Assistant coach Todd McNair said he’s had no problem with the performance of starting tailback Chauncey Washington this season. Washington averages 4.4 yards per carry but McNair said its a deceiving statistic.
“If you take out short-yard and goal-line runs, its about 5.6 yards, McNair said. “Im happy with the way hes running.
Remember when Pete Carroll challenged a reception with the outcome already decided against Notre Dame?
Carroll got a lot of stick from the crowd but we heard tonight the Pacific-10 Conference said Carroll’s challenge was actually correct. The Big East crew in charge of replays watched the first two angles of the play, which were inconclusive.
By the time the replay crew saw a third angle, they decided the game was over anyways and did not inform the officials on the field of the reversal.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez said the past three games were invaluable, especially playing at Oregon despite the loss.
“It was the funnest time of my life, Sanchez said. “It blows my mind how much your outlook changes when you get to play. Next year I wont be so emotional like I was against Arizona.
John David Booty took all the first-team reps and even survived a blow to his right hand.
“Some one came in and batted (the ball out),” Booty said. “I was kind of glad I did get hit, to see it was OK.”
Here’s Oregon State coach Mike Riley on the status of tailback Yvenson Bernard.
“Well, we certainly like to have him. We got some good news as far as the MRI. Hes got a sprained shoulder. Its not dislocated, so its really going to be a day-to-day thing. Its pretty darn sore, Ill tell you that. Im sure he will want to play. If we come to the point where he wont reinjure it or where we are putting him at risk, then we will see about Thursday. Right now, I would say its just day-to-day and the news is pretty good from the reports that we go.
Linebacker Kaluka Maiava is wearing a hard cast on his arm after suffering a possible broken wrist against Oregon. Maiava said X-rays were inconclusive and he will undergo another set next week.
But he will play against Oregon State with the cast.