Saturday’s game at Cowboys Stadium was a spectacular sight. Beaver fans, although Oregon State came up just a bit short, there were a lot of positives that can be taken from game one of the season.
Before I continue, I would like to congratulate Andy Dalton on becoming TCU’s all-time winning-est quarterback. If you saw the game, Dalton was cool, calm and collected and is a threat with both his arm and legs. I would not be surprised to see Dalton in New York City as a Heisman Finalist, especially if the Horned Frogs run the table and earn a BCS game selection.
Speaking of quarterbacks, I was very impressed with Beaver Quarterback Ryan Katz. He showed poise in his first career start and his ability to make all the throws will be integral to OSU’s success for years to come. His laser beam touchdown throws to both James Rodgers and Jordan Bishop in the first half were things of beauty. While I loved the fact that Katz did not throw an interception, his 9 of 25 stat line must improve for the team to become successful. That will come with time.
I am not quite sold on the Wild Beaver formation, or the set in which both Rodgers brothers line up in the I formation. However, they may prove to be deadly to the opposition, so I will reserve judgement on those. The reason, I am not quite sold has to do with the inability of the Beavers to run against the TCU defense. It was evident that Texas Christian was prepared to stop the run at all cost and did so effectively. While Jacquizz Rodgers did find the endzone late in the game, he was held to 75 yards on 18 carries. In fact, the entire Oregon State rushing game managed 73 total yards on 25 carries. This must be improved as it is the Beavers bread and butter and also opens up the playbook for the young quarterback. Again, kudos to TCU.
Defensively, Oregon State had trouble stopping the run. TCU ran 54 times for 278 yards and when combined with Dalton’s 175 yards through the air, it was easy to see why the Horned Frogs almost doubled the time of possession of their opponents (39:23 to 20:37) This as well as untimely penalties have to be resolved if the Beavers are to make a run at a Pac-10 championship.
Oregon State drops to (0-1) on the season but enjoys a bye week before hosting Louisville at Reser Stadium. I still believe that this game served as an important test and the Beavers will definitely learn from their mistakes. OSU fans, don’t worry. Many questions were answered and things that needed to be worked on are not major. Look for the Beavers to rebound in a major way come September 18.
About the Author
Written by Sergio Paredes
Sergio Paredes is a Sports Information Director for a K-12 school in Los Angeles, California. An avid football, basketball and baseball fan, he enjoys following the Texas Longhorns, Oregon State Beavers, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco Giants and Tampa Bay Rays.