November 2, 2006

Beavers look to carry momentum against Sun Devils

Coach Mike Riley says his Oregon State football squad can't get beat by its last game,
a 33-31 upset of No. 3 Southern California. What he means is that the Beavers
can't dwell on the game, even though they won.

And for good reason, the team they host this weekend, Arizona State (5-3 overall,
2-3 Pac-10), may be a tougher opponent than USC was. That's because ASU
has won nine out of the last 10 meetings between the two teams.

"We're playing a team that is not unlike ourselves in many ways.,
Riley said. "They started out and had some struggles a little bit early
on with a couple of games, but have rebounded, won games and kind of found an
identity with what they are doing on offensively and have continued to play
very physical aggressive defense. I anticipate a very hungry team coming in
here and one we will have to match and even be more hungry than they."

Last season, the Sun Devils scored 28 points in the third quarter, en route
to a 42-24 rout of the Beavers at Reser Stadium. Freshman quarterback Rudy
Carpenter torched the OSU secondary for 365 yards and four touchdowns.
Two of the scores were to standout wide receiver Derek Hagan who finished with
11 catches for 193 yards.

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