It seemed almost unbelievable. The Oregon State Beavers had defeated the top-ranked team in the country, but they hadn't been able to pick up a victory on the road.

It seemed almost unbelievable. The Oregon State Beavers had defeated the top-ranked team in the country, but they hadn't been able to pick up a victory on the road.

Until Washington. Oregon State defeated the Huskies 34-13 in Seattle last weekend and were able to check off "road win" on the to-do list going into this week's bye.

"If you want to have a good season, you have to win games on the road somewhere," coach Mike Riley said after the game. "So to come up here and do that right now and right past the midway point of the year when you really have to start establishing your identity and who you are going to be is big."

The Beavers are 4-3 overall and are in a four-way tie with Oregon, Arizona and USC for the Pacific-10 lead at 3-1 in conference.

Next up for Oregon State is Arizona State on Nov. 1 at Reser Stadium.

Oregon State has been stronger in the second half of the season in recent years. Oregon State started 2-3 last season before finishing 9-4 with an Emerald Bowl victory. The Beavers were 2-3 after five games in 2006 but ended the season 10-4.

"Right now you just have to win. You're starting to go down that stretch where the teams that do well now are going to have good identities near the end and are going to feel good about their seasons," Riley said. "So, consistency and competitiveness and production right now are really, really big and will determine who you are as you finish."

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HOOSIER BOUND? Reports surfaced last week that Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis is a candidate for the AD's job at Indiana.

De Carolis, who has been in the position at Oregon State since 2002, issued a statement on Saturday concerning the reports.

"At this time it would not be appropriate for me to respond to rumors and speculation about the position of director of athletics at Indiana University," the statement said. "Officials at Indiana University have this process for this position and I want to respect it. Therefore, I do not wish to make any comments that might directly or indirectly compromise this process. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation."

Indiana athletic director Rick Greenspan announced in June that he would leave the job at the end of this year. His tenure has been tainted by allegations of recruiting violations involving the men's basketball team and former coach Kelvin Sampson.

Indiana officials were not commenting on the possible candidates being considered by university president Michael A. McRobbie.

School spokesman Larry McIntyre told the Indianapolis Star: "I really don't think the president is close to making a decision. I know the president is not in any rush with this process. His only goal here is to get it right."

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LAYBOURN HONORED: Oregon State safety Greg Laybourn was named the Pac-10 Conference defensive player of the week.

Laybourn had a game-high 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops, in the Beavers' 34-13 victory over Washington last Saturday. Oregon State's defense forced four Washington turnovers.

Laybourn joins Arizona running back Keola Antolin of Arizona and UCLA kicker Kai Forbath in earning conference player of the week honors this week.

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EXTRA POINTS: Running back Jacquizz Rodgers leads the Pac-10 in rushing with an average of 116 yards a game. No other true freshman has ever led the league. He ranks 12th nationally.