Boise State at Oregon State Notebook

News and notes on the Beavers and Broncos before their matchup on Sept. 10 in Corvallis.

Head coach:  Dan Hakwins (5th year at BSU)
(Career: 84-19-1 | At BSU: 44-8 | Versus Pac-10: 1-2)
Current ranking: NR
Current record: 0-1
Picked to finish:  First in the conference by the media
Last year's record: 11-1, 8-0 in WAC play (Conference champion)
Bowl game: Lost to Louisville 44-40 in Liberty Bowl
Streak:  Two game losing streak that dates back to last season


Last time BSU and OSU met...
Sept. 10, 2004 - Boise State 53, Oregon State 34
Oregon State and Boise State met early in the season at Boise and the high-powered Broncos posted a 53-34 victory. It was the first victory ever against a Pac-10 team for Boise State. Oregon State got out to an early 14-0 lead, but Boise scored the next 34 points and rolled to the win. The Broncos were led by QB Jared Zabransky, who passed for three TDs and ran for another, and LB Korey Hall, who picked off three interceptions, returning one of them for a score. For OSU, QB Derek Anderson became the Beavers' career leader in touchdown passes as he threw for 411 yards and four TDs, but he also had four interceptions. Beaver WR Mike Hass had 12 receptions for a Pac-10-record 293 yards and three TDs. OSU LB Trent Bray was credited with 19 tackles.


Last time BSU played in Corvallis...
Sept. 20, 2003 - Oregon State 26, Boise State 24
Boise State saw its all-time longest winning streak snapped at 13 games as Oregon State handed the Broncos a 26-24 loss. It looked like Boise State would finally come away with a win against a Pac-10 team late in the first half when the Broncos rallied from a 13-point eficit to take a 17-16 lead into the half.

The Beavers regained control in the third quarter, scoring the only points of the period on a Kirk Yliniemi field goal. Oregon State added an 11-yard touchdown on a run by Steven Jackson to take a 26-17 lead. The Broncos rallied, scoring on a nine play, 79-yard drive to get within two points. The Broncos had a chance to take the lead midway through the fourth quarter, but Tyler Jones missed a 35-yard field goal. Boise State never got the ball back as Oregon State drove the field and ran out the clock.


Series history (OSU leads 3-1)...
(1986: OSU, 34-3 in Corvallis | 1989: OSU, 37-3 in Boise | 2003: OSU, 26-24 in Corvallis | 2004: BSU, 53-34 in Boise)
This is the fifth meeting between OSU and BSU, and the programs will meet again next season at Bronco Stadium,
concluding a four-game contract. Saturday marks the third consecutive game that has been nationally televised. Boise State defeated its first Pac-10 team after nine losses last season in its 53-34 (most points allowed by OSU since Nov. 16, ‘91 vs. UW/58-6). The Beavers won the previous three, 34-3 (1986), 37-30 (1989), and
26-24 (2003).


Rilvary game...
"(Boise State's) not used to what happened to them, so they'll come out here trying to get back on track.  And I hope we come out angry, too, because this is a grudge match." - OSU head coach Mike Riley

"Our defense has a lot of pride," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. "They remember that score. I think our guys feel like they owe them one." - OSU head coach Mike Riley

"Last year I remember sitting on the bench at the end of the fourth quarter and telling one of my teammates, 'Only 365 days until this game starts over,' " - OSU safety Sabby Piscitelli

"Oregon State's a really good team. They're going to be a little hungry after what happened last year. We feel like we have something to prove after we had such a bad showing at Georgia. It will be a real interesting game." - BSU sophomore center Jeff Cavender.

"We definitely had some mistakes and had some errors, but we just got to come back (Saturday) and show Oregon (State) that we are mad. I tell you what, I feel bad for Oregon State." - BSU senior defensive tackle Alex Guerrero

"They will have a little venom going in their veins…so I think it will be a great contest." - BSU head coach Dan Hawkins


Lighting up the scoreboard...
Last year the teams combined for 961yards (BSU 492, OSU 469), two years ago it was 943 (OSU 562, BSU 381). OSU has outscored BSU 24-0 in the first quarter of the last two games, while BSU has outscored OSU 37-6 in the second


Boise State connections...
BSU senior receiver Cole Clasen is a former receiver at Oregon State. Clasen lettered 2001-2003 after entering the program as a walkon. He not only started at receiver for part of his career, but also was a standout special
teams performer. He is listed as a starter by BSU this week.

Assistant head coach Chris Strausser was a graduate assistant offensive coach at OSU in 1990 and ‘91. Special teams/running backs coach Kent Riddle was a reserve quarterback at OSU from 1987-90.


Side by side...

Rushing Offense          169          77
Passing Offense          123         402
Total Offense            292         479
Scoring Offense           13          41
Rushing Defense          180         126
Passing Defense          394         174
Total Defense            574         300
Scoring Defense           48          14


Additional notes:

  • For the second straight week Oregon State will set an attendance record as Reser is sold out and will be at its full capacity at 43,300.
  • The Beavers have a 19-game non-conference home winning streak.
  • WR Mike Hass has averaged 7.8 receptions and 128.6 yards in the last five games.  He has five straight games with 100 or more yards receiving.
  • LB Trent Bray had a Pac-10 high 19 tackles at Boise State last year.  Bray has been the team leader in tackles the last 11 of 17 games and has reached double digits in eight of the last 12 contests.
  • The Beavers are just one of three teams to have defeated Boise State in the Broncos' last 38 games.
  • Boise State has never defeated a BCS school on the road.
  • This is the first time since 1977 that Boise State has opened with back to back road games.
  • The Broncos have not lost two games in a row since 2001 and are 1-9 versus Pac-10 teams and 0-6 on the road versus the conference.
  • Boise State boasts just nine seniors on their roster.
  • Last weekend Boise State...
    • was held to under 20 points for just the fourth time in the 2000's
    • was shut out in the first half for the first time since the 2002 season
    • committed six turnovers in the first half, the most since they moved to Division I ball


The last time Oregon State...

  • Beat a ranked team -- vs. No. 24 Arizona State (9/27/03)
  • Returned a punt for a TD -- Cole Clasen 42 yards vs. Arizona State (9/27/03) -- Clasen fumbled into the end zone; recovered by Keller Christensen for the score.
  • Returned a kickoff for a TD -- Steven Jackson, 89 yards vs. Northern Arizona (11/17/01)
  • Returned a fumble for a TD -- Noah Happe, 19 yards vs. UCLA (10/5/02)
  • Returned an interception for a TD -- Brandon Browner, 31 yards at USC (12/6/03)
  • Recovered a blocked punt for TD -- Kenny Farley vs. Arizona (10/13/01) -- blocked by Cole Clasen
  • Blocked a punt -- Derrick Doggett vs. Notre Dame (12/28/04)
  • Recovered a blocked FG for TD -- Dennis Weathersby, 83 yards vs. UCLA (10/5/02) -- blocked by Nick Barnett.
  • Blocked a Field Goal -- Mitch Meeuwsen vs. USC (11/6/04)
  • Blocked a PAT -- Terrence Carroll at Stanford (10/10/98)
  • Recorded a safety -- vs. Stanford (11/15/03)
  • Scored a 2-point conversion -- Shawn Kintner pass from Derek Anderson at Stanford (11/16/02)
  • Scored a 2-point defensive TD -- Keith Heyward-Johnson at Washington (10/7/00)
  • Shut out an opponent -- at Oregon (11/19/83) -- scoreless tie\
  • Shut out an opponent at home -- vs. Washington State (11/8/75), 7-0
  • Shut out an opponent on the road -- at Oregon (11/19/83) -- scoreless tie
  • Was shut out -- at USC (9/28/02), 22-0
  • Was shut out at home -- vs. USC (11/15/97), 23-0
  • Lineman scored a TD -- Starling Latu, OG vs. USC (11/8/94)
  • Individual scored 4 touchdowns -- Steven Jackson vs. New Mexico (12/24/03)
  • Had a player rush for 100-plus yards -- Ryan Cole vs. Washington State (10/23/04), 104 yards
  • Had a player rush for 200-plus yards -- Steven Jackson at California (11/4/03), 227 yards
  • Had a player with 200-plus receiving yards -- Mike Hass at Boise State (9/10/04), 293 yards (Pac-10 record)
  • Had a player pass for 400-plus yards -- Derek Anderson at Boise State (9/10/04), 411 yards and contributed to this report.

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