Oregon State Beavers

Beavers end up on right side

Late score leads OSU past Cal 31-27
Staff Report

CORVALLIS - Oregon State will take a little momentum into the annual Civil War game with Oregon after getting its first win of the season Saturday.

Tristan Gebbia ran one yard for a touchdown with 4:30 left in the game, and the Beavers produced an interception inside the 10-yard-line with 1:05 left to preserve the win.

Jemar Jefferson ran for 196 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries for the Beavers. His total included runs of 67 and 75 yards.

Gebbia threw for 155 yards and a touchdown, but also had two interceptions.

Cal, which dropped to 0-2, finished with a 439-360 edge in total yards, and 38:06-21:54 edge in time of possession. The Bears ran 30 more plays that the Beavers.

Oregon State's win will help to return the focus on the season to Oregon after its 27-24 loss at Washington last week, which was marred by a pair of late officiating decisions that both went against the Beavers.



Oregonian women's hoop has national respect

Oregon, OSU, even Portland are expected to perform well
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

As another season of college basketball approaches, women's teams from across Oregon have turned into psuedo powerhouses - now including the University of Portland.

After winning the West Coast Conference tournament last season with a core of underclass players, the Pilots were picked to finish third in the regular season which begins Dec. 28.

Oregon and Oregon State are not only picked to compete for the Pac-12 Conference title, but are among the Top 20 in the nation.

The Ducks and Beavers have not released their season-opening dates.

Oregon was 31-2 and had won the conference title when the college season came to an abrupt end last year. The Ducks graduated the top pick and No. 3 pick as well in the WNBA Draft. But, the returning crew is stacked enough to warrant a No. 10 ranking by ESPN.

Oregon State enters the season ranked No. 18 in the same poll.

Stanford, No. 2, Arizona, No. 7, and UCLA, No. 9, give the Pac-12 a ton of national respect.

Gonzaga, which won the WCC regular-season title last season, begins the year ranked No. 21.

Portland State is picked by coaches to finish in the middle of the Big Sky Conference.



College, prep hoop get down to business

Brackets are in action across the state, West Coast
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

It's time for a whole lot of seasons to end for high school and college basketball teams.

Lots of hugs. A team meeting, and some speeches - an annual right of passage as playoffs and tournaments are in full swing across Oregon and the West Coast.

Class 3A, 2A and 1A state tournaments begin for girls teams today, with boys basketball tournaments beginning tomorrow at the same classifications in Coos Bay, Hermiston and Baker City.

Playoff brackets for girls and boys teams at the Class 6A, 5A and 4A levels began Tuesday night with those tournament set to start next week.

At the college level, there's significant action as well - in Las Vegas, where both the Pac-12 and West Coast Conference tournaments are set to play out beginning Thursday.


In the Pac-12 women's tourney, Oregon State, ranked 14th, begins play on Thursday after finishing fifth in the highly competitive conference, which has five teams in the Top 14 of the final national rankings. The Beavers play Washington State in the first round.

No. 3 Oregon plays its game in the quarterfinals against one of Thursday's winners on Friday. 

In the WCC tourney, the University of Portland women's team doesn't play its first game until Saturday with its opponent still to be determined with games starting Thursday.

UP's men's team plays Santa Clara in the opening round Thursday.

The Pac-12 men's tournament is set for next week.

At the Div. II level, Western Oregon begins play in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's tournament in Seattle on Thursday against the University of Alaska.

At the Div. III level, the Northwest Conference played its tournaments over the weekend and George Fox of Newberg won the women's tournament for the third consecutive year on Saturday. The Foxes will play Montclair State Friday in the first round of the 64-team national tournament in Arlington, Va.


In the Div. II Cascade Conference, both Northest Christian of Eugene and Southern Oregon played their way into the national tournament Tuesday. NCU won the tournament for the first time and SOU earned its spot by reaching the title game.

Oregon Tech reached the title game of the men's tournament, but Southern Oregon, which finished second during the regular season is automatically qualified for the national tournament despite losing in semifinals.


In the newly-renamed Northwest Athletic Conference, the 16-team men's and women's tournaments begin on Thursday in Everett, Wash. The women's tournament includes unbeaten Umpqua, Lane, Clackamas and Mt. Hood all in action, with winners playing Friday in the second round. Umpqua has finished second the past two seasons.

On the men's side, Clackamas, Umpqua, Portland and Chemeketa begin on Saturday with winners reaching the quarterfinals Sunday. Both tournaments close out the following weekend.







OSU flames out at home

The Beavers fall to Gonzaga to end a potential title run
March 22, 2015

CORVALLIS - A season that seemed to have the potential for a run all the way to the Final Four, or further, ended suddenly Sunday for the Oregon State women’s basketball team.

Gonzaga, the West’s No. 11 seed, paced by Emma Wolfram with a career-high 17 points, held off a furious late rally by the Beavers for a 76-64 victory Sunday at Gill Coliseum.

The Bulldogs led by as many as 12 points midway through the second half, but Oregon State tied the game at 64 on Jamie Weisner’s 3-pointer with 3:30 to go.

That would be the last points the Beavers would score as Gonzaga had the game’s final 12 points.

Gonzaga (26-7) advances to the Sweet Sixteen, heading home to Spokane to face the winner of Monday’s game in Knoxville between Tennessee (28-5) and Pittsburgh (20-11).

The Bulldogs were also the No. 11 seed in 2011, and also playing in the Spokane Regional, when they made a stunning run to the regional finals before losing to top seed Stanford.

Gonzaga also made it to the regional semifinals in 2012 as an 11 seed.

The Beavers (27-5) closed the season with three losses in their last five games, including two at home. The program has never made it to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament’s current format. In 1983, OSU beat UCLA to advance to the second round when the field was 32 teams.

Last season, the Beavers also reached the second round before losing to South Carolina.

Sunny Greinacher’s layup put the Zags back in front before Keani Albanez’s layup just beat the shot clock to make it 68-64 with 1:26 left and time ran out for the Beavers.

Oregon State coach Scott Rueck called the shot-clock layup the shot of the game.

“I think right then, a little doubt came in, and you can’t let that happen,” he said.

Weisner had 24 points for Oregon State, which won it’s first-ever Pac-12 regular-season title this season. The team’s wins are the most-ever for the women in school history.

“It hurts right now, that’s for sure,” said Oregon State sophomore Sydney Weise, who was held to just seven points by Gonzaga. “We wanted to get deeper in this tournament. But we won a Pac-12 championship this year. That’s pretty incredible.”

The Zags, the West Coast Conference champions who won an at-large bid, are playing in their seventh-straight NCAA Tournament.

The Beavers jumped out to a 9-2 lead, following a pair of baskets from Ruth Hamblin, named the Pac-12 player of the year. Gonzaga narrowed it to 12-11 on Greinacher’s jumper, then pulled in front on Georgia Stirton’s basket.

The Zags, shooting 73 percent through the first 10 minutes and making 13 straight shots after starting 1-of-5, pulled in front 31-25. Fortier was surprised Gonzaga wasn’t able to pull further away over the span.

“I thought `Wow, this is pretty hard.’ And we were playing really well,” she said. “And we knew it was going to get harder and harder and harder.”

The Bulldogs finished up the half going 2-for-11 but still held a 37-34 lead at the break.

Ali Gibson’s 3-pointer tied it for Oregon State to open the second half but Gonzaga took control from there. The Bulldogs stretched the lead to 53-43 on Greinacher’s jumper with just under 12 minutes to go.

Beavers get thumped at Stanford

Basically nothing goes right in 38-14 pasting on the road
Oct. 25, 2014

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Quarterback Sean Mannion moved closer to the Pacific-12 Conference’s career passing yardage record on Saturday, but the Beavers fell 38-14 to Stanford in a Pac-12 Conference game at Stanford Stadium.

Mannion completed 14 of 30 passes for 122 yards and remained in second place with 12,134 yards. He needs 194 more yards to pass career leader Matt Barkley of USC, who threw for 12,327 yards from 2009-12.

The Beavers (4-3 overall, 1-3 Pac-12) were held to 221 yards by the Cardinal (5-3, 3-2 Pac-12), who lead the conference in total defense. Stanford won its fifth-straight game in the series.

‘There wasn’t anything good about that game. I hated it,” OSU coach Mike Riley said. “We were not very good in any area. We got outplayed in every area.

“We didn’t tackle well, we got outplayed offensively and we played poorly on special teams. I’m really disappointed.

Stanford took a 7-0 lead on its first possession and was marching for a second when safety Ryan Murphy grabbed his first interception of the season. Following an OSU punt, linebacker Michael Doctor returned another interception to the Stanford 5-yard line and tailback Chris Brown powered over on the next play for a 7-7 tie with 2:03 left in the first quarter.

However, Stanford scored the final 21 points of the first half to take a 28-7 intermission lead. The Cardinal added 10 more unanswered points in the second half before OSU tailback Damien Haskins scored on a 1-yard run with 3:54 to play on his first career carry for the final margin.

That touchdown was set up by quarterback Luke Del Rio’s 52-yard completion to Hunter Jarmon, a career-long for both players. Del Rio was 4-for-8 for 87 yards in his first meaningful game action.

Fullback Ricky Ortiz blocked a punt in the third quarter. It was OSU’s first such play since Oct. 8, 2011, when Clayton York blocked a punt for a touchdown in a 37-27 victory at Reser Stadium.

The Beavers resume Pac-12 Conference play against California at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. OSU’s annual Homecoming game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network. It is the first of three consecutive home games.

“We’ve got to put a good, solid game plan together,” Riley said. “We’ve got to do every bit of teaching we possibly can. We just have to have a great week of practice, focus on good football and get them ready to go play like crazy.

“That’s where this season points to now. We took a big step back today.”

Beavers drop a heartbreaker

Utah runs through OSU at finish for 2OT victory
Oct. 16, 2014 / Associated Press

CORVALLIS -  Utah running back Devontae Booker said he hadn’t had “video-game stats” like this since high school.

Booker ran for 229 yards and three touchdowns, including a 19-yard dash in the second overtime that gave No. 20 Utah a 29-23 victory over Oregon State on Thursday night.

“It was pretty much myself just running hard,” Booker said after compiling the fifth-best rushing total in Utes history. “They gave me the ball, I just took it and ran with it. Got in the end zone, scored, end of game.”

Booker also ran for a 15-yard score in the first overtime to put Utah (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) in front 23-16. The Beavers (4-2, 1-2) answered with Sean Mannion’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Villamin on fourth down to force another period.

Trevor Romaine, whose 49-yard field goal as time expired in regulation tied the game at 16, attempted a 37-yard field goal that went wide right, giving the ball back to Utah for the game-winning drive.

It was Booker’s third straight game with more than 150 yards rushing for the Utes, off to their best start since winning their first eight games in 2010. Utah has won all four of its road games this season.

Mannion threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to Villamin early in the fourth quarter to put Oregon State in front 13-9.

But the Utes mounted a comeback and Booker ran 53 yards to the Oregon State 6. On fourth down, he plunged into the end zone with 4:20 left for a 16-13 lead.

Romaine’s 49-yard kick sent the game to overtime.

Mannion threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns. He surpassed former USC quarterback Carson Palmer (11,818 yards) for second on the Pac-12’s career list for yards passing with 12,014. He trails only former Trojan Matt Barkley, who had 12,327

“Just disappointment, really,” Mannion said. “I think it’s going to hurt now, but when we go home or when we’re all sitting around tomorrow, we’re going to feel pretty proud of the way we fought.”

Kendal Thompson started at quarterback for Utah, ending more than a week of speculation about who coach Kyle Whittingham would go with in Corvallis. The depth chart going into the game listed Travis Wilson “or” Thompson, a transfer from Oklahoma.

Wilson started the second half.

The 6-foot-7 Wilson had started all five previous games for Utah, throwing for 788 yards and seven touchdowns. But he lasted just three series in Utah’s last game, a 30-28 victory over UCLA, before he was replaced by Thompson.

Thompson, more of a dual threat than Wilson, completed four of eight passes for 17 yards in the first half. He also ran for 20 yards.

Wilson finished 5-of-10 for 45 yards as the Utes turned to Booker.

“The fight in me kept making me run harder,” Booker said. “I knew the (Oregon State) defense was getting worn down throughout the game. The harder I ran, the more softened up they were getting.”

Andy Phillips hit field goals from 38 and 43 yards to give Utah a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Beavers narrowed it with Romaine’s 37-yard field goal early in the second quarter. Oregon State tied it as time ran out in the half with Romaine’s 45-yarder. Romaine missed his first attempt, but Utah had called a timeout, and he made the second.

Oregon State was hurt late in the first half when running back Storm Woods injured his right knee following a 13-yard run. He did not return.

Woods, who went into the game as the team’s second-leading rusher, just a yard behind Terron Ward, ran for 46 yards on 13 carries before he got hurt.

The Beavers sustained another blow in the second half when they lost receiver Richard Mullaney to a left elbow injury. After the game, coach Mike Riley hinted that Mullaney’s injury might keep him out the rest of the season.

The Utes pulled back into the lead on Phillips’ 46-yard field goal in the third quarter. Phillips hit the go-ahead field goal with 34 seconds remaining in Utah’s win over then-No. 8 UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 4, the Utes’ last outing.

Oregon State was also coming off a bye following a 36-31 victory at Colorado.

Late in the third quarter, Mannion hit Victor Bolden with a 52-yard pass, but Oregon State’s drive stalled on the 34-yard line when the Beavers tried to go for it on fourth-and-4.

On the Beavers’ next series, Mannion found Villamin in the end zone.

“Crazy, hard-fought game,” Riley said.

Ducks headed for San Antonio?

Oregon would face Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl if predictions hold
Dec. 3, 2013

Well, the University of Oregon football team took care of not having to play in the Rose Bowl again with a disturbing loss at Arizona two weeks ago, but the bright side would be a trip to a bowl the team hasn't played in before - the Alamo Bowl.

More than one online site have the Ducks playing Oklahoma, Dec. 30, in San Antonio, Texas.

Reports from cbssports.com and espn.com, have the same match-up as major conferences head to their championship games, all of which will affect the BCS bowls, on Saturday.

Oregon would be one of eight Pac-12 teams to play in a bowl game. Oregon State became bowl eligible with six wins in midseason before finishing with five straight losses.

The Beavers are viewed as a replacement team for an SEC bowl spot, a spot that assumes Auburn will win the SEC title Saturday over Missouri. The Beavers are headed for the Independence Bowl to play Georgia Tech according to cbssports.com, while espn.com has them playing in either the Poinsettia Bowl or Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Stanford, Arizona State, USC, UCLA, Washington and Arizona are all slated to play in a bowl game, with Stanford being a heavy favorite to beat Arizona State in the Pac-12 Conference title game.

In other title games, No. 1 Florida State plays Duke for the ACC title, No. 2 Ohio State plays Michigan State for the Big 10 title, and Utah State plays Fresno State for the Mountain West title. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas are all alive for the Big 12 title.





Oregon gets its blood pumping

Ducks rally for last-minute win over Oregon State, 36-35
Nov. 29, 2013

Marcus Mariota threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Josh Huff with 29 seconds left and No. 12 Oregon overcame a tenacious effort by Oregon State 36-35 Friday night in the 117th edition of the Civil War rivalry.

Mariota threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns - all to Huff, who had nine catches for a season-high 186 yards - and the Ducks (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12) sealed their sixth straight 10-win season. It was also the team's sixth straight victory over the Beavers in the series.

With the Ducks holding a 24-23 lead, the Beavers scored on Sean Mannion's 4-yard pass to Tyler Anderson to pull in front 29-24 early in the fourth quarter. But Oregon answered with Mariota's fourth-and-11 pass to Huff for a 12-yard touchdown and the Ducks took a 30-29 lead with 7:56 left in the game.

Victor Bolden ran for a 25-yard touchdown to make it 35-30 for the Beavers with 1:38 remaining, but Oregon State's defense couldn't stop the Ducks on their final drive.

Mannion passed for 314 yards and two touchdowns for the Beavers (6-6, 4-5), who ended the season on a five-game losing streak, their worst since dropping six straight to conclude the 1997 season.

Freshman Thomas Tyner rushed for 141 yards and another score for Oregon, which finished undefeated at home for the first time since 2010.

The Ducks were coming off a deflating 42-16 loss at Arizona last weekend that ended their Pac-12 and national title hopes.

Oregon State are one of nine Pac-12 teams vying for a spot in the seven conference bowl games.

The Beavers were thwarted on the opening drive of the game when Mannion threw into the end zone on fourth-and-1 to Brandin Cooks and he was intercepted by Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

Cooks was announced last week as one of three finalists for the 2013 Biletnikoff Award for the nation's best college receiver. Cooks went into Friday night's game as the nation's top receiver with 141.8 yards a game.

Following the interception, the Ducks drove 80 yards on seven plays, capped by De'Anthony Thomas' 5-yard touchdown dash to give Oregon a 7-0 lead. Tyner added a 13-yard scoring run before the first quarter was over.

The Ducks were without Byron Marshall, who injured his ankle in the loss to Arizona last week.

Storm Woods scored on a 2-yard run for the Beavers to make it 14-7. Trevor Romaine added an 18-yard field goal with 2:33 left in the first half. The Beavers got close again before the break, but Mannion's pass to Cooks was fumbled into the end zone for a touchback, and the Beavers came away with nothing.

Rashaad Reynolds intercepted Mariota on Oregon's ensuing drive and the Beavers went on to score on Mannion's 6-yard pass to Terron Ward to make it 17-17 at halftime.

Mariota had not thrown an interception this season until he had two in the loss to the Wildcats. He had two more interceptions in the first half against the Beavers.

Oregon's sophomore quarterback continued to wear a brace on his left knee. It is believed that he injured his knee during the Ducks' victory over UCLA on Oct. 26 and he's worn the brace since.

Oregon State pulled in front 20-17 on Romaine's 47-yard field goal to open the second half.

But Oregon woke up, and on the next drive Mariota took off on a 21-yard carry despite the brace, before finding Josh Huff with a 28-yard touchdown pass to retake the lead.

Terron Ward slipped on the turf on fourth-and-1 on the Oregon 5 and the Beavers missed a key opportunity to go back ahead. But they closed to 24-23 early in the fourth quarter on Romaine's 37-yard field goal.

Matt Wogan missed a 43-yard field goal for the Ducks with 12:49 to go.

Beavers miss big win

OSU's offense struggles at home in 20-12 loss to Stanford
Oct. 26, 2013

CORVALLIS - The big win the Oregon State football team needed to give it big-time bowl credentials slipped away Saturday with a 20-12 loss to No. 5 Stanford at Reser Stadium.

The Beavers owned the first half, but trailed 7-3 when the Cardinal drove from its 32 for a touchdown in the final 34 seconds of the half, then opened the second half with a touchdown after the Beavers fumbled the initial kickoff of the half.

OSU got within 13-9, but Stanford scored again and, after a late-game field goal cut the lead to 20-12, the Beavers were stumped on four straight pass-attempts from the Cardinal 7 in the final 20 second before 44,519 fans.

Oregon State had its six-game win streak snapped and fell to 6-2, while Stanford improved to 7-1.

The Beavers play host to USC on Friday.

Stanford plays host to No. 2 Oregon, 8-0, Nov. 7.

OSU quarterback Sean Mannion completed 41 of 57 passes in the game for 270 yards and a touchdown, but lost 60 yards on nine carries to the aggressive Stanford defense. The Beavers finished with just 18 yards of total yards on the ground.

Brandin Cooks caught nine passes for 80 yards and a touchdown to lead the OSU receiving corps.


OSU keeps streaking, 49-17

Beavers win sixth straight with offensive explosion on the road
Oct. 19, 2013

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Sean Mannion threw for 481 yards and four touchdowns as Oregon State rolled to its sixth straight victory, beating California 49-17 Saturday night.

Brandin Cooks caught 13 passes for a career-high 232 yards with one touchdown and also scored on a 14-yard run as the Beavers (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12) racked up plenty of gaudy stats against Cal.

Cooks had 197 receiving yards before halftime, including catches of 50, 38 and 34 yards -- the last providing Oregon State's fourth touchdown of the first half and a 28-3 lead.

Mannion, already the nation's leading passer, increased his per-game average to 427.4 yards after going 35 for 45 on the night. He found different receivers for each of his touchdown passes, pushing his nation-leading total to 29.

Cal (1-6, 0-4) lost its 11th consecutive game to an FBS opponent, the longest such streak of any team in a BCS conference.

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