Oof. The Beavers are having a rough go in 2017. Through three games, the defense has allowed 138 points (46 pts/gm). The Beavers haven't looked good against the likes of Colorado State, Portland State, and Minnesota and the next three games are against #21 Washington State, #6 Washington, and #4 USC.
This might get worse before it gets better.
Last week's game against Minnesota was also a disappointment in terms of statistics for our record chasers, as the Golden Gophers maintained possession of the ball for more than 38 minutes of the game and the Beavers only managed 225 yards of total offense.
Ryan Nall, RB - The power back seemed off from the outset, and only carried the ball seven times for a total of 31 yards and no touchdowns. Hopefully Beaver fans will see a bounce back game from their workhorse back. If Oregon State can't keep possession of the ball through the use of a heavy ground game, the Cougars could punish the Beavers through the air and make for another ugly result.
Jordan Villamin, WR - While Villamin only caught three balls against Minnesota, he paced the Beaver receivers with 55 yards and a touchdown. That lone score puts the senior receiver just one touchdown short of tying Sammy Stroughter at #10 all-time in career touchdown receptions at Oregon State. If today's game turns into a shootout, there's a good chance that Villamin will carve his way into the record books.
2017 Record Tracker (career totals) - 3 games played, 9 to go
- Ryan Nall - 1,611 rushing yards (#10 Sam Baker - 1,947 rushing yards)
- Ryan Nall - 18 rushing touchdowns (#9T Dick Twenge & Dave Schilling - 20 rushing touchdowns)
- Jordan Villamin - 109 receptions (#10 Reggie Bynum - 149 receptions)
- Jordan Villamin - 1,623 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.