Winningest coach in Oregon State history at helm of No. 14 Beavers

Winningest coach in Oregon State history at helm of No. 14 Beavers
Oregon State coach Mike Riley cheers up his team before an NCAA college football game against Arizona at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Wily Low)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The whispers about job security aren't an issue for Oregon State coach Mike Riley any more.

The amiable Beavers coach has led his team to a 3-0 start and the No. 14 spot in the AP rankings.

It's a dramatic turnaround for a team that won only three games all of last season.

After consecutive wins over ranked teams, Oregon State is coming off a 38-35 victory over Arizona in Tucson last Saturday.

It was Riley's 75th victory in his two stints — he's in his 12th season overall — as coach of the Beavers, making him the winningest coach in school history.

Oregon State hasn't opened with a three-game winning streak since 2002.

The Beavers host 2-3 Washington State on Saturday.

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