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Beavers Battle Cougars In Pullman Saturday

Oct 4, 2021

October 9, 2021 • Pullman, Wash. • Martin Stadium • 1:00 p.m. PT • Pac-12 Network

Series History
Series Record: WSU leads, 55-47-3
Last Meeting: 2020 (L, 28-38)
First Meeting: 1903 (W, 6-0)
Streak: Lost 7
Last 10: 3-7
In Corvallis: WSU leads, 25-23
In Pullman: WSU leads, 25-19-2
Neutral site: Tied, 5-5-1

Television: Pac-12 Network
    Play-By-Play: Ted Robinson
    Analyst: Yogi Roth
Radio: Beaver Sports Network, Varsity Network (Oregon State)
    Play-By-Play: Mike Parker
    Analyst: Jim Wilson
    Sideline: Ron Callan
    Pre-Game: Steve Preece
SiriusXM Radio: 136 (Sirius), 197 (XM)
SiriusXM App/Internet: 959
Live Stats:

Channel Finder
Xfinity Comcast: 421/720 HD (Pac-12 Net), 420 (Pac-12 Oregon)
Dish Network: 406
Charter Spectrum: 332/452

Game Notes
- Oregon State heads back on the road Saturday when visiting Washington State in Pullman. Kickoff at Martin Stadium is slated for 1 p.m. PT.
- The game will air live on the Pac-12 Network. Ted Robinson (play-by-play) and  Yogi Roth (analyst) will call the action.
- The game marks the 106th all-time meeting between the teams. WSU holds a 55-47-3 advantage and 25-19-2 mark in Pullman. 
- The game will air live on the Beaver Sports Radio Network. For a list of affiliates, turn to page two of these notes.
- Every game this season can be heard live on the Varsity Network, a free application available via smartphones and tablets. After downloading the application, search for Oregon State. 

Oregon State Notables
- Oregon State is riding its first four-game win streak since 2013 when the Beavers won six straight.
- The Beavers are in sole possession of first in the Pac-12 North Division for the first time.
- Oregon State has won back-to-back games to open conference play for the first time since that 2013 season.
- Oregon State heads to Pullman with the Pac-12's No. 1 scoring offense at 36 points per game, 0.2 ahead of Oregon. That scoring offense ranks 25th nationally.
- OSU's scoring defense, meanwhile, is third in the Pac-12, allowing an average of 21.6 points per game.

Last Meeting
- Jermar Jefferson ran for 120 yards and three touchdowns and Tristan Gebbia passed for 329 yards and one score but the Beavers dropped the 2020 opener to Washington State, 38-28, in Corvallis.
- Avery Roberts paced Oregon State with seven tackles including one tackle for loss.

Against Washington State
- Oregon State and Washington State have played every year dating back to 2003.
- Washington State holds a seven-game win streak in the series. Prior to that stretch, however, the Beavers had won three straight, six-of-seven and eight-of-10 from 2004 to 2013.
- OSU is looking for its first win in Pullman since a 52-24 victory in 2013.
- Oregon State run game coordinator/offensive line coach/associate head coach Jim Michalczik was a three-year letterman at WSU and earned his degree there in 1988.
- Oregon State special teams quality control analyst Ryan Saparto was a three-year long snapper at Washington State from 2011-13.

News, Notes And More
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- Follow @BeaverFBNews for news, pre-game and in-game notes and more. The handle will post in-game news and scoring information as it happens.

With A Win Saturday ...
- Oregon State would improve to 5-1 for the first time since 2013.
- A win would push the Beavers' Pac-12 record to 3-0 for the first time since 2013.
- A victory would give the Beavers' their first three-game win streak since the start of the 2014 season.
- A win would give the Beavers back-to-back road victories for the first time since 2019 at California and Arizona.
- A victory would give OSU a win over Washington and Washington State in the same season for the first time since 2010.
- OSU would win its 549th all-time game.

On This Date
- Oregon State has played on Oct. 9 11 times previously, posting a 5-5-1 record.
- Oregon State and Washington State have played on the date twice, in 1954, a Washington State win, and 1982, a tie.

The Defense
- Oregon State's defense ranks fifth in the Pac-12 Conference allowing an average of 358.6 yards per game. That's only 3.1 yards more than No. 4 Arizona.
- That is a big improvement from 2020, which saw the Beavers rank 10th in the conference, allowing 442.3 yards per game. An improvement of 83.7 yards per game, to be exact.
- OSU is second in the conference at 106.6 rush yards allowed; the 2020 Beavers, over seven games, allowed 217.6 yards per game on the ground.
- Washington's Sean McGrew rushed for a 39-yard score. That marked just the second rush of 20 or more yards by an opponent this season, and the first since the season opener at Purdue. That's the fewest allowed in the Pac-12.

Baylor Goes Multiple, Again
- B.J. Baylor rushed for two touchdowns Saturday versus the Huskies, bringing his season total to nine. That leads the Pac-12 and is tied for third nationally.
- His nine rushing touchdowns are the most by an Oregon State running back since Jermar Jefferson ran for 12 in 2018. 
- Baylor has four multiple-rushing efforts through the first five games of 2021, equaling Jefferson's output in 2018.

Baylor For First
- B.J. Baylor has rushed for a Pac-12 best 27 first downs this season.
- Thirty-six of his 81 carries (44.4 percent) this season have gone for a first or touchdown.
- Per Pro Football Focus, Baylor has rushed for 267 yards after initial contact this season, or 3.3 yards per carry.

- Oregon State forced Washington into two turnovers on Saturday. It's the fourth consecutive game the Beavers recovered multiple turnovers.
- It's the first time that has happened in the same season since the 2013 team did it in six consecutive games.
- Oregon State ranks second in the Pac-12 with 11 turnovers gained this season. That's already five more than the 2020 team had in seven games. OSU is only five shy of the 2019 team which finished with 16.
- Thanks to those 11 turnovers, Oregon State is second in the Pac-12 in 2021 with a plus-four turnover margin.