Once again, in all its un-edited glory. My quick thoughts on this past weekend’s Beaver feast:
- Where do I begin? Darryl Clark’s a beast, hands-down. When he wasn’t connecting with Jordan Norwood or Mickey Shuler on some well-placed passes, he took matters into his own hands by running for 61 yards on 5 carries including a TD to show for it. He does need to be careful though when it comes to throwing “touch passes” as he was nearly intercepted a couple of times for throwing quails that bounced off the stone hands of Oregon State’s defenders.
- Evan Royster of course, was the real star of the show racking up 141 yards rushing and 3 TDs. This now gives him 6 TDs already with just 2 games down and whispers of Heisman are beginning to creep up. Noticeably missing though was the hybrid of Stepfhvan Roygreen as Stepfhon Green only racked up 19 yards rushing on 11 carries (mostly when the game was out of reach and the entire first team was no longer in). No worries though, something tells me that we’ll see this creature back and stronger than ever this weekend in Syracuse.
- How clutch was our offense as a whole? It seemed every time we were stuck in a 3rd down situation and the previous two plays hadn’t produced much, somebody found a way to come through. Whether it was Daryll Clark calling his own number or Jordan Norwood coming up with one of his 8 catches on the day, we came up HUGE when it counted most.
- The D-line fared much better than I anticipated they would, you could tell they were fired up after all the talk of them potentially struggling due to Evans and Koroma’s suspensions. Aaron Maybin solidified himself as the team’s best pass-rusher (sorry, Mo, you’ve been rather quiet thus far) and now has 3 sacks on the season to show for it.
- Middle linebacker still needs work but I was very glad to see Josh Hull play a little better and even come up with an interception. Hopefully the kid can continue to improve throughout the course of the season.
- Pass defense still needs work, while the pass rush was good enough to sack Oregon St QB Lyle Moevao twice and pressure him more times than I could count on my hands, they still allowed Moevao to put up decent numbers (25 for 41 passing, 250 yards). I have a feeling this will continue to be our achilles’ heel throughout the season and may even cost us a game or two if our offense is unable to step it up against the more quality opponents on the schedule
- They sure were Ralph Wiggum-special alright. Kevin Kelly came up a yard or two shy of nailing a career (and possibly PSU) long 60-yard field goal, and later converted a chip shot FG of his own. Kelly also had a terrible opening kickoff that bounced out of bounds and gave Oregon St. excellent starting field position at its own 40…Not that the Beavers could take advantage of it, though.
- The kickoff/punt coverage was solid, the Beavers’ dangerous return men (namely Sammie Stroughter) were held in check and never broke a huge return that had TD potential.