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Any time a team can go on the road in the Pac 10 and come out with a victory
it is a great thing.
For the first time since playing Arizona State early in the season, the offense
generated over 400 net yards offense. Further, it was quite an accomplishment
given that 213 of the Beavers 431 yards came through the air during a driving
rain storm in Pullman.
In fact, the Beavers may have put together their most balanced attack of the
year adding 218 yards rushing to their passing statistics, where they took advantage
of the entire depth chart after Yvenson Bernard left the game with
an injury once the game was in hand.
Quarterback Lyle Moevao looked good in his second career start and
took full advantage of his young wide receivers Darrell Catchings and
James Rodgers, who were the two leading receivers for the team. Catchings
led the team with 70 yards receiving, while Rodgers led the team with 99 yards
of total offense. Once again, number 8 was electric, displaying soft hands and
great down field vision. His blocking isn't bad either.
The praise for the offensive efficiency however should be heaped upon the stellar
play of Coach Cavanaugh's linemen as they had one of their
best performances of the season. Moevao had what seemed like all day and the
line created holes for the running game.
Credit is also due once again to the coaching staff for installing an excellent
game plan. The coaches have begun really taking advantage of the two main offensive
threats in Bernard and Rodgers and have truly opened up the game for both of
them to succeed. The play calling, which seemed vanilla and predictable early
in the season, has become creative and plays to the strengths of the offense.
Is the offense still a work in progress? Yes. But the pieces are starting fit
nicely together and the Civil War game is starting to look real interesting.
Could this be the year the streak ends?
SHE SAYS-GRADE: B+
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