The Oregon State Beavers had an amazing comeback win against the Colorado Buffaloes last week thanks to some big contributions from their star players. The Beavers’ comeback win definitely opened up some eye across the Pac-12 as the team is proving that they are not a guaranteed easy victory for any team who plays them.
Running Back Jermar Jefferson
Beavers running back Jermar Jefferson played a big part in the comeback win against the Buffaloes last week. Coming into last week’s game with 899 yards rushing, Jefferson played another great game where he ran for 135 yards on 20 carries. One of the most important players for the Beavers, Jefferson is a player that head coach Jonathon Smith can always rely on. Jefferson has been a force for the Beavers so far this year, which is not good news for the injury depleted Trojan defense. As a result, Jefferson looks to run down a Trojans defense that gave up 283 yards on the ground last week.
Quarterback Jake Luton
Even though the Beavers have only won two games this season, quarterback Jake Luton has been putting up consistent numbers. Throwing for 682 yards and four touchdowns this year, Luton currently has a season passer rating of 148.2. A number that the Trojans will definitely have to be aware of. Without Luton’s leadership last week, the Beavers would not have had any chance of coming back against the Buffaloes. The experienced senior hopes that last week’s comeback win will be a big boost for the team, and maybe even be the turning point that leads the Beavers to a bowl berth.
Wide Receiver Isaiah Hodgins
The leading receiver for the Beavers sophomore Isaiah Hodgins, looks to continue his dominating season. After a freshman season where Hodgins caught 31 receptions for 275 yards, he already has 37 receptions for 532 yards with four more games to in the season. Hodgins had another great game last week, catching 11 receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns. If the Trojans have any chance of winning this game, they will have to do a better job of containing the opposing team’s number one receiver this week.
Kicker Jordan Choukair
Trojans fans know all too well about kicking problems. As for Beaver fans, not so much. Kicker Jordan Choukair so far this season has put up 49 points on 28 extra points and seven field goals. Nonetheless, Choukair is 0-3 on field goals over 40 yards this season, something that the Trojans will be aware of when playing third down defense on the Beavers side of the field. Because of Choukair’s consistency under 40 yards however, the Beavers will definitely be confident that they will get points if the offense gets inside Choukair’s field goal range.