Posted October 19, 2012 on
OREGON STATE HAS found unconventional ways over the years to exceed expectations (markedly) and win games under Mike Riley. Oregon State is again defying conventional wisdom in a certain area in 2013 -- and this is really one for the books...

No. 8 Beavers don't need incentive against Utah

With no In-N-Out double-doubles to be found in the state, Oregon State coach Mike Riley will have to come up with another incentive for the No. 8 Beavers this weekend against Utah. Not that they need it. The Beavers have opened 5-0 and climbed to their highest ranking since they finished the 2000 season at No. 4 after a Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame. It is a stunning turnaround...

Oregon State Beavers injury report: Sean Mannion to dress down in Week 8

Mannion “100%” Mike Riley announced Thursday that injured quarterback Sean Mannion will dress down for Week 8, when Oregon State takes on the Utah Utes. On October 8, it was announced that Mannion would be out “indefinitely” due to an undisclosed knee injury. The second year quarterback suffered the injury in Week 6 against Washington State on a hand off. Mannion was replaced...

Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion a maybe this week against Utah

Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion suffered a knee injury earlier in the year and it wasn’t known whether or not he’d be back this season, and if he would, when. Well, it turns out that Mannion will be dressing this weekend, and as Mike Riley puts it: I don’t let anybody dress down that can’t play in the games. Cody Vaz is most likely going to start this weekend and has...

Oregon State's Quest For 6 And 0

Apparently there may be life after Sean Mannion. Backup quarterback Cody Vaz played well enough for the Beavers to win a tight game against BYU. Vaz looked fantastic on his opening drive. On that drive, he completed 100% of his passes, including an 11-yard touchdown to Marcus Wheaton. After that drive, Vaz’s completion percentage dropped to 62.5 percent and he tossed two more touchdowns...

Getting it done? Oregon St. Beavers football overachievers and underachievers

The best and worst of a fast start The Oregon State Beavers are enjoying one of the best seasons in team history. While it’s been an overall team effort to get this far, some players have been having exceptional seasons. Of course, that’s a double edged sword. Where there are players who have been playing exceptional, you will always find players who aren’t carrying their fare...

Beavs run past Utah by unconventional means

CORVALLIS – There were no big pass plays for Oregon State in Week 6 – to date the Beavs’ bread and butter on offense. And if you only looked at it on paper, the 21-7 win for Oregon State (6-0) over Utah (2-5) might seem underwhelming in at least a few areas. But if you peel back the layers and look below the surface, something highly intriguing emerges…

BYU loss to Oregon State just what was needed to beat Notre Dame?

The Brigham Young Cougars' loss this last Saturday to now no. 8 (in the BCS standings) Oregon State was disappointing. But there were good signs – to see BYU compete for almost four quarters against a top 10 team is encouraging. Despite the loss, scratch that, because of the loss, I think the Oregon State game was exactly what BYU needed to best prepare them for Notre Dame...

BF.C Keys to the Game: Utah

THERE IS A strong temptation to feel like this is a magical Oregon State season where things are all just coming together at the right time -- a tough schedule but the extra bye weeks helped or the Beavers were lucky. Just sit back and enjoy the magic carpet ride with Utah on tap for Saturday night. And then there comes a moment when...
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