Homecoming Game on Tap for Beavers Against Bruins
Oct. 26, 2009
THIS WEEK: Oregon State (4-3, 2-2 in Pac-10) hosts the UCLA Bruins (3-4, 0-4) at Reser Stadium. The game marks Homecoming 2009 on the OSU campus. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN Northwest and Prime Ticket (L.A.) via tape delay beginning at 3:30 p.m.
SERIES: The series dates back to 1930 with UCLA owning a 39-14-4 advantage. The Beavers snapped a five-game losing streak to the Bruins with last year's 34-6 win at the Rose Bowl. OSU's two wins this decade vs. the Bruins (also won in 2000 in L.A.) are the fewest against any other Pac-10 team (did not play in 2003 and '04). OSU is also trying to break a three-game home losing streak to UCLA in which it has given up a combined 121 points. Even head coach Mike Riley has had issues with the Bruins, breaking a personal 10-game skid to the powdered blue club - 0-5 at OSU (previous to last year), 0-4 at USC as offensive coordinator and 0-1 at California while a graduate assistant in 1975.
LAST TIME: Oregon State won its fourth consecutive game of 2008 with a 34-6 win at the Rose Bowl after a 3-3 tie at halftime. Quarterback Sean Canfield made his first start of the season, replacing Lyle Moevao who was injured the week before, completing 16 of 22 passes for 222 and two touchdowns. Jacquizz Rodgers had 144 yards rushing and James Rodgers had 115 yards receiving. Overall, OSU outgained UCLA 423-237, including holding the Bruins to 48 rushing yards.
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 18-3 (86%). USC is No. 4 in this week's Associated Press Poll, Cincinnati is No. 5 and Arizona is No. 23.
LEFTY ON RECORD PACE: Senior quarterback Sean Canfield is on pace to shatter the OSU record for completion percentage for a season. The left-hander has completed 68.2 percent (163-239) of his attempts, including 11 touchdowns - the season record is by Matt Moore in 2006 at 60.6 (229-378) percent. Canfield is seventh in the nation for completion percentage, trailing Nick Foles (Arizona, 72.3), Colt McCoy (Texas, 71.7), Case Keenum (Houston, 70.1), Christian Ponder (Florida State, 70.0), Dan LeFevour (Central Michigan, 70.0) and Max Hall (BYU, 68.2). He is averaging 58 pass attempts per interception this season after entering the year with an interception every 22 pass attempts. He also is fifth all-time at OSU with 4,433 passing yards and for touchdown passes with 28 - he needs one to tie Moore for fourth.
QUIZZ ALSO ON RECORD PACE: Sophomore running back Jacquizz Rodgers is on record pace for the most points for a season by a Beaver, currently held by Steven Jackson in 2003 with 132. 'Quizz' has 90 with five regular season games to play. His 15 total touchdowns are second in the nation, trailing only the 16 by Ricky Dobbs of Navy. For overall rushing he is already eighth at OSU with 2,063 yards and if he gains his average of 115.7 against UCLA he will vault into sixth place on the chart. Quizz also needs just five rushing scores to tie for the single season school record with 19 by Jackson in 2003 and Ken Simonton in 1999 and 2000.
WHILE WE'RE ON IT, JAMES IS ALSO ON RECORD WATCH: Beaver junior receiver James Rodgers is averaging 182.1 yards per game for all-purpose yards (Rec, PR, KR) which ranks first in the Pac-10 and seventh in the nation. At his current pace, James would set the school record for all-purpose yards with 2,186 - the current record is Steven Jackson in 2003 with 2,015. His brother, sophomore Jacquizz Rodgers, is second in the conference at 155.6 and 14th nationally. James leads the Pac-10 for receptions per game at 7.1 and for receiving yards per game at 85.7. 'Quizz' at six receptions per outing is second in the conference. The last time a player led the Pac-10 for all-purpose yards, receptions per game and receiving yards per game was Bobby Wade of Arizona in 2002 - prior to that Gyn Milburn of Stanford in 1990 and Vincent White of the Cardinal in 1982. Last season the Rodgers' combined for 3,333 all-purpose yards, this year they are on pace to accumulate 4,053 yards in the regular season.
'PASS'...: Maybe it's partly because of the relatively inexperienced left side of the Beaver offensive line, as the team has been more successful gaining first downs via the air - a Pac-10 leading 89. The Beavers have a 49 on the ground, near the bottom of the league.
PASS OFFENSE VS. PASS DEFENSE: Oregon State enters the game leading the Pac-10 at 265.4 yards per game via the pass, UCLA is second in the league for pass defense allowing just 180.3 yards.
RUSHERS: Since the 2002 season, Oregon State is second in the Pac-10 for the number of times a player has reached the 1,000-yard rushing plateau with six (missing only 2004). California leads the league with seven, followed by the Beavers, Oregon (5), USC (3), UCLA (2) and Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington and Washington State with one each.
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 24-6 (80%) in games played in October, November and December.
WIN THE TURNOVER BATTLE, WIN THE GAME: Over the last 69 games, Oregon State is 29-4 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent, 9-18 when committing more and 5-4 when even. Oregon State has lost just five turnovers this season, tied for second in the nation with Air Force and Notre Dame - Cincinnati has lost just four. The Beavers are also tied for second with Colorado State for fumbles lost with one, while Cincinnati has lost zero. Sophomore running back Jacquizz Rodgers has never fumbled at OSU - 407 rushes and 71 receptions. Oddly, on the other side of the ball OSU is tied for 110th in turnovers gained with eight - only Nevada, Georgia, Miami (OH) and Fresno State have fewer. Last season OSU was sixth in the country forcing 34 turnovers. Since 2001 OSU ranks 11th in turnovers forced, the OSU defense trails USC (277), Oklahoma (261), Virginia Tech (260), West Virginia (252), Boston College (246), Southern Miss (243), Washington State (241), Boise State (238), Texas (238), and Hawai'i (237).
IN THE (RED) ZONE: The Beavers lead the Pac-10 for redzone scoring percentage at 93.3 percent, tied for 10th in the nation. OSU has scored on 28 of 30 attempts, 21 via touchdowns and seven via field goals. See more details on redzone scoring in the statistics portion of the notes.