Blueprint for beating Ducks? Riley says no
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- With a strong running game and a physical defense, many believe Stanford has created the blueprint for beating Oregon.
The Cardinal held the Ducks to just 14 points, which was previously unheard of.
But Oregon State head coach Mike Riley says it's easier said than done.
"Everybody is jumping to the conclusion that all of a sudden there is a magic formula to beating Oregon because Stanford did," says Riley. "That's not true."
"There is no, 'Watch the film and beat Oregon idea.' If anyone has got one of the those, we'll take it."
Oregon State has lost four straight Civil War meetings, with its last victory coming in 2007.
However, the Beavers defense has played well against spread offenses this season, beating both UCLA and Arizona.
Riley thinks many teams are turning to the spread because of the Ducks' recent success.
"I think people all over the country are watching Oregon, trying to get ideas about playing offensive football," says Riley. "There is no doubt that Chip affected the University of Oregon big time when he came and is continuing to do that and is establishing an unique identity for the school and football program."