Insight Bowl Capsule
Dec. 26, 2002
Oregon State 3-3; Pittsburgh 9-12.
Last Bowl Appearance
Oregon State beat Motre Dame 41-9 in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl; Pittsburgh beat N.C. State 34-19 in the 2001 Tangerine Bowl.
Common Opponents This Season
Pittsburgh beat Temple 29-22; Oregon beat Temple 35-3.
Dennis Erickson, fourth season at Oregon State (31-16), overall (144-56-1); Walt Harris, sixth season at Pittsburgh (35-35), overall (46-59).
What To Look For
Two excellent defenses (Oregon State No. 10; Pitt No. 11) have major concerns in this game. Pittsburgh's attacking defense will try to stop RB Steve Jackson and then apply pressure QB Derek Anderson. The Oregon State defense needs to keep the ball out of the hands of freshman sensation WR Larry Fitzgerald.
Streaks, Stats and Notes
Oregon State has allowed 293 ypg on defense, while Pittsburgh has given up 293.4 ypg. ... Oregon State has won four of its last five games. ... OSU opened the season winning its first four games and then lost three straight. ... Erickson is 4-0 against Pittsburgh. ... Erickson is 12-1 at OSU in regular season non-conference games. ... He has a winning percentage of .719 (144-56-1), sixth on the all-time active coaches list. ... Oregon State scored a school-record 401 points this season (33.4 ppg.). ... Jackson, with nine 100-yard games, broke the OSU single-season rushing record with 1,656 yards. He also broke the OSU single-season all-purpose yards record with 1,807 yards. QB Derek Anderson completed had 2,994 yards passing, second best in OSU history. ... WR James Newson set an OSU single-season record for receiving yardage with 1,119 yards and a single-season record with 11 receiving TDs. ... Pittsburgh is 7-2 in its last nine road games. ... A win would give the Panthers their first nine-win season since 1982. ... The Panthers are coming off losses to No. 1 Miami and No. 15 West Virginia - by a combined total of 14 points. ... Pittsburgh's offense is keyed by junior QB Rod Rutherford, who will look to get Fitzgerald in one-on-one coverage. ... Fitzgerald had 11 TD catches this year, tied for second on the Big East single-season list. His 64 receptions for 917 yards, are Pitt freshman records. ... Rutherford has 2,600 passing yards with 21 TDs. ... Junior RB Brandon Miree (830 yards) balances out the offense. He has three 100-yard game this year, all against nationally-ranked opponents.