Andersen wants more from OSU offense
CORVALLIS — Gary Andersen struggled a bit not to focus on the negatives after Oregon State's 37-7 win over Idaho State on Saturday.
There were some problem areas that bothered Andersen.
The offense was not hitting on all cylinders, prompting Andersen to say the Beavers lack an identity on that side of the ball.
An initial look at the tape did not change his perspective.
"If you look at it in a nutshell, we have to finish drives on offense," Andersen said. "When it's all said and done, you have to score points on the offensive side of the football in this league."
The Beavers did have 418 total yards but the pass game was particularly out of sorts.
Quarterback Darell Garretson was 15 of 30 for 172 yards and one interception. He was sacked twice.
The Beavers ran the ball with more success overall, but most of the damage did not come from running backs.
Victor Bolden had 92 of OSU's 246 yards on one touchdown carry and Garretson rushed for 46 yards on eight carries, but Ryan Nall finished with 39 yards on 13 rushes.
The Beavers were four of 16 on third down conversions and committed too many penalties.
"You can't punt the ball eight or nine times a game and win in this league, you're going to lose," Andersen said. "I'm not pointing fingers at this or that or whatever. That's just the facts of where we are. We have to score points and we have to be better.
"To be able to score points you've got to be able to sustain drives, you've got to stay on the field, you have to do a good job on third downs."
On defense, Andersen said the Beavers need to tackle better and continue to get pressure on the quarterback.
They gave up a 75-yard touchdown run to start the second half.
"The perimeter run game is definitely an area we need to improve and Boise will test us mightily," Andersen said.
Andersen is also concerned about OSU's struggles with fielding punts cleanly.
"If that's not better we'll lose the football game because of our inability to catch punts," he said. "We've got to work on it and make sure that's a point of emphasis as we continue to move forward."
Cornerback Treston Decoud was picked as the Pac-12 defensive player of the week after his big game on Saturday.
Decoud had two interceptions on the day. The first one was his first of his OSU career. It came in the first quarter and he returned it 13 yards.
In the third he had a 75-yard pick 6. It was OSU's first interception return for a touchdown since Caleb Saulo's against San Jose State last season.
Decoud also had four tackles and broke up two passes for the Beavers.
Rutschman kicks off
The Beavers had a new kicker taking on the kickoff duties.
Garrett Owens did all the kicking at Minnesota, but Owens stuck to field goals and point after touchdowns against Idaho State.
Freshman Adley Rutschman handled the kickoffs for the Beavers. Rutschman showed off a big leg in camp and Andersen decided to put him to use.
After knocking his first kick out of bounds and drawing a flag, Rutschman settled in and finished with three touchbacks.
His main sport at OSU will be baseball, so it was a matter of the two coaches getting together, along with Rutschman and his family, to make the two sport scenario happen.
"I felt like it was time to get a young freshman kicker out there and give him a chance. I just felt like he could really handle the pressure. He's a catcher, he's not a good catcher, he's a great catcher from what I've heard," Andersen said.
"Adley can handle the pressure. The first one got a little bit away from him ... but he handled it well and he's an athletic kid, so it's good to have a young freshman in that spot and have him continue to develop."
Stepping in for Togiai
Noah Togiai and safety Landry Payne both suffered knee injuries during the Idaho State game and both are ruled out for Boise State.
Ricky Ortiz and Tuli Wily-Matagi both got playing time at H-back after Togiai's injury.
Andersen said Wily-Matagi handled the situation pretty well but needs to grow. Ortiz did get involved in the pass game with one catch for six yards.
"Ricky was good. We got Ricky in some very abnormal scenarios and situations," Andersen said. "He's doing all he can to get on the end of the line of scrimmage. Is that the best spot for Ricky to be snap after snap? No.
"But I will say this, I thought Ricky was very good when he was off the ball. When he was more of his fullback position, H-back position, the difference between fullback and H-back is about two yards to the left or to the right. He's good at that position when we need him and it's great to have him healthy."