What to look for as the Cougars prep to take on Oregon State in their Pac-12 opener next Saturday

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No. 21 WSU Cougars (2-0) vs. Oregon State (1-2)

When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 16, 2:30 p.m.at Martin Stadium

TV/Radio: Pac-12 Network

Latest line: WSU is a 16-point favorite

Coach: Gary Andersen, who is 7-20 at Oregon State, and 52-51 in nine seasons as a head coach, dating back to 2009, with stints at Utah State and Wisconsin.

Star Players

QB Jake Luton: Luton grew up in Marysville and led Marysville-Pilchuck High to the Wesco 3A league championship in his senior year. He originally signed with Idaho, but transferred to Ventura College after his redshirt sophomore year. He joined the Beavers in January and won the starting job in camp. Luton has been reliable for the Beavers this season, completing 61 percent of his passes for 674 yards, and has thrown four touchdowns and four interceptions.

RB Ryan Nall: Nall, a junior, was a 2016 All-Pac-12 honorable mention selection who finished his sophomore season with 951 rushing yards. He exploded for 131 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in the Beavers’ defeat to WSU last season, and is currently averaging 68.4 rush yards per game. He also has two rushing touchdowns.

S David Morris: Morris, a 6-foot-3, 197-pound freshman safety leads the Beavers’ defense with 25 tackles this season, and he had 17 in the loss to Minnesota last week. He’s one of five true freshmen who’ve played for OSU this season.


By the numbers:

0 – Number of sacks Oregon State’s defense has managed this year. Yikes.

46 – Number of points opponents are averaging this year against the Beavers