It was a rough night in Corvallis as the Beavers had an opportunity to put a little pressure on the north division leading Ducks with a win over Washington.
Here are three quick takeaways from the game:
1. The secondary has improved
The Beaver defense played well tonight. Specifically, Oregon State had solid coverage downfield in the secondary and protected well against the deep ball. Looking back at previous games, you couldn't say this was the case. Jaydon Grant had a pick six in the third quarter to make it 13-7 which gave the Beavs some hope in the second half.
2. What happened to the offense?
While the defense was the bright spot, the offense was a big problem tonight. This is seemingly the exact opposite problem the Beavs had in the first part of the season. Luton was constantly pressured all night long as the offensive line was unable to protect him. Luton also made several bad throws including an interception. The Beavers starting offense was shut out at home for the second time this season (first was against Utah).
3. Beavs need Hodgins to be more involved
Hodgins finished with just 4 catches for 33 yards and that is simply not good enough. He needs more targets and the OSU offense is going to have to find creative ways to get him the ball downfield. There were far too many short passes that resulted in little or no gain. Hodgins is the Beavers big-play WR and he needs to be utilized as such.
Up Next: The Beavers will travel to Arizona State next Saturday.
Instant Analysis: Oregon State offense sputters, Beavs lose to UW originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest