Arizona State at Oregon State notebook

Series history...ASU connections...Stroughter is the record streaks...OSU baseball team to be honored...two good defenses...and more inside.

Head coach:  Dirk Koettter (Sixth season)
(Career: 64-41 | At ASU: 38-31)
Current ranking: NR
Current record: 5-3, 2-3 in the Pac-10
Streak: Two game winning streak
Head coach: Mike Riley (Sixth season)
(Career: 33-33 | At OSU: 33-33)
Current ranking: NR
Current record: 5-3, 3-2 in the Pac-10
Streak: Three game winning streak


Last time Oregon State and Arizona State met...
Sept. 24, 2005 in Corvallis - Arizona State 42, Oregon State 24
Arizona State and Oregon State opened Pac-10 play at Corvallis with the 18th-ranked Sun Devils outgunning the Beavers 42-24 in an offensive shootout. The teams combined for an even 1,000 yards total offense, with much of it coming through the air. ASU passed for 380 yards and four TDs on the way to 475 yards total offense. OSU topped that with 525 yards, including 381 passing, but a turnover differential of 6-0 swung things the Sun Devils way ... more from | Post-game notebook


Last time Arizona State played...
Oct. 28, 2006 - Arizona State 26, Washington 23
It wasn't pretty but Arizona State squeaked out an overtime 26-23 win in their first trip to Husky Stadium since 1999.

After leading 20-6 at the beginning of the 4th quarter, Sun Devil miscues allowed the Washington Huskies to get back into the game by scoring 14 unanswered points to force an extra period. After a 47 yard field goal by Husky placekicker Michael Braunstein, quarterback Rudy Carpenter found tight end Brent Miller for a 25-yard game winning touchdown in the corner of the endzone. Minutes later, the Sun Devil players and coaches jubilantly celebrated the 26-23 win with the visiting ASU fans in the corner of the stadium ... more from


Last time Oregon State played...
Oct. 28, 2006 - Oregon State 33, USC 31
Oregon State (5-3, 3-2 Pac-10) pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year as they forced four turnovers and held on to defeat the No. 3 USC Trojans 33-31 in Reser Stadium.

The Beavers held a 23-point lead in the third quarter before QB John David Booty and company staged a furious comeback. After scoring a touchdown with seven seconds to play the Trojans needed a two-point conversion to tie the game. Booty dropped back and let a pass loose towards the corner of the end zone, but DE Jeff Van Orsow got his hands in the air knocking the pass into the turf and sending Beaver Nation into a frenzy ... more from | Post-game notebook


Series history (ASU leads 23-8-1, 6-5-1 in Oregon, 5-3-1 in Corvallis).
The Sun Devils and Beavers have met 32 times since 1961 with ASU holding a 23-8-1 advantage.  This is just the third time since 1997 that the Sun Devils have traveled to the Mid Valley.  OSU has actually only won seven games in the series as Arizona State was forced to forfeit a 45-0 win in 1979.  With the forfeit, the Beavers have only defeated ASU twice since 1971 after after winning five of the first six meetings.

ASU currently has a two game winning streak against Oregon State and has won nine of the last.  The Sun Devils have won four of their last six trips to Corvallis.  The last time the OSU won was in 2003 when the Beavers defeated ASU 45-17 in Reser Stadium.  The previous time was in 1993 when Jerry Pettibone's squad won 30-14.  ASU has a 15 game winning streak at home against Oregon State.

Arizona State connections.
ASU safety Jeremy Payton is the brother of Oregon State free safety Bryan Payton.  Starting safety Zach Catanese is the brother of former Beaver Brandon Catanese.  ASU cornerbacks coach Al Simmons coached at OSU from 2001-02.


Continuing to shine.
ide receiver/punt returner Sammie Stroughter earned his second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor after his role in the win over No. 3 USC.  Stroughter is third in the Pac-10 and eighth in the NCAA for receiving yards per game (96.3) and is the team leader for overall receptions (42).

Stroughter's 223 yards receiving vs. Washington is the second-most in the Pac-10 this season and the fourth-highest in OSU history (Pac-10 Player of the Week). He is also second in the nation and first in the conference for punt return yards per attempt at (19.7) and is the only player in the nation with three returns for touchdowns (matches Pac-10 record).

Stourghter already has the school record for punt return yardage in a season with 374.


Win streaks.
Oregon State is riding its first three-game win streak within Pac-10 action since the 2004 season (UW, WSU, UA). The program has not won four straight since the 2003 campaign (NMSU, Boise State, ASU, Cal) and hasn't won four straight within league play since 2000, when it won six consecutive. The Sun Devils are looking for their first three-game conference win streak since 2002 (OSU, UO, UW).


National champs to be honored.
The 2006 Oregon State University national championship baseball team will receive their title rings at halftime of Saturday's game. The team will also be involved in the Homecoming Parade beginning at 9 a.m. at the corner of 1st and Jefferson Streets in downtown Corvallis. The parade route concludes at the Dixon Recreation Center -- NE of Gill Coliseum.


Beaver dam.
Oregon State enters Saturday's game second in the Pac-10 for total quarterback sacks with 28 (six more than last year), accounting for a conference high 211 yards lost.   OSU is fifth in the nation for sacks per game at 3.5.  The defense also has 68 tackles-for-loss (40 non-sacks), accounting for a national best 335 yards in losses, which averages to 8.5 per game, good for second in the NCAA behind Florida International who averages 8.9 TFLs a contest.

Here are some more facts about the Beaver "D:"

  • Eleven Beavers have a sack or more
  • 16 of OSU's 26 sacks have been acquired in the last four games.
  • Five different players have three or more sacks
  • The defense has held its last three opponents under 100 yards rushing
  • The unit ranks second in the NCAA in third-down conversion percentage allowing 25.3-percent
  • Opponents are just 7 of 48 (15%) when facing 3rd and 9-plus yards.
  • The three starting linebackers, Derrick Doggett, Alan Darlin and Joey LaRocque have combined for 85 tackles over the last two games, including 13.5 for losses and 6 sacks


Another fiery defense.
Arizona State has been thriving on defense as well. Here's a look at some of their numbers.

  • Their 24 QB sacks are two more than the Sun Devils recorded all of last year
  • Have allowed their opponents an average of 132.3 yards in total offense in the second half of games
  • Returned three interceptions for touchdowns
  • Has given up an average of only 120.7 passing yards in its last three games while allowing opposing QBs to complete only 40 percent (33-82) of their passes during that span.
  • Have yielded just three touchdowns in its last 10 quarters of play plus one overtime period.
  • Allowing an average of only 8.5 points in the second half of games this season, including a total of only 13 points in the third quarter.


Many weapons.
Arizona State is known for airing out, but has relied on an effective running game this year.  Here's a look at some stats on offense.

  • Have rushed for 396 yards the last two weeks.
  • Ranks second in the conference (behind Oregon) in rushing offense at 172.6 yards per game
  • TB Keegan Herring has rushed a modest 15 times in the last two games but has made the most of it with 128 yards and four touchdowns.
  • QB Rudy Carpenter has completed better than 80% of his passes over the last two games (30-of-37)
  • TB Ryan Torain currently ranks No. 3 in the Pac-10 in rushing, averaging 89.0 yards per game. Torain has scored eight touchdowns for the Sun Devils in 2006 (five rushing and three receiving).


Additional notes.

  • The Sun Devils need one victory to reach bowl eligibility with its sixth win in their 12-game season, while the Beavers
    still need two wins to reach seven in their 13-game schedule

  • The Football Writers Association of America selected Oregon State as its National Team of the Week.

  • Oregon State has had some serious issues with turnovers in the last two meetings with Arizona State. The Beavers have nine in the combined two games, while ASU has zero.

  • Oregon State received nine votes (31st overall) in this week's Associated Press Poll and four votes (36th) in the USA Today Poll. The program hasn't appeared in the top 25 since the week of Oct. 20, 2003 -- the team lost that week at Washington State 36-30.

  • Oregon State has scored (all touchdowns) on its first possession in six of its first eight games. Only Cal and WSU have held the Beavers scoreless on their opening drive.

  • Oregon State and Arizona State have a propensity to score quickly; the Sun Devils have nine scoring drives of two minutes or less, while OSU has eight. ASU also has 10 touchdown drives of fi ve plays or less, while OSU has eight.

  • Oregon State is 5-0 this season when a tailback rushes for 100-plus yards. The Beavers are averaging 160.6 yards per game on the ground in their victories, 59.3 in their losses.

  • This week's game at Oregon State culminates a seven-game stretch in which the Sun Devils have played five times on the road.

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