As the Oregon State Beavers celebrated their big win at USC, coach Jonathan Smith announced in the locker room: “We’re not done yet.”
The Beavers (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) are back at home against Washington (2-2, 1-0) on Saturday to prove that their 45:27 pounding of the Trojans last week wasn’t a fluke but part of an upward movement.
Oregon State is currently runner-up in the Pac-12 North standings behind the undefeated Oregon. Washington is third.
Beavers coach Jonathan Smith was asked if this season’s early success confirms what he was driving forward in his fourth season at the top.
“This is another step in this direction. It’s always good to win against good teams on the road. We were able to win physically on the line of scrimmage both offensively and defensively, “Smith said we didn’t have the game.”
Now the beavers are suspicious of a disappointment against the huskies.
Washington has won two straight wins, celebrating a 31-24 overtime win over California. The team opened the season with a daunting 13-7 loss to Montana.
Trainer Jimmy Lake said the Huskies would keep improving.
“All they’ve done is get back to work all season and we’re still growing and developing,” said Lake. “It was really cool to see the guys take their game to the next level. We saw an improvement across the board. “
Smith and Lake were both assistants in Washington under Chris Petersen, who was at the helm from 2014-2017. Smith served as quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator for the team, while Lake served as defensive backs coach and co-defensive coordinator.
Lake doesn’t think the clash of former assistants makes the game more interesting, but he added a personal page.
“I don’t know if you know or not, but in my first college game I ever coached, he was the quarterback for Oregon State when I was in Eastern Washington. We almost beat her, by the way. I think it was 19:17, I missed a field goal in the end, ”said Lake. “That was the year they won the Fiesta Bowl.”
Washington is expected to be without the standout tight end Cade Otton for the second game in a row due to COVID-19 protocols. Otton didn’t play California last week and Lake said he didn’t expect Otton to be available against the Beavers.
Without Otton, Devin Culp went on five catches for 81 yards against California and the Huskies were able to keep their tight ends as the main part of the passing game.
“We all know what Devin can do and it’s been unfortunate he’s had some blatant drops over the past few years,” said Lake. “It was a huge boost for him to go out there and have no drops and make some big catches, especially early in this game, to get our offense going and our offense on the rhythm and some points up Bringing the board, not just for him, but for our football team. “
TAKE A CHANCE
Oregon State quarterback Chance Nolan was named Pac-12 Player of the Week after throwing 213 yards and four touchdowns in beating the USC.
Nolan wasn’t even the planned starter for the season. The Beavers had a three-way battle between Nolan, Tristan Gebbia and Sam Noyer in the preseason camp.
Gebbia started for the Beavers last year until he was injured and Nolan took over. Noyer moved to Corvallis after starting for Colorado last year.
Nolan averages 211.8 yards per game and shares the lead in the Pac-12 with nine touchdown passes.
SHUT DOWN GORDON
Washington cornerback Kyler Gordon has had the best game of his career. Gordon had the first two interceptions of his career defeating Cal. He also had a major fourth down tackle that forced a turnover on downs and resulted in a team high of 10 tackles.
Gordon was somewhat overshadowed by the attention given to teammate Trent McDuffie. But with McDuffie versus Cal, Gordon used his moment to shine.
“We have soccer players on the corner ready to go in there, stick their shoulders in there, do tough physical fights. But also fast and fast enough to cover the fastest receivers in college football, ”said Lake. “These three pieces obviously stand out, but he also had some other great pieces.”
AP Sports Writer Tim Booth in Seattle contributed to this report.