Connor's thoughts on the Cincinnati Game

The Bearcats defeated Oregon State 28-18 on a sunny, crisp afternoon in Corvallis. Here are my thoughts on the game.

Quarterback

Sean Canfield threw for 240 yards and no touchdowns yesterday. He went 29 for 45 with an interception. The key stat of the day though was the five sacks that Sean took. He has got to be more mobile in the pocket and throw the ball away. I know he's not exactly like Locker, Tebow, or even Moevao, but we heard all Summer how Sean had lost 20 pounds, was more light on his feet, and could scramble away from tthe opposing defense.

Do I think it's time to jump ship on Canfield yet? No. Let's not forget that Canfield led the nation in completion percentage coming into this game. He is a good QB, he just had a rough game. But, if I don't see improvement from Sean after Saturday I think it's time to give Moevao the keys.

His interception wasn't really his fault, as the reciever got popped and let go of the ball. His throws looked pretty sharp, even though some of them sailed on the wide out's a couple of times.

Overall, not a good game for Canfield. Let's give him a week to work on it, and then re-evaluate next Sunday.

Running Back

Jacquizz grinded out 73 yards on 20 carries for the Beavers. He also had Oregon State's only touchdown of the day.

Jacquizz didn't look as explosive as he has in the past two games, probably because of his lingering Sprained Ankle. Overall, it wasn't a bad day for Mr. Rodgers, but it wasn't that great either.

Recievers

James Rodgers and Damola Adeniji had great days. James with 90 yards on 11 catches and Damola with 5 catches for 57 yards. Little brother Jacquizz had a productive day catching the screen pass for 19 yards on 5 catches.

Joe Halahuni had a nice afternoon with 4 catches for 32 yards. Darrel Catchings returned after missing the first two games due to a wrist injury, but only had one catch for 18 yards. Overall, a pretty good day for the recieving corps. Hopefully, Catchings and Bishop will have a better game next week.

O-Line

Uh-oh. Plain and simple, the O-Line had a horrible game. We'll need to improve a lot at those positions if we want to make a run at a big-time bowl game this year.

They were not opening up holes for Quizz, and the Defense was getting to much pressure on Canfield. If they play like that again we might be in for a long year.

Defense

I thought our defense had a great game. Tim Clark and James Dockery had great games shutting down Marty Gillyard. We brought pressure on the QB, and for the most part contained the run. Keaton Kristick had a great inerception as well.

Overall, holding one of the best offense in the nation to only four TD's I thought was great. Mark Banker has us going in the right direction.

Special Teams

Our Special Teams was great once again, with an extra point, three field goals, two great punts, including one downed inside the one, and a great Kickoff return. It was also nice to see James returning most of the punts. He may not have the hands of Kavanaugh, but he is much more electric. Not much else to say here, but if our Special Teams continues to play like this, we could have a very good season.

Cincinnati

I thought the Bearcats had a pretty solid game on Saturday. Tony Pike was great as expected. I knew he could throw the long ball, but it amazed me how he would thread the ball in between our defenders.

Their defense was pretty good, especially with their backs up against the wall at the beginning of the fourth quarter when we were on the nine yardline. Overall, I thought they played a pretty good game. They should definitely be at the top of the Big East when the season comes to an end.

The Crowd

I thought the crowd was great on Saturday. Even though there was only 41,910 people, it was incredibly loud and raucous. I thought that the defense really fed off of the crowd noise especially on the safety.

The Beaver Dam was almost 100% full, which is always great to see as well. Even though we lost, I think that Giovanni Bernard should of been impressed with Reser and our fans.

Short Pac-10 Recap

Washington-
The Dawgs had a great win over USC this weekend. Six or seven wins looks very possible for the UW.
Washington State-Well, at least they got a win. They defeated SMU, 30-27 in Overtime on Saturday.
Oregon-UO got a big win Saturday against Utah despite the play of QB Jeremiah Masoli. They host Cal on Saturday.
Oregon State-The Beavers played 3 good quarters against Cincy. They begin Pac-10 play against Arizzona next.
California-The Golden Bears continued to impress against Minnesota. Jahvid Best went off for 5 TD's in the win.
Stanford-The Cardinal took apart SJSU on Saturday. They take on Steve Sarkisian's Huskies on Saturday.
USC-Well, they always have to lose one Pac-10 game. USC fell 16-13 on Montlake Saturday.
UCLA-The Bruins defeated a pesky Kansas State squad 23-9 on Saturday. They have a bye this week.
Arizona-The Wildcats fell 27-17 in Iowa on Saturday. The 2-1 Wildcats visit Corvallis next.
Arizona State-ASU defeated ULM 38-14 on Saturday. We'll find out if they are for real when they take on UGA next.

Pac-10 Power Rankings

1. California
2. Washington
3. Oregon
4. UCLA
5. Oregon State
6. USC
7. Arizona
8. Stanford
9. Arizona State
10. Washington State 

Final Thoughts

Every loss hurts, but Cincinnati is a good team and the Beavers didn't play up to their full potential. I felt like we didn't get many breaks which you always need to beat a good team like Cincy. We also got a lot of untimely penalties that hurt us A LOT.

Overall, the key is to get touchdowns instead of those field goals and we win the game, plain and simple. All you can do after a loss is take the positives, work on the negatives, and move on.

Poll Question

Does Washington deserve to be in the Top 25?

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