WTS: Beaver defense steps up

THE NEWS FROM California is all about Jahvid Best while the wordsmiths in Oregon wax poetic about Mike Riley's ability to do more with less and Oregon State's strong play on the defensive side of the pigskin. Here's what the media from Oregon and California are saying about OSU's 31-14 win over No. 23 Cal.

| From an Oregon State Perspective |

Beaver D helps roll up No. 23 Cal
YOU KNEW IT WAS going to be the Beavers' night watching the kickoff to open the second half. In OSU's 31-14 victory over No. 23 Cal, a win that made OSU bowl eligible, 285-pound DT Latu Moala opened that third quarter bobbing and weaving his way through Cal's kickoff stoppers for 21 yards, out to the 43 yard line. And how fitting that it was a defensive lineman making the play.

Sean Canfield was again spectacular tonight -- that he did so much with Cal bottling up Jacquizz Rodgers on the ground added even more luster to his performance ... more from BF.C.

 

Beavers help themselves by dominating Cal
Hold everything.

Could there suddenly be more at stake in this season for Oregon State after all? ... more from The Register Guard.

 

Beavers continue winning ways in Berkeley
Oregon State continued its road dominance over California on Saturday, winning for the fifth straight time in Berkeley, 31-14, and the Beavers' defense was the primary reason this time.

The Beavers limited Cal to 239 yards of total offense — the Bears second-lowest total of the season — and their lowest output at home since 2003, when Oregon State held Cal to 237 yards in another of Oregon State's strong performances in Berkeley ... more from The Mail Tribune.

 

Oregon State's Mike Riley is doing something Jeff Tedford, Pete Carroll aren't
have a friend who drives a 1990 Honda Prelude. It's red, and the odometer, which quit working two years ago, is stuck with 262,000 miles on it.

He drives the thing to work every day, and even though the clutch is going out, it leaks oil and the film of the back-window tint is bubbling up so badly he can hardly see through it, the thing gets the job done ... more from The Oregonian.

 

Berkeley brings out best in Beavers again
Over the past decade, California’s Memorial Stadium has been Oregon State’s home away from home.

Homefield advantage prevailed again Saturday as the Beavers upset California 31-14 on a day when the 20th-ranked Bears lost more than a football game ... more from The Portland Tribune.

 

Beavers pass the Bears to secures bowl eligibility
Winning in Memorial Stadium has become so much the norm for the Oregon State Beavers that the postgame celebration wasn't a wild one like in the past.

But don't be fooled. Some significant developments occurred for the OSU football team Saturday night ... more from The Gazette Times | Report card

 

Beavers defense halts California's running game
The Oregon State football team's defense was geared up to stop California's powerful running game.

The Beavers were doing that in Saturday's game, but where disappointed they didn't face the Golden Bears at their best with standout running back Jahvid Best ... more from The Gazette Times | Sideline briefing

 

Jahvid Best's injury silences crowd, alarms players
If Oregon State safety Cameron Collins had seen how California tailback Jahvid Best had landed, he would have known why the air was suddenly sucked out of Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Best had tried to leap over Collins and OSU corner Tim Clark attempting to get into the end zone ... more from The Oregonian | Notes

 

Beavers climb into contention for Pac-10 title
It tells you something when the postgame quotes after a big road win lean more toward "Ho-hum, we did it again" than "Hip-hip-hooray!" but Oregon State had been here before, explaining a big win at California while the devastated Golden Bears congregated in the other locker room.

To be exact, they had replayed this scene in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007 and again Saturday, when the Beavers hammered the No. 23 Bears 31-14 for their fifth win in a row at Memorial Stadium ... more from The Oregonian.

 

Canfield carries Beavers to win
California tailback Jahvid Best slammed to the ground after a terrifying fall into the end zone and the Golden Bears never recovered from losing their star.

Sean Canfield and Oregon State were too much for stunned Cal ... more from The Associated Press | Notebook

 

 

| From a Cal State Perspective |

Scary injury in another loss to OSU
Cal absorbed a deflating defeat Saturday, falling 31-14 to Oregon State. But one frightening image will linger for the Bears' players and the 56,496 spectators at chilly Memorial Stadium - tailback Jahvid Best rising high into the air and crashing painfully to earth ... more from The San Franciso Chronicle.

 

Cal Shaken by Best's Injury in Loss to Beavers
A silence encompassed Memorial Stadium during the second quarter on Saturday when Jahvid Best's leap towards the end zone ended in a hard fall for the tailback of the Cal football team.

Best's teammates congregated in support as he was carted off the field on a stretcher, a moment they hoped would give them an emotional boost after their initial shock at the sight of the injury ... more from The Daily Californian.

 

Bears 'outplayed in every phase'
Jahvid Best's health was foremost on his mind, but Cal coach Jeff Tedford still was dismayed by the way his team's three-game winning streak ended Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Oregon State won 31-14, but in many ways the game wasn't that close. The Beavers controlled the action from the outset, smothering Cal's running game and moving the ball at will to out-gain the Bears 436 yards to 239 ... more from The San Franciso Chornicle.

 

Jahvid Best's TD turned horrifying
Jahvid Best took the direct snap from center, curled around left end and streaked for the goal line. Waiting for him there was Oregon State's Tim Clark, anticipating what was sure to be a glorious collision of chiseled brawn and youthful bravado.

It never happened. As he approached Clark, Best bounded into the air like a gazelle. Rather than run through the defender, Best had chosen to leap over him. Maybe to put an exclamation point on an arduous 15-play drive. Maybe to serve as an inspiration for a team that was trailing 14-0 and struggling to do anything well ... more from the Bay Area News group.

 

Inconsistent play just one of many concerns for Tedford, Bears
Jahvid Best took the direct snap from center, curled around left end and streaked for the goal line. Waiting for him there was Oregon State's Tim Clark, anticipating what was sure to be a glorious collision of chiseled brawn and youthful bravado.

It never happened. As he approached Clark, Best bounded into the air like a gazelle. Rather than run through the defender, Best had chosen to leap over him. Maybe to put an exclamation point on an arduous 15-play drive. Maybe to serve as an inspiration for a team that was trailing 14-0 and struggling to do anything well ... more from The Oakland Tribune.

 

Cal's Jahvid Best has concussion after being knocked cold
Cal lost a football game Saturday that all but guaranteed it will have to settle once again for a midlevel bowl game this season. But that just didn't seem all that important as the night wore on.

A 31-14 loss to Oregon State in front of 56,496 at Memorial Stadium was delayed 13 minutes in the second quarter, after star tailback Jahvid Best was knocked cold at the end of a 7-yard touchdown run. Best ultimately was wheeled off the field on a stretcher as a solemnly quiet crowd watched ... more from The Oakland Tribune.


BeaverBlitz Top Stories