Oregon State at Louisville Notebook

News and notes on the Cardinals and Beavers before their matchup on Sept. 17 in Louisville.

Louisville connections.
Louisville offensive line coach Mike Summers was OSU's offensive coordinator/assistant head coach from 1991-95 under Jerry Pettibone.  During his tenure with the Beavers, Summers' offensive unit led the Pacific-10 Conference in rushing four times and he was named the league's Top Offensive Backfield Coach in 1993.

 

On the road against ranked competition.
Oregon State has lost its last six games on the road against nationally ranked teams.  The last time the Beavers defeated a ranked opponent on the road was in 2000 when OSU defeated No. 23 UCLA.

  • Sept. 25, ‘04 at No. 22 Arizona State -- Loss 27-14
  • Sept. 4, ‘04 at No. 3 LSU -- Loss 22-21 OT
  • Dec. 6, ‘03 at No. 2 USC -- Loss 52-28
  • Oct. 25, ‘03 at No. 6 Washington State -- Loss 36-30
  • Sept. 28, ‘02 at No. 18 USC -- Loss 22-0
  • Dec. 1, ‘01 at No. 4 Oregon -- Loss 17-14

 

Against the Big East.
Louisville and Oregon State have never faced each other and this is the first of two meetings between the teams as the Cardinals will play in Corvallis in 2010.  The Beavers are 5-6 versus Big East competition - 2-0 versus West Virginia, 3-5 versus Syracuse and 0-1 versus Pittsburgh.

 

Against the Pac-10.
Louisville is 2-1 all-time against teams from the Pac-10 Conference.  The last time Louisville played a Pac-10 team team was in 1994 against Arizona State.

 

Beaver dam.
Oregon State has outscored its opponents 17-0 in the fourth quarter while yielding just 41 total yards in two games in the last quarter.  The Beavers have also converted all three of their opponent's turnovers into points.

 

Papa Johns Stadium.
Louisville is 5-2 all-time in home openers in Papa Johns Stadium and have won there last three.  The Cardinals are 10-1 at home under Bobby Petrino.  UL is riding a, eight game winning streak and have won six straight at home.  Louisville's last loss at home was in 2003 against Memphis.

In 2004 at home Louisville averaged 50.6 points, 273.0 yards passing and 516.6 yards of total offense per game. Defensively, the Cardinals allowed just 49 points in five contests and are limited opponents to 234.0 yards of total offense.

 

Through the air.
Oregon State has converted 35 of their 45 first downs with a pass.  Wide receiver Mike Hass has strung together six consecutive games of catching at least over 100 yards.  In the last six games Hass has averaged  8.3 receptions and 156.7 yards.  His 2,725 career receiving yards is second among active players in the NCAA with Arizona State's Derek Haggen leading the way with 2,877.

 

Matchups to watch.
The Louisville secondary vs. the Oregon State passing attack
Kentucky moved the ball well through the air against the Cardinal secondary compiling 335 yards.  The Wildcats relied on the big play as they wracked up 220 yards on just six plays.

The Beavers have put up 71 points in two games and UL gave up 17 points in the second half against Kentucky.  OSU quarterback Matt Moore has completed 53 of 76 passes with five touchdowns and one interception while averaging 323 yards per game.  Receiver Mike Hass leads the Pac-10 in receptions (20) and yards (333).  The Oregon State passing attack could have another big day.

 

DL Elvis Dumervil vs. the Oregon State offensive line
Small but a handful in the Inoke Brecterfield mold, Dumervil is an offensive line's worst nightmare.  The offensive line will need to keep Dumervil out of the backfield so Moore can find the open receiver.

 

RB Michael Bush vs. the Oregon State linebackers
Bush is an all everything back who is a threat running and catching.  Good thing OSU has two of the better linebackers in the conference in Trent Bray and Keith Ellison who will have their hands full wrapping up Bush.  Derrick Doggett will also need to step up to plug the run.

 

The Louisville passing attack vs. the Oregon State secondary
Quarterback Brain Brohm had a sparking first half debut against Kentucky completing 10 of 11 passes while rushing for two touchdowns and leading his team to four scoring drives in the first half.

But Brohm and the offense struggled moving the ball in the second half  against Kentucky and with Oregon State's young secondary the team has been working on throwing downfield more.

 

Side by side.

NCAA STATS         LOUISVILLE   OREGON ST.
Rushing Offense         209.0        80.0   
Passing Offense         179.0       340.5 
Total Offense           388.0       420.5       
Scoring Offense          31.0        35.5   
Rushing Defense          24.0        20.5 
Passing Defense         278.0       203.5
Total Defense           325.0       341.0  
Scoring Defense          24.0        20.5

 

Additional notes.

  • The Beavers' opponents have not scored following OSU's three turnovers this year.

     
  • Linebacker Trent Bray has three consecutive games of double digit tackles and has grabbed double digit tackles in eight of the last 12.  He needs just 35 more tackles to move into OSU's career top 10.

     
  • Oregon State is riding a five game winning streak while Louisville is enjoying an eight game winning streak.

     
  • UL was 5-0 in Papa Johns Stadium in 2004.

     
  • Oregon State has yielded six sacks this year in two games.  UL defensive end Elvis Dumervil had six sacks by himself against Kentucky.

     
  • UL head coach Bobby Petrino has not last in September while at Louisville.  He also holds an 8-2 non-conference record and is 3-0 at home in non-conference tilts.
     

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