Jul 26, 2013; Culver City, CA, USA; Oregon State head coach Mike Riley speaks to the media during PAC-12 media day held at the Sony Studios Lot. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon State coach Mike Riley explains loss to Eastern Washington

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]

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