The Beavers played perhaps their best game of the Gary Andersen era last Saturday, dismantling the Arizona Wildcats 42-17. Now, with just one game left on the schedule it's time to see if Andersen and his young Beavers can bring home the one win they have wanted all season long; a win the Civil War. Can the Beavers pull the upset and end what is currently an eight game losing streak to the Oregon Ducks? We will find out on Saturday. Until then, hear what Coach Andersen had to say in his weekly press conference as he gets his team prepared for kickoff. #GoBeavshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ze3QumBMbo
The Oregon State Beavers (4-5, 3-3 Pac-12) are nearing bowl eligibility and as the buzz is starting to spread in Corvallis, we've got a special guest for you on the latest episode of the Talkin' Beavers Podcast.
Oregon State Hall of Famer Ken Simonton joins host Nigel Burton to reflect on his favorite moments as a Beaver, share his recruiting story and how head coach Jonathan Smith can continue the rebuild of Oregon State football. Plus, Nigel looks ahead to the upcoming gridiron battle with Arizona State this Saturday at home in Corvallis.
Listen to the full podcast below:
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In the final game of the Phil Knight Invitational, the Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Oregon State Beavers 77-69 at Moda Center.
The game was close at halftime but the Sooners ran the Beavers out of the building in the second half. An avalanche of threes by Oklahoma and bricks on the other end allowed the Sooners to pull away. A late surge by the Beavers made the score more respectable.
Here are some takeaways from the contest.
Both teams came out not ready to play. The Beavers missed multiple shots from inside the paint and the teams were barely in double figures seven minutes into the half. Many of the shots that went in for the Beavers were near the end of the shot clock. Alfred Morris kept the Beavers in the game with 12 first half points. Towards the end of the half both teams started scoring better to make the halftime score 33-32 Oklahoma.
Tinkle and Thompson need to be better
If the Beavers want to compete for a Pac-12 championship, this duo needs to play better than today. Both of them missed numerous times in the paint which ruined momentum created from solid ball movement. Thompson didn’t even make a field goal until the second half. Tinkle shot 7 for 17 for 18 points and Thompson scored 17 points on 6 for 17 from the field.
Beavers need to communicate better on defense
When the Beavers played defense, there appeared to be little communication between the players. Yes, they’re playing man-to-man, but even when they hedged the screen there appeared to be nothing but silence on the defensive side of the floor. In one stretch of the second half, the Beavers gave up three straight three pointers to go down nine points. The first one was a step back but the other two came off of Oklahoma moving the ball and catching the Beavers out of position. That run gave Oklahoma all the momentum and they proceeded to run the Beavers off the floor.
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The Oregon State Beavers (4-5, 3-3 Pac-12) have three games left remaining in the season, but just one of those will be played at Reser Stadium. Therefore, this week’s game against Arizona State (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) will be Senior Day.
Head coach Jonathan Smith discussed the occasion at his weekly Monday press conference.
I appreciate them a ton because...going through multiple coaches is not easy. It’s unsettling. And they’ve bought in and worked really hard. I think they have improved and they’ve improved this program over the year and a half we’ve been here.
Oregon State’s senior class was all recruited by former Beavers head coach Gary Andersen, who resigned in the midst of a 1-11 season in 2017. Jonathan Smith was hired to take over the program the following offseason, who coincidentally knew how his players were feeling.
Before he coached, Smith was the quarterback at Oregon State and played under both Mike Riley and Dennis Erickson. After Riley left to coach the San Diego Chargers in 1998, Erickson in is second season led the Beavers to one of their most iconic seasons that ended with a 41-9 victory over Notre Dame in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl.
You can hear Smith’s full thoughts on Senior Day and the current senior class in the video above.
Oregon State has had some spectacular running backs throughout the years. Steven Jackson remains near the top of that list.
The former Beaver RB returned to Reser Stadium to watch his alma mater take on the Washigton Huskies on Friday night. When asked about the trio of Jermar Jefferson, Artavis Pierce and BJ Baylor, Jackson had the following to say:
You know that [trio] is amazing. Those guys are effective. They continue to get the job done.
Jackson ran for 3,625 yards and 39 touchdowns as a Beaver. He was the 24th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams which began his great professional career.
You can watch his full interview above.
It’s not everyday a Super Bowl champion arrives to Reser Stadium.
However, attending the Beavers’ game against the Washington Huskies on Friday night was former Beaver Isaac Seumalo. His younger brother, Noah Seumalo, plays for the Beavers as an Inside Linebacker.
Isaac Saumalo currently plays for the Philadelphia Eagles and won Super Bowl 50 as apart of the team. He also enrolled at Oregon State as one of their highest rated recruits in school history. He lived up to his potential and was drafted in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
He had the following to say about seeing his brother play for the Beavers.
I love seeing him play...that’s the real reason I’m out here. The game is a bonus, but it’s always great. I love seeing him.
You can watch his full interview above.
It was a night to forget for the Oregon State offense.
With the Beavers looking to have a winning record this late into the season for the first time since 2013, they fell to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in conference play. To make matters worse, on a day where the Beavers defense held the Huskies to their second lowest point total of the season, the offense was shut out. If not for a garbage time touchdown by the second string against Utah, tonight would have been the second home game this season where the offense was shut out.
Following a game where the offense had 119 yards of total offense, senior quarterback Jake Luton recapped the loss.
We struggled in every facet of the game and so it’s definitely frustrating ...we're going to have to watch the tape and improve. We can only go up from here.
Luton later said the loss will hurt and he’ll let it hurt for a day before moving on to preparing for Arizona State next weekend.
You can watch the full interview in the video above.
A familiar face appeared in Reser.
Adley Rutschman returned to Corvallis and was recognized for winning the 2019 Golden Spikes award. The Beaver faithful gave him an ovation at the end of the first quarter timeout in Oregon State’s contest against the Washington Huskies on Friday night.
The award is given out annually to the best amateur baseball player in the nation. Not only did Rutschman win the award last season, but he also won the National Championship in 2018 and was selected first overall by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2019 MLB Draft.
At the recognition, Rutschman was surrounded by “family” --- his parents, friends, former teammates and his old coach Pat Casey.
Rutschman discussed the occasion.
It’s an unbelievable feeling. I feel right at home...to have Beaver Nation recognize me. It’s all I could ask for... I just feel extremely supported and extremely humbled to be a part of this.
You can watch the full video above.
It was a rough night in Corvallis as the Beavers had an opportunity to put a little pressure on the north division leading Ducks with a win over Washington.
Here are three quick takeaways from the game:
1. The secondary has improved
The Beaver defense played well tonight. Specifically, Oregon State had solid coverage downfield in the secondary and protected well against the deep ball. Looking back at previous games, you couldn't say this was the case. Jaydon Grant had a pick six in the third quarter to make it 13-7 which gave the Beavs some hope in the second half.
2. What happened to the offense?
While the defense was the bright spot, the offense was a big problem tonight. This is seemingly the exact opposite problem the Beavs had in the first part of the season. Luton was constantly pressured all night long as the offensive line was unable to protect him. Luton also made several bad throws including an interception. The Beavers starting offense was shut out at home for the second time this season (first was against Utah).
3. Beavs need Hodgins to be more involved
Hodgins finished with just 4 catches for 33 yards and that is simply not good enough. He needs more targets and the OSU offense is going to have to find creative ways to get him the ball downfield. There were far too many short passes that resulted in little or no gain. Hodgins is the Beavers big-play WR and he needs to be utilized as such.
Up Next: The Beavers will travel to Arizona State next Saturday.
The Oregon State Beavers (4-4, 3-2 Pac-12) look to get one game closer to a bowl appearance when they host the Washington Huskies (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) at Reser Stadium at 7:30.
The Beavers haven't had a winning record this late into the season since 2014 and haven't qualified for a bowl game since 2013. The Huskies were chosen to win the Pac-12 North by the media in the preseason but have greatly underwhelmed. However, they're still capable of beating anyone in the conference given their close losses to Oregon and Utah.
The Beavers haven't defeated the Husies since 2011. They also haven't won a conference home game since 2016. They'll look to end both streaks against their foes from up north.
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