Oregon State at Washington notebook

Pre-game news and notes before Oregon State travels to Seattle to face the Washington Huskies.

Head coach: Tyrone Willingham (First year)
(Career: 1-7 | At UW: 1-7 | Vs. OSU: 3-3)
Current ranking: N/A
Current record: 1-7 (0-5)
Streak: Five game losing streak, two game losing streak at home


Last time Washington and Oregon State met...
Oct. 16, 2004 in Seattle - Oregon State 29, Washington 14
Oregon State and Washington met at Seattle and the Beavers claimed their first win in Husky Stadium since 1985 by scoring the last 20 points of the game to take a 29-14 victory. Kicking and defense had a lot to do with it as PK Alexis Serna connected on an OSU-record five field goals, including one from 55 yards, and the Beaver defense forced seven turnovers (four fumbles, three INTs).

UW's two scores came on TD passes from QB Isaiah Stanback Stanback. The Husky linebacking trio of Joe Lobendahn Lobendahn, Evan Benjamin and Scott White accounted for 34 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss....more from BeaverFootball.com.


Last time Washington played...
Oct., 29, 2005 - Arizona State 44, Washington 20
Redshirt freshman Rudy Carpenter threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start Saturday and Arizona State ended a three-game skid with a 44-20 victory over Washington...more from GoHuskies.com.


Series history (Washington leads 57-28-4, 32-16-2 in Seattle, 25-14-0 in Husky Stadium)...
The 89-game series dates back to 1897 and is the second longest active series in Washington football in terms of years. The Huskies have won the last 15 of 17 and the last 25 of 28 since 1975. Last year OSU picked up its first win in Husky Stadium for the first time since 1985. The last four meetings have been split.

This is the first time since 1940 that the Beavers will face the Huskies on the road in back to back seasons. OSU is currently scheduled to return to Husky Stadium in 2006. Since 1990 UW is 47-16-1 at home versus Pac-10 opponents.


UW/OSU connections.
Oregon State cornerback's coach Nigel Burton graduated from UW in 1999 and was responsible for batting down the two point conversion attempt by OSU in 1998. Husky offensive coordinator Tim Lappano and Husky wide receivers coach Eric Yarber all worked under Dennis Erickson at Oregon State.

OSU defensive coordinator Mark Banker and Huskies running backs coach Trent Miles served on the same coaching staff at Hawaii in 1995. Oregon State’s
current roster includes only four players that graduated from Washington high schools:


The good news is the orange and black offensive line has yielded just four sacks in the last three games. The bad news is the Huskies are coming off a seven sack performance against Arizona State.


A little bit of history.
On Oct. 19, 1985 Oregon State pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the PAC-10 Conference when it defeated Washington 21-20 at Husky Stadium. OSU entered that game having lost 10 straight to UW (it would then lose the next 13). The Beavers won the game in the fourth quarter when Andre Todd blocked a Thane Cleland punt and Lavance Northington recovered the ball in the end zone. Oregon State was a 38-point underdog, marking the biggest upset in NCAA history at the time.


Good news for the offense.
Oregon State is getting better at scoring in the redzone as they have converted the last 8 of 10 opportunities. The Huskies have allowed their opponents to score on 32 of 34 trips. Hopefully turnovers won't hurt the Beavers this time around.


Nice Hass.
WR Mike Hass is the first receiver in PAC-10 history to have three 1,000-plus yard seasons. The senior has 3,629 career yards in three seasons on offense, second all-time in the conference. He enters the week first in the NCAA for yards per game at 154.6 and second for receptions per game at 8.6. He currently ranks 17th all-time in NCAA history for receiving yards. 157 of 199 (.789) catches of his catches have been for first downs.


Tackling machines.
LB Joe Lobendahn, OLB Evan Benjamin and SS C.J. Wallace make the Huskies the only team in the league to have three players in the top 10 in tackles. Oregon State has two with LB Trent Bray leading the way and LB Keith Ellison at number three.


The ground game.
Running back Yvenson Bernard has rushed for better than 100 yards in three straight games and with 990 yards stands second in the PAC-10 and ninth in the nation in rushing with an average of 123.8 yards per game. A total of 776 of Bernard's yards have come in the last five games, an average of 155.2 per contest

Bernard is on pace to gain 1,361 yards which would be the fifth-highest total in school history.


Additional notes.

  • Riley is 1-3 in his four meetings against Washington (45-17 loss in 1997, 35-34 loss in 1998; 38-17 loss in 2003; 29-17 win in 2004).

  • Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham posted a 3-3 record against the Beavers while at Stanford, including a 1-1 mark head-to-head vs. Mike Riley.

  • The Huskies have scored first in seven of eight contests this year.

  • Washington’s roster doesn’t include a single player from the state of Oregon.

  • The Huskies have lost to all three Northwest PAC-10 schools in the same season only four times (1948, 1968, 1973, 2004).

  • The Beavers have not lost three in a row since 2002.

  • Oregon State has only been held under 400 yards twice this season.

  • Under Riley OSU is 23-5 when leading after three quarters. OSU has trailed at halftime in the last six games.

  • Oregon State has allowed 51 (includes punt/kickoff returns) plays of 25-plus yards or more.

  • Oregon State and Washington are tied for ninth in the PAC-10 (107th in the nation) for scoring defense allowing 34.9 points per game. The Huskies are ninth in the league for pass defense surrendering 297.4 yards (111th) and OSU is 10th at 322.9 (116th).

  • OSU has more touchdowns via the ground (16) than through the air (11). If that trend holds true for the season it would be the first time for an OSU team since 2000.

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