Sophomore, Isaiah Hodgins, needed to have a big game against Nevada in the absence of Trevon Bradford (not to mention Noah Togiai and Artavis Pierce) and boy did he deliver. It didn’t matter who was throwing him the ball, but Isaiah Hodgins was getting open and gashing the Wolf Pack defense on Saturday night; to the tune of 14 receptions for 200 yards and two touchdowns. The comeback bid ultimately fell just short, but there was a lot to unpack from the 37-35 defeat in Reno, Nevada.
Hodgins’ 14 catches were the most eye-popping statistic in terms of rarity. His 14 receptions ties him for first place all-time in the Oregon State record books. He’s tied with Mike Hass and Brandin Cooks.
RECEPTIONS - SINGLE GAME
His reception total puts him straight to the top of the record books, but this might have been one of the best all around pass-catching games Beaver Nation has ever seen from a player wearing Orange and Black. His 200 yards puts him in 10th-place all-time for a single game AND he also added two touchdowns for good measure.
RECEIVING YARDS - SINGLE GAME
MORE FUN WITH STATS
Through three games Oregon State has averaged 38 points per game; last season they averaged just 23.16 points per game. A season ago they managed 333.8 yards of offense per game; that number has skyrocketed to 527 yards per game this season!
The offensive improvements are undeniable and has put a number of Oregon State players in position to reach offensive thresholds that fans haven’t seen since the Sean Mannion/Brandin Cooks/Jacquizz Rodgers days. Let’s go ahead and imagine what their end of season stats would be if they kept it up.
PROJECTING 2018 STATS FOR A FULL SEASON
If this offensive production continues (and players stay healthy), here’s what would happen at the end of the season:
- Isaiah Hodgins - 1,196 receiving yards
- Jermar Jefferson - 1,564 yards rushing (24 rushing TDs)
- Conor Blount - 2,280 passing yards (16 TDs, 4 INTs)
- Jake Luton - 1,488 passing yards
- Artavis Pierce - 777 rushing yards (assuming he misses 4 games total)
- Timmy Hernandez - 668 receiving yards
- Trevon Bradford - 604 receiving yards (12 TDs)
Can they keep it up? We’ll find out this coming Saturday. Oregon State heads home to take on an Arizona team that has disappointed thus far, but may have just found their mojo after playing Southern Utah.