A brief history of the Arizona State football program against Oregon State.
Without sounding biased, the Arizona State football program has a record (2-2) that doesn’t really reflect their talent and performance so far. Yes, they have dropped two games in a row but both were on the road and both were by single digits. The San Diego State game, for the record, may have ended differently if not for a bad call in the final minute.
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Having said that, the Sun Devils need to play like a good team this week and beat a team they’re supposed to. On Saturday, they’ll welcome Oregon State to town in hopes of improving to 3-2 on the season.
While I know the Beavers aren’t very good this year, I was curious to see how they’ve played against Arizona State previously. My findings were a bit perplexing: Arizona State has a stunning 28-13-1 record all-time against the Beavers but their domination came in the middle of their rivalry, not initially or recently. Speaking to that, there was a 20-year period (1972-1992) where Arizona State didn’t lose to Oregon State.
Off the bat, though, Oregon State took care of business with five wins in their first six meetings (1961-1971). Recently, they’ve also had the upper hand with a 5-3 record since the 2008 season. It should be noted that Oregon State, aided by the brother-duo of Jacquizz Rodgers and James Rodgers, won three times in a row between 2008-2010.
Looking at those numbers, it’s kind of insane that in almost 40 years (1971-2008) the Beavers secured only three victories. Arizona State, on the other hand, went 24-3-1 during this stretch.
Most recently, the Sun Devils are coming off a huge 40-24 win last year in Corvallis. Needing a win to qualify for a bowl game, the Sun Devils jumped out to a 30-0 first-half lead and never looked back. Folks should know that Manny Wilkins had a really efficient game, complete with two touchdown passes, zero turnovers, and his second-best rushing performance of 2017.
A list of all their meetings can be found on Chris Stassen’s website.