What they're saying...

What the media is saying about Oregon State's 28-16 victory over the Aggies on Saturday.

After slow start, Beavers win 28-16; now they hope Jackson's knee is OK
The biggest concern about Oregon State's 28-16 victory over New Mexico State Saturday at Reser Stadium wasn't the less-than-inspiring play of the Beavers. It was over the health of The Franchise...Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune


Beavers triumph
Coming off one of the worst games of his career, the last thing Derek Anderson needed was a slow start Saturday against underdog New Mexico State.

He got one.

After the football slipped out of Anderson’s hand on the second offensive play of the game and linebacker Greg Scaffidi returned the fumble 22-yards for a touchdown, the junior quarterback must have wondered what else could go wrong...Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal


Bad start, star's bad knee dampen OSU's day
A fumble and a fake punt had the Beavers down on a warm and windy Saturday, not out.

But when the franchise, megastar tailback Steven Jackson, hobbled off the Reser Stadium turf, Oregon State seemed caught with an uppercut square on the chin...Bob Rodman, Register Guard


Forging ahead
Oregon State won a football game by defeating New Mexico State 28-16 on Saturday before the now-customary sellout crowd at Reser Stadium.

A bigger victory, though, was the news that junior tailback Steven Jackson's left knee wasn't thought to be seriously injured. The Beavers' offensive lynchpin, who will undergo an MRI examination today, suffered a suspected sprained medial collateral ligament when he was tackled late in the fourth quarter near the OSU sideline...Brooks Hatch, Gazette Times


Anderson shakes off boos
As Derek Anderson strode into a converted Valley Football Center meeting room to meet the press, an Oregon State official smiled and thrust a final statistics sheet into his midsection.

Anderson, wearing powder-blue basketball trunks and an orange baseball cap, smiled back, shook his head and otherwise acted as if the papers were powdered with anthrax...Jeff Welsch, Gazette Times


Inspired Aggies make stand . . . only it's too brief
As you might expect, being 211/2-point underdogs to an Oregon State team that looked horrible last week at Fresno State did not sit well with the New Mexico State Aggies.

"I mean, c'mon," Aggies linebacker Jimmy Cottrell said. "It should never be that much in Division I. . . . Definitely, we were insulted by that."...Paul Bunker, Oregonian


Anderson rallies Oregon State after a shaky start
If Oregon State's game against New Mexico State accomplished nothing else, it coaxed Beavers fans from the ledge. Some might still be peering out the window, wondering what harrowing incidents await their football team. But at least for now they are back to being winners, and so are the Beavers.

Derek Anderson, who withstood more criticism this week than any other OSU quarterback in recent history, finished strong to lead Oregon State to a 28-16 victory over the Aggies on Saturday at Reser Stadium...Rachel Bachman, Oregonian.


Oregon State sees improvement in win
It was better, Oregon State coach Mike Riley concluded. Not perfect -- but better.

As Riley awaited definitive word over the status of star tailback Steven Jackson, he was encouraged by Oregon State's improvement -- albeit after a slow start -- against New Mexico State Saturday...Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press

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