Football Heads North For Dodge Civil War Match Up Vs. Oregon State

Nov. 19, 2002

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A LOT ON THE LINE . . . State bragging rights, a renewed sense of confidence and the best remaining bowl scenario possible are on the line when the intrastate rivals clash in the 106th meeting of the Civil War. Oregon seeks to snap the home-field advantage that has benefitted the victors the last five years but will have to do so without the availability of one of its top offensive weapons. Four in-state Oregon seniors will be on hand for their final opportunity against Oregon State in a series that stands as one of the most frequently played in the history of college football. The Ducks try to get untracked against a contingent which leads the league in rushing offense, total defense and and scoring defense as Oregon strives to complete its best four-year stretch in school history. Novice Civil War starting quarterbacks will operate offenses for both teams for the first time in eight years as points have been at a premium in nine of the last 12 meetings.

OREGON GAME CAPTAINS . . . 32 Matt Floberg (FB), 43 Seth McEwen (DE), 60 Joey Forster (OG), 95 Kai Smalley (DT).

HEAD COACH MIKE BELLOTTI . . . Ranking third on the Ducks' all-time winningest coaching list (67-27-0), Mike Bellotti now has led the program to more overall wins during his tenure than any other school in the Pacific-10 Conference. He stands as the winningest active coach in the Pac-10 based on conference winning percentage (63.5%), and 16th all time. Oregon's eighth-year head coach has accumulated a 40-23 record in Pac-10 encounters, which ties him for 17th in career league wins with Pappy Waldorf (California, 1947-56). Bellotti has played a vital role in assembling more than 20 percent (106 wins) of the university's all-time triumphs (509) in his 14-year Oregon association (six as offensive coordinator and eight as head coach). Only Hugo Bezdek (72.7 -- 1906, 1913-17) has accumulated a better winning percentage than Bellotti's 71.3 percent among the program's mentors who have coached the Ducks longer than two seasons. He trails only Rich Brooks (91-109, 1977-94) and Len Casanova (82-73, 1951-66) on the school's list of career victories. The 51-year-old former Cal State Chico mentor owns a 90-52-2 (63.2%) 13-year career collegiate head coaching mark.

OREGON STATE'S DENNIS ERICKSON . . . Concluding his fourth season as the Beavers' head coach, the two-time Pac-10 coach of the year has constructed a 30-16 (65.2%) record in Corvallis as well as a 17-year mark of 143-56-1 as a collegiate mentor following stops at Idaho (1982-85), Wyoming (1986), Washington State (1987-88) and Miami (1989-94). The Everett, Wash., native and Montana State graduate's resume also includes a four-year NFL stint as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks (1995-98).

MOST-PLAYED RIVALRIES . . . Only six other Division I rivalries in the country have transpired more often than Oregon-Oregon State's Civil War, which originated in 1894, and none west of the Mississippi River. Listed below are the confrontations that have been played most frequently: (#Game also to take place Nov. 23; *Game won't be played until Nov. 29.)

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