Two Oregon State Beavers take home Pac-12 Awards

Two Oregon State Beavers take home Pac-12 Awards

Jake Luton was already named the College Football Performance Awards National Player of the Week and now you can add another honor, and a teammate to the list of success stories from the weekend. 

Luton has been named the Pac-12 Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week and punter Daniel Rodriguez has been named the Special Teams Player of the Week

Luton, the senior QB, threw for 5 TDs (on 18 of 26 passing for 285 yards) and also managed to run one in from 19 yards in the fourth quarter. 

Luton proved to be a difference maker for the Beavs as they picked up a big Pac-12 win. 

Rodriguez's contributions are best described by the Oregon State Athletic Office:

Rodriguez punted three times and averaged 47.7 yards per in the win over UCLA. He was also credited with a 23-yard kickoff on a “drop kick” that the Beavers recovered as an onside kick. That recovery, by David Morris, led to the Beavers’ third score of the game to push Oregon State to a 21-0 lead six minutes into the game.

Video of the unique kickoff can be seen here:


Next up for the 2-3 Beavers and Luton is Utah with a 5:00 PM kickoff at Reser on Saturday.


A look ahead to senior day, the last chance for a quality home win

A look ahead to senior day, the last chance for a quality home win

Yes, the Beavers have a home win in 2019. Jake Luton threw four touchdown passes against Cal Poly and Chance Flemings had two touchdown receptions in the 45-7 romp. But lets be straight, this was a win against an FCS team from the Big Sky.

You look at the four other games played at Reser and why they came up on the short end reveals where Oregon State needs to get better moving into the 2020 campaign.




This home opener was highly anticipiated and the Beavers responded early. Oregon State led this game after the first quarter 10-7 and the general attitude at this moment was the realization that the Beavers are better. But they received a reality check in the second quarter. The Cowboys reeled off 24 straight points and Oregon State was down by seventeen at intermission and never really had a chance for a victory. Oklahoma State wound up with 555 total yards on offense. Beaver fans were thinking that the defense hasn't improved. Oregon State will have a rematch with OSU on Thursday, September 3rd next sesaon in Stillwater.




This game was by far the one that Oregon State let slip away. Down 21-0 in the 3rd quarter the Beavers staged an impressive comeback. Late in the 3rd, Jake Luton found Isaiah Hodgins for an 11-yard TD and it was 21-7. Early in the 4th Quarter, Oregon State got the ball back and marched 95 yards on eight plays with Artavis Pierce scampering 43-yards into the endzone and all of a sudden it was 21-14. But penalties and a trick pass from TE Colby Parkinson to Davis Mills gave the Cardinal a little breathing room at 28-14. Oregon State showed its fans they weren't detered even though key penalties hurt them in that drive by Stanford. Two straight impressive drives by Oregon State tied the score at 28-28 and the locals were thinking OT. However, a poor performance on special teams gave the Ball to Stanford on the 50 yard line and they won the game 31-28. A tough post-game after this one because the comeback was so impressive.


UTAH 52-7


Beaver fans and the media covering the team were impressed with the 48-31 win over UCLA at the Rose Bowl so there was talk that Oregon State could stay with Utah. But Kyle Whittingham and his players came into Reser and said....sorry but you aren't in our league yet. The Utes defense made life miserable for Jake Luton and the Beaver offense. 169 yards passing and 38 yards rushing for Oregon State. Jake Luton was pretty matter of fact after this one, "I don't think there's anything else we can do, other than to just keep fighting. We're going to come back, and were going to be here tomorrow, back in building, we're going to watch the film, we;re going to be back on the field correcting the stuff and keep fighting." 

It was the worst home loss for Oregon State since 1991 when they lost to Washington 58-6.




Last week's loss to the Huskies showed us again that a stout defensive line is a tough matchup for Oregon State. While the Beaver defense showed the football world they have made a ton of progress in 2019, the offense has struggled against big, strong defensive lines. (Oklahoma State and Utah are good examples). Just 88 yards passing for Jake Luton and the Beavers find themselves searching for that elusive home FBS win




Herm Edwards, the second-year ASU coach, is worried about this game and that is because his defensive line has struggled in 2019. Last week in their 31-26 loss to USC, the Trojans jumped on the Sun Devils for 28 first quarter points. USC QB Kedon Slovis threw for 297 yards and four TD passes in the first quarter! Give credit to the Sun Devils for not folding up the tent and almost came back and won that game losing 31-26. But at his weekly press gathering this week Herm Edwards was adamant about his defensive line:

"I'm not making excuses, I'm just telling you where we're at. We need to find guys who can play. Everyone is looking for that guy. We are all recruiting the same guys who can be difference makers on defense. Look at Utah, they rush four guys but the opposing team QB has to get the ball out quickly because of their talent. You gotta have the guy who can impact the QB." 

So for the Beavers on Senior Day the key may just be the potential troubles ASU has on the D-line. I know Oregon State wants that signature home win on Saturday. OSU's defensive coordinator talked to me about the importance of the game against the Sun Devils:

"I think its a big deal every single year. The guys in this program that have gone through all the blood, sweat and tears will come and play in their home stadium for the last time. I still remember very vividly (his own senior day at North Dakota). It is something that sticks with you the rest of your life. We certainly want to send these guys off on a high note and get them a conference win at home."

The oddsmakers make ASU a slight favorite on Saturday. Let's see if the 16 seniors get that first win over an FBS team at Reser. Kickoff a little after 4:30 pm.

Talkin' Beavers Podcast: Ken Simonton shares his favorite bowl game memories

Talkin' Beavers Podcast: Ken Simonton shares his favorite bowl game memories

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:


Sloppy play dooms Beavers in Phil Knight Invitational

Ahead of senior day, Jonathan Smith is thankful for his seniors

Steven Jackson is a fan of the OSU running backs

Instant Analysis: Sloppy play dooms Beavers in the Phil Knight Invitational

Instant Analysis: Sloppy play dooms Beavers in the Phil Knight Invitational

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.

Sloppy Start

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.

Here's more from Coach Tinkle:

Ahead of Senior Day, Jonathan Smith is thankful for his seniors

Ahead of Senior Day, Jonathan Smith is thankful for his seniors

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.

Steven Jackson is a fan of the OSU RBs

Steven Jackson is a fan of the OSU RBs

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.

Isaac Seumalo visits Reser, watches his brother play

Isaac Seumalo visits Reser, watches his brother play

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.

Jake Luton recaps the loss to Washington: It really hurts

Jake Luton recaps the loss to Washington: It really hurts

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.

Adley Rutschman returns to Reser, the ovation is "all he can ask for"

Adley Rutschman returns to Reser, the ovation is "all he can ask for"

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 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.

Instant Analysis: Oregon State offense sputters, Beavs lose to UW


Instant Analysis: Oregon State offense sputters, Beavs lose to UW

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.