A blow by blow account of Oregon State's 61-10 victory Sept. 15 versus Idaho State…
NOTES: 'I saw signs of some very good things'
Pregame Notes: Oregon State won the toss and deferred. The announced attendance was 38,491. Weather: 72 deg., wind NE 6mph, cloudy Series Notes: This was the first meeting between ISU and OSU. Oregon State leads the series 1-0. OSU paid ISU $300,000 to come to Corvallis. Oregon State has won 24 consecutive non-conference home games Riley is 14-0 at Reser Stadium when playing a non-conference opponent. Offense Notes: The offense generated 607 total yards, 175 on the ground and 432 through the air. The 607 total yards in the sixth highest single game mark. The offense picked up 29 first downs, 21 via the pass. The Beavers averaged 14.9 yards per completion. Oregon State converted on 12 of 17 (70.5%) third downs and 1 of 1 fourth downs. They scored on 5 of 6 chances inside the red zone. OSU led ISU in time of possession 31:52 to 28:08 holding on to the ball for 10:25 in the third quarter. QB Sean Canfield completed 21 of 30 passes for 353 yards, the 12th most in single game school history, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Canfield had plenty of time in the pocket all game long as he went through his progressions and finding the open man. He completed at least one pass to five different receivers. His 48-yard touchdown pass to Stroughter is the longest completion this year. Canfield has a sizzling first quarter completing 11 of 14 for 198 yards while leading the team to three touchdowns. QB Lyle Moevao entered in the third quarter completing 7 of 11 for 80 yards. QB Ryan Gunderson played the last two minutes of the game completing one pass for negative one yard. In preparation for Pac-10 play and to work on the passing game, RB Yvenson Bernard mostly rested as he carried the ball just 14 times for 58 yards and one touchdown. He also added one catch for nine yards. It was his third lowest rushing total in his career. RB Clinton Polk made his season debut after sitting out the first two games while he worked on his academics. On his first carry of the season he scampered 37-yards, breaking himself free 10-yards down the field with an excellent stiff arm. It was his longest run of his career and his second career touchdown. He finished with 44 yards on four carries. RB Matt Sieverson also received repetitions grinding out 29 yards on nine carries. Seldom used RB Patrick Fuller saw his first action of the year at running back carrying six times for 26 yards and the first touchdown of his career - a three yard run in the fourth. FB Andy Stewart got his first career touchdown as he was handed the ball on first and goal from the one for the team's third touchdown of the game. DT Curtis Coker got in on the offensive side of things at fullback when the team faced first and goal from the two in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the handoff was a little high and Coker fumbled. Coker also had problems holding onto the ball in practices, but Riley said it wasn't completely his fault this time. WR Sammie Stroughter turned in an All-American performance catching a team high and career high nine passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Stroughter's first touchdown this year came on a 48-yard bomb for the team's second score of the day. It was Stroughter's first multiple receiving touchdown game of his career. Stroughter was pulled early in the third quarter to rest. WR Anthony Brown had his best game of the year catching eight passes for 156 yards, a career best, and one touchdown. His 156 receiving yards is almost half of his total (319) last year. WR James Rodgers had four catches for 60 yards while adding one run for 39 yards for 99 total yards. Although WR Darrell Catchings had just one catch for nine yards, he did an great job of downfield blocking. The offensive line did a nice job against the Bengals giving all three quarterbacks plenty of time to throw. They gave up three sacks. Defense Notes: The defense yielded 335 total yards, 300 through the air and 35 on the ground. They forced four turnovers, all interceptions. The team added two sacks and six more tackles for loss to their season total. Thirty three different players recorded at least one defensive statistic. SS Daniel Drayton led the team in tackles with seven stops, including one for loss. DE Slade Norris picked up his team leading third sack of the year. FS Al Afalava, LB Derrick Doggett, CB Brandon Hughes and SS Greg Laybourn all had six tackles a piece. CB Keenan Lewis grabbed his first interception of his career when he intercepted the ball in the endzone returning it 16 yards. CB Gerard Lawson picked off a pass in the fourth quarter returning in 18 yards for Oregon State's second to last touchdown. It was the first interception of his career. LB Derrick Doggett tackled the running back in the endzone during Idaho State's first possession of the second half. It was the first safety by an OSU player in over a year. LB Casey Noack and SS Greg Laybourn also recorded their first interceptions of their careers. Noack grabbed his on a deflection by Bryant Cornell. Laybourn jumped a route for his. LB Dwight Roberson suffered a right knee injury in the first quarter and was helped off of the field. Special Teams Notes: K Alexis Serna connected on all five of his extra points increasing his consecutive extra points made to 114. He averaged 61.2 yards per boot on kickoffs and did not attempt a field goal. Serna averaged 36.7 yards per kick on three attempts. One was downed inside the twenty at the one yard line. He got off a 43- yard boot in the first half, the longest of the year. K Justin Kahut played most of the second half handling kickoffs and field goals. He made his first career field goal in the third quarter from 38 yards out. He averaged 60.8 yards per kick on the kickoffs. Miscellaneous Notes: The 61 points scored was the Beavers highest point total since 1996 when Jerry Pettibone's team put up 67 points against Northern Illinois at home for the team's second, and last, win of the year. The 61 points is the 15th highest total in school history. The 61 points in the highest point total under Riley. The 51-point margin of victory is the largest since Craig Fertig's team went to Hawaii and blanked the Warriors 59-0 to finish the 1976 season 2-10. Idaho State moved into Oregon State territory on five of its seven first-half possessions. Key Quotes: Coach Mike Riley - "It gave us an opportunity to begin to find some of the balance we’re going to need the rest of the season. The goal was to win the game, but also to build some important parts this team has to have if we’re going to be good. Throwing the ball quite a bit today was a big part of that.It's really important for next week to get a good-feeling game under our belt. You start wondering and everybody is worried, there's no doubt about that. It was just nice and really important to have an opportunity to get ready for the Pac-10 to have this game. I saw signs of some very good things, and now we just have to do those better because the competition is obviously better. It will be a major step up. On Stroughter - "I’m really encouraged about it. Besides the football, it was fun to see him out there having fun. More than that, he was having fun getting ready. From the walkthrough this morning to the pregame meal, he was really fired up. That was nice to see. I can’t say I’ve seen it (this season) until today. The whole week was better for him.” On Canfield and Moevao - “Sean played well. He missed two passes he shouldn’t have missed. You’re always looking for perfection, but I really think he could have made those. He will start again next week (against Arizona State) and he’ll get the bulk of the turns in practice. But Lyle made some nice plays today and showed what he is capable of doing. My goal is for the Beavers to come out of this winning games and being deeper in quarterback than we’ve been.” On Coker's fumble - "It wasn't a good handoff. It wasn't his fault." QB Sean Canfield - "It was good for me personally and the team. It's always big to bounce back like that. The biggest thing for me is having three games under my belt. We started getting things rolling, we started clicking and that made a difference in the game. I was a little surprised we threw that much, but it worked out. We knew they weren't as strong personnel-wise as Cincinnati. We knew we had some matchups that were going to be good." WR Anthony Brown - "Canfield's getting more into it. Last week was his second start. He’s starting to get more into the game, finding out different holes in the zone.With quarterbacks, it's all about more game experience. If we execute, we can do big things. If we don't we struggle. This is just one game. It gives us confidence we can put up points and yards but we still have to do it every week. As an offense, we came back on Monday determined to practice hard and get better – stop the mistakes and execute. And we had a pretty good game.” On Stroughter - “This was really Sammie’s first game coming back, and he played great. He made some good catches and blocks. Sammie’s a very lively guy who brings life to our offense. When people are down, he’s one to get you going. When he makes plays, he makes us other receiver want to make plays, too.” WR Sammie Stroughter - “To be out there with my teammates, with them having the utmost confidence in me – the team was always behind me 100 percent. I thank them a lot, them and the whole Beaver Nation. I'm back here having fun again. It felt good to have the whole team play well. For myself, sure (I'm back). Carpe diem -- I've got to seize the day." CB Brandon Hughes - "He's been vibrant since he came back. It's obvious he got a lot of things off his chest that he needed to get off. He dealt with the issues accordingly, and now he's back to having fun. He's always been a vibrant guy. It was good to see him back to being himself again. Family first -- that's the way I approach it, and that's the way my teammates approach it. He was going through a tough time in his life, and we just wanted to be there for him." DE Victor Butler - “Overall, (the OSU defense) performed pretty good. We had a couple of missed tackles, and some mental errors, but we’ll get that fixed. There’s a lot of energy Sammie brings to this team. You could see it out there as far as the fans, too. We just missed him. Having him back to perform like he did is great.” Play of the Game. Stroughter continues to dominate as he catches four passes and accounts for 62 of the teams 63 yards in their third scoring drive of the first quarter. Stewart runs in from the one yard line to give the Beavers a three touchdown led. Players of the Game. Offense - Sammie Stroughter and Sean Canfield. The smile, laughter and enthusiasm was back as Stroughter got open any time he wanted to and had fun doing it. He caught everything thrown his way igniting his teammates. Canfield looked comfortable in the pocket as he spread the ball around while putting the ball on the money time and time again. Defense - The defensive tackles. Once again they did a nice job taking up space while helping hold the Bengals to just 35 rushing yards. The Beavers have given up just 83 yards and one touchdown in 91 attempts this year. Special teams - Gerard Lawson continued to play at a high level getting downfield for kickoffs while making a couple of solid sticks.
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