Football Concludes Year in the Top 20
Jan. 8, 2013
Corvallis, Ore. -
The Oregon State football team, under the direction of head coach Mike Riley, finished the 2012 season No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 20 in the Associated Press Poll. It's the first time the Beavers have ended the year in the top 25 of either poll since 2008 (No. 19 USA Today/No. 18 AP).
The Beavers finished the season 9-4 overall, matching the 2008 record, and playing in the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. The team rebounded from a 3-9 season in 2011, marking the biggest turnaround in the program's history and equaled the best improvement from the previous season in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
OSU ended the year being ranked in the AP Poll for 12 consecutive weeks, a school record, climbing to as high as No. 7. The team also was ranked as high as No. 7 in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and entered the Alamo Bowl No. 13.
Of the many honors and records for 2012 for the team, Riley became the school's career leader for victories with 81 and earned the American Football Coaches Association Region Coach of the Year. Cornerback Jordan Poyer was named a consensus All-America selection. Defensive end Scott Crichton, receiver Markus Wheaton and offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo also were selected All-America. Overall, the team finished 6-3 in the Pac-12 North, tied for the third-best overall league record in 2012 after being predicted to finish last.
The future looks bright for the Beavers, even with the departure of several key contributors. A roster with 302 combined starts returns for the upcoming season that begins Aug. 31 at Reser Stadium vs. Eastern Washington.
If you're interested in becoming a new season ticket holder for 2013 please contact the OSU Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BEAVS between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit BeaverTickets.com to place a $50 per seat deposit. Current season ticket holders will receive their renewal information by Feb. 1.