Beavers react to their win, Luton credits their "fight"

Beavers react to their win, Luton credits their "fight"

 

Oregon State (3-4, 2-2 Pac-12) defeated Cal (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) on Saturday afternoon led by quarterback Jake Luton who passed for 174 yards and two touchdowns. It's the first time since 2013 that the Beavers have won consecutive road conference games.

Heading into the fourth quarter, the Beavers had blown a 14-point lead and trailed by three points.  But when Luton and the Beavers got the ball back, they did what they do best: Kept fighting. 

“It was good. We knew we could do it. In the third quarter we got backed up a couple times and kind of shot ourselves in the foot. So we knew just needed to keep fighting and we executed when we needed to.”

The game proved how resilient this Beavers can be. A week after being embarrassed by Utah, the Beavers knew they needed to put it behind them and move forward. It wasn’t easy to go into California and leave with a win, but the Beavers did just that.

“We did what we needed to win the game...there was ups and downs and we just kept fighting. Kept fighting until the very end.”

Watch what other Beavers such as BJ Baylor and Isaiah Hodgins react to the victory in the video above.

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The Oregon State Beavers weren't ready for a war and it showed

The Oregon State Beavers weren't ready for a war and it showed

EUGENE, Oregon - The Oregon State Beavers (15-13, 5-11 Pac-12) had won three straight Civil Wars heading into the final regular season contest between Oregon and Oregon State on Thursday night.

Despite their recent success against their in-state rival, head coach Wayne Tinkle had a simple message for his players.

This is going to be a war.

From the play on the court, it appeared that only their head coach had that mindset as the rest of the team lacked energy in the Beavers' 69-54 loss to Oregon (22-7, 11-5 Pac-12). A sentiment echoed by both their head coach and the team's best players, Tres Tinkle and Ethan Thompson.

If we can't have people locked in and ready to play, coming out with, you know, their hair on fire...against our in-state rival... it's tough. Coaches shouldn't do anything to get us fired up that's all on us. - Tres Tinkle

His father cited after the game that his team didn't come in "with the same focus [they] have been" and it cost them. Thompson agreed with his coach.

We just got to come with a lot more urgency. I don't think we played with a lot of energy or focus this game. I don't know for what reason but when we're [locked in] and we're all on the same page we're a lot better defensively. And I think our defense leads to offense when we're all clicking.

As bad as their energy was, and despite Tres Tinkle saying they were playing "hand down" defense, the Beavers forced a subpar 41.3% shooting performance from the Ducks; two percentage points lower than Oregon State's field goal percentage. In fact the Beavers' defense allowed them to even hold a 21-19 lead with 2:37 left in the half.

What killed them was offensive rebounds, giving up 16, which was good for half of Oregon's misses. You can get all the stops you want but if you can't secure the rebound it doesn't matter. Oregon did get centers Francis Okoro and N'Faly Dante back in time for this contest but lost Chris Duarte who was the team's second-leading rebounder, and Dante only played just under five minutes.

The Ducks came out of the second half focused, unlike the Beavers. This time with the goal of stopping Ethan Thompson who was 5-of-6 from the field in the first half. Dana Altman decided to double him on ball screens to get the ball out of his hands and force other Beavers to beat them. They did not.

"[The Ducks] did an excellent job in the second half on Ethan," said Wayne Tinkle. "Our other guys weren't able to make the plays that Ethan makes for us. They did a great job on Tres. We need to get those guys more looks but in order to do that other guys need to make contributions so we can keep them honest defensively." 

But, the team can't dwell on this performance no matter how disappointing the last two games have been. They lost to Arizona State in Tempe by a single point and have defeated Oregon earlier this season, so Tres Tinkle's belief in his team has evidence.

The fifth-year senior has confidence that his team can compete with anyone when they're clicking, but they need to find consistency heading into the Pac-12 Tournament; the team's last opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Tournament:

Where we're at right now, you know we've shown we can beat the best teams... but we're getting near the end of the season... every game counts.

Every game does indeed. 

TBT: The Best Oregon State Beavers NFL Combine memories

TBT: The Best Oregon State Beavers NFL Combine memories

As Oregon State alumni Jake Luton and Isaiah Hodgins take the next step to making their professional dreams come true at the NFL Combine, let's take a look back at some of the best memories from former Beavers at the event.

After winning the second Biletkinoff Award in school history, Brandin Cooks ran the fastest time in the 40-yard dash in the 2014 NFL Combine at 4.33 seconds.

By getting the fastest time at the event, he won $100,000 from Adidas in the process. He used the money to surprise his mother with a new car.

"She needed one," Cooks said in an interview with Fox Sports. "She was driving around in a 1999 Saturn, and I wasn’t having that anymore."

Cooks got drafted by the New Orleans Saints with the 20th overall pick in the NFL Draft. He would be traded twice on his rookie contract to the Patriots and then the Rams, who he currently plays for. 

Another standout was defensive nose tackle Stephen Pae, who broke the record for bench presses of 225 pounds at the NFL Combine with 49 in 2011. He broke the previous record of 45 set by former Arkansas offensive lineman Mitch Petrus (2010), former Ohio State defensive end Mike Kudla (2006) and former UTEP defensive tackle Leif Larsen (2000). Combine records have been tracked since 2000.

He would be selected by the Bears in the second round of that year's draft. 

Eventually joining Paea in Chicago was Ryan Nall, who forwent his senior season at Oregon State to declare for the NFL Draft. The Central Catholic product went undrafted, but signed to the Bears' practice squad before being called up this past season.

He took to Twitter to wish Jake Luton and Isaiah Hodgins a good NFL Combine.

Talkin' Beavers: Scott Rueck helped vault Oregon State onto the national stage

Talkin' Beavers: Scott Rueck helped vault Oregon State onto the national stage

In this week’s episode of Talkin’ Beavers, Beavers Insider Ron Callan is joined by Oregon State women’s basketball coach Scott Rueck. 

Rueck, in his 10th year with Oregon State, has helped vault the women’s basketball program onto the national stage. The Beavers made it to the Final Four in 2016, Round of 32 in 2017, Elite 8 in 2018 and Sweet 16 in 2019. 

In the Talkin’ Beavers podcast, Rueck dishes out his advice for coaches starting out, talks about how he keeps his team focused through injuries and setbacks, and why he hopes two former Beavers will land on one WNBA roster. 

He also discusses the growth of women’s basketball, calling it “remarkable.” He credits networks such as ESPN and Pac-12 for the increased visibility of women’s hoops. He says all of the Beavers games can be viewed on television. 

Once you start to watch, you start to learn, you start to understand who these people are and what incredible athletes they are, how dedicated they are. Once it becomes personal for you, it sucks you in, to where you just can’t get enough of it.

Rueck also shares with Callan why it’s integral for him to develop real connections with all of his players. He says he aims to help them grow individually, seeing themselves as they really are, as well as open their eyes to new things. But most importantly for Rueck, he wants his team to know they are family. 

“They are family and that’s what we do,” Rueck said. “I see this team as my sister, my nieces, my, I guess I’m old enough now, I can say daughters, which is weird to say. That’s how I view them. I’m responsible for them.” 

You can listen to the full podcast below:

Join Talkin' Beavers every Wednesday for Oregon State Beavers news, game breakdowns, and analysis. Plus conversations with the most important names in Oregon State Sports.

NFL Combine Profile: Oregon State QB Jake Luton

NFL Combine Profile: Oregon State QB Jake Luton

Jake Luton
 

Position: Quarterback
Year: Redshirt senior
Hometown: Marysville, WA

Measurables: 

Height: 6’6 1/8" 

Weight: 224 pounds

Hand: 10 3/8

Arm: 31 6/8

Wingspan: 77 5/8

Overview

You can just call him the comeback kid. 

After missing most of the 2017 season with a thoracic spine injury and being limited to just eight games in 2018 with a sprained ankle, Luton was named 2019 Mayo Clinic National Comeback Player of the Year in his sixth and final year at Oregon. 

The Beavers signal caller passed for 2,714 yards with 62 percent completion, recording 28 touchdowns and just three interceptions though 11 games in 2019. He helped lead the Beavers to their first five-win season since 2014.

Luton played 23 games (21 starts) at Oregon State, and concluded his career fifth in touchdown passes with 42 and seventh in passing yards with 5,227. He was invited to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and Hula Bowl. 

Draft projections

Luton is projected to be a Day 3 or UDFA range prospect come draft day. 

Strengths

- Big frame 
- Requisite arm strength 
- Poised in the pocket

Weaknesses

- Injury history 
- Accuracy 

Social media workouts

Luton hasn’t posted anything on his Instagram timeline or Twitter as of late, but in mid-February, he shared this photo to his Instagram story. It appears he’s been working out at EXOS in preparation for the draft. 

NFL Combine profile: Oregon State WR Isaiah Hodgins

NFL Combine profile: Oregon State WR Isaiah Hodgins

Isaiah Hodgins

Position: Wide receiver
Year: Junior
Hometown: Oakley, California

Measurables: 

Height: 6’3 5/8" 

Weight: 210 pounds

Hand: 9 7/8"

Arm: 33 1/8

Wingspan: 80 4/8

40-yard dash: 4/61

Vertical jump: 36.5

Broad jump: 124.0

Bench press: 9 reps

Overview

Isaiah Hodgins was named a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award in 2019 and for good reason.

Hodgins was one of the elite receivers in the country, finishing his junior campaign with 20 touchdowns, second all-time, with 2,322 receiving yards. In 34 games at Oregon State, Hodgins made 27 starts and finished his career with 176 receptions, sixth in school history.

He was named First-Team All-Pac-12 from Associated Press and Phil Steele’s FCS Postseason teams and second-team by Pac-12 Coaches.

Hodgins brings several qualities that make him a solid developmental receiver for most NFL teams. We’ll talk about what he can improve upon in the next several months.

Draft projections

Hodgins is projected as a potential third-to-fourth round selection.

NFL comparison:

Kenny Golladay

Strengths

- Sneaky fast
- Elite concentration
- Big frame
- Catch radius

Weaknesses

- Route building
- Explosiveness
- Needs to maximize physical tools

Social media workouts

Hodgins shared this photo on his Instagram. He's been working out at EXOS in Phoenix, Arizona. 

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How Jake Luton's injury-ridden past paved way to NFL Combine

How Jake Luton's injury-ridden past paved way to NFL Combine

Overcoming adversity is a part of Jake Luton’s journey.

The former Oregon State quarterback overcame a thoracic spine injury in 2017 and a sprained ankle in 2018 to help pilot the Beavers to their first five-win season since 2014. His determination earned him the 2019 Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year award, a prestigious honor which recognizes a player who battled injury or illness.

The award speaks volumes of Luton’s tenacity. His injury-plagued past isn’t just a part of who he is, but also who he's become. 

At the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday, Luton talked about how the game of football has taught him perseverance, something he has experienced first-hand in his collegiate career at Oregon State.

“I’ve had my share of getting knocked down,” Luton said. “I just keep getting back up. I keep fighting. I think that’s something that will help me in this process. I think team’s will see that and see that I have the ability to —I’m a fighter.”

In his “comeback kid” season in 2019, Luton started 11 games, throwing for 2,714 yards while completing 62.0 percent of his passes. He was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year on two occasions and appeared on the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and Maxwell Award watch lists.

Luton completed his career at Oregon State playing 23 games with 21 starts and finished his career fifth all-time with 42 passing touchdowns and 5,227 passing yards. 

He reflected on his final year with the Beavers and credited then second-year coach Jonathan Smith with the team's mounting success.

“He’s gonna turn that around,” Luton said of Smith. “I think we proved it this year. We kind of got the ball rolling. Would have liked to get a few more wins than we got, but just to make the strides that we did. They have a lot of great guys in that system. I think they’ll kind of keep taking that next stride and I’m excited to see them work.”

In his career at Oregon State, Luton played 23 games with 21 starts and finished his career fifth all-time with 42 passing touchdowns and 5,227 passing yards.

He is now ready to carve his path amongst the future of the NFL, starting at the combine. He'll use the pre-draft process to prove his rousing success in college can be carried into his professional football career.

The 6-6, 224-pound quarterback has already gained the attention of teams like the Texans and Patriots, who reportedly pulled him aside for informal interviews this week. Now, he just has to do what he's been doing since the 2017 season, be patient, trust the process and persevere.

And if Luton's name gets called in April, he will be ready. 

"I’m going to be prepared as best as I can be," Luton said. "I’ve never let any of the outside noise distract me, so I don’t think that would be an issue. I’d bring it every day and prove that I’m a leader, no matter if it’s a high or a low. Keep doing it every day, however that works out." 

"I’m not going to worry about filling anyone’s shoes. Just doing the best that I can do.”

Tres Tinkle ready for one last push, finish on a high note ahead of Civil War round two

Tres Tinkle ready for one last push, finish on a high note ahead of Civil War round two

It is crunch time, now or never for the Oregon State men’s basketball team. Coming off a two-loss weekend at the Arizona schools, the Beavers need to get back on track and have the opportunity to do so with three Pac-12 conference games remaining.

And senior Tres Tinkle knows it.

Our own Ron Callan caught up with Tinkle on Tuesday morning ahead of the Beavers’ Civil War matchup on Thursday in Eugene, Oregon.

Against Arizona, Tinkle didn’t just pick up his first technical ever at Oregon State, but his second, which resulted in an immediate ejection from the contest.

I thought it was fake. Never have even gotten a technical. It just didn’t seem real. I went to go sit on the bench just thinking I didn’t know what was going on. Then they escorted me into the locker room and watched the game on my phone. It was strange. It happens. — Tres Tinkle

[RELATED]: Even Arizona’s Sean Miller thinks Tres Tinkle’s ejection was bogus

I really appreciate Sean Miller and the words he said just knowing that it shouldn’t have happened. I know he’s done a lot of great things and I think a lot of people believe that as well, that it was a call that shouldn’t have been made, shouldn’t have ever happened. But it did so just got to live with it. — Tres Tinkle

Flush it and move on.

It has been a season of “lasts” for the senior from Missoula, Montana. In his fifth season with the Beavs, Tinkle became Oregon State’s leader in consecutive games scoring in double figures. 

He is averaging 18.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists while also leading the Pac-12 conference in steals per game (2.0).

I just want to finish on a high note. We always talk about, we drop some games that we wish we didn’t. Can’t have any more learning experiences. It’s time to really just get the momentum and peak at the right time. — Tres Tinkle

The Beavers (15-12, 5-10 Pac-12) are currently in eleventh in the Pac-12 conference standings with three games remaining on their regular season conference schedule. 

- 02/27: at Oregon (21-7, 10-5 Pac-12)

- 03/05: vs. Stanford (18-9, 7-7 Pac-12)

- 03/07: vs. Cal (11-16, 5-9 Pac-12)

Tinkle is spot on. The Beavs have an opportunity to finish on a high note with their remaining schedule. Oregon State has already faced and beaten the Ducks this season (a 63-53 win on Feb. 8 in Corvallis) and then hosting bottom half conference teams Stanford and Cal.

In a fight for seeding for the upcoming Pac-12 tournament, the Beavs need every win they can get to make life a bit easier in that daunting tournament.

Oregon State Athletics Announces 16th Hall of Fame Class

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Oregon State Athletics Announces 16th Hall of Fame Class

Congratulations to these Beavs!

Oregon State University will induct its 16th Athletics Hall of Fame class on the weekend of Sept. 25-27, Beavers Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Monday.

The 16th Hall of Fame class includes: Dennis Erickson, football head coach (1999-2002); Aki Hill, women’s basketball head coach (1978-1995); Tarrah Beyster, All-American softball pitcher (1997-2000); Mark Radford, men’s basketball (1978-1981); Danny Mwanga, men’s soccer All-American (2008-2009); and Jodie Taylor, women’s soccer All-America and International Player of the Year.

In addition to those six individuals, the Beavers will enshrine the 2001 Fiesta Bowl team and the 1980 women’s rowing team.

DENNIS ERICKSON: Led OSU to three bowl games, including the famed 2001 Fiesta Bowl where OSU defeated Notre Dame. OSU was 31-17 during his coaching tenure. His overall collegiate record, which also includes head coaching tenures at Washington State, Arizona State, Idaho, Wyoming, and Miami, is 179-96-1. 

AKI HILL: Named head coach after being highly recommended by some of the sport’s most influential people during that era (John Wooden, Pete Newell and former Portland Trail Blazers’ executive Stu Inman). A 17-year OSU career with a school-record 274 victories and eight postseason tournament appearances. 

TARRAH BEYSTER: A four-time All-American and then All-Pac-10 softball student-athlete while at OSU. The Chula Vista, Calif., native earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week seven times and concluded her career on the mound with 91 victories. She also was an accomplished batter with a .382 batting average with 143 RBI and a then NCAA record 211 walks. The four-year letterwinner (1997-2000) was the 2000 NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Oregon and led the Beavers to the NCAA Tournament twice. Her number “0” is retired by OSU.

MARK RADFORD: Led OSU to the No. 1 ranking during the 1980-81 season. The Portland native was a four-year letterman (1978-81) guard for the late head coach Ralph Miller and was part of two Pac-10 title teams. Radford scored 1,390 career points, dealt 401 assists, and had 184 steals – all are among the school’s top totals. Drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics following his Beaver career, playing 97 games.

DANNY MWANGA: The Portland native was the 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year, an All-American First Team, and the 2008 league Freshman of the Year. Mwanga shares the OSU record for game-winning goals with five and overall had 18 goals. He was the first Beaver ever taken in the first round of the Major League Soccer Draft, being selected No. 1 by Philadelphia.

JODIE TAYLOR: An internationally acclaimed athlete from the United Kingdom who lettered at OSU from 2004-07. She earned Freshman All-American honors, was a four-time Pac-10 First Team honoree and made all-region three times. She is OSU’s career leader in six statistical categories, including points with 113 and goals with 47. A former member of the Portland Thorns of the National Women’s Soccer League. She was named the 2017 International Player of the Year while a member of Arsenal.

Oregon State women's basketball falls in AP Poll again after loss to Stanford

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Oregon State women's basketball falls in AP Poll again after loss to Stanford

The Oregon State women's basketball team (20-8, 8-8 Pac-12) has fallen on hard times.

Since the loss of Kennedy Brown for the season with a torn left ACL, the Beavers have lost four of their last five games but finally got one in the win column against the lowly California Golden Bears

After the Bay Area road trip, the Beavers are ranked No. 17 in the Associated Press poll for Week 17, falling from No. 15 last week. If this ranking would stand for the NCAA Tournament seeding, the Beavers will not be hosting the opening weekend of March Madness. 

Other ranked Pac-12 teams include: No. 3 Oregon (25-2); No. 4 Stanford (24-3); No. 9 UCLA; No. 13 Arizona; and No. 24 Arizona State. 

The top-10 for women's basketball is as follows.

  1. South Carolina (27-1)
  2. Baylor (25-1)
  3. Oregon (25-2)
  4. Stanford (24-3)
  5. Louisville (25-3)
  6. UCONN (23-3)
  7. Maryland (23-4)
  8. NC State (23-4)
  9. UCLA (23-4)
  10. Mississippi State (23-5)

Let's recap the Beavers' weekend.

@ No. 4 Stanford, LOSS 63-60

Close, but not enough.

The Beavers put up a valiant effort on the road against the No. 4 team in the country, but a brutal third quarter doomed their chances. Trailing by 14 with 7:06 remaining, the Beavers went on a run to close the deficit to three. Redshirt junior guard Destiny Slocum had an opportunity to tie the game with 15 seconds left but missed a contested three-pointer. 

Senior guard Mikayla Pivec, Destiny Slocum,and freshman forward Taylor Jones scored 53 of the Beavers' 60 points. 

@ California, WIN 76-63

Riding a four-game losing streak since Brown's torn ACL, the Beavers won their first game of the season with her out of the starting lineup by defeating Cal. Pivec led the way for the Beavs with 24 points, leading all scorers in the contest. She also grabbed her 1,000th career rebound, an impressive accomplishment for any player but especially a 5-foot-10 guard. 

Once again, the Beavers relied on their big three of Slocum, Pivec, and Jones as they were the only three to score in the first half, but the team came together after the break to leave victorious.

UP NEXT: The No. 17 Oregon State Beavers will finish out the regular season at home against the Washington schools, starting with Washington at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, 2/28 and then Washington State at noon on Sunday, 3/1.