It's a Rematch -- Times Two; BYU on the Schedule Twice

March 25, 2010

Corvallis, Ore. -

Oregon State University Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis announced Thursday that the Beaver football team will host the BYU Cougars Sept. 3, 2011 and travel to Provo, Utah Sept. 1, 2012 to complete a two-game series with the Mountain West Conference member.


The 2011 meeting will be the tenth between the two programs in a series that dates back to 1955. OSU has won five of the previous nine meetings, but lost to the Cougars in last December’s MAACO Bowl Las Vegas 44-20.  OSU and BYU have played six previous occasions in Corvallis, with the Beavers victorious four times, including a 24-19 upset win over the then No. 20 Cougars in 1977. 


“I have great admiration for the BYU program and what Coach (Bronco) Mendenhall and the Cougars have accomplished,” head coach Mike Riley said.  “I think both teams enjoyed being around each other at the Vegas Bowl last December and I know our team will look forward to these games in the future.”


Mendenhall was a starting safety and two-year letterman (1986-87) at Oregon State under then head coach Dave Kragthorpe.  He later served as a graduate assistant coach at OSU (1989-90) and returned to the Beaver sideline as the defensive line coach (1995) and defensive coordinator (1996).  In addition, BYU offensive line coach Mark Weber held the same position at OSU (1987-90).


The addition of BYU to the 2011 schedule leaves OSU with one date yet to be filled in the 13-game slate.  The Beavers also have non-conference outings Sept. 10 at Wisconsin and Dec. 3 at Hawai’i, and are seeking an opponent for either Sept. 17 or Nov. 19. The 13-game schedule falls under the NCAA’s exemption rule that allows a team to play an additional contest over the 12 dates when traveling to Hawai’i.  OSU also played a 13-game schedule in 2006, including a trip to Hawai’i.


The 2012 non-conference schedule is complete with a trip to BYU and home dates with Wisconsin and Boise State.


Oregon State opens spring practice for the 2010 season March 29, with the culmination being the Spring Game May 1 at Reser Stadium at Noon.


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2011 (subject to change)

Sept. 3              BYU

Sept. 10            at Wisconsin

Sept. 17            open

Sept. 24            at California

Oct. 1               Arizona

Oct. 8               Stanford

Oct. 15             at Arizona State

Oct. 22             at Washington State

Oct. 29             UCLA

Nov. 5               at USC

Nov. 12             Washington

Nov. 19             open

Nov. 26             at Oregon

Dec. 3               at Hawai’i


2012 (subject to change)

Sept. 1              at BYU

Sept. 8              Wisconsin

Sept. 15            Boise State

Sept. 22            Arizona State

Sept. 29            at Arizona

Oct. 6               Washington State

Oct. 13             at Washington

Oct. 20             at UCLA

Oct. 27             California

Nov. 3               USC

Nov. 10             at Stanford

Nov. 17             Bye

Nov. 24             Oregon


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