Oregon State struggled to put Louisville away, but the Beavers got a late interception from James Dockery to secure a 35-28 victory.
The Beavers led 35-14 in the third quarter before Louisville made things interesting. The Cardinals outgained the Beavers 453 yards to 319.
Jacquizz Rodgers ended a three-game slump with 132 yards on 24 carries. He scored two TDs and also caught five passes for 27 yards.
Ryan Katz turned in a solid performance, completing 15 of 26 for 142 yards with two TDs and no interceptions.
The problem is the Louisville offense on the road isn't going to be anything like the Boise State offense at home, which is what the Beavers face next weekend.
It will be another big-stage game for the Beavers against a top-10 foe from a non-AQ conference. It should be interesting. More than a few teams across the country -- from AQ conferences -- will be cheering for the Beavers.