BYU Football: Oregon State With 4 Losses, Still an Even Match

Craig WilliamsContributor IIIOctober 12, 2011

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 10:  Sean Mannion #4 of the Oregon State Beavers throws a pass against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on September 10, 2011 in Madison Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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BYU versus Oregon State is coming at you.

If both teams put together their best executed 60 minutes of play, we should expect an even-steven game from start to finish. IF−that is a big if. Execution has been neither team's strong point this year.

The Beavers have succeeded to win only one game last week against Arizona while BYU players and coaches still claim that this team has not reached its potential to play an entire four quarters of smash mouth, high-octane “BYU football”.

Oregon State, with four losses, is favored to win this game over BYU by one and a half points.

If I were a gambling man I would not trust that number. Judging by last week’s performance, these teams are even more evenly matched than the 1.5 point betting line shows.

Last week the Cougars were the Beavers and the Beavers were the Cougars. BYU and Oregon State played practically identical games; so the stats say.

Oregon State played its most complete and best executed game of the season last week against Arizona. BYU, arguably, played its most complete and best executed game of the season last week against San Jose State.

The Beavers led the Wildcats 27-6 at the half only to blow that lead and allow Arizona to bring the game within three points, leading 30-27 with 11:56 left in the fourth quarter.

Sound familiar?

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 22:  Matt Bauman #35 of the Brigham Young University Cougars breaks up a pass to Joe Halahuni #87 of the Oregon State Beavers during the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium December 22, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan
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The Cougars led the Spartans 23-3 at the half only to blow the lead and allow the Spartans to bring the game within 10 points, leading 26-16 with 10:41 left in the fourth quarter.

Last week, Oregon State drove for 22 first downs for 408 total yards. BYU drove for 25 first downs and 443 total yards.

Oregon State gave away two turnovers; BYU gave away three.

Beaver RB Stevenson carried the ball 17 times for 99 yards. Cougar RB Alisa carried the ball 16 times for 91 yards.

The Oregon State offense possessed the ball for 35:53 of the clock. The BYU offense possessed the ball for 31:47 of the clock.

So, on paper, we can expect this game to go into quadruple overtime in Corvallis before one team emerges superior to the other.

On the field will be different than on paper, though. If Brandon Doman is smart he will see the one major statistic from last week’s OSU-Arizona game to exploit the Beaver defense.

Oregon State gave up 378 passing yards. This is Oregon State at its best, mind you. In the best game and the only win of the Beaver season so far, Oregon State allowed 378 passing yards.

Air it out, Doman. Drop the defenders back in anticipation of the pass and then let Nelson sneak-scramble forward and hand off to Alisa, Kariya and Quezada.

This is the week for BYU to finally own up to its tradition as the pass-happy Cougars against an Oregon State defense that gave up almost 400 passing yards last week.

Air it out, BYU!

In their last meeting, BYU beat Oregon State 44-20 in the 2009 Las Vegas Bowl. The Beavers lead the series 5-4.