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Week 5 Preview: Colorado Buffalos vs. Oregon State Beavers

Photo Credit: Randy L. Rasmussen | The Oregonian

The Oregon State Beavers faced what seemed to be an insurmountable fourth quarter deficit and came back to beat San Diego State 34-30, in the final minutes on Saturday in Week 4. This was the Beavers second nail-biter in a row and gives them a record of 3-1. They will host the Colorado Buffalos this Saturday, with hopes of an easier victory.

Despite the lack of a rushing attack, Beavers’ quarterback Sean Mannion continues to be impressive. He completed 38 of 55 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns last week. Mannion leads the nation in passing yardage and touchdown passes, is third in total offense and 12th in passing efficiency. Again, if the Beavers hadn’t lost to Eastern Washington, Mannion would be in the running for the Heisman Trophy. At this point, his only chance on winning it is if the Beavers win out their season. He should be able to keep putting up the same kind of numbers against the Buffalos.

Oregon State had 75 offensive plays, and only thirteen were rushing plays last week. The injury to running back Storm Woods has had an impact on their running game and the Beavers hope that he can return against the Buffalos. The Beavers must figure out how to get their running game going to have any success. Oregon State ranks 121st of 123 FBS teams in rushing at 55.0 yards per game.

The Beavers’ defense gave up 24 points, 12 first downs and 248 yards in the first half against San Diego State. However, in the second half, the Beavers limited the Aztecs to six points, six first downs and 77 yards. The Beavers need to tighten up their rushing defense and should have no trouble doing that against Colorado.

This is the point of the season where everything needs to come together for the Beavers. Their schedule is only going to get tougher as the season goes along.

Note: Oregon State officials confirmed Monday afternoon that long snapper Michael Morovick has torn his ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2013 season.

Photo Credit: Randy L. Rasmussen | The Oregonian

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Norm Hightower

Norm Hightower is a sports enthusiast and avid outdoorsman residing in the State of Oregon. He has a wealth of sports knowledge and experience when it comes to football, baseball, basketball and outdoor sports. He is a staff writer for Ramstalk.net and he also contributes to Yahoo! Voices.