The crowd at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Ore., has never been quieter than it was on Saturday September 3rd, 2011; that was the day the Beavers allowed 29 points in a loss to FCS Sacramento State. The team followed that loss by being blown out by Wisconsin and giving up 27 in a loss to a dismal UCLA team.
The Oregon State defensive unit has been dealing with injuries and inexperience, but must step up its play if the Beavers hope to contend in the Pac-12 North and save this season. With suspension and injury sidelining standout Castro Masaniai, the young defensive line will have to learn how to stop the run.
With Washington and Oregon still left on the schedule, Chris Polk and LaMichael James could create huge problems for the Beavers. Junior cornerback Jordan Poyer and senior safety Lance Mitchell have made big plays in both of the teams wins thus far. It will take their leadership on defense for the Beavers to contend in 2011.