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Beavers staying positive in tough times

CORVALLIS -- Storm Barrs-Woods was asked about the upcoming Civil War game in the press conference following Oregon State's 52-7 loss to Washington in Reser Stadium on Saturday.

Barrs-Woods pointed out that it wasn't long ago that the Beavers were blown out by UW and then turned around and nearly upset Oregon the next week.

That was in 2013. The Beavers lost to the Huskies 69-27, then pushed the Ducks to the final moments in a 36-35 loss. The Beavers did bounce back against Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl.

It was another way for Barrs-Woods to stay up during a sinking season. He said he tries to flip every negative into a positive.

"When you get punched in the face with adversity, things don’t go your way, what do you do about it? A lot of people quit, a lot of people give up. That’s not this team," Barrs-Woods said. "Even though we don’t get the result we want. We’ve been saying it all year long, one loss doesn’t define us, a win doesn’t define us. We’re going to work. That’s what you have to do, win, lose or draw, is work."

There's a lot of work to be done, far more than can be completed in one week.

To say that the Beavers are struggling is an understatement.

Blowout losses have become the norm. Opponents are filling record books against OSU and Saturday was more of the same.

UW freshman quarterback Jake Browning blew out the efficiency charts by completing 18 of 20 passes for 211 yards and four touchdowns.

The Huskies built a 45-0 lead at the half, which led to most fans deciding to spend the rest of their afternoon elsewhere.

The defensive performance was particularly poor. Not only were the Beavers unable to come up with any sort of stand, but they seemed lost during many plays.

Coach Gary Andersen said he did not see signs of lack of effort. Barrs-Woods and Lavonte Barnett, who was also on hand for the post-game presser, both mentioned that the team is still fighting.

Yet there seems to be a disconnect on the defensive side of the ball, one that will no doubt be addressed in the offseason.

"(The Huskies) were successful in all three phases," Andersen said. "They were able to be physical on the inside run game, they were able to get the run to the edges and then they were able to throw the ball. So we were unable to stop them in any of those phases and we had some issues tackling."

It was a rough way for the seniors to finish their final home game.

As far as Barrs-Woods is concerned, there's a light at the end of this dark tunnel.

"To say I want to go out like this, that would be a lie," Barrs-Woods said. "I do not at all. But you have to deal with the hand you’re dealt and make the best of every situation. So while I’m still here I’m still going to mentor the young guys.

"I have a lot of respect for coach Andersen so I’m going to go out the right way and continue to help the young guys and build on from here on out because I know once this thing gets turned around, nobody’s going to want to play Oregon State and that’s a fact."