Oregon State was a 2.5 point favorite to beat Minnesota, but were ran off the field by the Minnesota Gophers, 48-14. The unveiling of the 11 strong uniforms were giant flop as the Beavers were smoked in Reser.
In the Sunday Stock Report, we look at which players/position groups improved their stock, and who saw their stock fall. Hint: it's hard to find anyone who improved their stock after that game.
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Safety David Morris
He was exceptional. I can't remember Morris flat out missing any tackles, and he racked up 17 total tackles - ten of them being solo tackles. The true freshman didn't have any tackles for loss or any other stat filling plays, but 17 tackles was the most a Beaver player recorded since 2010. This kid from Sherwood, Ore. was playing in just his third football game. Morris was impressive last week against Portland State, and after his record setting performance on Saturday, Morris played himself into a starting role. Jalen Moore was ejected for targeting, so Morris will start at safety, but when Moore returns in the second half of next week's matchup against Washington State, the safety duo might just be Moore and Morris. Senior Brandon Arnold didn't record a stat after the first quarter and gave up a 67 yard touchdown. Arnold's play against Portland State wasn't very good either.
Wide receiver Jordan Villamin
Villamin caught three passes for 55 yards and his first touchdown of the season. Per OSU, Jordan Villamin's score in the second quarter put him at 13 career receiving touchdowns and only one away from tying Sammie Stroughter (2004-08) for the 10th spot on the school's record list. His most impressive play was one he didn't even catch as a Minnesota defender dragged him to the ground - which was called for pass interference - but Villamin nearly hauled the pass in. Villamin seems to be playing some of the best football of his life.
Safety Brandon Arnold
I mentioned Arnold previously as a guy who struggled on Saturday. He was benched after he gave up the first quarter touchdown, and he has struggled this season. His stock is at an all time low, and we hope that Arnold can bounce back. Arnold is one of the better players on this team, and heck, we put him at No. 5 in the BeaversEdge Top 20 over the summer, so we really respect his game. But he has not lived up to expectations at all.
Tight end Noah Togiai
Togiai was pretty good for the Beavers in their first two games of the season, but last night's game was simply bad. Luton threw five passes to Togiai, and he caught two passes for 18 yards. He fumbled too, which was a big turnover that resulted in points on the board for Minnesota. Togiai is a great run blocker at H-back and is a top talent at tight end, so he will bounce back.
Head coach Gary Andersen
Andersen's post game press conference was intriguing as he seemed to place more blame on his assistant coaches that "he hired" over himself for the below average play (to put it nicely) on Saturday. This is year three in the Gary Andersen era, and this team is on a collision course to go winless in the Pac-12 if they continue this level of play. Andersen seemed to be in a pretty bad mood during the Saturday night press conference, and if he's that upset in public, you can only imagine his frustration behind closed doors.
Defensive pass rush
It's bad. It's soooooo bad. Oregon State has not entered conference play yet and they have not recorded a sack yet this season. Through three games. That's all that needs to be said.