Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 | 2:23 a.m.
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Ryan Greene and Rob Miech break down UNLV's last-second 23-21 defeat at the hands of Oregon State, which was similar to several games the Rebels let slip from their grasp just a year ago. The guys look at what went wrong, and whether you can expect Mike Sanford's club to still have its edge next Saturday when Hawaii comes to town ... and beyond.
- UNLV-OSU box score
- Series of mistakes doom UNLV in 23-21 loss to Oregon State
- Instant analysis: Close game with Oregon State something to build on
- Notebook: Clayton’s knee injury not believed to be serious
- OSU quarterback stays calm, orchestrates winning drive
- NFL rookie Frank Summers back to support UNLV
- UNLV fan photos
- Opponent: Hawaii
- Date: Sept. 19, 8 p.m.
- Where: Sam Boyd Stadium
- TV: The Mtn., Cox ch. 334
- Radio: ESPN Radio 1100 AM
The Rodgers brothers insist that Jacquizz did not trail older sibling James from Texas to Oregon State.
“I was not following in his footsteps,” said Jacquizz, a sophomore tailback.
“I don’t think he followed me,” said James, a junior wide receiver. “I think he just came because of his situation. He made his own decision.”
However Jacquizz ended up playing college ball with James, foes are starting to wish they had traveled in different paths out of Richmond, Texas.
UNLV and coach Mike Sanford were the latest victims of the dynamic Rodgers duo after the Beavers left Sam Boyd Stadium with a 23-21 victory over the Rebels (1-1) late Saturday night.
Jacquizz ran 26 times for 166 yards and a touchdown, and he caught 10 passes from quarterback Sean Canfield for 65 yards, which included a key 13-yard dump-off late in the game.
James nabbed six passes for 48 yards and a touchdown.
The 5-foot-7, 190-pound bookends combined for 323 total yards, and OSU (2-0) improved to 7-0 when they score a touchdown in the same game.
“One of the things we had to do to win the game was to contain the Rodgers brothers,” Sanford said, “and the Rodgers brothers were a big factor in that game.”
Trailing 21-20 with 4 minutes, 15 seconds left, the Beavers chewed up all but nine seconds of the clock en route to Justin Kahut’s 33-yard game-winning field goal.
“We just don’t blink,” said James. “We know (opponents) will come out and play us tough. We tip our hats to them. They played hard.”
Neither James nor Jacquizz were as important to the drive as a third-and-26 play from the OSU 15, when a wounded duck of a throw from Canfield ended up costing the Rebels dearly.
UNLV sophomore defensive back Deante’ Purvis was flagged for pass interference, giving the Beavers a first down at the 30.
A minute later, Jacquizz hauled in Canfield’s dump-off pass and scampered 13 yards, to the UNLV 16, before getting tripped up by defensive back Quinton Pointer.
That set up Kahut’s heroics for Oregon State.
“I was on the other side of the field,” James said. “But I saw Sean make a great throw and Jacquizz make a nice run.”
The Rodgers brothers, who combined for 88 total yards in the first 30 minutes, did most of their damage in the second half.
“We made some changes at the half,” said Jacquizz (pronounced juh-quiz). “We ran a couple of stretch plays to open the defense up and we hit ’em big a couple of times.”
OSU zapped UNLV from the start of the second half, when Ben Jaekle’s kickoff bounced out of bounds to give the Beavers the ball at their 40.
Jacquizz zipped 45 yards, spinning away from junior defensive back Travis Dixon early on, on OSU’s first play from scrimmage.
When he gathered himself at the other end of the field, Dixon pointed to his number – acknowledging his mistake – to teammate Starr Fuimaono and shook his head as he entered UNLV’s huddle.
Jacquizz finished off the drive by squirting 2 yards through his right side for a touchdown to give OSU a 13-0 advantage.
On the second play of the Beavers’ next possession, Jacquizz rambled for a career-best 47 yards to the UNLV 28.
“The O-line did a great job pulling around and putting a body on someone, and I just found an open lane,” Jacquizz said of his two long runs.
“He was running pretty good,” James said. “He was getting great blocking downfield and great blocking by the guys up front, which led him to get around and make those yards.”
James ended that drive by catching a 4-yard touchdown pass from Canfield to make it 20-7.
“I beat the defense and (Canfield) threw a nice ball,” James said. “I was able to catch it and score.”
Both Rodgers brothers wear dreadlocks and are men of few smiles and words. They’re all business.
James had committed to Texas State, where he was going to be a Bobcat in San Marcos, Texas. But he switched gears just before his signing date after a Beavers coach had seen him in an all-star game.
James visited Corvallis and fell in love with the area, the people and the program.
“Just to see something different,” James said. “I’d been in Texas all my life.”
Jacquizz had offers from Arizona, Baylor, Houston, Illinois, Louisiana Tech and SMU, according to the recruiting service Rivals.com. But the only official visit he took was to Corvallis.
“I was going to the place that fit me the best and where I’d get a chance to play early,” said Jacquizz, who ran for 1,253 yards as a freshman and is ahead of a 5,000-yard career pace.
He could challenge former OSU running back Ken Simonton’s standing as the second-best runner, with 5,044 yards, in Pac-10 history. Ex-USC tailback Charles White is tops with 6,245.
That James also is a Beaver, the Rodgers brothers insist, is just a coincidence.
“He wanted to come here, and it wasn’t because of me,” James said. “I know he had other schools that he was looking at, but he chose us. And I’m happy that he did.”
Sanford is the latest opposing coach who doesn’t share that enthusiasm.
“But it’s not all about us,” said James Rodgers. “I look at it in the team perspective, like a lot of other guys. It’s not just about us. We just play for the team. We’re just trying to contribute in the best way we can.”