WTS: Beavs want to see improvement

A WIN IS a win is a win. That, among other things, is the general consensus from the Oregon media while members of the media in Kentucky are encouraged by Louisville's performance on the road against a ranked team. Here's what they're saying..

| From an Oregon State Perspective |

Brief moment in time just long enough for OSU
IT DIDN’T LAST very long – it was only about five and a half minutes. But that stretch to open the second half ultimately won OSU the game over Louisville. On special teams, offense and defense, OSU finally found "it" coming out of the locker room. Execution was suddenly crisp, and in all phases of the game. But it was all too brief, and what looked like a comfortable win turned into a nailbiter.

It would have been something to have been a fly on the wall in the OSU locker room at halftime ... more from BF.C


Beavers hold off Louisville for first win
Style points were in short supply, but Oregon State got its first victory of the season Saturday, beating Louisville 35-28 in the rain Saturday at Reser Stadium.

The 25th-ranked Beavers (1-1) followed a tough 30-21 loss on the road to nationally ranked Texas Christian with a hang-on-for-dear-life win over 20-point underdog Louisville ... more from The Portland Tribune.


Win leaves Beavers wanting more
Oregon State had reason to worry, and it had nothing to do with that game at third-ranked Boise State looming on the horizon.

The 25th-ranked Beavers (1-1) had seen a three-touchdown lead over Louisville (1-2) whittled to seven points, another mobile quarterback was riddling their defense and 45,379 wet viewers were wondering if they were going to have to endure overtime as the Cardinals reached midfield with a minute left ... more from the Register Guard.


There's no defense for OSU's start
He guessed right, and snatched the football away, ending Louisville’s last chance, securing victory.

But as James Dockery’s teammates converged in a happy celebration, I wondered if the emotion wasn’t so much happiness as relief. Because after the clinching interception, Dockery admitted, “I just took a gamble.” ... more from the Register Guard.


Rain-dropped victory: OSU edges Louisville
Nothing was going to stop the Beavers in their home opener against Louisville this past Saturday; at least that's what it looked like, until a 21-point lead in the third quarter was cut to seven late in the fourth.

"I think that Louisville didn't quit, and for whatever reason, we stopped executing," head coach Mike Riley said. "I can't account for it. We didn't really sustain anything, didn't convert (on) third down, gave them every chance to come back." ... more from the Barometer.


Beavers hold serve at home, but Boise looms
Oregon State posted its first win of the season Saturday in the home opener and Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for more than 100 yards.

All seems to be well in Beaver Nation ... more from the Statesman Journal.


Oregon State comes up big on defense when it counts
Handwringing over the Oregon State football team's defense remains warranted after the second game of the season.

However, don't forget to notice there have been big plays when needed ... more from the Gazette Times | Report card


Beavers rev up offense behind Quizz, Katz and the Wild Beaver
Oregon State's offense had a lot of room to grow after a season-opening loss to Texas Christian two weeks ago.

The Beavers were unable to get star running back Jacquizz Rodgers going and first-year starting quarterback Ryan Katz completed just 9 of 25 passes ... more from the GT | Sideline briefing


Rodgers comes up big as return man
James Rodgers, of fly sweep fame? Two carries for 12 yards on Saturday against Louisville.

James, the Rodgers brother who averaged seven catches for 79.5 yards per game in 2009? Three catches for 27 yards against the Cardinals ... more from the Mail Tribune.


Oregon State 35, Louisville 28: Who's the idiot who said Cardinals were a 20-point underdog?
The first question thrown at Mike Riley, as darkness descended on Reser Stadium after the harrowing close call that was Saturday's game, was "Who was the idiot who made Louisville a 20-point underdog?"

"I don't know," Oregon State's coach said, letting No.25 Oregon State's 35-28 victory over the Cardinals slowly sink in. "I'm not going to answer that." ... more from The Oregonian.



| From a Louisville Perspective |

No quit in these Cards; OSU escapes
Louisville never quit on the road against No. 25 Oregon State Saturday, but couldn't overcome a 21-point third quarter deficit. Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for two touchdowns as the Beavers held off the underdog Cardinals 35-28.

Louisville never quit on the road against No. 25 Oregon State Saturday, but couldn't overcome a 21-point third quarter deficit. Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for two touchdowns as the Beavers held off the underdog Cardinals 35-28 ... more from InsidetheVille.com.


U of L Shows Spark in Falling at OSU 35-28
The Louisville football team showed flashes of brilliance Saturday afternoon in Corvallis, Oregon against 25thranked Oregon State University.

A late interception by Oregon State senior defensive back James Dockery sealed off a late U of L comeback, giving the Beavers a 35-28 victory that came much harder than many expected for a team favored by 20 points ... more from The Cardinal.


Louisville football team starts to feel swagger
Fox Sports Northwest cameras failed to correctly identify University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong for much of the first quarter in UofL's 35-28 loss to No.25 Oregon State on Saturday.

What the Cardinals (1-2) lacked in their recognition to broadcasters (who picked out strength and conditioning coach Pat Moorer as Strong), they gained in identity. Despite their loss, they left Reser Stadium feeling empowered by their offensive performance finally meeting its potential ... more from the Courier-Journal.


No. 25 Oregon State holds off Louisville
Jacquizz Rodgers and the Oregon State offense are back in sync. The Beavers' defense is still adjusting.

Rodgers ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns but the No. 25 Beavers let Louisville get too close for comfort in a 35-28 victory Saturday. The Cardinals managed 453 offensive yards and hung around until James Dockery's late-game interception ... more from the AP.

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