OSU overcomes loss of Quizz

TUCSON, Ariz. — Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers' night ended early when Arizona cornerback Devin Ross slammed into the 5-foot-7 freshman's left shoulder.

Rodgers sat on the bench with 3:18 left in the first quarter and never returned, forced to watch the rest of the 21st-ranked Beavers' wild, come-from-behind 19-17 victory over the Wildcats.

"I tried, but I couldn't (play)," said Rodgers, who rushed for 20 yards on four carries before suffering the sprained shoulder. "It got so weak I couldn't even move."

Rodgers said he will receive treatment this week and hopes to play Saturday against Oregon in the Civil War.

But against the Pac-10's third-ranked defense, OSU didn't need Rodgers — or starting quarterback Lyle Moevao for that matter — to inch closer to the Rose Bowl.

Rodgers' brother, James, carried the ball 10 times for 102 yards, eight off his career high, and scored on a 7-yard run. Ryan McCants finished with 52 yards in place of Jacquizz Rodgers, whose three-game streak of 100-yard rushing performances ended.

To fill in for Moevao, who's nursing a shoulder injury, Sean Canfield completed 20 of 32 passes for 224 yards with a touchdown. On the play of the game, he found Sammie Stroughter for a 47-yard pass to bring the Beavers to the Arizona 7 with 39 seconds left, setting up the winning 24-yard field goal.

"Everybody made big plays at crunch time," Jacquizz Rodgers said.

It was certainly crunch time for Canfield. He said he learned two hours before kickoff that he would start. During the week, he received more repetitions than Moevao, who played last week against Cal.

"I was ready for it," said Canfield, who, while wearing his helmet, directed the school band in a boisterous postgame celebration. He improved to 7-4 as a starter. "It doesn't matter. I don't prepare any different."

Coach Mike Riley said he knew Friday night that Moevao would be unavailable, but he might be able to play against Oregon.


'A FEELING': From injuries to untimely blunders, the Beavers overcame adversity all night. With OSU down 17-10, a wide-open James Rodgers dropped the ball running into the end zone with 5:24 left in the game.

"I just didn't look it all the way in, but my teammates picked me up," Rodgers said.

The Beavers scored anyway, on Canfield's 7-yard pass to Stroughter. But Justin Kahut missed the extra-point wide left.

"Wow, I was in disbelief," said Kahut, who had hit a career-best 47-yard field goal to end the first half. "I've been hitting my PATs in practice and games well, and my warmup here was unbelievable. I felt so good. That's why I just didn't understand. Why did that happen? I think I pulled my head up.

"I had a feeling something was going to happen."


NOT LOOKING: Kahut earned redemption at the end of the game, nailing the 24-yard field goal as time expired. He said he felt at "peace" as he prepared to kick at the north end zone again.

"There were lots of people out there praying for me," he said.

Riley joked that he refrained from watching.

"I thought it was going in for sure," Riley said.


QUICK HITS: The Beavers' six-game winning streak is the longest in Riley's eight seasons. "¦ OSU has won four consecutive games in Tucson. "¦ Arizona's 16-yard touchdown pass from Willie Tuitama to Rob Gronkowski to tie the game 10-10 with 16 seconds left in the third quarter was the Wildcats' first offensive score against OSU since the third quarter of the 2005 meeting, a 29-27 Arizona victory.

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