"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."