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Oregon State Football: What We Learned From the Arizona Game

The Beavers dominate Arizona at Reser Stadium 42-17


Oregon State rolled up 475 yards of total offense on Saturday as the Beavers defeated the Arizona Wildcats 42-17. QB Marcus McMaryion played a spectacular game for the Beavers. He was 16-19 with 265 passing yards and 5 touchdowns. The Beavers led the entire game and won their second Pac-12 game of the season. Here’s what we learned from Saturday’s victory.

The Real Jordan Villamin Stood Up!

Beaver WR Jordan Villamin had his most impressive outing of the season. Villamin had 6 catches for 124 yards receiving and 1 touchdown. Villamin’s touchdown was his first of the season. There were high expectations for the talented receiver this season, yet Villamin himself would agree with the critics that his 2016 season has been a disappointment. His performance against Arizona is what the coaching staff and Beaver Nation have been waiting for from the talented receiver. The 6’5 220 lb. Junior receiver has the combination of size and speed that NFL scouts are interested in. Beaver Nation hopes Villamin’s performance on Saturday will carry over to the Civil War game.

Fantastic Performance by Marcus and the Offense

It has been mostly a difficult year for the Beaver Offense. However, the Offense played very well Saturday vs Arizona. Beaver QB Marcus McMaryion played an amazing game. Credit goes to his Offensive Line, Running Backs, and Receivers for playing well. McMaryion played a near perfect game against the Wildcats. He was 16-19 for 265 yards and threw 5 touchdowns. The Beavers success in the passing game opened up the running game and vice versa. The Beavers controlled the time of possession in the game 36 minutes to Arizona’s 24 minutes. Shout out to Senior TE Ricky “Avocado Man” Ortiz for doing an astounding job pass blocking and run blocking. In addition, Ortiz also did a great job picking up blitzes. RB Ryan Nall had another tremendous performance rushing for 124 yards on 23 carries with 1 touchdown receiving and 1 touchdown rushing. RB Art Pierce played well rushing for 71 yards on 15 carries. Great performance by the Offense.

The Defense Made Plays When It Mattered

Although, the Beaver Defense gave up 350 yards of total offense to Arizona, they held the Wildcats to 17 points. The Beavers were able to pressure both Arizona QBs all night. The Wildcats were limited to 188 yards passing. Freshman CB Xavier Crawford was able to get an interception. The Beaver Defense was aided by the Beaver Offense’s ability to control the clock limiting the time Arizona’s Offense had the ball. Beavers were lifted by the return of Sophomore CB Dwayne Williams. Williams was able to come up with a sack on a corner blitz and did an exceptional job in coverage all night. Young players are gaining valuable experience on the Defense, which will pay huge dividends in the future.

Hard Work Pays Off

Although the Beaver record hasn’t been what the team, coaches, and fans had hoped for, Beaver Nation has been proud of the effort of this team. Coach Andersen and his staff constantly note how proud they are of the fight of this team. They have found their identity this season as a hard-working, physical team that will run the ball and play aggressive defense. In addition, Beaver Nation can count on this team playing hard every game. The Beavers are seeing better results in 2016 than 2015. They earned their second Pac-12 win this season after going winless in conference play in 2015. The Beavers played their best all-around game in the Gary Andersen Era. It was 4 complete quarters of great football. The Civil War is next. It will be the biggest game of the Beavers’ season. Judging by the evidence of each game this season, this young Beaver team is going to leave everything out on the field against their in-state rivals, the Oregon Ducks.