“We think it’s great that we’re adding this game against Hawaii,” OSU Coach Mike Riley said. “It’ll be a real treat to bring all of our Hawaiian players home for a game.
"It’s an important recruiting area for us, so it’s great to go and play a game there and let everyone in Hawaii see our football team in person.”
The Beavers currently have four players on their roster from Hawaii and recently added six more athletes from the 50th state with the '06 recruiting class.
This is the first time in school history that OSU has played a 13-game regular season. NCAA rules allows teams that travel to Hawaii an extra game. The only other 13-game seasons have been in 2002 and 2003 which included bowl games.
"We are very pleased to come to closure with Oregon State on a game in Honolulu," UH athletic director Herman Frazier said. "We have a wonderful relationship with the Pac-10 Conference and its member institutions and we hope this leads to additional scheduling opportunities in the future."
The series between the Beavers and Warriors stands 3-3 with Hawaii coming out on top in the last two meetings, 23-17 in the 1999 Oahu Bowl and 23-21 in 1989. Two of the Beavers' three victories happened in the 1940's, both in postseason play in the 1949 and 1940 Pineapple Bowls. The last time OSU defeated Hawaii was in 1976 when Craig Fertig's team demolished the Warriors 59-0 in the final game of the season.
UH has never played in Corvallis but is set to visit Reser Stadium for the first time in 2007 or 2008.
The opening game of the season against Eastern Washington and the first road game of the season against Boise State have not been set yet. If the Boise State game is picked up by ESPN, both games will be moved to Thursday. If not, the games will be on Saturday.
Aug. 31 or Sept. 2 Eastern Washington
Sept. 7 or 9 at Boise State
Sept. 16 bye
Sept. 23 Idaho (Hall of Fame Weekend)
Sept. 30 California
Oct. 7 Washington State
Oct. 14 at Washington
Oct. 21 at Arizona
Oct. 28 USC (Dad’s Weekend)
Nov. 4 Arizona State (Homecoming)
Nov. 11 at UCLA
Nov. 18 at Stanford
Nov. 25 Oregon
Dec. 2 at Hawaii