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Speed, athleticism required to combat fast-tempo offenses

Originally Published: August 8, 2008
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

If it's possible to mix pride and sheepishness, that's how Oregon State coach Mike Riley described last season's Civil War victory over Oregon and it's fast-tempo spread offense.

"We had a really good defense and we held them to 31," Riley said.

The Beavers won, 38-31, in double overtime. But the advent of what his archrival is doing brought to mind Riley's freshman year as a defensive back at Alabama, when coach Paul "Bear" Bryant installed the wishbone in preseason ...

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