October 17, 2011
Oregon State's 38-28 loss to BYU this weekend may have been the last straw for some of its fans.
The Beavers are 1-5, their worst start in 15 years, have lost seven of their last eight and nine of their last 11 dating back to last season. So one fan, fed up with the subpar play, decided to take his frustration out on a player's car.
Cornerback Jordan Poyer found his car keyed with a nasty anonymous note attached to the windshield. Poyer, of all players, didn't deserve to be attacked for his play against the Cougars: He had four tackles, two pass breakups and an interception returned for a 51-yard touchdown.
Oregon State coach Mike Riley said he didn't think things were so bad that fans would start taking it out on player's cars.
"It's hard to explain behavior like that,'' said Riley. "That's the world out there. It always amazes me, but it doesn't surprise me.''
Poyer was even more upset, calling out his car's assailant on Twitter: "To whoever keyed my car last night saying '(expletive) you win a game' I hope you're feeling better about yourself.''
It's that time of year when fans start to become disillusioned after the dream of a bowl berth starts to fade, but vandalizing a player's car is not exactly going to bolster goodwill between the team and fans.