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.