Coach Mike Riley rights the No. 14 Beavers

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Associated Press

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 2 at 10:03 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The whispers about job security aren't an issue for Oregon State coach Mike Riley any more.

The amiable Beavers coach has led his team to a 3-0 start and the No. 14 spot in the AP rankings. It's a dramatic turnaround for a team that won only three games all of last season.

After consecutive wins over ranked teams, Oregon State is coming off a 38-35 victory over Arizona in Tucson last Saturday. It was Riley's 75th victory in his two stints — he's in his 12th season overall — as coach of the Beavers, making him the winningest coach in school history.

Oregon State hasn't opened with a three-game winning streak since 2002. The Beavers host 2-3 Washington State on Saturday.

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