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Oregon State Football: What We Learned Versus Utah

Beavers not ready to compete with the elite

NCAA Football: Utah at Oregon State Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to week 6 of What We Learned where after each game we take a look back and highlight some takeaways. Yesterday, the Oregon State Beavers were taken out back by the Utah Utes and hit over and over again in a 52-7 beating. Let’s see what we learned.

Beavers aren't ready for a signature upset

I remember even in mediocre years, the Beavers would seemingly come up with a sizable upset win every year or two. The days between wins over a ranked opponents just keeps getting further and further away (1,793 days since their 2014 upset against a top-ten Arizona State team). I figured the Beavers would make a close game against Utah as they have been competitive in every game, and even a little part of me thought that they might even catch Utah a little off guard. Nope! This team still has lots of rebuilding to do.

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Offense may be good but not elite yet

Through the first five games of the season, the Beaver offense has been quite good, scoring a minimum of four touchdowns per contest. There have been lapses for sure, even for whole halves (see second half against Hawaii, first half against Stanford), but a whole game? Ouch. Elite offenses don’t do that.

NCAA Football: Utah at Oregon State
Calvin Tyler Jr. scored the offense’s lone touchdown in garbage time.
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Hodgin's can't do it all

While the Utah defense was fantastic in limiting the Beaver offense, standout wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins still managed to walk away with eight catches for 77 yards. He was able to make key plays to keep some drives alive, but ultimately it wasn’t going to be enough against a stingy defense. Utah did great in limiting big plays from the 6’4’’ Hodgins, keeping his longest reception to under 20 yards and holding him without a touchdown, both firsts for this season.

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Star receiver Isaiah Hodgins was kept under wraps by this season’s standards.
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Women's basketball is around the corner

Just your reminder that we’re more of a women’s basketball (/ baseball / wrestling / gymnastics / maybe soon to be soccer) school theses days. In two weeks, the Oregon State Women’s Basketball Team will open up with an exhibition against Union University on October 27th. But the big exhibition ticket will be on November 4th with the United States Women’s National Team coming through. Sales to the public start tomorrow, October 14th.

NCAA Womens Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Lexington Regional - Baylor vs Oregon State
Ready to watch some winning? Come to some women’s basketball games!
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