Head coach Mike Riley knew how to motivate his Oregon State football team for its Sept. 22 game against UCLA in Pasadena. Sure enough, the Beavers upset the Bruins 27-20. Riley’s recipe for success: he promised all of his players a post-game trip to In-N-Out, the popular California burger chain, if they won.
Following the game, Riley directed the four team buses to an In-N-Out in Burbank, where in a mere 15 minutes they ordered and collected 200 double-double burgers and 100 orders of fries. It cost Riley $700, a bargain for getting his team to 2-0. Read Bud Withers’ Seattle Times column.