No. 10 Oregon State vs. BYU: Complete Game Preview

Samuel BensonContributor IIIOctober 10, 2012

No. 10 Oregon State vs. BYU: Complete Game Preview

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    BYU (4-2) is riding a two-game win streak by a total score of 53-3, and will need to sustain that momentum as they welcome the Oregon State Beavers (4-0) to town on Saturday.

    OSU is undefeated so far this season, but recently took a blow when their starting quarterback Sean Mannion sustained an injury. Without him and a difficult schedule remaining, the Beavers may have a tough time.

    However, we will see if the Beavers can withstand BYU's powerful defense and Provo's first ever "blackout" game this weekend. Here is a complete preview for the matchup.

Game-Day Information

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    Who: #10 Oregon State at BYU

    When: Saturday, October 13th, 1:30 PM MDT

    Where: Provo, UT

    Stadium: LaVell Edwards Stadium (63,470)

    TV: ABC

    Radio: KSL Radio 1160 AM, 102.7 FM and ksl.com

    All-time Series Record: Series tied, 5-5 (BYU won last year's meeting in Corvallis, Oregon, 38-28)

Injury Updates

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    BYU

    Taysom Hill (QB)—will not play, knee

    Famika Anae (OL)—will not play, multiple injuries

    Michael Alisa (RB)—will not play, arm

     

    OSU

    Sean Mannion (QB)—will not play, knee

Depth Chart for BYU

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    Offense (Starters in bold)

    QB: Riley Nelson, James Lark

    RB: Jamaal Williams, David Foote, Iona Pritchard

    WR: Cody Hoffman, Ross Apo, JD Falslev;  Skyler Ridley, Dallin Cutler, David Foote

    TE: Kaneakua Friel, Austin Holt

    LT: Ryker Mathews, Michael Yeck

    LG: Solomone Kafu

    C: Braden Hansen, Blair Tushaus

    RG: Manaaki Vaitai, Brock Stringham 

    RT: Braden Brown, Manaaki Vaitai

     

    Special Teams

    K: Justin Sorensen

    P: Riley Stephenson

    LS: Reed Hornung

    H: JD Falslev

     

    Defense

    LE: Ezekiel Ansah, Mike Muehlmann

    DT: Romney Fuga, Simote Vea

    RE: Russell Tialavea, Ezekiel Ansah

    LB: Spencer Hadley, Alani Fua

    MLB: Uona Kaveinga, Zac Stout

    LB: Brandon Ogletree, Manoa Pikula

    OLB: Kyle Van Noy, Jherremya Leuta-Douyere

    CB: Jordan Johnson, Micah Hannemann, Robbie Buckner

    CB: Preston Hadley, Skye PoVey

    SS: Daniel Sorensen, Craig Bills

    FS: Joe Sampson, Mike Hague

     

    Special Teams

    PR: JD Falslev

    KR: Cody Hoffman, Mike Hague

Depth Chart for OSU

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    Offense

    QB: Cody Vaz

    RB: Terron Ward, Jovan Stevenson, Clayton York

    WR: Markus Wheaton, Jordan Bishop, Brandin Cooks; Obum Gwacham, Micah Hatfield

    TE: Colby Prince, Connor Hamlett

    LT: Michael Philipp, Derek Nielsen

    LG: Josh Andrews, Justin Addie

    C: Roman Sapolu, Jake Welch

    RG: Grant Enger, Michael Beaton

    RT: Colin Kelly, Derek Nielsen

    Defense

    DE: Scott Crichton, John Braun

    DT: Castro Masaniai, Mana Rosa

    DT: Andrew Seumalo, Mana Tuivailala

    DE: Dylan Wynn, Rudolph Fifita

    SSLB: D.J. Welch, Jabral Johnson

    MLB: Feti ‘Unga, Reuben Robinson

    WSLB: Michael Doctor, Cade Cowdin

    CB: Jordan Poyer, Ryan Handford

    SS: Anthony Watkins, Tyrequek Zimmerman

    FS: Ryan Murphy, Micah Audiss

    CB: Rashaad Reynolds, Sean Martin

    Special Teams

    PK: Trevor Romaine

    P: Tim McMullen

Recap of the Cougs' Last Game

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    As mentioned earlier, BYU has scored 53 points in the last two games.

    Unfortunately, only six of those came last week against in-state foe Utah State. But what matters is that they left with a win, no matter the sloppiness.

    Freshman quarterback Taysom Hill threw for 235 yards and BYU's lone touchdown, and ran for 80. Jamaal Williams once again had a good game, with 71 rushing yards. Receiver Cody Hoffman finished with 114 yards off of only eight receptions.

    USU's Chuckie Keeton completed 22-of-38 passes for over 200 yards, but BYU's stellar defense held running back Kerwynn Williams to only 18 yards, his lowest number of the year.

Recap of the Beavers' Last Game

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    Oregon State was able to handle Washington State at home on Saturday, as the Beaver defense picked off Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday four times. OSU's quarterback Sean Mannion threw for 270 yards and a touchdown, but included three interceptions.

    Oregon State's win total (four) is higher than last year's total for the entire year (three). After the game, their passing game moved up to ninth in the nation. Their defense is 24th.

What This Game Means to Both Teams

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    BYU needs to use this game to get Riley Nelson back in the system. After a two-game break, Nelson hasn't taken a snap since the third quarter up in Boise (he had four turnovers).

    Because of Taysom Hill's injury, he will be the man for the rest of the year. Also, with two road games at Notre Dame and Georgia Tech coming up, BYU needs to gain momentum and confidence.

    Oregon State is in a tough situation. After their greatest start in a long time, they lost their starting quarterback and are facing the fifth-best defense in the nation. If the Beaver rushing game doesn't get rolling, they will be in a tough situation.

    Starting QB Cody Vaz has never started a college game before, and that could be hard to do, as BYU's rushing defense leads the country.

Key Player for BYU

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    BYU's defense is great. There is no need to worry. Their offense is questionable, but should be fine. No need to worry. But the other unit, special teams, should have every Cougar fan scared to death.

    Sure, the punting game and kickoffs have been great, but the place kicking aspect has been hideous. Kicker Justin Sorensen hasn't made a field goal since December in the bowl game, and has made only one extra point this season. Although he's been battling injury, BYU needs a reliable kicking game in order to put up more than six points against good defenses.

Key Player for OSU

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    Cody Vaz will have his first career start against BYU, and will take his first snaps since 2010. He has completed six-of-17 passes in his career at OSU, and will need to play well in order to leave LaVell Edwards Stadium with a win.

    BYU's defense averages 3.3 sacks per game, and hasn't allowed a touchdown in over 13 quarters of play. Vaz is in a tough spot, and will need to overcome that to chalk a W.

Final Prediction

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    I don't think Riley Nelson and the Cougar offense will score more than one touchdown, but the defense will pitch in another. BYU's defense will hold strong and not give up a touchdown, but maybe a few field goals.

    In the end, the Cougs will come out victorious.

     

    My Prediction: BYU wins 13-6