When the numbers had been totaled following Saturday’s sport in opposition to Boise State, Oregon State got here away from with a good complete within the dashing yardage column.
The quietest 178 yards you’ll see. Statistically, the Beavers didn’t have bother operating the ball.
However 41 got here on a fourth-quarter landing run by Jack Colletto. The senior inside linebacker was OSU’s co-leader in dashing yards with 44, sharing with freshman Damien Martinez.
It wasn’t Purdue, final yr’s season opener when Oregon State ran 25 instances for 78 yards. However it didn’t appear to be the Beavers’ operating sport was all there in opposition to Boise State.
A few of it was the Broncos. Their sport plan successfully slowed down Oregon State’s run, one of many Pac-12′s greatest a yr in the past. However the Beavers helped with fumbles and, specifically, penalties. The offense dedicated seven penalties on first or second down that crippled drives.
“We weren’t clear sufficient to beat a number of the penalty finish,” Smith stated. “It wasn’t terrible, sport 1. I don’t need to name it that. However we undoubtedly need to have extra to us.”
Smith praised the go blocking, however run blocking wants a bit of tinkering. There was a mix of missed blocks by the road and tight ends, and missed cuts by the operating backs. However Smith additionally cautioned this was the primary sport of the season, and it’s pure to have points in want of addressing.
Defensive ball hawks: The three interceptions by Oregon State’s protection had been distinctive performs made by Jaydon Grant, Rejzohn Wright and Alex Austin. None had been merely being in the best place on the proper time. All three required a excessive diploma of ball abilities and video examine. Wright made a leaping seize for his first quarter interception, and Grant’s was a case of studying the quarterback. Smith was most impressed with Austin’s theft with 10 minutes left within the sport.
“His receiver cuts unfastened and so he’s speculated to get again there, does it precisely proper. Sprints again there, and has his eyes in the best house,” Smith stated. “These guys have performed loads, and so they did lots of good issues.”
Street journey to Fresno: Smith has expertise as a participant and coach at Fresno State, the place Oregon State performs Saturday evening at Valley Kids’s Stadium. Smith was the quarterback on OSU’s 2001 squad that misplaced 44-24 to the Bulldogs. Smith was a graduate assistant when the Beavers final performed at Fresno State in 2003, in addition to a journeys as an assistant coach at Idaho and Boise State.
What Smith remembers most?
“We went down there and bought beat,” stated Smith, who’s 0-4 at Fresno State.
Smith didn’t assume Fresno State was distinctive as a house subject, however the sport presents a number of challenges. There’s the warmth – Saturday’s temperature is predicted to exceed 100 – the Bulldogs have an excellent workforce, and Smith described the followers as “energized” and the ambiance as “superior.”
Conversant in Tedford: Smith has historical past with Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford, who took over the Bulldogs’ program this offseason. Smith, who performed at OSU when Tedford coached at Oregon, was a co-worker at Washington in 2016 when Tedford was an offensive analyst.
Smith considers Tedford a good friend, saying “I attempt to choose his mind any time I’m round him. … the man’s sharp.” Smith remembers his first yr as a full-time assistant coach at Idaho, he went right down to California to go to Tedford, the place he was the Bears’ head coach. The 2 talked for practically three hours about quarterback play.
“Good, good man for this enterprise,” Smith stated.
Briefly: There have been no notable accidents from Saturday’s sport. The opening week depth chart stays the identical for Fresno State. … Oregon State had solely two sacks in opposition to Boise State, however Smith was happy with the quarterback strain when Hank Bachmeier was within the sport. … Smith welcomed incoming OSU president Jayathi Murthy, who takes over Friday. … Smith stated the stadium lighting, which has temporaries on the west facet this season, wasn’t a difficulty. One financial institution of lights in a single nook of the tip zone was out. … Smith wasn’t conscious of a quarterback background from receiver John Dunmore, who threw a 42-yard go to Trey Lowe through the third quarter. “That was a dime, a big-time throw,” he stated.
–Nick Daschel reporting from Corvallis