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Rodgers brothers do it all in victory over Bruins

CORVALLIS ­— Given what the Rodgers brothers, James and Jacquizz, have accomplished in their season-and-a-half together at Oregon State, it's to imagine them finding more ways to make the Beavers' offense go.

James, a junior wide receiver, went into Saturday's Pac-10 football game against UCLA leading the conference in receiving yardage and all-purpose yardage. Jacquizz, a sophomore running back, was second in rushing yardage and all-purpose yardage.

But in the Beavers' 26-19 victory over the Bruins at Reser Stadium, the duo added some new wrinkles.

The most notable came from Jacquizz, whose passing efficiency rating is off the charts after he attempted the first pass of his career and completed it for a touchdown. James later scored the winning touchdown as the Beavers showed a variation of the "fly sweep" play that James has run effectively during his time at OSU.

"We've been getting more well-rounded performances from within our team," OSU head coach Mike Riley said. "But these guys, I hope, will always have plenty of opportunities to have the ball in their hands. I think it would be not very smart of us to not make sure they get the football. They can impact games, and our job is to make sure we give them the opportunity to do that."

Three weeks ago, OSU unveiled its "Wild Beaver" formation, in which Jacquizz takes a direct snap and runs the ball. Late in the second quarter against UCLA, leading 6-0 and facing second-and-two from the Bruin 14-yard line, OSU lined up in the formation. This time, Rodgers pulled up and found tight end Brady Camp all alone in the end zone for the touchdown.

"That play, we've been working on it for about three weeks now," Jacquizz said. "We've been practicing it all week, so coach made the call "¦ I could have just thrown the ball in the air and he could have caught it, he was that wide open."

When Camp heard the play call in the huddle, it didn't immediately register with him.

"It took me until I got to the line to process the play," Camp said. "Then I was like, 'Wait a second — is this for real?' It just opened up perfectly and he tossed it right to me. "¦ I was more excited for Quizz getting a touchdown pass than I was for myself.

"I can't believe that actually worked."

Laughed Riley: "That's why we call Brady Eeyore," referencing the eternally gloomy donkey in Winnie the Pooh stories. "Quizz said he was good up to 40 yards; he didn't need it all today, but that was fun."

James had 10 receptions for 106 yards, but his big moment came in the final minute on a carry, not a catch.

OSU has used Rodgers' speed on the "fly sweep," in which he goes in motion through the backfield, takes a handoff, then tries to beat defenders to the outside and turn upfield. Defenses have gotten used to seeing that, so the Beavers used a variation of the familiar theme to scoring the winning touchdown.

With Oregon State at the UCLA 17, Canfield faked a handoff to Jacquizz up the middle; James hadn't gone in motion, but swung through the backfield after the snap, took the ball from Canfield and raced around the right side and into the end zone.

"It was great blocking by Damola Adeniji," James said. "That's basically all it was; great blocking by the guys up front, selling the fake and everything."

Added Riley: "It was perfect timing because at that time, they were anticipating that we would run the ball toward the middle of the field and set it up in the best position for Justin (Kahut) to try that field goal, and their outside linebacker was blitzing in on Quizz as James was running in for the touchdown.

"It was a great call and perfect timing for what they thought we were going to do and what we needed to do."


DOUBLE BAGGING: Oregon State went into the game with just four quarterback sacks all season. The Beavers doubled that with four sacks against UCLA, three by junior defensive tackle Stephen Paea. In the fourth quarter, though, the Bruins stepped up their protection of freshman quarterback Kevin Prince and the result was nearly a come-from-behind victory.

"They just made plays," Riley said. "The quarterback threw the ball on time, the receivers made some plays — that's what happens."

Riley was asked if he has concerns about OSU's defense. A week ago, the Beavers were able to move the ball against No. 4 Southern California but couldn't stop the Trojans in the final quarter of a 42-36 loss.

"Putting it together is the key," Riley said. "When you have a good rush defense, people are going to try to throw more on you, especially if they're behind. We have to kind of balance out our defense where we can put it together and do both and get pressure at the appropriate times on third downs and get off the field."


SALUTING MOEVAO: When Canfield talked with reporters after the game, the black anti-glare strips under his eyes were inscribed with an "LM" in tribute to fellow OSU quarterback Lyle Moevao. Moevao is out for the season after suffering a foot injury in practice this past week. The senior's career is likely over, unless the NCAA were to award him an additional season of eligibility.

"It's very unfortunate," Canfield said. "His foot got in a weird position and got stepped on. You saw him on the sideline, and what he represents to this team and as a player and how he played. He means a lot to the whole team."


THREE WON'T DO: Kahut was 4-for-5 on field goals against UCLA, but the Beavers feel they've settled for three points rather than scoring a touchdown too many times this season.

"We don't want to kick unless it's an extra point," James Rodgers said. "Once we're in the red zone, we have to score points. Coach has been harping on that, too, about scoring (seven) points when we're in the red zone, and we didn't do that today."

For the season, the Beavers now have 27 touchdowns and 15 field goals.


HOMECOMING HIGH FIVE: Saturday was homecoming at Oregon State, and one of the alums in town for the game was Sammie Stroughter. The wide receiver and punt returner finished his Beaver career last season and he's now playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL. The Bucs have a bye this week.

During a timeout in the final minute of the second quarter, Stroughter took a few steps onto the field to exchange a high-five with James Rodgers. Moments later, Rodgers hauled in a 42-yard pass from Canfield to set up the field goal that gave OSU a 16-0 halftime lead.


AT LONG LAST: Oregon State's victory was the Beavers' first over UCLA in Corvallis since 1999. OSU had lost three in a row at home to the Bruins. Coupled with last seasons' 34-6 win in Los Angeles, it marks Oregon State's first back-to-back wins over the Bruins since 1999-2000.

Having ended that streak, the Beavers will now try to keep another one going next Saturday when they play at California. OSU has won on its last four trips to Berkeley.