No. 16 Oregon State looks toward No. 5 Oregon


No. 16 Oregon State looks toward No. 5 Oregon

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Mike Riley thought he was missing something on the field.

Just a couple minutes after Brandin Cooks had run in a 48-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter of Oregon State's 62-14 demolition of California Saturday night, a roar went up through cold, drizzly Reser Stadium.

``I was back on the bench talking to someone and I heard the crowd go crazy,'' Riley said.

Fans were cheering not because anything was happening on the field, but because the scoreboard flashed a final from down the road in Eugene: Stanford 17, Oregon 14. The top-ranked Ducks had gone down to defeat and the stage was set for the 116th Civil War.

Oregon State (8-2, 6-2) will be hoping to knock off the Ducks for the first time in the rivalry game since an overtime thriller in 2007 at Autzen Stadium. Oregon (10-1, 7-1) needs to beat the Beavers and hope for a Stanford loss against UCLA in order to keep its hopes for a fourth-straight Pac-12 championship alive.

``There's a little more at stake,'' against the Ducks this year, Beavers cornerback Rashaad Reynolds said of the past two Civil Wars, which Oregon State entered with a losing record.

This year, the Beavers are poised for a decent bowl berth, and they enter the Oregon game coming off their most complete performance of the season, a total domination of the Golden Bears. Quarterback Sean Mannion threw for 325 yards after regaining the starting job he lost to Cody Vaz early in the year. A big night (128 yards) from Terron Ward helped establish the running game. All told, the Beavers rolled up 559 total yards against Cal, and the defense forced two lost fumbles and an interception.

``I feel like we are peaking at the right time,'' Ward said.

Despite the big win, the Beavers dropped a spot to No. 16 in the Associated Press poll on Saturday. The Ducks fell to No. 5 after having the nation's longest winning streak stopped at 13 games. Oregon also dropped to No. 5 in the BCS standings, while Oregon State was No. 15.

Oregon State has been competitive in only one of the last four Civil Wars - a 37-33 loss in 2009. The Beavers were not even a speed bump for the Ducks in 2010 and 2011. Oregon won 37-20 two years ago en route to the BCS Championship game and 49-21 last year as a prelude to the Rose Bowl.

For the past two seasons, the Beavers haven't had a bowl game to play in after falling to the Oregon juggernaut. There is a distinct feeling around the team that this year could be different.

The Beavers are the third-ranked defense in the conference and they could possess the run-stopping ability and experience in the secondary to slow the Ducks high-powered offense, which is averaging 51.1 points per game even after getting stuck in neutral against the Cardinal.

The game will be played at Reser, where the Beavers are 5-0 this season. And unlike the Ducks, who have pretty much taken on the company line about no one game being more important than any other, Oregon State's players are open about how motivated they are to take down their rivals.

``It is unexplainable how much it means to me,'' said senior receiver Markus Wheaton.

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Bradley Beal sees Phil Chenier's jersey retirement as something to strive for

Bradley Beal sees Phil Chenier's jersey retirement as something to strive for

The relationship between Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal and Bullets legend Phil Chenier goes beyond your average friendship between a current and former player, or a current player and team broadcaster. Beal and Chenier are close to the point Chenier often offers advice as a fellow shooting guard who helped lead the organization to some of their most important accomplishments.

Beal is always open ears when Chenier is talking and took great honor in being the one to tell Chenier personally that his jersey would be retired by the Wizards. The day has come for Chenier's No. 45 to be raised to the rafters and Beal feels a unique sense of pride in seeing a man he reveres to the highest degree finally have his day in the sun.

"It's unbelievable. It's more than deserving," Beal said. "I was happy to be the one who told him about it. It's a special night for him. He's been a mentor to a lot of us for many years."


Chenier was a three-time All-Star for the Washington Bullets back in the 1970s. Following his playing career, he became a legendary broadcaster calling Bullets and then Wizards games for over 30 years.

Beal is now an NBA All-Star himself, having earned the honor for the first time this season. He is a shooting guard, just like Chenier.

Chenier was the color analyst for Wizards games for the first five years of Beal's career and Beal has always seen Chenier as a model to follow both on and off the court.

"It's always motivation for me to get better and I feel like this is the final touch of it, having your jersey retired by the franchise that you played a part in their success," Beal said.


The honor Chenier is about to receive is another goal to strive for. Beal wants to achieve a lot of what Chenier has accomplished in his life from winning a championship to making All-NBA to now having his jersey hang in the rafters at Capital One Arena.

"It definitely motivates me for that to be a goal of mine. Especially with the fact we both play the same position," Beal said.


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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

And with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select.... a quarterback?

Assistant general manager, and soon to be general manager, Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility that the Ravens use their first-round pick on drafting a quarterback to eventually replace Joe Flacco. 

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of draft a quarterback in the first-round. 

Quarterback is just one of many offensive needs for the team. Joe Flacco's stats have been trending downward as the 33-year old is entering his 11th season.


Owner Steve Bisciotti though may disagree with DeCosta.

At his annual State of the Ravens press conference, Bisciotti said, "That’s not really something that we’re worried about right now. We’ve got bigger fish to fry, I guess. I don’t consider that a big worry," in regards to looking at life after Joe. Bisciotti also noted the team would be looking at all options in free agency and the draft for weapons for their QB.

From the sound of that, it appears the team's first choice would be a wideout, but the Ravens haven't drafted a quarterback since Joe Flacco back in 2008. 

The 2018 NFL Draft class has a handful of strong quarterbacks to choose from and not a ton of first-round wide receivers. 

Former Ravens scout, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has predicted the team with take Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield in the first-round. 

"It basically depends on our evaluation and how we feel about the guy, what we think he can become as a player and what we think his upside is and if he's there," DeCosta said

Backup Ryan Mallet is a free agent so the organization will have to find someone to fill the role, whether it's someone on a one year-deal, or the future QB of the franchise.