Arizona State ready for meeting with Oregon State

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Arizona State safety Jarrell Holman (8 )runs down field after an interception against Georgia during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Athens, Ga.  Georgia won 20-17. (AP Photo/John Amis) By John Amis Arizona State safety Jarrell Holman (8 )runs down field after an interception against Georgia during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 20-17. (AP Photo/John Amis) By John Amis

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- At Oregon State, it's not how you start, it's how you finish.

The Beavers are off to a 2-2 start for the sixth consecutive season.

The last three seasons they've started 2-and-3, only to bounce back with strong finishes that included bowl victories.

With that history, it's not surprising their eternally optimistic coach is taking the recent two-game losing streak in stride.

Coach Mike Riley says he's excited about the team, and the adversity provides a great opportunity for growth.

The Beavers head to Arizona State this Saturday to play at Sun Devil Stadium.

They haven't defeated the Sun Devils there since 1969.