Riley nearing Oregon State record
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Head coach Mike Riley is nearing an Oregon State record as the Beavers face No. 19 UCLA this Saturday.
With a win, Riley would tie Lon Stiner (1933-48) as the school's all-time winningest football coach, with 74 victories.
"The thing I like about it, is that we've been able to be here for a while," says Riley. "We've had a good group of people work at this thing for a long time."
During his 12 years in Corvallis, Riley has taken the Beavers to six bowl games and was named the Pac-10 coach of the year in 2008.
As for this week's matchup, the Beavers defense is in store for a tough test against the second best offense in the country.
UCLA is averaging 622 yards a game under offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, who joined the Bruins coaching staff this season.
With him he brought his spread offense from his days at Arizona State.
"You know, you got two standard offenses in our league (spread and pro), it's almost divided evenly, says Riley. "It's kind of common for each coaching staff to do what they like to do. We hired, in this conference, a number of guys that are spread coaches."
Riley went on to say that UCLA, Arizona, Washington State and Oregon all primarily run the spread.
For defensive coordinator Mark Banker, it's a good thing.
"To an extent, I really like it because of the fact that you're not just preparing for one team," says Banker. "Now we're preparing for half of our schedule."
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