The Green Giantkillers

My little sister Kailyn begins her first classes at Oregon State University today. Considering our family typically prefers the Ducks, it was an audacious choice, but I guess educational preferences should win out over athletics.

As you may have heard, the Beavers pulled off a stunning upset over the #1 ranked USC Trojans last Thursday, throwing the college football world into flux. Kailyn was at that game. It was her first. That's how you start college life. "I was almost trampled!" she told us excitedly.

But here's the weird thing:

This was the second time in Oregon State history the Beavs beat a #1 ranked opponent. The other was 41 years ago, a 3-0 victory over the O.J. Simpson-lead Trojans. It was the only Oregon State football game my dad has ever attended.

Sports fans are notoriously superstitious, I know, but think about it: the members of my immediate family have attended two Oregon State football games, 41 years apart, and both were stunning upsets over the #1 ranked Trojans.

My wife Mindy, the newest member of the Green family, was not impressed. She made fun of me, in fact. This may be due to Mindy being a USC alum...not sure.


  1. What a fun first game. Oregon State is at Utah this Thursday. I think there will be more than a few eyes on the outcome of that game (and mine will be seeing from Rice-Eccles Stadium). Go Utes!

  2. Thanks to those Beavers for showing America the real truth: the Pac-10 simply in an inferior conference!

    SEC Speed Rules!

  3. Hmmm, Penn State crushed Oregon State 45-14. Unfortunately, I don't think it says anything about anything. No one knows who is really good in college football. Can I make the first call of the year for a I-A playoff... like the rest of NCAA football divisions?

  4. Well, it still smells like victory down here! :-)
    Great post Jord, I feel famous!

  5. ok, because I am somewhat of a jerk face, and I can't help myself....

    When's the last time an oregon team...any oregon team....won the football national championship? I don't just mean the BCS- which has only been around since 98, but any one of the polls?

    Here are the years Oregon ducks were listed as winning by at least one set of polls:


    Here are the years the Beavers were listed as winning by at least one set of polls:


    Here are the years USC was listed as winning by at least one set of polls:
    1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1939, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1979, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005.

    yes. I do feel better about myself, or at least the $100,000 I still owe USC....

  6. The last to minutes of the Utah vs Oregon State as amazing, especially if you're a Utah fan... which I am. Go Utes!

    (Kailyn, I'm sure you don't feel the same way. I'm sorry; but what a nail biter!)

  7. It's ok. But come on, who rushes the field after beating a non ranked team??

  8. Kailyn,

    Yeah, that would be lame to rush the field after beating a non-ranked team. But I think the fans rushed the field because there was a rumor of a free corn dog at the 50-yard line for the first 1,000 fans. Really, who's going to pass on something like that?

  9. Wow, I left a comment in my wife's name (Lisa). She must have still be logged in on the computer. So yea, what Lisa said!