Coach Mike Riley said the Beavers have made some strides on defense this week. 

The Beavers have faced some high-powered offenses in recent weeks and the result haven’t been favorable.

OSU gave up 546 total yards in a 45-31 loss to California on Nov. 1 and then 506 yards in a 39-32 loss to Washington State.

Now the Beavers are facing an 8-1 Arizona State team that averages 36.7 points and 475.7 yards a game.

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It’s another big test for a defense that is reeling after a solid start to the season.

Coach Mike Riley said the Beavers have taken steps toward improvement this week.

“If we can take care of assignments and then physically make the plays and then working together as a unit, that’s probably our number one goal,” coach Mike Riley said. “And yes, we’ve seen some progress in that going forward.”

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