NOTES: Oregon State at Cincinnati

T.J.Houshmandzadeh

News, notes statistics and more from Oregon State's 34-3 loss to Cincinnati Sept. 6.

Pregame Notes:

 

Series Notes:

  • Cincinnati leads the series 1-0.

  • Oregon State is the first Pac-10 team to visit Nippert Stadium.

  • The Men in Black are 0-2 in their last two trips to play Big East teams giving up 97 points and scoring only 30 points in those games. Their record against Big East competition dropped to 5-8.
     
  • The Beavers received $200,000 from the Bearcats and a little more than $250,000 from ESPN.
     
  • Cincinnati will travel to Corvallis in 2009 on Sept. 15.

 

Offense Notes:

  • The offense generated 310 total yards, 274 passing and 36 rushing, while scoring three points and converting 1 of 2 in the redzone. The offensive line yielded just one sack.

  • OSU picked up 17 first downs, 15 via the pass. They converted on 8 of 18 third downs (44%), improving from a week ago 3 of 14 (21%).
     
  • The running game netted just 36 total yards on 21 attempts for a 1.7 average.

  • The offense had 19 more offensive plays than UC (75 to 56).

  • OSU had more first downs, more rushing yards and more passing yards than the Bearcats.
     
  • Despite QB Sean Canfield's dismal performance where he completed 18 of 31 passes for 131 yards and three interceptions, he is clearly the starting quarterback. Coach Mike Riley stuck with Canfield until the very end of the third quarter, when the game was well out of reach. Canfield threw one interception in each quarter he played, two of the picks came while trying to hook up with Sammie Stroughter. On one pick he was being bother by a defensive end which messed up his throwing motion resulting in the ball being lofted. His first half interceptions led to 10 points.

  • QB Lyle Moevao entered in the game late in the third, throwing three interceptions in four series. In one quarter he completed 14 of 23 attempts for 143 yards. To his credit, the Beavers only option was to pass so Cincinnati was in a passing defense the entire time.

  • The combined 54 attempts between the quarterbacks equaled the attempts by Matt Moore in the Sun Bowl where he completed 31 of 54 for 356 yards and four touchdowns last year.
     
  • The six interceptions is only three fewer than last seasons total in 14 games.

  • RB Yvenson Bernard finished with 30 yards on 16 carries, his lowest total since being named the starter in 2005 and the lowest since his 54 yards against UCLA last season. He was taken out in the fourth quarter so he wouldn't get hurt. Despite his low yards he moved up to 37th in the Pac-10 career rushing list with 2,843 yards. He also added seven catches for 17 yards, giving him 47 total yards, moving him up to fifth for total yards in school history.

  • RB Matt Sieverson played the entire fourth quarter carrying the ball twice for two yards. Sieverson looked excellent catching the ball as he caught five passes for 31 yards, with a long of nine.

  • WR Brandon Powers led the team with 76 yards on five catches, including a 35 yard bomb from Canfield, the longest completion of the year.

  • WR Darrell Catchings continued to impress snagging four catches for 34 yards.

  • WR Shane Morales had the best game of his career grabbing four passes for 28 yards.

  • WR Chris Johnson recorded his first catch of the season on a 14-yard completion.

  • WR Sammie Stroughter started at split end. The first play of the game went to him as he streaked down the field. It was a perfect throw by Canfield, but unfortunately the ball slipped through his hands. He did not record a catch, but did return one punt 36 yards.

  • TE Howard Croom added three catches for 43 yards while TE Brady Camp caught the first pass of his career for a seven yard gain.

  • C Kyle DeVan limped off of the field with an ankle injury late in the fourth quarter. It was not serious and he is not expected to miss any practices.

  • LG Adam Speer struggled with leg cramps; he is not expected to miss any practices.
     

 

Defense Notes:

  • The defense add eight more tackles for loss, including three more sacks - two by Slade Norris and one by Jeff Van Orsow, his first of the year.

  • Although the scoreboard displayed 34 points, the defense turned in a fine performance. They dealt with a short field the entire game. The Bearcats first three scoring drives started at the OSU 21, 31 and 2, converted just 32 yards and lasted just eight plays.

  • The run defense was stout as Cincinnati had -21 yards rushing at the end of the first half and entered the fourth quarter with -1 yards rushing. They finished with 30 yards on 33 attempts.

  • UC finished with 229 yards of total offense. Fifty of those yards came on the final touchdown of the game.
     
  • LB Joey LaRocque led the team in tackles with seven stops, including two for loss.

  • DE Victor Butler had the best game of his career recording four tackles, including two for loss.

  • DE Jeff Van Orsow had the team's only pass breakup.

 

Special Teams Notes:

  • K Alexis Serna hit one of two field goals, missing from 38, his first miss in eight attempts, and making from 31. The field goal gave him 301 points for his career as he became the 18th player in Pac-10 history to reach 300 points in his career.

  • P Alexis Serna had a difficult day punting averaging 35.8 yards per kick. Over two games he is averaging 34.1 yards per kick, worst in the Pac-10. He also had a punt blocked, the first blocked punt against OSU since the Arizona State game in 2005.

 

Miscellaneous Notes:

  • UC scored its first 17 points of the game and a total of 24 points off of seven turnovers.
     
  • UC's defense held the Beaver offense to is fewest points since being shutout Sept. 28, 2002 at USC (22-0).
     
  • Cincinnati's win snapped OSU's five game winning streak dating back to last season.  It was the longest in the Pac-10.

  • UC fumbled six times, only losing two.

  • Former Beaver receivers and Cincinnait Bengals Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh were on the sidelines for the game.

 

Play of the Game.
The dagger in the heart came late in the third quarter when K Jake Rogers connects on a 55-yard field goal, the longest of his career and second longest in school history, to give the Bearcats a 17 point lead making it a three score game.

 

Players of the Game.

Offense - No one. The offensive line didn't come out with any passion, the quarterbacks threw interceptions like they were handing out candy and none of the receivers or running backs stepped up to make a big play to spark the team. An all around bad effort.

Defense - DE Slade Norris turned in a fine game notching two sacks, along with two other tackles, but the entire defense played splendidly.

Special teams - No one.  The entire unit broke down as a field goal was missed, a punt was blocked and a punt was fumbled. This is the worst special team's performance since last year's contest at the Rose Bowl.

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