BOWL PREVIEW; Beavers set to battle Broncos in Hawai'i
December 24, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
OREGON STATE PRESS RELEASE
SHERATON HAWAI’I BOWL: Oregon State (6-6, 4-5 Pac-12) concludes the 2013 football season Tues., Dec. 24 against the Boise State Broncos (8-4, 6-2 in MWC) in the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl. Kickoff is slated for approximately 5 p.m. PST from Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE: The Beavers will practice at Aloha Stadium Dec. 20-24. Practices on the 20-21 are at 10:20 a.m. (media immediately before) and on the 22nd at 1:20 p.m. (media immediately before). The team will have its usual walkthrough on the 23rd at 2:30 p.m. (no media).
COOKS WINS BILETNIKOFF: Brandin Cooks is the 2013 recipient of the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation to the nation’s top college receiver. The junior is on the verge of several additional Pac-12 receiving records and already has OSU records for career receiving touchdowns with 23, single season touchdown receptions with 15 (current), single season receptions with 120 (current/also Pac-12 record) and single season yards with 1,670 (current). He is the second OSU player to win the Award (most in the Pac-12), joining Mike Hass from the 2005 season – Troy Walters of Stanford won the Award in 1999 and Marqise Lee of USC in 2012. Cooks will attend the Biletnikoff Award banquet Feb. 8 in Tallahassee.
COOKS GRABS NUMEROUS ALL-AMERICA HONORS: Wide receiver Brandin Cooks has accumulated more All-America honors than any other Beaver in history and is a consensus All-American as recognized by the NCAA (Walter Camp, Sporting News, AFCA, AP, FWAA). Here is a list:
All-America First Team – Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News, Associated Press, FWAA,
ESPN.com, CBSSports.com, SI.com, FOXSports.com, Athlon, Bleacher Report, SBNation
All-America Second Team – USA Today
SERIES: This will be the eighth meeting between the two programs with OSU holding a 4-3 advantage. The Broncos won the last game Sept. 25, 2010 in Boise 37-24 and are scheduled to travel to Corvallis for the next regular season meeting Sept. 24, 2016.
BEAVERS AT ALOHA STADIUM: This will be the fifth game the Oregon State football program has played at Aloha Stadium, all against the University of Hawai’i. The last game for OSU at the Stadium was Dec. 2, 2006 when the Beavers upset then No. 24 UH 35-32 in the final contest of the regular season. Arguably, the most notable game was the Dec. 25, 1999 O’ahu Bowl appearance for OSU that ended a bowl drought that stretched from the 1965 Rose Bowl. The Beavers will play their sixth game at Aloha Stadium Sept. 2 of the 2014 season in the conclusion of a home-and-home series contract with UH.
HOMECOMING: The Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl trip will be a homecoming for several current players and coaches. Current players include defensive end Titus Failauga from Waipahu, linebacker Manase Hungalu from Kailua-Kona, defensive end Devon Kell from Hilo, defensive tackle Ali’i Robins from Ewa Beach and starting defensive tackle Mana Rosa from Haiku. In addition, safety Steven Christian played at the University of Hawai’i for four years before transferring to OSU in 2012. Defensive line coach Joe Seumalo, graduate assistant coach Tavita Thompson and administrative assistant Aaron Nichols are from Honolulu. Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh served in the same role for the Rainbow Warriors from 1999-2004 (and coached against OSU in ‘99 O’ahu Bowl), wide receivers coach Brent Brennan was a graduate assistant at UH in 1998 and his cousin Colt Brennan was a record-setting quarterback at UH, and defensive coordinator Mark Banker was UH’s outside linebackers and special teams coach in 1995. Graduate assistant and former OSU quarterback Lyle Moevao also lived in Honolulu for seven years early in his life.
BOWL HISTORY: This will be Oregon State’s 17th bowl game with a record of 10-6. Here is a quick glance at the history.
Dec. 29, 2012 -Valero Alamo Bowl – Texas 31, OSU 27
Dec. 22, 2009 – MAACO Bowl Las Vegas – BYU 44, OSU 20
Dec. 31, 2008 – Brut Sun Bowl – OSU 3, Pittsburgh 0
Dec. 28, 2007 – Emerald Bowl – OSU 21, Maryland 14
Dec. 29, 2006 – Brut Sun Bowl – OSU 39, Missouri 38
Dec. 28, 2004 – Insight Bowl – OSU 38, Notre Dame 21
Dec. 24, 2003 – Las Vegas Bowl – OSU 55, New Mexico 14
Dec. 26, 2002 – Insight Bowl – Pittsburgh 38, OSU 13
Jan. 1, 2001 – Fiesta Bowl – OSU 41, Notre Dame 9
Dec. 24, 1999 – O’ahu Bowl – Hawai’i 23, OSU 17
Jan. 1, 1965 – Rose Bowl – Michigan 34, OSU 7
Dec. 15, 1962 – Liberty Bowl – OSU 6, Villanova 0
Jan. 1, 1957 – Rose Bowl – Iowa 35, OSU 19
Jan. 1, 1949 – Pineapple Bowl – OSU 47, Hawai’i 27
Jan. 1, 1942 – Rose Bowl – OSU 20, Duke 16 (played in Durham, NC)
Jan. 1, 1940 – Pineapple Bowl – OSU 39, Hawai’i 6
PAC-12 ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: Junior receiver Brandin Cooks earned Pac-12 Conference First Team as selected by the league’s coaches. Senior cornerback Rashaad Reynolds, junior defensive end Scott Crichton and sophomore center Isaac Seumalo earned Second Team. Senior guard Grant Enger and the junior quintet of tight end Connor Hamlett, quarterback Sean Mannion, safety Ryan Murphy, cornerback Steven Nelson and running back Terron Ward earned Honorable Mention.
ALMOST THE SAME, BUT DIFFERENT: Both Boise State and OSU rank in the top 25 for total offense, the Broncos are at No. 24 at 470.8 and the Beavers at No. 25 at 468.1. BSU averages 201.8 on the ground and 269 via the pass, while OSU is at 86.0 and 382.1, respectively.
ATTENDANCE RECORD: Oregon State averaged 42,964 fans for the 2013 home season, a record for a non-Civil War season and the third-best average for a single year.
COOKS SETS PAC-12 MARK: Junior wide receiver and Biletnikoff Award winner Brandin Cooks is the Pac-12 Conference’s all-time leading single season receiver with 120 catches.
Pac-12 Single Season Receptions
Rk No. Player Yr
1. 120 Brandin Cooks, OSU 2013*
2. 118 Marqise Lee, USC 2012
3. 111 Robert Woods, USC 2011
*Tied OSU record with 14 receptions vs. San Diego State in Sept.
NCAA Record – 155, Freddie Barnes, Bowling Green (2009)
COOKS NEEDS 52: Brandin Cooks needs 52 yards to break the Pac-12 record for receiving yards; he currently is second to Marqise Lee’s 2012 total of 1,721. Cooks’ 1,670 yards leads the NCAA by 25 yards over Davante Adams of Fresno State.
Pac-12 Single Season Yards
Rk No. Player Yr
1. 1721 Marqise Lee, USC 2012
2. 1670 Brandin Cooks, OSU 2013
NCAA Record – 2,060 yds, Trevor Insley, Nevada, 1999
HE’S ALREADY GOT FOUR: As in four records for Brandin Cooks. He holds the OSU record for career receiving touchdowns with 23, single season touchdown receptions with 15 (current), single season receptions with 120 (current) and single season yards with 1,670 (current).
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
15 Brandin Cooks, OSU 2013
NCAA Record – 27, Troy Edwards, Louisiana Tech (1998)
MANNION TO COOKS, TOUCHDOWN BEAVERS! Through the 12 games of the season, quarterback Sean Mannion and receiver Brandin Cooks have combined for 15 touchdown passes. The duo has now connected 22 times during their careers for scores, the most in Beaver history.
NOT ONLY THAT, BUT… Mannion and Cooks have combined for 191 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.
ACCURATE PASSER: Quarterback Sean Mannion’s current 66.0 percent completion percentage (376-570) 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 65.2 percent (881-1352). He set a school record with 41 pass completions against Stanford earlier this season.
NCAA COMPLETION PERCENTAGE (500-PLUS ATT.)
Pct. Player Comp-Att TD-INT
.710 Shane Carden, East Carolina 358-504 32-10
.694 Derek Carr, Fresno State 424-605 48-7
.665 Garrett Gilbert, SMU 335-504 21-7
.660 Sean Mannion, OSU 376-570 36-14
.628 Connor Halliday, WSU 412-656 28-21
.604 Jared Goff, CAL 320-530 18-10
NOT BAD FOR A JUNIOR: Sean Mannion has completed 881 career passes, which ranks second-best in the NCAA for junior quarterbacks behind Taylor Heinicke of Old Dominion (first-year FBS school) with 949 and eighth overall in the country. Mannion’s 10,177 passing yards is second for junior quarterbacks trailing only Heinicke’s 11,483 and also is eighth overall in the country for active quarterbacks. Mannion is the active leader in the Pac-12 for career yards and is 11th overall in the Pac-12 record book:
Pac-12 Career Passing Yards
Rk Yds Player Yrs
1. 12,274 Matt Barkley, USC 2009-12
7. 10,693 Matt Leinart, USC 2003-05
8. 10,492 Andrew Walter, ASU 2001-04
9. 10,491 Rudy Carpenter, ASU 2005-08
10. 10,220 Cody Pickett, UW 1999-2003
11. 10,177 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 for 14th in the Pac-12 record book with 67. Mannion is No. 2 on the active list for TD passes by a Pac-12 quarterback chasing Washington’s Keith Price (74).
Pac-12 Career Passing Touchdowns
Rk TDs Player Yrs
1. 116 Matt Barkley, USC 2009-12
9. 74 Steve Stenstrom, STAN 1991-94
74 Keith Price, UW 2010-13
11. 72 Carson Palmer, USC 1998-2002
12. 70 Jason Gesser, WSU 1999-2002
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
67 Sean Mannion, OSU 2011-pres
MORE MANNION: The 2013 four-time Manning Award recipient and two-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week has 10,177 yards; second all-time at OSU and needs 1,072 yards to catch the school’s career leader Derek Anderson – Mannion needs to average 82 yards per game over his final 13 career games to match Anderson’s 11,249 yards. 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 tied for third in the nation for touchdown passes with 36, including a school-record 6 TD game vs. Colorado earlier this season. He also is second in the nation for passing yards per game at 366.9 and total passing yards at 4,403 (OSU record).
Pac-12 Season Passing Yards
Rk Yds Player Season
1. 4458 Cody Pickett, UW 2002
2. 4403 Sean Mannion, OSU 2013
Pac-12 Season Touchdown Passes
Rk Tds Player Season
1. 39 Matt Barkley, USC 2011
2. 38 Matt Leinart, USC 2003
3. 37 Andrew Luck, STAN 2011
4. 36 Matt Barkley, USC 2012
36 Sean Mannion, OSU 2013
NCAA Current Season Passing Touchdowns
Rk TDs Player
1. 48 Derek Carr, Fresno State
2. 38 Jameis Winston, Florida State
3. 36 Sean Mannion, OSU
36 Rakeem Cato, Marshall
THAT’S A RECORD: Here are the team/individual records to date for OSU 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 season – Sean Mannion, 36, 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 400-yard passing games in 1 season - Sean Mannion, 5 (OSU record)
• Most 400-yard passing games in career - Sean Mannion, 6 (OSU record)
• Most pass completions in 1 season – Sean Mannion, 376 (OSU record)
• Most passes Attempted in 1 season – Sean Mannion, 570 (OSU record)
• Most passing yards in 1 season – Sean Mannion, 4,403 (OSU record)
• Most TD – QB-WR connections – 22, Sean Mannion to Brandin Cooks (OSU record)
• Most receptions in 1 game – Brandin Cooks, 14 vs. San Diego State (ties OSU record)
• Most receptions in 1 season – Brandin Cooks, 120 (NCAA record)
• Most TD receptions in 1 season – Brandin Cooks, 15, (OSU record)
• Most TD receptions in career – Brandin Cooks, 23 (OSU record)
• Most yards receiving in 1 season – Brandin Cooks, 1,670 (OSU record)
• Most kickoff return yards in 1 game – Victor Bolden, 305 yds vs. UW (Pac-12 record)
• Most all-purpose yards in 1 game – Victor Bolden, 327 yds vs. UW (OSU record)
• Most kickoff returns in 1 game – 12, Victor Bolden vs. UW (Pac-12 record)
• 40-plus points in 3 consecutive games (Colo, WSU, Cal – OSU record)
• Most Interceptions returned for TDs (Tied) – 3 (OSU record)
• Most passes completed in 1 season – 389 (OSU record)
• Most passes attempted in 1 season – 591 (OSU record)
• Most passing yards in 1 season – 4,585 (Pac-12 record)
• Most passing TDs in 1 season – 37 (OSU record)
382.1: The number of average yards the Beavers passed for during the season, third in the nation to the 409.8 yards per game by Fresno State and 392.0 by Texas Tech. The team has set a Pac-12 record with 4,585 passing yards.
OPPORTUNISTIC SECONDARY: Oregon State is tied for fifth in the nation and second in the Pac-12 for interceptions with 19. First-year Beaver cornerback Steven Nelson, a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, is tied for first in the Pac-12 with teammate Rashaad Reynolds and Arizona State’s Robert Nelson with six.
NCAA Current Season INTERCEPTIONS
Rk No. Team
1. 25 Florida State
2. 23 Houston
3. 21 Arizona State
4. 20 Oklahoma State
5. 19 Oregon State
19 Virginia Tech
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 the third-most long scoring drives in the league. The Beavers have had 17 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.
BEAVS AT 103: USC owns the most victories in the Pac-12 Conference this century with 137 (113 with vacated wins), followed by Oregon (132), OSU (103), Arizona State (95), UCLA (94), Stanford (93), Cal (87), Washington (78), Arizona (76), WSU (72). Utah has 115 victories this century and Colorado has 71. 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, 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 35 of his 49 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).
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.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Oregon State had five Pac-12 Players of the Week 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 completed 389 passes this season in 12 games. The 389 completions rank as the fourth-most in the country and is just six fewer than what OSU’s opponents had for passing attempts. The Beavers have completed passes to 17 different receivers.
TIGHT ENDS PLAYING BIG ROLE: OSU’s tight ends caught 84 passes this season, the most in the Mike Riley era. In the Mike Riley era part II twice the Beavers have had a low of 29 receptions by the tight ends (2005, ’08).
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 56-56 (14 of those losses in his first era of 1997-98) – his second tenure (2003-present) league mark is 54-42. 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/USC (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) and Mike MacIntyre, Colorado (first).
A LOOK AHEAD: While several Beavers are eligible to forgo their senior seasons and enter the NFL Draft, OSU still looks to have a solid nucleus returning for the 2014 season, particularly on defense. Here is a closer look at potential starters returning:
LE – Scott Crichton (36)
LT – new starter
RT – Edwin Delva (1)
RE – Dylan Wynn (31)
OLBs – D.J. Alexander (20), Michael Doctor (26), Jabral Johnson (12), Caleb Saulo (1)
MLB – Rommel Mageo (6), Joel Skotte (4)
LCB – Steven Nelson (8)
RCB – new starter
SS – Tyrequek Zimmerman (25)
FS – Ryan Murphy (27)
SE – Richard Mullaney (8)
SLOT – Malik Gilmore (1)
LT – new starter
LG – new starter
C – Isaac Seumalo (24)
RG – new starter
RT – Sean Harlow (8)
TE – Connor Hamlett (16)
QB – Sean Mannion (30)
TB – Storm Woods (22)
FL – Brandin Cooks (28)
PK – Trevor Romaine
P – Keith Kostol
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 124 games, Oregon State is 47-10 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent, 11-34 when committing more and 12-10 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 32 games (81%) when a rusher gains 100 – the only six 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), Dec. 29, 2012 vs. Texas (Storm Woods 118) and Nov. 29 vs. Oregon (Terron Ward 145).
BOWL HISTORY: Starting with the 1999 season thru 2013, Oregon State has appeared in 11 bowl games – tied for the second-most in the league. Oregon has 14 appearances, followed by OSU (11), Utah (11), USC (11), UCLA (11), Arizona State (10), Cal (8), Washington (8), Stanford (7), Colorado (6), Arizona (5) and Washington State (4).
TRUE “STUDENT-ATHLETES” The following players graduated earlier this month: OL, Josh Andrews (sociology); OL Grant Enger (entrepreneurship); WR Micah Hatfield (human development/family studies); QB Sean Mannion (liberal studies); OL Michael Philipp (public health); CB Rashaad Reynolds (human development/family studies); RB Jovan Stevenson (sociology). Graduates in March include DL John Braun (sociology); WR Kevin Cummings (marketing); LB Michael Doctor (human development/family studies); LB Charlie Gilmur (marketing); DL Devon Kell (public health); CB Sean Martin (new media); 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 … OSU allowed school records of 69 points and 530 rushing yards vs. Washington.