NOTES: "I liked the resilience of the team"

MIKE SANFORD AND MIKE RILEY

FOR THE SECOND consecutive week Jacquizz Rodgers tops the 100 yard mark giving the Beavers a victory in 15 of its last 16 games when a player tops 100-plus yards on the ground. Plus, coach Mike Riley loves the toughness of his team. Plenty of more news and notes inside.

Pregame notes:

  • Oregon State won the toss and deferred to the second half.

  • Captains for OSU at the start of the game were Sean Canfield, Gregg Peat, Keaton Kristick and Dwight Roberson

  • The announced attendance was 25,967 - estimates put 6,000 Beaver fans at the game.

  • Weather: 96 degrees, Wind: N 5 mph, clear

  • The game took three hours and nine minutes to play.

 

Series notes:

  • The Beavers improved to 2-3 versus UNLV and 25-17-1 against Mountain West competition.

  • It was OSU's second straight win against the Rebels and the Beavs first win against UNLV in Las Vegas.

 

Offense notes:

  • The offense generated 382 yards of total offense, 198 via the pass, 6.4 ypc, and 184 on the ground, 5.3 ypc, while holding onto the ball for 33:03, just over six minutes longer than UNLV.

  • The offense picked up 20 first downs, five via the run, 13 via the pass and two by penalty while converting 6 of 12 third downs and all four redzone opportunities.

  • With just under six minutes to go the offense had a chance to potentially seal the game when they drove to their own 49-yard line and faced fourth and inches.

    OSU decided to go for it, but was denied. Coach Mike Riley was very disgusted that his team could not pick up a first down in the that situation.

    “I thought we had enough surge for the first down,” Riley said. “I do not regret going for it at all. You have to be able to do that at midfield to win the game.”

  • RB Jacquizz Rodgers turned in his second 100-yard game of the year carrying the ball 26 times for 166 yards and one touchdown. It was his ninth career game of 100 yards or more.

    He had just 35 yards on the ground after the first half.

    Quizz, who averaged 6.4 yards every time he carried the ball, broke off a 45-yard run in the first quarter and later topped that mark in the third quarter when he rumbled for 47-yards, the longest run of his career.

    Rodgers was also the team's leading receiver with a career high 10 catches for 65 yards.

  • RB Jovan Stevenson carried the ball two times for 28 yards, including a career long 23-yard jaunt in the first quarter to help setup the team's first touchdown of the game.

  • QB Sean Canfield had another efficient performance completing 25 of 31 (80%) passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns and, once again, zero interceptions. He completed 10 of 11 passes in the first half.

    “I’m very proud of the way our team responded,” Canfield said. “We stayed in it all night. It was a late game, the anticipation in the hotel room was big and it took all four quarters for us to do it.”

    Canfield did not throw a deep pass the entire game with Jordan Bishop's 21-yard catch in the fourth quarter being the longest completion.

    He was sacked three times, including a nasty blind side hit where he amazingly held onto the ball.

  • WR James Rodgers carried the ball three times for 16 yards while catching six passes for 48 yards and one touchdown.

    His 4-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter gave the Beavers a 20-point lead.

  • WR Jordan Bishop grabbed a career high five passes for 43 yards including an incredible 21-yard grab where he was flipped head over heels.

    His five yard reception in the first quarter was the first of his career.

  • WR Damola Adeniji, who started his second career game, hauled in two passes for 26 yards.

  • WR Casey Kjos caught his first pass of the year - a 15-yard reception in the first quarter.

    Kjos received the start in the slot.

  • TE Brady Camp had one catch - a one yard score for the Beavers' first points of the game.

    It is was the third touchdown of his career.

 

Defense notes:

  • The defense gave up 310 yards of total offense, 228 via the pass, 6.5 ypc, and 82 yards on the ground, 3.3 ypc, while UNLV held the the ball for 25:57. It was the second straight week the defense held its opponent under 100 rushing yards.

     
  • The defense yielded 19 first downs, four via the run, 13 via the pass and two via penalty.  The Rebels converted 6 of 11 third downs while converting 3 of 4 redzone opportunities.

  • Despite the lapses late in the game, the defense did a nice job of tackling. Many times the players did a nice job of gang tackling the player with the ball.

  • LB Keaton Kristick led the team with eight tackles, including one tackle for loss, while recovering one fumble and returning it 18 yards to setup up OSU's first points of the night.

  • CB Tim Clark was the team's second leading tackler with seven stops.

  • DE Kevin Frahm had the best game of his career snagging five tackles, including four solo stops and one sack - the team's first and only sack of the year.

  • S Lance Mitchell picked off the first pass of his career when he stepped in front of a pass in the first quarter.

    Mitchell also delivered a punishing hit in the first quarter when he leveled a leaping receiver to force the fumble.

  • S Cameron Collins received the first start of his career as the defense started three safeties to combat UNLV's spread attack.

    Collins finished the game with two tackles and one quarterback hurry.

  • LB Dwight Roberson, once again, started at outside linebacker. He had four tackles.

 

Special teams notes:

  • P Johnny Hekker avearged 43.2 yards on four punts with a long of 52. Two of his four kicks were touchbacks.

  • K Justin Kahut struggled making one of two field goals and three of four extra points.

    His first field goal attempt, a 47-yard kick, in the first quarter glanced off the right upright. His second attempt, a 33-yard boot with seven seconds left, won the game.

    It was the second game winning field goal of his career.

    “I wish he’d just go ahead and make the extra point so he wouldn’t have to do that, but it was a big-time pressure kick,” Riley said. “We didn’t think we could go very much further out than that. The wind was really tricky down there – not only blowing into you, but at times a crosswind with it.

    “But Justin just nailed that thing. It was true right from the hit.”

    Unfortunately Kahut missed his first extra point attempt as he pushed it wide left.

    “At halftime, I was pretty down,” Kahut said. “I didn’t understand how it could happen, but something I pride myself on is my mental game.

    “I came out the second half and had forgotten I even played a first half. As far as I was concerned, I went 2 for 2 with a 50-yarder. I turned it into a whole new game.”

    He did better on kickoffs than last weekend as he recorded his first touchback of the season.

  • KR James Rodgers returned two kickoffs for a 14 yard average.

 

Miscellaneous notes:

  • Saturday night's win was the first non-conference win on the road since the Hawaii victory in 2006.

    "We didn't play great football, but I loved that we won," Riley said. "We came down here, played in the desert at night and won. If you are going to have a good team you have to win on the road even though it's not exactly how you drew it up.

    “I liked the resilience of the team. Nobody quit. We won in a very hard environment. I’m not trying to brush this off, but maybe this was good for our team, confidence-wise and toughness- wise.”

  • Oregon State has won nine of their last 10 games.

  • The Beavers have won 15 of its last 16 games when a player rushes for 100-plus yards.

  • The Beavs had eight penalties for 56 yards. Three times in the second half, two in the fourth quarter, OSU was whistled for having 12 players on the field.

    “It’s part of our rotation in defense, part of our personal groups,” Riley said. “That’s the first time it bit us. We’ve never had that problem. We will iron out this stuff. We’ll do better next week by far than we were.”

  • The win against UNLV gives the Beavers its first 2-0 start since 2005.

  • The game was the 20th straight game that the Beavers had a game televised, which is a school record. It dates back to Nov. 3, 2007 at USC.

  • The Beavers won their 29th game in their last 41 contests, the second-best mark in the Pac-10 behind only USC.

  • The Beavers improved to 27-3 in their last 63 games when committing less than turnovers than their opponents.

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