CORVALLIS, Ore. — Colorado wasn't really sure what to expect from Oregon State on Saturday.
The Buffaloes figured OSU would play inspired, however, and the Beavers certainly appeared to do that.
On Monday, OSU and head coach Gary Andersen parted ways, leaving the Beavers reeling after a surprising 1-5 start to the season. They said they'd use the adversity as a chance to bond as a team. CU expected the Beavers to play hard for their former coach.
OSU responded with its best game of the year, including a season-high 569 yards in offense.
"They were fired up about what's been going on with their program and they wanted to come out and play and we got their best game of the year," CU linebacker Derek McCartney said.
That was no surprise to CU head coach Mike MacIntyre, who figured the Beavers would rally around interim coach Cory Hall.
"My hats off to the way those kids played," he said.