Beaver Bytes - Nov. 8

News and notes from the week of Nov. 8.

Five players (Meeuwsen, D. Anderson, Brock, Nienhuis, and Swancutt) have started at least 35 consecutive games.  Four others (A. Williams, Seigert, Hass, and Browner) have started at least 20 straight.


Wide receiver Mike Hass needs just 17 receptions to tie OSU's single season reception record.  James Newson set the record last year when he hauled in 81 passes.  Hass is also close to breaking the school's single season receiving yards record as he is just 296 yards from tying the record.  Newson also set that record last year when he racked up 1,306 yards.  Also, Hass is just three yards away from equally his season receiving total from last year.


Third down woes
Oregon State has converted just 4 of 26 (.154) third down conversions over the last two games, including a 0-for-13 outing vs. No. 1 USC last Saturday. OSU has had 153 third down conversion opportunities, the highest in the league. The good news is the other side of the ball where OSU is first in the conference for third down percentage defense allowing its opponents a 26.5 percentage.


The first quarter has been good
Oregon State has scored on its first possession of the game in four of the last six games and in six of nine overall. The Beavers failed to convert on its first drive at Arizona, but did on their second. Arizona, USC and New Mexico are the only teams to not allow OSU to score on its opening drive.

Oregon State has outscored its last four opponents in the first quarter 36-3. The Beavers have averaged 103 yards in total offense in those four games in the first quarter, compared to 38 for their opponents.


Turnovers and pressure
Oregon State ranked last in the Pac-10 and 103rd in the nation for turnover margin at minus-1.40 entering the Oct. 16 game at Washington. The Beavers have forced 17 turnovers over the last four games, while committing seven, and have moved up to fourth in the league and 43rd overall with a 0.33 margin.

Oregon State has 18 quarterback sacks for the season, 13 of those in the last five games. The school’s career quarterback sacks record holder Bill Swancutt has 6.5 of the 13 and has a school record 32 for his career.

Linebacker Trent Bray is second in the conference in tackles with 99.  Free safety Mitch Meeuwsen is currently tied for the active interceptions lead in the NCAA with Wisconsin's Jim Leonhard.  He leads the conference in INTs with five.  Cornerback Aric Williams leads the Pac-10 in pass breakups with 13. 


Matt Moore
Former UCLA quarterback Matt Moore will reportedly enroll at OSU during the winter term and compete for the starting quarterback position next yearl.  Moore quit the UCLA program in 2003 and is enrolled in the College of the Canyon where he is working out, but not playing with the football team.

There are several different theories as to why he left Pasadena.  Some say he was selfish with a "me first attitude" and didn't like the fact he was sharing time with Drew Olson.  Others say he was alienated by the coaching staff.  When telling either story all Bruin fans said he is a tremendous talent.


Post season play
Defensive end Bill Swancutt will play in the 80th annual East-West Shrine Game on Sat., Jan. 15 in SBC Park in San Francisco.  The contest will be televised live by ESPN beginning at 11 a.m. PST. 

Tight end Tim Euhus and linebacker Richard Seigler both participated in East-West Shire Game activities last year, but Euhus was the only one that suited up for the game.


Free safety Mitch Meeuwsen and placekicker Alexis Serna have been selected as semi-finalists for a pair of national awards.  Meeuwsen is a candidate for the 19th annual Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's premier defensive back. Serna is candidate for the 13th annual Lou Groza Award, given annually to the nation's premier kicker.

The finalists for the Thorpe and Groza Awards will be announced Nov. 22.


Civil War around the corner
The Civil War is just two weeks away and the competition between the schools has already started.  The third annual Civil War Blood Drive started on Nov.1 and with just one week left to donate the Beavers are leading the Ducks by 36.  The scoreboard can be viewed at the Red Cross Civil War Blood Drive page.  If you would like to get involved call 1-800 GIV LIFE to schedule an appointment or click here for a map of donation sites.


More Civil War stuff
The BASP Civil War Tour schedule has been announced as Mike Riley and Bob DeCarolis will make eight stops around the state starting Mon., Nov. 15.  For more information call the BASF at 541-737-2370 or visit for the complete schedule.  Tickets range from $6.50-25.  The Portland stop requires an RSVP.

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