Oregon State secures their first win of the season and Pac 12 the nation’s leading rusher suffers elbow injury…..
After a scoreless first quarter, Oregon State (1-4, 1-2 Pac12) shocked the Arizona Wildcats Saturday afternoon, scoring 27 points in the second quarter and heading into the half up by 21. Trevor Romaine added another 3 in the third with a 20 yard FG, and it looked liked the Beavers were going to run away with this one - but that wasn’t the case. After trailing 30-6 in the third, Arizona (1-5, 0-4 Pac12) scored 21 unanswered points in 10 minutes when Foles connected on two touchdown drives and sophomore CB Shaquille Richardson returned an interception 28 yards to put the Wildcats within 3.
With a 30-27 lead and 5:22 left in the fourth, Oregon State went for it on fourth and two and it paid off. QB Sean Mannion hit diving tight end Joe Halahuni for the touchdown to put the Beavs back up by 10 and secure their first win of the season. Heading into Saturday’s game against the Wildcats, the Beavers were the only winless team in a Bowl Championship Series conference. This win was desperately needed in Corvallis – after suffering a season opener OT loss to lower division Sacramento State, the Beavs were shut out in Wisconsin, followed by back to back losses to UCLA and Arizona State.
Beavs freshman QB Sean Mannion was 32 of 41 for 267 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. RB Jovan Stephenson contributed with 99 yards on the ground and 5 receptions for 32 yards in the air. Arizona Senior QB Nick Foles completed 31 of 45 passes for 378 yards and a touchdown to Buckner, who caught eight passes for 144 yards. Foles already has 2255 yards on the season, completing 201 of 281 for an impressive 71.5% completion percentage.
Up next: The Beavers host BYU in non conference play this Saturday… interesting mid-season schedule choice against a team that is no longer part of a conference. They are what I call one of those “other teams”. So they are tied for first in their not a conference – independent – with Notre Dame. BYU did have an impressive rally the final minute of their game last weekend – actually the final 15 seconds when Cougars QB Nelson fired a pass that was batted away by a defensive player on the 1 yard line. As the ball floated in the air, BYU tight end Marcus Mathews came running across the end zone from the other direction and caught it for a surprising game winning score with just eleven seconds on the clock.
OSU: Malcolm Agnew, RB; Agnew missed the last four games after injuring his right hamstring in practice and remains doubtful for the game Saturday against BYU.
The Washington State Cougars (3-2, 1-1 Pac12) looked great driving down the field the first half against UCLA as they out-gained the Bruins 124-12 in the first quarter last weekend at Martin Stadium. First quarter yards gained looks great on paper. Here’s the problem with the Cougs drives: 76 yards on 14 plays put the Cougs down on the UCLA 4 yard line. Can’t convert; result: FG. 53 yards on 11 plays sets up 3rd down on the UCLA 9 yard line. Can’t convert; result: FG. Later in the second quarter, WSU once again marches down the field for 54 yards in 13 plays down to the UCLA 4 yard line. And guess what? Can’t convert; result FG. Any team that can’t convert in the red zone is going to battle the entire game - and that is exactly what happened as WSU came up short against the Bruins (3-3, 2-1 Pac12) in a disappointing 28-25 loss that should have been win for Washington State.
Wazzu QB Lobbestael finished the day 28 of 40 for 235 yards and one interception. Freshman back Rickey Galvin carried the ball 16 times for 88 yards, and sophomore Marquess Wilson added 83 in air, but it wasn’t enough for the Cougs as the fall to 1-1 on the season for conference play.
Up next: The Cougs host Stanford Saturday at 4:30 PM. You can catch the game on Versus.
UCLA starting quarterback Richard Brehaut fractured his lower left leg during the last Saturday night and will be out indefinitely.
The No. 9 Oregon Ducks beat the California Bears (3-2, 0-2 Pac12) last Thursday night 43-15, but suffered a big loss as Pac12 offensive player of the week and the nation’s leading rusher LaMichael James suffered a dislocated elbow injury. I was at the game and you could’ve heard a pin drop as the crowd fell silent at Autzen Stadium when James did not get up on the fourth quarter scoring drive. LaMichael popped his elbow back into place while he was on the field, but was carted off and his status is still questionable. Fans can breathe a small sigh of relief as x- rays have confirmed it is not broken. James had 166 yards by halftime and ended his day with 30 carries for 239 yards and 1 TD. Interesting stat: James has over 4,000 yards for his career and is the sixth player in conference history to reach that milestone… and he’s only a junior.
This game did not start well for Oregon (4-1, 2-0 Pac12) as they headed into half down 15-14. This score going into half takes you back to last season when the Ducks squeaked by the Bears 15-13 at Cal. The Ducks came out in the second half and as the rain stopped coming down they had one of the best third quarters of the season scoring four touchdowns on four consecutive drives. Average time of possession in the third quarter that resulted in a TD: less than 2 minutes.
After an impressive first half performance by the Bears, here’s how they fared in the second half: 6 plays for 44 yards; punt. 3 plays for 54 yards; punt. 5 plays for 34 yards; can’t convert on 4th. 8 plays for 39 yards; can’t convert on 4th. 14 plays for 64 yards down to the Oregon 4 yard line; can’t convert.
Oregon QB Thomas was 13 of 25 for 198 yards, 3 TD’s and 1 interception. James was the leading rusher, followed by back K. Barner adding 88 yards on the ground. Freshman standout De’Anthony Thomas was on fire with 6 receptions for 114 yards, and added 18 on the ground. He finished the day with 3 touchdowns.
Up next: The Ducks host Arizona State Saturday night. Game time is 7:15 and you can catch it on ESPN and ESPN 3.
Injury Report: Oregon back LaMichael James dislocated his right elbow and is listed as questionable at this time. If James is out for Saturday’s match up against the Sun Devils, junior Kenjon Barner and freshman De’Anthony Thomas will get the majority of carries.