Utah football: Five questions with an Oregon State insider

Published: Thursday, Sept. 12 2013 11:04 a.m. MDT

1. What went wrong in the unexpected loss to Eastern Washington? What were the main issues involved in the loss, and how well did the Beavers address those issues the following week against Hawaii? Next » 1 of 5 « Prev
Bolton: The Beaver defense played as if they hadn't been on a football field months. The secondary in particular got trounced, and this was the most shocking as three of the four DBs were legit first-team, all-conference candidates based on what they did on Saturdays in 2012. Our theory is that with OSU scrapping plans for any fall camp scrimmages, and because OSU under Mike Riley doesn't do live scrimmaging periods in other fall camp practices, the players were not ready to play tackle-to-the-ground football.

It's important to also note that Eastern Washington is a very good football team, and nearly knocked off two Pac-12 opponents in the previous two years. Oregon State has not historically done well against a good running QB and that held true again against Eastern and oh, what's this? Utah has a good running QB, too.

Oregon State addressed some of the EWU issues, and some of the play, and injuries incurred in that game, still leads to concerns, which we'll get into in a moment.
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