ARLINGTON, Texas – The No. 24-ranked Oregon State football team have No. 6 TCU an interesting game Saturday night.
It wasn’t a blowout of early seasons of the past. The game was entertaining on all fronts. Check out QB Ryan Katz and WR James Rodgers in the postgame press conference.
Check out the main story in Sunday’s GT, which is an overview of the game. The sidebar is on the Rodgers brothers. Here’s the report card. Here’s the notebook rail. The game center is the play-by-play.
So it’s too early to say the Beavers are in another one of those slow starts. They’ll be better in Game 2. An early big win is coming.
“I think we are very close,” Rodgers said. “We were competing with a tough TCU team. Unfortunately we didn’t get the win. We have a bye and we’ll get ready for Louisville.”
The offense looked good with a new QB and a defense focused on stopping the run. Katz didn’t have the disasterous start of Matt Moore or Sean Canfield. That could bode well for his development this season.
Katz took the blame on the bad snap by C Alex Linnenkohl. He admitted he shouldn’t have called an audible there. By doing so Linnenkohl was confused and snapped it at the wrong time and tried to fix it in the middle.
“We should have stuck with the orginial play,” Katz said. “That’s on me.”
That play and missed opportunities hurt, but it was the defense that really put OSU in trouble. The Beavers couldn’t stop the run.
Their inside out pursuit has trouble with the spread option if they are not fast enough to the outside. There were too many times defenders couldn’t shed blocks.
“We knew what we wanted to do,” S Lance Mitchell said. “We didn’t get it done. Their offensive line did a good job doing what they do. And they were better today.”
TCU held the ball for 39:23 and were 11-for-17 on third downs. OSU was 4-for-11.
“I thought the difference, was how they converted on third down and ran the ball better than we did,” coach Mike Riley said.
+ P Johnny Hekker threw his second pass of his career on fake punts when he hit CB Jordan Poyer for 23 yards in the second half. The first was in the Las Vegas Bowl last season.
+ The Beavers are now 24-19-1 against the Mountain West Conference after this first meeting with TCU.
+ True freshman LB Michael Doctor played in regular defensive plays and not just on special teams.
+ Cameron Collins made the move from safety to outside linebacker a week ago and played in the game in the fourth quarter.