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.
Marcus McMaryion – 16 for 19m 265 yards and five touchdowns
Ryan Nall: 23 attempts, 124 yards and a touchdown
Artavis Pierce: 15 attempts, 71 yards
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
Anu Solomon – 6 for 11, 82
Brandon Dawkins – 10 for 17, 106 yards, one touchdown and one interception
Samajie Grant – 12 attempts, 35 yards and a touchdown
Brandon Dawkins: 15 attempts, 88 yards
Nate Phillips – 6 catches, 58 yards and a touchdown
Trey Griffey – 3 catches, 18 yards
Shun Brown - 2 catches, 57 yards