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Beavers Travel to Desert to Face Devils

Nov 12, 2013

THIS WEEK: Oregon State (6-3, 4-2 Pac-12) makes its final out-of-state road trip of the season Sat., Nov. 16 at Arizona State (7-2, 5-1). Kickoff is at 6:37 p.m. PST/7:37 MST for a game being televised by the Pac-12 Networks.

OSU vs. ASU: In a series that dates back to 1961, the Sun Devils have a 25-13-1 advantage. The Beavers have won four of the last five, including a 36-26 win Nov. 3 of last season in front of a sellout crowd at Reser Stadium. Beaver RB Terron Ward had a career-high 146 yards on 19 carries with a 53-yard 2nd quarter touchdown run. Then starting QB Cody Vaz shook off a rough start to pass for 267 yards and three touchdowns in rallying the Beavers from deficits of 14-3 and 19-10. Brandin Cooks was on the receiving end of a 49-yard TD score in the fourth quarter and accounted for 116 yards on 6 receptions while Markus Wheaton compiled 108 yards and two TDs on just 4 catches. ASU QB Taylor Kelly was 22 of 41 for 153 yards with 1 TD and was the Sun Devils’ leading rusher with 80 yards on 10 attempts. The Beavers lost in their last trip to Tempe, 35-20, Oct. 1, 2011 (Sean Mannion threw a school record 66 passes, completing a then school record 40), but in 2009 OSU snapped a 16-game road losing streak in the series with a 28-17 win. In that ’09 game Sean Canfield led OSU with 216 yards passing and two touchdowns – current Beaver Michael Philipp started that game at left tackle as a true freshman.

PAYDIRT PAIR: The two leading scorers in the Pac-12 will be on the field Saturday night. ASU RB Marion Grice has 18 touchdowns, tied for the second-most in the nation while OSU WR Brandin Cooks has 16 touchdowns, fifth in the country.

COOKS NEEDS ONE: Junior wide receiver and Biletnikoff Award candidate Brandin Cooks needs one reception Saturday to become OSU’s all-time leading single season receiver. Cooks has 91 catches for the season and is currently tied with James Rodgers (2009) and Markus Wheaton (2012). If Cooks attains his average of 10.1 receptions per game (tied for NCAA lead) he would move all the way to fourth for single season receptions in the Pac-12 and would be the highest non-USC player in the league. He is on pace to break Marqise Lee’s record of 112 set last year.    
Pac-12 Single Season Receptions
Rk    No.    Player    Yr
1.   118    Marqise Lee, USC    2012
2.   111    Robert Woods, USC    2011
3.   102    Keyshawn Johnson, USC    1995
4.   100     Demeane Douglas, CAL    1998
5.   98    Keenan Allen, CAL    2011
6.   95    Mike Williams, USC    2003
7.   94    Reggie Williams, UW    2002
8.   93    Bobby Wade, ARIZ    2002
9.   91    James Rodgers, OSU    2009
      91    Markus Wheaton, OSU    2012
      91    Dwayne Jarrett, USC    2005
      91    Brandin Cooks, OSU    2013*
*Tied OSU record with 14 receptions vs. San Diego State in Sept.
NCAA Record – 155, Freddie Barnes, Bowling Green (2009)

ALSO TRACKING SINGLE SEASON YARDS: Brandin Cooks will become the Pac-12’s leader for single season yards during the regular season if he continues at his 149.3 yards average (leads the NCAA by 23 yards per game) for the final three contests. At his current pace he would end the season with 1,792 yards, edging Marqise Lee’s total of last year of 1,721.
Pac-12 Single Season Yards
Rk    No.    Player    Yr
1.   1721    Marqise Lee, USC    2012
2.   1532    Mike Hass, OSU    2005
3.   1520    Johnnie Morton, USC    1993
4.   1508    Troy Walters, STAN    1999
5.   1504    Geoff McArthur, CAL    2003
6.   1494    Freddie Mitchell, UCLA    2000
7.   1454    Reggie Williams, UW    2002
8.   1434    Keyshawn Johnson, USC    1995
9.   1422    Dennis Northcutt, ARIZ    1999
10. 1405    Shaun McDonald, ASU    2002
11. 1397    Garrell Robinson, ASU    2011
12. 1389    Bobby Wade, ARIZ    2002
13. 1388    Marquess Wilson, WSU    2011
14. 1379    Mike Hass, OSU    2004
15. 1344     Brandin Cooks, OSU    2013
NCAA Record – 2,060 yds, Trevor Insley, Nevada, 1999

HE’S ALREADY GOT TWO: As in two records for Brandin Cooks. He holds the OSU record for career receiving touchdowns with 22 and single season touchdown receptions with 14 (current). The single season mark is just four short of the Pac-12 record.
Pac-12 Single Season Touchdown Receptions
Rk    No.    Player    Yr
1.   18     Mario Bailey, UW    1991
2.   17    J.J. Stokes, UCLA    1993
3.   16    Dwayne Jarrett, USC    2005
      16    Mike Williams, USC    2003
5.   15    Robert Woods, USC    2011
6.   14    Brandin Cooks, OSU    2013
      14    Mike Williams, USC    2002
      14    Johnie Morton, USC    1993
      14    Doug Allen, ASU    1994
      14    James Lofton, STAN    1977
      14    Sean Dawkins, CAL    1992
NCAA Record – 27, Troy Edwards, Louisiana Tech (1998)

MANNION TO COOKS, TOUCHDOWN BEAVERS! Through the nine games of the season, quarterback Sean Mannion and receiver Brandin Cooks have combined for 14 touchdown passes. The duo has now connected 21 times during their careers for scores, the most in Beaver history.   
NOT ONLY THAT, BUT… Mannion and Cooks have combined for 162 career receptions. The duo tied a school record for connections with 14 against San Diego State earlier this season after having 13 in the season opener vs. Eastern Washington and at California.

NOT BAD FOR A JUNIOR: Sean Mannion has completed 801 career passes, which ranks second-best in the NCAA for junior quarterbacks behind Taylor Heinicke of Old Dominion (first-year FBS school) with 912 and ninth overall in the country. Mannion’s 9,037 passing yards is second for junior quarterbacks trailing only Heinicke’s 10,186, and also is eighth overall in the country for active quarterbacks. Mannion is the active leader in the Pac-12 for career yards with 9,314 (Keith Price of UW is second with 8,436). He is 16th overall in the Pac-12 record book:
Pac-12 Career Passing Yards
Rk    Yds    Player    Yrs
1.    12,274    Matt Barkley, USC    2009-12
11.    9,986    Nick Foles, ARIZ    2009-11
12.    9,680    Jonathan Smith, OSU    1998-2001
13.    9,430    Andrew Luck, STAN    2009-11
14.    9,393    Erik Wilhelm, OSU    1985-88
15.    9,349    John Elway, STAN    1979-82
16.    9,314    Sean Mannion, OSU    2011-pres

NOT BAD FOR A JUNIOR II: Sean Mannion not only is escalating the Pac-12 record chart for career yards passing, but also for career touchdowns passing. He is currently tied with Kellen Clemens (UO/1991-95) for 20th in the Pac-12 record book with 62. Mannion is No. 2 on the active list for TD passes by a Pac-12 quarterback chasing Washington’s Keith Price (72).
Pac-12 Career Passing Touchdowns
Rk    TDs    Player    Yrs
1.   116    Matt Barkley, USC    2009-12
10.   72    Keith Price, UW    2010-pres
13.   68    Cade McNown, UCLA    1995-99
14.   67    Drew Olson, UCLA    2002-05
        67    Willie Tuitama, ARIZ    2005-08
        67    Nick Foles, ARIZ    2009-11
17.   66    Darron Thomas, ORE     2008, 10-11
18.   65    Jake Plummer, ASU    1993-96
19.   64    Kyle Boller, CAL    1999-2002
20.   62    Sean Mannion, OSU    2011-pres
        62    Danny O’Neil, ORE    1991-94

ACCURATE PASSER: Quarterback Sean Mannion’s current 67.9 percent completion percentage (296-436) is flirting with the OSU record pace for a single season. Sean Canfield in the 2009 season hit on 67.9 (303-446) percent and is the current record holder for a year. Canfield (2006-09) also holds the career completion percentage record at 64.1 percent (552-861) – Mannion is currently at a 65.8 percent (801-1218), the second among all active Pac-12 quarterbacks with a minimum of 425 pass attempts, and ranks 13th in the NCAA. He set a school record with 41 pass completions against Stanford earlier this season.

MORE MANNION: The 2013 four-time Manning Award recipient and two-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week now has 9,314 yards; fourth all-time at OSU. The co-captain needs 79 yards to catch third-place holder Erik Wilhelm (1985-88) at 9,383 yards. At his current average for the season he would move all the way to No. 2 (with 10,493 yds) in OSU history trailing only Derek Anderson’s (2001-04) career total of 11,249. To catch Anderson he needs to average 79 yards over the next 15 regular season games of his career. Also, at his current career average he would conclude his collegiate career with 13,822 yards, shattering the Pac-12 record of Matt Barkley (12,274). He is the only quarterback in Beaver history to pass for 350-plus yards in seven straight games and the career leader for 400-plus yard games in a career with six. He is second in the nation for touchdown passes with 31 (Derek Carr, Fresno State, 32), including a school-record 6 TD game vs. Colorado earlier this season. He leads the nation for passing yards per game at 393.3 and total passing yards at 3,540.

“EIGHT MILES HIGH:” Actually it is specifically 8.8 miles and more horizontal than vertical – at any rate it’s the distance Sean Mannion has thrown for over his final two years in high school and his current career at Oregon State. That’s 15,443 yards with 112 touchdown passes.

THAT’S A RECORD: Here are the records to date for the OSU offense this season:
•    Most Yards Back-to-Back Games – Sean Mannion, 974 yards vs. Cal & WSU (Pac-12 record).
•    Most Passing Yards in 1 game – Sean Mannion, 493 yards vs. WSU (OSU record)
•    Most completions in 1 game – Sean Mannion, 41 vs. Stanford (OSU record)
•    Most TDs Passing in 1 game – Sean Mannion, 6 vs. Colorado (OSU record)
•    Most TDs passing in career – Sean Mannion, 30 (OSU record)
•    Most 350-yard passing games in 1 season – Sean Mannion, 7 (OSU record)
•    Most career 350-yard passing a games – Sean Mannion, 9 (ties OSU record)
•    Most TD – QB-WR connections – 20, Sean Mannion to Brandin Cooks (OSU record)
•    Most receptions in 1 game – Brandin Cooks, 14 vs. San Diego State (ties OSU record)
•    Most TD receptions in 1 season – Brandin Cooks, 14, (OSU record)    
•    Most TD receptions in career – Brandin Cooks, 22 (OSU record)
•    40-plus points in 3 consecutive games (Colo, WSU, Cal) – OSU record)
•    Most Interceptions returned for TDs (Tied) – 3

404.8: The number of average yards the Beavers have passed for over the first nine games, second in the nation to the 408.2 yards per game by Texas Tech. No Pac-12 team has led the nation for passing since Washington State in 1960 at 185.5 yards per game. The team is on pace for 4,867 yards for a 12-game season and at the current average the Beavers would break the school record of 4,265 (2003) by 602 yards.  The Pac-12 record is 4,501 yards by Washington in 2002.  

OSU-ASU RECORDS: Several records and milestones have been set in the Beavers-ASU long history of the rivalry. Here is a closer look:
o    100-yard rushers vs. ASU –Tony Robinson (168/1980); Dave Schilling (157/1971); Tim Alexander (153/1996); Terron Ward (146/2012); Jacquizz Rodgers (145/2010); Don Shanklin (117/1993); Don Shanklin (113/1994); Pete Pifer (108/1966); Steve Preece (107/1967); J.J. Young (105/1993); J.J. Young (105/1994); Steven Jackson (105/2003)
o    Most Passing Attempts: 66, Sean Mannion at ASU, Oct. 1, 2011
o    Most Receptions: 14, Mike Hass at ASU, Sept. 25, 2004 (Tied by Brandin Cooks at SDSU this year)
o    Most Tackles-for-Loss: 7, Richard Seigler at ASU, Oct. 20, 2001
o    Most Intercepted Passes: 7, vs. ASU (in Portland), Oct. 19, 1968
o    Most rushing TDs vs. OSU: 5, Ben Malone, Oct. 27, 1973 @ Tempe

BALL CONTROL – FOR A PASSING TEAM: Time of possession is more or less a useless statistic, but nonetheless it is peculiar that Oregon State leads the Pac-12 for time of possession averaging 32:56 per game. OSU held the ball for 39:50 vs. Hawai’i and 38:33 vs. Stanford in earlier games.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME: The road has been kind to the Beavers this season as OSU is off to a 4-0 start with games remaining at Arizona State and Oregon. No other Pac-12 team is unblemished on the road this season. The Beavers haven’t gone an entire season undefeated on the road since the 1939 team went 5-0-1 with road victories at Stanford, Portland, Washington, Oregon, Hawai’i All-Stars and a tie with UCLA.

NIGHT OWLS, ER, BEAVERS: When the Beavers take the field Nov. 23 vs. Washington, it will be the team’s sixth consecutive night game. There have been some long nights for the Beavs in 2013 as the team returned from earlier road games at Utah at 4:30 a.m. PDT (5:30 a.m. MDT), 3 a.m. from San Diego State, 3:30 a.m. from Washington State and 4 a.m. from Cal. The team expects to be in Corvallis at 4 a.m. PST/5 a.m. MST this Saturday. No other team in the Pac-12 has played six night games (6 p.m. kickoff or later) in a row this season.

OPPORTUNISTIC SECONDARY: Oregon State is among the national leaders (tied for 9th) and is on top of the Pac-12 for interceptions with 15. First-year Beaver cornerback Steven Nelson, a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, leads the Pac-12 and shares the top spot nationally with four other players with five.  

POSITIVE TURNOVERS: Oregon State ranks second in the Pac-12 to Oregon for turnover margin at plus-9.  Last season OSU finished the year at plus-8. The Beaver defense has allowed just two touchdowns following OSU’s 13 turnovers. OSU’s offense has converted 11 of the opponents’ 22 turnovers into touchdowns.

PICK SIX: Cornerbacks Steven Nelson, Sean Martin, and safety Ryan Murphy all have interceptions for touchdowns this season. Nelson’s 16-yard return against San Diego State with 2:16 left provided the winning points in 34-30 win at Qualcomm Stadium. Martin returned a third-quarter pass 27 yards in OSU’s 51-48 overtime victory at Utah. Murphy scored on a 41-yard return in the second quarter vs. USC. The three interception returns for touchdowns ties the school record.

“GRINDING” IT OUT: Courtesy of the Pac-12 Conference, Oregon State has had more long scoring drives than any other team in the league. The Beavers have had 13 scoring drives of at least four minutes in length, which is likely a result of the team being one of the few that actually huddles between plays. In comparison, Oregon has had three scoring drive of 4-plus minutes, the fewest in the Pac-12.

BEAVS AT 103: USC owns the most victories in the Pac-12 Conference this century with 134(110 with vacated wins), followed by Oregon (130), OSU (103), UCLA (93), Arizona State (92), Stanford (90), Cal (87),  Washington (76), Arizona (75), WSU (70). Utah has 113 victories this century and Colorado has 70. The Beavers hit the 100-win plateau this century in the Oct. 21 win at San Diego State. The previous 100-win stretch started during the 1966 season, ending with 1999 – nearly 34 seasons (365 games). This century’s 100 victories were achieved in just over 13 seasons (168 games).

IT’S ANOTHER BEAVER FIRST DOWN: While receiver Brandin Cooks generates most of the headlines in terms of Beaver receivers, but quarterback Sean Mannion has spread the wealth with key connections to fellow wideouts Richard Mullaney and Kevin Cummings. Mullaney has secured a first down or touchdown on 30 of his 43 receptions while Cummings, prior to being injured vs. Stanford, had done the same on 13 of his 23 (8 of those 13 catches converted 1st downs on 3rd or 4th down).

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Oregon State has had five Pac-12 Players of the Week so far this season. Rashaad Reynolds earned the defensive honor after forcing two fumbles and collecting two interceptions at WSU.  Quarterback Sean Mannion earned the offensive player of the week recognition after passing for an OSU record six touchdown passes against Colorado and prior to that a 443-yard five score effort at Utah. Mannion also has been named the Manning Award Player of the Week twice (the same games). Cornerback Steven Nelson earned the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week award after returning an interception 16 yards for a touchdown with 2:31 left in the win at San Diego State. Kicker Trevor Romaine made all three of his field goal attempts and had five touchbacks in the win at Utah earning him Special Teams Player of the Week. Mannion has been selected for the weekly conference honor four times in his career, Romaine twice, and Nelson and Reynolds once.

TARGET RICH ENVIRONMENT: Oregon State has completed 303 passes this season in nine games. The 303 completions rank as the fifth-most in the country and is three more than what OSU’s opponents have for passing attempts. The Beavers have completed passes to 16 different receivers.

TIGHT ENDS PLAYING BIG ROLE: OSU’s tight ends have caught 65 passes this season, the most since the 2004 group collected 78, led by Joe Newton’s school record 56 grabs at the position. In the Mike Riley era part II twice the Beavers have had a low of 29 receptions by the tight ends (2005, ’08).

OFFENSIVE LINE SHUFFLE: Oregon State offensive line, thought to be a position of depth in the spring, has become thinner throughout camp and into the early part of the season. Four starters returned and the Beavers were expected to start highly regarded sophomore Gavin Andrews at the one open spot, right tackle. However, Andrews was diagnosed with mono the week before the season started forcing a shuffle along the line. Grant Enger, who was slated to start at right guard, moved to right tackle and junior Roman Sapolu took over at right guard. In addition, returning center Isaac Seumalo was unable to play in the season opener due to a bruised knee forcing sophomore Josh Mitchell into the lineup during Week 1. Heading into Week 2, Seumalo, a freshman All-American, returned to the starting lineup to anchor the line. However in OSU’s win over Hawai’i Enger sprained his left knee and missed three games (he is expected to return this week) and Sapolu suffered a foot injury and will miss the rest of the season. At San Diego State, Mitchell injured an ankle that left him sidelined and forced another shuffle along the line. Last game against Colorado, the Beavers started Michael Philipp (LT), Josh Andrews (LG) and Seumalo (C) – their usual positions, although Seumalo has started two games at right tackle this year – with redshirt freshman Grant Bays at right guard and true freshman Sean Harlow at right tackle. OSU’s line has been further diminished with the prolonged recoveries of Justin Addie (concussion) and Garrett Weinreich (knee injury suffered in August 2012). In addition, the retirement early in fall camp of David Keller (concussions), who was expected be the top back-up at guard, and Chase Eldredge (knee) during the summer further complicates the situation. Following the first bye week, the Beavers welcomed by Gavin Andrews and Enger against Washington State.

60TH ANNIVERSARY OF RESER STADIUM: This season marks the 60th anniversary of Reser Stadium, which officially opened as Parker Stadium Nov. 14, 1953 with a 7-0 Beaver victory over Washington State. The stadium’s name was changed to Reser Stadium prior to the 1999 season after a generous donation by Al and Pat Reser. OSU has had particular success of late at the Stadium, but overall has had many outstanding victories. Beaver teams have defeated nationally ranked opponents (entering the season) 16 times, including No. 1 USC twice (1967 & 2008).

RESER RECORD: Oregon State’s home record of 61-24 this century at Reser Stadium is third best in the Pac-12 Conference, trailing the home records of only Oregon (73-13) and USC (67-15).

NFL COACHING EXPERIENCE: Oregon State coaches have a combined 42 years of full-time NFL coaching experience. Mike Riley (4 years), Mark Banker (3), Bruce Read (7), Danny Langsdorf (3), Mike Cavanaugh (2) and Rod Perry (23), In addition, running backs coach Chris Brasfield served two years as an intern and two seasons as a scout in the NFL. Graduate assistants coaches Kyle DeVan (tight ends) and Keaton Kristick (linebackers) played in the NFL - DeVan for the five years with the Jets, Colts (Super Bowl starter), Eagles and Titans; and Kristick for two years with the 49ers.

RILEY’S RIGHT-HAND GUYS: Oregon State has been fairly stable in terms of assistant coaches, particularly at the coordinator positions. Defensive coordinator Mark Banker has been on the staff since 2003 in his current role (served 1997-98 seasons as secondary coach); he has the second longest tenure as the defensive coordinator at one school (Buddy Green, Navy, 12 years). Banker was also with Riley for the 1999-2001 seasons with the Chargers (Def. Coord.) and in 1996 at USC. Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf  has been in his role since 2004 (was a G.A. for TE in 1997-98) and was with the Saints with Riley for the 2002 season.

SCHOOL RECORD COACH: Mike Riley continues to build on his school record for victories, now with 87. The longest tenured coach in the Pac-12 has 56 league wins, which is tied for 11th with Rich Brooks (Oregon/1977-94). Riley’s overall league record is 56-53 (14 of those in his first era of 1997-98) – his second tenure (2003-present) league mark is 54-39. For more on Riley turn to his bio in this notes package. Riley is the longest tenured coach in the Pac-12 with 13 years at OSU; the rest of the league includes Kyle Whittingham, Utah (9 yrs), Steve Sarkisian, UW (5), David Shaw, Stanford (3), Todd Graham, ASU (2), Mike Leach, WSU (2), Rich Rodriguez, Arizona (2), Sonny Dykes, Cal (first), Mark Helfrich, Oregon (first), Ed Orgeron, USC (first) and Mike MacIntyre, Colorado (first).

RE-BEAVED: During the offseason the Beavers re-beaved thanks to Nike, introducing a new brand in March. The new brand includes a new logo, plus several uniform combos. Football also sports three helmet designs.

ONE OF SIX: Third-year athletic trainer Ariko Iso (uh-REE-ko E-so) is one of only six female head football trainers in the FBS - Jennifer Brodeur at Massachusetts, Laurie Fincher at UAB, Dawn Hearn at UTEP, Kelli Pugh at Virginia and Mary Vander Heiden at Central Florida are the others. Iso joined the program in late spring of 2011 after being the only female athletic trainer in the NFL (Steelers).

TEAM CAPTAINS: The 2013 team captains are seniors Rashaad Reynolds (CB), Michael Doctor (LB), Grant Enger (OG), and juniors Brandin Cooks (WR) and Sean Mannion (QB). Mannion has been selected for the second straight season – no Beaver has ever been a three-year team captain.

WIN THE TURNOVER BATTLE, WIN THE GAME: Over the last 121 games, Oregon State is 47-10 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent, 11-32 when committing more and 12-9 when even.

RUNNING BACK U: Oregon State is the only program in the Pac-12 Conference with three running backs that rank in the top 10 for career rushing in the league; 3. Ken Simonton (1998-2001), 5,044 yards; 8. Jacquizz Rodgers (2008-10), 3,877; 9. Yvenson Bernard (2004-07), 3,862. Steven Jackson (2001-03) ranks 14th with 3,625 yards. Rodgers and Jackson both left OSU after three seasons to enter the NFL.

75-9: That’s the record of Oregon State when it leads after three quarters with Mike Riley as head coach.  Since the start of the 2004 season it is 56-5.

100-PLUS USUALLY A W: When a Beaver rushes for 100-plus yards it usually equals a victory.  OSU has won 26 of its last 31 games (84%) when a rusher gains 100 – the only five losses in that period -- Oct. 2, 2008 at Utah (Jacquizz Rodgers 101 yds), Oct. 24, 2009 at USC (Jacquizz 113), Oct. 16, 2010 at Washington (Jacquizz 140), Sept. 3, 2011 vs. Sacramento State (Malcolm Agnew 223) and Dec. 29, 2012 vs. Texas (Storm Woods 118).

BOWL HISTORY: Starting with the 1999 season, Oregon State has appeared in 10 bowl games – tied for the third-most in the league. Oregon has 13 appearances, followed by Utah (11), OSU (10), USC (10), UCLA (10), Arizona State (9), Cal (8), Washington (7), Stanford (6), Colorado (6), Arizona (4) and Washington State (3).

FRESH FACES: Three true freshmen for the Beavers in the season opener - WR/KR Victor Bolden, OL Sean Harlow and LB Darrell Songy. Bolden has been the Beavers’ primary kick returner, returning 19 for 365 yards. Bolden has also carried the ball three times for six yards on the fly sweep and has two receptions for 23 yards. Songy is second on the team with three special teams tackles ... in addition, 13 others played for the first time with the Beavers including JC transfers DT Edwin Delva, DT Siale Hautau and CB Steven Nelson and redshirt freshmen OG Grant Bays, RB Chris Brown, WR Blair Cavanaugh, WR Malik Gilmore, OL Nolan Hansen, LS Harrison Linsky, LB Rommel Mageo, LS Andrew Maughan, LB Cyril Noland-Lewis, FB Ricky Ortiz, S Zack Robinson, LB Caleb Saulo, TE Dustin Stanton, DT Noke Tago and OL Garrett Weinreich.

TRUE “STUDENT-ATHLETES” Oregon State is routinely among the league leaders for Pac-12 academic selections and this year should be no different. The following players will graduate in December: OL Josh Andrews (sociology); WR Kevin Cummings (marketing); LB Michael Doctor (human development/family studies); OL Grant Enger (entrepreneurship); WR Micah Hatfield (human development/family studies); QB Sean Mannion (liberal studies); CB Sean Martin (new media); OL Michael Philipp (public health); CB Rashaad Reynolds (human development/family studies); RB Jovan Stevenson (sociology). Graduates in March include DL John Braun (sociology); LB Charlie Gilmur (marketing); DL Devon Kell (public health); WR Mitch Singler (marketing); QB Cody Vaz (sociology). June graduates include S Steven Christian (master of arts in interdisciplinary studies); P Tim McMullen (exercise & sport science); DL Mana Rosa (psychology).

WOODCHIPS: OSU and Eastern Washington each scored 40-plus points, the first time both teams scored that many in an OSU game since 1999 against Georgia Southern (OSU win 48-41) – that was again achieved in the Beavers 51-48 overtime win at Utah … both the Hawai’I and Utah games required an ambulance on the field for an injured player, in both instances the players were released from the hospital that day/night ... DL Jalen Grimble’s cousin, Xavier Grimble, plays tight end for USC … QB Cody Vaz missed much of the first bye week practice session due to dropping an 85-pound weight on his foot …  OSU’s quarterbacks were sacked nine times through the first seven games, but eight times against Stanford.