Ducks Not The Only Prolific Offense In Oregon
By Colin Huber
Lots of points, trick plays, shaky defense and overtime. It was quite the Saturday for Oregon State. Here’s five things we noticed:
1. Sean Mannion is Oregon State’s quarterback.
Not only did the junior beat out Oregon’s Marcus Mariota for Pac-12 Player of the Week, but in just three 2013 games, Mannion has thrown for half his 2012 total (1,237 passing yards, second in the country) and three fewer touchdowns (12, NCAA leader). His completion percentage (73.1) is up nearly 10 points from last year. He has thrown just one interception. Mannion was big again against Utah (443 yards, five touchdowns), especially in crunch time when he fired the game-winning score to Brandin Cooks in overtime.
2. The Beavers aren’t missing Markus Wheaton as much as we thought they would.
Speaking of Brandin Cooks, the junior wideout also has caught statistical fire out of the gate. He currently sits second in the country for yardage (498) and first in touchdowns (7) and receptions (29). He’s a playmaker, and Mannion is looking for him. Mannion has another weapon in sophomore Richard Mullaney, who finished with 142 yards and a touchdown against Utah.
3. Dual-threat quarterbacks continue to be a problem for Oregon State’s defense.
Utah sophomore Travis Wilson hung 279 passing yards and two touchdowns on the Beavers. Throw in three interceptions (great timing by OSU considering the closeness of the game throughout) and Wilson seemed pedestrian in the air. However, he had 13 carries for 142 yards and three touchdowns. (With raised eyebrows: “Ohhh.”)
4. Oregon State has a dandy placekicker.
Trevor Romaine finished 3-for-3 on field goals (one was from 49 yards) and 4-for-4 on extra points. He earned Pac-12 Player of the Week special teams honors.
5. Starting tailback Storm Woods endures a scary moment.
Woods took a freak knee to the helmet while attempting to block a blitzer in the fourth quarter. The product was a concussion. He appeared to lose consciousness. After 10 minutes or so, he gave a thumbs-up to the crowd as he was lifted into an ambulance. Fortunately, Woods had movement in all his extremities and was cleared to return to Corvallis with the team. As of right now, head coach Mike Riley has ruled Woods out for Oregon State’s upcoming game against San Diego State. Woods will undergo further evaluations. Expect Terron Ward to take over in an offense desperate for a running game.