PSU at Oregon
- Portland Tribune - Sports
When, where: 4 p.m. Saturday, Autzen Stadium
TV, radio: KRCW (32), KXL (750 AM), KTRO (93.1 FM)
• PSU coach Tim Walsh on the Ducks: 'They're one of the most athletic teams in the country, and they play extremely well at Autzen Stadium. It's as good a team as we'll ever play.'
• Defensive tackles Ra'Shon Harris and Jeremy Gibbs are expected to play Saturday for Oregon; their return will provide much needed depth.
Harris, a sophomore, has missed the first seven games with his torn triceps muscle. 'I won't have full strength, and it'll hurt on my (defensive) punch, my getaway and my hold,' he says. 'But it's all coming back.'
• UO defensive tackle Cole Linehan says he wants to return from his broken foot by the Civil War game. Coach Mike Bellotti says Linehan has to mend completely and be in shape.
Linehan, a junior from Banks, got injured at Arizona State on Sept. 30; it's a six-week injury process, but he would need to be cleared by a doctor and be in playing shape, and Bellotti doubts whether training in the swimming pool will transfer to the field.
'Next week I'll be able to put weight on it,' Linehan says. 'If it heals right, I'll be back. I want to play in a couple games before the season is over. It's important for me … to be active and productive for the team.'
• Linebacker Brent Haberly, who broke a bone in his hand against Oklahoma on Sept. 16, says he could be cleared to play by the USC game in two weeks. He would like to play against Washington next week. Haberly has talked with coaches about playing on special teams, 'but when I'm cleared, I'm going to come back and play defense, too. … It's a physical sport in the trenches, but I'm good at avoiding contact with linemen - the hand isn't an issue.'
• Other wounded Ducks are starting offensive linemen Geoff Schwartz (back) and Josh Tschirgi (ankle), defensive backs Terrell Ward and Jameel Dowling and linebacker Jerome Boyd. … Defensive end Victor Filipe (elbow) will redshirt, and cornerback Jackie Bates (leg) would be eligible for medical redshirt.
• The Vikings think they didn't play very well, at least in the first half, when they lost 42-16 at Cal on Sept. 16. All the points were scored in the first half.
'I'm not saying we could have changed that score or not, we just didn't play as well as we could have,' Walsh says. 'We're going to start Saturday with trying to execute and just be as sound as we can. If we're not sound, we're not going to have a very fun day down there.'
• How about the seven offensive linemen/two tight ends package -'buffalo' - used by the Ducks at Washington State to get out of deep territory in the first quarter? Bellotti wanted to avoid negative yardage plays. Oregon hadn't used that kind of package since his days as offensive coordinator. Maybe they should have stuck with it. A couple of plays after reverting to normal, Jonathan Stewart fumbled the ball away. 'It had taken six or seven minutes off the clock and we hadn't scored,' Bellotti says, defending the decision to return to normal sets.
- Jason Vondersmith