Oregon State at UCLA notebook

UCLA/OSU series history...the last time the Bruins and Beavers met...Bruin and Beaver defenses on top of their games...Lou Groza kickers and more.

Head coachKarl Dorrell (Fourth season)
(Career: 26-20 | At UCLA: 26-20)
Current ranking: NR
Current record: 4-5, 2-4 in the Pac-10
Streak: Four game losing streak
Head coach: Mike Riley (Sixth season)
(Career: 34-33 | At OSU: 34-33)
Current ranking: NR
Current record: 6-3, 4-2 in the Pac-10
Streak: Four game winning streak


Last time Oregon State and UCLA met...
Oct. 22, 2005 in Pasadena - UCLA 51, Oregon State 28
UCLA and Oregon State met at the Rose Bowl and the No. 8-ranked Bruins extended their record to 7-0 with a 51-28 victory in an offensive shootout. The teams combined for 1,008 yards total offense and 10 TDs withOSU getting 511 yards (181 rushing, 330 passing) and UCLA going for 497 (235 rushing, 262 passing).

Bruin QB Drew Olson passed for a school-record six TDs in completing 16-of-24 for 262 yards. For OSU, QB Matt Moore passed for 279 yards and two TDs and TB Yvenson Bernard ran for 167 yards and two scores ... more from BF.com | Post-game notebook


Last time UCLA played...
Nov. 4, 2006 - No. 10 California 38, UCLA 24
From the two talented cousins to Tha Chosen 1, California's playmakers took turns making life miserable for UCLA.

Marshawn Lynch caught one of Nate Longshore's three touchdown passes and ran for another score as No. 10 Cal won its eighth straight, 38-24 over the Bruins on Saturday night ... more from


Last time Oregon State played...
Nov. 4, 2006 - Oregon State 44, Arizona State 10
Yvenson Bernard rushed for two touchdowns, Matt Moore accounted for two scores and Oregon State beat Arizona State 44-10 Saturday.

The Beavers scored on their first five possessions and showed no signs of any letdown coming off their upset win over Southern California. Moore completed 17 of 31 passes for 282 yards, including a 9-yard TD pass to Anthony Wheat-Brown that put Oregon State up 24-7 with 9:52 left in the first half ... more from BF.com | Post-game notebook


Series history (UCLA leads 37-13-4, 21-6-3 in California, 6-2 in the Rose Bowl).
Oregon State and UCLA have met 54 times dating back to 1930 with the average score being Bruins 28, Beavers 14. The Bruins have won three straight with the Beavers last win (44-38) coming in 2000 in Los Angeles.  The programs did not play in 2003 or 2004.  Before 2000 the last time OSU defeated UCLA in the Rose Bowl was a 23-14 victory in 1994 under Jerry Pettibone.

This is the second year in a row that the Beavers have played at UCLA.  The Bruins have not played in Corvallis since the 2002 season.


What a difference 30 days makes.
One month ago, Oregon State was tied for seventh with Arizona State in the Pac-10, had lost two in a row and had been outscored in two league games 54-19. Since, it has moved into a tie for third with Oregon, defeated No. 3 USC, overtaken Washington, Washington State and UCLA in the standings, and outscored its last four opponents 121-68.


On the edge.
With a victory Saturday Oregon State would most likely move into the top 25 for the first time since Oct. of 2003.  They received 33 votes in the Associated Press Poll and 12 votes in the USA Today Poll this week.  The Beavers are No. 24 in the BCS Poll, their first appearance since 2000.

A victory would also make the Beavers eligible for post season play.


A dynamic duo.
While Matt Moore's statistics have been solid during the four game winning streak (68 of 104 (65.4%) for 1,033 yards with four touchdowns), it has been his decision making that has helped put the Beavers on top.  He rushed for a season high 44 yards last week and is running the bootleg to perfection.  Moore has gone 64 consecutive pass attempts without an interception -- the eighth-longest active streak in the nation. He is fourth in the league for efficiency and passing yards per game at 201.7.  More importantly he has not thrown an interception in the last two games.

Moore's favorite target is Sammie Stroughter who is first in the Pac-10 and seventh in the NCAA for receiving yards per game (96.1) and is the team leader for overall receptions (47). Stroughter is also fourth in the nation and second in the conference for punt return yards per attempt at (16.9) and he and Cal's DeSean Jackson are the only players in the nation with three returns for touchdowns (matches Pac-10 record).


Rumble young men, rumble!
Oregon State is 5-0 this season when a tailback rushes for 100-plus yards. The Beavers are averaging 154.0 yards per game on the ground in their victories, 59.3 in their losses. OSU's only win when a back didn't rush for 100 yards was against Arizona State last week.

RB's Yvenson Bernard and Clinton Polk are both fighting ankle injuries.  Bernard has rushed for 1,919 yards (120.0 avg) and 19 touchdowns in his last 16 games.  He joins Cal TB Marshawn Lynch as the only Pac-10 rushers averaging better than 100 yards a game this year (101.5).


Excellence of execution.
Oregon State has scored (all touchdowns) on its first possession in seven of its first nine games. Only Cal and WSU have held the Beavers scoreless on their opening drive. The Beavers have scored 94 first quarter points this season, compared to 34 for their opponents. In comparison, OSU has scored 98 points in the third and fourth quarters combined.


Lou Groza type of guys.
Saturday's game features two of the best placekickers in the nation, UCLA's Justin Medlock and Oregon State's Alexis Serna. Medlock has hit 19 (tied for the most in the NCAA) field goals on 23 attempts this season while Serna, the 2005 Lou Groza Award recipient, has hit 15 (tied for 4th) of 20. Serna has three field goals over 50 yards this season (51, 53,
58) while Medlock has two (both 51).


Beaver dam.
Oregon State added 10 more tackles for loss, including four more sacks, against Arizona State last week.  The Beavers are first in the conference for total quarterback sacks with 32, accounting for a conference high 234 yards lost.  OSU is tied for fourth (Oklahoma) in the nation for sacks per game at 3.6.

The Beavers have also added 46 tackles for loss.  The 78 total tackles-for-loss averages to 8.7 per game -- only Florida International has a higher average at 8.9.

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

  • Fourteen Beavers have a sack or more
  • DE Dorian Smith leads the team with six sacks
  • 20 of OSU's 32 sacks have been acquired in the last four games.
  • Six different players have three or more sacks
  • Nineteenth in the nation in rush defense allowing 95.9 yards per game
  • The unit leads the nation in third-down conversion percentage allowing 25-percent
  • Opponents are just 10 of 57 (18%) when facing 3rd and 9-plus yards.
  • The three starting linebackers, Derrick Doggett, Alan Darlin and Joey LaRocque have combined for 101 tackles over the last five games, including 16.5 for losses and 6 sacks


Bruin defense.
DEs Justin Hickman (16.5) and Bruce Davis (14) rank one-two in the Pac-10 in tackles for loss. Hickman also leads the league in QB sacks with 10.5, with Bruce checking in at third with 9.5.  As a unit they are third in the conference with 27 sacks and are tied for 13th in the NCAA at 3.0 per game.

The Bruins are second in the Pac-10 and 15th in the nation in rush defense at 91.6 yards per game.  UCLA has held five of nine opponents to fewer than 60 yards on the ground. UCLA is only Pac-10 team to limit opponents to less that three yards per rush (2.9) and have allowed only five rushing TDs in nine games.

UCLA is third in the nation for third-down conversion defense allowing 26.7% (31-116).


Additional notes.

  • Oregon State leads the conference for time of possession averaging 31:43 per game. The Beavers also led the Pac-10 last year at 32:45.

  • Beaver head coach Mike Riley can move to two games over the .500 mark for the first time in his college head coaching career. OSU has ended the season with a winning mark in Pac-8/10 conference action twice, once under Riley in 2004 (5-3).

  • OSU finishes the regular season with three of the final four on the road, starting this week at UCLA.

  • OSU has first four-game Conference winning streak going since 2000.

  • The last two weeks OSU has gone back-to-back games without a turnover for the first time since 2002.

  • UCLA RB Chris Markey ranks 31st nationally and fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing (86/6 ypg).

  • UCLA WR Junior Taylor needs just one more reception to top the century mark in catches.

  • UCLA OG Shannon Tevaga is one of the better offensive lineman on the team who has 27 straight starts under his belt.

  • UCLA S Chirs Horton leads the team with 61 tackles.

  • The Bruins only start two seniors, C Robert Chai and DE Justin Hickman.

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