OSU simulates 'Smurf turf' to prep for game

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Oregon State painted a practice field blue to help prepare for the "Smurf turf" in Boise's Bronco Stadium.

CORVALLIS, Ore – Oregon didn't find it was easy being green when the Ducks went up against Boise State in Idaho this past year on the Bronco's famed blue "Smurf turf."

Next week, the Beavers go to Boise to take on the Broncos. To help the team prepare, maintenance crews at Oregon State University painted a practice field blue to help simulate the azure gridiron they'll encounter in Idaho.

Athletic director Bob De Carolis cooked up the plan within the last month, but Oregon State kept the plan quiet until after last Saturday's game, said Steve Fenk with the Oregon State Athletic Department. The paint job was paid for by donations.

"Just something fun for the team," Fenk told KVAL News, "kind of get the team thinking blue."

Meanwhile in Boise, a reporter told Boise State's football coach, Chris Peterson, about the blue field.

"Perfect," Peterson said with a laugh. "We've got them right where we want them if they're going and painting their field."

>>> See Photos of Oregon State's new "blue" practice field

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YouTube video from OSU Athletics of the painting process

Boise State Head Coach Chris Petersen on the Beavs' paint job.

Beavs first thoughts on the trip to Boise after the win over Louisville.