BEAVS BLAST CAL 35-7

BEAVS BLAST CAL 35-7

OREGON STATE STARTED strong, and then got stronger on Saturday, steamrolling Cal and building a 28-0 halftime lead on their way to a 35-7 triumph. The defense blasted away early, while Markus Wheaton and Jacquizz Rodgers were among those shining bright on offense. How dominant was the defense? Consider the numbers 50 and 63.

The week before against Arizona State, the Golden Bears had hung 50 points on one of the more lauded Pac-10 defenses.

Today? Sixty three yards of total offense in the first half, that's all Cal was able to muster against a rejuvenated Beaver D on the day before Halloween.

Trick or treat indeed.

OSU, a team that has struggled to get heat on the signal caller, sacked Cal quarterbacks four times in the first half, and knocked Bears' starter Kevin Riley from the game early with an apparent serious knee injury. It didn't look to matter to the eventual outcome, OSU was already firmly in control by that time.

With a couple minutes left in the game, Cal had only six first downs. They finished with nine.

Jacquizz Rodgers was the catalyst early for the Beavs, ripping off good-sized chunks of yardage as the offensive line dominated Cal up front. Oregon State complemented the Quizz-led running attack by returning to the fly sweep.

The Beavs haven't run as much of it this year, even when James Rodgers was healthy the Beavs had looked elsewhere for their change-of-pace-yards as opponents defended the fly sweep better. Saturday was a return to 2008 form, and Markus Wheaton both flew and swept his way around end in moving the chains.

Oregon State ran Wheaton on the fly reverse four times, and once on a double reverse, just in the first half --- there had been games this season OSU had run the play but once, or not at all.

Quizz went over the 100-yard mark early in the third quarter, while his highly tounted counterpart on the Bears, Shane Vereen, found limited success and few carries as OSU forged a large lead early. The Beavs scored touchdowns on their first four possessions.

Cal hurt themselves big time with penalties early and often. Just five minutes into the second quarter they'd already been flagged eight times -- and OSU had declined two more.

We'll have much more including a report from from Corvallis a little later on BF.C.

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