Beavers opponents perform well in bowl games

As you undoubtedly already know the Oregon State football team reached the 10 win mark for just the second time in school history. What you may not know is that the Beavers played seven teams this year that reached the postseason in 2006.

Four (USC, Oregon, Arizona State and Hawaii) of the seven teams Oregon State defeated. Of the seven teams four teams won their postseason contest and won 10 or more games. According to Jeff Saragin of USA Today the Beavers finished with the nation's 10th toughest schedule.

Most recently Boise State defeated Oklahoma 43-42 in the Fiesta Bowl. The Broncos crushed OSU in Boise 42-14 in early September. BSU finished with a perfect 13-0 record and could finish in the top 5 when all is said and done.

USC manhandled Michigan in the Rose Bowl winning 32-18 finishing with an 11-2 record and should also finish in the top 5. The Beavs defeated USC 33-31 in late October in Corvallis.

California crushed Texas A&M 45-10 in the Holiday Bowl to finish with a 10-3 record. The Bears dominated OSU in the conference opener 41-13 at Reser Stadium.

UCLA lost 44-27 to Florida State in the Emerald Bowl. The Bruins finished with a 7-6 record. The Bruins dealt the Beavers their only defeat in the last nine games of the year with a 25-7 victory in Pasadena.

Oregon was humiliated by BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl losing 38-8. Oregon also finished one game over five hundred with a 7-6 mark. The Men in Black defeated the Ducks 30-28 in the final Pac-10 game for both teams.

OSU defeated both teams in the Hawaii Bowl as Hawaii beat Arizona State 41-24 for their 11th win of the year. The Beavers beat Hawaii 35-32 in the last regular season game of the 2006 college football season.

On the year the Beavers finished with a 5-2 home record and a 4-2 away record. OSU posted a 6-3 conference record and a 3-1 non-conference record. Against ranked teams Oregon State recorded a 2-1 mark with a loss to #20 California and win over #2 USC and #25 Hawaii.

Of the 14 opponents this year only four finished under five hundred. Washington State was the only team to defeat the Beavers and finish without a winning record.

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