New series we will be starting this season. We have decided to take in the latest game for OSU for a day, scour the internet for reviews of game and then conduct our own film session Sunday afternoon/night and Monday morning to provide our readers with musings.
Sunday morning usually is a lot of overreacting by all; positive and negative; so we feel the extra day gets the right mindset.
Game Theme: Third downs and quick changes.
The OSU offense and defense were too out of sink. The offense seemed like it would randomly do an on screen quick change popular in dancing and leave the defense with being on the field just too long. This is a stat PNW will be tracking the whole season.
Out of the 15 possessions OSU had on offense, 8 of them resulted in a quick change to the defense. Less than 1:30 taken off the clock and mostly 3 and outs. We also did not count the Ryan Nall 1 play drive.
This cannot happen on the road, in altitude with an opponent who has a top 25 offense. It’s more than 50% of the drives are virtually worthless. That need to be 25%.
This caused so much mental and physical stress on the defense, they just could not keep up.
The first half, the Beavers sustained drives, had TONS of third down conversions and limited the Rams on offense enough. Second half not so much.
Third Down Offense:
Beavs were a quality 10/16 on third downs. The problem under this stat is this:
Out of the 16 third downs, 10 were 3rd and 6 or more. Only once out of the other 6 third downs under 6 yards did the Beavs not convert. That is an improvement from 2016. However, you simply cannot expect an offense to convert 3rd and 8, 3rd and 10 consistently. Play calling didn’t help. Shallow routes or RB dumps were available but not taken. Throwing on first and second down incomplete doesn’t help either.
Key Plays You Might Have Forgotten:
+Right after the Bradford fumble, the D held strong and held to a FG. This could have been way worse.
+Luton escaped pressure many times. In fact, he was only TOUCHED by a defensive player behind the line 6 total times in the game. Pass pro is way ahead of 2016.
-4th and 1 Third Quarter: Rams driving on FIRST drive of second half and a 4th and 1 play action pass, Manase Hungalu whiffs on chance to take QB down on rollout, Rams go on and get a FG. Different ball game if the D comes out of halftime and stuffs Rams.
-Right after ^^^ this play, Brandon Arnold misses a layup interception and possible huge return in the end zone.
-3rd and 6 Fourth Quarter: Beavs just scored TD, Rams about to stall out and Xavier Crawford burned on a deep route and incredible catch with QB getting hit. Great catch but would have been another change if D holds.
5 Random Key Stats:
- Third quarter scoring: 10-0 CSU. OSU continues to be done in by 3rd quarters.
- As mentioned above, Jake Luton was TOUCHED 6 times by CSU defenders behind the line.
- 11 counted and reasonable missed TFL’s by OSU defense.
- 3rd quater offense: 1 third down conversion, 2 INT. Not good.
- Andersen stated: 60% run plays, 40% pass as a goal. 47 pass plays. 29 runs. Ironically that is 61.8% pass plays… Hmmmm.
This all being said, so much overreaction by OSU’s honestly pathetic fan base. Some say 1-11, others say fire Andersen… Are you kidding me??? Cupboard was beyond bare just 2.5 years ago. Andersen’s recruits are all 19 and 20 and sophomores at best.
We finally have a playmaker at QB both positive and negative but no longer a game manger.
Yes we got out-physicalled in the end by CSU but PNW will go on record, CSU will go 10-2. They are a well coached team by all SEC rooted coaches. Senior QB with poise.
Calm down delusional Beaver fans, the sky is not falling. Still hope for 6 wins. That is the original expectation. Go Beavs.