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What the media is saying about Oregon State's 17-7 victory over New Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Beavers make it look difficult, but get their first win 17-7
Oregon State won its first game of the season Saturday, beating New Mexico on a wet, cold, miserable late-summer afternoon at Reser Stadium. The real question was this: How in the world could the final score have been only 17-7?...more from Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune.


It wasn’t pretty, but Beavers will take the victory
Mike Riley has seen more than his fair share of football games in his life, but Saturday’s experience might take the prize as the biggest head-scratcher of them all.

It’s difficult to imagine a football team doing more and accomplishing less than Riley’s Beavers did in a 17-7, home-opening victory over New Mexico...more from Kris Henry of the Mail Tribune.


Flags, fumbles and Lobos can't beat Beavers
Oregon State coach Mike Riley didn't know what to make of an ugly 17-7 win over New Mexico on Saturday at Reser Stadium. He just knew he saw 31/2 hours of very strange football.

"I don't know if I've ever been in a game like that," Riley said after OSU (1-2) dominated the Lobos (1-2) statistically but couldn't put them away until Alexis Serna -- last seen with his face buried in the mud at Louisiana State after missing an extra point attempt in overtime -- kicked a 35-yard field goal with 3:04 left...more from Paul Buker of the Oregonian.


This kick was worth much more than three points
When Alexis Serna jogged onto the field with three minutes left in an ugly game against New Mexico, the crowd at Reser Stadium buzzed.

Oregon State had dominated the Lobos but had made enough mistakes to keep New Mexico in the game...more from Brian Meehan of the Oregonian.


Kicker Serna hits key field goal to quiet critics
Call it sweet redemption for Oregon State place-kicker Alexis Serna.

Few kickers in college football received more notoriety than Serna after he missed an extra point Sept. 4 at Louisiana State that would have forced a second overtime in the season opener...more from the Statesman Journal.


Oregon State dominates New Mexico
Derek Anderson passed for 274 yards, Dwight Wright ran for 108 yards and Oregon State held off New Mexico 17-7 Saturday, despite more kicking problems for the Beavers.

Oregon State (1-2) outgained New Mexico 398-114 and had the ball for more than 38 minutes, but John Dailey missed field goals of 43 and 34 yards. Dailey replaced Alexis Serna as the Beavers No. 1 kicker after Serna missed three extra points in a 22-21 opening loss at LSU...more from the Associated Press.


K.O. in Corvallis
There is no nice way to put this; the Lobo offense was a stinker today. Not your average mellow stinker, but a real P-U. For the Lobo offense to click it all starts up front and that is where we start tonight up front with The Hitmen...more from Lee Roy L. Bandito of TheRedMenace.com.


Beavers pick up much-needed win
Weather conditions were ugly Saturday afternoon and so was much of the play on the field. But it didn't matter to the Oregon State football team; it was the result that mattered at this point.

The Beavers dominated New Mexico on a rainy day at Reser Stadium, but only came away with only a 17-7 victory in their final non-conference game of the season...more from Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Gazette Times | Beaver Notebook


Serna finally kicks monkey off his back
The Beaver Nation doesn't eat its young.

A standing ovation greeted Alexis Serna on Saturday when he trotted out onto the soggy Reser Stadium turf to attempt another crucial, fourth-quarter kick. Oregon State fans who had ample reason to derisively hoot at the redshirt freshman place-kicker for his infamous meltdown at LSU two weeks ago instead cheered with support as he positioned himself for another dance with destiny...more from Brooks Hatch of the Gazette Times.


Newton shows no signs of rust
When a woozy Joe Newton was helped off the blue Boise State turf during the second quarter of Oregon State's loss to the Broncos last week, it looked as if he might not be getting back on the field for a while.

Newton suffered a mild concussion and was kept out of practice early in the week. When he was allowed back Thursday, it was out of full gear and away from contact...more from Kevin Hampton of the Gazette Times.

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