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BEAVERS NOTES: Injury report promising


CORVALLIS — The injury report was promising as eighth-ranked Oregon State (5-0 overall, 3-0 in Pac-12 play) practiced Monday in preparation for Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. conference matchup with Utah (2-4, 0-4).

Tailback Storm Woods (knee), receiver Brandin Cooks (ankle) and linebacker D.J. Alexander (ankle) all were suited but saw limited duty in Monday’s workout, but are expected to be able to play against the Utes.

“We took it easy on them a little bit today, but I think they will be fine,” OSU coach Mike Riley said. “In general, we’re in pretty good shape.”

• NOTES: About 500 tickets were still available Monday afternoon for the Utah game. All 6,000 OSU student tickets were distributed by 10:30 a.m. Monday. ... The Oct. 27 game at Washington has been set for 7:15 p.m. to be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. ... Despite victories over four of the top 36 teams — three of them on the road — Oregon State is ranked only No. 21 in the Sagarin Ratings this week. “I think we’ve played the toughest schedule in the country so far,” Riley said. “Nobody has played two non-conference opponents (Wisconsin and Brigham Young) like we have.” ... OSU has two national leaders in defensive statistics. Jordan Poyer leads in interceptions per game (five in five) while Scott Crichton is first in sacks per game (eight in five). ... The Beavers are fourth in rush defense (70.0 yards per game), sixth in opponents’ third-down conversion percentage (26.9) and eighth in pass offense (338.0). ... Sean Mannion is sixth in passing yardage per game (339.5). ... The Beavers lead the Pac-12 in rush defense and are second in pass offense and scoring defense (18.4).