Take the good with the bad
Here are a few of my favorite Beavers moments over the last few years.
5) November 20, 2010: victory of USC mops up lost season
2010 was supposed to represent Ryan Katz’s breakout season and the Rogers brothers final symphony. Little did we know the o-line and defense planned on spoiling the party.
But, for one day everything came together. That was when the Beavers played #20 USC at home. On one of the ugliest days we had that November, the Beavers dominated for all four quarters, winning 36-7.
OSU really ramped things up in the 2nd, starting with a Jordan Poyer 65 yard pick 6. That was quickly followed by a Jacquizz Rogers 3-yard TD and a Justin Kahut 38-yarder.
Up 20-0 at half, the Beavs never looked back.
4) November 19, 2011: Dad’s Weekend victory over the Washington Huskies
Now we skip forward one year to the 2011 season. The Beavers are a putrid 2-8 on the season and are facing the lovable underdawgs of the Pac-12, the Washington Huskies. For one young North West Sports Beat blogger, it was his final Dad’s Weekend at Oregon State University, and all he wanted was a victory.
Things start out badly, but at half the Beavers are up 17-14.
After a scoreless 3rd, the defense explodes in the 4th. A Scott Chrichton sack and fumble at UW’s 15 results in a 15-yard Jovan Stephenson TD. Two Husky possessions later, an interception at OSU’s 1-yard line ends in a 99-yard touchdown march. The final: OSU 38, UW 21.
3) December 29, 2006: Sun Bowl victory over the Missouri Tigers
One of the craziest Beaver wins ever, this game would start a string of four consecutive bowl game appearances for Mike Riley’s Beavers.
Senior quarterback Matt Moore came into the game as hot as can be, and he ended the day with 4 touchdowns on 356-yards passing.
The real magic of this game came in the 4th quarter with the Beavers down by 14. With 9:17 left on the clock, Moore would start a 4-play 76-yard drive ending in a Yvenson Bernard TD catch.
At 1:41, a Sammie Stroughter 38-yard punt return would set up the next 55-yard touchdown drive. Down 38-37, with 23 seconds on the clock, Mike Riley put all his chips on Bernard’s shoulders.
The running back would punch in the two-point conversion, and OSU would win it 39-38.
2) January 1, 2001: Fiesta Bowl blow out against Notre Dame
One of the earliest OSU games I can remember watching on TV, and one of the biggest wins in program history.
Coming in at #4, and just two years removed from their 28th consecutive losing season, the Beavers were facing off against the #10 Fighting Irish.
The first half was relatively slow, though Chad Ochocinco (formerly Johnson) did have an exciting 74-yard reception for a touchdown—which was famously dropped at the 2-yard line in celebration without the officials noticing. With the Beavers up 12-3 at half, it was still anyone’s game.
Then the 3rd quarter came. OSU would light up the box score, scoring 29 points in one quarter.
They would go on to win the game 41-9. Johnson had 93 yards on 4 catches—resulting in 2 touchdowns—while T.J. Houshmandzadeh would have 74 yards on 6 catches.
1) September 25, 2008: victory over #1 USC paves way for dream season
This game will always be my number one top OSU Beavers moment. First of all, it kicked off a very exciting 2008 season. Second, it was my freshman year of college and the first Beavers game I ever attended.
Oregon State would weave together three touchdown drives in the first half—one for 60-yards and two for 62—putting them up 21-0 at half.
With 3:15 left in the 4th, USC looked poised for a comeback down just 21-14.
On the third play of the drive, Greg Laybourn made a stunning Mark Sanchez interception, downing the ball at USC’s 2-yard line.
A Jacquizz Rogers punch in would seal the #1 Trojan’s fate, and unranked OSU would rush the field with a 28-21 victory.
In his breakout performance, ‘Quizz Rogers had 186 yards rushing on 37 carries, resulting in two touchdowns.