Beavers: Bring on Boise State.
CORVALLIS - With one State on the field and another State in mind, the Beavers anointed their renovated Reser Stadium in their football season opener just about as everyone expected.
They battered Portland State into submission 41-14 on a warm Saturday in front of a record crowd of 42,263 and now wait for the arrival next weekend of Boise State, which bludgeoned Oregon State 53-34 a year ago.
"I think we've got a little rivalry going with Boise," said Sabby Piscitelli, a junior and the only veteran in OSU's secondary.
Oregon State coach Mike Riley, fresh from watching the Beavers win their 19th straight nonconference game at Reser, agreed.
"Our defense has a lot of pride," he said. "They remember that score. I think our guys feel like they owe them one."
Even one of the newest of the Beavers, junior quarterback Matt Moore, took little time to hop onto the Boise State train.
After completing nearly 70 percent of his passes against the Vikings (26-of-38) for 367 yards - which ranks 12th on OSU's single-game passing list - and four touchdowns, Moore said the collisions with Boise State "apparently have turned into some sort of rivalry.
"I wasn't here last year, but I plan on being a part of it. I know guys are pretty upset about what happened last year."
In 2003, Oregon State handed Boise State its only loss of that season.
Unlike last year, when the Beavers landed in Boise after a monster near-miss at co-defending national champion Louisiana State, they will be 1-0 and the Broncos 0-1 next Saturday. Boise began this season by getting shelled 48-13 at Georgia.
Did the domination of Portland State, an NCAA Division I-AA outfit from the Big Sky Conference, tell the Beavers, and their nation, what they wanted to know?
"We didn't run the ball as well as we wanted," said Riley, staring at OSU's rushing numbers - 26 attempts for 77 yards, just seven yards more than the Beavers averaged last season.
And the Beavers did not stop the run all that well, allowing Portland State's Joe Rubin to log 113 yards on them.
"We learned a lot," said senior linebacker Trent Bray, who had a game-high 12 tackles. "They scored two quick touchdowns right after we had quick offensive possessions. It took us awhile to get into the game."
In all, PSU piled up 300 yards of offense, 13 fewer than OSU's defense averaged en route to becoming second-best in the Pac-10 Conference last season.
The Beavers, who now have outscored the Vikings 92-28 in two lopsided games, did not bury PSU. They just methodically pushed them aside.
Moore's fourth pass as the OSU quarterback was intercepted. Alexis Serna's field goal was the difference as the Beavers led 10-7 late into the second quarter.
"It bothered me, but I knew I was going to get a ton of chances to throw the ball," Moore said.
And throw to Mike Hass, the senior split end who is off and catching his way to a possible third straight 1,000-yard receiving season.
Five minutes into the third quarter, Moore and Hass connected on 21-yard scoring strike, capping a 95-yard drive. It gave Oregon State a 27-7 advantage.
"Mike had a big day again, as usual," said Moore, aware that Hass had nine receptions for 155 yards and the touchdown. It was his fifth straight game with 100 or more yards and the 11th of his career.
Yvenson Bernard, a sophomore tailback, was in on 23 plays for the Beavers, rushing 14 times for 56 yards and a touchdown and catching nine passes for 109 yards and a touchdown.
"When you schedule teams like these, I'm not saying they're a bad team, but it gives us confidence going in and throughout the season," Bernard said. "This was our first game with a new quarterback and a new running back."
Besides, he said, here comes Boise State. Do the Beavers owe Boise one?
"You'll see, you'll see," Bernard said.
W L W L PF PA
Arizona ... 0 0 0 1 24 27
Arizona St. ... 0 0 1 0 63 16
California ... 0 0 1 0 41 3
Oregon ... 0 0 1 0 38 24
Oregon St. ... 0 0 1 0 41 14
Stanford ... 0 0 0 0 0 0
UCLA ... 0 0 1 0 42 21
USC ... 0 0 1 0 63 17
Washington ... 0 0 0 1 17 20
WSU ... 0 0 1 0 38 26
Oregon State 41, Portland State 14
Air Force 20, Washington 17
California 41, Sacramento State 3
USC 63, Hawaii 17
UCLA 42, San Diego State 21
Washington State at Nevada
Montana at Oregon
California at Washington
Stanford at Navy
Boise State at Oregon State
Arizona State at LSU
Rice at UCLA
Northern Arizona at Arizona
O S U f o o t b a l l Brian Davies / The Register-Guard Tailback Yvenson Bernard leaps into the end zone on a 15-yard pass from OSU quarterback Matt Moore, who threw for four touchdowns. ALSO IN TODAY'S EDITION Bob Welch: A day in the renovated Reser Stadium / B1 Brian Davies / The Register-Guard Oregon State's Matt Moore had a solid debut as the Beavers' starter, throwing for 367 yards and four touchdowns during the victory over Portland State.
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|Title Annotation:||Sports; A methodical victory over Portland State is quickly forgotten as Oregon State sets its mind on revenge against the Broncos|
|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Sep 4, 2005|
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