WSU offense in need of revival as they lose to Oregon State 24-10

Both sides of the ball unable to execute for the Cougs



WSU linebacker Travion Brown (82) tackles California running back Jaydn Ott during an NCAA football match, Oct. 1.

TREVOR JUNT, Evergreen deputy sports editor

Few played well in WSU football’s 24-10 loss in Corvallis, Oregon.

The WSU offense continued to struggle, posting only 10 points.

The Oregon State defense caused discomfort for the WSU offense as they got six sacks, nine tackles for a loss, ten passes defended and eight quarterback hurries.

Cougars quarterback Cam Ward had a completion percentage of just 46% and finished his day throwing 25/54 for 345 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He did not look comfortable the entire game.

Part of this is due to the offensive line. Ward could not progress through his reads as he was getting hit a second or two after the snap. It has been a struggle all season but the weakness of the offensive line was a heavy factor in this game.

The Cougar running game continued to have hardship as well, on 20 total carries they gained a total of 23 yards for an average of 1.2 yards per carry. Jaylen Jenkins was the only bright spot in the running back room as he had six carries for 42 yards and caught four passes for 30 yards and a touchdown.

Robert Ferrel, since coming back from an injury, has been consistently one of the best players on the roster. He caught five passes for a gain of 131 yards with the longest reception of 38 yards.

Oregon State was missing their starting quarterback Chance Nolan for the second straight game. Ben Gulbranson stepped into the starting role without the Beavers offense skipping a beat.

Gulbranson did not do incredibly well during this game, but he did manage the game and let their running backs take over. Gulbranson threw 12/24 for 141 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Oregon State running back room gained 203 rushing yards.

Damien Martinez, the true freshman running back, ran the ball 16 times for 111 total yards with a 50-yard rush.

Jack Colletto the quarterback/inside linebacker/running back utility player also stepped up for Oregon State in a big way as he rushed into the endzone twice for the Beavers.

The Cougar defense did not keep up with the Beavers well either. Daiyan Henley was at the top of the box score for WSU again with 13 total tackles and one tackle for loss, along with Ron Stone Jr. with eight total tackles, one sack, one and a half tackles for loss, one passes defended and two quarterback hurries. They did not execute what they wanted to from the game plan.

“We missed a couple of our fits and they were more physical to us at times. That’s obviously what led to the ultimate result of that many yards and why they kept coming back to [the run plays]. We weren’t sound enough throughout the game and they were able to keep getting yards consistently,” Stone said.

After a very ugly and uneventful game for the Cougs, they should be elated to step away and take a bye week.

“In the locker room they should be disappointed with this result. We prepared to win, we planned to win but they out executed us and they got the win. So, it’s disappointing headed into the bye week instead of excelling and having some energy and having some momentum,” said Jake Dickert, WSU head coach.

This upcoming week WSU will have no game and will have a bye week. Their next game will be against Utah at 7 p.m. on a rare Thursday night, Oct. 27 in Gesa Field at Martin Stadium.