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Kerry says: Beavers will rebound

Saturday's game offers an opportunity for Oregon State to begin to wipe away the stench of the 49-46 loss to FCS power Eastern Washington in the season opener.

Hawaii would seem to be a good opponent for the Beavers to begin the turnaround. The Mountain West Conference Warriors, in the second year of the Norm Chow era, were 3-9 last season and lost 30-13 to Southern Cal in their opener last Thursday.

Chow, 67, is in his first head job after offensive coordinator stints with such as the NFL's Tennessee Titans, USC, espouses a pass-oriented, pro-style offense that this season features 6-5, 235-pound junior quarterback Taylor Graham, a transfer from Ohio State and son of ex-NFL quarterback Kent Graham. Graham, who beat out returning starter Sean Schroeder, completed only 16 of 41 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown with four interceptions in the loss to the Trojans.

Expect Graham, who surely had butterflies in his first start going against a talented SC defense, to perform better Saturday at Reser Stadium.

Expect, too, that Oregon State's defense will play much better than it did against Eastern Washington.

Defensive coordinator Mark Banker blames himself for giving too many schemes to his back seven against the Eagles. He'll pare down responsibilities and, in his words, "let players play" against the Warriors.

Hawaii managed 231 yards total offense against SC. Only 23 yards came on the ground, 19 of them on a reverse by receiver Bubba Poueu-Luna. The OSU defense will attempt to shut down the Warriors' rushing attack and make them one-dimensional.

Scott Crichton, OSU's all-Pac-12 D-end a year ago, was a non-factor against the Eagles. He'll be looking to wreak some havoc in the Hawaii backfield Saturday.

Banker will use his base defense -- with middle linebacker Joel Skotte in the 4-3 -- more than he did in the opener. Also expect to see JC transfer D-tackles Edwin Delva and Siale Hautau in the game much more often.

Oregon State will look to establish its ground game more against a Hawaii defense that will be much better than that of Eastern Washington. Other than that, the Beavers hope to replicate what they accomplished offensively against the Eagles, throwing to receivers Brandin Cooks and Richard Mullaney and tight ends Connor Hamlett and Caleb Smith.

The latest-line spread -- Oregon State by 27 points -- is absurd, especially after last week's performance. The Warriors will have their moments, but the Beavers will get the job done and take the first step back toward building momentum in what they intend to be a successful season.

THE PICK: Oregon State 34, Hawaii 17