Friday, November 26, 2021

ASU needs help but can still reach Pac-12 title game

(NWN) — Now that Oregon State has qualified to bowl, coach Jonathan Smith hopes the Beavers can play with more sacrifice.

“Whether it’s a relief to get six or whatever, I know we’re there now, and I hope these guys rip it off on Saturday,” he said.

The Beavers (6-4, 4-3 Pac-12) play their final home game of the season when they host Arizona State (7-3, 5-2) on Saturday. Oregon State hasn’t gone for the postseason since 2013.

The Sun Devils are also eligible and are in a tight race with Utah for the Pac-12 South title and a spot in the conference championship game.

But they will need help, and more. 24 for the Arizona state tiebreaker, the Sun Devils needed to lose both of their remaining games to the Utes—number 4 against Oregon and Colorado.

Arizona State, in turn, will need to win its final game, first against the Beavers and then against rival Arizona over the Thanksgiving weekend.

A tall order, for sure. But ASU coach Harm Edwards said his team has been resilient.

“I think if you just stick together, you go through valleys, and there are some peaks,” Edwards said. “That’s football. It happens at every level, at the professional level, at the college level. I think how you handle them is very important.”

With one win, Oregon State would go undefeated at home this season for the first time since 2000. The Beavers will visit the Ducks next Friday at the annual rivalry game.

stir belor

Oregon State’s BJ Baylor, who leads the Pac-12 with an average of 105 yards per game, has become the first player in the league to cross the 1,000-yard limit this season. He has run for 1,050 yards with 12 touchdowns.

He is the ninth player in Oregon State history to have rushed as many yards in a season.

“He’ll be the first to tell you he’s got some help around him — O-lines, tight ends and things,” Smith said. “I give him a lot of credit and respect for being patient since he got here, continuing to work hard. (He) didn’t see a bunch of cars, there were a few people in front of him. It’s not always easy , but he stays away and he is just taking advantage of it.”

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rushing rattle

Rachad White ran for 184 yards and two touchdowns last weekend in ASU’s win over Washington. White is second in the Pac-12 — behind Baylor — with 96.6 yards of play. He has 14 touchdowns.

“The more you see him carrying the ball, the more you look at him and go, ‘Whoa!’ Edwards said. “He was called back on a foul, it’s a shame. He’s actually carrying the crime on his back right now. ,

Quarterback Jayden Daniels ran for 56 yards and a touchdown for 286 yards as a team against the Huskies and Sun Devils.

Great Northwest

ASU, coming off a win in Washington, is back in the Pacific Northwest for a game against Oregon State. This is quite unusual: only six teams have made back-to-back trips to the region since the expansion of the conference.

It is also the fifth time since 2011 that the Sun Devils are playing Beaver in Corvallis. The teams have only met once in Tempe.

The state of Oregon and Arizona have been evenly matched for the better part of the last decade, going 8-8 in their last 16 games.

festival to remember

Oregon State will honor the 2001 Fiesta Bowl team in Saturday’s game by wearing duplicates of that team’s uniform. The team that defeated Notre Dame 41-9 is being inducted into the Oregon State Hall of Fame on Friday.

Dennis Erickson was the coach of the team and Smith was their quarterback.

“We’ve got the uniform for this,” Smith said. “It’s got to be a lot of fun. (I have) meaningful relationships with them, the memories of the victory, the time in the locker room, downtown Corvallis.

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