Oregon State aiming to limit Washington State passing attack

The Beavers will have their hands full trying to prevent the highest scoring offense in the Pac-12 from scoring touchdowns.

Posted: Nov 20, 2019 5:24 PM
Updated: Nov 20, 2019 5:36 PM

Corvallis, OR. -- With two games remaining on Oregon State's football schedule, the Beavers need one win to become bowl eligibe for the first time since 2013.

The first game out of the two is on the road against the Washington State Cougars. The Beavs are undefeated (3-0) on the road against Pac-12 teams so far this year. 

The closest team OSU has faced this year with a similar passing attack would be their week one match-up against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Beavers lost that game 52-36.

But the biggest key to the defeating the Cougars, is to of course keep them out of the end zone. Washington State averages about 39 points per game this season, the top in the Pac-12. 

"They're an explosive offense," said defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar. "You know they put up a bunch of points, there's a reason they're the number one scoring offense in our conference. They're the number one offense in our conference, they're a top six offense in the country."

Tibesar said it will take the perfect combination of pass rush and coverage down field to limit the Cougars through the air. But a sentiment echoed from his players as well as him still rings true. Each player on the defense will have to do their job to limit Washington State's air raid offense.

He said, "And so we've got to do just a great job of trying to minimize the big plays, make them earn it and try to get some take aways. And that's going to be the big, I guess neutralizer of their offense. They can drive all the way down the field and like ASU if we get a turnover at the one yard line, it's still a good series for us."

The Beavers will take on Washington State on Saturday, November 23rd, at 6:00 p.m. in Martin Stadium. The game is set to air on Pac-12.

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