In a conference known for up-tempo offenses, the Oregon State Beavers are atypical. They don’t run a fancy spread offense like Oregon or Washington, nor do they have a system like Mike Leach’s at Washington State, but the Beavs still manage to put up huge numbers through the air.
With his team next in line to try and stop quarterback Sean Mannion, who leads the nation in passing yards and touchdowns, California Golden Bears coach Sonny Dykes complemented OSU’s old-school offense:
[Mannion's] got experience, he’s playing with confidence and they do a good job of manipulating some of this throws: they throw a lot of screens, and that helps his percentage.
They’re different in this conference. Everybody else is sort of a spread, pace team and Oregon State is going to play with two backs, a tight end. They’re a lot more deliberate, and Mannion is very accurate (Oregon Live).
OSU and Cal square off Saturday at 7:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2. If you feel like being a night owl for the evening, I highly recommend checking out one of the best (and most underrated) quarterbacks in the country.
[Source: Oregon Live]