|Liberty Bowl Champs|
The team included Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker, former University of Oregon head coach Rich Brooks, long-time Roseburg Indian head coach Thurman Bell, and my father, Ross Cariaga, who played offensive guard and served as co-captain. The team was led by head coach Tommy Prothro, arguably the greatest football coach in OSU history.
all seven of Dad's kids, his widow, and his brother, along with their respective families. (My Uncle Don is the only Oregon State alumnus in the group.)
|Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker and Dad, 1962|
|Terry Baker and my Uncle Don (Old family friend, John Farrell in the background)|
A good story, but I wonder how it must have been for my poor mother. A bloody kitchen!
("Was there a baby in the apartment?" I asked.
Ken thought for a moment. "Yes, I think there was," he said.
"That was me," I said.)
I've said it before and I'll say it again: anyone who knew Dad has a story about him.
|OSU cheerleading squad fires up the crowd pre-game|
I hadn't been to a big college game in probably 15 years. Games today are Big EventsTM. A full staff runs a complex but highly-organized affair. It baffles to think how they pull it off.
Before the game, the '62 Beavers and their representatives were honored on the field. Being his oldest son, my family afforded me the privilege of standing in for Dad.
|Legendary Roseburg Indian football coach, Thurman Bell|
|Heat of battle|
But all that added up to nothing. OSU's defense smothered Wisconsin, holding Ball to a mere 30 yards rushing. The Beavers sacked Wisconsin quarterback Danny O'Brien three times for big losses.
On the other side of the ball, the Beaver's offense outgained the Badger's, 354-207. Quarterback Sean Mannion threw for 247 yards, including the Beaver's only teedee, which went to Brandin Cooks from twenty yards out in the third quarter.
In short, the Beavers dominated the game.The final score: OSU 10, Wisconsin 7.
|Cariagas after the game|
|Liberty Bowl trophy|
Here's to the Oregon State Beavers of 1962! Liberty Bowl Champions!