Oregon St. attempts to stay on right track
Recent bowl results for the Longhorns and Beavers: 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 and give up. They went to work.”
Now it’s time to go to work again.
It would be easy, after a miserable 3-9 campaign in 2011, to be satisfied with 9-3. But why stop now? Oregon State has two of the best, and most underrated players at their positions, in receiver Markus Wheaton and cornerback Jordan Poyer. They have a blossoming star in sophomore receiver Brandin Cooks. At times, they have featured a ferocious run defense. And they have a coach who proved again this season why he has been so good for so much of his career.
Oregon State took advantage of almost every big opportunity this season. The Beavers upset teams like Wisconsin and UCLA, handled a mini quarterback controversy smoothly and rebounded from every roadblock they hit. All of this came after an offseason loaded with frustration.
“We told each other after last year’s Civil War, ‘Look, we’re not going to feel this way again, we’re not going to let this happen again,’” Poyer recalled Saturday. “We’re ready for this now because of our offseason. We hit the weight room hard, we stayed together ... If somebody would def. Cal, Holiday no bowl lost to ’Bama, BCS def. Ohio St., Fiesta def. Arizona St., Holiday def. Iowa, Alamo def. USC, BCS def. Michigan, Rose lost to Wash. St., Holiday def. LSU, Cotton have told me last year at this time that we’d be 9-3, I’d have believed it.”
Some fans will lament the blown opportunities this season, from a headscratching loss at Washington to an uncharacteristic performance at Stanford. While surprising most of the college football world, the Beavers have yet to win a big game when expected.
But now, they get another chance.
“I think it’s awesome,” Riley said Sunday night, when news of the Alamo Bowl bid became official. “It’s a great place, a great bowl game, and getting to play Texas is a great opportunity for the Beavers. They’re a great football school with a great tradition.”
When he walked into the Valley Football Center on Sunday night, Riley said the room was “electric.”
“These guys are fired up,” he said. “They’ve accomplished a lot and they know it. They’re really excited about their next opportunity.” no bowl no bowl lost to BYU, Las Vegas def. Pitt, Sun def. Maryland, Emerald def. Missouri, Sun no bowl def. Notre Dame, Insight def. New Mexico, Las Vegas lost to Pitt, Insight