Thursday, September 25, 2008


The Oregon State Beavers made history Thursday night beating the mighty USC Trojans 27-21 and handing them their first defeat by an unranked team (while holding the no. 1 ranking) since 1981. The Beavers' win gained them a host of new fans in places like Norman, OK., Athens, GA., and Baton Rouge, LA.

Here's what we know:
This was no fluke
Oregon State won this game. USC didn't lose it. A fired up Beaver squad attacked the no. 1 team in the country and outplayed them in every facet of the game. People around the country will say that USC must not have been that good because 'the Pac-10 is horrible,' but those people didn't watch the game. Remember, the Trojans made Ohio State look like a practice squad. The Beavers physically beat USC, dominating the line of scrimmage. What the pundits don't know is that no one in the Pac-10 is afraid of the Trojans. They play them every year and are not intimidated.

Mike Riley is the best coach in the country
After getting demoralized by Penn State three weeks ago, Riley did a brilliant job rallying his team. Not only did Riley put together an offensive game plan that kept the best defense in the country off balance, scoring four touchdowns; but he prepared his defense, who lost its ENTIRE front seven, to hold the Trojans scoreless in first half. Riley's team then showed remarkable poise as USC made their run, relentlessly coming after USC and making play after play without turning the ball over once.

Jacquizz Rodgers is a Man Child
They may have to bronze this guy's likeness in Corvallis. A mere 5'6" tall and 193 pounds, Rodgers ran straight at the toughest, most athletic defense in the country - AND WON. He shredded the Trojan D (who had allowed only 103 yards in the first two games) for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Teamed with his brother James, the Rodgers boys scored all of the Beavers' points.

Don't look now, but the Beavers are back in the hunt
With the Pac-10 spiraling into uncertainty, why the not the Beavers? Defeating the Trojans is kind of win that can define a team and turn a season around. And with the way Mike Riley teams finish the season, it would be foolish to count them out. But beware! A let down next week against a tough Utah team on the road could derail things again.

Note: The win marked the Beavers first win against a number one team since beating the Trojans with O.J. Simpson 3-0 in 1967.

1 comment:

Jason Campbell said...

Let it be known that I officially read all of this article. I was in fact interested. Sports fan? Not really, but a Beavers fan? I have to be. But even if this was Boise State, it would have been something to watch...