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COACH AND PROGRAM
As of the morning of Oct. 8, 2006, Oregon State was 2-3, with the wins coming against Division I-AA Eastern Washington and Idaho. It had lost to Boise State on national television, 42-14, on Sept. 7 and was equally routed at home against Cal, 41-13, on Sept. 30.
Not much was expected of the Beavers last season, but the loss to Boise State was still pretty embarrassing. OSU took a quick 14-0 lead before the Broncos posted 42 unanswered points. A team from the WAC isn't supposed to score six straight touchdowns against a Pac-10 program under any circumstances. Ever.
The program appeared without direction and after its most recent loss, again at home, to Washington State, the Corvallis faithful were disheartened at best, and calling for coach Mike Riley's job at worst. Some in the national media were already speculating on his replacement.
A rough start usually isn't enough for this kind of reaction, but Oregon State was coming off a rough 2005 campaign that included just four Football Bowl Subdivision wins and a 3-5, seventh-place finish in the Pac-10. And the Beavers didn't even have to play USC, not that it could've been much worse than the 63-27 loss at Louisville or the season-ending 56-14 defeat to Oregon.