Oregon State is 6-2... and not finished.
My observation is that Washington's fortunes did not really hit the skids when they lost Chris Peterson, but rather earlier when HE lost Jonathon Smith as his O.C.
Much appreciated perspective. Good guys do win sometimes!
I enjoy what you do with words, facts, and figures. Just as that photograph summons emotions, so does your story. Hmmm. Blind people see. The deaf hear.
It was a grand day, wasn't it? Yesterday?
Great column. I remember Bill Enyart outplaying OJ way back when I was first at OSU. I saw the Fiesta Bowl win in 2001. My daughter studied at OSU with Jonathan Smith. Learned to never give up even tho so many times the underdog. Love what I'm seeing from Coach Smith and the team. Building Beaver Nation back up.
Thank you, John, for promoting such a positive vibe about the Beavs. There have been times …and years…where it’s just been flat out tough being a Beaver fan. Losing seasons, tough losses on games we shoulda/coulda won, the media’s love of the team down the road in Eugene, etc. But today it feels good to be a Beaver fan. There’s a lot it look forward to with Coach Smith at the helm. Amazing article and photo of Reser. Thanks again.
Excellent, just excellent. It’s important for the league that the WSUs, OSUs, etc are not only competitive but darn good.
John, this certainly captures the spirit of the situation. Last night, near the end of the game, my grandson in law texted us that he was trying to slip out a bit early ahead of the traffic, then sent a video of our great grandson, eight, cheering the Beavers on with the band. Not sharing the Beaver heritage myself, I still always observed that Beaver fans feel a strong sense of school and community, enjoy winning but appreciate the presence of the Coach Smiths of the world, and the sense of group he fosters.
You note that Jonathan debuted @Washington. IIRC he came in for Terrance Bryant the game prior. Possibly Cal? Terrance was noted for a high completion rate but very few yards. And a very hard thrown ball at all times. When Jonathan came in it was very apparent that he threw a soft catchable ball & he could throw downfield. My seat partner & I both remarked on his throws. I don't remember his stats but knew this is "the guy" He showed the Huskies the next week
edit: it was AZ not Cal that JS debuted
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It is possible for the Beavs to get to the P12 champs game, though they need a lot of help. This is the easiest scenario I found:
Oregon State must win out.
Utah must win out.
Oregon can only lose to Utah and Oregon State.
UCLA must lose 2 more
USC must lose 1 more
The Beavs are still going strong and will continue to do so.
I love sports history. A more in-depth review of Reeser's history might be in order when the renovations are complete. 😎 (THERE--I finally corrected the autocorrect spelling goof).
Great photography! Bald Faced Truth 'Illustrated'?
This team is getting stronger every week and the players exude total confidence. They did not 'play down' to their competition yesterday and easily handled Colorado, who had some momentum coming into Reser and were given a first play fumble.
The bye week will put us in great position to extend our winning streak in Seattle. You're right. Jonathan Smith and company are building something special!
Such a great picture! Great Article on JS. Coaches like he played. Great to see his success with all the arm chair coaches on Facebook quieting down.
Spoiler Alert: November 26!!!
Those of us who have followed the Beavs for years are loving this fall of games. Smith seems like a natural for the job. So glad he has been so well received by his team, the fans and the sports world in general. Look forward to every game.
For long time Beaver fans, I found this great story about the 2000 Jonathan Smith football team and how close we came to a national championship behind Smith. You will love it. https://medium.com/@MattSBN/what-if-2000-oregon-state-beat-washington-569311bd9d57