Offense Scores Two Touchdowns in Scrimmage
April 15, 2005
Corvallis, Ore. - Four Oregon State quarterbacks combined to complete 19 of 33 pass attempts for 280 yards and two touchdowns as the Beaver football team conducted its first controlled 53-play scrimmage of the spring session Friday afternoon at the Merritt-Truax Indoor Center.
Redshirt-freshmen quarterback Brian Hildebrand and receiver Nate Johns connected on the first touchdown on a 29-yard pass. Johns set up the second score when he and true-freshman quarterback Sean Canfield hooked up on Canfield's first pass of the scrimmage of 64 yards. Sophomore receiver Anthony Wheat-Brown scored the second touchdown in the back of the north end zone on a 1-yard pass from Canfield. Alexis Serna added a 44-yard field goal early in the scrimmage in a drive led by Gunderson and Moore.
The expected quarterback battle for the starting position continued Friday. Sophomore Ryan Gunderson led the Beaver offense for 13 plays, junior transfer Matt Moore conducted 20 plays, Hildebrand and Canfield each had 10.
'The quarterbacks did some good things today, but they received a lot of heat from our defense,' Beaver head coach Mike Riley said. 'Our defensive line, particularly, played with a lot of aggressiveness and had really good penetration.'
Johns was the leading receiver for the day with three receptions for 97 yards. Josh Hawkins, Joe Newton, Charles Burnley, Mike Hass, Dan Haines, Nick Bodeman and Olaniyi Sobomehin each made two catches.
The Beaver defense limited the rushing attack to 29 gross rushing yards, although the total would be much less as a net due to several 'touch' sacks.
'We have such good speed on defense, especially in our linebacking corps, that they make it tough on our offense,' Riley said. 'But, our offense is coming along. We are in no way where we need to be, but I like what I see at times.'
Oregon State continues spring practice Monday and concludes the session with its annual spring game April 30 at PGE Park in Portland.
Receiving (PC-Yds-TD)Mike Hass, 2-16-0; Anthony Wheat-Brown, 1-1-1; Marcel Love, 1-6-0; Dan Haines, 2-14-0; Nate Johns, 3-97-1; Josh Hawkins, 2-54-0; Charles Burnley, 2-27-0; Joe Newton, 2-30-0; Olaniyi Sobomehin, 2-11-0;
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