There were glory days in Corvallis so long ago, when the "Great Pumpkin," Dee Andros, was coaching Oregon State's football "Giant Killers."
Andros ran what they called a "full-house backfield" -- a throwback to the old basic T-formation, and he handed the ball to his fullback, time after time. Legends like Bill Enyart, Pete Pifer and Dave Schilling carried the ball as often as 50 times in a game as the physical Beavers pounded teams into submission.
But those hard-nosed fullbacks need to move over and make room for one more -- current Beaver Ryan Nall.
Nall, the sophomore out of Central Catholic, battered the Ducks for 155 yards and four touchdowns as the Beavers rushed for 310 yards.
Oregon State Coach Gary Andersen has made toughness a cornerstone of his program and in just his second season at OSU he saw evidence that it's paying off. The Beavers dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring the Ducks 13-0 to overcome a 10-point deficit.
And on the other side of the field, Oregon, a three-point favorite, saw its eight-game Civil War win streak come to an end on a day when it appeared it had the edge. When the Ducks jumped to a 24-14 lead in the third quarter it seemed they were on the way to a big win.
But they couldn't put the determined Beavers away.
Will that be it for Oregon Coach Mark Helfrich? I wouldn't be surprised, either way. This game exposed Oregon's soft defense and inconsistent offense, problems that have plagued the Ducks all season. With the game on the line, the underdog Beavers manhandled Oregon.
There will be plenty of time to talk about that. Right now, it's only fair to salute the Beavers for claiming a milestone win for Andersen in his effort to turn the program around.
Andros would be so proud.