Solid Prevent defense, Arizona. Really fundamentally sound.
With the Wildcats leading Oregon State 17-16 and the clock ticking down on the scoreboard and the Beavers' Rose Bowl hopes, Sammie Stroughter snuck behind the Arizona defense for a 47-yard gain and set up a chip-shot, game-winning, Rose-Bowl-still-alive field goal for Oregon State.
Ohio State, the Rose Bowl committee and college football fans collectively sighed. It's now up to you Oregon, as the Beav are now a Civil War win at home from going to the Rose Bowl.
And if USC wins out (scrimmages against Notre Dame and UCLA), they'll likely get an at-large BCS bid sending two teams from the very mediocre Pac-10 to the BCS. An OSU Rose Bowl appearance would likely cost Ohio State (and a long-shot Boise State) over $10 million.
Of course Ohio State is openly rooting against Oregon State. While it would be fun to see a non-USC Pac-10 champion, college football fans aren't pushing for that scenario either. Nor are the rich men in fancy suits who want to make $$$ off the Rose Bowl.
But the suits won't say that. They'll gladly welcome in the Beavers, who would meet Penn State in Pasadena only a few months removed from getting bent over in a 31-point loss in Happy Valley. They'll be thrilled to have a team from insignificant Corvallis, Ore. rather than Los Angeles. And they'd be thrilled to see a rematch of a blowout than a more traditional USC-Penn State slugfest. They'll just welcome Oregon State with a forced grin and say nice things through clenched teeth.
The Pac-10 would be happy though. Conference money from two BCS bids would be nice. And every bowl-eligible team would essentially move up on the bowl ladder. (For example, the Pac-10 3 would go to the Holiday Bowl rather than the Pac-10 2).
Everybody else? "Fuck you Oregon State. Fuck you."