A driving rain fell upon Reser Stadium throughout the morning hours. Just before kickoff, sunshine filled the sky and Oregon State came out and warmed up right along with the sun. The Cougs played most of the game as if stuck in a dank, dark fog. When it was all said and done, Washington State got beaten in every phase of the game on this Saturday, falling to the Beavers 38-19.
Even when things went right, they went wrong...more from J.V. Holland of CougFan.com.
Beavers are back; OSU running attack reappears in 38-19 victory
It wasn't a perfect game, but Oregon State didn't need a Randy Johnson-like performance to beat Washington State Saturday at Reser Stadium.
The Beavers passed effectively, got their running game going and controlled the Cougars defensively in a 38-19 victory over their Northwest rivals...more from Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune.
Easy win over WSU raises OSU's spirits, prospects for bowl
Oregon State has reduced its magic number for being bowl eligible to three victories.
With four regular-season games remaining and three wins required ... well, do the math...more from Bob Rodman from the Eugene Register Guard.
Brink disappointed in debut as starter
After scrambling away from Oregon State's defense all afternoon, Alex Brink scrambled some more after the game, searching for words to assess his performance Saturday.
A 38-19 loss to the Beavers in his first career start for Washington State wasn't the kind of homecoming the former Sheldon High School star quarterback had envisioned...more from Adam Jude of the Eugene Register Guard.
Washington State loses more than game
Washington State's 2004 football season is quickly become one of redefining goals.
Long ago, there was hope of a fourth straight 10-win season. Then the Pacific-10 Conference championship. Then a decent bowl game...more from Nick Dashel of The Columbian.
Cole's dream run tramples Cougars
The hole opened before Oregon State running back Ryan Cole, and all he had to do was race through the clear spaces for his first collegiate touchdown.
No cutbacks or jukes were required, just a straight sprint for Cole, a sophomore running back from South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard...more from Kevin Hampton of the Seattle Times.
Little help for Brink in first start
On a day evocative of the bad old days of Washington State football, it takes the current-day vernacular to describe the state of the Cougars.
It is what it is...more from Bud Withers from the Seattle Times.
Cougars' bowl hopes dashed in loss to Oregon State
Instead of Washington State football fans heading south for a fourth consecutive bowl game, this season appears headed south.
In a matchup of teams suddenly moving in different directions, Oregon State completed its first sweep of WSU and Washington since 1974 by using big plays to thrash the Cougars 38-19 before 36,265 in Reser Stadium...more from Craig Smith of the Seattle Times.
When the Oregon State football team's coaches drew up how games should unfold this season, Saturday's performance was what they had in mind.
Everything the Beavers needed to accomplished, happened in their 38-19 Pacific-10 Conference victory over Washington State before a sellout homecoming crowd of 36,265...more from Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Gazette Times.
This team is getting closer to leaving the customers happy
Three to go.
Oregon State's "better late than never bowl-game drive" chugged ahead on Saturday, when the Beavers clobbered Washington State 38-19 at Reser Stadium. OSU's five-story climb to bowl eligibility reached the second floor with another dominating victory over a historical nemesis from the other side of the Columbia...more from Brooks Hatch of the Gazette Times.
Derek Anderson is on the verge of becoming the top passer in Oregon State history.
With a 15-yard screen to Dwight Wright early in the game, Anderson jumped past Erik Wilhelm into second on the list at 9,627 yards and should pass Jonathan Smith's mark of 9,680 yards this week...more from Kevin Hampton of the Gazette Times.
Loss puts damper on Brink's first start
Alex Brink stood in a dim, cramped hallway in the bowels of Gill Coliseum, blanketed by more than a dozen reporters.
The redshirt freshman quarterback had just completed his first start for Washington State and was answering questions just outside the Cougars' locker room. And they weren't exactly questions Brink wanted to answer...more from Joe Freeman of The Oregonian.
Ground game takes advantage of the blitz
The call was perfect, the blocking was perfect and the run was perfect, producing a dramatic touchdown that helped Oregon State defeat Washington State 38-19.
The only problem for Dwight Wright was that he was on the sideline. His backup, Ryan Cole, was the tailback who ran 79 yards -- OSU's longest run of the season...more from Mike Tokito of The Oregonian.
Beavers win back fans
For the second consecutive home game, Oregon State fans poured into the parking lot early in the fourth quarter at Reser Stadium. But this time they had smiles on their faces. They mostly were praising Beavers quarterback Derek Anderson, not burying him. And they were talking about something that seemed far-fetched three weeks ago after a 49-7 loss to California: a chance to get back to .500 with a win this week at Arizona.
In the man-bites-dog department, OSU had a relentless running game Saturday against Washington State: Ryan Cole had the first 100-yard rushing game of his career with 104 yards and Dwight Wright ran for 79 yards in the Beavers' surprisingly easy 38-19 win over the Cougars...more from Paul Buker of The Oregonian.