Don’t look now, folks, but the little Oregon State Beavers are 3-0 at the end of September for the first time in ten years, and after the win over the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson last weekend are ranked #14 in the country. Say what?!!? I don’t think anyone saw this coming, but all I gotta say is I’ll take it–and plenty more of it.
The beavers still like to give their fans minor heart palpitations by trying to give the game away in the final minutes, but one of the huge differences we saw in the win over Arizona last Saturday is that the Beavers didn’t give up or give in, and it was actually the offense, with Sean Mannion, Pac 10 Offensive Player of the Week, that led the comeback with 433 yds. (and might we add no interceptions-yes!) and a final touchdown in the last minute of the game. Winners rise up to meet the challenges that come their way, and the Beaver football team obviously decided somewhere along the way that they want to win this season.
This weekend the Washington State Cougars come to Corvallis and after watching the Cougs come to town on a rainy afternoon two years ago after not having won a game all season, kick our butts and leave, we should know that we cannot underestimate them. The Cougars are the leading pass attempt team in the conference and will be matching up against the worst pass defense (yes that would be the Beavers), so there are definitely more challenges that lie ahead. The defense as a whole is going to need to step it up over last week under the leadership of Jordan Poyer and Rashaad Reynolds (who had a GREAT game in Tucson) to shut down the Coug passing game, but for the first time in a few years, I have renewed faith in their ability to do that. All I can say is that I hope this new and improved Beaver team continues to shock, awe and amaze, ’cause all of us in Beaver Nation would like to ride this wave for awhile. Go Beavs!!