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Down go the Beavers! OSU first ranked team in three years to fall to FCS foe

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FCS teams, normally scheduled for their pastry-like tastiness, have pulled off a handful of upsets already this year.  There’s none more stunning, however, than what Eastern Washington — they of the blood-red playing field — did to Oregon State Saturday evening.

Ranked 25th in the preseason Associated Press poll, OSU had high hopes for its best season in recent years under Mike Riley.  Instead, the Beavers were stunned by the Eagles 49-46 in Corvallis in what’s one of the rarest of rarities.

After OSU had fallen behind by 12 points at the half, the Beavers came back twice to take three-point fourth-quarter leads.  With a mere 18 ticks left on the clock, however, Vernon Wells scored on a two-yard touchdown run that gave Eastern Washington a 49-46 win.

As Bryan Fischer of the Pac-12 Network pointed out, it was EWU’s first-win ever over a Pac-12 school.  As Fischer also deftly noted on Twitter, it was a “[c]rushing loss for OSU in the opener and a hit to the #pac12fb reputation.”

The EWU win was the first by an FCS team over a ranked FBS team since No. 13 Virginia Tech lost to James Madison in 2010.  In fact, according to, OSU’s loss would be just the fourth time ever that a ranked FBSteam has lost to a squad the lower level, with No. 5 Michigan in 2007 (Appalachian State) and No. 20 Penn State Penn State (then-Div. 1-AA member Cincinnati) belonging to that ignominious club as well.

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8 Responses to “Down go the Beavers! OSU first ranked team in three years to fall to FCS foe”
  1. swu32733 says: Aug 31, 2013 10:12 PM

    Go Eags!!! OSU would never believe the size of our football budget.

  2. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 31, 2013 10:16 PM

    Eagles shaved the Beavers

  3. Deb says: Aug 31, 2013 10:16 PM

    Congrats to the Eagles!! That’s the risk you take when you schedule from what’s perceived to be the pastry department … and yes, I am talking to my own team and conference, too.

  4. youcantmakemepickausername says: Aug 31, 2013 10:26 PM

    “Nice beaver.”

    “Thanks, I just had it stuffed.”

    Sorry young-ins, it’s a quote from movie from like 25 years ago.

  5. txnative61 says: Aug 31, 2013 11:49 PM

    Beav’s should have noticed how Eastern played Washington and Wa State the last two years. Didn’t wriggle of the hook like they did. Big Sky’s got ballers, definitely not pastries.

  6. frug says: Sep 1, 2013 1:31 AM

    The season is only 3 days old and by count 5 AQ teams (UConn, USF, OSU, KSU and ISU) have already lost to FCS schools.

    I have no idea if that is high by historical standards, but it certainly feels like a lot.

  7. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 1, 2013 10:29 AM

    As June Cleaver would say “Eastern Washington, weren’t you a little hard on the Beaver?”

  8. jintzforever says: Sep 2, 2013 8:04 AM

    Beavers aw shucks coach has got to dump that lame D coordinator once and for all. Two years ago they lost to Sacramento State! Beavs suck…..

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