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Beaver defense hoping to slow UCLA's offense

The Oregon State Beavers' defense is hoping to force UCLA into a more tamed offensive output like the Bruins had against Arizona rather than the explosive plays they had against Washington State.

Posted: Oct 2, 2019 6:32 PM

Corvallis, OR. -- The Oregon State Beavers. football team will hit the road for the first time this weekend in Pac-12 play. The Beavs travel to Los Angeles to take on the UCLA Bruins in the historic Rose Bowl stadium.

The Bruins are in their second year of the Chip Kelly era in Westwood, and the production still hasn't been up to par with his best years in college football. Coming in to this week, Kelly's Bruins are averaging about 378.4 yards per game. However, the team has shown sparks at times to be explosive. Two weeks ago against the Washington State Cougars, the Bruins totaled 657 yards of offense, for 67 points in an upset in Pullman. 

"We got to make plays, you know that's ultimately what it is," said defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar. "It's when you get guys in position and have the opportunity to make the plays, Arizona was able to make a lot of the plays and keep them from converting on third down and get them off the field. And that, maybe Washington State struggled and Washington State also obviously gave up a bunch of explosive plays."

Last week, against the Arizona Wildcats, the Bruins were held to 445 yards, in a 20-17 loss. Although the Bruins only had one turnover in the game, the Beavs know they play a big role in beating Chip Kelly coached teams.

"I feel like we just, you know they got multiple turnovers that game," said outside linebacker Hamilcar Rashed Jr. "I feel like that was just the difference maker in that game. You know defense gave them a little you know energy and stuff like that. I feel like being able to tame that, it should be easy you know we just got to go out there and get it."

The Beavers kick-off against the Bruins October 5th, in the Rose Bowl at 6 p.m. The game is set to air on the Pac-12 network.

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