| From an Oregon State Perspective |
'Deja vu' for OSU
All California had to do was beat Oregon State, and the Golden Bears were No. 1 in the nation.
On a gorgeous autumn Saturday at Strawberry Canyon, the Men in Orange had something to say about it ... more from the Portland Tribune.
Beavers join upset club
In the split-second Kevin Riley took to decide to run with the football instead of throw it away, California's dreams of a No. 1 ranking and undefeated season slipped away.
Riley's mistake on the final play of the game spoiled a comeback in his first career start as the clock ran out before the second-ranked Golden Bears had a chance to try a game-tying field goal Saturday in a 31-28 loss to Oregon State ... more from the Associated Press.
Beavers put end to generosity, triumphs
Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield spoke softly in the bowels of Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
The 6-foot-4 sophomore seemed subdued even after the Beavers had just joined the ranks of spoilers in this wacky college football season ... more from the Mail Tribune.
It was the day Sean Canfield grew up, and the Oregon State football team came of age.
Special teams play key to Beavers’ win
When Oregon State football coach Mike Riley was preparing for Saturday’s game against California, all the plans were in place for a competitive contest, except special teams.
Beavers bury Golden Bears’ hopes to be No. 1
It took it all.
A goal-line stand by Oregon State restored a reputation as the nation’s best rush defense, and a goal-line gamble by the Beavers offensively proved pivotal ... more from the Register Guard.
Beavers Bear down
There went No. 1, down with a thud, as Kentucky shocked Louisiana State in three overtimes Saturday. And 21/2 hours later, in a thriller at Memorial Stadium, there was a second seismic shift in college football as down went No. 2.
Oregon State shocked California 31-28 in a game that wasn't over until former Beaverton High School quarterback Kevin Riley had been tackled at the 10-yard line by OSU linebacker Joey LaRocque ... more from The Oregonian.
As a young QB falters, Canfield comes of age
With few seconds left, trailing by three points and in field goal range, before you allow a defender to tackle you, you throw the football out of bounds. You throw it off the stadium scoreboard. If you have to, you aim at your shoetops and fire your best spiral.
What you don't do, though, is get tackled, and let time run out ... more from The Oregonian.
Clutch play, offense, luck equal a winner
Oregon State's formula went like this: Some guts in the clutch, an offense that finally came to the party, and a little luck at the end.
The Beavers used it to sideswipe No. 2 California 31-28 at Memorial Stadium, helping scramble the college football rankings on another wild Saturday afternoon ... more from The Oregonian.
| From a California Perspective |
Time runs out on Cal
Kevin Riley was on the cusp of forging one of the great moments in the history of Cal football in his first career start. Then he served a reminder that it was indeed just that -- his first career start.
Riley almost led the No. 2 Bears to an improbable comeback from 10 points down late in the fourth quarter Saturday, but his failure to throw the ball away with the team in field goal range helped Oregon State pull off a 31-28 upset Saturday night in front of 63,995 at Memorial Stadium ... more from the Contra Costa Times.
Mistakes, missed opportunities doom Bears
The last play of Cal's 31-28 loss to Oregon State on Saturday will be the one that leaves the lasting impression, but the truth is the Bears had plenty of chances to avoid getting themselves in that situation in the first place.
Quarterback Kevin Riley's decision to run with the ball with no timeouts left prevented the Bears a chance to kick a potential game-tying field goal. But turnovers, mistakes and missed opportunities plagued Cal throughout ... more from the Contra Costa Times.
Don't blame Riley; Cal wasn't ready
Kevin Riley dropped back to pass, surveyed the field, and saw greater glory staring him right in the facemask.
Could this be right? Was this a dream? The field opened up before his very eyes, nothing but lush, fake green grass between him and the end zone. It was his for the taking. All he had to do was get there from here ... more from the Contra Costa Times.
Bears loose despite loss, drop in poll
For those who thought it was now the job of Cal coach Jeff Tedford to make sure his players were fully recovered from Saturday night's devastating 31-28 loss to Oregon State, it turns out it's the other way around.
The Bears appeared loose and in good spirits at Sunday evening's brief conditioning practice at Memorial Stadium, something that actually helps Cal's coaching staff move on after such a difficult defeat ... more from the Contra Costa Times.
One play didn't lose it, and Cal's season is not lost
Cal waited 56 years to become the No. 1 team in the land, and the opportunity finally arrived Saturday afternoon, on a platter delivered straight from the Kentucky bluegrass.
Top-ranked Louisiana State lost in overtime in the Commonwealth, meaning all Cal had to do was beat Oregon State, a two-touchdown underdog with an interception machine under center ... more from the Mercury News.
Cal's chance of being on top of the college football world died 10 yards short as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
Backup quarterback Kevin Riley scrambled into daylight that quickly disappeared on a play from the 12-yard line with 14 seconds remaining Saturday at Memorial Stadium. He was tackled at the 10-yard line and, with no timeouts left, he frantically darted to the sidelines ... more from the San Franciso Gate.
Now road gets tougher for hard-luck Bears|
Cal middle linebacker Worrell Williams usually patiently answers every postgame question, but after Saturday's 31-28 loss to Oregon State, he had to get back into the locker room.
He had a message for his teammates ... more from the San Franciso Gate.
The play that shouldn't have been will linger
Maybe the consolation prize for Cal in its hour of soot is this: There is no No. 1 team in the country - just a bunch of No. 11s exchanging turns.
But no, consolation is the last thing the Golden Bears need now. Quarterback Kevin Riley's decision to make a play when no play was what was demanded is going to linger in Cal's institutional memory for decades to come. For a team that hadn't known the chimerical joy of being No. 1 in a nationwide popularity contest since 1951, this was a hell of a grisly way to keep the streak alive ... more from the San Franciso Gate.
Longshore's lengthy day
Cal quarterback Nate Longshore found himself in a frustratingly familiar place during the Bears' 31-28 loss to Oregon State on Saturday night. After missing 111/2 games during his redshirt freshman season with a broken bone in his lower left leg, Longshore was back on the sideline with a sprained right ankle.
"It was brutal watching Cal play football," Longshore said Sunday. "I've watched far too many games since I've been here." ... more from the San Franciso Gate.
Beavers' curse on Bears at Memorial Stadium strikes
You see it in the laboratory all the time. One ingredient is mixed with another and creates something totally different from what was expected.
That seems to be the case with Oregon State and Cal's Memorial Stadium, because when the two come together it has an inexplicable effect on Cal quarterbacks ... more from the San Franciso Gate.
No. 2 Cal Upset 31-28 by Oregon State as Riley's Rally
Freshman quarterback Kevin Riley went through his progression, finding each receiver covered and the seconds ticking down with No. 2 Cal trailing by a field goal.
In his first career start, he relied on instinct ... more from The Daily Californian.