Oregon State at Boise State notebook

The series history between the Beavers and Broncos...record setting receivers...very special, special teams...OSU vs. the WAC...BSU vs. the Pac-10.

Head coach: Chris Peterson (1st season)
(Career: 1-0 | At BSU: 1-0)
Current ranking: Not ranked
Current record: 1-0
Streak: Current one game winning streak


Last time Oregon State and Boise State met...
Sept. 10, 2005 in Corvallis - Oregon State 30, Boise State 27
In misty weather Oregon State took their first lead of the game with 1:03 left on a 29-yard field goal by Alexis Serna. QB Matt Moore completed 27 of 38 passes for 279 yards and one touchdown as WR Mike Hass recorded his sixth straight 100-yard receiving game grabbing 11 passes for 178 yards and one touchdown. Yvenson Bernard carried the ball 13 times for 92 yards and two touchdowns. DE Jeff Van Orsow turned in his best performance of the year recording seven tackles, including two for loss while helping keep Bronco QB Jared Zabransky in check ... What they're saying...


Last time Oregon State played in Boise...
Sept. 10, 2004 in Corvallis - Boise State, Oregon State
Oregon State and Boise State met early in the season at Boise and the high-powered Broncos posted a 53-34 victory. It was the first victory ever against a Pac-10 team for Boise State. Oregon State got out to an early 14-0 lead, but Boise scored the next 34 points and rolled to the win. The Broncos were led by QB Jared Zabransky, who passed for three TDs and ran for another, and LB Korey Hall, who picked off three interceptions, returning one of them for a score. For OSU, QB Derek Anderson became the Beavers' career leader in touchdown passes as he threw for 411 yards and four TDs, but he also had four interceptions. Beaver WR Mike Hass had 12 receptions for a Pac-10-record 293 yards and three TDs. OSU LB Trent Bray was credited with 19 tackles ... What they're saying...


Last time Boise State played...
Sept. 31, 2006 in Boise - Boise State 45, Sacramento State 0
The Chris Petersen era got underway at Boise State with a dominating 45-0 win over Sacramento State at Bronco Stadium on Saturday night.

The Broncos dominated every facet of the game. Boise State’s offense scored on four of its first five possessions en route to 427 total offensive yards, while the Bronco defense limited the Hornets to just 82 total yards in the game—the seventh fewest in school history ... more from BroncoSports.com.


Last time Oregon State played...
Aug. 31, 2006 in Corvallis - Oregon State 56, Eastern Washington 17
The Oregon State Beavers did almost everything right against Division I-AA Eastern Washington racking up 483 total yards while limiting the Eagles to just 126 total yards in a 56-17 victory. The defense forced EWU into three first half turnovers giving the offense a short field resulting in 28 points in just over 15 minutes of play. The Orange and Black "D" also held the Eagles to just 1 of 13 third down conversions while getting to the quarterback five times. QB Matt Moore completed an efficient 7 of 14 for 88 yards and two touchdowns while TE Joe Newton had a team high five catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns. RB Yvenson Bernard rushed 19 times for 124 yards and two scores. Moore and Bernard sat out the second half as the second and third strings took over ... What they're saying...


Series history (OSU leds 4-1, 1-1 in Boise).
This week’s game wraps up a four-game series between Boise State and Oregon State with the home team winning the first three games of the series. Oregon State claimed home wins in 2003 (26-24) and 2005 (30- 27) while Boise State won in 2004 (53-34). Boise State also has a pair of losses to the Beavers as a 1-AA school in 1986 (24-3 in Corvallis) and in 1989 (37-30).


Oregon State vs. the WAC | Boise State vs. the Pac-10.
Oregon State is 58-21 (.734) against WAC teams. The Beavers record against the WAC schools follows: Boise State 4-1, Fresno State 5-8, Hawaii 3-3, Idaho 35-7, Nevada 3-0, New Mexico State 2-0, Utah State 3-0 and San Jose State 2-2.

Boise State will look to win its second game against a Pac-10 team on Thursday night. The Broncos lone win in 11 previous match ups came during the 2004 season when they beat Oregon State 50-27. Of the 10 losses, four have been by a touchdown or less. In addition to their 1-4 record against the Beavers, Boise State is 0-4 against Washington State, 0-1 against Arizona State and 0-1 against UCLA.


Record setting Beaver receivers.
Oregon State has had a receiver post some impressive numbers in the three most recent meetings with Boise State. In 2003, James Newson accounted for 208 yards on nine receptions, then the third-highest mark in school history for yards. In 2004, Mike Hass set a Pac-10 record (still exists) with 293 yards and three touchdowns. Last season Hass had 178 yards on 11 receptions and one touchdown.


Through the air!
Oregon State is one of only three programs over the last three years to finish in the top 10 in the nation for passing yards per game, joining
Texas Tech and Hawaii. Over those three seasons the Beavers averaged 312 yards per game through the air and completed 828 of 1,525 (.543) attempts. Oregon State and Hawaii are also the only two programs over the three-year span with a receiver to finish in the top 10 nationally for yards per game.


On the ground.
Over the last nine games, Oregon State has averaged 150.6 yards per game on the ground. Not surprisingly, tailback Yvenson Bernard has rushed for 1,231 yards during that span. On the other side of the ball, Beaver opponents have found the yards tough to come by on the ground of late. Over the last five games opponents have averaged 52.4 yards.


Very special teams and non-offensive touchdowns.
Boise State has blocked 26 kicks in the last seven years, 16 of them have led to BSU points.
The Broncos have blocked 18 punts, six field goals and two extra points since 1999 with 12 blocked punts, three blocked field goals and one blocked extra point leading to Boise State points. BSU has never blocked a kick against OSU.

The Broncos defense and special teams have scored 31 touchdowns during that time, including 15 over the last two seasons. In 2005 Boise State scored eight non-offensive touchdowns.


Additional notes.

  • The Broncos are 16-4 all time on ESPN or ESPN2.

  • Oregon State is 25-5 when leading after three quarters under head coach Mike Riley, including 11-1 in the combined 2004, ‘05 and ‘06 seasons.

  • In the last three BSU/OSU games the Beavers have averaged 464 yards in total offense and 30 points while the Broncos have averaged 418 yards and 35 points.

  • The Beavers enter the game looking to snap a four-game non-conference regular season road losing streak that dates back to a 35-3 victory at Temple Sept. 5, 2002.

  • Since the beginning of 1999, Boise State has won 46 of its last 48 games at home. BSU's only two losses in that time span were against Washington State in 2001 and Boston College in 2005.

  • The Broncos have won two of its last six games against BCS conference schools. Since 2002, Boise State has wins over Iowa State and Oregon State in Bronco Stadium. In games against BCS teams at Bronco Stadium, the Broncos sport a 2-5 record (2-3 as a Division 1-A team.)

  • Boise State won its fourth straight WAC conference title last season.

  • Boise State players on Watch Lists:
    • Andrew Browning - Outland Trophy Linemen
    • Ryan Clady - Outland Trophy Linemen
    • Korey Hall - Bronco Nagurski Trophy Best Defensive Player, Butkus Award Linebacker, Lott Trophy Defensive Impact Player of the Year and Rotary Lombardi Award Off/Def Lineman
    • Derek Schouman - John Mackey Award Tight End
    • Jared Zabransky Maxwell Award Player of the Year and Davey O’Brien Award Quarterback


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