In 1964: The team wins its first Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU) title, which later becomes the Pac-12 Conference. The team plays in the Rose Bowl for the fourth time, losing to Michigan 34-7
Born and raised in Oakland, California, Payton played high school basketball at Skyline High School, along with former NBA player Greg Foster, and headed north in 1986 to attend Oregon State University in Corvallis. In his sophomore year of high school, his grades plummeted and he was declared academically ineligible. His dad encouraged him to focus on school, and he ...
In 2006: The baseball team wins its first NCAA national championship, defeating North Carolina in the College World Series
In 2012: The men’s soccer team wins its first Northwest conference title and qualifies for the playoffs for the national DI-AA championship
The 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament began on Friday, June 1, 2018, as part of the 2018 NCAA Division I baseball season. The 64-team, double-elimination tournament concluded with the 2018 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, starting on June 16 and ended on June 28. Oregon State defeated Arkansas in the best-of-three final series to win the championship.
History of the Beavers
The Oregon State Beavers sports team has a long and storied history in the NCAA. From their first football game in 1893 to their incredible success over the last decade, Beaver Nation is one of college sports’ most passionate fan bases.
In football, Oregon State has had its share of ups and downs over the years, but there have been some truly memorable moments for fans to cherish. The Beavers won three straight conference titles from 2000-2002 under legendary head coach Dennis Erickson and appeared in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame. In 2007, Mike Riley led them back to another bowl victory with a 38-31 win over Maryland at FedEx Field in Washington D.C., marking just their second bowl game victory since 1965!
Over on the hardwood, Oregon State basketball has seen its fair share of success throughout its history, including making five Sweet Sixteen appearances between 1982 and 2016! They also reached two Elite Eights during that period (1982 & 2016), highlighted by Gary Payton’s stellar performance against Kansas en route to reaching that year's Final Four before losing out to eventual champions Duke Blue Devils.
As we look ahead toward what this upcoming season may bring for all Beaver teams across various sports disciplines, it's clear that no matter what happens, you can always count on OSU fans being loud, proud, and ready to cheer on our beloved Beavers! Go BEAVS !!
College Sports Established
Oregon State University
1973 - Present / NCAA Division 1
1921 - 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1915 - 1921 / Athletic Association of the United States
2010 – Present / PAC 12 Conference
1978 – 2010 / Pacific 10
1964 – 1978 / Pacific 8
1958 - 1964 / Independent
1915 - 1958 / Pacific Coast Conference
Beavers - As a sports fan, you may have heard of the Oregon State Beavers – but do you know where their nickname comes from? The Oregon State Beavers are a prominent NCAA Division I college athletics program in Corvallis, OR. Since 1868 they’ve been known as the “Beavers,” and this name has a fascinating history behind it.
The story begins with Alexander Mckay, who was one of the first settlers in what is now Corvallis. He noted many beaver dams along the nearby Marys River and called his property Beaverdam Ranch after them. This name eventually became shortened to “Beaver Dam,” which led locals to refer collectively to all settlers living near Marys River as “Beaverdammers."
When OSU formed its first athletic team in 1893, they wanted something unique for their mascot, so they chose "the beavers" based on local lore about McKay's ranch and other area residents referred to by that moniker over time. It wasn't until 1927 when then-athletic director Chester Caddes officially adopted "beave" or "beavo," derived from Latin American slang for a male student at universities, as part of OSU's official school colors (orange & black). Finally -in 1939-the term 'Oregon State Beavers' was officially used as part of branding efforts for both teams' uniforms & logos!
Today, OSU remains a proud member of NCAA Division I athletics programs across multiple sports while honoring their original mascot choice through various merchandise items such as t-shirts, hats & more! So next time someone mentions the Oregon State Beavers –you can impress them with your knowledge about how this iconic nickname came into existence!
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