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Oregon State upends No. 19 UCLA

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Through the first three weeks of the season, UCLA became the pleasant surprise of the Pac-12 under first-year coach Jim Mora. Bruins running back Johnathan Franklin was leading the country in rushing yards and generating some dark horse Heisman buzz and Brett Hundley has been an exciting first-year starter.

Maybe that attention in the Pac-12 should be shifted to Oregon State. The Beavers have only played two games this year, but they’re a surprising 2-0 after going on the road and beating UCLA 27-20. Sean Mannion, after being thrown into the fire last season as a freshman, has been a solid quarterback and OSU is looked greatly improved in the trenches. Mannion has some good receivers to throw to as well. Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton both went well over 100 yards receiving.

Oregon State’s defense gave up big yards — 444 to be exact — but they were able to hold Franklin to just 45 yards rushing.

OSU coach Mike Riley‘s seat was beginning to get rather toasty heading into this season. Known for consistency and one or two big upsets a year, Oregon State has fallen on hard times lately. So far, OSU has two nice wins over Wisconsin and UCLA. The Beavers have a tough schedule this season, but Riley has the team generating the most recent buzz in the Pac-12.

Along with Arizona, that is, and the Wildcats have a chance to generate even more tonight against Oregon.

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4 Responses to “Oregon State upends No. 19 UCLA”
  1. duklover says: Sep 22, 2012 8:29 PM

    Way to go Bev’s! Nuck, Nuck!

  2. billmead1976 says: Sep 22, 2012 8:49 PM

    joke program. playing well against a few pansies and stupid powder blue fairies talking heismann and conference title. what a joke. welcome back to earth. always were a loser program…always will be.

    and jim mora is going to take a couple 7-5 seasons and wait for UW to fire Sark.

    concentrate on buying ringers for you women’s softball team.

  3. ernie ernie says: Sep 23, 2012 10:09 AM

    Gosh, the O coach at Wisconsin who got fired should feel vindicated. Oregon State is actually a good team and can beat a Wisconsin and UCLA with their talent and play.

    Wisconsin barely won yesterday, the game was a lot closer than the score so maybe the coach should fire himself. His team kind of sucks this year.

  4. dmvtransplant says: Sep 24, 2012 10:43 AM

    I knew the Mora Rocket would come back to earth eventually.

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