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Anfernee Simons ready for the bright lights of Moda

Anfernee Simons ready for the bright lights of Moda

A year ago around this time a young rookie by the name of Anfernee Simons put on his Trail Blazers jersey and talked to the media at his very first media day. 

The Blazers picked Simons with the 24th overall pick in the 2018 draft, and at the time no one around the Portland area knew who he was. But after an incredible performance against the Kings in the final game of the regular season, everyone knew his name. 

On that night, Simons got the rare start while Stotts rested his normal starters in preparation for the playoffs. Simons put on a show, scoring 37 points and leading an epic comeback for the Blazers. The victory landed Portland the three seed, may have led to the destruction of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and made Simons a household name. 

Now, in his second season in the league, the expectations are higher than ever. Seth Curry left in free agency, opening up the door for Simons to become the team's primary point guard off the bench. 

Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard has taken Simons under his wing since day one and he can't wait to see Simons take advantage of this opportunity. 

"Me and Ant (Anfernee Simons) talk a lot, we worked out together this summer. It's one thing when people are excited about it like, 'oh, he's just a rookie and he's doing this,' then the next year, everybody is expecting something, they want to see something. When they don't see it right away, or when it's a bad night, there's gonna be something to be said about it because something is expected from you. Maybe he doesn't feel pressure, but he knows there are expectations. There's gonna be good nights, there's gonna be bad nights, but I think he's ready for it because he's really poised, he's really confident. He works hard, and I'm excited for him. I'm excited to support him in his growth and help him further his progression," Lillard said.

Lillard is excited to see him grow, and Rip City is ready to board the Simons Hype Train. 

- Did you miss media day? We got you covered. You can see all the best videos of the day HERE

Trail Blazers versatile bigs will be key to success

Trail Blazers versatile bigs will be key to success

The Portland Trail Blazers opened the 2019-20 season on Monday with the annual media day, and President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey started off the festivities. 

During the offseason, Olshey fully retooled the Blazers' roster. Not a full teardown and rebuild, but more a filling of the gaps left by departed key players. 

Out went players like Maurice Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu, and Evan Turner. In came players like Kent Bazemore, Mario Hezonja, and Hassan Whiteside. 

"I think it's the deepest, most talented, most experienced team we've had since we've been here," said Olshey.

He's not wrong.  

A lot of the experience Olshey was talking about comes from two of the big men he signed over the summer: Anthony Tolliver and Pau Gasol. 

Tolliver brings 11 years of NBA experience to the table, while Gasol brings championship rings to the locker room as he enters his 17th season. 

Tolliver, Gasol, and the addition of Hassan Whiteside also give the Blazers the biggest team they have ever had during Olshey's tenure. When Jusuf Nurkic gets back, it gets even bigger. 

While experts often talk about "small ball," there is still a place in the NBA for going big. 

"When people talk about going small, that's off the bench. When you look around the league, teams start big," Olshey pointed out. 

The Blazers now have the luxury of starting big and adapting to various styles of play without sacrificing size. 

Nurkic and Whiteside are both bangers, at their best when using their size in the paint to get easy looks. Gasol and Zach Collins can both play down low, but can also stretch the floor and easily hit shots from the mid-range and beyond the arc. Tolliver is a three-point marksman that can play the three in big lineups, but will give the Blazers a weapon at power forward off the bench... and we haven't even talked about Mario Hezonja, who can play 2-4, and Skal Labissiere, another big, athletic center. 

The Blazers are big, versatile, and ready to build off of last season's success. More important than any physical measurable, these guys are where they want to be. 

"We finished really strong and it's inspired the guys... all the guys that are here, want to be here...We have to have guys that buy-in to how we do things in Portland," Olshey added. 

* Our Dwight Jaynes and Jamie Hudson are live at media day talking to all the players and coaches and getting us ready for the upcoming season. You can stream all the action live on the NBC Sports My Teams App *

Controversial end robs Timbers of pivotal victory

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Controversial end robs Timbers of pivotal victory

For 90 minutes and some change, the Timbers dominated and led New England. But second-half stoppage time seemed to go on forever and controversy handed the Revolution the game-tying goal. 

As the clock hit 90 minutes, the fourth referee indicated there would be a minimum of four minutes of stoppage time. Usually, the refs stay close to that number. But not this night.

The two teams would end up playing almost nine minutes of extra time, and it was those extra five that doomed the Timbers. 

Fans at Providence Park anticipated the whistle after a New England corner kick in the 94th minute, but instead, the two squads would play on. During the ensuing New England attack there appeared to be a foul in the box. However, the referee didn't blow his whistle. Bullet dodged... nope. After what felt like minutes of action the refs finally blew his whistle to indicate a video review. The review led to a New England penalty kick. The penalty kick led to New England tying the game. The tie led to Portland watching a pivotal three-points slip away. 

The call itself was controversial. The time it took the ref to call for the review was controversial. The end result, was, wait for it... controversial. 

Portland could have ended the night in fifth place with two games remaining. Instead, they find themselves in seventh place, a tie with FC Dallas, and in real danger of ending the season below the red line. 

Next up, Sporting Kansas City, one of the worst teams in the Western Conference and the last team Portland beat. Three points are there for the taking, and unless a controversial stoppage-time call keeps Portland at bay, the Timbers should to rise to the occasion. 

Kickoff is set for 4:30 pm on Sunday, September 29th in Kansas City. 

Finally back on the board

Even in a controversial result, there can be a silver lining. It took nearly three weeks, but the Timbers finally were able to get back on the scoreboard. Portland picked up a 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City on September 7th, but since then had been held scoreless in three straight matches. It took 49 minutes, but Jeremy Ebobisse finally gave the Timbers Army a reason to let off the green and gold smoke. 

Ebobisse would go on to score a brace on the night, which is usually a sign of a side that picked up the victory, but you already know how this one unfolded

#AUnitedFront

After months of back and forth, Major League Soccer finally sided with the fans and lifted a ban on the Iron Front symbol. The Symbol has been at the center of a heated debate between free speech and political ideology. 

Fans used it to take a stand against fascism and racism, while the league said it violated a ban on political symbols due to it being linked to the far-left group Antifa. 

After much debate with supporters, the league decided to lift the ban for the remainder of the season while they worked with supporters on a revised code of conduct. 

Said Mark Abbott, MLS president and deputy commissioner, “as part of this decision to update the Fan Code of Conduct for 2020, MLS has suspended the prohibition on the Iron Front imagery at matches for the balance of the 2019 season and MLS Cup Playoffs while the working group conducts its analysis."

Sun setting on Valeri?

Following tonight's match, the Timbers have just one home game left on the regular-season schedule. Usually, this would lead to excitement as the Timbers prepare for another deep run in the playoffs. However, this time around they have something else weighing heavy on the mind - Will it be the last home match for superstar Diego Valeri?

Valeri is in the final guaranteed year of his contract, and according to reports from Taylor Twellman of ESPN, negotiations between Valeri and the club had stalled. 

The Timbers have an option to pick up his contract for 2020, but according to those reports Valeri was hoping for a new two-year deal. While he wanted to sign a deal before the summer, the team wanted to see how he held up physically through the season. 

With no new deal signed, and the Timbers looking at options for 2020, it could mean that the end of Valeri's storied career with the Timbers is coming to a close. 

Valeri is 33-years old, but this season he has shown he has plenty of gas left in the tank. If his time in Portland is indeed coming to an end, it means saying goodbye to one of the greatest Timbers of all time. 

 

 

 

Thorns rebound in a big way against Houston

Thorns rebound in a big way against Houston

How do you rebound from the worst loss in franchise history? By coming out and taking down a pesky Houston Dash team to lock in a trip the playoffs. It was a much-needed three points for Portland, and "much-needed" way be an understatement. After two straight losses, Portland found itself in search of its identity and in fear of falling out of the playoff race. A loss to Houston would have still left the door open for both Utah and Reign FC to jump the Thorns. Not anymore.

The win locks in the playoffs, and also keeps the Thorns in the hunt for a postseason home game. Portland (39pts) now sits just two points behind second-place Chicago (41pts). The Red Stars have just one game remaining, while the Thorns have two. All this means is that Portland controls its own destiny - Win out, and you're guaranteed to finish in second place (North Carolina has already locked in first place).

All of this is just a long way of saying this was a big, big win for the Thorns. 

Smaller score, bigger match:

Last match the Thorns and Courage combined to score six goals - too bad the Courage scored all six of them. On Saturday the Thorns wiped that bad taste out of their mouth and held Houston scoreless. Said Thorns' star Tobin Heath, who happened to score the only goal of the match, "the team came out with a lot of fire and character, and a good response from last week. That was really positive." 

After that loss to North Carolina, Coach Parsons talked about how his squad needed to find its identity. They needed to remember what it meant to be a Thorn. It's something he says his team did on Saturday. "We can build and look to improve our quality and look to improve our strengths, and how we can play a little bit better while taking care of the most important thing, which was fight and work like Thorns. I thought we did that tonight."

Bigger than Soccer:

Prior to Saturday's match, the team sported special "I'm not done yet," t-shirts to support teammate Emily Menges. Menges and her family started the Bobby Menges "'I'm Not Done Yet" Foundation after her younger brother Bobby lost his battle with cancer. The foundation raises funds to help "adolescent patients with serious, long-term, and chronic illnesses transition from pediatrics to adulthood." The Thorns showed their support by wearing these specially designed shirts during warm-ups. Fans can purchase them as well, with 30% of all sales going to support the foundation. Unfortunately, the shirts are sold out right now but may be restocked in the near future. You can find where to purchase them HERE.

Next Up:

The Thorns return to the pitch on Sunday, on the road in Tacoma. This could be one of the tougher matches of the season, with Reign FC likely needing a victory to hold on to hopes of making the playoffs. You don't want to miss it. Kickoff is set for 11:00 am at Cheney Stadium. 

Timbers woes continue as playoffs near

Timbers woes continue as playoffs near

If the Timbers match on Wednesday was an episode of Sesame Street, the Count's number of the day would have been Three... Three. It was the number of points the Timbers hoped to gain, and it was how many minutes the Red Bulls needed to dash Portland's hopes. 

Three minutes into action New York's Kyle Duncan rocketed the ball past Steve Clark and netted the Red Bulls the incredibly early 1-0 lead. The lead would hold and with it, the Timbers were left below the red line.

It's getting down to crunch time for the Timbers. They have just four games remaining on the regular-season schedule, and Wednesday's result didn't help their push for the playoffs. 

Of the four teams remaining on the Timbers schedule, only Sporting Kansas City is not currently a playoff team. Basically, the road isn't easy for Portland. However, despite the loss on Wednesday, Portland still controls its own destiny. Seventh place FC Dallas has just one more point than Portland, but only has three games left on the schedule. Meaning all Portland has to do is win out, or at least win more games than Dallas, and they'll make the cut. 

Sunday's game against Minnesota, while cliché, may just be the most important game of the year. Why? It's all about the number of the day - Three. A win is worth three points, while a loss would be the third in a row for the Timbers. If you're placing bets, you might want to put some money on Portland scoring three goals on Sunday. It just feels right. 

So, so close:

The Timbers had their chances on Wednesday, but came up just inches away from victory. First, Diego Chara had a chance to tie the game but his shot hit the crossbar. The more you watch the replay, the more you ask how it's possible the ball didn't go in. 

Jeremey Ebobisse also had a chance late in the game, but his clear look resulted in a ball pushed just wide of the net. It was another shot where you were left wondering what happened. Portland probably should have won this game 2-1, or tied at the very least, but it just wasn't in the cards. 

#AUnitedFront:

The Timbers Army and supports around the league continue to battle with MLS over the ban of the Iron Front. "A United Front" has become a rallying cry and hashtag as supporters come together against the league. On Wednesday, Coach Savarese threw in a little nod to those supporters. "It's about to stay calm, to stay connected with our fans as a united front to make sure that we are able, together, to go through this difficult time and hopefully be able to make the playoffs." While it seems at times the organization isn't backing its loyal supporters, it appears their head coach is. 

Paredes goes down:

The loss is tough enough, but it was made worse after a late-game injury to Cristhian Paredes. Paredes was on the receiving end of a hard tackle, which a foul was not called, and went down grabbing his right leg. It was hard to tell if it was shin or ankle, but it appeared to be a lower leg injury. Paredes had to be stretchered off the pitch and his status was unknown following the match. "I'm not too sure," said Savarese when asked about the injury. "Right now he's being evaluated and we'll give you exactly the situation and probably the time he will need, if any, after that collision he had." Sebastián Blanco subbed in for Paredes and played the final 17 minutes of the match. 

Next up:

The Timbers host Minnesota United on Sunday, September 22nd. Kickoff is set for 12:55 at Providence Park. 

Running back by committee: A recipe for success for the Ducks

Running back by committee: A recipe for success for the Ducks

Oregon Football has a long, storied history of talented running backs that have donned the green and yellow. In recent memory, the program has churned out stars such as LaMichael James, Royce Freeman, LeGarrette Blount, Kenjon Barner, Jonathan Stewart... The list goes on, and on, and on. 

For the most part, the Ducks have always had talented a running back corps, but each group had its bell cow. The one back that stood out as the number one guy. Even the two-headed monsters of the past had one back that you knew was the "the guy."

That may not be the case in 2019, and that's a good thing. 

The Ducks have a plethora of riches at the running back position, and they have found ways to use every one of their talented ball carriers. 

Through the team's first three games five different backs have carried the ball, with a different player leading the team statistically each week. 

In Week 1, CJ Verdell led the way. In Week 2, it was Darrian Felix. And last game against Montana, it was Travis Dye that carried the load. 

"I think that a tribute to the backs in their room, let alone what Coach Mastro has done with those guys. He's done an awesome job," said Offensive Coordinator Marcus Arroyo. "That group's gonna get a lot of touches all over the board, similar to last year. I think they've stepped up and they've done an awesome job."

Not only are the Ducks using multiple backs, they're doing so in an incredibly balanced fashion. The team has averaged 186 yards per game, but only one player has surpassed the 100-yard mark. On the season, Dye has 29 carries for 152 yards, Verdell has 30 carries for 149 yards, while Felix has 18 carries for 127 yards. 

There is no lead back, because there doesn't need to be. Instead, the Ducks have a true three-headed monster... and we haven't even talked about Sean Dollars or Cyrus Habibi-Likio, who have combined for 19 carries and 121 yards on the season.

Senior quarterback Justin Herbert said of his backfield mates, "It's a great problem to have so many of those guys. Each one of them can fill in. Shoot, we got four or five guys out there that we have complete trust and faith in. I know that they'll get the job done."

Offensive lineman Shame Lemieux, like Herbert, knows the Ducks are well-equipped to pound the ball. "Our running backs are incredible," said Lemieux.  "CJ's (Verdell) so fast and shifty. He's a stout runner, he's really ready to run downhill. I think Travis (Dye) is kind of a squirrely guy. He's just gonna take off like a little roadrunner... We're loaded, so I'm really happy to have that."

Now here is the scary part - The Ducks haven't even clicked yet. You see, we all know that even the best running backs need great offensive lines. They need the big guys up front to open up holes to give them running lanes. While the numbers say the Ducks have been successful in this regard, Lemieux thinks otherwise. 

"I don't think we've been doing a good enough job. I think we can even do better. Once we start playing to our standard I think it's going to open up even more and our running backs are gonna get more credit."

If this is how Oregon's three-headed monster looks when the offensive line isn't doing a good job, the Pac-12 should be terrified with what this running game will look like when Lemieux and Co. click. 

We'll see if they click on Saturday when they take on a Stanford defense that has allowed an average of 135.33 yards per game on the ground. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. (PT) on The Farm.

We've never seen the Portland Thorns dominated like this

We've never seen the Portland Thorns dominated like this

Five goals. That was the most goals the Thorns had ever lost by. It happened twice in the 2014 season: Once to the Western New York Flash and once to the Seattle Reign. 

But now those 5-0 losses are just footnotes to the debacle Portland had at Providence Park on Wednesday. The defending champion North Carolina Courage came to town and handed the Thorns a 6-0 smackdown. 

It was the worst loss in the history of the franchise, and for a team that has long been the torchbearer for the league, it was something no one in attendance was used to seeing. 

Coach Parsons simply put it, "we were probably at our worst."

Portland looked sluggish from the get-go. A step behind the Courage at every corner of the pitch. North Carolina outshot the Thorns 22-11, with 17 of those 22 shots coming from inside the box. Adrianna Franch, one of the best goalkeepers in the world, looked nothing like herself. 

No one wearing a Portland kit was playing with fire in their eyes, and Parsons said it all started with how the team approached the match. 

"It starts and ends with me. Tactical and game prep. Through physical, through mental, through emotional, it was probably down there at the very, very worst."

Portland started the week atop the standings but two straight losses saw them fall to second place in the NWSL, just a point above third-place Chicago. How does Parsons plan to get the Thorns back to form?

"Fortunately we have a bit of time before our next game to be able to first identify who we are," said Parsons. "Find that. Remind ourselves of that. We know who we are. Put that right at the top of the list and say this is who we are and this is what we're fighting for, this is what we're working for. On the good nights, and on the bad nights like this, that will guide us. That will be our shining light."

Hopefully, that light shines brighter than ever before. Because following a 6-0 loss, the Thorns are in a pretty dark place. But if you know Coach Parsons and you know the Thorns, this is just a minor bump in the road. 

NEXT UP:
Portland remains at home to host the Houston Dash. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm on Saturday, September 21st at Providence Park. 

Oregon State Beavers drop to 0-2 after loss to Rainbow Warriors

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Oregon State Beavers drop to 0-2 after loss to Rainbow Warriors

It was a rough trip down to paradise for the Beavers. The Rainbow Warriors came to play and handed the Beavs their seconds loss of the season. 

The Beavers scored first and answered the call when the Warriors punched back. With 2:25 left in the first half Oregon State scored a touchdown to seize the momentum and take the 28-14 lead. However, this was the last good feeling they would have because they wouldn't score again. Hawai'i ended the game by scoring 17 unanswered points.

The Beavers had a chance to tie the game late, but Jordan Choukair missed a tough 52-yard field goal. Instead of heading to overtime, the Beavers head back to the mainland 0-2 for the first time since 2011. They started that season 0-4 and ended with a 3-9 record. 

Here are some takeaways from the Beavs' trip to Hawai'i:

RUNNING GAME TAKES A STEP FORWARD
The Beavers couldn't get the running game going against the Cowboys last week. That all changed against Hawai'i. Jermar Jefferson, who had just 87 yards rushing last week, carried the ball 31 times for 183 yards and a touchdown against the Warriors. Artavis Pierce threw in two touchdowns of his own, and in total the team rushed for 263 yards. Jefferson is a workhorse, and the offense looks best when they feed the beast. 

PASSING GAME TAKES A STEP BACK
As good as the running game looked, the passing game looked equally as bad. Luton looked great against Oklahoma State, passing for 251 yards and three touchdowns. Against the Warriors, he was just 15 of 32 for 169 and a single touchdown. His performance had a lot of fans on social media calling for the Tristan Gebbia era to start at OSU. 

DEFENSE LOOKED "BETTER"
The defense didn't look great, but they looked better. A week after giving up 352 yards on the ground they held Hawai'i to just 67 yards rushing. Much of that was the fact the Hawai'i is a throw-first offense, but the team still showed improvement. While the defense got shredded through the air for 421 yards and 4 touchdowns, they still looked better. DBs looked to have a better feel of where to be and weren't running to the wrong spots as often. You're always going to give up a lot of yards to a Hawai'i offense, but that doesn't mean you didn't play better than the week before. Don't get me wrong, the defense is still the team's point of weakness, but individually they showed they can adjust with a week of practice and film study. Claim the victories where you can, no matter how small they may be.

BEAVERS LOST MORE THAN THE GAME

The Beavers didn't just lose the game, they lost their composure. As the game wound down there were scuffles being broken up and punches being thrown. 

At one point, defensive back Kaleb Hayes got in a scuffle with a Hawai'i player and had to be held back. While being restrained on the sideline, he threw a punch at his own teammate. Yes, at his own teammate. Not a great look. Then, on the final play of the game, a Beavers player could be seen throwing a punch at a Hawai'i player after the final whistle. 

It wasn't a great game for the Beavers, but the lack of composure made it a tougher pill for a lot of fans to swallow. 

NEXT UP:

The Beavs return home to host Cal Poly. Kickoff is set for 1:15 pm on Saturday, September 15.

Better late than never for a game-winner

Better late than never for a game-winner

On Saturday at Providence Park, Timbers fans were treated to a bit of history all thanks to Brian Fernandez. Fernandez, who didn't get the start due to a stomach illness, had enough in the tank to sub in late and give the Timbers an offensive punch. 

Tied 1-1 and in stoppage time no less, Fernandez did what Fernandez does - he found the back of the net. In the 94th minute Diego Valeri crossed the ball into the box where Fernandez headed it home. Game. Set. Match. From one point to three points in the blink of an eye. 

So what made a historic night? The goal tied a team record for the latest game-winner for the Timbers at home. 

The Timbers grabbed the 2-1 victory and three very important points to help keep them in the playoff hunt. 

WELCOME TO PROVIDENCE PARK
It was a special night for one Timbers' player in particular - midfielder Eryk Williamson. With head coach Gio Savarese looking at a locker room full of injuries he turned to Williamson, giving him his first career start in front of the Providence Park crowd. 

"It was unreal," said Williamson. "Playing in front of the Timbers Army... from the outside, you don't get the same atmosphere and the same feeling."

Williamson had a solid performance, playing all 90 plus minutes for the Timbers. Said Williamson, "it's just unreal to play in front of the fans here and I'll never take them for granted"

WHAT'S A HANDBALL?
We all know you aren't allowed to touch the ball with your hands in soccer, but for some reason the MLS refs don't see it the same way... or see it at all. There were multiple potential handball violations that went uncalled when they should have resulted in Timbers' penalty kicks. 

"There is confusion. They don't know exactly what is a handball, when it's a handball," said Savarese. "We saw today two handballs that could have been PKs."

Don't get him wrong. Savarese doesn't think the refs are targeting the Timbers, or making bad calls on purpose, he just thinks there is some confusion amongst the referees as to how and what to call. 

"If this is the rule they need to follow it. I don't think all of them are following the same page so there's confusion among them."

Hopefully, they can figure it out. With points at a premium and playoffs on the line for the Timbers, you can't afford to have a season wasted on a missed call. 

YOU CAN'T STOP US
During last week's match at Providence Park a few scattered Iron Front flags could be seen waving in the Timbers Army.  The flag, used as a symbol of anti-fascism and anti-racism, has been banned by Major League Soccer. In response, MLS suspended several members of the Timbers Army, banning them for three games. 

The Timbers Army answered by protesting on Saturday in a simple but powerful way: By not waving a single flag or detonating the traditional green and gold smoke for a Timbers score. 

A sign under the Timbers Army read "you can't stop us," a clear message to MLS. 

NEXT UP:
The Timbers remain at home and welcome D.C. United to Providence Park on Sunday, September 15. Kickoff is set for 12:30 pm. 
 

Oregon State Beavers struggles to stop Oklahoma State in season opener

Oregon State Beavers struggles to stop Oklahoma State in season opener

The Oregon State Beavers started their 2019 season on Friday hosting the other OSU, the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Unfortunately for the Beavs, they just couldn't stop the Cowboys' offense. 

Drive after drive the Cowboys scored, making the Beavers defense look helpless in the process. Oregon State's offense showed they have the ability to put points on the board, but it was an uphill battle most of the way. 

Here are three takeaways from the Beavers loss to the Cowboys: 

1) The Jake Luton - Isaiah Hodgins combo is legit
Let's start with some positive. The highlight for the Beavers was the chemistry quarterback Jake Luton showed with wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins. The two hooked up nine times for 170 yards and two touchdowns. 39% of Luton's completed passes were to Hodgins. It's great to have a number one option, but no one stepped up to show they can be the number two guy.

2) To find success, the Beavs need to feed Jermar Jefferson
The use of Jermar Jefferson was a head-scratcher. Last season he was one of the top running backs in the country, and there is no doubt he is one of the best backs in the nation this season as well. He was averaging nearly six yards per carry, but was only handed the ball 16 times. When you got a horse, you gotta ride it. OSU  needs to find better ways to use its best weapon. Just look at what Oklahoma State did. They fed Chuba Hubbard over and over. All he did was rush for 221 yards and three touchdowns. When you feed the beast, good things happen.

3) This defense has A LOT of work to do
Last season the Beavs were statistically the second-worst defense in the country. Only Connecticut was worse. Fans came into this game hoping to see some improvement on that side of the ball, but it just looked like the same old defense. Poor decisions, missed assignments, and holes Oklahoma State could drive semis through doomed the Beavs. OSU let the Cowboys come into Corvallis and put 52 points on the scoreboard. You can't let that happen on any field, but it hurts even more to let it happen at home. To make all the scoring worse, the Beavs let Oklahoma State rack up 555 yards of total offense. Next week's game against the high octane Hawaii offense is going to be tough to watch if Oregon State doesn't fix its problems on defense, and fix them quickly. 

Final Score: Beavers 52 - Cowboys 36