Oregon State at Oregon notebook

News and notes on Oregon and Oregon State before the 109th Civil War.

Head coach: Mike Bellotti (11th season)
(Career: 110-66-2 | At UO: 89-41)
Current ranking: No. 10 in all polls
Current record: 9-1 (6-1)
Streak: Six game winning streak


Last time Oregon and Oregon State met...
Nov. 20, 2004 in Corvallis - Oregon State 50, Oregon 21
Oregon State scored a Civil War record 50 points, on 10 of 13 possessions, to send the Ducks home for the postseason. OSU quarterback Derek Anderson threw for 351 yards and four touchdowns, including two to receiver Mike Hass. Oregon was led by running back Terrence Whitehead with 110 yards on the ground...more from BeaverFootball.com.


Last time Oregon State played in Eugene...
Nov. 22, 2003 - Oregon 34, Oregon State 20
Oregon quarterback Kellen Clemens threw for three touchdowns, but did most of the damage with his feet as Oregon State was hurt by costly penalties throughout the game. Special teams also played a key role as the Beavers muffed a field goal, fumbled a punt return and allowed a big punt return by Oregon...more from BeaverFootball.com.


Last time Oregon played...
Nov. 13, 2005 - Oregon 34, Washington State 31
Paul Martinez made a 19-yard field goal with a second left to give No. 11 Oregon a 34-31 victory over Washington State on Saturday night.

The Ducks (9-1, 6-1 Pac-10) scored three straight touchdowns in the third quarter to come back from an 11-point deficit, before Washington State (3-7, 0-7) came back to tie it late in the fourth...more from GoDucks.com.

Series history (Oregon leads 54-44-10, Oregon leads 25-23-4 in Eugene)...
Oregon leads the 109 game series 55-44-10 that dates back to 1894. The Ducks have won the last five in Autzen. Oregon State's last victory in Eugene was in 1993 when Jerry Pettibone's squad won 15-13. The last victory by a road team was in 1996 when the Ducks beat the Beavers 49-13 in Reser.


What's at stake.
If the Ducks win they go to a bigger and better bowl game while knocking the Beavers out of postseason play. If the Beavers win they hand the Ducks just their second loss of the season while the Beavers make an appearance in the postseason for the fourth consecutive year.


Oregon connections.
There are numerous connections between both programs, including OSU linebackers coach Robin Ross with two stints as an assistant for the Ducks -- 2001-2004 as special teams coach and 1997-98 as the defensive line and linebackers coach. Beaver special teams coach Bruce Read is the son of former UO head coach Don Read (1974-76). OSU graduate assistant coach Scott Turner is the son of former Oregon (1972-74) quarterback and current Oakland Raiders coach Norv Turner. Beaver offensive lineman Josh Linehan is the older brother of Duck defensive lineman Cole Linehan. Several Oregon coaches have ties to OSU -- Neal Zoumboukos (OSU Off. line coach 1979), Nick Aliotti (OSU RBs coach 1980-83), Dan Ferrigno (OSU RBs, Sec, LBs, Special teams 1987-95), Michael Gray (Def. Line 1997-2002) and John Neal (Sec, 1987-89).


Gunderson to start.
Beaver sophomore quarterback Ryan Gunderson will make his first collegiate start Saturday. Gunderson has played in eight career games and has passed for 441 yards and one touchdown. He has completed 39 of 75 pass attempts with zero interceptions. Gunderson will be only the fourth quarterback to start for the Beavers in the last 87 games. He also will be the first Beaver quarterback to start his first game of the season in the Civil War since Rahim Muhammad in 1995.


Redzone woes for both.
Oregon and Oregon State rank at the bottom of the PAC-10 for red zone scoring percentage at 75 percent. The Beavers have scored 18 touchdowns when
penetrating the opponents’ 20-yard line, but have gone eight consecutive trips without crossing the goal line. OSU led the league last season for red zone scoring at 85.7 percent.


Mike Hass leads the nation in receiving yards per game at 142.5 yards per contest. He has moved into second place on the PAC-10 career receiving yards chart with 3,817, just 230 yards behind record-holder Troy Walters of Stanford (4,047). With 1,425 receiving yards this season, Hass is just 95 yards short of the PAC-10 single-season record of 1,520 by Johnnie Morton of USC (1993).


PAC-10 bowl arrangements.
Four PAC-10 teams have reached the important six-win minimum for post-season eligibility. Here’s a breakdown of the 2005-06 PAC-10 Bowl Arrangements:

Bowl        PAC-10 Team    Opponent         Date TV
---- ----------- -------- ------- *Fiesta Champion BCS Mon., Jan. 2 ABC Holiday PAC-10 #2 Big 12 #3 Thu., Dec. 29 ESPN Sun PAC-10 #3 Big Ten #5 Fri., Dec. 30 CBS Insight PAC-10 #4 Big East #3 Tue., Dec. 27 ESPN Las Vegas PAC-10 #5 Moutain West #2 Thu., Dec. 22 ESPN Emerald PAC-10 #6 Moutain West #3 Thu., Dec. 29 ESPN2

*If PAC-10 champion not #1 or #2 in final BCS rankings. If the champ becomes eligible to play in the
National Championship game (Rose Bowl), a 2nd PAC-10 team may play in a 2nd BCS game.


Additional notes.

  • Oregon State has played four ranked teams on the road this year.

  • The Beavers have given up 136 total yards on the ground in the last three games.

  • Mike Riley is 10-1 when his team is leading after three quarters.

  • The Beavers gave up just one play over 25-yards against the Cardinal.

  • Oregon has a co-conference high 18 interceptions and have picked off five in the last two games.

  • PK Alexis Serna is the only PAC-10 kicker among the 20 semifinalists named for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award.

  • If Oregon secures 10 wins it would be just the third time in school history that Oregon won 10 games in a season.

  • The Ducks have been to eight bowl games in the last 10 seasons under head coach Mike Bellotti, missing bowls in only 1996 and 2004.

  • In November Oregon is 14-2 in Autzen under Belloti.

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