Beavers present chal­lenge

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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

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