Corvallis, OR. -- The celebration is over in Corvallis, as Oregon State football look to take on their biggest challenge since week one in Reser Stadium. The Beavers welcome in the Utah Utes Saturday evening for the third game of their Pac-12 slate.
The Beavs recorded their first conference win a week ago against the UCLA Bruins, where the defense shut out Chip Kelly's team for the entire first quarter. In the end, they gave up 492 total yards of offense and allowed the Bruins to score 31 points.
OSU's defense continues to disrupt what teams want to do in the backfield this season, tallying three sacks, and 7 tackles for a loss. The team held UCLA back-up quarterback Austin Burton to (27/41) passes for 236 yards through the air for one touchdown, and 64 yards on the ground for one touchdown. However, the Beavers know containing the quarterback will be key to another Beaver victory this weekend.
"You know it's definitely going to be a challenge, but we got to stick our heads up," said linebacker Hamilcar Rashed Jr. "You know that's part of the rush. You know rush and coverage got to go together. And I feel like we've got to be able to contain this man, cause he can run for sure. He's better than dude last week, so we just got to see what happens."
So far this season, Tyler Huntley has passed for 1,146 yards for 7 touchdowns, while rushing for 190 yards and three touchdowns. Huntley is averging about 4 yards per carry through the first five games of their season. But with the Utes coming off a bye week, Huntley and the offensive unit will have fresh longs on their visit to Corvallis.
"We just got to, you know when we have guys with zone eyes, we've got to do a great job with seeing the quarterback," said linebackers coach, Trent Bray. "And when he takes off being able to rally, we've got to do a good job in our rush lanes and making sure we don't give him those big escape lanes to get through. I think that's the big thing."
OSU's biggest fear is allowing him to run freely like Oklahoma State's quarterback, Spencer Sanders did in week one. The Beavers allowed Sanders to not only pass for 203 yards, but also hurt them on the ground by rushing for another 109 yards.
Oregon State kicks-off against the Utes October 12th, in the Reser Stadium at 5 p.m. The game is set to air on the Pac-12 network.