Sunday Rewind: The top five

DAVID PA'ALUHI

CORVALLIS -- There were no late game heroics from the offense. Rhythm was never established and the ground game never got up and running. Sean Canfield threw 45 times and was picked once, not a typical recipe for success with Mike Riley's grind it out-ball control style offense. Still, some performances stood out. The BF.C Top 5 Performers are..

5) Jacquizz Rodgers tried mightily to get the run game established but was stymied all evening. Rodgers failed to hit the century mark and finished with 83 yards on 20 carries. Quizz' lone trip to the end-zone came on the Beaver's first drive of the second half on a nice outside stretch play from the nine--jump starting the slowly refilling Reser Stadium. Rodgers added 19 more yards receiving and frankly didn't look himself with the ball.

4) Keaton Kristick continues to be the building block of this young defense and performed well again. Captain Coffee recorded eight tackles--four solo--and turned in a momentum turner when he picked off Tony Pike towards the end of the third quarter. Kristick floated in coverage and found the underneath crosser, undercut the pass, and returned the ball 14 yards for OSU's first and only turnover of the game.

3) Justin Kahut was perfect on the day, with boots from 23, 39, and 46. Kahut has been shaky early on this season and seems to have found his rhythm and/or confidence. The Beavers failed to execute when in scoring position and were in the game thanks to the accuracy of Kahut.

2) David Pa'aluhi flew around and was a regular in the backfield. The seven tackles he recorded was good for second most from the Black Shirts and his 2.5 tackles for loss tied him with Dwight Roberson for most on the day. Pa'aluhi is learning fast and becoming an impact player in the middle.

1) James Rodgers put the OSU offense on his back with 22 touches and 166 total yards. Rodgers had success on the edges with the fly sweep to the tune of 76 yards on 11 carries. Again he was Canfield's go to man in the passing game with 90 yards on 11 receptions. Rodgers also added 61 return yards, two punt returns for an average of 12 yards, and one kick off return for 38 yards.

Honorable Mention:
Cameron Collins - Collins started the game in place of Lance Mitchell who appeared slowed by a leg injury. Collins lead the team in tackles with eight--five solo--and was solid in pass coverage. Collins adds quality depth to the safety position as well as size at 6-2, 220.

Dwight Roberson - Seemingly stronger every week, Roberson chalked up seven tackles, 2.5 for loss, and shared a half a sack with Pa'aluhi. Roberson has progressed well through system and has played well with fellow outside 'backer Keith Pankey.

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • The defense played well enough to win the game. Again the bend but don't break mentality was the story of the day.

  • Offensively, play calling was too "cute" and often times left fans questioning offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf and Coach Riley's decisions.

  • Suaesi Tuimaunei had a tough day in coverage, getting beat deep with regularity.

  • Coverage teams played well and Johnny Hekker had good hang time, bottling up the dangerous Mardy Gilyard.

  • Corners James Dockery, Patrick Henderson and Tim Clark covered well all day long, each recording a break up and not giving up the big play.

  • Cincinnati looked very poised, while OSU was sloppy. The Beavs had 65 yards on seven penalties and players running in late on special teams. All in all, this felt like OSU was the road team and played another uninspired early season non-conference game.

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