Woods: "I’m really proud of my guys.”
Well, that’s one way to start a season. Most fans came to Reser Stadium expecting a blowout. What they got was a sloppy football game. Portland State was like the pesky mosquito that just wouldn’t go away, while Oregon State failed at every chance to swap them away for good.
If the Beavers had a theme song, it would have been “Yellow” by Coldplay. Why? Because they saw a whole lot of yellow on the field. In all, OSU totaled 13 penalties, racking up 119 yards. Compare that to the Vikings three for 30 yards, and it’s no wonder PSU stayed close.
But will all the head scratchers this game produced, there is one thing Beavers fans should be excited about: The performance of Storm Woods.
Woods ran for 126 yards on 16 carries, including a 50-yard burst early in the first half. It was only the fourth time in his career that Woods has eclipsed the century mark, and was the most he has ran for since his 161 yard day against Arizona his freshman year. Take away that 50 yarder, and Woods still would have had 76 yards on 15 carries, good for just over five yards per touch.
For a guy who only rushed for 477 yards last season, today’s performance was a welcome sight. For Woods, rising to the occasion and turning heads is nothing special, it simply comes with the territory of being a Beaver, said Woods, “I’m glad to be with this team, because this team rises to the occasion every time.”
Woods my have rose to the occasion but he knows he didn’t do it all on his own. The offensive line, one of OSU’S biggest questions marks entering the season, is where Woods gave all the credit. “I can’t really put in to words how proud I am of my guys…From January all the way to July, those guys were doing two-a-days. Those guys just work so hard…I feel like, you know, I’m getting all the credit for all the yardage and all of this, but it was the offensive line.”
The line opened holes and helped push the running game forward. Some work still needs to be done, as the line looked tired late, but Woods is happy with where they stand right now. “When they block that good, all I have to do is run. So I’m really proud of my guys.”
This was the first time in Woods career that he ran for 100+ yards in consecutive games (he ran for 107 against Boise State in the Hawaii bowl). For a team that needs to running game to get churning, it was a perfect start. A great spot to build off of moving forward.
Woods has never rushed for 1,000 yards in a season. After tonight’s game he only needs 874 yards to do break that barrier, and he still has at least 11 games to do it.