San Diego St. at Oregon St. (2-0) / Reser Stadium / 7:30 PM / Fox Sports 1 / KEJO 1240 AM / KEX 1190 AM
Oregon St. returns home from Hawaii, and to action after a bye week, tonight against San Diego St., their second consecutive opponent from the Mt. West. And it's a "Black Out" for Beaver Nation, as Oregon St. goes "Bold in Black".
Both teams had a bye week to prepare, and also try to shake off less than satisfactory finishes to their last outings.
San Diego St. played then ranked North Carolina well on the road, but the Aztecs lost a 2 touchdown second quarter lead, and a 2 score lead in the 4th quarter. A spectacular interception of San Diego St. quarterback Quinn Kaehler preserved a 31-27 win for host North Carolina, after the Tar Heels had rallied from 10 points down in the 4th quarter.
Oregon St. didn't lose the 31 point lead they opened after their first drive of the 3rd quarter, but between back to back failures to convert 3rd and 1 situations, followed by a blocked punt when the Beaver didn't account for an unbalanced line, and then a fumble on the kickoff that followed the score the blocked punt produced, most of it got away, and Oregon St. had to recover an onside kick to secure the 38-30 win.
All that despite a 3 touchdown pass performance by Sean Mannion, and a 124 yard, 2 touchdown night by Terron Ward.
The pick that saved the Tar Heels was part of only 1 of 3 games in Kaehler's college career in which he has tossed multiple interceptions. Notably, one of the other two was last year against Oregon St., in Kaehler's first collegiate start. First it was a pick-6 with 2 1/2 minutes left in the game by the Beavers' Steven Nelson for what would be the game deciding score, and then an interception by Ryan Murphy to close out the 34-30 Oregon St. comeback win in Qualcomm Stadium, the first win in San Diego for the Beavers in 3 trips.
Notably, the Beavers needed both interceptions despite a 3 touchdown, 367 yard passing night by Sean Mannion, as Oregon St. had to rally from 2 touchdowns down in the 4th quarter of one of the more entertaining game of last season.
It's just the 5th meeting ever between Oregon St. and San Diego St., with the series tied at 2 wins apiece, and the first trip to Corvallis for the Aztecs since suffering a 35-3 defeat in 2000, their only other visit.
It's also a homecoming of sorts for San Diego St. head coach Rocky Long, who was Oregon St.'s defensive coordinator from 1991 thru 1995, and Aztec defensive line coach Osia Lewis, who was a linebacker for the Beavers from 1982 thru 1985, and later coached linebackers and special teams from 1991 thru 1996.
BuildingTheDam will be at the game, and back afterwards, with full coverage, and after mid-night analysis, which is becoming a staple of Oregon St. coverage, as the Beavers play the second of at least 3 consecutive games with a post 7:30 PDT time start.