OSU Beavers

Beavers have surprising season on tap

Unheralded Oregon State can only impress with what it does
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

CORVALLIS - It's easy to forget the Oregon State football team almost qualified for a bowl game last year.

Were it not for a game-ending touchdow at Washington State in the season finale, the Beavers would have had six wins and been bowl eligible. And, how long has that been?

It was 2013 with coach Mike Riley, who left for Nebraska after the following season.

In actuality, that's only five seasons, which isn't that long in the big stadium of college football suffering.

Smith has high hopes for this season built around quarterback xxx Gebbia, as he preps the team for its season-opener against Washington State Saturday at Reser Stadium.

Oregon State has been set as a 2-point favorite over the Cougars, primarily because its playing at home. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.




Beavers hang on in Boulder

OSU puts together a solid effort in 36-31 win over Colorado
Oct. 4, 2014 / Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. - Terron Ward ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns, including a 10-yard score with 5:09 remaining, and Oregon State’s defense turned away Colorado’s last-gasp drive to preserve a 36-31 on Saturday.

Sean Mannion, bouncing back from a rough outing in last week’s loss at Southern Cal, completed 27 of 37 for 278 yards and his lone touchdown pass came in the fourth quarter to help Oregon State (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) fend off Colorado (2-4, 0-3).

Sefo Liufau completed 32 of 49 for 308 yards and two touchdowns, both to Tyler McCulloch. But with Colorado facing a fourth down at the Oregon State 40 in the last couple of minutes, Liufau, with two Oregon State defenders in his face, threw incomplete. The Beavers took over and Mannion took a knee three times to run out the final moments.

The Beavers now have a week-and-a-half off to prepare for a home game against Utah set to be televised by ESPN, Oct. 16.

Defensive lineman Timothy Coleman broke through to sack Mannion for a 9-yard loss to the Colorado 29-yard line and the Buffaloes’ defense forced two more incompletions before Trevor Romaine came on to kick his third field goal, a 47-yarder that put the Beavers back in front 23-21 with 6:47 remaining in the third quarter.

Oregon State extended the lead with a drive kept alive by a pass interference penalty on Colorado’s Ken Crawley that negated his interception of a Mannion pass and gave the Beavers a first down at the 34-yard line. Three runs advanced the ball to the 24, where Mannion lofted a scoring pass to Caleb Smith. Smith out-jumped two Buffaloes defenders to make the catch before tumbling into the end zone.

Colorado cut the deficit to 30-24 on Will Oliver’s 44-yard field goal with 10:52 left to play but Mannion responded by leading another scoring drive that Ward finished off with his second scoring run.

The Buffaloes weren’t through, though. They pulled within five with three minutes left on Liufau’s 17-yard scoring pass to McCulloch.

Down 14-0 early, Colorado fought back to take a 21-20 halftime lead when Tony Jones bulled his way into the end zone from a yard out with 43 seconds left in the second quarter.

Liufau, whose interception midway through the first quarter led to a Beavers’ touchdown, got the Buffaloes back into the game with a 31-yard scoring pass to McCulloch. The lanky wide receiver shook off a tackle by safety Justin Strong at the 20 and bolted untouched down the left sideline for the score pulling the Buffaloes to 14-7.

Michael Adkins II added a 12-yard scoring run for Colorado around a pair of field goals by Romaine.

The Beavers got a pair of 4-yard touchdown runs to go up early, the first by Ward. The other, by Storm Woods, came on the heels of linebacker D.J. Alexander’s interception of Liufau and 25-yard return to Colorado’s 8.

Beavers announce men's hoop schedule

OSU will play 17 home games and against Oklahoma State in Vegas
Sept. 15, 2014

Oregon State will play 17 home games during the 2014-15 men's basketball season, including a pair of games in a new tournament in Las Vegas, the school announced Monday.

The Wayne Tinkle era begins officially at Oregon State on Friday, Nov. 14 when the Beavers open against the Rice Owls at Gill Coliseum. OSU will host Corban (Tuesday, Nov. 18) and Oral Roberts (Friday, Nov. 21) at Gill in preliminary games for the MGM Grand Main Event before traveling to Las Vegas for contests against Oklahoma State and Auburn or Tulsa.

Oregon State and Oklahoma State open the MGM Grand Main Event Heavyweight bracket at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 24, while Auburn and Tulsa will face each other later that evening. The winners of the two contests will play in the championship and the losers in the consolation two nights later on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

The December schedule includes five home games and road contests against Portland (Saturday, Dec. 6 in Portland) and Quinnipiac (Sunday, Dec. 21 in Hamden, Conn.). Mississippi State (Saturday, Dec. 13) and DePaul (Thursday, Dec. 18) will visit Gill Coliseum for the first time ever, while UCSB (Tuesday, Dec. 30) will make the trek to Gill Coliseum for the first time since 1986 in the Beavers’ final game before Pac-12 play.

Mississippi State (SEC) and DePaul (Big East) play in two of the nation’s top conferences, which sent a combined seven teams to the NCAA Tournament last season. Oral Roberts advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2006, 2007 and 2008, while UCSB earned back-to-back trips to the Big Dance in 2010 and 2011.

The Pac-12 slate begins on Saturday, Jan. 3 with a trip to Eugene to face Oregon in the 343rd Civil War presented by PacificSource Health Plans, The Oregon 529 College Savings Network, McDonalds, Spirit Mountain Casino and Your Local Ford Stores. The Beavers and Ducks will meet again in the regular-season finale on Wednesday, March 4 at Gill Coliseum.

Oregon State will open home conference play against the Arizona schools with the Sun Devils making the stop in Corvallis on Thursday, Jan. 8 and the Wildcats, a preseason top-five team, visiting Gill on Sunday, Jan. 11.

Oregon tops the list for 2013

The Ducks didn't reach the title game, but they had our attention
Dec. 30, 2013

The University of Oregon football team took its fans through highs and lows pretty well this season, and that put the Ducks at the top of the list for memories of the 2013 calendar year for the cast of Sportsland, Oregon, which recorded its 28th episode Monday night.

Oregon had the BCS Title Game squarely in sight until and loss at Stanford, and then slipped out of a BCS game with a punishing loss at Arizona, both of which had fans beginning to look in the direction of first-year coach Mark Helfrich.

But, at 11-2, it's tough to claim Helfrich isn't qualified for the job. So, it's time to relax, find a successor to Nick Aliotti at defensive coordinator, and look toward winning the 2014 Pac-12 title and a spot in the BCS Playoffs.

The show cast: Derek Weber, Marlon Thomas and host Cliff Pfenning, then move on to the NFL and its glorious final day that broke the hearts of Dallas Cowboys fans everywhere.

And, the Portland Trail Blazers, who've quietly dazzled the pro hoop world, took another late-game shot to the chest in the form of a two-point loss at New Orleans, which gave the team its first two-game losing streak of the season with a game at Oklahoma City up next.

It's all recorded at Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland.

Beavers wrap up winning season

OSU's defense scores twice in bowl victory over Boise State
Dec. 24, 2013 / Associated Press

HONOLULU - Rashaad Reynolds and Oregon State made the most of their final chance to stop a costly losing streak.

Reynolds returned two fumbles for touchdowns, helping the Beavers beat Boise State 38-23 in the Hawaii Bowl on Tuesday night.

Oregon State won six of its first seven games of the season. Then a 20-12 home loss to then-No. 8 Stanford started a five-game slide that came to an end when the Beavers (7-6) set several records in handing Boise State its worst loss in two months.

Oregon State coach Mike Riley said stopping the skid was the biggest deal for his team.

"They've worked hard, they haven't lost their focus even though there's been some discouragement, they didn't let it stay with them," Riley said. "I loved how they've responded all year."

Biletnikoff Award-winner Brandin Cooks grabbed eight balls for 60 yards and a touchdown. He extended his Pac-12 single-season record to 128 receptions and broke the conference record for yards receiving with 1,730, passing Southern California's Marqise Lee.

Sean Mannion threw for 259 yards and a touchdown, giving him a Pac-12-record 4,662 yards passing for the season.

"When you win, you'd like to say it's a good ending - a good beginning for the upcoming year," Riley said.

Oregon State kept Boise State (8-5) out of the end zone until the third quarter, well after the Beavers had opened a big lead.

Reynolds had his first fumble recovery about 12 minutes into the game when Scott Crichton stripped Boise State quarterback Grant Hedricks in the end zone. The ball popped forward to the 3-yard line, where Reynolds picked it up and ran it in.

Reynolds tacked on another fumble return in the second quarter on his way to game MVP honors. Troy Ware caught a 6-yard pass near the sideline for Boise State, but Larry Scott punched the ball out as Ware was falling to the ground. Reynolds picked it up and ran 70 yards to the end zone.

"You just can't overcome those - it's very difficult to overcome those versus a Pac-12 team," Boise State interim coach Bob Gregory said. "That's tough when we're not on the field on defense, but we didn't make enough plays on defense either."

Matt Miller led Boise State with 11 catches for 206 yards and a touchdown, with most of the production coming after the game was decided. Miller, who set a school record with 88 catches this season, was the Broncos' MVP for the game.

Boise State's most successful drive came in the third quarter after Oregon State went 94 yards and scored a touchdown to make it 38-6. The Broncos responded with a nine-play, 76-yard drive spent partially in a hurry-up offense. Jay Ajayi took a shotgun handoff from Hedrick and ran up the middle for a 1-yard TD.

After the successful extra-point attempt went into the stands, the mostly-empty stadium provided its loudest ovation of the night in support of the fans who tried to keep the ball away from security by throwing it around the seats.

Oregon State finished with 454 total yards, averaging 6.8 per play. Storm Woods had 16 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown, and Terron Ward had a 9-yard TD run.

"That's exactly how we would like to look, we want to have that balance," Riley said. "We just frankly blocked better."

Hedrick threw for 382 yards and a touchdown, closing out a difficult stretch for the Broncos (8-5).

Joe Southwick was sent home by interim coach Bob Gregory after the quarterback was accused of urinating off a hotel balcony in Honolulu last week, though he later told a TV station he didn't do it and was unfairly dismissed.


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.

OSU defense does it again, 19-6

Poyer's three interceptions, and just enough offense keep Beavers unbeaten
Oct. 6, 2012

CORVALLIS - Jodan Poyer grabbed some national attention with three interceptions Saturday, and the OSU Beavers moved up to No. 10 in the nation with a 19-6 win over Washington State in a Pac-12 game.

A tense afternoon - with all the ingredients for a momentum-killing upset - only attracted attention to the defense, which held the Cougars to just a pair of field goals, a week after they scored 26 points against No. 2 Oregon.

The game played out in front of a record crowd at Reser Stadium - 46,579.

The Beavers improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2002 and are ranked as high as No. 10 for the first time since 2001.

Saturday's win was by the largest margin of the season, doubling the total of the opening three wins: 10-7 over Wisconsin, 27-20 at UCLA and 38-35 at Arizona.

Oregon State travels to play at Brigham Young Saturday.


Cougars pose big question for Beavers

Can Oregon State keep its momentum going when it's not the underdog?
Oct. 4, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

After winning just three games a year ago, the Oregon State Beavers have become the nation's biggest surprise in college football, moving from the ranks of "they'll be lucky to finish .500," to No. 14 with three surprising wins.

Oregon State beat defending Big 10 champion Wisconsin at home, beat surprising UCLA in the Rose Bowl and then Arizona last week in Tuscon with a late-game rally led by sophomore quarterback Sean Mannion.

They struggled to run the ball consistently and stop opposing passing games, but on the scoreboard - where it matters - they've come through, with their three wins by just 13 total points.

This week, the Beavers face Washington State, which is 2-3 overall after Pac-12 Conference losses to Colorado and Oregon.

With its season rolling and excitement building in Corvallis, the question for Saturday's game seems simple - can they keep the momentum going?

OSU is favored to win by nearly 15 points, the first time they've been favored to win by oddsmakers.

The concern for Saturday's game is genuine because the last time the Cougars traveled to OSU, the Beavers were favored to win by 23 points - and WSU pulled a huge upset by winning 31-14. It was an exclamation point to a fanatically frustrating season for the Beavers, who began the season with a loss to TCU at Cowboys Stadium, lost to Boise State two weeks later, but beat USC just a week after the WSU loss and eventually finished 5-7.

A loss Saturday would send fans directly back to that season mentally - frustrated.

WSU is a perfect candidate as a program easy to look past. The Cougs got drilled by BYU to open the season, then only narrowly beat FCS rival Eastern Washington 24-20, and then UNLV 35-27, which preceeded a 35-34 loss to Colorado. Oregon looked past the Cougars last week - at least for a half before pulling away for a 51-26 win.

OSU plays at Brigham Young next week.


The View from an Upset: OSU vs. USC Slideshow

Tue, 11/23/2010 - 6:05am
Wanna Be Like Mike

Better late than never, here are some nice shots from the OSU vs. USC game Saturday by photographer Dave Giezyng.

It's a slideshow, so just click the link and let it go. After about the first 15 pics it'll switch to shots from prevoius Beavs home games, so if you have a little free time kick back and enjoy a look back at the season, montage-style.



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