Beavers present challenge
later this month on two distinctively different trajectories. Oregon State, ranked 13th in the BCS, tied for the best turnaround in FBS history by posting a 9-3 record after going 3-9 in 2011.
Texas, conversely, followed up 2011’s 8-5 record with a so-so 8-4 mark that included ending the season with losses to TCU and Kansas State.
The Alamo Bowl will kick off at 5:45 p.m. in the Alamodome and will be televised on ESPN.
While Texas was falling 42-24 Saturday to the Wildcats, coach Mike Riley’s Beavers were pounding Nicholls State 77-3 — a contrast not lost on Longhorns coach Mack Brown on Sunday.
“Unlike Mike, who won big yesterday, our guys lost, so they’ll be down a little bit for a while here,” Brown said on a conference call conducted by the Alamo Bowl. “But they’ll pick themselves back up. This will be a real upper for them, to get ready for the challenge of Oregon State.”
The Beavers’ turnaround came despite playing the third-toughest schedule in the country, according to the Sagarin ratings. Oregon State began the season by