Saturday, September 10, 2011
Final: Wisconsin 35, Oregon State 0
By Ted Miller
Last weekend, Oregon State got beat by an FCS team. This weekend, No. 8 Wisconsin made it look like an FCS team.
The Beavers simply were outclassed. They were outrushed 208 yards to 21.
But the passing is what Beavers fans likely will be most focused upon: As in who's doing it.
It appears that Ryan Katz, even though he started the game, is no longer Oregon State's quarterback.
He completed just 2 of 3 throws for 17 yards. He seemed to enter the game mostly to run the ball, see four carries for 17 yards.
Meanwhile, redshirt freshman Sean Mannion completed 25 of 38 for 244 yards.
It would appear he's the man going forward, though there could be more intrigue here.
While this slow start would seem worse than Oregon State's traditional slow starts, it still might be premature to write the Beavers off. After a bye week, they figure to get healthier. When UCLA comes to town to start the Pac-12 season, tight end Joe Halahuni will be back and receiver James Rodgers could be back.
It's possible that Oregon State will be a very different team once the Pac-12 schedule starts.
But it's fair to say the situation at quarterback needs to clear up.