Corvallis, OR. -- Coming off of a bye week, the Oregon State Beavers look to slow down the Stanford Cardinal offense in their first Pac-12 match-up of the season. Last year on the road, the Beavs gave up 596 total yards of offense to the Cardinal in a 48-17 loss.
Stanford's 6'7 tight end Colby Parkinson had a coming out game the last time the two teams were on the field. He recorded 6 catches for 166 yards, and four touchdowns in the game. So far this year, he has 17 catches for 178 yards, but the Beavers know he could be a prime target come Saturday.
"Last year going into that game, nobody knew much about him, " said defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar. "He was kind of an afterthought. And against us he kind of had his coming out party and we're certainly aware of him. You watch the film on the game from last year, the numbers that he put up and the damage he was able to do was tough for us to overcome."
However, in order for Parkinson to have a good game, it will come down to the Cardinal quarterback K.J. Costello. Costello has been banged up this year, missing one game already this season. OSU says the true key to slowing down this offense is to disrupt what he is doing behind the offensive line.
"He's a player that you know you got to watch out for," said senior safety Jalen Moore. "You know you got to study his tendencies and stuff like that. Cause like I said stanford they're not going to do nothing really extravagant. They're going to run the simple offense and make sure you stop it. That's all it is, you know. But I feel like with him you know we just got to just keep doing our gameplan and stick to our gameplan, that's it."
Tibesar added, "We have to try to get to the quarterback and make sure that he feels a little uncomfortable in the pocket and then play good coverage and be close to their guys. Certainly they have enough weapons out there that if he does get comfortable and has plenty of time he's a veteran experienced quarterback with you know close to 20 something starts in our league and so he's going to know what to do with the football."
The Beavers kick-off against the Cardinal September 28, in Reser Stadium at 4 p.m. The game is set to air on the Pac-12 network.