It's a good feeling for a head coach -- especially an offensive-minded coach like Mike Riley, who calls his own plays -- to know that when the offense isn't clicking, he's got a defense that can win the day.
And while Oregon State's offense finally got on track at the end of their game against Washington State, it was the defense that carried the Beavers thanks to the greedy hands of cornerback Jordan Poyer.
Poyer tallied three interceptions against Washington State -- including a game-clincher with 3:18 remaining in the game. He's the first Beaver to snag three picks in a game since Mitch Meeuwsen (OSU's current graduate assistant defensive coach) did it in 2003, also against Washington State.
For his efforts, Poyer was named the Walter Camp Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week.
When asked if he thought he was going to have a big game, Poyer said yes, he was feeling it on Saturday.
“To be honest with you, I wouldn’t lie, I did," he said after the game."It’s something you feel. I had my high school team and my parents come to the game today and Reser Stadium was sold out. You just want to go out there and make plays.”
And make plays he did. Now Oregon State is 4-0 and ranked 10th nationally. Poyer has 10 career interceptions and after the game, Riley described Poyer's play as "big time."
He also had four tackles -- including one for a loss -- and he broke up another pass. It was all part of a five-turnover day for the Beavers defense, which had four interceptions and a fumble recovery. He was also the last Oregon State player to have a multi-interception game, doing it last year with two picks against Arizona State.
He also had a 24-yard punt return that led to an Oregon State field goal.