Oregon State clobbers Bobcats

Oregon State clobbers Bobcats in their first away game on Saturday Sept. 17. 

Bobcat Football’s undefeated start came crashing down on Saturday as the Oregon State Beaversclobbered the cats in Portland. 

Saturday’s game began as a back-and forth offensive shootout, with the Beavers taking an early 7-0 lead and the Bobcats evening the score on their first drive of the game. The Beavers scored on their next drive to restore their seven point lead and never looked back. An interception on the Cats’ next drive would result in advantageous field position and another score from the Beavers. A 98-yard touchdown return on the ensuing kickoff by MSU’s Marqui Johnson helped keep the Cats in the game, but OSU’s offense simply refused to be stopped.

By halftime, the Beavers led 34-14, and they put up another 34 points in the second half. The Bobcat offense failed to find its rhythm, scoring just twice in the second half and ending the night with a 68-28 loss. 

“We wanted to come in here and compete and we didn’t do that,” head coach Brent Vigen said.

Saturday night’s loss was the first time Bobcat fans have seen sophomore quarterback Tommy Mellott struggle since he took over the starting job last postseason. Mellott completed only nine passes for 101 yards and threw three interceptions over the course of the game. He was still a threat when rushing the ball, picking up 135 yards on 13 carries, but the passing game was virtually nonexistent for the Bobcats in Portland. Mellott took responsibility for the lackluster passing performance, attributing the three interceptions to “A lot of mistakes on [his] part.”

The Cats retained their standing as the 4th best FCS team in the nation despite the lopsided loss, a decision that can mostly be attributed to Oregon State’s prowess as one of the stronger FBS teams this season. 

“They were and are going to be a team to be reckoned with this season,” Vigen said of the Beavers. 

The Cats are now 2-1 entering their Big Sky Conference schedule and will need to prove their status as the top dog in the conference as Montana, Sacramento State and Weber State are all off to undefeated starts.

The Cats remain on the road this weekend as they take on Eastern Washington in Cheney. The Eagles are coming off a 70-14 loss to the Oregon Ducks and are surely looking to bounce back and put themselves back in contention for a conference title. 

“We gotta expect them to be very prepared with the extra week and we expect - obviously - their best shot,” Vigen said of saturday's game. 

With their strongest opponent of the season behind them, the Cats are set to get back on track as they enter conference play. Saturday’s game will kick off at 2p.m. on the infamous red turf of Roos Field.

 

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