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Oregon State co-offensive coordinator Kevin McGiven doesn't think the Beavers have a problem with their offensive identity.

McGiven said the Beavers simply have not been executing the way they should.

OSU was not able to run or pass successfully in the second half of a 48-14 loss to Minnesota.

"Personally, I think identity probably is an overused term. We're just not very productive," McGiven said. "The last two games there's been nine three-and-outs. Whether you call that an identity crisis or whether you call it unable to execute or I can't call things to put them in the right situation to be successful, whatever you want to call it, I don't think there's an identity issue at all. I think there's an execution issue. I think there's things we've got to coach better and we've got to do better all the way around."

Head coach Gary Andersen put the onus on his staff and himself to right the ship, beginning with Saturday's game at Washington State in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.

McGiven said they have been evaluating personnel and the schemes.

"We're going back and really dissecting that film, finding out where some of the things are disconnected," McGiven said. "I went series by series and I showed the team in the offensive meeting (Monday) where the breakdowns occurred on all the drives we weren't successful on and it can easily be remedied."

Protecting Luton

The Beavers had a few more breakdowns in pass protection against the Gophers than in the first two games.

OSU had given up one sack going into the game, but Minnesota was able to sack Jake Luton three times and hurried him four times.

"I wouldn't say we've been elated with it and say it's perfect by any stretch, but I had been pleased with it through the first two games and (Minnesota) was our best competition up front and I don't think we rose to that level," co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach T.J. Woods said.

"And, for the most part, it wasn't them beating us as much as us beating ourselves with technique issues and that's not the kids' fault, that's my fault. We've got to get better in that setting, we've got to work at those things more and get those bad habits out because they'll continue to get exposed now that that they're on tape."

The Beavers were beaten on the edge a few times and made some mistakes that proved costly.

"I think there's a concerted effort among the offensive coaches to make sure we get back to the basics and the fundamentals of pass protection," Woods said. "It's like everything with offensive line play. Everything is magnified. One bad thing just makes it seem like it's a lot worse than it is sometimes."

Collins probable

Receiver Seth Collins, who has missed the first three games of the season with a finger injury, has been upgraded to probable for WSU.

Collins was practicing on Tuesday while wearing a red no contact jersey.

He has not played since falling ill following the UCLA game last season.

Running back Thomas Tyner is listed as doubtful. Tyner was scratched from the Minnesota game due to a hamstring injury.

Corners out

Cornerbacks Xavier Crawford and Dwayne Williams are both out for the Washington State game, and Williams will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Crawford hurt his shoulder against Minnesota.

Kyle White and Jay Irvine will step in against the Cougars, who are known for their passing offense and are averaging 397 yards a game through the air.


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