EL PASO, Texas -- Sophomore Adam Speer will replace
All-Pac-10 guard Jeremy Perry on the Oregon State offensive line
for Friday's Sun Bowl game in El Paso against Missouri.
Perry sprained his left knee in a 35-32 victory at No. 24 Hawaii on Dec. 2.
Speer has played in all 13 games but will be making his first
"Speer played most of the game against USC so it's not like he
hasn't been in games before,'' Beavers coach Mike Riley said. "He's got good
experience and the guys trust him and work well with him.
"I'm not worried about his ability to be ready to play."
The Beavers (9-4) take a three-game winning streak into their
game against Missouri (8-4), only the second meeting between the
programs and first since 1956.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel noted Oregon State avoids mistakes on
offense and leads its conference in turnover ratio and sacks.
"The other thing is they won a lot of close games," Pinkel
said. "That certainly says a lot about the character of their team
and the good job Mike has done."
Riley said his team's passion for the game has never been in
doubt, even coming off a long layoff.
"One of the main things is really taking advantage of the
opportunity to really be well-prepared, and then not getting stale
so that you hit that game at the right surge," Riley said. "I
think finding the balance is big."
That said, Riley believes his players have maximized practice
time all year.
"I said that way back in spring practice and I said that when
we were 2-3. These guys have good intentions, they work hard, and
that's what got us here."