Insight Bowl in two days

The rematch between Oregon State and Notre Dame is just one day away. Take a break from your shopping, cooking and/or entertaining and browse some pre bowl Beaver and Irish news and notes.

Bowl game stuff.


Statistically stuff.

  • The Beavers have scored on its last 28 (15 touchdowns) trips inside the redzone while their opponents have converted 12 of their last 22.  On the season OSU has a Pac-10 best 86.0 percent when inside the 20-yard line.
  • The orange and black running game averages 75.3 yards per game, good for last in the conference and 116th in the nation.  Notre Dame's defense ranks ninth allowing 94.4 yards per game.
  • Eight different OSU receivers have caught a touchdown this year.
  • The Beaver defense is tied with UTEP for fifth in the nation for team interceptions with 18.
  • Oregon State is 13-5 in November since 1999, but just 1-4 in December since 1999.
  • The Beavers hold a 6-5 record in the postseason, the Irish have a 13-12 record.
  • The Irish have played seven games decided by eight points or less this season, the Beavers have played in three this year.
  • Notre Dame holds a 72-37 record versus the Pac-10 and has gone 17-10-1 in the last 28 games versus the Conference of Champions.  The Beavers are the only team from the Pac-10 that the Irish have not defeated.   Oregon State is also the only Pac-10 team the Irish have faced during the postseason since beating Stanford in 1925.
  • Average height and weight of an Oregon State football player on this year's roster - 6' 1", 231 pounds | average height and weight of an Notre Dame football player on this year's roster - 6' 1", 231 pounds.
  • The Irish are 3-2 in December bowl games while the Beavers are 1-1.


Miscellaneous stuff.

  • OSU's five conference wins is its second-highest total ever.  Oregon State won seven conference contests in 2000 and five in 1968.
  • The Irish are just one of two teams this year that have multiple victories over teams in the top 10 with victories over Michigan and Tennessee.
  • This is Oregon State's second trip to the Insight Bowl and Notre Dame's first.
  • The Irish faced four teams (USC, Michigan, Tennessee and Pittsburgh) in the latest AP poll posting a 2-2 mark.  The Beavers faced five teams (USC, California, Boise State, LSU, and Arizona State) posting a 0-5 mark.
  • Notre Dame and Oregon State played three common opponents during the 2004 regular season - Washington, Stanford and USC.  Both teams posted 2-1 marks against those teams with each loss coming against USC.


Players Ranked Among the Top 100 within an NCAA Statistical Category.

Rank Category Player Value/Units
---- -------- ------ -----------
3 Interceptions Mitch Meeuwsen 0.55 int/g
3 Receiving Yards Mike Hass 115.82 yds/g
8 Receptions Mike Hass 7.36 rec/g
9 Interceptions Sabby Piscitelli 0.45 int/g
10 Field Goals Alexis Serna 1.60 fg/g
10 Total Offense Derek Anderson 282.80 yds/g
28 Punting Sam Paulescu 42.52 yds
28 Interceptions Aric Williams 0.36 int/g
50 All-Purp Running Mike Hass 115.82 yds/g
50 Scoring Alexis Serna 7.20 pts/g
57 Passing Efficiency Derek Anderson 121.90 rtg pts
67 Receptions Joe Newton 4.45 rec/g
83 Punt Returns Yvenson Bernard 6.08 yds
86 Punt Returns Sammie Stroughter 5.88 yds
91 Rushing Dwight Wright 69.09 yds/g
91 All-Purp Runnning Dwight Wright 96.45 yds/g
92 Receiving Yards Joe Newton 54.73 yds/g


Rank Category Player Value/Units
---- -------- ------ -----------
30 Punting D.J. Fitzpatrick 42.44 yds
39 Punt Returns Carlyle Holiday 10.96 yds
49 Total Offense Brady Quinn 214.40 yds/g
54 Field Goals D.J. Fitzpatrick 1.00 fg/g
55 Passing Efficiency Brady Quinn 124.90 rtg pts
70 Rushing Darius Walker 74.30 yds/g
91 Kickoff Returns Chase Anastasio 18.83 yds


Beaver bowl history.

Date            Bowl Game        Teams/Score 
---- --------- -----------
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. 25, 1999 O'ahu Bowl Hawaii 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, Hawaii 27
Jan. 1, 1942 Rose Bowl* OSU 20, Duke 16
Jan. 1, 1940 Pineapple Bowl OSU 39, Hawaii 6
*played in Durham, NC due to World War II


Team statistics.

Who has the edge?

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