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While they're still underdogs, the Oregon State Beavers certainly have more reasons to be hopeful this season heading into Saturday's Civil War against rival Oregon.
The surprising No. 16 Beavers are not only buoyed by their own dramatic turnaround but also by the vulnerabilities No. 5 Oregon showed in last weekend's loss to Stanford.
Oregon State has already defied the odds by improving to 8-2 overall after going just 3-9 last season. After two years without a bowl game, the Beavers were bowl eligible early after a 6-0 start, their best since the 1907 season.
They've also overcome an injury to starting quarterback Sean Mannion, and now one to successful backup-turned-starter Cody Vaz.
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Oregon State Beavers are flying high with a 62-14 victory over Cal, but there is still some quality football to be played. Sean Mannion made his 6th start this season as quarterback, tying a school record with 4 touchdowns in the first half. He threw 24-34 for 325 yards and had one interception early on, but the pick was no indicator of the final outcome of the game.
Winning the battle at the line
If you’re not sure what this thing is all about, check out the first in the series which details Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks.
For today’s deadly Beaver tandem, we’re looking at duel defensive ends Scott Crichton and Dylan Wynn.
Both players exploded on the scene in 2011 as freshmen (Wynn a true freshman, Crichton a redshirt) and have continued...
(Updates. With AP Photos.) By JOEL FOWLKS Associated Press Mike Riley thought he was missing something on the field.
Just a couple minutes after Brandin Cooks had run in a 48-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter of Oregon State's 62-14 demolition of California Saturday night, a roar went up through cold, drizzly Reser Stadium.
''I was back on the bench talking...
Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic 2014 defensive lineman Connor Humphreys picked up his first Pac-12 offer when Oregon State came calling…
OREGON STATE and Oregon will come into the Civil War matchup on different paths. OSU played a complete game in its 62-14 dismantling of Cal. Oregon was upset in overtime at home against Stanford. But the Beavs will be the clear underdog this week in Corvallis.
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CORVALLIS -- Oregon's prolific offense was stymied this past week while Oregon State on O opened up the floodgates to full. How do the Beavs on offense match up against their defensive counterparts in the Civil War and vice versa?
Beavers Dam the Bears
Just a week removed from enduring a tough loss in Palo Alto against Stanford, the Oregon State football team returned to Reser Stadium this past Saturday to square off against the California Golden Bears.
Cal entered the game having gone toe to toe with Oregon (for one half, at least) the previous weekend, and was looking to upset Oregon State in an effort...