Corvallis, OR. -- You can tell a lot about a team by how it performs after a bye. Bye weeks are a great opportunity to look back on the film and learn from the mistakes. That is something this Oregon State football team took full advantage of this week leading up to Saturday’s road game against the Arizona Wildcats.
In their 21-17 victory over the Cal Golden Bears, the Beavers tallied 13 penalties for 101 yards. That’s something the OSU coaching staff wants to clean up before this Saturday in the desert.
"By taking a step back and focusing on those details that are very important but get overlooked sometimes, you kind of lose track of how important they are,” said wide receiver Champ Flemings.
"I feel like on a number of our drives that we've been stopped it's been because of ourselves. It's a lot of pre-snap penalties or false starts or aligning wrong,” said offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren. “At this level in the Pac-12 it's very hard to recover from that."
The NCAA announced Tuesday that its Board of Governors has unanimously voted to allow student-athletes to profit off their own image and likeness. The process has begun to allow players to profit from their performances on the field, aside from college tuition and living expenses.
The NCAA says it hopes to adopt the new rules “no later than 2021.” Under the new ruling, schools still would not be allowed to pay athletes directly. However, that didn’t stop wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins from weighing in on the decision.
"That's huge for the NCAA and colleges,” said Hodgins. “I think California started that trend to push that out there and whatever the NCAA chooses to do, we have to just live with it. As players we can't speak too much on it. We can't just go out there and complain about it or anything. We just have to play our game. You know I'm thankful for what we got here and the great coaches and great environment. With all the gear, food, supplies that we get, whatever goes up, we just have to live with."
OSU looks to get its fourth win of the season and take one step closer to becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2013. The Beavers play the Arizona Wildcats Saturday at 1:30 p.m.