Printed on: December 29, 2012
Ten win season on the line for Oregon State
SAN ANTONIO -- Oregon State generated the biggest one-year turnaround in school history and could secure its third 10-win season by beating Texas in the Alamo Bowl.
The Longhorns? They are trying to reverse a three-year slide from the days when 10 wins were just a footnote on the way to BCS bowls.
Beating the 15th-ranked Beavers tonight would be another baby step back to the elite for Mack Brown and company, with still a long way to go. Texas followed a loss to Alabama in the 2009 BCS championship game with a shocking 5-7 record -- the only losing season in 15 under Brown -- and an 8-5 mark last year.
Lose to Oregon State, and the Longhorns (8-4) will have a second straight eight-win season and a long offseason to think about a three-game losing streak.
"I think that at Texas we want to be 13-0," Brown said. "The standards are higher than eight."
Mike Riley has had to do a little rebuilding of his own after leading the Beavers (9-3) to 10 wins in 2006 and three more winning seasons after that. Oregon State matched Texas at 5-7 in 2010, then slipped to 3-9 a year ago.
The Beavers are six games better in 2012, beating one Rose Bowl team -- Wisconsin -- in their opener and almost beating the other -- Stanford -- on the road. Oregon State brings a little momentum into the Alamo Bowl because Hurricane Isaac turned the original opener against Nicholls State into the finale. So after losing to Fiesta Bowl-bound rival Oregon, the Beavers trounced Nicholls State 77-3.
Quarterbacks Cody Vaz and Sean Mannion split the snaps against Nicholls after injuries led to both being starters during the season. Riley picked Vaz, a former receiver who has 11 touchdowns and just one interception, to start against the Longhorns.
Texas named David Ash as its starting QB for the Alamo Bowl after starting the first 11 games before he was pulled in a loss to TCU on Thanksgiving.
Alamo Bowl Glance
Texas (8-4) vs.
No. 15 Oregon St.
Time: 4:45 p.m. (ESPN) at the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Line: Oregon St. by 3
Series Record: Texas leads 2-0
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The Longhorns are trying to win their 10th bowl game under Mack Brown, who comes in with a 9-4 record in the postseason.
A loss to Alabama in the 2009 BCS championship game snapped a five-game bowl winning streak for Texas, which missed the postseason in 2010 and beat Cal in the Holiday Bowl last year.
The Beavers are in their first bowl game since 2009, when a five-game postseason winning streak was snapped with a loss to BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl.