By STEVEN VAUGHAN, 750 THE GAME
Oregon State showed some of their quick-strike ability last week in their 26-9 win over San Diego State. A screen pass to junior receiver Anthony Gould led to a 75 yard touchdown in the second half. Gould has been great all season long for the 3-0 Beavers. Expectations are sky high for the Beavers this year as they head into their game against Pac-12 rival Washington State, and some fans have expressed some concern over the offense after a solid but not dominant performance last week.
Gould joined the Bald Faced Truth with John Canzano and said he likes that the expectations have changed in Corvallis and he is running with it.
“It’s a good sign whenever people are back and forth that we have to improve and that we’re not 100% on go every week,” Gould said on 750 The Game. “People have those expectations. You kind of just take it on the chin. We all have stuff to clean up.”
Last season Oregon State got the best of Washington State 24-10 in Corvallis. It was a physically dominant game for the Beavers. Gould caught a touchdown in the game, but he knows that this year’s Cougars teams is much better.
“They definitely look like they made improvements. College football now days they’re bringing guys in and getting guys out of there. They definitely look like they’ve improved defensively. That’s a tougher challenge for us and that’s something we’ll be ready for.”
Oregon State hasn’t won in Pullman in 10 years. It is not an easy place for anybody to play. The Cougars already have a win over Wisconsin this year at home and Gould knows the home field advantage for Washington State is real — although the Beavers look to quiet the crowd.
“Those type of environments, you just get lifted,” Gould said. “They are all into the team. That’s really the best way to play college football. There’s nothing like going into a rivals stadium and hearing it quiet. That’s something we strive to do and that’s the goal we have.
It may be the best game on the Pac-12 schedule this week. Two undefeated teams in a hostile environment. There is also the storyline where the “Pac-2” is playing one another. The TV networks may not want these teams in the Power 5 conferences. But the networks NEED this game on national television this week.
Listen to the whole interview with Anthony Gould by clicking the podcast below. Catch the Bald Faced Truth with John Canzano weekdays 3-6 pm in Portland exclusively on 750 The Game.