Nearly a Beaver, Now a Sun Devil. Jahii Carson Returns to Gill

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Nearly a Beaver, Now a Sun Devil. Jahii Carson Returns to Gill

By Jordan Whitley, College Basketball Insider, @JordanWhitley

VIDEO: When Joe Burton steps onto the court this Thursday night, his friend Jahii Carson becomes foe.

Carson, the red shirt freshman guard who's re-energized the Sun Devils with his speed and electricity, came oh-so-close to being a Beaver prior to the 2011 season before de-committing to the progam.

"Yeah we still talk and text a lot," says Burton, but when he comes to Gill "I don't know him."

Jahii and Joe's relationship goes back to prep days, when they were team mates on the Compton Magic. "It's the best travel team in the country...Compton Magic is family for life."

For Coach Robinson, he doesn't plan to let the emotions of a losing someone in 2011 affect him Thursday night. "I coach the guys who are in this locker room, and we win or lose together."

It will be interesting to see if emotions get to Carson, who's admitted that he "committed too early." The emotions, if any, are over a year in the making, as he had to sit out last season due to academic ineligibility. To boot, this is his first time back at Gill since a high school visit.

Mind games aside, Carson comes in as the number one weapon the Beavers must contain, averaging 16.7 point per game and leading the Pac-12 in minutes.

What to the Beavers have to do to stop him?

"Keep him from scoring," Joe says, and a telling grin spreads slowly across his face.

Check back tomorrow for a full scouting report from Coach Robinson and players.

Beavers go old school in Civil War to beat the Ducks

Beavers go old school in Civil War to beat the Ducks

There were glory days in Corvallis so long ago, when the "Great Pumpkin," Dee Andros, was coaching Oregon State's football "Giant Killers."

Andros ran what they called a "full-house backfield" -- a throwback to the old basic T-formation, and he handed the ball to his fullback, time after time. Legends like Bill Enyart, Pete Pifer and Dave Schilling carried the ball as often as 50 times in a game as the physical Beavers pounded teams into submission.

But those hard-nosed fullbacks need to move over and make room for one more -- current Beaver Ryan Nall.

Nall, the sophomore out of Central Catholic, battered the Ducks for 155 yards and four touchdowns as the Beavers rushed for 310 yards.

Oregon State Coach Gary Andersen has made toughness a cornerstone of his program and in just his second season at OSU he saw evidence that it's paying off. The Beavers dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring the Ducks 13-0 to overcome a 10-point deficit.

And on the other side of the field, Oregon, a three-point favorite, saw its eight-game Civil War win streak come to an end on a day when it appeared it had the edge. When the Ducks jumped to a 24-14 lead in the third quarter it seemed they were on the way to a big win.

But they couldn't put the determined Beavers away.

Will that be it for Oregon Coach Mark Helfrich? I wouldn't be surprised, either way. This game exposed Oregon's soft defense and inconsistent offense, problems that have plagued the Ducks all season. With the game on the line, the underdog Beavers manhandled Oregon.

There will be plenty of time to talk about that. Right now, it's only fair to salute the Beavers for claiming a milestone win for Andersen in his effort to turn the program around.

Andros would be so proud.

Gary Andersen is a small town guy preaching, practicing and producing toughness

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Gary Andersen is a small town guy preaching, practicing and producing toughness

The 120th Civil War is upon us! And while this year hasn't shaped out in the way either team had hoped at the beginning of the season, this year's contest in Corvallis is still very intruiging. Gary Andersen, who is completing his second season as captain of the ship at Oregon State, sat down with Dwight Jaynes to discuss his vision for Beaver football and why he likes Corvallis so much. Plus, Dwight sahres his top Civil War memories.  

Beavers turn full attention to the Civil War

Beavers turn full attention to the Civil War

The Beavers played perhaps their best game of the Gary Andersen era last Saturday, dismantling the Arizona Wildcats 42-17. Now, with just one game left on the schedule it's time to see if Andersen and his young Beavers can bring home the one win they have wanted all season long; a win the Civil War. Can the Beavers pull the upset and end what is currently an eight game losing streak to the Oregon Ducks? We will find out on Saturday. Until then, hear what Coach Andersen had to say in his weekly press conference as he gets his team prepared for kickoff. #GoBeavs 

Beavers roll to dominant win in final tune-up before Civil War

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Beavers roll to dominant win in final tune-up before Civil War

Led by former third-string quarterback Marcus McMaryion, the Beavers dominated the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday. McMaryion looked anything but a former a backup to the backup, torching the Wildcats defense for 265 yards passing and a career high five touchdown passes.

McMaryion wasn’t the only Beavers player to have himself a game. Running back Ryan Nall had another stellar game, rushing for 124 yards a score. While Jordan Villamin stepped up and had his best game of the season hauling in six catches for 124 yards and a touchdown.

The Beavers set the tone right from the opening whistle, scoring with a big play on the team’s opening drive: a 53-yard touchdown pass to Villamin. The score was Villamin’s first touchdown of the year, and his longest reception of the season as well. Before you could blink the Beavers scored again, ending the first quarter with a 14-0 lead.

Arizona put a few scoring drives together, but it just wasn’t powerful enough to break through the Beavers defense in the long run. Meanwhile, the Beavers just added scoring drive upon scoring drive, en route to a statement win just a week before the Civil War.

Final Score: Oregon State 42 – Arizona 17

Standout Beavers: Marcus McMaryion had by far the best game of his career, and perhaps the best game for an Oregon State quarterback since Sean Mannion was on Campus. McMaryion missed on just three pass attempts, made plays with his feet, and was sacked just one time. Even that one sack felt like a lucky play, as he just barely got tripped up as he stepped into the pocket. All in all, the five-touchdown performance was a sight for sore eyes for Beavers fans, as quarterback play as been so-so this season. With his performance since taking over for the injured Darell Garretson and Conor Blount, one has to wonder where he sits on the depth chart at the start of next season.

Key Sequence: The Beavers came out and jumped to a quick 14-0 lead, scoring on their first two possessions of the game. OSU made a statement that they came to play, and with the way the defense was stuffing the Wildcats early, it was clear that this game was Oregon States to lose. Jump on them early and you don't have to make a comeback late.

Next Up: The Beavers play host to in-state rivals the Oregon Ducks on Saturday, November 26. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM at Reser Stadium.

FINAL STATS:

Beavers:

Passing:

Marcus McMaryion – 16 for 19m 265 yards and five touchdowns

Rushing:

Ryan Nall: 23 attempts, 124 yards and a touchdown

Artavis Pierce: 15 attempts, 71 yards

Receiving:

Jordan Villamin: 6 catches, 124 yards and a touchdown

Timmy Hernandez: 2 catches, 34 yards and a touchdown

Ryan Nall: 2 catches, 15 yards and a touchdown

Wildcats:

Passing:

Anu Solomon  – 6 for 11, 82

Brandon Dawkins – 10 for 17, 106 yards, one touchdown and one interception

Rushing:  

Samajie Grant – 12 attempts, 35 yards and a touchdown

Brandon Dawkins: 15 attempts, 88 yards

Receiving:

Nate Phillips – 6 catches, 58 yards and a touchdown

Trey Griffey – 3 catches, 18 yards

Shun Brown - 2 catches, 57 yards

McMaryion’s three touchdowns put Beavers in control at half

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McMaryion’s three touchdowns put Beavers in control at half

On this night in Corvallis former third string quarterback Marcus McMaryion has looked anything but a backup to the backup. The young quarterback has led the Beavers on three impressive scoring drives, all ending with a touchdown pass from McMaryion.

The Beavers wasted little time out of the gate, scoring with a big play on the team’s opening drive.  After a 15-yard penalty for a chop block backed the Beavers up, McMaryion answered with a 53-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Villamin. The score was Villamin’s first touchdown of the season, and his longest reception of the season as well.

The Beavers were out to the early 7-0 lead, but it didn’t end there. Another big draw saw the Beavers find pay dirt again to extend their lead to 14-0 as the first quarter came to an end.

In the second quarter, Arizona finally started to move the ball, but with a 14 point lead all the momentum was in favor of the Beavers.  Arizona was able to score touchdown early in the quarter, and drill a FG late, but this first half has been all Oregon State.

Halftime Score: Oregon State 21 – Arizona 10

HALFTIME STATS:

Beavers:

Passing:

Marcus McMaryion – 9 for 10, 142 yards and three touchdowns

Rushing:

Ryan Nall: 11 attempts, 82 yards

Artavis Pierce: : 4 attempts, 26 yards

Receiving:

Jordan Villamin: 3 catches, 62 yards and a touchdown

Timmy Hernandez: 2 catches, 34 yards and a touchdown

Ryan Nall: 2 catches, 15 yards and a touchdown

Wildcats:

Passing:

Anu Solomon  – 6 for 11, 82

Brandon Dawkins -  4 for 6, 41 yards and a touchdown

Rushing:  

Samajie Grant – 8 attempts, 26 yards

Brandon Dawkins: 7 attempts, 28 yards

Receiving:

Nate Phillips – 4 catches, 44 yards and a touchdown

Trey Griffey – 3 catches, 18yards

Shun Brown -  2 catches, 57 yards

Oregon State favored to beat Arizona

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Oregon State favored to beat Arizona

The Beavers went down to Southern California with high hopes of an upset, but ended up dropping their fifth straight game with a 38-24 loss to UCLA. Now the Beavers turn their attention to the Arizona Wildcats, losers of seven straight, and winless in the Pac-12. Can the Beavers take advantage and grab a late season win? We will find out on Saturday. Until then, hear what Coach Andersen had to say in his weekly press conference as he gets his team prepared for kickoff.  #GoBeavs 

OSU wide receiver Seth Collins hospitalized

OSU wide receiver Seth Collins hospitalized

Oregon State wide receiver Seth Collins has been hospitalized and is being treated for an illness, according to multiple media reports and confirmed through OSU's official Twitter page. 

He is currently undergoing treatment at Good Samaritan Hospital, though for what exactly and his current condition, while speculated on social media, are unconfirmed. 

Collins has totaled 36 catches for 418 yards and one touchdown this season for the Beavers. along with 15 carries for 30 yards.

Oregon State head football coach Gary Andersen is scheduled to address the media Monday at 12:30pm at his weekly new conference.

Andersen, Beavers turn attention to UCLA

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Andersen, Beavers turn attention to UCLA

The Beavers went down Palo Alto with hight hopes, but ended up dropping their fourth straight game with a 21-15 loss to Stanford. Now the Beavers turn their attention to the UCLA Bruins, also losers of four straigth, with hope of grabbing another win as the season comes closer to the end. Can the Beavers pull the upset? We will find out on Saturday. Until then, hear what Coach Andersen had to say in his weekly press conference as he gets his team prepared for kickoff.  #GoBeavs 

Beavers turn attention to WSU

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Beavers turn attention to WSU

The Beavers went into Husky Stadium, fought hard, and ultimately fell to one of the best team's in the nation last weekend; a 41-17 loss at the hands of the Washington Huskies. Now the Beavers turn their attention to the Washington State Cougars, fresh off a 37-32 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils. Can the Beavers pull the upset? We will find out on Sunday. Until then, hear what Coach Andersen had to say in his weekly press conference as he gets his team prepared for kickoff. #GoBeavs