There it is! It finally happened! We got to experience a perfect football sequence. The Beavers and Seahawks both won on the same weekend. Oh, did you think I was going somewhere else with that? Because when I say “it finally happened” it could apply to many Beaver related things.
Let’s dive into the notes:
Oregon State Football
- False start and call me Caleb Smith! The Beavs ended their 22 game road and 14 game conference losing streak simultaneously in Boulder, Colorado. I don’t know anybody who can honestly say they saw that coming.
- The Beavs were trailing 31-3 in the third quarter.
- Even when things were bleak, the defense stepped up and played their best game by far of 2018. Still a long way to go, but for the first time this season, I was encouraged by that side of the ball.
- Jack Coletto got the start and played hard. I like having that kid on the team, but he was pretty overwhelmed most of the game and couldn’t get much going in the passing game. However, he might have nice role going forward as a bruiser on the goal line. He scored two TD’s on the day.
- Enter Jake Luton. The Senior QB was nowhere to be found after the Nevada game due to a lingering high ankle sprain. For whatever reason the coaches decided it was time to roll the dice and give him a shot in the second half. Though still clearly hobbled, he put on a show and ignited the Beaver offense with over 300 passing yards and three TD’s.
- Enter Isaiah Hodgins. Because we forget the guy is on the team when Luton isn’t in there. The pair picked up right where they left off in the Nevada game as Hodgins torched the Buffs secondary and pulled in what was probably the catch of the year in the corner of the end zone. Those two have undeniable Chemistry.
- Jermar Jefferson is still an absolute beast. We are so lucky to have him. He has now eclipsed 1,000 yards on the season and there are four games to go.
- We are left wondering what the final month could now bring. If Luton can stay healthy and the Beavers can be lethal throwing and running, this could get fun. Pair that with the defense showing life and we’ve got the opportunity to build a little momentum if things fall right.
- Hamilcar Rashed Jr. This guy has been a force the past couple of games and things really seem to be clicking for him. I hope to see his growth continue.
- Matthew Tago is another player that’s been standing out on the defensive side of the ball. He has not looked like a freshman the past several games and has the potential to be a big time player at OSU. If the size of his dad’s arms are any indication, this guy is only going to get stronger and scarier. LET THAT MANE FLOW!
- A bunch of people wrote off the 2018 Seahawks. I wasn’t one of them. I said from the beginning 8-11 wins. I consider and still consider 8 the floor. For the dummies who picked them to win 4, you better hope they lose out.
- Four wins in their last five games.
- Russell Wilson was a stupid efficient 14-17 on Sunday.
- Bobby Wagner had Golden Tate on a leash. It looked like he had a personal grudge the way he was abusing his former teammate.
- Golden got traded to the Eagles earlier this week. I bet the first thing he did was look to see if the Seahawks were on their schedule.
- The defense is continues to be really good even though they lost all these loud, injured, underperforming superstars. Imagine that!
- I’ve said it from the beginning ,young and hungry beats old and disgruntled. That is the theme of 2018.
- No disrespect to the guys that have gone elsewhere. I will always appreciate and respect what they accomplished in Seattle. But I didn’t appreciate the disruption they caused in the locker room the last two+ years.
- Michael Dickson ran out of his own end zone for a first down.
- There is no way we are just ignoring that last note… Again, Michael Dickson (THE PUNTER) ran for a first down from his own end zone to ice the game.
- Chargers this week. Huge game. Schedule only gets tougher.
- With every win comes more confidence.
- This team reminds me of that 2012 team. Nobody outside of Seattle expected anything from them, but every week they battled and you could tell it was only the beginning. Fun times ahead.
- 5-2 and again, could be better.
- I like the balance of this team. It’s early, but they are going to keep growing and evolving.
- Zach Collins continues to improve and is becoming really fun to watch.
- Like the Seahawks, there has been a lot of doubt with this team. But you look at what’s on the roster and you know they are going to compete each night.
- As was expected, outside of the Warriors running away with the one seed and a guaranteed trip to the finals, everything else in the West appears to be wide open.
- Meyers Leonard has once again seen his role diminish quickly. Nothing against the guy personally, but seven years in it’s pretty obvious to everyone (but Neil), that things didn’t pan out like we’d hoped.
Oregon State Basketball
- This team needs to win 20 games. I’ll say it every day until forever.
- They beat some obscure school in Montana by like 50 in an exhibition game, Saturday.
- Should’ve beat them by 70.
- Tres, Stevie, Ethan, and Alfred all look good to go. Again, those four should be enough to be an extremely competitive basketball team. No excuses.
- I like the length on this roster. Lots of big bodies. Raw and lots of work to be done, but I like it.
- At this point I just want to see how this team responds to real, meaningful games early. The goal should be to head into conference play undefeated. They will probably drop one or two, but any more than that would be a disappointment.
- This season is the moment of truth. For the players I mentioned, for coach Tinkle and his staff, and for Beaver Athletics as a whole. It’s time to get it done.
- Go Beavs!