WTS: Five in a row and the "R" word

ALTHOUGH THE BEAVERS just climbed above the .500 mark on the year, there's a phrase on the on the lips and minds of many Oregon media members -- The Rose Bowl. Meanwhile in Seattle, a healthy smattering of the local scribes are left to wonder just where it all went so horribly wrong for the purple and gold.

| From an Oregon State Perspective |

Huskies can't catch Beavers
James and Jacquizz Rodgers lining up in the same Oregon State backfield might be the smallest tandem in the country.

It might also be one of the most dangerous ... more from the Associated Press.


Big brother leads Beavers to big win
For most of the season, Jacquizz Rodgers has stolen the thunder from his older brother.

At Husky Stadium Saturday, it was James Rodgers’ turn ... more from The Portland Tribune.


Beavs dash past UW
It was third down, Oregon State needed a yard to keep the fourth-quarter drive going, and the Beavers went into their short-yardage alignment.

Quizz Rodgers, all of 5-feet-7 and 193 pounds, lined up directly behind quarterback Lyle Moevao, with 5-7, 185-pound James Rodgers as the tailback behind his freshman brother ... more from the Register Guard.


Beavers’ bus could end up in Pasadena
The elderly man checked out the line, which stretched from the restroom door and snaked a good way outside the pavilion. He saw all the large young men in black warm-ups trimmed in orange, and he wondered:

“Are you guys going to watch a game?" ... more from the Register Guard.


Don't look now, but ...
So, Mike Riley. How’s the view from up there?

And what do you think about your Rose Bowl chances?

“I’m not even going to go there,” the Oregon State coach said after his team’s 34-13 pasting of Washington Saturday at Husky Stadium. “There is so much football to be played." ... more from The Portland Tribune.


Shhh! Beavers can't talk about Rose Bowl, yet
It's a subject that Oregon State football coaches and players hesitate to speak about, but you can be guaranteed it's never far from their minds.

After Saturday's 34-13 win at Washington, five more wins will put the Beavers into the Rose Bowl game for the first time since Jan. 1, 1965 ... more from the Mail Tribune.


After this OSU win, hint of roses in the air
Oregon State remains very much alive in the race for the Pacific-10 Conference championship, but don't bother asking coach Mike Riley if he has thought -- even a tiny bit -- about the Beavers crashing the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1964 season.

"I won't even go there," said Riley, after his team overcame some sloppy play in the secondary to overpower the Washington Huskies 34-13 Saturday afternoon in front of an announced crowd of 63,996 at Husky Stadium ... more from The Oregonian.


Short backfield, big impact: 'Q-ball' seals win for Beavers
It was third-and-one from the Oregon State 45-yard-line early in the fourth quarter, and the Beavers were leading the Washington Huskies 24-6.

OSU showed the Huskies something different -- a backfield that featured 5-foot-7 freshman Jacquizz Rodgers at fullback, and 5-7 sophomore wide receiver James Rodgers at tailback ... more from The Oregonian.


Oregon State quietly pushes aside the Huskies
Being the underdog worked for the Oregon State football team for a long time, but it will have to change its approach with the way things are going.

Call them the big, bad Beavers ... more from the Gazette Times | Report card


OSU’s brothers share spotlight
The spotlight has a funny way of moving around just when you think it has settled on one place.

Last year, Oregon State receiver James Rodgers often found himself in the limelight while terrorizing the Pacific-10 Conference running the fly sweep ... more from the Gazette Times | Sideline report


Beavers bend, never break
Football fans have all heard of the bend, don’t break defensive philosophy.

It means that even though you might give ground to an offense, in the end you keep it from getting into the end zone ... more from the Gazette Times.


Norris is epitome of Oregon State’s program
The job, to hear Slade Norris tell it, is simple.

“I had no clue how to play defensive end,” the Oregon State senior said Saturday, recalling his introduction to the position. “Coach said basically, ‘Go get the quarterback.'" ... more from the Columbian.




| From a Washington Perspective |

Season of gloom marches on
Washington lost to Oregon State, 34-13, Saturday night, and coach Tyrone Willingham’s summation seemed as good as any for this specific game and also for the Huskies’ season, which now stands 0-6 at its midpoint.

“(It) was a game in which we didn’t make enough plays, gave up too many big plays, didn’t create any turnovers and gave turnovers. If those things could have been avoided …” he said before letting the thought drift away ... more from the News Tribune.


Disorganized, timid Huskies just too nice?
In what had to be a Husky Stadium record for Quickest Display of Intolerance, it took six seconds for the first chorus of boos Saturday.

Washington quarterback Ronnie Fouch was shouting out the signals before the game’s initial snap when a whistle blew and a flag dropped ... more from the News Tribune.


Rodgers duo leads Oregon State past Huskies
Sometimes desperation is a mask for necessity. And both make men do funny things.

With his Washington Huskies sitting at 0-6 after a 34-13 home loss to Oregon State Saturday night, Tyrone Willingham is desperate. But most of his and his staff's despondent-looking moves were done out of necessity ... more from the Seattle PI.


Huskies Notebook: Goodwin a silver lining in dark, dismal season
In the throes of an 0-6 start, one light shining from the winless dark is receiver D'Andre Goodwin.

The Antelope Valley, Calif. native posted a career day in Saturday's 34-13 loss to Oregon State with five catches for 136 yards ... more from the Seattle PI.


UW defense can't stop OSU's Rodgers brothers
Someone who only tuned in at the beginning and end of this one, saw about all they really needed to know of Oregon State's 34-13 Pac-10 football victory over Washington on Saturday.

On the first snap, the Huskies were called for a delay penalty, unable to get the play off in time ... more from the Seattle Times.


Tyrone Willingham throws away a young receiver's season
For 60 minutes Saturday night, Cody Bruns sat. Suffering from a slight hamstring injury, he watched with the rest of the 63,996 inside Husky Stadium, as Washington lost again, this time to Oregon State.

Two weeks earlier, for reasons that still don't make sense, Washington coach Tyrone Willingham put freshman wide receiver Bruns into a lopsided loss at Arizona ... more from the Seattle Times.

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