WTS: Men in Black make it three in a row

THE ROSE BOWL talk has started in earnest from the Oregon media as well as the more rabid fans in Beaver Nation as the players sported homemade Rose Bowl buttons during the post game interviews. The Arizona media, similar to the Washington media, is wondering where it all went wrong.

| From an Oregon State Perspective |


Rose Bowl? Beavers stay in the running with a tough win over ASU
As he met with the media following Oregon State’s heart-stopping 27-25 victory over Arizona State Saturday night, Jacquizz Rodgers wore a button that read, “Rose Bowl, 01-01-09.”

“A little kid gave them out to the whole team,” OSU’s freshman tailback said ... more from The Portland Tribune.


Believing in Beavers
Oregon State remains in control of its own destiny in the race for the Pacific-10 Conference championship -- barely -- thanks to a senior defensive end with a long reach and a junior backup quarterback who had largely been forgotten.

Defensive end Victor Butler's leaping interception of a Rudy Carpenter two-point conversion pass preserved the Beavers' 27-25 win over Arizona State in front of 44,109 wrung-out fans at Reser Stadium on Saturday night ... more from The Oregonian.


Canfield makes his return with victory
A year and two days since he took a nasty hit that altered the course of his career, Sean Canfield once again became a significant part of the Oregon State football program.

The left-handed junior quarterback was thrust into service after starter Lyle Moevao went down with a shoulder injury. Canfield started shakily, but settled down to complete 19 of 28 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns to lead OSU to a 27-25 win over Arizona State ... more from The Oregonian.


No time to stop and smell the roses
There are two four-letter words Oregon State coach Mike Riley is not using, and it has nothing to do with his famously G-rated vocabulary.

Rose Bowl ... more from The Oregonian.


Sun Devils throw scare at Beavers, who hang on behind backup QB
All the scary stuff wasn’t over on Halloween, even for the team in orange and black.

Oregon State survived losing its starting quarterback, trailing in the second half and an Arizona State two-point conversion attempt with 21 seconds left that could have forced overtime to turn back the Sun Devils, 27-25, on Saturday night at Reser Stadium ... more from the Register Guard | Game report


Beavers hold off Sun Devils, stay in the hunt
Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield still remembers what it's like to play with the game on the line.

Good thing for the Beavers ... more from the Statesman Journal.


Beavers squeak by Sun Devils for 27-25 victory at Reser
In front of a crowd of 44,109 Oregon State snuck out a 27-25 win against an Arizona State team that played better than its record shows.

Oregon State (5-3, 4-1 Pac-10) appeared in control early in the first quarter as the Beavers scored on their first possession. After a 21-yard punt return by senior wide receiver Sammie Stroughter, OSU found themselves in a 3rd-and-15 situation. Junior quarterback Lyle Moevao found sophomore wide receiver James Rodgers through the air for 14 yards, leaving Oregon State a yard shy of the first down ... more from the Barometer.


Oregon State defense holds Arizona State under 300 yards of total offense in 27-25 win
Defensive coordinator Mark Banker and the hard-hitting Oregon State defense proved for the fourth time this season that Reser Stadium dislikes opposing offenses.

With a Homecoming crowd totaling 44,109 and a climate living up to its Northwest tendencies, Arizona State's first play from the line of scrimmage resulted in a false start penalty, which was the only spark needed to ignite a loud Beaver crowd ... more from the Barometer.


Canfield comes through
In his first legitimate playing time since injuring his shoulder in the USC game last season, quarterback Sean Canfield stepped in for the injured Lyle Moevao and led the Beavers to a breathtaking 27-25 victory over the struggling Arizona State Sun Devils Saturday night at Reser Stadium, their fourth straight Pac-10 victory this season ... more from the Barometer.


OSU survives scare
Rudy Carpenter's throw for a 2-point conversion with 21 seconds left was intercepted and Oregon State held off Arizona State 27-25 on Saturday night for the Sun Devils' sixth straight loss.

Carpenter hit Andrew Pettes with a 3-yard touchdown pass, but was intercepted by Victor Butler on the conversion attempt to tie it ... more from the Associated Press.


Beavers hang on for victory
An inconsistent performance and an injured quarterback made everything more difficult.

The Oregon State football team lost its starting quarterback Lyle Moevao due to an injury and the offense wasn’t struggled without him early but it smoothed out as the game went on ... more from the Gazette Times | Grades


Canfield comes to OSU’s rescue
If Victor Butler has his way, Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield will be selected as the Pacific-10 Conference player of the week.

When Lyle Moevao was knocked out of Saturday’s game against Arizona State with a hurt shoulder, Canfield stepped in and led the Beavers to a 27-25 win ... more from the Gazette Times | Report card


Defensive deliverance
Victor Strong Butler leaped high in the end zone and gathered in Rudy Carpenter’s desperation heave with 21 seconds remaining, preserving a victory for Oregon State.

Carpenter had driven Arizona State to a touchdown in the final minute, but the Sun Devils needed a two-point conversion to force overtime. Strong-Butler’s interception prevented that and gave the Beavers a 27-25 Pacific-10 Conference victory after they covered the onside kick Saturday night in Reser Stadium before a homecoming crowd of 44,109 ... more from the Gazette Times.


| From an Arizona State Perspective |


ASU comes up short against Oregon St.
Rudy Carpenter came within one throw of salvaging Arizona State's season Saturday night.

The senior quarterback directed a 72-yard scoring drive against Oregon State late in the fourth quarter, capped with a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Andrew Pettes to bring the Sun Devils within 27-25 with 21 seconds remaining ... more from The Arizona Republic.


ASU upbeat after better effort, softer games ahead
The Arizona State football team tied a school record with its sixth straight loss on Saturday, so coach Dennis Erickson described the two-point setback at Oregon State as "the same old record."

However, the tune was a little more upbeat, as for the first time since their shocking overtime loss against Nevada-Las Vegas on Sept.13, the Sun Devils led in a game and were competitive until the end ... more from the East Valley Tribune.


Devils come up short against Oregon State
After safety Troy Nolan returned an interception for a touchdown during the third quarter on Saturday, Arizona State was flagged for excessive celebration.

Most teams would excessively celebrate, too, if they had just taken the lead for the first time in almost two months. Imagine how the Sun Devils would have partied had they won for the first time in an even longer time ... more from the East Valley Tribune.

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