Hawaii (0-1) at Oregon State (0-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 7, 8:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reser Stadium (45,674) -- Corvallis, Oregon. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Hawaii 0-1, OSU 0-1. Away Record: Hawaii 0-0, OSU 0-0. Neutral Record: Hawaii 0-0, OSU 0-0. Conference Record: Hawaii 0-0, OSU 0-0. Series Record: Oregon State leads, 5-3.
GAME NOTES: Two teams coming off defeats in their season openers get together on Saturday, as the Oregon State Beavers play host to the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in non-conference action.
The Beavers entered the 2013 campaign as the 25th-ranked team in the nation, but then were rudely introduced to the new season by Eastern Washington. One of seven programs from the Football Championship Subdivision to score an upset over a Football Bowl Subdivision foe last week, the Eagles got caught up in an offensive shootout that eventually ended at 49-46 in favor of the visitors to Reser Stadium.
For Oregon State, which had the opportunity to send the game into overtime with a lengthy field goal attempt at the end of regulation that missed the mark, the meeting with EWU marked the first time since 1999 that the Beavers and their opponent both scored more than 40 points.
Hawaii, which is facing a member of the Pac-12 Conference for the second straight week, clashed with head coach Norm Chow's former team in the opener, 24th-ranked USC, and suffered a 30-13 setback at Aloha Stadium. The defeat was the ninth in as many tries for the Rainbow Warriors versus the Trojans.
The season-opening loss for Hawaii snapped a two-game win streak for a program that won a total of just three times all of last season.
The Beavers crushed Hawaii in their last matchup, 45-7, in 2008 and own a 5-3 edge in the all-time series as a result.
Hawaii led the meeting against the Trojans by a score of 5-3 in the second quarter last week, but then the hosts allowed USC to score 17 unanswered points. Part of the problem for the Rainbow Warriors was quarterback Taylor Graham who, while hitting just 16-of-41 pass attempts for 208 yards, tossed four interceptions.
Another key issue for Hawaii was the lack of a rushing attack as the team generated just 23 net yards on 31 attempts. Not having Joey Iosefa available to come out of the backfield due to a foot injury certainly hampered the Warriors and figures to be a problem again this weekend since he is listed as questionable.
In 2012, the Rainbow Warriors allowed a modest 372.9 ypg (41st nationally) and the team actually bettered that effort versus USC, permitting 364 yards, but some of that had to do with the fact that the Trojans were fielding new, inexperienced quarterbacks.
Again, there are still plenty of positives to take away from the opener on the defensive side of the ball, not the least of which was a safety registered by linebacker Art Laurel in the second quarter. The team also held USC to just 3- of-14 on third down, but at the same time gave up scores during all four red- zone opportunities for the visitors.
Testing the Hawaii defense will be OSU quarterback Sean Mannion who, for the most part, had his way with the Eastern Washington defense as he converted all but six of his 43 pass attempts, leading to 422 yards and three touchdowns. Receiver Brandin Cooks had a stellar outing as well with 13 catches for 196 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Storm Woods carried the ball 16 times for 68 yards and two TDs.
Unfortunately, those individual efforts went for naught as the OSU defense surrendered a massive 625 yards, a far cry from the 354.0 ypg allowed last season as the Beavers ranked third in the Pac-12 and 30th in the nation in that department. The pass defense gave up 448 yards and four touchdowns, with two opposing receivers both going for more than 100 yards.
Michael Doctor diagnosed the EWU offense as well as anyone on the OSU defense as he posted not only a game-high 11 tackles, but he also logged two of his team's three sacks, a good sign for a Beavers squad that was tied for 50th in the nation last season with an average of only 2.15 sacks per outing.
If the Oregon State secondary again has problems keeping receivers from making big plays, the Beavers might be in for another long game. However, Hawaii has not made it a habit to play non-conference opponents strong on the mainland the last few years, so at least OSU has that in its favor.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oregon State 41, Hawaii 20
09/04 10:37:24 ET