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Adeniji wins before taking a snap

CORVALLIS — Even before the opening kickoff of Oregon State's 48-21 win over Washington on Saturday, Damola Adeniji was already a winner.

Immediately after being introduced as one of the OSU seniors playing their last game at Reser Stadium, Adeniji drew aside longtime girlfriend Amanda Cook and proposed. She said yes; the two have been dating since they were sophomores at South Eugene High School.

"She was probably expecting it more around Christmas time and I just decided to spring it on her and surprise her," Adeniji said. "I threw some things together at the last minute."

Adeniji began his Oregon State career as a walk-on and at times was close to leaving school because of the cost of tuition, room and board. He was asked if he would have been able to afford the ring if head coach Mike Riley hadn't put him on scholarship at the start of this season.

"I'd have come up with a way," Adeniji grinned. "This was definitely two wins today. I can't say which was more exciting, either, but it was a great day for the Beavers and a great day for me personally, in my life."

Adeniji was quickly advised by the assembled reporters that he'd be wise to say that the engagement was more exciting than the win.

Did Riley have any trepidations about one of his starting wide receivers going through such a distracting moment right before kickoff?

"Just for a second," Riley said. "Then I thought, 'Oh, what the heck.' I mean, all of that is out of the norm; all of our pregame on Senior Day was out of the norm, but who cares? It's a great day to celebrate those seniors, and what a great way for them to go out of Reser Stadium.

"And if Dam wanted to add to that, then I think that certainly didn't take away from anything else."


IT STARTS WITH A "D": Much maligned early in the season, Oregon State's defense has played the last three weeks with a familiar ferocity.

The Beavers, whose 2008 defense had five starters selected in the NFL draft, had produced just four quarterback sacks in the season's first seven games. In the last three, they've had 10 sacks and that included four of Washington quarterback Jake Locker.

OSU's defense set the tone early against the Huskies.

After taking the opening kickoff, Washington tailback Chris Polk was stuffed on back-to-back plays and Washington couldn't gain a first down. On UW's second possession, the first play saw linebacker Keaton Kristick make a diving interception at the Washington 17-yard line that set up the first Oregon State touchdown.

After the Huskies' first possession of the third quarter, they had managed just 68 yards of total offense.

"The defense came out lights-out, and there were a lot of plays made in the backfield," Kristick said. "We've been stressing 'just have a party in the backfield' the past couple weeks, and that's what we had."

The performance didn't go unnoticed by the Beaver offense.

"Man, it was crazy," OSU quarterback Sean Canfield said. "It's a credit to them and coach (Mark) Banker (OSU defensive coordinator). I mean, every player on that side of the ball just plays so hard every play, and it's so evident — and it was evident today."

Said Riley: "Mark Banker and his staff did a great job of preparing our team. We really mixed it up, individual guys made plays, and the pressure just stayed on relentlessly.

"We were very, very disruptive to their offense immediately in the ballgame."

Kristick's interception looked more like a wide receiver or cornerback than a linebacker when he went horizontal to pick off Locker's pass for Jermaine Kearse on the right sideline.

"I was a little upset that I couldn't get up and run it," Kristick said. "He (Locker) looked at him (Kearse) the whole way and I saw it the whole time "¦ it was fun."


NO LOCKER ROOM: Locker is renowned for his ability to scramble and turn a broken play into a big gain, but Oregon State generally managed to keep him contained. Locker did manage one 16-yard run, but with the four sacks he finished with minus-13 yards rushing.

"We were just flying around," Kristick said. "We had a lot of fun. The defensive line was on fire today; they had a lot of pressure and that helped us. We had a lot of man coverage and Locker probably couldn't find some early passes. The defensive line was all up in his grill.

"We closed up a lot of scramble lanes. You could see at the beginning of the game, him trying to get away, and he's a good player. He's going to find if there are ways to get out of the pocket, but there were a couple instances where we just jumped in where he was going to be going."


FINE FINISH: Saturday's win was the last home game for 12 Oregon State seniors.

"It really hit me all at once, running out on the field ­— I really didn't expect it," said Kristick one of those seniors. "But it was exciting. I had a lot of fun out there; talking with all the seniors, it was a great sendoff. We had a lot of fun, and the score reflected it. Washington is a good team. You won't see a lot of teams beat them like that, so it meant a lot to us."

Canfield, who had been booed at home early in his career, finished up at Reser Stadium with four touchdown passes — a personal best for him.

"It was awesome," said Canfield, who completed 21 of 29 passes for 184 yards. "It was an emotional day — I think more for my parents than for me. It hasn't really hit me yet, that this is my last game in Reser Stadium. But it was a big deal for me and the rest of the seniors to go out on top."


ROLLING SEVEN: Oregon State scored on seven consecutive possessions from the early in the first quarter through late in the third quarter, picking up five touchdowns and a pair of field goals to open up a 41-7 lead.

"That was big," Riley said. "And we got great field position from the defense, from the special teams. I think this was one of those all-around games by the Beavers that I'm really proud of."

OSU's scoring drives in those seven possessions averaged 39.9 yards and 6.4 plays: 17 yards (touchdown), 16 yards (field goal), 46 yards (field goal), 71 yards (touchdown), 70 yards (touchdown), 1 yard (touchdown) and 58 yards (touchdown).


COUP DE GRACE: In home wins over Stanford on Oct. 10 and UCLA on Oct. 31, the Beavers built big leads only to have to hold on at the finish. Against California last week and Washington on Saturday, OSU again got in front early but then added to its advantage after halftime.

"We were really able to put our foot down and put the game away," Canfield said.


HOUSE OF HORRORS: Steve Sarkisian may be in his first year as Washington's head coach, but it was his third straight loss at Reser Stadium. Prior to Saturday's defeat, he'd been the offensive coordinator at Southern California when the Trojans were knocked off in 2006 and 2008.

"Yeah, I don't like this Reser Stadium a whole lot," Sarkisian said. "What's funny about these games is that they've all gone the same way in the first half. It's almost disastrous offensive football where you can't get out of your own way.

"I don't know, maybe (on future trips to Corvallis) we'll just get dressed on the bus and take the field. We won't even go into the locker room."


ODDS AND ENDS: Saturday marked Oregon State's sixth straight win over Washington. That's the Beavers longest streak in a series that dates back to 1897. Previously, OSU's best string against the Huskies had been three in a row from 1937-39 and 1945-47. "¦ The 48 points were the second-most the Beavers had ever scored against the Huskies, trailing only a 49-24 win in Corvallis in 2001. "¦ The 27-point margin of victory was OSU's second-largest in the series, bested only by a 29-0 win in Seattle in 1928. "¦ Riley is now tied with Tommy Prothro for No. 2 in all-time wins as Oregon State head football coach. Riley (1997-98 and 2003-present) and Prothro (1955-64) both have 63 wins, while Lon Stiner (1933-48) had 74 victories.