Oregon State back to its upset-pulling ways

Oregon State back to its upset-pulling ways

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CORVALLIS, OR - SEPTEMBER 08: Quarterback Sean Mannion #4 of the Oregon State Beavers celebrates with fans after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers 10-7 on September 8, 2012 at the Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 8:40 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- It has become a staple of Mike Riley's time at Oregon State. When the Beavers pull at least one upset of a Top 25 team, their regular season usually turns out to be pretty good.

The rarity is getting that in game No. 1.

The Beavers did just that on Saturday using a suffocating defense to stymie then-No. 13 Wisconsin 10-7. It marked the 10th time in the last eight seasons that a Riley coached team had pulled an upset of a ranked squad during the regular season. Last season, when the Beavers finished 3-9, was the only time since 2005 they failed to beat a ranked opponent.

And the way Oregon State did it, relying mostly on a smothering defense that didn't let Wisconsin star running back Montee Ball get started, was also a stark change from last season.

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