Oregon State Play of the Night: Michael Doctor's first quarter interception off Travis Wilson, that came off of a tip, was returned 19-yards, and eventually gave the Beavers the ball at the Utah 16.
Reason: Look, you could point at a number of other plays, but the reasoning for this one was because it seemed to set the tone for the entire game. OSU's offense had gone three and out three times prior to that interception. There was absolutely no rythm offensively, so the INT allowed a stagnant offense a short field to work with, and helped give OSU a lead they would never relinquish.
Player of the Game: I could easily give this award to a defensive player, namely; Rudy Fifita, for his bone-jarring hit on Travis Wilson that forced a fumble, DJ Alexander, who came up with the 4th down sack to seal the game and was an animal all game, or even Scott Crichton, who proved to be a real load for the Utah offensive line. Hell, Keith Kostol could get a nod here. Laugh all you want, but if the punting game is off tonight (five kicks downed inside the 20) Utah might have been able to get something going.
No, my player(s) of the game are exactly that. Players. The offensive line deserves the nod here. Specifically Josh Andrews and true freshman Isaac Seumalo. Utah came in with one of the best defensive line's in the conference. Anchored by future top-10 NFL draft pick, Star Lotulelei. Last season the line was to blame for a lot, but this season they've turned it around. Sure the OSU ground game managed just 77 yards, but Woods was able to score when given the opportunity, and Cody Vaz wasn't sacked all game. Props to the guys who took the blame. They did all they could, and helped tip the Beavers over the edge.
Quote of the Night: "It's awesome. We aren't going to be complacent and we're going to keep this thing going. It was an ugly win for us tonight, but the defense played great, so hats off to them." - Cody Vaz on OSU becoming bowl eligible.
What to Look Forward to: Next weekend the Beavers travel to Century Link field in Seattle, to take on the Washington Huskies. A 3-4 team that is coming off of a 52-17 schilacking at the hands of the Arizona Wildcats, in Tucson. I strongly believe that OSU is the better team, and that Washington is really reeling. However, you can never discount a team in the Pac-12 (except maybe Colorado), nor a team OSU is facing. They've been inconsistent on the road and at home, and at some point it could bite them in the butt.
I'm not saying it will be next weekend, I just wouldn't automatically chalk it down as a "W." Also, QB Sean Mannion will be returning, and whether he can come back and put up Arizona or UCLA-type numbers is still unseen. It should be an intriguing matchup, especially since OSU lost a nail-bitter of a game the last time they played against Washington in Seattle (a double overtime loss). One more thing to take note of, Oregon State has never started the season 7-0. They get that chance next weekend.