By TOM LEA
CORVALLIS, Ore. — The plan was to catch Oregon State off guard, but it’s hard to catch even an unsuspecting team off guard when there’s confusion amongst those trying to pull the move off.
That’s exactly what happened when offensive coordinator Matt Canada dialed up a quarterback sneak on fourth and one early in the fourth quarter trailing 10-0.
Following a 10-yard pass to Jacob Pedersen on third and 11, O’Brien and the rest of the offensive line rushed to the line of scrimmage with hopes of snapping the ball and picking up the long yard.
Instead, there seemed to be some confusion up front and O’Brien was stuffed for no gain, turning the ball over on downs.
“That’s something (a play) that’s got to happen at the line of scrimmage,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “I think our guys were a little thrown off. You could see it was clearly short. I know they were looking.
“We kind of missed the surprise element there.”
Oregon State took more than three minutes off the dwindling fourth quarter clock following that Wisconsin turnover on downs.
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