The following article originally ran in the Monday, Nov. 13, 1967, edition of the Corvallis Gazette-Times.
OK, national pollsters, now what do you do?
How long are you going to overlook a football team that has marred the record of three of the nation's best football teams?
When you speak of the nation's best teams, how can you overlook the Oregon State Beavers?
"I don't know where they'll put us, but we ought to be in the Top Ten," Dee Andros, the Beaver head coach, feels.
Beaver fans will know tomorrow just where the Orangemen rate in the two major grid polls.
A Rose Bowl berth vanished Saturday, even though Oregon State accomplished its greatest football victory, a 3-0 upset of top-rated Southern California before the state's largest crowd ever for a sporting event, 41,495, at Parker Stadium.
UCLA ended the Beaver hopes with a 48-0 shellacking of Washington in Los Angeles. But national prestige has been with the Beavers all season since they knocked off second-rated Purdue and tied another second-ranked team, UCLA.
But those were secondary compared to Saturday's stirring victory.
"Got any more No. 1 or 2 teams we can play?" Don Whitney, 170-pound defensive halfback, asked.
The Beavers don't. They have to meet a team with a 2-7 record, the University of Oregon Ducks.
"We're not even No. 1 in the state yet ... we've got to get the Ducks," Assistant Coach Sam Boghosian warned in the post-game excitement Saturday.
"We just knocked the hell out of them," Andros said after watching the game movies.
Ron Boley was voted the outstanding lineman of the game by the press box corps. He played magnificent defense, as did Jess Lewis, Skip Vanderbundt, Whitney, Mike Groff and the rest of the OSU defensive unit.
But Andros said: "If ever a guy had an All-American day, it was Jon Sandstrom ... he just knocked the ... out of their guard ... and Boley straightened up Yary (Ron, USC's 245-pound All-American candidate) many times."
Quarterback Steve Preece, who was held to minus yardage by the tough Trojan defense, said: "That defense, what a game it played ... I don't think there has ever been a better defense played anytime, any place."
Certainly not against a team with O.J. Simpson, Earl McCullouch, etc. In the second half the Trojans managed three first downs, 49 net yards rushing and minus four on passes. They never seriously threatened the Beaver defensive unit and the kicking of Gary Houser kept them on their own side of the 50 for 30 stirring minutes except for one short march.
"When I made it, I never figured it would be enough for us to win," Mike Haggard said of his game-winning 30-yard field goal.
Neither did almost anyone in the standing-room-only stands. But the OSU defense must have figured so.
"That's the first shutout I can remember," Andros beamed.
It wasn't his first as a head coach, but the other hardly counts now. It came in his second year at Idaho, 1963, a 14-0 season-ending conquest of Idaho State, an in-state rival but not a major college in football. That's a far cry from blanking USC, the nation's best.
It was also the first Beaver grid shutout since the Liberty Bowl game of 1962, when Terry Baker went 99 yards in a 6-0 win over Villanova.
The Beavers came away with respect for the Trojans, especially the elusive Simpson, who gained 188 yards on 33 carries. But he never crossed the goal line.
"He's the best runner we've faced," Boley and Lewis agreed. He's also the best runner to perform at Parker Stadium.
Offensively, the Beavers did something no team has all season, move the ball on the ground against the Trojan defense. OSU netted 194 yards, 70 more than any team has all season against USC.
"The only statistic I know is 3-0," Andros said immediately afterward.
As the game went along, OSU had less and less trouble with Simpson. He gained 87 yards in the first quarter and 131 on 18 carries at halftime. In the second half he netted 57 on 15 tries and never once threatened to go the distance.
One of the happiest men in Corvallis Saturday was Bud Riley, the defensive backfield coach. His aerial defense gave up just six yards on four completions. The Trojans' pass connections were for 4, 4, 2 and minus 4 yards.
And this was the top passing team in the conference.
Oh, yes, they were the No. 1 team in the nation, too.
"I'm already smelling roses for next season," Bill Enyart, the OSU workhorse who gained 135 yards on 24 carries, said.
And don't forget the Ducks. They might not be No. 1 or No. 2, but they can salvage a miserable season with a win over Oregon State.
"I'm relying on this team's pride to get the job done," Andros said Sunday. "I won't let down now."
NOTE: Oregon State did down the Ducks, 14-10, on Nov. 18. The Beavers ended the season at No. 7 in the final AP poll with a 7-2-1 overall record. At 4-1-1, they tied with UCLA for second place in the Athletic Association of Western Universities (Pac-8) under No. 1 USC, which steamrolled Indiana 14-3 in the 1968 Rose Bowl.
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