Beavers best defense, could be a good offense

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Beavers will get their first road test of the season this Saturday at No. 19 UCLA.

Most of the focus this week has been on the Bruins' high powered offense. After all they are second in the nation averaging 622 yards a game, and they have the nation's leading rusher in Johnathan Franklin.

But for Oregon State, the best kind of defense, could be a good offense.

"Like in our last game, time of possession was important," says Mike Riley. "We kept the ball a long time against Wisconsin. I think we ended up with it close to ten minutes more than they did. That could be a big deal."

Against the Badgers, Oregon State dominated the time of possession, 35:35 to 24:25.

"In the Wisconsin game, we had a couple of long drives and a couple of short ones," says Sean Mannion. "(Against) a team with a good offense, it's not something we consciously think about, but it's important for us to extend drives."

The Beavers are also hoping for the running game to improve this week, as they only managed 78 rushing yards against the Badgers. And after a bye week, Storm Woods is feeling completely healthy.

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"We're looking for the running game to really get rolling this week," says Woods. "That way, they can't really just play the pass. So they have to worry about both, so we can be two dimensional."

Special teams could also play a big factor and for kick returner Malcolm Marble, this is an extra special game as he's one of the few Beavers from Pasadena. Growing up, he said he always dreamed of playing at the Rose Bowl.

KVAL Sports will be with the Beavers on the road all season long, with a first report this Friday evening.