Oregon State Basketball representing at Reser, excited for hoops season

Oregon State Basketball representing at Reser, excited for hoops season

The Oregon State Men's Basketball team was in the house at Reser for Saturday's football game and our own Ron Callan caught up with junior guard Ethan Thompson. 

Thompson, who tested the waters of the NBA, is excited to back:

It's a great experience to be back. I'm ready for this season, I learned a lot through that process (about) getting ready for the NBA and stuff like that but I'm glad to be back in Corvallis and looking for a big season ahead. 

You can watch the video above to see the whole interview with Ron and Ethan as they talk about the scrimmage and the potential of this year's men's basketball team. 

How can Oregon State fix the physicality issues faced vs. Utah?

How can Oregon State fix the physicality issues faced vs. Utah?

CORVALLIS - The Beavers (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12) called Utah (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) “a really, really good team” this week. That may have been selling the Utes short.

Utah dominated the Beavers in all three phases of the game en route to a 52-7 victory at Reser Stadium.

The lone TD came in the final minute of the game:

After the game, the Beavers spoke to the media about the loss and had a similar message: Utah played much more physical than Oregon State. 

Jake Luton discussed the lack of success in the run game:

“We have to try and be more physical and try to implement the run game.” 

Hamilcar Rashed Jr also cited a lack of physicality for the loss.

“They just flat out outplayed us. We [weren’t] physical enough. We have six more games, we just have to be more physical. Simple as that.”

Now, the Beavers look ahead to traveling to play the California Golden Bears (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12) who will be coming off a bye.

You can watch the entire clip above where quarterback Jake Luton, defensive back Jalen Moore, linebacker Hamilcar Rashed Jr., and offensive lineman Blake Blandel discuss the loss.

 

Instant Analysis: Three takeaways from Oregon State's loss to Utah

Instant Analysis: Three takeaways from Oregon State's loss to Utah

The Oregon State Beavers hosted Utah for their second Pac-12 home game of the season on Saturday evening. Despite the festivities of the annual homecoming game, the Beavs were overmatched by the Utes in this one.

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:

1. OSU needs Jermar Jefferson back

The Beavs running game struggled against Utah tonight. The Utes had not allowed a 100 yard rusher all season and that streak is still intact. OSU finished the game with only 48 rush yards on 22 attempts. OSU will need to find a way to move the ball on the ground more effectively and hopefully will have Jefferson back sooner than later. 

2. The defense is improved, but still not good enough

Much has been made about the improvements on the defensive side of the ball this season. To be fair, the defense has had their moments:

- They held Hawaii to 10 second half points.

- After an early first quarter score, they shut out Cal Poly the rest of the game.

But the playmaking and consistency is just not there yet, at any position. 

3. The Beavs have seen the blueprint

From Ron Callan: Utah showed the Beavs what continuity and consistency will get you with great recruiting. 

The formula has been successful, and Coach Smith and staff just need to keep their eye on the long-term, this is not going to be a quick fix. 

Up Next: Oregon State travels to Cal next weekend for an 11:30am kickoff. 

Check back throughout tonight and tomorrow for articles, videos with the players, and more Beavs content!

10 things to know about other Oregon State sports

10 things to know about other Oregon State sports

 

 

 

Football is not the only sport played at Oregon State so let’s take a look at 10 facts to know about the other sports going on!

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Head coach Wayne Tinkle has signed a one year contract extension that goes through the 2022-2023 season. He has led the Beavers to three winning seasons in five years. A drastic improvement over the previous 24 years that had a total of two winning seasons. 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The Beavers are ranked sixth in the country in the preseason polls ahead of a much anticipated season. They finished in the Sweet 16 last season before losing to No. 1 seed Louisville.

On November 4th, the Beavers will host Team USA for an exhibition game at Gill Coliseum. It’s one stop on a four game tour for Team USA.

Oregon State was chosen to finish third in the Pac-12 by the coaches preseason poll behind Oregon and Stanford. 

Season ticket sales have increased from the past season for the sixth year in a row and setting a new school record for season ticket sales.

BASEBALL

The team has an exhibition game vs the University of British Columbia on October 19th at 1pm with free admission. Beaver fans looking to get a first look at the team before the season should take advantage of the opportunity. 

WOMEN'S SOCCER

The Beavers are off to a great start (9-2-1, 1-2-1 Pac-12) under first year head coach Matt Kagan who took over a team that went 2-17 a year ago. 

Oregon State notched their best win of the season at No. 17 Colorado on Sunday following goals by freshman Brianna McReynolds and redshirt senior Toni Malone.

They host a nearly ranked California (9-3-0, 1-2-0) on Sunday at 1pm. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Bridgette Skiba is the reigning Top Drawer’s National Soccer Player of the Week.

 

 

Beavers preview "really, really good" Utah

Beavers preview "really, really good" Utah

 

After leaving the Rose Bowl with a win, the Oregon State Beavers (2-3, 1-1 Pac-12) are focused on a tough opponent coming to Reser Stadium: No. 15 Utah (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12).

“They’re great. They’re really, really good.” said starting quarterback and reigning College Football Performance Awards National Player of the Week, Jake Luton. “It’s definitely going to be a challenge but we’re a physical team just like them, and we can make plays. So, we’ll be ready to go.”

Utah has among the best defensive units in the conference including a Pac-12 leading rushing defense (53.8 yards per game) that will be going head to head with an effective rushing attack for Oregon State. Running back Artavis Pierce, who is second in the conference at 7.5 yards per carry and 564 rushing yards, believes consistency and execution is the key to beating the Utes.

“We just have to go out there and play four quarter football...even though they’re a good opponent we need to believe in ourselves that we can keep up with a great team like this and keep executing so we can get a win.”

But the Utes field a complete defense, including a dangerous secondary. During his interview on the Talkin Beavers podcast, wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins said that Utah’s secondary is among the best in the conference: “They are very talented.” 

The message from the coaches seems to emphasize playing a complete game and competing:“Go out there [and] play physical, that’s going to be a big part of it, they’re a physical team and finish every play because they don’t take reps off.” said offensive lineman Brandon Kipper. 

Kipper went on to say that coaches will have a great gameplan ready but it’s up to the players to execute it. If the Beavers can put together a complete game for the second consecutive weekend, they may be able to come away with another victory.  

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Oregon State vs Utah: 10 Things to Know

Oregon State vs Utah: 10 Things to Know

Oregon State (2-3, 1-1 Pac-12) hosts No. 15 Utah (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) in search of consecutive conference victories for the first time since 2016. 

Utah was the preseason favorite to win the Pac-12 conference this season, according to the media poll, but a 30-23 loss at USC on Sept. 20 makes those aspirations less likely to be realized. To keep pace with the rest of the Pac-12 South, the Utes cannot afford to lose and will arrive at Reser Stadium ready to play when the game kicks off at 5 p.m. (PT). 

But before that, here are some facts to get you ready for the game.

LONG TIME NO SEE

This is the first match-up against the Utes since 2016 which had a similar set up. That week, the 5-1, No. 21 Utes came to Reser Stadium and received more than they expected. Oregon State trailed by 12 points with 8:25 left before missing a field goal. Utah scored on their next possession and escaped with a 19-14 victory. 

UNLUCKY SCHEDULING

Saturday marks the first of two consecutive bye weeks that the Beavers play a team coming off a bye. The Cal Bears are on a bye this week before hosting the Beavers on October 19th. 

BETTING LINE

As of Thursday, October 10, the consensus line of Utah being favored by 14.5 has received 63% of total bets according to the Action Network. 

BOTH UTAH AND OSU PERFORM ON THIRD DOWN

Utah and Oregon State are tied for the best third down conversion rate in the Pac-12 at 58.3 percent. Both defenses will have their work cut out for them as they try to get off the field. 

ISAIAH HODGINS AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY 

Pro Football Focus rates Isaiah Hodgins as the top wide receiver in the nation. He leads the Pac-12 in receiving yards (632) which is good for fifth in the nation. However, the four players ahead of him have all played one more game than Hodgins. 88.3 percent of his receptions this season have gone for either a first down or a touchdown. He’s also second in the nation in receiving yards per game (126.4), receptions per game (8.6), and receiving touchdowns (9).

JAKE LUTON TAKES CARE OF THE FOOTBALL

Quarterback Jake Luton has yet to throw an interception this season and ranks second in the nation for the most consecutive passes without one, trailing Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa by a single pass attempt. Luton only needs 16 more passes without a pick to tie the school record held by Matt Moore. Pro Football Focus also rates Luton as the second best quarterback in the conference. Oregon State as a team leads the nation with only one turnover. 

WHAT ABOUT SPECIAL TEAMS?

Punter Daniel Rodriguez has had an excellent season thus far. He’s second in the conference for punting average at 47.9 yards and executed an impressive dropkick kickoff against the Bruins that the Beavers recovered. One play later the offense scored another touchdown to jump out to a 21-0 lead. 

RASHED ATTACKS THE BACKFIELD

Outside linebacker Hamilicar Rashed continued his effective play against the Bruins with seven total tackles, including six solo tackles and two tackles for loss. He leads the Pac-12 with 9.5 tackles for loss which places him eighth nationally. The defense overall has 39 tackles for loss, second in the conference. 

PIERCE HAS STEPPED UP

With sophomore running back Jermar Jefferson battling an ankle injury, senior Artavis Pierce has stepped into the starting role and flourished. He continues to hold the school record for yards per carry at 6.1, and this season he averages an outstanding 7.5 yards per carry. Pierce is rated the top running back in the Pac-12 by Pro Football Focus.

DEPENDABLE BRANDEL

Offensive Lineman Blake Brandel has started 41 consecutive games which ranks at the fourth longest streak in school history.

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Talkin' Beavers Podcast: Isaiah Hodgins wants the ball

Talkin' Beavers Podcast: Isaiah Hodgins wants the ball

Isaiah Hodgins, Oregon State's leading wide receiver, talks about growing up with NFL stars as mentors and explains whether he'd rather be a duck or be punched in the face. He also chooses between the Oregon Ducks and Washington Huskies during a conversation with host Nigel Burton.

Plus, Nigel hands out grades in the Beaver Report Card following the big win over UCLA and looks ahead to the Beavers' homecoming matchup against Utah (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12).

Listen to the full podcast below:

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Jake Luton's improvement integral to Beavers' success

Jake Luton's improvement integral to Beavers' success

Leaving the Rose Bowl on Saturday night, a feeling of euphoria surrounded the Oregon State Beavers. They had just won their first conference game of the season (2-3, 1-1 Pac-12), led by the soon-to-be College Football Performance Awards National Player of the Week, Jake Luton.

The redshirt senior quarterback accounted for six total touchdowns, including his first rushing touchdown of his Oregon State career, to ice the game with 1:42 left on the clock. 

“That was fun... It was something we practiced, and to finally get it called in the game, Noah [Togiai] gave me a great block, it was fun."

However, Luton’s road to today has not been easy. He began his career at Idaho appearing in just six games before transferring to Ventura Community College where he became a JUCO All-American throwing for 3,551 yards and 40 touchdowns. 

He then committed to play the rest of his college career at Oregon State. Immediately, he came down will an illness that saw him lose 30 pounds. However, he would still beat out the two previous starting quarterbacks for the Beavers: Marcus McMaryion and Darell Garretson. Despite being poised to breakout, it did not come together for Luton who suffered multiple serious injuries over the next two seasons that allowed him to start in only nine games: a thoracic spine fracture four games into his redshirt junior season, a concussion against Ohio State to open his senior season, and a high ankle sprain against Nevada.

Due to the bad injury luck, the NCAA granted Luton a sixth year of eligibility. He has answered with the best football of his career. The quarterback has passed for 1,297 yards and 14 touchdowns through five games this season. But more importantly, he has taken care of the football only losing one fumble and not throwing a single interception on the season. Luton credits his fearlessness on the field for the ball security. 

“I’m not thinking about it. Just going out there and playing football, and putting work in...you can’t be scared.”

The success should not be too surprising given Luton always showed flashes in his playing time at Oregon State (i.e. the comeback in Boulder last season against Colorado). But this is the first time in his collegetic career of carrying over the same offense and offensive coordinator in consecutive seasons. He credits the continuity with making him feel more comfortable running the offense and enjoys executing some of the more complex plays.

“It’s been awesome to take that next step in the playbook.”

Luton’s play has been one of the bright spots on the season for the surprising and much improved Beavers. Despite a 2-3 record not being super impressive, the Beavers could have easily won either the Stanford or Hawai’i games. They lost both 31-28. The over/under win total in the preseason was 2.5 wins for Oregon State and the team could easily be 4-1.

Beaver fans should be pleased with the season so far, and credit Jake Luton, along with many other players, with the improvement. 

Oregon State Coach Jonathan Smith scouts ahead to Utah

Oregon State Coach Jonathan Smith scouts ahead to Utah

Coach Jonathan Smith and the Oregon State Beavers are coming off a big Pac-12 win over UCLA last weekend and are now in full preparation mode for a homecoming weekend game vs. Utah. 

Utah is 4-1 on the season thus far and 1-1 in conference play. 

Offensively, Utah has diversity in what the like to do as Coach Smith describes:

The scheme...it's not just one formation and they run the same stuff. You always get some unique things. 

You can watch the entire clip from Coach Smith above as he breaks down the upcoming game vs. Utah. 

Who is in 2nd place behind the Ducks in the Pac-12 North? For now, it's OSU

Who is in 2nd place behind the Ducks in the Pac-12 North? For now, it's OSU

In spite of another lackluster offensive effort Saturday against California, expect Oregon to climb in the college football polls this week.

Who else in the Pac-12 are people going to vote for? And it seems there is some sort of unwritten rule that they have to vote for somebody because the conference has had way too many teams appear in the Top 25, given how weak it is. Last week, Washington, Utah and Arizona State joined the Ducks, who were ranked 13th. California, by the way, was 26th.

That’s a lot of teams getting respect for a conference that doesn’t appear to be in line for a berth in the postseason playoffs.

In the Pac-12 North, Saturday’s results led to a curious situation. If I asked you who was in second place in the division behind the undefeated-in-conference Ducks, who would you say?

Well, it’s Oregon State, which, after its convincing win in the Rose Bowl over UCLA, is 1-1 in conference play. Washington, California, Stanford and Washington State now already have two losses.

In the Pac-12 South, the surprising leader is Arizona, the only other team aside from Oregon that’s undefeated in conference play this early in the season. And remember, that’s a Wildcat team that gave up 45 points to Hawaii in a road loss and then allowed 41 to Northern Arizona in a home win. Arizona beat UCLA by just a field goal, by the way.

So if you’re a pollster looking at this conference and you seemingly have to put someone from the Pac-12 up there, it’s got to be Oregon, right? Even though the Ducks were not impressive in that 17-7 win over the Bears in Autzen Stadium.

My take on all this:

Congrats to the Beavers for getting that road win and in this conference, they have a shot at a few more. And Oregon? Keep plugging along, relying on that defense, which is probably going to throttle most of the conference teams it plays. But don’t get too carried away with it.

Folks, this conference is just not very good and on a given weekend, anybody can seemingly beat anybody else. And that's not because they're all great teams.