Blue Turf on the Horizon
Sept. 6, 2004
Corvallis, Ore. -
THEME: Oregon State looks to rebound from a heartbreaking 22-21 overtime loss at No. 3 LSU last Saturday at Death Valley. The Beavers will be trying to avoid their first 0-2 start to a season since the 1996 team began 0-5. Boise State is looking to move to 2-0 for the second consecutive season. The Broncos possess the nation's longest home winning streak at 19 games and the longest overall win streak at 12. BSU is 0-9 all-time vs. the Pac-10.SHORT WEEK: Oregon State's short week became even shorter Saturday night when the team plane was diverted to Portland due to issues at the Eugene airport. The Beavers landed at PDX at approximately 4 a.m. and waited for the buses to make the trip from Eugene to PDX. The team arrived in Corvallis at approximately 6:30 a.m. (8:30 a.m. CDT) The last time OSU played two games in less than seven days was the 2001 campaign, opening the season with Sunday night ESPN game at Fresno State followed by a Saturday contest at New Mexico State.THE SERIES: Oregon State has won all three contests in the series. The Beavers edged Boise State last year at Reser Stadium 26-24 and in the process ended the Broncos' 13-game winning streak. The two teams combined for 943 yards in total offense a year ago with quarterbacks Derek Anderson (408) and Ryan Dinwiddie (334) accounting for 742 passing yards. The Beavers led 13-0 before witnessing BSU take a 17-16 halftime lead. OSU beat BSU, then a Division I-AA Big Sky Conference member 34-3 in Corvallis in 1986 and 37-30 in Boise in 1989. The two programs are scheduled to meet Sept. 10 of next year in Corvallis and Sept. 9, 2006 in Boise.HEALTH STATUS: As of Sept. 6, Oregon State does not have any significant injuries to starters. Reserve safety/special teams player Dallas Buck is out due to an illness.HOME STATE BOUND: Two Beavers on the roster hail from the state of Idaho. Reserve tight end Dan Haines attended Lewiston High School in Lewiston and reserve quarterback Colt Charles is a native of McCall and graduated from Donnelly HS. Both are expected to be on the travel roster for Friday's game.LINEBACKER U -- WEST COAST: Penn State has long been considered one of the best programs for outstanding linebackers and future NFL stars. Oregon State can argue it's the version of 'Linebacker U' on the West Coast. James Allen, a 3rd Round selection of the New Orleans Saints after the 2002 season is expected to start this year; Nick Barnett, a 2nd Round selection of the Green Bay Packers after the `03 season was the club's Defensive Rookie of the Year last year; and Richard Seigler was a 4th Round pick of the San Francisco 49ers following last season and is competing for a starting job.I REMEMBER YOU WHEN...: When Oregon State's Mike Riley was the head coach of the San Diego Chargers one of his assistant coaches was Mike Sanford, Sr. Sanford, who currently is the offensive coordinator at Utah, was also the receivers coach at USC when Riley was the offensive coordinator. Sanford's son Michael is a quarterback at Boise State.BRONCO COACHES ARE FORMER BEAVERS: Assistant head coach/offensive line coach Chris Strausser and special teams/running backs coach Kent Riddle have Oregon State ties. Strausser was an offensive graduate assistant coach during the 1990 and `91 seasons. Riddle was a reserve quarterback at OSU from 1987-90.FAVORITE TARGETS:Oregon State's passing attack continues to provide quarterback Derek Anderson with a wealth of targets. Anderson has connected with seven different players in each of the last three games. At LSU he found three receivers, two tight end and two running backs.BACK-TO-BACK: Oregon State's appearance on ESPN this Friday marks the first time the football program has ever appeared on the cable network in consecutive weeks.THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS:Oregon State's defense has been tough on its last two opponents (New Mexico last year) in terms of third down conversions. The Beaver defense has allowed just six of 31 (.194) third downs to be converted.HEARTBREAK ON THE ROAD: Oregon State has suffered some heartbreaking losses on the road in recent years, including last Saturday's game at No. 3 LSU. Here is a closer look:
Sept. 4, 2004 at LSU (22-21 OT) -- OSU misses three extra point att.Oct. 25, 2003 at WSU (36-30) -- WSU three 4th quarter TDs.Sept. 5, 2003 at Fresno St. (16-14) -- FSU 47-yd FG with 31 seconds.Oct. 12, 2002 at Arizona St. (13-9) -- 1st & Goal @ 1:06 -- no scoreNov. 3, 2001 at USC (16-13 OT) -- missed 29-yard FG with :33 leftOct. 7, 2000 at UW (33-30) -- missed FG with :14 left
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES GAME:The latest Associated Press Poll features both Boise State and Oregon State receiving votes, but not enough to make the top 25. The Broncos are four places out of the top 25 with 60 votes while OSU is six places out with 34.THE ONE AND ONLY: Oregon State is the only program in the nation to play the two defending 2003 national champions. The Beavers traveled to defending Bowl Championship Series title winners LSU Sept. 4. USC, the `03 Associated Press champion, visits Reser Stadium Sat., Nov. 6.THREE OUT OF FOUR....: Oregon State plays three of the four programs that lost just one game last season -- LSU, USC and Boise State. Miami (Ohio) also had one setback in 2003.DIFFICULT SCHEDULE: Many have selected Oregon State's 2004 schedule as the toughest in the nation. The first ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll had USC No.1, LSU No. 3, California No. 15 and Oregon No. 25. OSU was in the 'also receiving votes' category with Boise State, WSU, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington and New Mexico. Collegefootballnews.com, the Sporting News and Fox Sports among others lists OSU with the most difficult slate. The combined record of the Beavers' three non-conference opponents in 2003 was 34-7 (.829) -- the highest percentage in the nation in a study conducted by Chris Burkhalter of the University of Houston:1. .829 Oregon St. (34-7); 2. .789 Iowa St. (30-8); 3. .769 Cincinnati (30-9); 4. .755 Arkansas St. (40-13); 5. .730 Georgia Tech (27-10)MORE SCHEDULE NOTES: Seven of Oregon State's 11 opponents in 2004 played in a bowl game in 2003 -- LSU, Boise State, New Mexico, California, Washington State, USC and Oregon. An eighth opponent, Washington, was eligible but was not invited.NO QB CONTROVERSY HERE: Oregon State has had the luxury of having just two quarterbacks start over the last 65 games -- Jonathan Smith (current asst. coach at Idaho) and Derek Anderson. During that 65-game span the program has participated in the Fiesta, O'ahu, Insight and Las Vegas Bowls.ON THE TUBE: As of Aug. 11, OSU is scheduled to make three national television appearances. ESPN televised the Sept. 4 game at LSU and is scheduled for the Sept. 10 game at Boise State. FSN will broadcast the Nov. 20 Civil War. FSN NW will air the Sept. 25 contest at Arizona State. FSN NW will not be airing replays of all games this season, except for contests that are broadcast live on the cable network on Saturday. The regional carrier will air replays of the Oct. 16 game at Washington and Oct. 23 vs. Washington State, regardless of live television the prior Saturday.TEAM CAPTAINS: Seniors Derek Anderson (QB), Jonathan Pollard (LB) and Bill Swancutt (DE) will serve as the team captains this season.NEW THREADS: For the first time in five years Oregon State has new uniforms. The Nike designed uniforms were unveiled to the public Aug. 23. The Beavers wear white-on-white on the road and black-on-black at home. The Beavers wore their accustomed white jerseys at LSU forcing the Tigers out of their traditional home color and into their purple jerseys.RAISING RESER: Oregon State is in the midst of refurbishing its home venue, Reser Stadium. Construction is currently ongoing to expand the stadium from its current capacity of 35,362 to approximately 43,000. The $93 million project is scheduled to be completed by the start of the 2005 season. Temporary bleachers have been built for the 2004 home schedule.