WTS: Beavers prove resilient in victory

WITH THE BEAVERS one win away from going to their first Rose Bowl in 44 years the Rose Bowl talk has started in earnest from the Oregon media. The Arizona media had plenty of positive things to say about the Beaver football team as they, along with the Oregon and national media, were impressed with OSU's resiliency.

| From an Oregon State Perspective |


OSU makes finishing kick
Now, who doesn’t believe?

Using the backup quarterback, losing the Pac-10’s leading rusher, seemingly having momentum’s pendulum swinging out of reach, Oregon State wouldn’t even allow blowing football’s simplest play, an extra point, to deter their flirtation with destiny ... more from the Register Guard | OSU report


Beavs win thriller, eye Civil War, roses
JUST HOW MANY GUTCHECK WINS do these guys have in them? Trailing 17-16 with 1:19 left and 80 yards to go, Oregon State calmly, with ice cold precision, marched to a redemption seizing FG by Justin Kahut -- keyed by a 47-yard strike from Sean Canfield to Sammie Stroughter -- and knocked off Arizona 19-17. With Quizz injured early, the number of key Beaver performers was almost too lengthy to list.

James Rodgers left it all out on the field. With brother and star RB Jacquizz Rodgers going down to injury in the first quarter (early reports called it a slight shoulder separation) James racked up more than 100 yards on the fly sweep to pace Oregon State on the ground ... more from BeaverFootball.com.


Canfield aces tough test minus Quizz
So what team wins without its starting quarterback and the freshman running back who might be the offensive player of the year in the Pac-10?

Why, Oregon State does, with a 19-17 victory over Arizona on Saturday in Arizona Stadium ... more from the Register Guard.


Clutch kick has Beavers smiling
Justin Kahut looked up, and focused on a spot between the uprights, and it was a very weird time to smile, but that’s what he did. Just grinned. He couldn’t help it. Suddenly, he felt so good.

A moment later, he nailed the field goal, the final gun went off, and Oregon State had a 19-17 victory over Arizona. And there’s no need to wonder why Kahut is still beaming, along with his teammates, and why every OSU fan is filled with giddiness ... more from the Register Guard.


OSU’s Great Escape
There’s no longer any reason to avoid the talk.

One win separates Oregon State from a Jan. 1 date in Pasadena, Calif., and a rematch with Penn State in the Rose Bowl ... more from the Gazette Times | Report card


Backups deliver prime-time performances
Backups came to the forefront Saturday night for the Oregon State football team.

Starting quarterback Lyle Moevao couldn’t play due to his injured throwing shoulder suffered Nov. 1 against Arizona State ... more from the Gazette Times | Sideline briefing


OSU overcomes loss of Quizz
Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers' night ended early when Arizona cornerback Devin Ross slammed into the 5-foot-7 freshman's left shoulder.

Rodgers sat on the bench with 3:18 left in the first quarter and never returned, forced to watch the rest of the 21st-ranked Beavers' wild, come-from-behind 19-17 victory over the Wildcats ... more from the Mail Tribune.


Michigan, Oregon State and a reversal of fortune
The last time Guns N' Roses released an album of new material, I was in high school. A friend and I cut class to get "Use Your Illusion I" and "Use Your Illusion II." We went to one of those mom and pop record stores you rarely find these days.

Sunday, Guns N' Roses (or at least the Axl Rose part of what's left of them) releases "Chinese Democracy" exclusively to Best Buy, the kind of store you find pretty much everywhere these days. That's 17 years between releases of original material ... more from The Oregonian.


Still alive and kicking back
What is it about this Oregon State team?

Here was the scene Saturday night, in a made-for-national TV thriller ... more from The Oregonian | Notes


Victory puts Beavers on destiny's fast track
T he Oregon State Beavers trailed by a point. They were stranded on their own 20, 1:19 left in the game, 80 yards from the end zone, without sparkplug Jacquizz Rodgers, without starting quarterback Lyle Moevao, without any timeouts.

It wasn't checkmate, but it was close ... more from The Oregonian.


Wide-left agony, right-on redemption
Justin Kahut is a kicker, and he knows what that entails.

"As kickers, you know that game's going to come down to you're either a hero or a zero," Kahut said ... more from The Oregonian.




Beavers' ultimate weapon: They are family
The thing that impressed me most in the aftermath of Oregon State’s logic-defying 19-17 victory at Arizona Saturday night were two players with the biggest smiles this side of Stevie Wonder.

Lyle Moevao and Jacquizz Rodgers were celebrating every bit as much as their teammates, even though injured shoulders took them out of the biggest game of the season for the Beavers ... more from The Portland Tribune.


On a kick and a prayer, Kahut gets ride of his life
There was no time to be nervous.

Stick to business, Justin Kahut told himself ... more from The Portland Tribune.


Rose Bowl dreams still alive – Oregon State wins on final play 19-17
No Jacquizz Rodgers. No Lyle Moevao. No Rose Bowl, right?

Well, no. Oregon State has proved through this remarkable season it is a team you should never count out, no matter what the situation ... more from The Portland Tribune.



| From an Arizona Perspective |

Oregon St. sinks UA on late FG
With the clock stopped at 0:04, a young man with a couple days' stubble ran onto the field with his team's Rose Bowl hopes squarely on his shoulders.

Four minutes earlier, Justin Kahut had missed a tying extra-point attempt, as close to a gimme as there is at this level of competition. No. 21 Oregon State needed to beat Arizona to stay in contention for its first Rose Bowl trip since 1965. The Beavers had driven 50 yards to bring themselves to within a point ... more from the Arizona Republic.


Cats bit at the end
As Oregon State kicker Justin Kahut lined up for his game-winning field goal in Saturday's 19-17 victory over Arizona, Eben Britton dropped to a knee.

Britton, the Arizona Wildcats' star left tackle and team captain, began pleading ... more from the Arizona Daily Star.


OSU's 20-minute drill a painful end for Cats
The Arizona Wildcats will spend the next 20 years thinking about 20 real-time minutes.

That's how long it took for Arizona to blow a one-point lead Saturday and kill its chances of climbing the Pac-10 Conference standings. That's how long it took Oregon State to preserve its Rose Bowl chances ... more from the Arizona Daily Star.


It's the same old heartbreak as UA fails to win big one
Didn't see any anger. Didn't hear any vows to beat ASU. Didn't witness anyone, except some numb UA fans, show any visible sign of hurt.

Instead, I saw recognition of some old familiar foes: defeat and desperation ... more from the Arizona Daily Star.


Beavers prove resiliency in victory
Really, Oregon State should have rolled over.

The Beavers started Saturday night's game without starting quarterback Lyle Moevao, who couldn't overcome a shoulder injury ... more from the Arizona Daily Star.


Cat's secondary burned at end
Arizona cornerback Devin Ross could only see the back of jersey No. 19.

Oregon State's Sammie Stroughter had a three- or four-step lead on the Wildcat cornerback with the clock ticking down ... more from the Tucson Citizen.


Sweeps by the 'other' Rodgers burns Cats
Oregon State's James Rodgers lined up as a wide receiver, but ended as the Beavers' top rusher with sweeps Arizona couldn't stop.

The brother of star freshman running back Jacquizz Rodgers, he ended up with a career-high 10 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown despite not lining up in the backfield ... more from the Tucson Citizen.


Loss to Beavers 'tough to take'
Arizona was a missed extra point away from victory. So it seemed.

The Wildcats wound up being a blown coverage and a game-winning field goal by Justin Kahut away from continuing their streak of wins over ranked teams in November ... more from the Tucson Citizen.


Cats lose on last second field goal
The Oregon State Beavers' Rose Bowl hopes are still alive after Justin Kahut makes up for a missed extra point and drills a 24-yard field goal as time expires to beat Arizona 19-17.

UA simply could not stop OSU receiver Sammie Stroughter in the stretch run, as he catches a key 49-yard pass to put the Beavers on the UA 5-yard line with 39 seconds left. Stroughter, who beat Devin Ross on the play, had three catches for 88 yards in the final 5 minutes ... more from the Tucson Citizen.


Last-second field goal dooms 'Cats
Oregon State kicker Justin Kahut could have been the goat Saturday night.

With less than four minutes left in a defensive battle between Arizona and No. 21 Oregon State, the game appeared to be decided by a missed extra point by the sophomore ... more from the Daily Wildcat.



| From a National Perspective |

Miracle in the Desert
Oregon State placekicker Justin Kahut said he was "in disbelief" after missing the potential tying extra point late in the fourth quarter.

Imagine how the Arizona Wildcats felt a few minutes later, when Kahut calmly nailed a 24-yard field goal as time expired to seal an improbable 19-17 victory on Saturday night, leaving the Beavers one win away from their first Rose Bowl trip since 1965 ... more from the Associated Press.


Instant Analysis: Oregon State-Arizona
You know that stuff about overcoming adversity, believing in yourself, and never giving up? It sounds so corny, and sometimes, that kind of coachspeak can get stale. On Saturday night in Tucson, however, Mike Riley and the rest of the Oregon State Beavers truly inspired anyone and everyone who believes that competitive athletics can teach life lessons.

The crew from Corvallis, a surprise co-leader in the Pac-10 heading into week 13, had so many reasons to falter against the Arizona Wildcats in a game they needed to maintain their Rose Bowl hopes. One by one, the on-field hardships just kept beating down the Beavers, who repeatedly had to confront the possibility that their dreams would die in the desert ... more from College Football News.


Oregon State takes one step closer to Pasadena
With four seconds left in Saturday night's game at Arizona Stadium, Oregon State kicker Justin Kahut lined up for a 24-yard field goal with the Beavers trailing Arizona by one point.

Justin Kahut atoned for his missed extra point with a game-winning 24-yard field goal as time expired.
Less than four minutes earlier, Kahut could have tied the score at 17-17, but missed an extra-point attempt that threatened to suck the wind out of Oregon State's dream season ... more from ESPN.com.

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