Canfield to start for Beavers; Moevao to play second

Oregon State has a starting quarterback for its opener against Utah on August 30. Who will finish the game remains to be seen.

The Beavers will start Sean Canfield, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, and he will will play the first quarter. But Lyle Moevao will play the second. Both will play the second half, with the order to be determined at halftime.

"I feel good about this decision," coach Mike Riley said after Oregon State practice on Wednesday. "There has not been enough separation" between the two QBs to determine a starter, he explained.

"This is the right thing to do."

Canfield, who backed up starter Matt Moore in 2006, threw for 335 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions last season. Moevao, a 5-foot-11 transfer from El Camino College in Torrance, Calif., redshirted last season but is considered the better runner of the two.

"I think right now, it's best for our team to take it from a game perspective and see how it plays out there," Canfield said, according to the Statesman Journal of Salem, Ore. "If a starter's not named this late in camp you've got to expect that."

Moevao told the newspaper he was not disappointed by the split decision.

"Not at all, especially where I came from," Moevao said, according to the Statesman Journal. "Where I was at the beginning of spring and where I'm at now, I've come a long way. I feel that this is an opportunity to play, and I appreciate it."

ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad contributed to this report.