Beavers Preps for Dad's Weekend Showdown with Huskies
Nov. 9, 2009
THIS WEEK: No. 23 (BCS) Oregon State (6-3, 4-2 in Pac-10) wraps up the 2009 home schedule against the Washington Huskies (3-6, 2-4) Sat., Nov. 14 at 12:30 p.m. The game will air live on FSN Northwest, which includes a Noon pregame show. Saturday marks Dad's Weekend on campus and it is the first game against OSU's three Pacific Northwest rivals.
BOWL STREAK: Oregon State has become bowl eligible and if it indeed is extended a bowl invitation it would be its fourth consecutive postseason appearance - a school record. The Beavers postseason opportunities with three games remaining include all the Pac-10 bowls (Rose, Jan. 1; Holiday, Dec. 30; Las Vegas, Dec. 22; Emerald, Dec. 26; Poinsettia, Dec. 23), except in theory the Brut Sun Bowl, Dec. 31 (no repeat clause). The program under then head coach Dennis Erickson went to the 2002 Insight Bowl, followed by current head coach Mike Riley's 2003 Las Vegas and 2004 Insight Bowl years. Riley has led the last three teams to two Sun Bowls and an Emerald Bowl. The Beavers have won five straight bowl games, the second-longest streak in the nation - Utah has an eight-game streak. And, oh by the way, Riley is undefeated in bowl games as a head coach (5-0) and as the offensive coordinator at USC (3-0) - Howard Schnellenberger (Florida Atlantic/Miami) is the only active head coach to win more bowl games (6) without losing.
SERIES: The OSU-UW series dates back to 1897 when Oregon State won a 16-0 decision at home. Overall Washington has the advantage 57-32-4 thanks mainly to a 25-2 run between 1975 and 2003. But, since the Huskies 38-17 win in Corvallis in that `03 season it has been all OSU as the Beavers enter this week with a school record five-game win streak. The teams have played just once in Corvallis over the last five games, a 29-23 victory in a bizarre 2007 game. Last year Jacquizz Rodgers was the decoy, as James Rodgers scored three touchdowns, including runs of 33, 52 and 55 as OSU won at Husky Stadium 34-13. One of the most memorable parts of the game was the Beaver defense holding the Huskies out of the endzone on four downs from the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter.
SENIORS IN FINAL GAME: The following seniors will be making their final appearance at Reser Stadium in a Beaver uniform: WR Damola Adeniji, QB Sean Canfield, CB Tim Clark, TE Howard Croom, CB Patrick Henderson, WR Taylor Kavanaugh, LB Keaton Kristick, DT Latu Moala, QB Lyle Moevao, DT Sioeli Nau, OG Gregg Peat, and DE Ben Terry. Canfield, Clark, Croom, Henderson, Kavanaugh, Kristick, Moevao and Peat have a chance to experience their fourth bowl game if the Beavers receive an invitation.
THOSE TEAMS ARE PRETTY GOOD: Oregon State's three losses this season (USC, Arizona, Cincinnati) have come to teams that have a combined record of 22-4 (85%). Cincinnati is No. 5 in this week's Associated Press Poll, USC is No 11 and Arizona is No. 18. The Beavers are the highest team in the 'also receiving votes' category.
DAVIS TRIES TO REMAIN UNDEFEATED: Oregon State running backs coach Reggie Davis will try to remain undefeated in this series. He was a tight end at UW from 1994-98 in which the Huskies won all five meetings vs. the Beavers and the second-year Beaver coach watched OSU win last year in the series ... Another coaching connection is UW offenisve line coach Dan Cozzetto was an assistant at OSU (2000-02).
THIRD DOWN - NO PROBLEM: Two of the best teams in the nation at converting on third-down percentage will meet this Saturday. Washington is first in the Pac-10 (6th in NCAA) at 49.6 percent and Oregon State ranks third (20th) at 46.1 percent. The Beavers actually lead the conference for fourth down conversion percentage at 75 percent (6-8) - tied for fifth in the NCAA. OSU is also a perfect 4-for-4 on fourth down in Pac-10 action.
MATURING OFFENSIVE LINE OR ... better execution on offense. The Beavers allowed 15 quarterback sacks in the first four games, but only eight in the last five. On the other side, OSU had just two sacks in the first four games, but eight in the last five.
SECONDARIES GET READY: The two most prolific passers in the Pac-10 are on the field Saturday. OSU's Sean Canfield is the leader in the league at 264.6 passing yards per game (297.5 in Pac-10 games) and Washington's Jake Locker is second at 244.8 yards. Beaver cornerback James Dockery and safety Lance Mitchell are tied for third in the Pac-10 for pass breakups with nine each.
256 vs. 255: What so special about those numbers? 256 is the number of times Jacquizz Rodgers has touched the ball this year after nine games and 255 is the number he touched the ball last year at the same point of the season. Here's the difference, and it's a point that head coach Mike Riley said prior to the year - 'we need to get Quizz more involved in the passing game.' Quizz has 58 receptions this season, as compared to 27 last year at this point. Thus, he has carried the ball 31 fewer times. James Rodgers is more involved this year as compared to a season ago, with 136 touches in '09 compared to 90 in '08 at the same point.
ROAD RECORD: It's a home game this week, but it should be noted that Oregon State is the most successful team in the Pac-10 Conference in away games the last two seasons. The Beavers have won seven of their last nine league road games, losing only a 42-36 decision to No. 4 USC this season and 36-28 in the 2008 season opener at Stanford.
RILEY AND PROTHRO: Beaver mentor Mike Riley needs one more victory to match Tommy Prothro (1955-64) for second place on the Oregon State coaching record chart at 63 wins. Riley is chasing the 74 victories of Lon Stiner (1933-48).
ANOTHER OFFENSIVE WEAPON: Tight end Joe Halahuni has caught 17 passes over the last three games and for the season has 26 receptions, the most for a Beaver TE since Joe Newton had 36 for the year in 2006. For the second time this season, Halahuni was selected this week's College Football Performance of Week Tight End.
SECOND BEST: Oregon State has won 34 games (lost 15) since the start of the 2006 season, the second best mark in the Pac-10 Conference (see boxed table). USC is the only program that has more in that timeframe with 41 victories against seven losses (two to OSU).
WINNING SEASONS: If Oregon State can achieve a 7-5 regular season or better it would mark its fourth consecutive winning season - the longest streak since a five-year run from 1966-70.