Corvallis, Ore. -- Oregon State football has their starting quarterback for their week two game against Hawaii. But don't expect head coach Jonathan Smith to tell you until the offense trots out for their first series against the Warriors. In a bit of gamesmanship from the Beaver head coach, Smith says he won't announce his starter until Saturday night. The move forces Hawaii to have to continue to gameplan for the possibility of either Sam Noyer or Chance Nolan at quarterback. Both players played significant snaps in Oregon State's 30-21 week loss to Purdue in West Lafayette.
Noyer finished 10/21 for 94 yards and 1 interception while Nolan threw for 10/16 and 157 yards. Neither threw a passing touchdown in the loss. And while whoever Oregon State trots out will be vital to the success of the offense, Smith wants to see his running game and offensive line set the tone early at Reser.
"You have conversations on the amount of possession and the value of truly keeping the ball," he said. "Coming off a disappointment last week. I mean I will say, we talk to our guys a lot. College football is a long game. The way we want to or not, you gotta play four quarters."
"We want to [establish the run]. We wanna be better than we were. But ultimately if we get similar pictures of loaded boxes, we're gotta be able to throw it. At the end of the day we're trying to score. And so we need to score more than we did, first thing. And if we run it well, we will score."
While Smith appeared excited at the prospect of a better look at his team after sloppy execution cost them at certain moments in week one, he is just as ready for the return of fans to Reser Stadium. It will be the Beavers first home game with fans since the 2019 season. Oregon State will be requiring proof of vaccination for fans to attend the game or a negative PCR test leading up to game night. How that may impact attendance on Saturday night -- the game is a late kickoff at 8 pm -- Smith is just ready to hear a crowd that is hostile towards a team other than his own for the first time in almost two years.
"It's been a long time coming getting Beaver nation back in Reser Stadium. It makes a difference when you get your home crowd going. The noise, the energy, it's third down and the chainsaw's going. That's what college football is all about."