October 15, 2012

He Said. She Said. Beavers Don't Skip A Beat

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.She said::...



I'm a sucker for feel good stories.  I love Hoosiers and Remember the Titans.  I like good things happening to good people.  Add Saturday in Provo, Utah to my list.

Those of us who have watched Cody Vaz in practice for several years now knew that he had talent.  Last fall camp it was actually Vaz that I thought had the potential to unseat incumbent Ryan Katz, but Mannion was the coaches pick and Vaz moved down the depth chart to third string.

He could have transferred for playing time, but the love of his teammates kept him at Oregon State.  On Saturday, his patience was rewarded.

I'm not trying to take anything away from what Sean Mannion has done or will do, but having Vaz gain that confidence is a huge step forward for this OSU team.  This is a team with two quarterbacks, akin to the days when Sean Canfield and Lyle Moevao covered for each when the other went down.

You never know when a quarterback will get hurt, and for a team to have two quarterbacks that can lead the team is potentially the difference maker between contenders and champions.

While Vaz does deserve heaps of praise, my game ball is actually going to the offensive linemen.  BYU has a big, strong, physical defensive front and Coach Cav's big guys not only held their ground, but protected Vaz all day.



HE SAYS::...

What an unbelievable performance by a first time starting quarterback, on the road, in front of 63,489 hostile fans.   Seriously, this almost seemed like a movie script, because that sort of performance rarely happens.

Vaz was 20-32 for 332 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions.   Not bad for your first game out.

One would think that BYU would have been fed a steady diet of run plays, mixed in with fewer passes.  But Oregon State coach Mike Riley threw caution to the wind and went all in with Vaz. 

In the first half, he called 21 pass plays to just five run plays.  You think BYU was a bit surprised?

Of course, after the half, it became more balanced as BYU had to respect the pass, which opened up the run lanes. 

All told, the offense rolled up 450 total yards against a defense that hadn't allowed an opponent over 300 yards going back 12 games. 

Game ball has to go to Vaz, along with an honorable mention to the entire offensive unit.   They didn't skip a beat.




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