The Oregon State Beavers (2-3, 0-2) will travel up into the Pacific Northwest to face the Washington State Cougars (3-2, 1-1) in a Pac-12 North Division matchup. Oregon State has taken three of the last four meetings but Washington State took a 39-32 win on the road as an 8.5 point underdog on November 8, 2014 in the most recent matchup.
Oregon State is coming off their second consecutive defeat as they were flattened 44-7 on the road by Arizona last week. Washington State went on the road and pulled off a 45-38 double overtime upset win over Oregon last week. The game kicks off at 4:00 pm ET from Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network. Washington State is currently a 7.5 point favorite in this contest with the over/under set at 62.5 points.
Oregon State was flat out destroyed last week as they were beaten soundly in all facets of the game. The Beavers were outgained 644-249 in the game and committed the lone turnover of the contest. The game was over for all intents and purposes after one quarter with Arizona up 17-0; the Beavers scored to cut the lead to 17-7 but didn’t score again. Arizona reeled off the game’s final 27 points to cruise to the victory. Oregon State lost the time of possession battle badly as Arizona held the ball for 35:46 to Oregon State’s 24:14.
The Beavers have issues moving the ball through the air as they are 119th in the nation in passing offense (139.4 yards) while they are tied for 54th in rushing offense (181 yards) per game on the year. Oregon State averages a meager 19 points per game while they are 89th in scoring defense by allowing opponents to pile up 29.8 points per contest. Two freshman quarterbacks have seen action for Oregon State: Seth Collins (60 of 119, 637 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT, team leading 362 rushing yards, 4 TD) has seen the majority of the action while Marcus McMaryion (6 of 17, 60 yards, INT) is next in line should a change be made. Storm Woods is the feature back in the system for Oregon State as he has 56 carries for 322 yards and a score; other than he and Collins, no one else has more than 96 yards on the ground. Jordan Villamin has a team leading 20 catches for 300 yards and three scores; Victor Bolden (17 receptions, 109 yards, TD) is the only other player with more than eight catches. Garrett Owens has kicked all 12 extra points and five of seven field goal attempts this season.
Washington State pulled off the upset as they never quit in the game; they rallied from a 17-7 deficit and tied the game to force overtime on an 8 yard touchdown pass from Luke Falk to Dom Williams with one second to play in regulation. Falk’s TD pass to Robert Lewis, covering four yards, along with a defensive stop in the second overtime gave the Cougars the win. Washington State outgained Oregon in the game 641-533 and both teams committed two turnovers in the contest. The Cougars were far more successful in moving the sticks as they had 31 first downs to Oregon’s 18.
The Cougars are one of the most prolific passing attacks in the nation, which is typical in a Mike Leach Air Raid offense; they are 4th in the nation with 396.4 yards per game. Washington State is second to last in rushing offense with 87 yards per contest; they are averaging 31 points per game and 84th in scoring defense by allowing 28.8 points per contest. Falk has completed 196 of 275 passes for 1,964 yards with 15 touchdowns and two interceptions. Gerard Wicks leads the Cougars on the ground with 42 carries for 219 yards and a score; Keith Harrington (17 carries, 144 yards, TD) and Jamal Morrow (16 carries, 101 yards) are also in the mix on the ground. Washington State has thrown the ball 280 times while running just 121 times on the year. Seven players have at least 14 receptions on the year with Gabe Marks leading the way with 43 receptions for 525 yards and five scores. River Cracraft (29 receptions, 355 yards, 2 TD) and Dom Williams (25 receptions, 368 yards, 4 TD) are good receivers while Wicks has added 22 catches out of the backfield. Erik Powell has booted all 20 extra point attempts and six of nine field goals on the year.
Washington State is 6-1 ATS in their last seven after allowing less than 170 yards through the air, 4-1 ATS in their last five against teams with a losing road record, 4-1 ATS in their last five after picking up at least 450 yards of offense and 16-6 ATS in their last 22 after allowing at least 200 yards on the ground. Oregon State is 2-5 ATS in their last seven after a straight up loss, 2-6 ATS in their last eight after an ATS loss, 1-5 ATS in their last six on fieldturf, 1-5 ATS in their last six after allowing at least 40 points, 1-6 ATS in their last seven after a straight up loss of at least 20 points, 1-6 ATS in their last seven overall, 0-4 ATS in their last four conference games, 0-4 ATS in their last four against teams with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last four on the road.
The Cougars have some momentum after upending Oregon in Eugene last week. Oregon State was flat and got pounded by Arizona and can’t get solid quarterback play from their young signal callers. Washington State will throw early and often; it will lead to another big day for Falk and a win for Washington State in front of the home crowd.