Beavers Finish Year No. 18 in Associated Press Poll

Jan. 12, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. - For the third consecutive season the Oregon State football team concluded the year ranked in the final Associated Press top-25, checking in at No. 18. The Beavers also finished No. 19 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll.

Oregon State is in good company as one of only 10 programs in the nation to finish ranked in the AP top-25 in each of the last three seasons, joining USC, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, BYU, Virginia Tech, Georgia and Penn State.

The Beavers finished the 2008 season 9-4 overall and tied for second in the Pac-10 Conference at 7-2. The team wrapped up the year with a 3-0 victory over Pittsburgh in the 75th Brut Sun Bowl, marking Oregon State's fifth consecutive bowl victory, the second-longest active streak in the nation.

For their efforts, numerous Beavers earned postseason honors, including head coach Mike Riley being named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Running back Jacquizz Rodgers became the first player in the history of the league to be named its Offensive Player of the Year and he and offensive tackle Andy Levitre earned All-America honors.

Oregon State is in the midst of its best modern day era ever for the program, producing a three-year record of 28-12. Of those 28 victories, four were against nationally ranked opponents, including wins over then No. 1 and No. 3 USC, and No. 2 California.

The 2009 season is tentatively set to open Sat., Sept. 5 at Reser Stadium against the Portland State Vikings. Information on season tickets will be announced in the near future for a home scheduled that also includes 2009 Orange Bowl participant Cincinnati, 2008 Las Vegas Bowl champion Arizona, Stanford, UCLA and Washington.

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