It’s a good thing Oregon State Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion is having a monster season throwing the football, because OSU’s running game has been nothing short of abysmal in 2013. Yes, they lost starting running back Storm Woods for a few games due to a concussion, and yes, the offensive line has been hampered by injuries, but averaging only 68.0 rushing yards per game won’t cut it in the Pac-12.
Riley addressed the issue on KXL FM earlier this week, shouldering some of the blame for the lack of production:
[Saturday] would be great in this game to balance [the offense] out with some run. We are throwing the ball well and I have not been patient with the run. I feel very confident in calling pass plays knowing what Sean is doing with the ball.
If the Beavers are looking to establish the run, they’ll have a tough time doing it on Saturday against a Washington State defense that surrenders 150.5 rushing yards per game. The Cougars are also stout when it comes to defending the pass, giving up 216.8 yards per game through the air.
[Source: KXL FM]