It's been a tough two years for Oregon State. It's not only posted consecutive losing seasons, it's looked soft while doing so. It got pushed around both inside the Pac-12 and outside of it.
Exhibit A: The 35-zip loss at Wisconsin a year ago.
Yet, with a number of Pac-12 teams getting exposed in the early season, it's those pesky Beavers who stood up and made a statement against that same Wisconsin team, the 2011 Big Ten champions, a squad known for its physical play. Ain't nothing soft about the Badgers, right?
Well, those once soft Beavers throttled 13th-ranked Wisconsin's vaunted running game in a 10-7 upset inside an exuberant Reser Stadium.
Oregon State's defense dominated the Badgers, at least until they made things interesting with a late touchdown (and nearly recovered an onside kick). Wisconsin gained just 206 yards -- versus 352 for Oregon State -- and rushed for a meager 35.
It worked out to 1.5 yards per carry.
Last year, the Beavers were outrushed 208 yards to 23.
Sean Mannion threw for 276 yards and a touchdown, but his most important number is probably this: No interceptions. He threw 18 a year ago.
As much as the Beavers will certainly enjoy a redemptive victory, they also can simultaneously grouse about leaving a lot of points on the field, while knowing that means they didn't just stumble into this upset. Oregon State, physically manhandled in 2011, returned the favor this go-around.
The Beavers get a week to enjoy this win. They are off until they visit UCLA on Sept. 22.