The following article appeared in the Monday, Oct. 23, 1967, edition of the Corvallis Gazette-Times and, unfortunately, had to be transcribed from microfilm, as the physical page is missing from the newspaper's archives.

Dee Andros called it "the greatest win in my coaching career."

Johnny Eggers and Jim Barrett, who have each seen over [unknown] consecutive football games, labeled it "the biggest win in the school's history."

Around the nation Oregon State was the toast of the college football world this weekend.

Entering as 20-point underdogs, the Beavers stunned second-ranked Purdue Saturday before a homecoming crowd of 60,147 at Lafayette, Indiana, with a 22-14 victory.

Never before has an OSU grid team beaten an opponent so high in the college football rankings. And never before have the Beavers won a game that the oddsmakers figured bordered on a rout.

Arriving at the Corvallis airport at 1:00 a.m. after a two-hour flight, the Beavers were greeted by 2,000 enthusiastic students and townspeople who chanted, "We Want Dee."

That celebration climaxed a joyous day that saw the happy OSU gridders carry Andros and his assistants off the field while stunned Boilermaker fans watched in silence.

The victory wasn't a fluke either. "We just got beat by a better team today ... they outfought us, outspirited us, outhit us and just beat us," Coach Jack Mollenkopf of Purdue said. "We made too many mistakes and they killed us."

Andros, hugging the game ball in the noisy dressing room, said: "I've never been around a bunch of kids greater than these Beavers."

"I cannot take credit for the victory ... these kids had a job to do and they did it," he added.

OSU ended one of college football's longest winning streaks, nine straight. And Purdue had won nine in a row at home.

Oregon State was an alert, intense football team Saturday, in contrast to a week ago when they were upset by Brigham Young 31-13.

"When there was a loose ball, it was our ball," Andros noted.

The Beavers recovered three fumbles and intercepted three passes. In the final six minutes, when OSU overcame a 14-13 deficit, the Beavers recovered one fumble, one kickoff and intercepted a pass. Purdue managed only one offensive play in this span — the pass interception.

There were many heroes in the triumph, but a few stood out above the rest. They included:

• Bill Enyart, workhorse fullback who ripped Purdue for [unknown] yards in the fourth quarter on [unknown] carries and scored the winning touchdown.

• Mike Haggard, who set a school record with three field goals in one game. His last one was 38 yards into the win that gave OSU an eight-point lead.

• Quarterback Steve Preece, who tossed one touchdown pass to Roger Cantlon, and accounted for [unknown] yards on offense.

• Defensive tackle Jess Lewis, who tossed Purdue quarterback Mike Phipps for three losses totaling [unknown] yards and recovered two fumbles that led to an OSU field goal and touchdown.

Those were a few of the individual stars, but it was a team effort. The offensive line gave Enyart, Preece and Billy Main the room to manufacture [unknown] yards on the ground and [unknown] yards in total offense.

The defense, although giving up [unknown] yards, held Phipps to his lowest pass total of the year, [unknown] yards, and came up with six turnovers. Several of these gave the offense good field position that resulted in OSU points.

The Beavers didn't give Phipps or his ace receiver, Leroy Keyes, the long pass. In fact, Purdue's longest gain of the day was [unknown] yards.

Andros admitted the team's pre-game plan was to "move the football and play great defense, especially eliminating the 'bomb.'" That's just what the Beavers did.

The Beaver coach also said, "I haven't seen dedication like we had all week in practice ... we had to get our confidence back."

With meetings with unbeaten UCLA and USC remaining on the schedule, the Beavers now know what they can accomplish.

On the blackboard in the Beaver dressing room afterward was scribbled "Who's No. 2?"

After Saturday, it certainly isn't Purdue.

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