No. 14 Oregon State hits the road to face No. 21 Washington State in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. With each squad enjoying an impressive 3-0 start, this will mark the first time in 107 meetings the two rivals enter the game ranked. In fact, it’s the first time since 2017 that either team is ranked going into the matchup.
The Beavers are coming off a 26-9 victory over San Diego State. They led 12-3 at halftime and used a monstrous defensive effort to preserve the win. Oregon State recorded six sacks and quarterback DJ Uiagalelei rushed for a touchdown for the third consecutive game. Uiagalelei has thrown for 630 yards and six touchdowns so far this year.
The Cougars made a statement in Week 2 by beating then-No. 19 Wisconsin at home to enter the rankings. Last week Washington State rested a majority of its starters in the second half in the 64-21 win over Northern Colorado, but star quarterback Cameron Ward still managed to finish 20 of 26 for 327 yards passing with four touchdown passes.
Oregon State vs. Washington State: Need to know
Battle of transfer QBs: These two teams both feature star transfer quarterbacks in Uiagalelei (Clemson) and Ward (Incarnate Word) and it may come down to which one turns the ball over least. Ward has done a good job taking care of the football this season with nine touchdowns and just one interception. Uiagalelei struggled a bit in that department last week with a pair of interceptions. While that may look like an advantage for Washington State, Ward hasn’t faced a defense of the Beavers’ caliber yet this year.
RJ Stone Jr. is a name to watch: One of the top players on the WSU defense this season has been Stone. He has three sacks in three games and his best performance came against Wisconsin. Stone had…
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Author : Cameron Salerno
Publish date : 2023-09-21 19:50:16
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