NOTES: 'It gives us motivation'

Touchdown LaRocque!

Defense turns in a solid performance...Yvenson Bernard tops 100 yards for the fourth time this year...Joey LaRocque grabs his first career interception.

Pregame Notes:

  • Arizona won the toss and deferred.

  • The announced attendance was 40,489 (in reality there was no more than 38,000)

  • Weather: 58 degrees, Wind: 15 mph SE, cloudy

 

Series Notes:

  • Arizona still leads 20-10-1 and 9-7-1 in Oregon.

  • Oregon State has won eight of the last nine, including the last three at Arizona Stadium, dating back to 1999.

 

Offense Notes:

  • The offense generated 351 total yards, 187 on the ground and 164 through the air, and scored on four straight offensive possessions in the first half.

  • OSU picked up 19 first downs, 10 via the run, while converting 8 of 16 on third downs, 6 of 9 in the first half.

  • The offense averaged 4.6 yards per rush, 8.2 yards per completion and converted a perfect 4 of 4 in the redzone.

  • The offense held the ball for almost six minutes longer than UA (31:02 to 25:53), but over 21 minutes of possession came in the first half.

  • RB Yvenson Bernard rushed 21 times for 140 yards (4.4 ypc) and two touchdowns with a long of 21. It was his fourth 100-yard game this year and the 16th of his career. He also added a team high five receptions for 24 yards and one touchdown.

  • QB Sean Canfield completed 17 of 30 for 139 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He was not sacked once and, once again, had plenty of time in the pocket. Canfield, once again, had trouble locating his receivers downfield as was replaced in the fourth quarter by Lyle Moevao before coming back in late in the fourth quarter.

  • QB Lyle Moevao saw his first Pac-10 action when he entered the game at the start of the fourth quarter. He completed 3 of 5 passes for 25 yards, but once again had a difficult time getting the play back to the team in an efficient manner. His inability to manage the game led to his replacement late in the fourth by Canfield.

  • WR Anthony Brown led the team with 61 yards on four receptions.

  • WR Darrell Catchings had four catches for 32 yards, including a reaching 12-yard grab across the middle of the field for a first down.

  • FB Andy Stewart caught his first career pass, an 11-yard gain on the first play of the game. He also rushed twice for five yards.

  • WR James Rodgers was used more as a decoy this game was they sent him in motion on the end arounds, but never game him the ball. He did break free for a 40 yard gain on a reverse though. Rodgers also added a nifty 8-yard catch where he slipped through two defenders for a first down in the middle of the field.

  • WR Sammie Stroughter missed his second straight game with a bruised kidney. He is expected to take a medical redshirt and come back next year.

 

Defense Notes:

  • The defense gave up 231 total yards, including 222 through the air and nine yards on the ground and did not give up an offensive touchdown.

  • They added 11 tackles for loss, including eight sacks (UA had give up just seven sacks in the previous five games), and three interceptions while limiting Arizona to just 3 of 16 on third down conversions and 1 of 4 on fourth down conversions.

  • CB Brandon Hughes led the team with seven tackles, including five solo while adding a forced fumble and an interception. Hughes has now picked up a pass in back to back games.

  • CB Keenan Lewis grabbed his third interception of the year on a leaping grab. He has now picked off a pass in three of the last four games. Lewis hurt his left knee in third quarter and missed the rest of the game.

  • CB Tim Clark took Lewis' place in the lineup and was immediately picked on by Arizona. He almost gave up a touchdown on back to back plays but the receiver dropped the ball on one and was forced out of bounds on the other. Clark played tough though making four tackles.

  • CB Gerard Lawson was called into cornerback duty late in the fourth quarter when Hughes went out with a ___ injury.

  • LB Joey LaRocque picked off the first pass of his career on a tipped pass and took the ball 49-yards to pay dirt. He finished with four tackles.

  • DT William 'Akau'ola Vea turned his best performance of the year grabbing a team high three tackles for loss including his third sack of the year.

  • DT Curtis Coker grabbed his first sack of the year. He finished with three tackles.

  • DE Victor Butler added two more sacks and is now tied with Slade Norris, who added another sack, for the team led with 5.5 sacks a piece. Norris has at least a half a sack in every game this year except the UCLA game.

  • DE Dorian Smith harnessed his second sack of the year, and his first since the season opener against Utah. Smith has started to come on in Pac-10 play as he has grabbed 10 tackles in the last three games after recording five in the first three games of the year.

  • SS Greg Laybourn got his first career start as he made five tackles and one pass breakup. He replaced Daniel Drayton in lineup who was out with a pulled groin.

 

Special Teams Notes:

  • P Alexis Serna upped his average from a week ago punting five times for a 32.2 average. His long was a 47-yard boot.

  • K Alexis Serna connected on 1 of 2 field goals making for 31 yards and missing for 47 yards out. He continued his assault on the consecutive PAT record as he has made 123 in a row. He needs 17 to break the record.

  • KR Gerard Lawson bounced back from his horrible performance a week ago returning three kickoffs for a 31 yard average, including a 56-yarder that ignited his teammates.

 

Miscellaneous Notes:

  • Oregon State scored 24 first quarter points and have outscored their opponents 78-6 in the first quarter this season.

  • Arizona had thrown four interceptions all year before Saturday's game. OSU picked off three passes.

  • The Beavers wore orange tops for the first time since the 1986 Civil War game.

 

Key Quotes:

  • Coach Mike Riley - “Even though they’re a passing team, the rushing totals were the difference in the game. That was an outstanding defensive plan by Banker and the rest of our defensive coaches. It was really impressive.”

    On replacing Canfield - “I wanted him to come over with me and watch the game and see. He just made a couple of bad reads, and then he made a bad throw. You just can’t have three plays in succession like that. It was good for him. My intention was for him to sit for a minute. I have confidence in Lyle to play and then have Sean go back in, and that’s what we ended up doing.”

    On first quarter scoring - “That’s good. I just wish we’d start the second half like that. We had every chance to, and we didn’t execute offensively. That ticks me off.”

  • C Kyle DeVan - “It’s a great feeling. It has been a while since we had one of these against a I-A team. It gives us motivation. We were on the downside of things for a little bit, but we always came out here and worked. This will give us some sunlight to look forward to. Everyone’s emotions are turning up.”

    On struggling in the second half - "We started off real strong, just like we have most of the games. The second half, we hit a roadbump, and we can’t recover for some reason. We have to improve on that. The past couple of weeks we’ve shown we can play with anybody in the country for two quarters. But to win games, you have to play in the third and fourth quarter, too. The coaches scheme the plays real well; it’s all about executing. We have to clean the little things up. It’s all going to happen, hopefully sooner than later."

    On team identity - “We had a lot of talks this week of looking at ourselves in the mirror and figuring out who we are. We had to start an identity for this team. At 2-3 you don’t have a good identity, other than your three losses. We had to figure out who we are deep inside. We don’t want to be a team that comes out strong and folds. We want to play four quarters.”

  • QB Sean Canfield - “That seems to be the story of the season so far. Pop out on top, and for whatever reason, struggle after that. We have to get going the second half. Against better teams, it’s not going to be like that if we can’t get things rolling offensively.”

    On throwing the pick right before halftime - “That’s totally on me, similar to last week against UCLA. I can’t be doing that and expect us to win.”

    On being pulled out - “A lot of it is on me in the second half, not getting things going. The momentum thing is our problem right now, and it has got to get fixed. A lot of it is on me.”

  • DE Jeff Van Orsow - “We mixed up the base (defense) with the nickel really well. A focus this week was to get to (Tuitama) and to finish. Three quarters wasn’t going to hack it.

    On the defense - “We’ve been focusing on taking adversity and turning it into something good for us. The turnovers, we have to answer those. We did that today. The offense helped out a lot (in the first half), eased the tension a little bit, and things got rolling.”

  • LB Joey LaRocque - “We definitely got to him. We’re fast, we’re aggressive and that’s something we need to do. Give credit to our defensive scheme. Our coaches did exactly what they needed to do for this team in preparing us, and we got it done.”

    On his interception and touchdown - “It fell in my lap. I saw some guys out in front of me and thought I’d take it for a touchdown. It was pretty exciting.”

  • DE Slade Norris - “Our D-line is extremely quick and so are our linebackers and so sometimes that’s not going to work. We took advantage of those wide splits and got to the quarterback today.”

    On the game - “Football’s a game of definite momentum. If you have the momentum, you’re going to be going strong. Especially in the second half when our offense kind of slowed down a little bit, we needed something to pick us up and keep us caring and the sacks definitely did that for our team.”

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