Beavs Go 1-1 on the Road

The Beavers finish their two-game road trip with a decisive win against WSU 62-47 on Saturday, Jan. 17.

In the first game of the two, OSU fell to the UW Huskies 56-43 in a game highlighted by the reuniting of former NBA stars and teammates. Gary Payton II of OSU, who is the son of Gary Payton, and Shawn Kemp Jr. of UW, son of Shawn Kemp, brought the former teammates together in the same arena for the first time in many years. Both played for the Seattle Super Sonics for the majority of their careers. They were the next best dynamic duo of that era, after Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

Unfortunately it wasn’t highlighted by their sons, Payton II finished with a miniscule four points for the Beavers and Kemp Jr. added eight points in the Huskies win. Continue reading →


OSU Welcomes Gary Andersen

Gary Andersen’s first head coaching job was at Utah State where he was promoted from Defensive Coordinator to Head Coach in 2009 and kept that job until 2012 when he went to Wisconsin. He was Defensive Coordinator at Utah State from 2005-2008 and helped lead the 2008 team to the Sugar Bowl, beating Alabama. Andersen has hired new staff at Oregon State including new Offensive Coordinator Dave Baldwin and Defensive Coordinator Kalani Sitake. Continue reading →


OSU Struggles in Pac-12 Opener

OSU men’s basketball began Pac-12 play 0-1 after their 71-59 loss at Oregon Saturday night.

After a successful 9-3 start to the season in non-conference play, the Beavers were brought back to the strenuous reality that is Pac-12 basketball.

“I don’t know if it was nerves or what,” said Coach Wayne Tinkle. “This is the first league game for our team. We’ve got a lot of inexperienced guys, and I thought that showed.”

Oregon’s Joseph Young lit up the scoreboard scoring a season high 27 points. Continue reading →

Oregon State Beavers

Wayne Tinkle and the Beavers began the Season 1-0

The Wayne Tinkle era of OSU basketball started with a win. On Friday, Nov. 14 Beavers basketball beat Rice University 67-54 and began the 2014-2015 1-0.

Malcolm Duvivier and Jarmal Reid led the team in scoring with 17 points each. The improvement by the Beavers from last year is already becoming apparent.

Just a year ago, as a sophomore, Reid started in just two games while appearing in 26 games. He only averaged 1.1 points per game. Duvivier, a returning sophomore, played in all 32 games last year but only averaged three points a game with a season high of 13 points.

“Right now my emotions are all about the win. I’m happy to get the first win for coach (Tinkle) as a Beaver,” said Reid.

Coming off an unexpected loss to Western Oregon in an exhibition game that preceded their season opener against Rice was cause for concern for the Beavers, but it seems the right adjustments were made.

“I just want to say how proud I am of our guys,” said Coach Wayne Tinkle. “Their response from a week ago got our attention and humbled us a little bit. There was much more focus and energy and they did it. Now they screwed up because we’re going to be expecting this every day. They played with more focus and purpose.”

The son of an OSU legend and the most anticipated freshmen in a long time, Gary Payton II helped out the offense in every category. Payton finished with six points, two assists, three blocks and two steals. He also played the second most amount of minutes at 35.

The Beavers will face Corban University Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in Corvallis and will host Oral Roberts University Friday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.


Beavers Knock off Number 6 Arizona State

A win for the ages. The Beavers beat the sixth ranked Arizona State Sun Devils in front of their home crowd.

With a 35-27 win over ASU the Beavers record improves to 5-5 in the year and 2-5 in conference play. Six wins will give the Beavers bowl eligibility and with just two games remaining on the schedule, every win counts.

“The crowd was awesome, the atmosphere was great. It’s great to see us just cut loose and play football. It was hard. It was good. I really appreciate how our team responded,” said Coach Mike Riley.

The game was sealed by the Beavers after Michael Doctor picked off a pass from ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown with 1:38 left in the game, giving the Beavers an 11 point lead.

The OSU rushing game really came out of its shell against ASU and was the biggest factor in the win. Running backs Storm Woods and Terron Ward both had first quarter touchdowns. Woods took one from 77 yards into the endzone and Ward followed it up two drives later with a 66 yard touchdown.


“We knew that Arizona State was going to blitz a lot, and when they blitzed they would get out of position a lot of the time. Storm came out and set the tone with that long run, and my long run also set the tone for us. Whenever we can get that running game early, it gets the linemen hyped which carried on throughout the entire game,” said Ward.

OSU definitely has confidence moving forward. “It’s only one game, one win and it doesn’t count as two or three, but it was a big boost. We are going to try and go up to Seattle and get a win up there,” said Ward.

OSU will travel to Seattle to take on the Washington Huskies. UW is coming off a loss to Arizona by means of a last second field goal. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22. The Beavers will then return home the following weekend for the Civil War game in the battle for the Platypus Trophy.


Oregon State Beavers

Beavers conference record falls to 1-4

The Beavers conference record fell to 1-4 on Homecoming night after a 45-31 loss to Cal.

Quarterback Sean Mannion set the new Pac-12 career passing yards record. Despite Mannion bringing his career yards total to 12,454 and surpassing former USC star Matt Barkley for most all time in the Pac-12, the Beavers’ offense couldn’t produce enough big plays to beat the Bears.

“I’m not even thinking about it, we didn’t win so it’s pretty much meaningless at this point,” Mannion said of his record.

The Beavers couldn’t stop the Bears’ running game. California running back Daniel Lasco ran for 188 of the Bears’ 269 total rushing yards and three touchdowns.

“When we went on that stretch and took the lead we looked really good on both sides of the ball and then, boom, we went completely flat,” said Head Coach Mike Riley.

Mannion and Freshman wide receiver Jordan Villamin improved their cohesion on the field Saturday. Villamin recorded 140 yards on nine receptions and one touchdown. Mannion finished with 320 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. With the absence of wide receiver Richard Mullaney, due to an elbow injury, this should be encouraging to Beaver fans.

The Beavers will have to find a way to defeat Washington State Saturday, Nov. 8 to avoid falling into last place in the Pac-12 North division.

Washington State is off to a similar season start as OSU with a conference record of 1-5. After a season ending leg injury to the Cougar’s quarterback Connor Halliday this past Saturday, they will be struggling to find offensive production. Halliday lead the nation in passing touchdowns, yards and completions per game.

The season isn’t over yet but the Beaver’s bowl probability is looking bleak. OSU must win two of their last four games to be bowl eligible. The final three games after WSU include Arizona State, University of Washington, and the season finale against Oregon in the Civil War.


OT again: Utah Utes steals one against Oregon State Beavers

Beavers lose at home in a double overtime battle with the Utes.

Beavers kicker Trevor Romaine kicked a 49 yard field goal as time ran out to tie the game at 16. The Utes struck first in overtime with a 15 yard touchdown run by star running back Devontae Booker, who exploded for 229 yards and three touchdowns on the night.

Quarterback Sean Mannion answered right back with a five play drive, ending with a touchdown pass to wideout Jordan Villamin that tied the game at 23.

It was OSU’s turn to score first and force the pressure back on the Utes. The Beavers failed to convert any points after Romaine missed a 37 yard field goal that would have given the Beavers their first lead of the night.

Utah drove down the field with Booker as they had all night; he ended the game with a 19 yard run for a touchdown, summing up the Beavers night in one play.

“It was very exhausting playing through it and knowing we could have won it. We will use this as a learning experience for the next game,” linebacker Michael Doctor said after the loss.

Beavers are headed for a tough road game against a very talented team in Stanford who rarely lose at home. Beavers will need to review their mistakes and try to improve as much as possible with the longer than usual break after the Thursday night game.

“Offensively, we can shoot ourselves in the foot. We have to be better at third down and when we get in the red zone. Those are things I talk about all the time,” said Mannion.

The Beavers don’t have to toss their season away just yet, but they have a tough schedule ahead, lucky for them four of the next five games are at home.

“Obviously this was a very physical game so we want to make sure we get them back physically to play another physical game against Stanford,” said Mike Riley. “I think this is another game that is a good indicator of how competitive this conference is.”

Stanford hosts the Beavers on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN2.


Oregon State: Beavers on hold in Boulder

Beavers still haven’t given up back-to-back away losses since 2003.

In the midst of a historic week of upsets nationwide, the Beavers found a way to win against the Buffaloes in Colorado.

OSU beat UC 36-31, after the Beaver’s held off a late push by the Colorado offense.

The Beavs gave up a 17 yard reception for a touchdown by Colorado wide receiver Tyler McCulloch with three minutes left in the fourth quarter to close the gap from 12 to five.

The Colorado Defense held up the Beavers on the next drive and got the ball back with just over two minutes left in the game.

Linebacker Michael Doctor and the Beaver’s defense created a turnover on downs and kneeled out the clock in victory formation after holding the Buffaloes to just four yards in four plays during their attempt at a winning drive.

“It really feels good when you come out here and you are enjoying it, you’re not overthinking it, you aren’t stressing yourself out, you are just out there playing ball,” Sean Mannion said.

Mannion was 27-37 and moved himself 278 yards closer to the all time record for passing yards. Wide reciever Victor Bolden returned for the Beavers and caught six of Mannion’s completions for 37 yards.

Having Bolden back opened up one-on-one opportunities for other receivers like Caleb Smith who had his break-out game of the season. Smith made 4 catches for a team high 67 yards and a touchdown.

With some pieces back in the OSU offense, and a wide open Pac-12 North Division after losses by Oregon and Stanford this last weekend, the Beavers find themselves in a three way tie at 1-1 for second in the Pac-12 North with only the University of California ahead of them at 2-1.

With 12 days off until their matchup against Utah on Thursday, Oct. 16, the Beavers will have plenty of time to rest up and get guys healthy before taking on the Utes in front of their home crowd.

The Matchup against Utah begins at 7 p.m. and can be seen on FOX Sports 1.

Beavers running out of tunnel against San Diego State. Photo by Andrew Gillette.

‘Frustrated’ Beavers can’t find stability

USC’s D dammed up the Beavers once again.

The Trojans got on the board first with a routine interception returned for a touchdown, after a poorly thrown ball by Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion. This was unexpected coming from one of the top NFL prospects in all of college football, and a guy that is only 989 yards away from breaking the all-time Pac-12 passing record set by former USC quarterback Matt Barkley (12,327yds).

“I take full responsibility for our offensive performance, and I’m certainly not satisfied in anyway with the way I played,” said Mannion.

Senior safety Ryan Murphy responded immediately with a 97 yard kick-off return for a touchdown on the ensuing kick. It seemed for a moment that Mannion’s mistake wouldn’t hurt the outcome of the game.

In the second quarter with 11:14 to go, Oregon State kicker Trevor Romaine kicked a 38 yard field goal to give the Beavers their only lead of the night.

The Beavers were then outscored 28-0 to finish the game. The defense couldn’t stop the fast paced Trojan offense, and without the Beavers number one receiver, Victor Bolden, Mannion and the offense struggled as well.

“It looked like early we were running the ball a little bit, and that was good, but we could never really complement it with anything down the field,” said Head Coach Mike Riley.

After a significant 28-7 win over San Diego State, the Beavers loss to the Trojans was demoralizing to say the least.

OSU will now travel to Colorado and is still looking to pick up their first conference win.
After the 44-17 blowout here in Corvallis last year against the Buffaloes, I would say the Beavers have a good chance of doing just that.

The Beavs face off Saturday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. in Boulder, Colorado.


The Commuter: October 8, 2014

In this week’s edition of Linn-Benton Community College’s student newspaper, The Commuter, we cover GMOs, the Roadrunners, the Ducks, the Beavers, scholarships and lots more.

(Or you can read this week’s edition of The Commuter as a .pdf here.)