WTS: Beavs setting up for October run?

THE OREGON MEDIA is wondering if Oregon State is once again about to make an October run while the conglomerates in Arizona bemoan the Sun Devils' missed opportunities and turnovers.

| From an Oregon State Perspective |

Beavs step up, add drama, in win over ASU
THIS TIME, the defensive front seven brought pressure and big stops. This time, Jacquizz Rodgers busted a long one to the house. This time, the secondary was going to stop ‘em when it mattered most. This time, Ryan Katz was going to leave a winning imprint on the game. But say this for the Beavs as well -- this time, they created some extra drama at the end.

The Beavs and their fans were no doubt feeling pretty good. They had bowed up at the critical junctures on both offense and defense, crafting a comfortable 11-point lead with about three minutes left in the game. Game over, right? ... more from BF.C.


Beavers' effort, emotion, execution rewarded with victory over ASU
Passion returned to the Oregon State football team.

The Beavers grew weary of putting forth a quality effort with little return, and it showed with their enhanced performance in Saturday afternoon's Pacific-10 Conference opener against Arizona State ... more from the Gazette Times.


Beavers depth delivers against Arizona State
The fear in Beaver Nation was if James Rodgers couldn't play against Arizona State on Saturday, the Oregon State football team would have a tough time defeating the Sun Devils.

So when Rodgers was on the sideline wearing his jersey and shorts for pregame warmups, that sinking feeling may have overwhelmed some fans ... more from the Gazette Times.


Beavers hold off late surge by Sun Devils
Unable to ignore the media and message board talk that its season was in trouble, Oregon State went back to work.

"We try not to listen, but in this age of communication that's hard to do," said James Dockery, whose interception of Steven Threet in the final minute sealed a 31-28 win over Arizona State Saturday in the Beavers' conference opener ... more from the Associted Press.


Drama at the end, but redemption for the defense
Maybe a last-second defensive stand to win a game is just what Oregon State needed.

Maybe the Beavers were tired of getting kicked around on the message boards ... more from The Oregonian.


Beavers hold on for 31-28 win
The situation was precarious for Oregon State. The Beavers led 24-20 early in the fourth quarter, but Arizona State had controlled the ball most of the third quarter and held the momentum.

Then Jacquizz Rodgers worked his magic ... more from The Portland Tribune.


Beavers drown out noise with a win over Arizona State
Oregon State decided to put the pressure on somebody else.

After a week of increased criticism from seemingly every direction, the Beavers turned up the heat on Arizona State and quarterback Steven Threet on Saturday, using three interceptions and six quarterback sacks to set the tone for 31-28 victory at Reser Stadium ... more from the Register Guard.



| From an Arizona State Perspective |

ASU Sun Devils football loses at Oregon State
Football at this level doesn't come with many excuses, but Arizona State emerged from two recent losses with one that seemed acceptable: The Sun Devils were young, playing against nationally ranked competition. It offered a positive spin for a team seeking success.

That optimism, however, officially expired in Saturday's 31-28 loss to Oregon State, making this week's reality a lot more concerning: ASU seems incapable of correcting its mistakes, a quality already jeopardizing the bowl invitation that's eluded the program since 2007 ... more from The Arizona Republic.


Devils cannot overcome first half struggles
ASU couldn’t have asked for a better start to their road game at Oregon State, scoring a touchdown on their opening drive. Alas, that score was anything but an indication of things to come. The Beavers scored 17 unanswered points following that score and held off a Sun Devil second half rally as they prevailed 31-28.

“It’s getting old it really is,” said ASU head coach Dennis Erickson. “We play well at time and then we don’t play well at times. I thought defensively we didn’t play very well. We didn’t tackle very well, we didn’t get pressure on (Oregon State QB Ryan) Katz very much and they ate up the clock ... more from DevilsDigest.com.


OSU picks apart ASU defense to win Pac-10 opener
ASU hadn’t allowed any points in the fourth quarter in 2010.

Oregon State hadn’t scored any points in the fourth quarter in 2010.

In just 24 seconds Saturday, both of those streaks were snapped ... more from StatePress.com.

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