November 11, 2011

Tale of the Tape: Cal vs. Oregon State





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COMPARISON

Per game comparison
















OSU OFFENSE vs CAL DEFENSE
 
Oregon State
California
Rushing
95
130
Passing
285
194
Total
380
324
Scoring
22
24
OSU DEFENSE vs CAL OFFENSE
Rushing
171
153
Passing
221
264
Total
392
417
Scoring
31
29



After being physically overmatched in the second half in their loss to AP #3 Stanford, OSU faces another test offensively against the Pac-12's second best defense. Cal enters the contest at 5-4 (2-4) with hopes of becoming bowl eligible with a win. Oregon State, meanwhile has talked about creating momentum for next year and inside AT&T Park in San Francisco is a great place to start.



Here's how the two squads match up by position and who Beaverblitz thinks holds an advantage:



QUARTERBACK


Sean Mannion has now thrown for 250 yards or better in five of his last six contests and last week against the Pac-12's best defense did not throw an interception. Sean looks like he will eclipse the 3,000 yard mark and has thrown 11 touchdowns to seven different Beaver receivers. Mannion is completing 64 percent of his passes.


For Cal, lefty Zach Maynard has had a tough past four games, tossing seven interceptions to just two scores. Maynard does showcase good athletic ability and can throw on the run quite well. He is completing only 53 percent of his passes and has tossed 10 interceptions and has the conference's 7th ranked pass offense at 263 yards per game.



Advantage: Push - Despite being sacked 17 times, Maynard is Cal's 3rd leading rusher with 105 yards and two scores. Mannion is clearly the better passer.



RUNNING BACK


Ise Sofele is yet another quality Pac-12 runningback and averages five yards per carry. Sofele is a 'make you miss' back and tough to bring down with just one guy. His seven scores are best on the team and his 839 yards is sixth best in the conference. The Bears rank 6th in rushing yards at 152.67 yards per game. When given the chance.


Malcolm Agnew has proved he's OSU's clear cut #1, however ball security issues have plagued the true freshman. Still, Agnew averages five yards per carry and has as many scores. Jovan Stevenson has been given the 'probable' tag by Coach Riley and should allow for fresh legs at the tailback position. OSU's rush offense is 113th worst in the country with just over 94 yards per game.



Advantage: Cal - Sofele is a quality back and OSU has had issues with fumbles and injuries up and down the two-deep.





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