Beaver Bytes - Nov. 15

News and notes from the week of Nov. 15.

Four players, including one starter and one reserve, have been suspended indefinitly due to a bar fight.  Defensive end Joe Rudulph was arrested after assualting a National Guardsman at the Headline Cafe last week.  He tripped to Palo Alto, but did not dress down.

On Monday, Riley announced that starting wide receiver Anthony Wheat-Brown, offensive lineman Whitfield Usher, and defensive tackle Ryan Rainwater were also suspended.  Rudulph will be replaced by Derek Hall and Jeff Orsow in the lineup, while George Gillett will replace Wheat-Brown.  For more details read the following articles: Gazette Times | Associated Press


Thanks for the memories.
Fifteen players will play their final game on Saturday.  The 15 seniors have combined for 222 starts while most have played in two bowl games (Insight and Las Vegas)  This year's class includes:

For the first time in its 107 game history the Civil War will sport teams with identical .500 records.  The last seven games between UO and OSU have been won by the home team.  The Civil War is the seventh most contested rivalry in the nation.

Northwest Champions?
If the Beavers defeat the Ducks Saturday it will be the first time since 1974 that OSU has defeated Washington, Washington State, and Oregon in the same season.


A Good Combination in the First.
Oregon State has outscored its opponents 77-34 in the first quarter and have outscored its last five opponents 43-6 in the opening fifteen minutes while the defense has not allowed a touchdown in the first quarter in the last five contests.  The offense is also averaging 100 yards in the first quarter of the last five games while their opponents are averaging just 35.


Bowl Game.
As you all know, the winner of the Civil War goes bowling, while the other watches from home.  The Pac-10 has seven bowl game arrangements, but the conference will qualify only five teams for postseason play - USC, Cal, Arizona State, UCLA, and Oregon or Oregon State.

If USC, Cal, and Arizona State win their remaining games, USC should go to the Orange Bowl, Cal to the Rose Bowl, and Arizona State to the Holiday Bowl.  That leaves UCLA and Oregon State/Oregon to fill two of the five slots.  The Sun Bowl, the Insight Bowl, the Las Vegas Bowl, the Emerald Bowl, and the Silicon Valley Bowl.

If the above scenario holds true and the Beavers get their sixth win of the season, they will finish fourth in the conference.  That would place them in the Sun Bowl against the No. 5 Big Ten team (Michigan State or Northwestern).


Top 25.
Several Beaver players rank in the Top 25 statistically.

  • Total offense: #14 Derek Anderson - 274.3
  • Receptions per game: #10 Mike Hass - 7.2
  • Receiving yards per game: #4 Mike Hass - 112.0
  • Interceptions: #7 Mitch Meeuwsen - .5, #23 Aric Williams - .4, #23 Sabby Piscitelli - .4

The 108th Civil War will mark the 28th consecutive sellout at Reser.  This will be the last time the Beavers play in a sub-40,000 seat stadium.  Following thte Civil War the east bleachers will be demolished and the final part of the first phase will be completed.  The expansion will bump seating capacity up to 43,000 from 35,652.  It is schedule to be completed in time for the Sept. 3, 2005 home opener.


November has been Good.
Oregon State is 12-5 in the 11th month starting with the 1999 season and 9-1 at Reser Stadium
during that time. Only USC has a better record during the month over that time span at 17-3.  OSU is 17-6 at home since 1999, tops in the conference.

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