RECAPS: What they're saying...OSU at UA

What the Arizona and Oregon media are saying about Oregon State's 17-10 victory over Arizona Oct. 21.

| From an Oregon State Perspective |


Defense steps up again, keeps Beavers on a roll
Defense may win championships but right now it's simply winning games for Oregon State.

Road games, at that ... more from Bob Rodman of the Register Guard.


Offense sputters, but OSU edges Arizona 17-10
Oregon State won a very important game Saturday, one that puts the Beavers on course for a potential bowl game. But the Beavers didn’t leave themselves a lot of room for error.

The Beavers (4-3 overall, 2-2 in Pac-10 play) jumped to a 14-0 first-quarter lead, then held on to beat Arizona (3-5, 1-4) 17-10 before a crowd of 57,113 at Arizona Stadium ... more from Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune.


Desert survival
A wave of momentum has built up.

It’s not gullywasher size as seen in these parts, but it is enough to make the second half of this season interesting ... more from Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Gazette Times.


LaRocque: Right place, right time
Joey LaRocque was in the right place at the right time all game Saturday, or so it seemed.

The Oregon State junior linebacker came up with a fumble recovery in the first quarter, and added a huge interception late in the fourth quarter that went a long way in the Beavers holding off Arizona 17-10 at Arizona Stadium. ... more from Steve Gress of the Gazette Times.


Defense has OSU’s back once again
It looked so much like those two Boise State games on the road — Oregon State jumping out to a 14-point first-quarter lead.

But unlike those two games that saw the Broncos rally for big wins, this time the Beavers were able to make the early advantage hold up ... more from Steve Gress of the Gazette Times | Report Card | Sideline Report


When it comes to defense, Beavers 'take it personal'
Arizona quarterback Kris Heavner didn't do as good a job of selling the second-down pass play as he probably would have liked.

At least, Oregon State linebacker Joey LaRocque wasn't fooled ... more from Jim Beseda of The Oregonian.


Beavers, buoyed by two wins, head home to face USC
Oregon State will be a big underdog at home next week against No. 3 USC, but Beavers players are looking forward to the challenge.

"Hopefully, we can just keep up the momentum and play at home like we've been playing on the road," OSU quarterback Matt Moore said ... more from The Oregonian.

Beavers slip by Arizona with a win

Oregon State nickel back Daniel Drayton had just one assignment on the last play of the game Saturday night at Arizona Stadium, and he executed it perfectly.

Drayton intercepted Arizona quarterback Kris Heavner's desperation pass at the 1-yard line to preserve the Beavers' 17-10 victory over the Wildcats ... more from Paul Buker of The Oregonian.


| From an Arizona Perspective |

Wildcats can't catch up to Beavers
The Arizona football team came into Saturday's game against Oregon State knowing that to win, it couldn't ask too much of quarterback Kris Heavner, its third starter in three weeks.

Indeed, a 14-point first-quarter deficit proved too much for Heavner and the Wildcats to overcome, as they fell 17-10 in front of a Family Weekend crowd of 57,113 at Arizona Stadium ... more from Tom Knauer of the Wildcat Online.


Late rally comes up short
In a game reminicent of the Washington game, the Wildcat defense had one bad quarter and then watched as the offense could do nothing to help the cause. Oregon State scored 14 points in the first quarter and then hung on to win 17-10.

Despite only gaining 168 yards, the Wildcats had a chance to tie it in the final minute. In just four plays, Heavner led the Cats down to the Oregon State 28. He was sacked on the next play and then on second down he was flushed from the pocket and heaved a desperation throw that was intercepted by Daniel Drayton at the two-yard line on the game's final play ... more from Brad Allis of


Wildcats' last gasp fall short in loss to Oregon State
Arizona receiver Mike Thomas was about five yards into the end zone on the final play of the game. Three Oregon State defenders were in front of the goal line.

Quarterback Kris Heavner was running for his life, scrambling near the right sideline. He couldn't quite get set as he tossed a pass from around the Oregon State 40 while being hit by a defender ... more from John Moredich of the Tucson Citizen.


An unflattering comparison for the Wildcats
The tall lights looked down on a sad, emptying stadium when one of the 57,113 witnesses to the latest disappointment put the whole season in context.

Arizona, he said, has become the Chicago Cubs of Pacific-10 Conference football ... more from Corky Simpson of the Tucson Citizen.


Brought down again
The UA football team trailed by a touchdown with less than a minute left in Saturday's game against Oregon State, the kind of hero-making situation that exists in dreams.

For Arizona, it became a nightmare come to life in the form of a 17-10 loss ... more from Ryan Finley of the Arizona Star.


Cats have stopped making progress
The accepted origin of Arizona's football decline was the 1999 season opener at Penn State, a grim 88-game period in which Wildcat fans have done everything but drown themselves in their salsa.

For manifold reasons — mostly poor recruiting, poor coaching and poor quarterbacking —the Wildcats have spent 88 games flailing away without much success ... more from Greg Hansen of the Arizona Star.


OSU finds early separation
tDesperately seeking a first-quarter spark, the UA trotted out wide receiver Anthony Johnson at quarterback to start Saturday's game against Oregon State.

The Beavers were decidedly more conventional — and far more effective —in accomplishing the same thing ... more from Patrick Finley of the Arizona Star.


Bernard rushes Beavers past UA
Make it two in a row on the road for the rejuvenated Oregon State Beavers.

Yvenson Bernard rushed for 107 yards and the Beavers shut down Arizona's offense most of the game, then held on to beat the Wildcats 17-10 Saturday ... more from Bob Baum of the Associated Press.

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