Now in his 11th year, Mike Riley is looking to reach that nine-win plateau like he did in ’06, ’07 and ’08. He certainly missed quarterback Derek Anderson, who was a flat out gamer from ’02-'04. In Anderson’s final collegiate game, he thrashed the Irish of Notre Dame in the 2004 Insight Bowl. His Beavers won the game 38-21, but Anderson was the MVP, throwing for 358 yards and four TDs.
Oregon State’s last and only BCS appearance was in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl in which they took down the Irish once again. A few guys by the names of Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson and TJ “Who’s your momma” Houshmanzadeh torched the kids out west. Matt Moore was next in line at quarterback under Riley and while he never had the success that Anderson saw production-wise, the Beavers got even better as a team.