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Also some news from the soccer and wrestling programs as we close out the year.

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Its been quiet over the holidays for Oregon State with no bowl game to prepare for, but that doesn’t mean there are no Beavers in the news. Here’s a quick rundown.

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Brandin Cooks had a quiet game this Sunday against the Bills, only 16 yards from 2 receptions, but it was enough to put him over 1,000 yards this season. This marks the third time Cooks has reached this point, in only 4 years in the league. This puts him in some auspicious company. Pats Pulpit has a full report.

Former Oregon State QB Marcus McMaryion led Fresno State to a victory over Houston 33-27 in the Hawaii Bowl. McMaryion threw for 342 yards and 1 interception, and also added 50 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. As a Beaver, McMaryion was recruited by Mike Riley, but struggled to find playing time under Gary Andersen’s regime despite leading the team to victory in last year’s Civil War. Ken Goe at examines MCMaryion’s time at OSU.

Another Former Oregon State Quarterback may be playing his final college game soon. Kyle Kempt will lead Iowa State in the Liberty Bowl against Memphis this Saturday. This is Kempt’s final year of eligibility, but Kempt hopes the NCAA will grant him another. His case hinges on being run out by Gary Andersen during his time at Oregon State, which would be grounds for an additional year. The Des Moines Register has the story.

Dave Nishitani | Oregon State Athletics

In non-football news, Oregon State soccer player Jordan Jones has been invited to the 2018 Adidas MLS Combine in Orlando. Jones recently finished up his Oregon State career with Second-Team All-Pac-12 honors, and scored 29 goals with 6 assists in his time as a Beaver.

Finally, Oregon State Wrestling will close out 2017 with a trip to the Midlands Invitational, hosted by Northwestern University in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The meet will be this weekend, on Friday and Saturday, and will feature a highly competitive field, including number one ranked Penn State. The Beavers are coming off of a 4th place finish at the Reno Tournament of Champions. After the Midlands, the Beavers will return to the road with matches against South Dakota State on January 5th, and Iowa State on January 7th, before returning home to face Wyoming on January 14th.

That’s all the Beaver news that’s making the rounds. Stay dry this winter kids!