Defense leads Oregon State to victory this time

Associated Press Published: October 8, 2012

After wins over Wisconsin, UCLA, Arizona and the Cougars, the Beavers haven't had both the defense and offense clicking at the same time.

"We have so much potential to win every game on our schedule," Crichton said. "We haven't played as a whole team yet because either the offense or defense carries us in each game. Once we finally play as a team, you guys are in for something great."

The Beavers are 4-0 for the first time since 2002. They haven't started a season 5-0 since 1939. Even the Fiesta Bowl champions of 2000, who finished 11-1, lost their fifth game.

Oregon State travels to BYU on Saturday. These Cougars (4-2), survived a scare Friday night against Utah State, narrowly winning the battle for the Old Wagon Wheel 6-3. BYU features a stingy defense that has held opponents to under 300 yards of total offense in 12 straight games.

To play a truly complete game, the Beavers will have to end that streak. And while OSU is 2-0 on the road this season, having beaten UCLA at the Rose Bowl and Arizona in Tucson, LaVell Edwards Stadium — with an elevation of 4,600 feet and a rabid crowd — will likely be the most inhospitable venue the Beavers have seen this year.

"Man, I can't wait to put together a full game," running back Storm Woods said, "and see how good we are."