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Oregon State turns blue in preparation for Saturday's game at Boise State

September 21, 2010 | 12:01 pm

Boise_400 The Rolling Stones sang "Paint it Black."

Oregon State said, "Paint it blue."

In one of the most unusual acts of pregame preparation, Oregon State painted one of its practice fields blue this week to prepare the Beavers for Saturday's game at Boise State.

The Broncos, of course, have played on blue artificial turf since 1986.

Oregon State Coach Mike Riley said the "paint it blue" concept was the brainchild of Athletic Director Bob De Carolis.

"Our AD has thought about this for a year, I think," Riley joked during Tuesday's Pac-10 football coaches conference call. "I think he was hoping for the buildup that this game has become, with them where they are and us being ranked."

No. 24 Oregon State plays No. 3 Boise State on Saturday in a game televised nationally on ABC.

The Eugene Register-Guard reported that 440 gallons of paint (a bottom coat of white topped with blue) were required for the job. An anonymous donor covered the cost.

"It looks amazing," Riley said. "Just to be on it, in some little way, preparing you for the environment that you're going to be in. Some people pipe in music."

-- Chris Dufresne

 Photo: The Boise State football field. Credit: Charlie Litchfield / Associated Press