CORVALLIS, Ore. - A week ago, Rashaad Reynolds gathered his Oregon State teammates after a demoralizing loss to Eastern Washington, and the senior cornerback implored the Beavers not to let that game define their season.
Today at Reser Stadium, Oregon State (0-1) will face its first test since that chat, with a game against the University of Hawaii (0-1).
"I just made sure that I just told the team that we can go two ways with this," said Reynolds, who was a member of the 2011 team that opened with a home loss to Sacramento State and went
‘They’ll probably be raring to go. But we don’t worry about that. Our team takes care of its own business.’
– UH coach Norm Chow
on to finish 3-9. "I mean, obviously, it's a tough loss. We have been there before but at the end of the day we can either learn from it and be the team we know we can be, or we can just lay down - and that's not something we want to do."
The Rainbow Warriors pose a new challenge. In a loss to Southern California on Aug. 29 at Aloha Stadium, UH had nine tackles for loss and forced two turnovers.
"There's no question that we played well defensively," said Rainbow Warriors coach Norm Chow. "We really put our focus on winning the line of scrimmage and I think we did a good job with that."
Becker 35, Fitchburg St. 33
Boston College 24, Wake Forest 10
Merrimack 42, Wagner 41
Mount Ida 21, Mass.-Dartmouth 20
Nichols 28, Westfield St. 27, OT
Stevenson 19, N.C. Wesleyan 9
Ursinus 28, College of N.J. 20
WPI 48, Curry 28
C. Florida 38, FIa. International 0
Wesley 33, Widener 21
Pacific (Ore.) 20, Adrian 10
St. John's (Minn.) 17, Curry 14
Upper Iowa 47, Minn.-Crookston 0
Oregon State was ranked No. 25 going into this season, but the 49-46 loss to the Eagles dropped the Beavers out of the poll.
"I think that you could say that there are similarities (to the loss to Sacramento State), because you want to start the season off right in any opening game, but I think that Eastern Washington just played a great game," said Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion. "We knew that they were a good team and I think that our offense left a few plays on the field."
Chow told reporters this week that he's not concerned with the Beavers taking out their frustration on the Rainbow Warriors.
"As always, it's not about them, it's about us," he was quoted as saying. "That loss probably irritated the heck out of them. They'll probably be raring to go. But we don't worry about that. Our team takes care of its own business. I've been up there many, many times. Corvallis is a tough place to play, but we don't care what the venue is."