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OSU Beavers OL Andy Levitre nominated for College Football Hall of Fame

OSU Beavers OL Andy Levitre nominated for College Football Hall of Fame

Beaver nation is looking to add another decorated alum to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Former Oregon State University football standout Andy Levitre has been nominated for the honor. 

Levitre was a four-year letterman offensive lineman for the Beavers from 2005-08, redshirting in 2004. He assisted the Beavers to a 27-3 record as a starter and three bowl victories. The Beavers finished in the final Associated Press Poll each of his final three seasons which culminated with Sun Bowl victories over Missouri and Pittsburgh, and an Emerald Bowl win over Maryland.

He also grabbed himself a Pac-12 First Team honoree in 2008 and a 2007 Second Team and 2006 Honorable Mention, as well as being on the Outland Trophy Watch List, presented to the nation’s top interior lineman. 

Being coached under Mike Riley during tenure, Levitre speaks on how Coach brought the competitive energy out of everyone.

Playing for (then) head coach Mike Riley was such an amazing experience," Levitre said. "I instantly felt like I was at home the way he treated his players and that trickled down through the coaching staff. Those have been some of OSU's most competitive years and I am proud and honored to have been a part of that moment in history. The competitive spirit we took into each game gave us the chance to beat any team in the country.

Levitre was drafted in the second round by the Buffalo Bills, the highest offensive lineman in the history of the program. His career started with the Bills and ended in Atlanta with an appearance in Super Bowl LI with the Falcons in 2017.

Oregon State has a strong case for Andy Levitre to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, his resume and his accomplishments on the field speak for itself. Other OSU candidates include: Steve Brown (1970-72), John Didion (1966-68), Mike Hass (2002-05), Jess Lewis (1966-67, '69), Alexis Serna (2004-07), and Ken Simonton (1988-2001). 

Report: Former Oregon OC Matt Lubick to join Scott Frost's staff at Nebraska

Report: Former Oregon OC Matt Lubick to join Scott Frost's staff at Nebraska

Matt Lubick is back in the coaching game and reuniting with a former coaching teammate. According to reports, the former Oregon offensive coordinator will be joining Scott Frost's staff at Nebraska. 

Lubick coached at Oregon from 2013 to 2016. He was originally hired to be the new wide receivers coach when Scotts Frost, who was then the wide receivers coach, was promoted to offensive coordinator. Frost left Oregon in 2016 to become head coach at Central Florida, and Lubick once again filled his vacated position. 

The Ducks went 4-8 in Lubick's first year as OC and head coach Mark Helfrich was let go at season's end. The Ducks would go on to hire Willie Taggart as head coach, and  Taggert chose not to retain Lubick.

After leaving Oregon, Lubick would spend two seasons as wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator at the University of Washington before leaving coaching altogether in 2018 to pursue other business opportunities. 

Now he is back, thanks to old friend Scott Frost.

In Frost's two seasons at the helm in Lincoln, the Cornhuskers have gone just 9-15, finishing in fifth place in the Big Ten West both seasons. 

With Lubick, Nebraska brings in a coach that has experience not only running an offense, but experience working directly with coach Frost.

One interesting thing to note is that over the past two seasons with former offensive coordinator Troy Walters, Frost handled the play-calling duties. It remains to be seen if that will remain the same, or if Frost will let go of the reins a little bit and let Lubick takeover. 

Either way, Lubick may just be the shot in the arm that the Cornhuskers need to finally get Nebraksa Football back on the right track. 

 

Oregon State vs Stanford: 10 Things to Know

Oregon State vs Stanford: 10 Things to Know

Coming off a bye, the Oregon State Beavers (1-2, 0-0 Pac-12 play) open their conference schedule against the Stanford Cardinal (1-3, 0-1 Pac-12) at Reser Stadium at 4 p.m. (PT). 

The Cardinal have struggled so far this season but are better than their record indicates given three consecutive losses to ranked opponents. Can the Beavers take advantage of the Cardinal’s slump and open Pac-12 play with a victory? We’re optimistic. But before kickoff you’ll need to prepare for the game.

Here are 10 facts to get you ready for the contest!

  1. The game kicks off at 4 p.m. on Pac-12 Network with Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron, and Jill Savage on the call. 

  2. At 1-3, Stanford is off to their worst start to a season since 2007, the first year under Jim Harbaugh as the Cardinal head coach. In their 5th game that season, the Cardinal defeated #2 USC despite being 41-point underdogs. The Cardinal are 4-point favorites over the Beavers on Saturday.

  3. RB Jermar Jefferson is 15th in the OSU record book with 1,650 rushing yards and Artavis Pierce is 20th with 1,476 yards. Pierce is currently on OSU career record pace for rushing yards per attempt at 6.0; Jefferson is tied for second at 5.8. In Jeffeerson’s absence, Pierce had 12 carries for 90 yards against Cal Poly. 

  4. WR Isaiah Hodgins leads the Pac-12 (8th nationally) for receiving yards per game at 115.7. Of his 23 receptions for the season, 19 were for either touchdowns or first downs. Pro Football Focus also grades Hodgins out as the top receiver in the Pac-12.

  5. Former head coach Dennis Erickson will be honored at the end of the first quarter for his upcoming induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in December in New York City. Erickson coached at OSU from 1999-2002 leading the program to new heights, including a 41-9 Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame. He was honored last week at Washington State and will be next month at Miami.

  6. Head Coach Jonathan Smith had great success playing Stanford when he suited up for Oregon State. His 405 yard passing performance at Stanford in 1999 remains a school record. Smith also set the school record that stands today with a 97-yard touchdown pass to Chad Johnson at Reser Stadium the following year against Stanford.

  7. The offense has scored a touchdown on the first drive of every game this season. Isaiah Hodgins has two of these touchdowns, against Oklahoma State and Cal Poly respectively.  Against Hawai'i, Jermar Jefferson ran for a 4-yard touchdown to cap off the Beavers’ opening drive. 

  8. OSU co-leads the country for fewest turnovers (1). The Beavers are tied with Appalachian State, Boston College and Iowa. 

  9. The Beaver offensive line is rated second in the nation by Pro Football Focus for pass blocking efficiency. They have allowed only two QB sacks through three games; the best start to a season since the 2003 team gave up two sacks in as many contests.

  10. The Beaver defense has 24 tackles-for-loss this season through three games; nearly half the total for the entire season last year. That ranks 3rd in the Pac-12.

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?

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

 

 

 

 

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 grab win over PSU, but it wasn't pretty

Beavers grab win over PSU, but it wasn't pretty

Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State Beavers played host to the Portland State Vikings on Saturday, and for much of the game it was hard to tell which team was from the FBS and which team was from the FCS. Were the Vikings playing that good, or were the Beavers playing that bad? It didn’t really matter. In the end, the scoreboard said it was a win for the Beavers, but it sure didn’t feel like it.

Portland State wasted little time showing Beaver Nation that they come to play. Just a minute into the game the Viking found the end zone, and held the 6-0 lead following a missed PAT.

OSU would answer back, and would take a 14-6 lead into the locker room at halftime, but there was little doubt that Portland State had dominated the half. In fact, if not for some poor ball control and unforced fumbles, the Vikings may have had a two score lead at halftime.

Oregon State looked better in the second half, but it still felt like the Vikings were the better team. PSU tore the Beavers apart on the ground, rushing for nearly 300 yards, to go with 224 through the air. 

Portland State had more first downs, more rushing yards, more passing yards, fewer punts, and held the ball longer than the Beavers, but none of those stats matter. The only one that means anything is the final score, and on Saturday it was just about the only stat in favor of Oregon State.

Following the tough loss against Colorado State, Beaver Nation was still semi-optimistic. The loss felt more like a bad speed bump to start the season, rather than a sign of things to come. Following the struggle against the Vikings, all optimism is lost.

Starting running back Ryan Nall said in his post press conference, “a win is a win.” I find it hard to believe he truly feels that way.

The offense is not running the ball nearly as well as they thought. Nall, a pre-season All-Pac-12-Conference selection managed just 59-yards on 16 carries. The much hyped Thomas Tyner: Just 10-yards and two carries.  Overall, the team had 154-yards on 32 carries. Not the offensive running machine we thought we would see this fall.

But the offense is the least of the worries for the Beavers. If they hope to beat teams in the Pac-12 they have got to fix their issues on defense. For two straight weeks the Beavers have let teams run on them at will. Colorado State had 191-yards and three touchdowns against the Beavers. The following week against Colorado they managed just 88-yards and no scores.

How about the Vikings? They had just 86-yards rushing and no scores last week against BYU. This week they had 291-yards and three touchdowns.  If mediocre rush offenses look unstoppable against the Beavers, just imagine what good rushing teams like Stanford, Oregon, Washington, or USC will do to the Beavers? On second thought, if you’re a Beaver fan, don’t imagine that. It is the things nightmares are made of.

Year three was supposed to be the big leap for Gary Andersen and company. It was supposed to be the year Oregon State finally got over the hump and ended their streak of seasons without a bowl game. It was supposed to be the start of something big. Instead, it feels like the same old song and dance.

As coach Andersen said in this post game press conference, “we’re definitely a work in progress.” Hopefully we eventually get to see it.

 

Tennessee to Oregon, "You have a friend in me"

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Tennessee to Oregon, "You have a friend in me"

Late last week I asked if Oregon and Tennessee just became best friends after a Tweet from the Oregon Ducks trolled the Volunteers rival, and Week 4 opponent, the Florida Gators.

If the Volunteer’s lastest video on social media is any indication, then the two schools have indeed started a budding friendship.

On Monday the Volunteers, fresh off of ending an eleven-game losing streak to the Gators, took to Twitter to thank the Ducks for their support.

The Tweet read, "Hey [Oregon], apparently pulling trucks makes you hungry. You have a friend in me. Your Friend, Smokey," and had the following video attached to it:

If mascots can really be friends, than The Duck and Smokey are BFFs. Woody and Buzz would be proud.

With Bye Week behind them, Beavers prepare to take on Idaho State

With Bye Week behind them, Beavers prepare to take on Idaho State

The Beavers used the bye week to get over a tough loss to Minnesota, and now it's time to turn their attention to the home opener against Idaho State.  The Beavers are looking to get their first win of the season, and at the same time prep for a very tough game next week against the Boise State Broncos. For Oregon State, it should be an easy win, but if the first two weeks are any indication, you cannot take any team in the NCAA lightly. Earlier today Coach Andersen held his weekly press conference to talk about the game, and what Beaver Nation can expect come Saturday. Check out the video below, courtesy of Oregon State, to hear what Andersen had to say ahead of his team's matchup with the Bengals. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D18bxDMRJdo

Beavers drop season opener to Minnesota, 23-30

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Beavers drop season opener to Minnesota, 23-30

The Beavers opened the 2016 season in Minnesota on Thursday, losing to the Golden Gophers, 23-30.

The Beavers came in as two touchdown underdogs, yet many experts, myself including, picked Oregon State to pull the upset.

For much of the game, it looked that it may just happen. The Beavers outplayed the Gophers, stopped their offense for large parts of the game, and it looked like the upset was in the works.

However, when it counted the most, Minnesota flexed its muscle and put the hammer down. Oregon State had the 23-17 lead at the end of the third quarter, but the Gophers would score13 unanswered points in the fourth to take the game.

In the end, it was the Beavers own mistakes the did them in. Quarterback Darell Garretson had two keys fumbles, both of which Minnesota would turn into a touchdown. Those 14 points were the difference in this one.

Minnesota held the 17-14 lead at halftime, and in all actuality, only three of those points were really earned. The other 14 were handed to them.

As spirited as the Beavers played, it just wasn’t enough in the end. However, Beaver fan or not, you have to be impressed. Coach Andersen said that the goal this game was to show that this team has improved, and after watching the game, I believe that to be the case.

They showed they can score some points. The defense showed it can make a few stops. The team as a whole showed it has a lot of heart. If they can just put it all together for a full four quarters, then maybe they can win a few games.

A loss is never the way you want to start a season, but for the Beavers, this lose showed that they are headed in the right direction.

Minnesota, a team maybe believe will represent the west division in the Big 10 Title game, really had to earn this one in the end. When Andersen and the Beavers look at the tape of this one, they will know it was a game they could have, and should have won.

Final Score: Beavers 23 –Golden Gophers 30

Standout Beavers:

Ryan Nall was by far the player of the game for OSU. The biggest surprise was why OSU didn’t find ways to get him more involved, or give him the ball in short yardage situations. Nall finished the game with 71 yards on the ground, and 80 through the air. Oregon State's most explosive run plays, and pass plays, came from Ryan Nall. Even more impressive than his stats was his ability to take a hit and keep on running. Rarely did you see a single defender make a tackle. It took multiple defenders to bring him down. In the first year with a true position, Nall has all ready shown he can thrive. It will be very interesting to see how he impacts the game as he continues to improve.

Next Up: Oregon State opens the home slate Saturday, September 17, against Idaho State. Kickoff is set for 2:00P PM at Reser Stadium.

GAME STATS

Oregon State Beavers:

Passing:

-Darell Garretson: 25/40, 228 yards and 3 touchdowns

Rushing:

-Ryan Nall: 13 attempts, 71 yards

Receiving:

-Seth Collins: 5 catches, 57 yards

-Victor Bolden: 5 catches, 32 yards, 1 touchdown

-Ryan Nall: 8 catches, 80 yards

 

Minnesota Golden Gophers:

Passing:

-Mitch Leidner: 13/26, 130 yards

Rushing:

-Mitch Leidner: 13 attempts, 76 yards, 2 touchdowns

-Rodney Smith: 25 attempts, 125 yards, 2 touchdowns

Receiving:

-Tyler Johnson: 3 catches, 31 yards

-Drew Wolitarsky: 4 catches, 53 yards

-Nate Wozniak: 3 catches, 33 yards

VIDEO RECAP:

[LIVE] RECAP: Oregon State Football fights hard, loses season opener to Minnesota Football, 30-23.

Posted by NBC Sports Northwest on Thursday, September 1, 2016