Year 3 of the Andersen era at Oregon State in shambles

CORVALLIS – Oregon State senior wide receiver Jordan Villamin didn’t rush to the locker room after Saturday’s 42-7 loss to No. 6 Washington at Reser Stadium.

You couldn’t have blamed him though.

Based on what we've seen so far, the reeling Beavers (1-4, 0-2 Pac-12) will be hard pressed to win another game this season.

Most of the announced crowd of 37,821 headed for the exits late in the third quarter when Washington extended a 7-0 halftime lead to 28-7. But for fans who stuck around to the conclusion, Villamin made it worth their while by signing autographs and posing for pictures.

“I mean, I never got a chance to do this,” Villamin said.

Nothing wrong with giving back to fans who are with the Beavers during trying times.

But for those of you in Beaver Nation who have seen enough of this season’s team, there’s no need to apologize.

The Beavers have given you little reason to attend games at Reser Stadium, or catch them on the road for that matter.

Year 3 of the Gary Andersen era is in shambles.

The latest debacle came after OSU had two weeks of preparation following a bye week.

The Beavers' defense, led by senior linebacker Manase Hungalu, held its own in the first half, recording three sacks of quarterback Jake Browning, and OSU trailed just 7-0 at the break. But it was only a matter of time before the defense wilted with virtually no offense to provide a much-needed breather.

The Beavers’ anemic offense ran just one play on Washington’s side of the field through three quarters. Their first 11 drives netted eight punts, two fumbles and one kneel down to end the first half.

Oregon transfer Thomas Tyner scored on a 12-yard touchdown run with 3:23 remaining to avoid the shutout, but 184 total yards, albeit against one of the nation’s best defenses, isn’t good enough.

Could it get any worse?

Well, there’s always next Saturday’s game at USC, which figures to be in no mood to go through the motions against the Beavers following Friday’s 30-27 loss at Washington State.

Is OSU offensive coordinator Kevin McGiven not dialing up the right plays? Is it execution? A lack of talent? All of the above?

“It falls on me. I’m the head football coach,” said Andersen, repeating a familiar refrain. “Every bit of criticism or all those things should come right back at me.”

Fair enough. After all, Anderson is being paid millions of dollars to put a quality product on the field. It’s not happening.

The Beavers appeared to be turning the corner last season by winning their final two games, including the Civil War over Oregon, to finish 4-8 after a 2-10 mark with zero Pac-12 wins in Year 1 under Andersen in 2015.

But preseason optimism has given way to the reality that OSU is heading in the wrong direction. Andersen is under contract through the 2021 season, which would lead one to believe that his job is safe for now.

Andersen, who would reportedly make more than $3 million in the final year of his contract, is approaching the hot seat if he’s not already there.

The numbers are disconcerting.

While it’s true that former coach Mike Riley didn’t exactly leave the cupboard stocked with talent when he left for Nebraska after a 5-7 season in 2014, many of the players on the field Saturday were recruited by Andersen and his staff.

The Beavers are 7-22 overall under Andersen, 3-17 in the Pac-12, and 0-13 on the road. They have allowed 35-plus points in 18 of those 29 games. Four of the wins have come against Weber State, San Jose State, Idaho State and Portland State.

This season’s only victory was a 35-32 escape against lower-division opponent Portland State. OSU has been outscored 147-49 in the second half.

“It’s not like we’ve got guys easing up or anything,” said senior quarterback Darell Garretson, who made his first start of the season in place of injured Jake Luton (back). “We’re fighting to the very last second. That’s all we can do.”

ghorowitz@StatesmanJournal.com or Twitter.com/ghorowitz

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