The year of upsets for the Beavers

CORVALLIS — In 1967 mighty Southern California, led by O.J. Simpson, came to Corvallis and unexpectedly lost 3-0 to the Beavers.

It was the season's only loss for the top-ranked Trojans, who went on to claim the national championship. To this day it is one of Oregon State's greatest moments — and the only time the Beavers have ever knocked off a top-ranked team.

They'll get another chance tonight, when again a top-ranked USC team visits Corvallis.

The '67 Oregon State team became known as the Giant Killers because they also knocked off then-No. 2 Purdue and tied then-No. 2 UCLA before beating the Trojans.

Simpson gained 188 yards on 31 carries on a field that was a muddy mess from November rains.

But it all boiled down to a second-quarter field goal by Oregon State kicker Mike Haggard. Of his three attempts, a 30-yarder with 5:18 left before halftime was the only one he made.

"The whole game I didn't think that field goal would hold up," the late coach Dee Andros said in an interview with The Oregonian years later. "The conditions didn't bother O.J. a bit, and it was just a well-played defensive game by both teams."

Andros was known as the Great Pumpkin because of his girth and penchant for Orange jackets. One of his greatest achievements was that Giant Killers team, which finished 7-2-1 and ranked No. 7.

One of his assistants was Bud Riley, father of current Oregon State coach Mike Riley.

The coach, then a teenager, was in the stands was in the stands for the game.

"It was real exciting to be around and be a kid going to the games," Riley said.

Oregon State hasn't played a No. 1 since a 28-20 loss to USC on Nov. 6, 2004, memorable because the game was played in thick fog.


LALICH OSU BOUND?: Rumors abound over whether quarterback Peter Lalich, dismissed last week by the Virginia Cavaliers, will go to Oregon State.

The Beavers were mum, because even if Lalich has said he wants to move to Corvallis, it's basically a verbal commitment. There were various news reports that Lalich was in the process of filling out the necessary paperwork to start classes at OSU on Monday.

Lalich was dismissed from the Cavaliers after admitting in court that he violated terms of his drinking-related probation by consuming alcohol. The sophomore had started in Virginia's first two games, completing 39 of 74 passes for 359 yards. He had no touchdowns and three interceptions.

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