Arizona at Oregon State notebook

Pre game news and notes before Arizona visits Oregon State on Oct. 29.

Head coach: Mike Stoops (Second year)
(Career: 3-8 | At UA: 3-8 | Vs. OSU: 0-1)
Current ranking: N/A
Current record: 1-6 (0-4)
Streak: Five game losing streak

 

Last time Arizona and Oregon State met...
Oct. 20, 2004 - Oregon State 28, Arizona 14
Oregon State and Arizona met at Tucson and turnovers spelled the difference in a 28-14 Beaver win. The team stats were nearly identical, but Arizona was hurt by
four turnovers, including two fumbles that set up OSU touchdowns. Quarterback Derek Anderson became the Beavers' career leader in passing and total offense in the game...What they're saying... | BF.com Notebook

 

Last time Arizona played in Corvallis...
Nov. 2, 2003 - Oregon State 52, Arizona 23
Arizona, the perfect antidote for an opponent on a slide, didn't disappoint Oregon State Saturday at Reser Stadium.

OSU erased a two-game losing streak with a 52-23 victory over the Wildcats that couldn't have been more decisive.

Derek Anderson threw for four touchdowns and Steven Jackson scored four more as the Beavers (6-3 overall, 3-2 in Pac-10 play) steam-rolled the out-manned visitors from Tucson (1-8, 0-5)...What they're saying...

 

Last time Arizona played...
Oct., 23, 2005 - Oregon 28, Arizona 21
Oregon lost its top two quarterbacks to injury, but hung on to hold off a determined Arizona team and beat the Cats, 28-21, before a crowd of 48,052 in Arizona Stadium.

Linebacker Brent Haberly returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and the No. 15 Ducks made the final big play...more from ArizonaAthletics.com.

 

Series history (Arizona leads 19-8-1, Arizona leads 7-5-1 in Corvallis)...
The 28 game series dates back to 1966 with Oregon State winning the last six. Arizona has not won in Corvallis since 1998 (28-7) with four consecutive losses in Reser Stadium. The Wildcats have visited the Mid Valley four of the last five seasons.

 

Young quarterback.
The Beaver defense has a history of picking on the Arizona quarterbacks and this year could be another butt kicking as Willie Tuitama will be making his first career start. Tuitama entered the game against Oregon in the first quarter becoming the sixth true freshman quarterback in the last 30 years to lead the Wildcat attack. Against Oregon he completed 18 of 32 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns while completing passes to eight different players.

 

Stepping up.
The Arizona defense gave up just 143 yards in the last 45 minutes of play against the Ducks last weekend after yielding 164 in the first quarter. Oregon entered the game ranked 13th in the nation in total offense. UA also limited Oregon to six first downs in the last three quarters.

A large part of Arizona's success had to do with shutting down the run. In the last two games the defense has held Stanford to 58 yards and Oregon to 67 yards on the ground. In those two contests UA has given up just eight first downs via the run. In total, the Arizona defense has allowed just 502 yards the last two games and the Cats rank fourth in the Pac-10 in both total defense (379.4) and scoring defense (26.9). In those two games, opponents converted just 6-of-28 third down attempts

 

Ground game rolling.
The Beavers ground game has come to life. OSU averaged just 71 rushing yards a game last season and had upped that figure to only 92 yards per game
through five games in 2005. But the last two weeks, the Beavs have rushed for 362 yards, with 181 against both Cal and UCLA. TB Yvenson Bernard has rushed for 361 of those 362 yards and has moved up to third in the league in rushing at 114.0 yards per game

 

Home field advantage.
Since 1999, OSU owns the best home field record with a 19-7 mark. The Men in Black also excel at home in November as they are 10-1 and 14-5 overall.

 

Turnovers.
Both teams this week would like to reverse the turnover margin category. OSU is ninth at -1.00 and Arizona is 10th at -1.57. The Beavers have the most lost fumbles in the league with 10, while OSU and Arizona share with the most interceptions with 12.

 

Third down.
OSU converted just 2 of 13 third down coversions against UCLA. Unfortunatley, the Beavers face the toughest defensive unit in the conference when it comes to third down conversions -- Arizona’s defense is allowing a league low .330 conversion rate and not surprisingly the fewest overall firstdowns in the conference (128).

 

Owned.
Arizona hasn't faired well in its last four trips to Corvallis, all ending in losses. The Wildcats have lost by a combined 107 points and have not won since 1998 with the average score being 36-12. The six game winning streak over Arizona is the longest streak vs. a Pac-10 program since it won eight straightagainst Oregon from 1964-71.

 

Additional notes.

  • The OSU defense gives up an average of 451.4 yards per game and are surrendering 35.7 points per contest. They rank 109th in total and scoring defense.

  • The Beaver passing attack ranks ninth in the nation (323.0 ypg) while Matt Moore is 22nd in the NCAA in total offense (276.6 ypg).

  • RB Yvenson Bernard is the nation's No. 12 leading rusher averaging 114 yards per game. He has scored 10 touchdowns and is on pace to rush for 1,254 yards which would be the sixth highest in school history.

  • WR Mike Hass pulled in seven receptions for 199 yards (28.4 yard average) and two TDs at UCLA. He has moved into fifth place on the Pac -10 career receiving yards list with 3,439. Hass currently leads the nation with 149.6 receiving yards per game.

  • MLB Trent Bray is the only player in the Pac-10 averaging double figures in tackles. He leads the Conference with 10.4 stops per game

  • Arizona has not won yet his month losing to Cal, USC, Stanford, and Oregon.

  • UA is averaging 19.6 points per game. The Pac-10 mean is 34.

  • UA leads the league in pass defense, allowing just 199.1 yards per game, the only conference team under 200.

  • Arizona's skill players have fumbled 11 times and lost nine of them. The Wildcats have forced its opposition to turn over the ball just 10 times (five
    fumbles recovered, five interceptions) and have successfully converted just one of those giveaways into points (TD off an interception at USC).

  • Arizona WR Mike Thomas tied his season high with eight catches. The true frosh has at least three receptions in all seven games this season.

  • Arizona P Danny Baugher leads the nation in punting with a 47.5-yard average per boot.

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