Sun Bowl Notebook

Series history...Tiger and Beaver bowl game records...a deadly duo...improving inside the 20s...turnovers and more notes inside the Sun Bowl Notebook.

Head coach:  Gary Pinkel (6th season)
(Career: 101-71-3 | At UM: 37-34)
Current ranking: NR
Current record: 8-4, 4-4 in Big 12 play
Streak: One game winning streak
Head coach: Mike Riley (6th season)
(Career: 37-34 | At OSU: 37-34)
Current ranking: No. 24 in AP, No. 25 in Coaches Poll
Current record: 9-4, 6-3 in the Pac-10
Streak: Three game winning streak


Last time Oregon State and Missouri met...
Sept. 22, 1956 in Columbia, MO - Oregon State 19, Missouri 13
In the home opener for both teams Oregon State coach Tommy Prothro picked up his first non-conference road victory as an OSU head coach when his team defeated the Tigers 19-13 in front of 22,000 fans. The Beavers finished the season 7-3-1 after losing to Iowa in the Rose Bowl.


Last time Missouri played...
Nov. 25, 2006 in Columbia, MO - Missouri 42, Kansas 17
Chase Daniel threw for a career-best 356 yards and four touchdowns to lead Missouri to a 42-17 win over Kansas on Saturday.

Chase Coffman caught two scoring passes for Missouri (8-4, 4-4 Big 12), which ended a three-game losing streak and won for just the second time after starting 6-0. The Tigers tied for second in the Big 12 North with Kansas State ... more from the Associated Press.


Last time Oregon State played...
Dec. 2, 2006 in Hawaii - Oregon State 35, Hawaii 32
QB Matt Moore completed an efficient 11 of 17 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns as the Beavers snapped Hawaii's nine-game winning streak dealing the No. 24 Warriors their first loss of the season.

RB Yvenson Bernard paced the Beavers on the ground with 108 yards and one touchdown on three carries while WR Sammie Stroughter caught three passes for 106 yards and one touchdown.

The Beaver defense sacked Heisman candidate Colt Brennan six times and held the vaunted Warrior attack to just nine pints in the second half. Safety Sabby Piscitelli picked Brennan off twice while special teams standout Gerard Lawson returned a kickoff 100-yards for six points ... more from


The Sun Bowl.
The Beavers and Tigers are participating in the 73rd edition of the Sun Bowl. The first Sun Bowl was played in 1936 and is the second longest running bowl game besides the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Through the years, 37 Sun Bowls have been decided by a touchdown or less, including five of the last seven games.

Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso features an Astro Play artificial surface and lists a seating capacity of 50,426. Last year's game between UCLA and Northwestern (UCLA won, 50-38) drew a capacity attendance figure of 50,426. The attendance record for the bowl game came in 1985, when a record crowd of 52,203 saw Arizona and Georgia play to a 13-13 tie.


Series history (OSU leads 1-0).
The two programs have met only once, to open the season in 1956 (Sept. 22). Oregon State defeated the Tigers 19-13 in Columbia in a season in which the Beavers finished the year playing Iowa in the Rose Bowl. The game marked the first non-conference road victory for then-Oregon State coach Tommy Prothro, who would coach a total of 10 seasons before leaving to take the head coaching job at UCLA.

Oregon State is 13-21 all-time vs. current Big XII members. Missouri is 11-12-2 versus the Pac-10.


Beaver/Tiger bowl history.
Oregon State is playing in its 12th bowl game (Beaver Bowl History) while Missouri is playing in its 24th. This is Oregon State's sixth bowl game in the last eight seasons while it will be Mizzou's third time in the last four seasons. Before 2003, Missouri had gone to only two bowl games from 1984-2002. Before 1999, Oregon State had gone to zero bowl games since 1966-1998.

Missouri is 10-13 in its previous 23 outings while Oregon State is 7-4 in its last 11 postseason appearances. The 10 wins by UM rank 31st in NCAA history. This is Pinkel's third appearance in the Sun Bowl (1979 and 1986 as an assistant at Washington) and the 15th of his career. Pinkel is 1-1 at Missouri in bowl games. This is Riley's fifth bowl game and his third as coach at OSU; he has never coached in the Sun Bowl and has never lost in the post-season with a 5-0 record.

The Tigers have played in the Sun Bowl once before, when it claimed a 34-17 win over Auburn in 1973. This is the Beavers first appearance in the Sun Bowl.

Last year, Mizzou defeated South Carolina, 38-31, in the Independence Bowl. Oregon State did not qualify for a bowl game in 2005. The Tigers have an 0-2 record against current Pac-10 teams in bowl games (losing in 1924 to USC in the Christmas Bowl, and in 1972 to Arizona State in the Fiesta Bowl). The Beavers have never played a bowl game against the current Big 12 members.


Riley notables.
Head coach Mike Riley is the first Oregon State coach to lead the program to two winning marks in the conference since 1969. 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 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 Missouri 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.

OSU is 33-5 when leading after three quarters under Riley, including 20-1 in the combined 2004, ‘05 and ‘06 seasons.


Pinkel notables.
Mizzou has eight regular season wins in a season for only the 10th time in school history and first since 2003. Pinkel joins former coaches Don Faurot and Dan Devine as the only MU coaches to accomplish the feat twice.

If the Tigers defeat the Beavers it will be only the fourth team in MU history to notch nine wins in a season.


Down to the wire.
Oregon State has clinched four games in 2006 with plays at or near the end of the contest. Three games have been won this season by three points or less, the first
time for the program since the 1978 club won three games by a field goal or less. Here is a closer look:

  • Oct. 21 at Arizona -- DB Daniel Drayton intercepts a pass at the 2-yard line on the final play in a 17-10 win.
  • Oct. 28 vs. USC -- Defensive End Jeff Van Orsow deflects John David Bootys 2-point conversion pass with seven seconds remaining in a 33-31 win.
  • Nov. 24 vs. Oregon -- Defensive Tackle Ben Siegert blocks two kicks, including UO’s attempt at a game-winning 44-yd FG with 20 seconds left in a 30-28 win.
  • Dec. 2 at Hawai’i -- Takes a safety and then covers ensuing kickoff (several laterals) -- all in the final nine seconds of a 35-32 victory.


A deadly duo.
Over the last eight games, QB Matt Moore has completed 127 of 201 (63%) passes with 10 touchdowns. He has 1,884 yards passing during that stretch and three interceptions. Moore has gone 161 consecutive pass attempts without an interception -- the longest active streak in the nation. He is fourth in the league for passing yards per game at 204.1.

Junior receiver and punt returner Sammie Stroughter is first in the Pac-10 and 10th in the NCAA for receiving yards per game (92.8) and is the team leader for overall receptions (66). Stroughter’s 223 yards receiving vs. Washington is the second-most in the Pac-10 this season and the fourth-highest in OSU history, earning him Pac-10 Player of the Week). He is also fourth in the nation and second in the conference for punt return yards per attempt (15.4) and has three returns for touchdowns (OSU record).


Improving inside the 20s.
Oregon State has traditionally been strong under Riley for red-zone offense, except last year when the club finished last in the Pac-10. This year the Beavers are tied for fourth, at 84.8 percent and are first for red zone scoring defense allowing 66.7 percent. Over the last eight games, OSU has scored on 26 (16 tds) of 28 (.929) drives when penetrating the opponent’s 20-yard line. Over that same stretch, opponents have converted 17 (12 tds) of 32 (.531) of their opportunities.


Beaver dam.
Oregon State enters the Brut Sun Bowl fi rst in the Pac-10 for total quarterback sacks with 44, accounting for a nation leading 319 yards lost. OSU is first in the Pac-10 and fourth
in the nation for sacks per game at 3.4.

The Beavers also have 55 additional tackles for loss.  The 99 total tackles-for-loss averages to 7.6 per game - good for eighth in the nation.  OSU's TFLs have accounted for national leading 486 yards in losses.

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

  • Eighteen Beavers have a sack or more
  • DE Dorian Smith leads the team with nine sacks
  • LB Derrick Doggett leads the team with 14 TFLs
  • 32 of OSU's 44 sacks have been acquired in the last nine games.
  • Six different players have three or more sacks
  • The three starting linebackers, Derrick Doggett, Alan Darlin and Joey LaRocque have combined for 174 tackles over the last nine games, including 21.5 for losses and nine sacks, all will be back next year.


Tiger lair.
Mizzou enters the bowl game ranking 16th in the NCAA, in sacks per game, with an average of 2.75 per outing. MU has totaled 34 quarterback sacks in 2006, and that ranks as the second most in school single-season history, trailing only the record of 42 in 1982.

The Tiger pass rush took quite a blow, losing career sacks leader Brian Smith to a season-ending injury in game #8 against Kansas State, but there are still plenty of accomplished pass rushers in Defensive Line Coach Craig Kuligowski’s arsenal. Senior DE Xzavie Jackson has 15.5 career sacks, which ranks 7th on the MU career list. Junior DT Lorenzo Williams, with 12.5 career sacks, is also currently sitting at 10th place on the list.

Since losing Smith, the production has definitely gone down, despite everyone’s best efforts. In MU’s 4 losses on the year, the Tigers have registered only 3 of their 34 on the year (0.75 p/g). In the Tigers’ 8 wins, MU has notched 31 sacks (3.9 p/g).


All-conference players.
Oregon State placed three players on the all-Pac-10 first team - tailback Yvenson Bernard, offensive guard Jeremy Perry and safety Sabby Piscitelli. Second team honors were earned by receiver/punt returner Sammie Stroughter, center Kyle DeVan, offensive tackle Adam Koets, linebacker Derrick Doggett and placekicker Alexis Serna. Honorable Mention honorees include offensive tackle Andy Levitre, quarterback Matt Moore, tight end Joe Newton, offensive guard Roy Schuening, defensive tackle Ben Siegert and defensive end Jeff Van Orsow.

Missouri had three players selected to the all-Big-12 first team -- senior linebacker Marcus Bacon, senior offensive tackle Joel Clinger and junior tight end Martin Rucker. QB Chase Daniel TE Chase Coffman, DE Brian Smith andS David Overstreet all earned second team honors. Seven more Tigers earned honorable mention status, including seniors Xzavie Jackson (DE), Dedrick Harrington (LB), juniors Will Franklin (WR), Darnell Terrell (CB), Tony Temple (TB), Lorenzo Williams (DL) and sophomore Jeff Wolfert (PK)


Missouri has a 77-31 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter while Oregon State has scored on its first possession in eight of 13 games - all touchdowns. The Beavers have scored 115 first quarter points, compared to 48 for their opponents. In comparison, OSU has scored 132 points in the third and fourth quarters combined.


Over the last four seasons, Oregon State is 17-2 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent, 2-11 when committing more turnovers and 2-2 when even. In its victories this season, Oregon State is plus-14 for turnover margin; in its losses minus-6. Opponents’ turnovers have led to 13 OSU touchdowns and five field goals - 106 points.

When taking a look at Mizzou’s losses this season, one of the biggest things that stand out is turnovers that have gone against the Tigers. In the losses, MU has turned the ball over 11 times (6 fumbles, 5 INTs), and those have been converted into 41 opponent points (10 by A&M, 17 by OU, 14 by NU), while Mizzou has forced just 5 turnovers (for 13 points) in those games.

Conversely, in Mizzou’s 7 wins, the Tigers have forced 19 turnovers and converted those into 69 points, while giving up 13 turnovers that foes have turned into 45 points.


Record setting QB.
QB Chase Daniel has already broken the MU single-season passing TD record, with 26 TD passes through 12 games thus far in 2006 (versus 10 interceptions), which has shattered the previous MU record of 18 set in 1969 by Terry McMillan.

He has also already broken MU single-season records for passing yardage (3,197) and pass completions (271). His 356-yard passing day against Kansas last time out also gave him his 10th game of the year of at least 200 yards passing, which is yet another MU season record.

Daniel also stands just 16 yards shy of breaking Brad Smith’s single-season total offense mark of 3,605 set just last year. Daniel enters the Sun Bowl with 3,590 yards of offense. He also had at least one passing TD in each of MU’s 1st 8 games this year, which was a school record for consecutive games with a TD pass.


Gift bags.
Each member of the football team received a gift bag valued at $499.30. The NCAA prohibits the gifts to exceed $500. The items included the following and all feature the Sun Bowl logo.

  • Sony LCD screen DVD player
  • Sony noise reduction headphones
  • Sun Bowl watch
  • Armor Gear backpack
  • Mock turtleneck with school and Sun Bowl logos
  • Windshirt
  • Baseball cap
  • Commemorative coin
  • Helen of Troy hairdryer


Additional notes.

  • The Beavers are the road team and will wear their white jerseys.

  • SEC officials will officiate the game.

  • Each teams receives 1.9 million for playing in the bowl game.

  • Oregon State is 7-0 this season when a tailback rushes for 100-plus yards. The Beavers are averaging 143.6 yards per game on the ground in their victories, 65.7 in their losses. OSU’s only wins when a back didn’t rush for 100 yards was against Arizona State (team netted 121 yards) and vs. Oregon (88 yards).

  • OSU has faced the No. 1 offense statistically in Hawai’i (549.9 yards per game), No. 8 in Oregon (436.4) and No. 11 in Boise State (424.3). The Beavers get a shot at No. 12 Missouri (414.3) in the Sun Bowl. The Beavers have held the previous three teams under their average.

  • Oregon State leads the conference and is ninth nationally for time of possession, averaging 32:09 per game. The Beavers also led the Pac-10 last year at 31:20.

  • Over RB Yvenson Bernard's last 20 games he has rushed for 2,317 yards (115.9 avg) and 22 touchdowns.

  • Missouri was picked to finish fifth in the Big 12 North by the media. Oregon State was selected to place seventh.

  • Mizzou has five wins in 2006 against teams which gained bowl eligibility. In those wins the average margin of victory was 19.4 points. Oregon State has four wins in 2006 against teams that gained bowl eligibility. vs. 6-6 Kansas (42-17).

  • Oregon State will mark the 1st PAC-10 opponent Mizzou has faced since 1990, when then-MU Coach Bob Stull upset 21st-ranked Arizona State in Columbia by a 30-9 score. While MU is 0-2 all time in bowl games against teams currently in the PAC-10, technically, the 2006 Brut Sun Bowl will be just the 2nd bowl game MU has played against the PAC-10, as Arizona State was not then a member of the PAC-10 when the Tigers and Sun Devils met in the 1972 Fiesta Bowl.

  • Three of MU’s 4 losses on the year were to teams who are currently ranked, and have a combined record of 29-9.

  • Since the rule was put into effect for the 1996 season, Mizzou has played the most overtime games in NCAA history, with 11 through games of Dec. 5th, 2006. With MU’s 27-24 OT win in 2005 versus Iowa State, the Tigers improved to 8-3 all time in overtime games, a win total which also is most in the NCAA.

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