The Oregon State Beavers’ football team has entered the top ten for the first time in more than ten years. But the news comes as team officials announce an injury to a key player.
The Beavers’ victory on Saturday over Washington State elevated OSU to number 10 on the Associated Press’ rankings.
The last time the Beavers were in the Top Ten was in 2001. The season before, the Beavers ended up ranked 4th nationally, after defeating Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.
But, the Beavers’ run of happy news has taken a bad turn.
Coach Mike Riley has announced that the team’s quarterback, Sean Mannion, will have knee surgery and will be sidelined indefinitely.
Mannion has thrown seven touchdown passes and accumulated more than 1300 passing yards, in leading the Beavers to an undefeated record.
Backup Cody Vaz is expected to take Mannion’s starting position for the Beavers’ next game at Brigham Young.
The University of Oregon is also undefeated. The Ducks are ranked second in the country for the third week in a row.