With Heisman Trophy candidate running back Jacquizz Rodgers watching on the sidelines, it was his understudies that took center stage at Oregon State's annual Spring Game at Reser Stadium in front of 7,141 fans.
Sophomore Jordan Jenkins, a graduate of West Salem High School, rushed for 112 yards on 26 carries while junior Ryan McCants had 74 yards on 24 attempts. Sophomore Jovan Stevenson, also a key member of the running back corps, had just five yards on four attempts after sustaining a hip pointer injury.
"Jordan and Ryan both ran physically today," OSU head coach Mike Riley said. "It was very impressive. The blocking in a lot of the runs was good and the production was also good."
Overall, the scrimmage was offense vs. the defense. The offense generated six touchdowns and three field goals. Most of the touchdowns came late in the game with the first and second units on the sidelines, but quarterback Ryan Katz did engineer at 7-play 67-yard drive culminating with a 14-yard touchdown pass to receiver Markus Wheaton to open the game.
"There were a lot of plays; I'm glad everyone basically got to play," Riley said. "There were enough positive things that we can feel good about heading into the summer and fall camp."
Katz ended the game completing 9 of 20 passes for 123 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Lake Oswego's Jack Lomax came in late in the scrimmage and tossed three touchdown passes, all to Medford's Mitch Singler, including a 66-yard strike. Cody Vaz was 8 of 13 for 60 yards and Peter Lalich 6 of 12 for 47 yards.
The Beavers' first team defense, minus All-America candidate tackle Stephen Paea, struggled early before finding a groove and stopping the offense on three downs four consecutive times. Sophomore starting end Taylor Henry had a banner game with four quarterback sacks and five overall tackles-for-loss.
Oregon State returns to the practice field Aug. 9 to begin preparations for the 2010 season that starts Sept. 4 at TCU on ESPN.
Markus Wheaton, 14-yard pass from Ryan Katz (Kahut kick missed) - 7 plays, 67 yards
Justin Kahut, 25-yard field goal - 10 plays, 63 yards
Justin Kahut, 41-yard field goal - 8 plays, 52 yards
Justin Kahut, 31-yard field goal - 8 plays, 56 yards
Jordan Jenkins, 2-yard rush (Kahut kick) - 9 plays, 50 yards
Mitch Singler, 5-yard pass from Jack Lomax - 6 plays, 70 yards
Mitch Singler, 5-yard pass from Jack Lomax - 9 plays, 70 yards
Mitch Singler, 66-yard pass from Jack Lomax - 4 plays, 70 yards
Ryan McCants, 1-yard rush - 6 plays, 70 yards