Oregon State-Washington State: Beavers Crush the Stumbling Cougars

Jeff ContizanoCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2008

Week Six saw the 1-5 Washington State Cougars come into Reser Stadium to face off with Mike Riley and the Oregon State Beavers.

For Coach Wulff and the Cougars, this game was very important. A conference win against a solid Oregon State team would propel the team forward and surely add some needed confidence.

As for the Beavers, this was another chance to gain a conference win and exert some dominance over an opponent.

Well, it couldn't have gone much worse for Washington State.

After the Beavers jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, Washington State managed to pull close by scoring two touchdowns, a rushing touchdown by Chantz Staden followed by an interception return for a touchdown by Louis Bland.

That would be all Coach Wulff and the Cougars would get. Quarterback Marshall Lobbestael was knocked around all game, eventually being knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter. Lobbestael is the third Washington State quarterback to be injured this season. Talk about bad luck.

On the other side of the field, Lyle Moevao proved to be unlike his normally efficient self. Moevao finished 12-24 for 186 yards, two TDs, and four interceptions.

Jacquizz Rodgers was his normal electric self, running for a cool 168 yards with one touchdown. Oh, Jacquizz was one of eight Beavers to score a touchdown.

Beaver WR Damola Adeniji blocked a Washington State punt in the end zone and scooped the ball up for the score, and he later caught a touchdown pass from Sean Canfield. All-American Sammie Stroughter returned with a bang, catching six passes for 116 yards and one touchdown.

Overall the Beavers racked up 548 yards, including 323 yards on the ground.

Washington State QB Marshall Lobbestael finished the game 7-17 for 79 yards, and Staden ran for 47 yards and one touchdown.

To be honest, it was the blowout most experts were expecting. Oregon State dominated both sides of the ball, and if not for four Moevao interceptions, Washington State may have lost the game by a worse margin.

Next week the Beavers try to gain some momentum when they take on the hapless Washington Huskies. The Cougars will welcome the USC Trojans next week.

Final Score: OSU 66, WSU 13