WTS: Beavs heat up the night with ASU shocker

THERE WAS NO shortage of superlatives and laments after Oregon State mounted a stirring, second half comeback shocked No. 6 Arizona State 35-27. Here's what scribes near and far are saying ...

Saturday showed the Beavers have not folded, that maybe they do really live in one-week bubbles and don't waste time dwelling on the past. Especially those seniors, who have less than a month of guaranteed football remaining.
Gina Mizell, Oregonian

At the end and with everything on the line, the Doctor was in and Alexander was Great.
Jim Phillips, BeverFootball.com

It was really just a matter of Oregon State outplaying Arizona State.
Hod Rabino, Devils Digest

For weeks, Arizona State had been playing with fire, attacking on defense more than it ever has under coach Todd Graham. Playing in the freezing temperatures of Corvallis on Saturday night, the Sun Devils finally got burned.
Tyler Lockman, Fox Sports Arizona

The critics, who have questioned Riley's commitment to the running game, his offensive philosophy, his clock management and his defense's execution, had less to complain about in this one.
Ken Goe, Oregonian

Mannion pointed his senior season in a new direction during losses to Cal and WSU. On Saturday, he helped navigate an upset that won't soon be forgotten.
Connor Letourneau, Oregonian

(And) Graham continued his onslaught of blitzes. They were effective the last five games. They were effective in the first half, to an extent. But they also resulted in three Beaver touchdowns. Their lengths? 78 yards, 67, yards and 66 yards.
Evan Webeck, The State Press

Corvallis once again proved to be a house of horrors for a highly-ranked Pac-12 team with national title aspirations as the Beavers took advantage of the Sun Devils' mistakes to pull off a massive 35-27 victory.
Bryan Fischer, NFL.com

So instead of going for it on fourth-and-1 at the ASU 45 in the closing minutes, coach Mike Riley opted to punt and pin the Sun Devils deep with the Beavers clinging to a 28-27 lead. It turned out to be the right call.
Steve Gress, Corvallis Gazette-Times

The Beavers drew boos when they punted on fourth-and-1 at the Arizona State 45 with 2:52 left, but the Sun Devils' chances faded with Doctor's interception.
Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press

Appropriately, the ball was in Kelly’s hands when the Sun Devils lost the game for good. Each game since returning from injury, Kelly has thrown at least one interception. He threw two against the Beavers, in addition to closing the game by completing just 10 of his final 26 passes.
Evan Webeck, The State Press

Oregon State may not have methodically moved the ball down the field, but the Beavers sure did have some big plays.
Steve Gress, Corvallis Gazette-Times

Arizona State signal-caller Taylor Kelly finished the night as a 50 percent passer and threw two interceptions. Tailback D.J. Foster never could find an opening, racking up just 51 yards rushing, although he did have 65 receiving yards along with a touchdown.
Bryan Fischer, NFL.com

Opportunistic Oregon State started fast and finished strong, dumping the Sun Devils 35-27.
Doug Haller, azcentralsports.com

Oh, nothing. Just your annual Oregon State-upsets-a-ranked-opponent-in-Corvallis. Why do you ask?
George Schroeder, USA Today

Another long/fun Saturday (into Sunday am). Another Top-10 visitor falls in Corvallis. Witnessed that before! Another '14 contender falls.
Chris Fowler, ESPN

Looks like Beavs will head to Husky Stadium with some confidence. Both UW and OSU need a win to become bowl eligible.
Adam Jude, Seattle Times

Upset is great for Oregon State, but terrible for Pac-12 in national picture.
Ted Miller, ESPN

The victory snapped a five-game slide, kept OSU's flickering bowl hopes alive and perhaps silenced — at least for the moment — the growing criticism of coach Mike Riley.
Ken Goe, Oregonian

On paper, Arizona State did some things well, but on a cold evening in Corvallis they weren't prepared for what came at them with a target on their backs.
Nick Krueger, House of Sparky

Like others before them though, Arizona State walked out of Corvallis with a look of disappointment on their faces -- another season derailed thanks to some late-night magic from Oregon State.
Bryan Fischer, NFL.com

The Sun Devils, who dismissed the idea that Oregon State could be a "trap game" following their monumental win over Notre Dame, still remain alive in the race for the Pac-12 title.
Tyler Lockman, Fox Sports Arizona

ASU was forcefully removed from the national title picture Saturday night by the Oregon State Beavers, of all teams.
Vince Marotta, ArizonaSports.com

Will Muschamp resigned as Florida’s football coach Sunday, effective at the end of the regular season... The Gators are expected to target an experienced, offensive-minded coach, with Mississippi’s Hugh Freeze, Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez, Arizona State’s Todd Graham, UCLA’s Jim Mora and Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy are all potential options. According to insiders, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, as well as Chip Kelly and Jim Harbaugh are viewed as pipe-dream candidates.
Jesse Simonton, Miami Herald

For this week anyway, Riley pro-style offense didn't look outdated and his defense stopped a dual-threat quarterback, the dangerous Kelly.
Ken Goe, Oregonian


BeaverBlitz Top Stories