He doesn't seem that sort of man.

This was a shocker. And, of course, so was the news that Andersen is walking away from more than $12 million owed him by the university.

This stuff doesn't compute and when all you get is "this is a mutual decision," you can't help but speculate. Be my guest.

But this I know: Andersen is a quality coach and quality man. I believe, given time, he was going to get it done in Corvallis -- at least as much as is humanly possible. Mike Riley spoiled a lot of Beaver fans who think winning is easy at Oregon State. It is not. I said it when Andersen was hired -- this is one tough job. You're in the rising shadow of the Ducks, you don't have the facilities that many other Pac-12 schools have and don't have a lot of money to throw at recruiting.

So don't ask me what happened in Corvallis. For right now, I just don't know. But what I do know is that Oregon State lost a good one Monday.

Breaking: Gary Andersen and OSU have agreed to mutually part ways

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Breaking: Gary Andersen and OSU have agreed to mutually part ways

Scott Barnes announced that Gary Andersen and the school have agreed to mutually part ways.

Release:

Oregon State University Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Monday that head football coach Gary Andersen and the school have agreed to mutually part, effective immediately.
 
 "I thank Gary for his many contributions to our student-athletes, OSU Athletics and Oregon State University," Barnes said. "OSU football has advanced significantly in many ways during Gary's tenure here, including in our facilities and student-athlete academic performance. This program is poised for success on and off the field."
 
Oregon State University and Andersen have mutually agreed to release each other from all future contract obligations and payments, which were guaranteed through the 2021 football season.
 
"After many discussions with Scott, waiving my contract is the correct decision and enables the young men and the program to move forward and concentrate on the rest of this season," Andersen said. "Coaching is not about the mighty dollar. It is about teaching and putting young men in a position to succeed on and off the field. Success comes when all parties involved are moving in the same direction."
 
"This is an exceptionally difficult time for me, personally and professionally," Barnes said. "I have known Gary for many years and respect him highly as a person, my friend, a head football coach and an incredible leader of young men. The timing of this is very difficult; however it is the best for all involved."
 
 "Coach Andersen's decision to waive his remaining compensation is unprecedented in major college athletics," Barnes said. "His decision is made for the right reasons and values, and it speaks volumes about the kind of honorable person that Gary Andersen is."
 
Barnes said he immediately would undertake a national search to appoint a head coach for the 2018 season, and would utilize a search firm to identify and review candidates. He and OSU President Ed Ray will ultimately decide who will coach the Beavers.
 
In the interim, Barnes has appointed current Beaver assistant coach Cory Hall to lead the program.
 
Hall is in his second season with the team after joining Oregon State in January 2016. He has college coaching experience at Washington State University, Weber State University and the University of Wisconsin. In addition, he is a six-year NFL veteran, having played for the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals. Hall graduated from Fresno State University where he also played football. In his OSU tenure, he has coached former Beaver Treston Decoud, a fifth round draft pick last April by the Houston Texans, and current All-America cornerback Xavier Crawford.

Andersen led the OSU football program to unprecedented academic success during his nearly three-year tenure with the team, posting record term cumulative grade point averages, a renewed emphasis on community service involvement, and last season, the Beavers defeated Oregon for the first Civil War victory since 2007.
 
In addition, Andersen's head coaching career includes being a semifinalist for the 2013 Maxwell Award Coach of the Year, a 2012 finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, leading Utah State to the 2012 Western Athletic Conference championship and Wisconsin to the 2014 Big Ten West Division title.  As a head coach, Andersen's student-athletes have achieved 149 conference academic honors, and he has coached 36 individuals selected in the NFL Draft. Andersen has also been a head coach or assistant coach for 11 teams that advanced to bowl games.
 

 

 

Self-inflicted wounds doom the Beavers in loss to Trojans

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Self-inflicted wounds doom the Beavers in loss to Trojans

Just five minutes into the game the Beavers were already down 14-0. Missed field goal, dropped touchdown passes, inexcusable turnovers, you name it, the Beavers found ways to hurt themselves.  Did USC stop the Beavers, or did OSU stop itself? Whatever the answer, the Beavers have to move on and regroup in preparation for Colorado next Saturday. 

Final score in LA: USC 38 – OSU – 10

 

 

 

 

Hard times ahead for Beaver fans

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Hard times ahead for Beaver fans

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After seeing the strong close to the 2016 campaign by the young Oregon State Beavers, I’m sure the fan base had the mindset that they’d be in store for a big year. By that I mean a bowl bid and possibly an upset.

Let’s cut to the chase; it’s not happening.

Gary Andersen is in his third year as the head coach and I’m typically a fan of giving coaches four years, but it may be time to cut bait after this season. They were blown out again by Washington State, sound familiar? To make matters worse, starting quarterback Jake Luton exited Saturday’s game with a thoracic spine fracture. That doesn’t bode well for an offense that isn’t exactly lighting up the scoreboard.

The team simply doesn’t have any fight. On their putrid offense, they rank 93rd in points per game and 100th in yards per game. The running game was thought to be a strength the offense with junior running back Ryan Nall, however, they currently sit at 106th nationally. Ranking 71st isn’t bad when you examine their passing attack. On the contrary, when you take into account that they’re typically playing from behind defenses are playing soft coverages allowing for easy completions and yardage.

There’s not much to enjoy when looking at their defense either. They rank 106th or worse in points, passing, and rushing yards allowed per game. Essentially every major category defensively. If you exclude their game against FCS opponent Portland State, they’ve been outscored by a whooping 94 points! I’m no math major, but that doesn’t sound like a team that’s competing.

They’ll host Washington this upcoming Saturday before heading to the coliseum to face the USC Trojans. Not exactly an ideal schedule for a team that’s struggling. I expect both teams to roll against the Beavers.