CIVIL WAR NOTEBOOK: Are we through yet?

ARE WE THROUGH? Are we finished with all the griping and complaining, all the fatalistic talk? No? Okay, that's fine. Go ahead. I'll wait... Now, is that it? Are we through? Got it out of your system? Then let's talk about the Civil War and what the Beavs need to do on offense to win this sucker.

As bad as it's been these last four games for the Beaver O, they still lay claim to the nation's leaders in passing yards and receiving yards.

Quarterback Sean Mannion has thrown for 4,089 yards, while star receiver Brandin Cooks has piled up 1,560 hashes. No one has done more in big boy college football this year. Both those guys are juniors, by the way.

But it's also become apparent that Oregon State cannot beat the better teams by being a one-dimensional passing team. The offensive line is simply not stout enough to give Mannion time against the better fronts. Teams have been getting to him, rapidly, by only rushing four.

OSU simply has to run if they want to win the Civil War, and not only because it helps keep Oregon's offense off the field. And they have to run effectively.

And that's hard to do, to change something so significantly within your offense when you're 11 games into the season. Their offensive line hasn't opened enough holes and the running backs haven't chosen the right ones. It seems so improbable. But it's what the Beavs have to do, what they must do, nonetheless.

Oregon State is in danger of going from 6-1 to 6-6. They're a 22-point underdog. The game is in Eugene. They've been woeful on offense the last four games. Everything is seemingly stacked up against them.

So are we through?

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • A win would clinch a second consecutive winning season for the Beavers and the eighth under Mike Riley.

  • A loss would be the fifth in arow -- that hasn't happened since OSU lost six straight to end the 1997 season.

  • Brandin Cooks leads the Pac-12 with 110 receptions. If he hits his average against the Ducks, he'll set the all-time conference mark (Marquise Lee, 108).

  • Oregon State is among the national leaders (9th) and second in the Pac- 12 for interceptions with 17.

  • Beaver cornerbacks Rashaad Reynolds and Steven Nelson are second in the Pac-12 with five interceptions each.

  • Nelson, Sean Martin and safety Ryan Murphy all have interceptions for touchdowns this season.

  • Oregon leads the series 60-46-10.

  • Oregon State has lost the last five Civil Wars.

  • 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 a defensive coordinator at one school in the nation. (Buddy Green, Navy, 12 years).

  • Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf has been in his role since 2004 (he was an Oregon State GA with the TEs in 1997-98).

  • Riley holds the OSU record for victories, now with 87. He is the longest tenured coach in the Pac-12 has 56 conference wins, (tied for 11th all-time with Rich Brooks (Oregon/1977-94). He is the longest tenured coach in the Pac-12 with 13 years at Oregon State. The next closest are Kyle Whittingham, Utah (9 yrs) and Steve Sarkisian, UW (5).


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