Posted by Tom Fornelli
The Oregon State Beavers were able to shake off two early season losses to non-AQ darlings TCU and Boise State by winning their first Pac-10 game against Arizona State on Saturday night. The first time the Beavers have won their conference opener since 2003.
Even more impressive for Oregon State was that they were able to get the win without wide receiver James Rodgers, who was held out for precautionary reasons following the concussion he suffered in the loss to Boise State. Of course, with a bigger test against the ninth-ranked Arizona Wildcats in Tuscon looming on the horizon for this weekend, it'd be nice of the Beavers can get Rodgers back.
Considering that Rodgers ran with the team and caught passes on Sunday, signs are that they will.
Markus Wheaton did a nice job filling in for Rodgers on Saturday, catching four passes for 48 yards, but the Beavers offense is a lot more potent when it has both of its Rodgers brothers on the field. Considering the way the Arizona Wildcats defense has played this season -- they're third in the FBS in points allowed per game, only 11.0 a game -- the Beavers are going to need all the weapons they can get to pick up another conference win.