New coach, same problem. The Beavers were 0-14 on the road under Gary Andersen, and now—after falling to California by a score of 37-23—they are 0-1 on the road under Cory Hall.
If you're doing the math at home: Oregon State hasn't won a road game since beating Colorado on October 4th, 2014. That win put the Beavers at 4-1 to start the season, but since that day—more than three years ago—the program has a record of 8-32.
Sadly, 8-32 sounds an awful lot like the stat line that Ryan Nall posted against California. The Beaver star (and our Record Watch lead man) was bottled up all day, gaining only 35 yards on 12 carries.
Maybe worth watching: In the three games that Cory Hall has been head coach, Nall has seen his carries go from 24 (vs Colorado) to 19 (vs Stanford) to 12 (at California). It's not that Nall isn't being used, as he has caught a number of passes from Darrell Garretson out of the backfield, but Nall seems to be more effective when he's able to carry the ball frequently. With three games remaining in 2017, it will be interesting to see if the Beavers lean more heavily on Nall to try and grind out a win or if they instead choose to experiment with a young squad and begin planning for 2018.
One statistical bright spot: Manase Hungalu logged 20 tackles, which is tied for fourth-most all-time in a single game by a Beaver, and most since Andre Harris had 22 tackles in a 1988 game.
Ryan Nall, RB - 12 carries, 35 yards, no touchdowns.
Jordan Villamin, WR - Zero receptions, zero yards, no touchdowns.
2017 Record Tracker (career totals) - 9 games played, 3 to go
- Ryan Nall - 2,038 rushing yards - #10 (#9 J.J. Young - 2,084 rushing yards)
- Ryan Nall - 23 rushing touchdowns - tied at #7 with Sam Baker (#5 Bill Enyart & Storm Woods - 25 rushing touchdowns)
- Jordan Villamin - 123 receptions (#10 Reggie Bynum - 149 receptions)
- Jordan Villamin - 1,767 receiving yards (#10 Roddy Tompkins - 1,845 receiving yards)
- Jordan Villamin - 13 receiving touchdowns (#10 Sammy Stroughter - 14 receiving touchdowns)
Author's Note: Each week in 2017, I'm going to look at the players that are within reach of the all-time ranks in Beaver history, as well as any surprise efforts that might land among the single-game or single-season records. Stay tuned as 2017 progresses, and we'll track where Nall and Villamin—as well as any other Beaver athletes that emerge as record-setters—end up by season's end.