Ahhh, good ol’ Oregon State: where horrible rap songs are made and season-opening losses to FCS opponents are the norm.
Two years ago, the Oregon State Beavers dropped a game to FCS opponent Sacramento State. The Beavers went on to finish that season 3-9. It’s too early to predict what the 2013 season will hold, but after the 49-46 loss to FCS opponent Eastern Washington on Saturday — a game in which the Beavers gave up 625 yards to the Eagles — head coach Mike Riley certainly has some explainin’ to do.
Here’s what Riley had to say the day following the loss:
We weren’t in great position in our alignments to cover guys. Too many times, we weren’t close enough or in good enough position to make a play. The other thing that killed us, when we had decent coverage, the quarterback (Vernon Adams) escaped, ran with the ball or bought time to get a receiver open.
I don’t think we were unprepared. We didn’t execute. Pass rush lanes were big issues. Adams is a terrific athlete and played a great game, and we didn’t contain him (Portland Tribune).
To say Vernon Adams played a great game is a vast understatement. Adams made some spectacular throws and had some Houdini-like moments while escaping sacks. Thankfully for the Beavers, quarterback Sean Mannion played well, throwing for 422 yards and three touchdowns. That defense, though, is going to need a ton of work before Pac-12 play begins. Let’s hope the Beavers can pull it together; beating them down in the Civil War is more fun when they have a decent record.
[Source: Portland Tribune]