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It was a rough go much of the night for the Oregon State offense at the Alamo Bowl on Saturday night. While the run game saw success, the passing game couldn't get going based in large part to the fast and athletic defensive end Alex Okafor's disruptive play.
The Beaver offensive line was completely overpowered by Okafor. For those who say 'stars don't matter' in the recruiting game, he showcased what five-star talent can look like when it flourishes.
Coming out of high school Okafor was ranked a five star and was the #1 ranked defensive end in the country in the 2009 class. He was the difference maker on Saturday.
Since I want to focus on the positives, Storm Woods had a great first half. I'm not exactly sure what forced him out in the fourth quarter, but it was a loss for the Beaver offense.
Tight end Connor Hamlett also played a solid game and had some great grabs.
Credit to Texas for taking Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks out of the equation for most of the game. It was obvious that Mack Brown wanted to make the Beavers one dimensional and it worked for them.
My grade may be generous, but the effort was more than there by the Beavers. This was a matter of being over-matched along the offensive line. Looking back to the Rivals recruiting rankings, this Texas team was comprised of classes ranking in the top 5 the past four years.
SHE SAYS-GRADE: C
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