Beavers named national team of the week

With their 31-28 win at California, the Oregon State Beavers (4-3) are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Oct. 13.

Cal quarterback Kevin Riley was tackled in bounds at the Oregon State 9-yard line as time ran out as the Beavers upset the previously No. 2-ranked Bears.

Yvenson Bernard ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns and caught eight passes for 53 yards to lead Oregon State, which built a 10-point fourth quarter lead before holding on.

"I'm real proud of our team and our coaches," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. "We had some opportunities early and didn't capitalize and they just kept working hard and playing."

This is the second year in a row that OSU has been named the National Team of the Week. Last year the Men in Black were named the National Team of the Week for the weekend of Oct. 28 after upsetting No. 3 USC at home.

A recap:

With the help of four USC turnovers, the Beavers jumped out to a 33-10 lead late in the third quarter, but had to hold off a furious rally to end USC's 27- game Pac-10 winning streak. USC's 18-game road winning streak also ended when Oregon State's Jeff Van Orsow deflected a pass on the Trojans' two- point conversion attempt with seven seconds remaining.

The win over USC, ranked No. 3 in the AP poll entering the game, marks the first time since the Beavers have beaten a team ranked that high since 1967. The Beavers beat No. 1 USC that season.

"This is a great win, a big-time win," said Oregon State coach Mike Riley after the game. "This was a great win over a great program."


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