Oregon State at Hawaii notebook

Series history...Hawaii connections...a deadly duo...a historic night...and more inside this week's notebook.

Head coach:  June Jones (8th season)
(Career: 63-39 | At UO: 63-39)
Current ranking: No. 24 in AP, No. 23 in coaches, No. 25 in BCS
Current record: 10-2, 701 in WAC play
Streak: Nine game losing streak
Head coach: Mike Riley (6th season)
(Career: 36-33 | At OSU: 36-33)
Current ranking: No. 24 in BCS
Current record: 8-4, 6-3 in the Pac-10
Streak: Two game winning streak


Last time Oregon State and Hawaii met...
Nov. 19, 2005 in Eugene - Hawaii 23, Oregon State 17
It was the first post-season bowl game for OSU since the 1964 season, but the Beavers of first-year coach Dennis Erickson fell to the homestanding Rainbow Warriors 23-17. TB Ken Simonton was named OSU's outstanding player of the game for rushing for 157 yards and two TDs ... more from the Associated Press.


Last time Hawaii played...
Nov. 25, 2006 - Hawaii 42, Purdue 35
The nation's top-rated offense racked up a season-high 653 yards, while the Warrior defense came up with timely big plays, including two key interceptions, to boost No. 25 Hawai'i over Purdue, 42-35, in front of a season-best 47,825 noise-making fans Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.

Warrior quarterback Colt Brennan threw for 434 yards (33 of 48) and three touchdowns, while running back Nate Ilaoa rushed for a career-high 159 yards and two touchdowns to help Hawai'i (10-2) win its ninth straight game ... more from HawaiiAthletics.com


Last time Oregon State played...
Nov. 24, 2006 - Oregon State 30, Oregon 28
Alexis Serna kicked a 40-yard field goal with 1:12 left, Ben Siegert blocked Oregon's potential game-winning kick less than a minute later, and the Beavers held off the Ducks 30-28 Friday in the 110th edition of the Civil War.

Oregon's Matt Evensen attempted a 44-yard field goal with 20 seconds left, but Siegert knocked it down and the home team won this in-state rivalry for the 10th straight season ... more from BF.com


Series history.
Oregon State and Hawaii have met six times since 1923 with each team winning three apiece. All six games have been played in Honolulu. Three of the six match ups were in bowl games as the Beavers defeated UH in the Pineapple Bowls in 1939 and 1948 while Hawaii was victorious in 1999 in the O'ahu Bowl.

The last Oregon State victory in the series was a 56-0 blowout in 1976. History shows us that when OSU wins, they usually win big with 33, 20 and 56 point spreads in their wins. When Hawaii loses it is a close game as the Warriors have never won by more than seven points.

Hawaii will trip to Corvallis Sept. 13, 2008.


Hawaii connections.
Plenty of them. Eleven Hawaiian's are on the Oregon State football player roster -- Al Afalava (So., FS, Laie), Naymon Frank (Jr., DE, Honolulu), Aaron Nichols (Fr., WR, Honolulu), Lahaina Olsen-Kuroda (Fr., WR, Aiea), Jeremy Perry (So, OG, Hau'ula), Ryan Pohl (Fr., OL (Waipahu), Steven Rodenhurst (Fr., OL, Kailua), Mana Silva (Fr., QB, Hilo), Micah Strickland (Fr., RB, Honolulu), Tavita Thompson (So., OL, Honolulu), and Suaesi Tuimaunei (FR., S, Laie).

Five Beaver coaches have connections with the 50th state. Defensive coordinator Mark Banker was the outside linebackers/ special teams coach at UH (1995); offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh was UH's offensive line coach (1999-2004); linebackers coach Greg Newhouse was UH's secondary/punters coach (1988-89); defensive line coach Joe Seumalo was a graduate assistant on defense (1999-2000). In addition, Seumalo played on the Warriors' defensive line from 1985-88 and earned second team All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a senior.
Riley and Hawai'i running backs coach Mouse Davis have coached against each other several times, including in the World League when Riley was the coach for the San Antonio Riders and Davis for the New York/New Jersey Knights. Riley also played against a Davis coached team in the state of Oregon high school playoffs when Corvallis High School (Riley) played Sunset High School (Davis) of Beaverton. Riley followed UH head coach June Jones as the head coach of the San Diego Chargers.


Riley notables.
Head coach Mike Riley is the first Oregon State coach to lead the program to two winning marks in the conference since 1970. Riley guided the 2004 program to a 5-3 mark and a victory over Notre Dame in the Insight Bowl, and this year's club to 6-3.

Oregon State's third place finish, if Stanford doesn't beat Cal Saturday, is its second best placing since the conference expanded to 10 members in 1978 -- the ‘04 team finished tied for third with Arizona State and the 2000 team tied for first with Washington and Oregon.

If OSU defeats Hawaii it will have an opportunity to win 10 games this season, which would be the second-highest total ever for the program. The Beavers won 11 in 2000 when they shared the conference title and defeated Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.


A deadly duo.
QB Matt Moore has completed 116 of 184 (63%) passes with seven touchdowns over the last seven games. He has 1,639 yards passing during that stretch and three interceptions. Moore has gone 144 consecutive pass attempts without an interception -- the longest active streak in the nation.

His favorite target, Sammie Stroughter ,leads the Pac-10 and is 11th in the NCAA for receiving yards per game (91.7).  Stroughter is also fifth in the nation and second in the conference for punt return yards per attempt at (15.4) and has three returns for touchdowns.


Improving inside the 20s.
After finishing last in red-zone offense last year this year's offense is fifth at 84.4 percent and are first for red zone scoring defense allowing 69.7 percent. Over the last seven games OSU has scored on 25 (15 tds) of 27 (.923) drives when penetrating the opponents 20-yard line. Over that same stretch, opponents have converted 13 (8 tds) of 23 (.565) of their opportunities.


Oregon State leads the conference and is ninth nationally for time of possession averaging 32:09 per game.

The Warriors lead the nation for scoring offense (48.6 pts) and for total offense (553.8 yds), but are 111th (out of 119) for possession at 27:52. Hawaii also leads the nation with 32 touchdown drives of five plays or less and is the co-leader (Texas Tech) with 24 touchdown drives of two minutes or less.


A historical night?
UH QB Colt Brennan is just three touchdown passes away from tying the NCAA single-season mark of 54 set by Houston's David Klingler in 1990.  Brennan already broke the NCAA record for most touchdown passes in two seasons (now has 86).  He has also broke the UH single-season records for passing yards and total offense along with eight other school records.

His school-record 4,589 yards is the second most in a season in WAC history (BYU's Ty Detmer had 5,188 yards in 1990). He has seven games with 400 or more yards this year and his 71.9 percent pass completion percentage is tops in 2006.  And the stats just keep on coming.  He leads the nation in six statistical categories, has thrown for more than 300 yards and five touchdowns in seven of his last ten games and is the team's second leading rusher with 340 yards and four touchdowns.

The astounding fact is that he has played in only six complete games as he sat out the fourth quarter in six games this year.  Brenan has been a big reason why Hawaii has scored at least 41 points in each of its wins, has surpassed 60 in four of the last seven games and has not punted in four games this year.


We can play defense too.
The defense has allowed a mere 79 points and forced 11 turnovers (5 FF, 6 INT) which led to eight touchdowns in the last four games. Coordinator Jerry Glanville's group has allowed 13-or-less points in four games this season, including a season-low nine against Eastern Illinois (Sept. 30), and 10 against Idaho and Utah State.

The Warrior defense ranks 57th nationally in rushing defense (136.2), 65th in scoring defense (23.2), 91st in total defense (381.8), and 109th in passing defense (245.7). Against San Jose State (Nov. 18), the Warrior defense posted five sacks and allowed 192 total yards.


Beaver dam.
Oregon State added just two tackles for loss against Oregon last week but still rank first in the conference for total quarterback sacks with 38, accounting for a conference high 275 yards lost.  OSU is eighth in the nation for sacks per game at 3.2.

The Beavers also have 52 additional tackles for loss.  The 90 total tackles-for-loss averages to 7.5 per game - good for ninth in the nation.  OSU's TFLs have accounted for national leading 435 yards in losses.

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

  • Seventeen Beavers have a sack or more
  • DE Dorian Smith leads the team with six sacks
  • LB Derrick Doggets leads the team with 12 TFLs
  • 26 of OSU's 38 sacks have been acquired in the last seven games.
  • Six different players have three or more sacks
  • The unit is 11th in the nation for overall third-down conversion percentage allowing 30.3-percent
  • Opponents are just 18 of 88 (20%) when facing 3rd and 7-plus yards.
  • The three starting linebackers, Derrick Doggett, Alan Darlin and Joey LaRocque have combined for 152 tackles over the last eight games, including 18.5 for losses and 8 sacks



Additional notes.

  • Oregon State is 6-0 this season when a tailback rushes for 100-plus yards. The Beavers are averaging 152.7 yards per game on the ground in their victories, 65.7 in their losses.

  • Over the last four seasons Oregon State is 16-2 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent, 2-11 when committing more and 2-2 when even. In its victories this season, Oregon State is plus-12 for turnover margin, in its losses minus-6. Opponents' turnovers have led to 12 OSU touchdowns and fi ve fi eld goals -- 99 points.

  • A win would boost OSU into the top 25 for the first time since Oct. of 2003.

  • The Beavers are 3-2 on the road this year.

  • Oregon State has scored (all touchdowns) on its first possession in eight of its 12 games. Only Cal, WSU, UCLA and Stanford have held the Beavers scoreless on their opening
    drive. The Beavers have scored 108 first quarter points, compared to 48 for their opponents. In comparison, OSU has scored 118 points in the third and fourth quarters combined.


  • Saturday's game has been designated as a "Green Out" by the UH athletic department in honor of their senior class.  Fans are encouraged to wear green to the game.

  • UH RB Nate Ilaoa gained career-high 159 yards and scored two touchdowns against Purdue last week.  He is averaging a whopping eight yards per carry and also leads the team in scoring with 17 touchdowns on the season, but may miss Saturday's game with an injury.

  • Kickoff returner Ross Dickerson leads the Western Athletic Conference and ranks 14th nationally averaging 26.6 yards on kickoff returns. Dickerson, who has returned two
    kickoff for touchdowns in his career, both 100-yarders, has also caught for 693 yards (52 catches) and seven touchdowns this season.

  • WR Davone Bess ranks eighth in the nation in receptions per game (6.75), second in the WAC. Bess led all Warriors in receiving yards in the last three straight games. He leads the Warriors with 81 grabs for 1,039 yards and 13 touchdown receptions.

  • Hawaii has won nine games in a row for the first time since winning 11 straight between 1980-81.

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