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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,

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.


OSU puts itself on the college map again

Beavers stun Wisconsin, Big 10, 10-7 with stellar defense
Sept. 8, 2012

Whatever problems Oregon State seemed to have with offseason predictions of its demise on the football field were put aside for the first month of the season Saturday when the Beavers pulled off one the big upsets of the weekend with a 10-7 victory over No. 13 Wisconsin.

Facing a team that reached the Rose Bowl and returned its top running back, the Beavers held the Badgers to just 207 yards of total offense, 64 of them coming on their lone scoring drive that ended with 1:31 left in the game.

Montee Ball, mentioned as a Heisman Trophy candidate, finished with just 65 yards rushing and did not score for the first time in 22 consecutive games.

The Badgers lost for the first time in 33 non-conference games, an amazing streak for any team.

Wisconsin was the first Big 10 school to visit Corvallis since 1971.

The Beavers racked up 354 yards of offense, but scored just on a late second quater field goal by Trevor Romaine of 43 yards, and a third-quarter touchdown pass from Sean Mannion to Markus Wheaton.

OSU, which had its season opener against Nicholls State postponed due to Hurricane Issac, has a bye Saturday and will travel to UCLA for a Sept. 21 game as the lone college team in the nation to have played just one game.


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