Beavs vs Cougs: Winner goes bowling!

Beavs vs Cougs: Winner goes bowling!

I can't wait to get to the Palouse this upcoming weekend. Think about it, for the first time since the 2014 season the Oregon State Beavers have a chance to qualify for a bowl game.

Mike Riley's final season as Beaver coach included a big win over seventh-ranked Arizona State to improve the season record to 5-5. But Oregon State couldn't beat Washington or Oregon to qualify for a bowl. It's a similar situation in 2019 after four years and just nine wins. Jonathan Smith has transformed the Oregon State football program back into legitimacy. Now, can the 2019 team get to the next level in just year two with Smith and his talented coaching staff guiding the Beavs? The Cougs and the Ducks stand in the way of a bowl qualification.

Let's look at this matchup before Saturday's kickoff at 6 p.m. at Martin Stadium:

The obvious

The Beavers are better in 2019 and the Cougars are not the team they were last year. The Cougars won the Alamo Bowl over Iowa State last season and finished with 11 wins. This season, just like the Beavers, the Cougs are 5-5. 

The Beavers are in second place in the Pac-12 North at 4-3. The Cougars are tied for the cellar in the north at 2-5 with Cal. 

This northwest rivalry is streaky. The Cougs have beaten the Beavers five-straight times, but before that the Beavers had won six-of-seven. 

Both teams quarterbacks are going to be huge Saturday,

Cougars quarterback Anthony Gordon is a touchdown machine with 39 touchdown passes. He has thrown for 4,314 yards, but also has 11 interceptions.

Jake Luton has thrown for 2,306 yards, but he is much more consistent with the football. He has 23 touchdown passes and just two interceptions. 

The Intangibles

How will the Beavers react to the comments of Washington State running back Max Borghi?

He says the Cougs are winning Saturday and he guarantees it:

A win feels great (Stanford win) and now carry it into next week and have a great week of practice preparing for Oregon State cause we're going bowling and you can guarantee that cause we're winning next week.

He then stood up and walked out of the news conference in Pullman. Is that bulletin board material for the Beavs?

Another factor about Saturday's game is the timing. The students at Washington State have the week before Thanksgiving off. So after this Friday they have no classes until December 2. How many of them will stick around for a football game on a chilly Saturday night? The locals say most of the roads on Friday will have an exodus of students so the crowd at the game may not be anything close to what the Cougs normally draw. 

The Beavers players on this roster have never played an opponent with a bowl game in their sights. They are ready to make it happen:

Quarterback Jake Luton on the possibility of playing in a bowl game:

We've got everything we want, ya know, right in front of us. We've got the opportunity and thats all you want. As a competitor, as a football player you want an opportunity and we have a chance to do that next week.

Noah Togiai chimed in as well.

It is huge. Its something we haven't experienced since I have been here and we are going to try and treat it like any other game. We will enjoy the ASU win then get to work and treat the game like any other.

Jalen Moore added his thoughts.

Everyone is going to say what they are going to say you know that life. Its just worrying about being 1-0 on the week. Coach Tibesar says that all the time and you gotta be 1-0 on the week and thats what we are preaching all the time so we just wanna be 1-0 next week."

Hamilcar Rashed Jr. on playing for a bowl game.

It's there but you know we gotta put our best effort every week. We let Arizona State put up 34 points and 300 yards of offense and we can do better. We did better on the rush defense and we gotta be better.

One other intangible: the Beavers road record. They are currently on a three-game conference road winning streak and are 3-1 away from Corvallis.


Jonathan Smith has been mentioned by some media types as a potential Pac-12 Coach of the Year candidate for his performance in year two in Corvallis.

Mike Leach has had a ton of success on the Palouse and has brought winning to Pullman. But this season he has criticized his players in graphic terms after losses. Following the 49-22 win at home over Stanford last week, Leach called Anthony Gordon the best quarterback in the country. 

He is also rumored to be on the list of other schools seeking a savior at the head coaching position. The Arkansas media has him in the top-three of potential coaches to turn around their football team.

What will happen Saturday?

I have no idea. But I do know that to see the Beavers playing in a game to qualify for a bowl game is a huge step for the program. Will they win?  Vegas odds have them as a 12-point underdog. The potential small crowd, the weather forecast in the low 30s or upper 20s could be a factor. This time of year snow can't be ruled out. 

Max Borghi says it's a done deal for WSU. I'm not so sure.

Despite losing to Stanford, Oregon State WBB rises in AP Poll

Despite losing to Stanford, Oregon State WBB rises in AP Poll

After a series split over the weekend, the Oregon State women’s basketball team has seen a slight jump in this week’s AP Top-25 Poll.

The Beavers (16-2, 4-2 Pac-12) have jumped one spot in this week’s rankings, from No. 8 to No. 7.

It all started with a dominant 81-44 victory over the Cal Golden Bears last Friday. Oregon State’s defense held Cal to 25.8 percent shooting from the field and out-rebounded the Beats 51-22. 

Then, it was a Sunday matinée that tipped off at noon between No. 8 Oregon State and No. 3 Stanford. The Cardinal were coming off a 32-point loss to Oregon and had one extra day to prepare for the Beavers. Oregon State did a nice job containing Stanford’s offense, but on the other end, the Beavers struggled on their own offensively, scoring just six points in the third quarter and not making a shot in the last three minutes of the game.

Stanford came away with the victory, 61-58 at Gill Coliseum.

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Here's the top-10

1. South Carolina (22)


2. Baylor (6)


3. UConn


4. Oregon


5. Louisville (2)


6. Stanford


7. Oregon St.


8. NC State


9. Mississippi St.


10. UCLA


UP NEXT: Welcome to Civil War weekend that will once again feature two top-10 teams separated by 45 minutes of I-5 freeway of one another. First, the Beavers will travel south on Friday to play the No. 4 Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena (tip-off set for 7 p.m.) and then Oregon State will host Oregon on Sunday (tip-off set for 1 p.m.).

Oregon State must regroup after tough loss to Stanford

Oregon State must regroup after tough loss to Stanford

The Beavers and Stanford mirror each other. Look at the stats.

They are nearly identical. Both teams are now 16-2. Look at the commitment to defense. Both teams are tremendous at making their opponents feel uncomfortable.

The game played Sunday at Gill Coliseum before 8,667 fans represents what is best about women's college basketball and even more. It also shows us what is tremendous about the quality of this year's Pac-12 conference.

In reality, either team had a chance to win Sunday's  game in the final five minutes. A game won by Stanford 61-58.

Check this out......with 3:59 to go in the game, redshirt junior Destiny Slocum (who had a season-high 26 pts) hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 55-55. With 3:46 to go in the game, Lexie Hull answered for the Cardinal with her own three-pointer to give Stanford a 58-55 lead. Those were the final field goals of the afternoon. Defense was outstanding by both teams. Offensive rebounding by Stanford turned out to be the difference down the stretch. The Cardinal had eight offensive rebounds in the final minutes of the fourth quarter that kept the ball away from the Beavers. Ultimately, that was the difference in this one.

Senior Mikayla Pivec had 10 points and three rebounds in the game and was asked afterwards about if she still feels positive about things after such a heart wrenching loss. Pivec was brutally honest:

I'm not really positive right now......we just lost. I don't want that to happen. We will look at the film but right now it hurts. — Pivec

Pivec will return to the practice court on Tuesday with the fervor the All-American brings to this talented Oregon State team.

By the way, the post-game news conference was the shortest in recent memory lasting just three minutes and 44 seconds. The loss was a gut punch but at the same time the season is still young and this team has so much room to grow. 

Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck was proud of the effort against Stanford. Its about getting better and playing your best basketball in late February and March. He was asked how he will handle the fact his team has lost two of their last three conference games

Like I would if we'd won. How can we better than we were today. Go back and see what worked and what didn't  What did they do that caused us trouble and get better. That's it. Simple. — Rueck

I think the Beavers will look back at this game and realize this one was so close to a victory. But, that is the story of the Pac-12. It is so deep, so talented and now the Beavers must put the Stanford loss in the rear view mirror immediately. The Ducks are next. 

Rueck has a 15-3 record over Oregon since his arrival as the head coach at Oregon State. The Ducks, have arguably their best team since the Kelly Graves era began. This past weekend, Oregon showed how powerful they are with a 32-point win over Stanford and a 50-point win over Cal.

For Oregon State, it is a chance to regroup and prepare for a game against their rival and show everyone they can stick with Sabrina and company.

More to come from Corvallis after the players get their day off tomorrow. Make sure you check the NBC Sports Northwest webpage for the latest on this week's Civil War matchup!

Scott Rueck at a loss for words following second half performance in loss to Stanford

Scott Rueck at a loss for words following second half performance in loss to Stanford

CORVALLIS, OR - The story was going to write itself. Destiny Slocum records career-high night in Oregon State’s upset win over Stanford. The Cardinal can’t catch up after a Beavers’ 13-2 run to open the game. Huge momentum swinger with a date with the Oregon Ducks in Civil War weekend up next.

But it was a different story in the second half.

Oregon State was held to six points in the third quarter, committed six turnovers in the fourth quarter alone and did not make a field goal with under 3:46 left to play. 

It was an odd second half. 

Very odd. 

And very unlike this team.

In the end, No. 8 Oregon State (16-2, 4-2 Pac-12) falls to No. 3 Stanford (16-2, 5-1 Pac-12) in a nail-biter, 61-58 at Gill Coliseum.

The third quarter is where it began, shooting 3-of-14 from the field and scoring only six points. 

What was going right was Destiny Slocum, who finished with a season-high 21 points in the first half and was on track for quite the stat line, but was held to five points in the second half.

When asked about the second half and what defensive adjustments Stanford made on her, the redshirt junior responded:

No, I don’t think they did much. I just think seeing the floor faster, finding the open person more could have been an opportunity for me to find some open teammates. So, just take better shots. — Slocum

On the other side, Oregon State switched up its defensive look from person to zone  which gave Stanford’s offense some trouble holding them to 10 points in the third. But an opportunity lost as Oregon State shot 3-for-14 from the field in the third.

Oregon State Coach Scott Rueck was at a loss for words trying to describe the second half following the game.

I don’t know. I’m going to have to watch film. Honestly. I thought we executed better. I thought we were on the same page a little better than we were in the second quarter. — Scott Rueck

Rueck continued:

But I don’t know. I honestly don’t know. It was a confusing half. It was just an interesting half. I have a hard time putting words to it. I have to watch it to see honestly what just happened. — Scott Rueck

It was a half that the Beavers need to study, learn from and then throw away. Oregon State’s daunting schedule ahead starts with a date with the Oregon Ducks, another top-10 opponent and in-state rival for this upcoming Civil War weekend, and then a road trip to the mountains to face Colorado and Utah.

Until the loss at Arizona State, Oregon State’s 15-straight victories is the longest winning streak in program history and now the Beavers have lost two Pac-12 games in one week.

Time to refocus and get back on track. 

Instant Analysis: No. 8 Beavers costly turnovers lead to loss vs. No. 3 Stanford

Instant Analysis: No. 8 Beavers costly turnovers lead to loss vs. No. 3 Stanford

CORVALLIS - It seems like every weekend in Pac-12 women’s hoops features a top-10 showdown and today was no different.

This is just the talent in this prestigious conference. On a Sunday matinee, the No. 8 Oregon State Beavers hosted the No. 3 Stanford Cardinal in front of a packed house at Gill Coliseum.

Despite Oregon State starting the game on a 13-2 run, this one was back-and-forth to the finish.Stellar Stanford freshman Haley Jones, who is averaging 11.6 points per game, went down with a knee injury late in the third quarter and would not return. Stanford would have to find their scoring from somewhere else and both teams went to a smaller lineup. In the end, Stanford prevailed.

FINAL SCORE: Stanford 61, Oregon State 58

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:

Destiny Slocum 
The redshirt junior was locked in from the beginning. Slocum recorded 21 of Oregon State’s 36 points in the first half alone, getting it done from three point range and taking it hard to the hoop. Slocum finished with 26 points on 11-for-21 from the field.

Third quarter D 
Oregon State opened up the third quarter with a defensive mixture of person and zone. It gave Stanford a lot of trouble holding the Cardinal to 10 points in the third. On the other hand, the Beavers scored only six points, which left the door open for the Cardinal. 

The Beavers recorded 14 turnovers in the loss, double the amount of Stanford. They will need to take care of the ball better as the season progresses against this demanding Pac-12 conference. 

UP NEXT: A date with the Oregon Ducks in part one of a Civil War weekend starting in Eugene, OR on Friday night.

Oregon State looks to regain momentum after weekend sweep to Washington State, Washington 

Oregon State looks to regain momentum after weekend sweep to Washington State, Washington 

“Let’s get a win.”

That was the message Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson had for his Washington State basketball team just moments after he watched his No.1 jersey raised into the rafters of Beasley Coliseum

It looks like Klay got his wish. 

After a back-and-forth game before halftime, WSU hit the throttle and went on a 9-0 run. Oregon State responded with a 7-0 run of its own to cut the lead to 71-65, but this is the closest the game would ever get. Oregon State fell 89-76 to WSU in the Palouse. 

The loss against the Cougars snaps the Beavers’ five-game winning streak in Pullman. Oregon State is now 0-2 on the road against Washington schools, after suffering an eight-point loss to Washington on Thursday. 

There were some bright spots, however, in the loss. Tres Tinkle, who led the Beavers with 22 points and eight rebounds, became the 16th player in Pac-12 history to reach the 2000-point mark. 

Coach Wayne Tinkle made it clear Thursday that he was disappointed in his team’s inability to set the tone early on both ends of the court. This was a problem once again in Pullman and an issue Tinkle will likely address in practices this week. 

The Beavers will look to end their two-game skid when they return home this week to face UCLA. Tip off for Thursday’s game at Gill Coliseum is 6:00 p.m. 

Battle-tested Oregon State routed on the road after slow start against UW

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Battle-tested Oregon State routed on the road after slow start against UW

Something seemed off with Oregon State. 

The Beavers (12-4) should have taken control in Thursday’s battle with the slumping Huskies (11-6), who have lost four of their last five games, but instead Oregon State looked absent. Dismal shooting, turnovers and inability to defend the three-point line were all factors that played a part in the Beavs 64-56 loss to the Huskies in Seattle. 

Here’s a few reasons why things went south for Oregon State on Thursday:

The Beavers shot a miserable 26.9 percent from the floor and 0-for-6 from three-point range in the first half and trailed by 10 at halftime. While Oregon State did improve its shooting to 39.2 percent for the game, they were still quite a bit short of their field goal average of 48.4 percent.

The Beavers Big 3 falls short

Unless the Huskies and Beavers meet in the Pac-12 tournament, this was senior forward Tres Tinkle’s final career game against UW. In the last five meetings between the two teams, Tinkle has averaged 22.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He fell shy of that average with 15 points on 2-of-12 shooting. 

Kylor Kelley leads the nation in blocked shots with 4.13 per game. He had just 2 on Thursday and they were the only blocks of the night for Oregon State. 

Junior guard Ethan Thompson has been averaging a team-best 20.8 points through the past five games while shooting 63.5 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from three. He finished with six points on 3-of-7 shooting in the loss and was 0-for-2 from behind the arc. 

RaeQuan Battle showed up

Huskies’ forward RaeQuan Battle had 11 points in his first-career start, after scoring just eight points total in six games this season. Battle was injured on one of the opening plays in the second half, but later returned to the bench.

“We had one thing under (Battle's) name and it was ‘shooter.’ Don't let him shoot 3s,” Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said. “One of our veterans on the very first play lost him...and he drilled a 3 from the corner.”

Next up

Oregon State (12-5) will take on Washington State (11-7), who is coming off a 72-61 victory over Oregon.

Tinkle and his team will study the film and look for a bounce-back win in Pullman. 

"It's only Week 3, but we got to figure it out."

Oregon State Beavers 2020 football schedule and dates revealed

Oregon State Beavers 2020 football schedule and dates revealed

The Oregon State Beavers will look to improve on their 2019 season, one that ended with a 5-7 record, which was their best campaign since 2014.

Oregon State took a large leap forward in head coach Jonathan Smith's sophomore season, going from one conference win to four and coming a yard short of a bowl game. 

Going into 2020, the Beavers expect to make a bowl game for the first time since 2013 so let's preview their schedule.


at Oklahoma State (Thursday, September 3rd, 2020)

The Beavers open their season on national television Thursday night in Stillwater, Oklahoma against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Cowboys traveled to Corvallis to begin last season and left victorious 52-36 in Reser Stadium. This time it'll be Oregon State starting a new quarterback whether it be Nebraska transfer Tristan Gebbia who started the Civil War, or JUCO transfer Chance Nolan making his Beavers debut. Regardless of who it is, they'll face a tough road challenge in a hostile environment. 

The Cowboys will also return running back Chuba Hubbard, the nation's leading rusher who ran for 2,094 yards and 21 touchdowns this past season. Against Oregon State alone, he had 221 yards and three touchdowns. The Beavers will need to contain him if they have any hopes of starting 1-0.

vs Colorado State (September 12th, 2020) 

After opening the season in Stillwater, the Beavers return to Corvallis for their home opener against Colorado State. This is the second game of a home-and-home series announced in 2016 of which the first game occurred in Fort Collins in 2017: a 58-27 Rams victory. This will be the first road game for new Rams Coach Steve Addazio who got hired this past offseason to replace Mike Bobo after being fired at Boston College.

vs Portland State (September 19th, 2020)

The Beavers close out their non-conference slate against the Portland State Vikings. This is a paid win and if this game is close at all it does not bode well for conference play. Beaver fans probably remember Oregon State's 2016 match up with the Vikings where PSU missed a game-winning field goal as time expired in what was Oregon State's only win of the season. This game should be a tad different than that.


vs Washington State (September 26, 2020)

The Beavers will look to avenge their 54-53 loss that left them a yard away from their first bowl game since 2013. Additionally, Oregon State is on a six-game losing streak to the Cougars. However, following Mike Leach's departure to Mississippi State the Cougars will be transitioning to the run-and-shoot offense ran by new head coach Nick Rolovich. His last stop, Hawai'i, defeated the Beavers last season. 

at Arizona State (October 3rd, 2020)

Sun Devils head coach Herm Edwards has his team trending in the right direction. Arizona State just signed seven of the top thirty recruits in California, more than the entire Pac-12 South combined. Given that three top-rated California recruits last season started for the Sun Devils, expect some of this newly ingested talent to make an impact immediately. Among the returning starters is sophomore quarterback Jayden Daniels who impressed as a freshman, especially in their upset win over Oregon. Daniels finished his freshman season with 2,943 yards and 17 touchdowns with just two interceptions.

at Washington (October 10th, 2020)

Oregon State will get their first look at head coach Jimmy Lake and the new-look Washington Huskies up in Seattle. The Huskies will replace their starting quarterback, running back, three offensive linemen and offensive coordinator. If the Beavers win, they'll end an eight-game losing streak to Washington and win in Seattle for the first time since 2008. Last season, the Beavers' offense got shut-out and they'll need a better performance to leave Husky Stadium victorious.


vs California (October 24, 2020)

The Beavers defeated Cal 21-17 last season in Berkeley but the Golden Bears were without starting quarterback Chase Garbers who went undefeated in seven games that he started and finished. Head coach Justin Wilcox always has defensively sound units that will test Jonathan Smith's offense. 

at Stanford (Friday, October 30th, 2020)

Expect the Cardinal to look different than last season as 14 players have entered the transfer portal, including starting quarterback KJ Costello. David Shaw always had Stanford as a threat to win the conference but last season was a rare misstep finishing 4-8. If the Beavers can win this game, they'll snap a ten-game losing streak to the Cardinal and win for the first time at The Farm since 2006. Also, the last time the schools played on a day other than Saturday the 2017 Cardinal escaped Reser Stadium with a 15-14 victory. 

vs UCLA (November 7th, 2020)

Chip Kelly returns to Corvallis for the first time since 2012 as the Bruins' head coach. Despite getting the victory over UCLA last season in Los Angeles, Beaver fans are anxious to get a victory over Chip Kelly in Reser Stadium. Kelly's sophomore season at UCLA was an up-and-down 4-8 season, and he needs to turn it around to stay off the hot seat in Los Angeles. The Bruins have also had seven players enter the transfer portal. 

at Utah (November 14th, 2020)

The Beavers will get to truly test their progress when they travel to play Utah: a team that destroyed them 52-7 last season in Corvallis. The Pac-12 South champion Utes physically dominated the Beavers in all facets of the game, and this game will test if Oregon State's strength and conditioning program is paying off. The Beavers have not defeated the Utes since 2013.  

vs Arizona (November 21st, 2020)

Head Coach Kevin Sumlin and the Wildcats will travel to Corvallis looking for revenge from a 56-38 defeat in Tucson last season. This could be a make-it-or-break-it season for Sumlin who has underperformed as Wildcats head coach despite inheriting Khalil Tate. 

vs Oregon (November 28th, 2020)

The Beavers will end their season against heated rival Oregon in the Civil War. The Beavers defeated the Ducks in 2016 in what would be Mark Helfrich's last game as Ducks head coach, but since then Oregon has won each matchup. However, last season the Beavers had the ball with two minutes remaining down just seven points despite starting a backup quarterback. 

Beavers look to bounce back from loss that cost them #1 overall ranking

Beavers look to bounce back from loss that cost them #1 overall ranking

So close. The Oregon State Women's basketball team had the nation's #1 ranking in their sights. They played a tremendous game last Friday in Tucson fending off the upstart Arizona Wildcats 63-61 improving their record to 15-0. The two teams above them, Connecticut and Oregon had both suffered losses. Now all they needed was a win Sunday at Arizona State and a number one ranking was a definite possibility.

However, Arizona State, the team that had knocked off the Ducks were ready.

Tremendous defense and a physicality that the Beavers hadn't seen this season paid off. Oregon State tied the game at 45-45 with 2:30 to go but then the Sun Devils score ten of the game's last twelve points and hand the Beavers a 55-47 loss. The perfect season is no more. But not making the nation's top spot and having a conference loss isn't the end of the world. Sometimes a loss can make you better, especially in the Pac-12, a conference that has so many talented teams.

The Beavers took a tumble in the rankings and in Bracketology. From #3 to #8 in the AP Poll and dropping to a #2 seed in the college basketball post-season projections. 

I spent some time in Corvallis and talked junior Guard Aleah Goodman  who is proud of her teammates and is positive despite the loss at ASU:

Goodman and her teammates like Destiny Slocum. Kat Tudor, Mikayla Pivec, and Kennedy Brown want to improve from one of the toughest games ever from 3-point range in Tempe shooting just 2 for 20 from behind the line.

Head Coach Scott Rueck isn't used to watching his team struggle like they did in Tempe:

But even though the Beavers struggled, Rueck's team showed him something in that second half against ASU even though they came up short:


Now it will be fascinating to see how they respond Friday night at Gill when the Cal Bears come to Corvallis. Cal is 0-4 in conference play.and will be hungry to end that streak. After Cal the Beavers may be facing their toughest stretch of the season. #3 Stanford is Sunday and then next weekend the two epic Civil War games will be a huge Women's basketball story nationally. Goodman and the Beavers know every game in the Pac-12 is tough no matter if its Oregon for Friday's opponent Cal:


That is the nature of the Pac-12 with four teams in the Top Ten in the polls right now and six Pac-12 teams in the Top 25.

The Beavers had a setback Sunday in Tempe and now we get to see how they react to the adversity of their first loss of the season.

No doubt, Gill will be rocking this Friday and Sunday. The game against #3 Stanford Noon on Sunday will be close to a sellout.

In final season, Tres Tinkle motivated by Tournament berth

In final season, Tres Tinkle motivated by Tournament berth

This week on the Talkin' Beavers podcast, Oregon State Beavers forward Tres Tinkle joined host Nigel Burton to discuss the current season, his recruitment, his relationship with his father and head coach Wayne Tinkle, and the decision to go to the NBA or return to school this past offseason.

He also talked about his goals for the current season:

Every young hooper wants to make it to the tournament. We made it my freshman year but I was hurt so we want to get back there, and with everyone we have I think it's a possibility.

The Beavers are coming off of their first ranked victory since 2016 after blowing out No. 24 Arizona. The win even gave Oregon State a handful of votes in this week's AP poll.

In his redshirt senior season, Tinkle has averaged 19.9 points-per-game on 50.9 percent from the field and 6.8 rebounds-per-game. 

Listen to the full podcast here.