After Oregon State’s victory against Arizona State on Saturday, Beavers defensive lineman Curtis Coker said his team was fired up thanks to an incident during pregame warm-ups.
One problem: The incident never happened, coaches from both schools said on Tuesday, when USA Today detailed Coker’s version of events, first mentioned in The Oregonian on Sunday.
“In no way did Arizona State disrespect the Oregon State football program during the pregame,” Oregon State coach Mike Riley said in a statement. “In no way did ASU interrupt our warm-ups.”
Coker said the Sun Devils, while running back to their locker room, trotted through Oregon State’s field-goal formation, adding that he and ASU quarterback Rudy Carpenter exchanged words.
“Why would I let them do that in my house?” Coker said. “So I was going to show them how it is, and Rudy Carpenter goes, ‘Oh, No. 98, you’re a bad (dude), aren’t you?’ I said, ‘Oh, yeah? You remember No. 98, because I’m going to tattoo it on your backside!’ ”
At Reser Stadium, both teams head to and from their locker rooms through the same tunnel. At the same time the Sun Devils headed off, Oregon State’s band was on the sideline, preventing ASU from leaving the field via that route.
Sun Devils coach Dirk Koetter said his assistant coaches formed a chain, allowing his team to pass between the OSU players and band without making contact.
“There was no altercation,” Koetter said. “The closest person to their team was me. We asked (Oregon State) to look into it, and it was just one of their players popping off about something. . . .
“It didn’t happen. I was there.”
ASU and Colorado evidently enjoyed playing each other so much earlier this season that the two schools have agreed to get together more.
The schools announced on Tuesday they will play in Boulder in 2013 and Sun Devil Stadium in 2018. ASU won at Colorado 21-3 on Sept. 16, and the Buffaloes will play in Tempe next season.
“Renewing this series was a priority for us,” ASU vice president of athletics Lisa Love said. “We traveled very well to Boulder, and our fans had a great time.”
The series was made possible when Notre Dame asked ASU to adjust its previously scheduled home-and-home series. Originally slated to visit South Bend in 2013, the Sun Devils will instead play there in 2017. The 2014 game in Tempe was unchanged.
Cornerback/wide receiver Rudy Burgess did not dress on Tuesday and is doubtful for Saturday’s game against Washington State due to his high ankle sprain. The injury kept him out of the Oregon State game.
“Rudy is moving very slowly right now,” Koetter said. “He can do things in a straight line, but little else.”
Running backs Ryan Torain and Keegan Herring were kept out of contact in order to preserve them for game day.
Washington State likely will be without its two top receivers when the Cougars travel to Tempe on Saturday, coach Bill Doba said Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters from Pullman on his weekly teleconference, Doba said both Jason Hill and Michael Bumpus suffered high ankle sprains last week in a 27-17 loss to Arizona and might not make the trip to Tempe.
But the Cougars have a lot of depth at receiver and tight end, so quarterback Alex Brink will still have a number of targets, Doba said.
‘‘We’ll miss them if they’re not there because they’re exceptional players,’’ Doba said. ‘‘But we’re not going to throw in a whole new offense.’’
Koetter said his wide receiving corps for Saturday’s game figures to be Mike Jones and Brandon Smith at X and Kyle Williams and Chris McGaha at Z. . . .
ASU’s players have voted on their captains for the 2006 season: Tight end Zach Miller and center Mike Pollak on offense and defensive tackle Jordan Hill and safety Josh Barrett on defense.