Beavers Travel to the Palouse; Seek Fourth Win in a Row
Nov. 16, 2009
THIS WEEK: No. 20 (AP/USA Today)/No. 19 (BCS) Oregon State (7-3, 5-2 in Pac-10) travels to Pullman this week to play the Washington State Cougars (0-7, 1-9) Sat., Nov. 21at 2 p.m. The game is not being televised, ending a streak of 28 consecutive live or delayed broadcasts of Beaver football.
BACK IN THE POLLS: The Beavers return to the Associated Press Poll for the first time this season this week - the team was ranked No. 24 in the USA Today Poll Sept. 6 and 13, and was No. 25 in the preseason. OSU has ended the year ranked in the top-25 of the AP Poll each of the last three years - No. 21 in 2006; No. 25 in 2007 and No. 18 in 2008.
IT'S ANOTHER WINNING SEASON: Oregon State has clinched a winning season, marking the fourth consecutive year. It's the longest streak for the Beavers since a five-year run between 1966-70. The team has a chance to be the third in OSU history to reach 10-plus victories for a year, joining the 2000 team (11 wins) and 2006 (10).
SERIES: The series dates back to 1903 with WSU holding a 47-43-3 advantage. The Beavers have won two straight, four of the last five and six of nine. OSU has only played once in Pullman over the last five games in the series, winning 52-17 near the end of the 2007 season. OSU has 118-30 margin of victory over WSU over the last two games; WSU had a similar advantage of 110-31 in the combined 1990 and '91 games.
YOU COULD MAKE A CASE...: For Oregon State's recent run of success to the Oct. 7, 2006 game against WSU at Reser Stadium. The Beavers entered the game 2-2 and were coming off a poor home performance in a 41-13 loss to California the week earlier - the team had also lost at Boise State earlier in the season 42-14. The Beavers lost that early October game to the Cougars 13-6, but the defense had arguably its best outing of that season to date. Since that loss to WSU in '06, OSU is 25-8 (76%) in Pac-10 games.
THIRD DOWN - NO PROBLEM: The Beavers enter the game second in the Pac-10 and 14th in the nation for third-down percentage conversion at 47.5 percent (67-141) - a school record pace. The team is also first in the conference and sixth in the nation for fourth-down percentage conversion at 75 percent (6-8). The Beavers have attempted only eight fourth down conversions for the year; Cal is the only team in the Pac-10 with fewer attempts with six.
IN THE (RED) ZONE: The Beavers are first in the Pac-10 and tied for third in the nation with Georgia and Texas for redzone scoring percentage at 95.5 percent. OSU has scored on 42 of 44 attempts, 32 via touchdowns and 10 via field goals. Only Arkansas and Louisiana Tech at 97 percent have higher success rates. The Beavers have scored nine touchdowns in their last 10 red-zone trips.
BETTER PRESSURE: One of the key statistics of OSU's resurgence over the last few games is the team's ability to put heat on the opposing quarterbacks. Over the last three games the Beavers have made 10 of their 18 quarterback sacks for the year, accounting for 69 lost yards. The Beavers still are ninth in the league for sacks.
STOPPING THE RUN: The Beavers enter this week leading the Pac-10 and rank 15th in the nation for rush defense allowing 102.4 yards per game.
55-7: That's the record of Oregon State when it leads after three quarters with Mike Riley as head coach. Since the start of the 2004 season it is 39-3.
ROAD RECORD: 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 then-No. 4 USC this season and 36-28 in the 2008 season opener at Stanford. Some of the active road streaks for the Beavers include a 5-game streak at Cal, and 4-game streaks at Arizona and Washington.
RILEY AND PROTHRO: Beaver mentor Mike Riley has tied 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).
RUSHERS (Updated through Nov. 14): Since the 2002 season, Oregon State is tied for first in the Pac-10 for the number of times a player has reached the 1,000-yard rushing plateau with seven (missing only 2004). California also has seven, followed by Oregon (6), USC (3), UCLA (2), Stanford (2), Arizona, Arizona State, Washington and Washington State with one each.
HIDDEN STAT: If it weren't for Damian Williams' (USC) 63-yard punt return, OSU would be among the national leaders for punt coverage. As it is, the Beavers are allowing 6.8 yards per return on just 12 attempts. Take away Williams' return, OSU is allowing 1.6 yards.
AIR POWER: Oregon State leads the Pac-10 for passing offense at 284.7 yards per game and in conference games only pass efficiency at 149.4 - nearly all is credited to senior quarterback Sean Canfield.