Beavers return to Reser to host Cardinal

Oct. 5, 2009

CORVALLIS - THIS WEEK: Oregon State (3-2, 1-1 in Pac-10) hosts the Pac-10 Conference leading Stanford Cardinal (4-1, 3-0) Sat., Oct. 10 at 4:11 p.m. The game from Reser Stadium is being televised by FSN beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday marks the 24th consecutive live televised appearance for the Beavers - OSU will have at least 25 in a row as the Oct. 24 game at USC will be on either ABC or ESPN.

OCTOBER 10 IS A SPECIAL DATE: OSU all-time leading rusher Ken Simonton had 207 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and kicker Jose Cortez booted three field goals as the Beavers beat the Cardinal 30-23 at Stanford Stadium. What was so special about that game? It was OSU head coach Mike Riley's first Pac-10 victory - he has a total of 34 now.

WE LIVE FOR THIS: If the season only started in October - that's been a traditionally good sign for the Beavers. Since the 2006 campaign OSU is 23-5 (82%) in games played in October, November and December.

SERIES: The series dates back to 1919 with Stanford holding a 48-24-5 advantage. Since 1996, OSU has won eight of 12 meetings, including a four-game streak from 2000-04 (DNP in '01). Last season the two teams opened the year against each other with the Cardinal posting a 36-28 victory. Toby Gerhart rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns to pace Stanford, offsetting Beaver quarterback Lyle Moevao's career-high 404 yards (9th most at OSU) passing. Graduated senior receivers Sammie Stroughter and Shane Morales combined for 25 receptions and 308 yards for the Beavers.

GOOD LUCK DAD! Oregon State sophomore student and football program volunteer Jay Harbaugh is the son of Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh.

THIS STAT WILL GET TESTED: Oregon State enters this week 12th in the nation for rush defense allowing 87.4 yards per game, and in some respects it's a statistic that becomes even more impressive when you consider the Beavers have just three sacks (sacks are figured into offensive rushing totals). The defense will be up against a Stanford rushing offense that coincidentally ranks 12th at 221.8 yards.

ALL-PURPOSE BROTHERS: Beaver junior receiver James Rodgers is averaging 187 yards per game for all-purpose yards (Rec, PR, KR) which ranks first in the Pac-10 and fifth in the nation. His brother, sophomore Jacquizz Rodgers, is second in the conference at 139 and 33rd nationally. James leads the Pac-10 (12th nationally) for receptions per game at 7.4 and for receiving yards per game at 93.2. 'Quizz' at 6.6 receptions per outing is second in the conference.

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: James Rodgers was selected as the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week following the Arizona State game. James compiled 209 all-purpose yards as he led the Beavers to their first victory over ASU in Tempe since 1969. James converted 10 receptions into 114 yards and a touchdown and added 60 yards on punt returns including a career-best 33 yard return.

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: The Beavers have converted on 94 percent (17-18) of their red-zone opportunities - 7 rushing TDs, 5 passing TDs and 5 FGs. The percentage is second-best in the Pac-10, trailing only Arizona State's 95 percent. Stanford is tied for 101st at 72 percent (13-18).

WIN THE TURNOVER BATTLE, WIN THE GAME: Over the last 67 games, Oregon State is 29-3 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent, 9-18 when committing more and 4-4 when even. Oregon State has lost just four turnovers this season, tied for ninth in the nation. OSU, Cincinnati, Idaho, Colorado State and Nebraska are the only teams to not have lost a fumble this season. Since 2001, the Beavers are 10th in the nation for forced turnovers with 231. The OSU defense trails USC (276), Virginia Tech (255), Oklahoma (253), Boston College (242), West Virginia (242), Southern Miss (236), Hawai'i (234), Washington State (234), and Boise State (232).

GOOD IN THE CLUTCH: Oregon State has won 14 of its last 17 games decided by seven points or less.

SECOND BEST: Oregon State has won 31 games (lost 14) 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 38 victories against six losses (two to OSU).

COMMANDING FIRST QUARTER: Oregon State has outscored its opponents 236-78 in the first quarter over the last 45 games, including 201-54 in the last 21. The Beavers have allowed just 10 (Ariz-7, ASU-3) points in the last six first quarters combined, dating back to last year.

GOOD WORKS GUY: Beaver senior receiver, punt returner, holder Taylor Kavanaugh is one of 12 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) student-athletes to be recognized by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) on its 'Good Works Team.' The honor is given to players that embody the true spirit of 'teamwork' and 'giving back' through commendable acts of kindness and community service. Kavanaugh is involved in many community service events and last spring break visited Guatemala with a team of student engineers to build a house for a needy family.

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