Steven Nelson woke up to the news.
"My mother called me and I was sleeping," said the Oregon State senior, who plays cornerback on the Beavers football. "She said, 'Coach Riley is moving to Nebraska.' I said, 'What?' It was kind of like a shock."
In a surprise move to perhaps everybody except the man who did the hiring, Oregon State's Mike Riley is set to take over at Nebraska.
Riley will be introduced at a news conference Friday. He'll take over immediately, but will not coach the Cornhuskers in their bowl game.
Tom Ward and Collin Harmon are joined by former Oregon quarterback Jason Fife on this Civil War edition of Inside the Pac.
Marcus Mariota turned what could be his last Civil War game into a Heisman Trophy highlight reel.
Final: #2 Oregon 47, Oregon State 19
Population 680, Monroe is a proud farming town in the Willamette Valley that serves as the closest thing to a demarcation line in the Civil War, one of college football's oldest rivalries. It is 18 miles from Oregon State in Corvallis and 23 miles from the University of Oregon in Eugene.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — The last thing Oregon wants to do now is trip on the path to the playoffs.
So the No. 3 Ducks (10-1, 7-1 Pac-12) were diligent this week in their preparation for the annual Civil War rivalry game against Oregon State (5-6, 2-6) on Saturday.
Oregon coach Mark Helfrich and Oregon State coach Mike Riley both grew up in the state where it's been said that on Civil War game day, everyone is either a Duck or a Beaver.
Michael Doctor returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown with 1:38 left to seal the Beavers' 35-27 upset win over the Sun Devils on Saturday night.
Tom Ward and Collin Harmon are joined by Jon Warren, host of the Joe Beaver Radio Show, on this edition of Inside the Pac.
Tom Ward and Collin Harmon are joined by former Oregon offensive lineman Max Forer for this edition of Inside the Pac.
Going into the game the Beavers had allowed just seven touchdown receptions over the season, and their pass defense ranked second in the conference behind Stanford.
Tom Ward and Collin Harmon are joined by former Oregon quarterback Chris Miller on this edition of Inside the Pac.