Oregon State at Cincinnati notebook

Cincinnati connections...UC versus the Pac-10...OSU versus the Big East...stingy defenses...streaks...and more inside.

Head coach:  Brian Kelly (1st season)
(Career: 139-51-1 | At UC: 2-0)
Current ranking: NR
Current record: 1-0
Streak: Four game winning streak (dating back to last year)
Head coach: Mike Riley (7th season)
(Career: 39-34 | At OSU: 39-34)
Current ranking: NR
Current record: 1-0
Streak: Five game winning streak (dating back to last year)


Last time Oregon State and Cincinnati met...
This is the first time Oregon State and Cincinnati have met.


Last time Cincinnati played...
Aug. 30, 2007 - Cincinnati 59, SE Missouri State 3
Ben Mauk threw for two touchdowns Thursday night in a triumphant comeback from injuries, and Marshwan Gilyard, caught a scoring pass in a comeback of his own, as Cincinnati beat Southeast Missouri State 59-3 in the debut of coach Brian Kelly's Cat Attack.

Cincinnati (1-0) had one of the top offensive showings in school history, setting up its most lopsided victory since a 63-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe in 1977. Mauk put the Bearcats in control, completing 18-of-27 for 244 yards with one interception in less than three quarters ... more from the BearCatInsider.com.


Last time Oregon State played...
Aug. 30, 2007 - Oregon State 24, Utah 7
Yvenson Bernard ran for 165 yards and two touchdowns and Oregon State opened the season with a 24-7 victory over Utah on Thursday night.

Sophomore Sean Canfield completed eight of 19 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown for the Beavers (1-0). Canfield is in competition with Lyle Moevao to become Oregon State's starter ... more from BF.com


Series history (0-0).
Thursday's matchup marks the first time the Beavers and Bearcats have met on the gridiron.

Cincinnati is 2-1 against Pac-10 foes with two wins against Arizona State and one loss against Washington. This is the first time in school history that a Pac-10 team has traveled to Nippert Stadium. The last time Cincinnati played a Pac-10 team was in 1976 when the Bearcats traveled to ASU where they defeated the Sun Devils 34-7.

Oregon State is 5-7 against Big East teams with its victories coming against West Virginia and Syracuse and its losses against Pittsburgh and Louisville. The last time Oregon State played a Big East opponent was in 2005 when the Beavers traveled to Louisville and got creamed 63-27.

The Bearcats will be visiting Corvallis in 2009 on Sept. 16.


Cincinnati connections.
The Beavers don't have any direct connections to the Cincinnati program although two players, WR Casey Kjos and recent walk on Shawn McGarity played their high school football at Middletown's Lakota East High School.

Former OSU star receivers Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh start for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals and are expected to be around practice this week. In one year (2000) Johnson caught 37 passes for 806 yards and eight touchdowns while Houshmandzadeh amassed 72 catches for 1100 yards and nine touchdowns. T.J. also returned punts racking up 278 yards in 2000.

The Bearcats don't have any player from Oregon on their roster and only three players are from the west coast, all played in California.


Tough to defend.
When RB Yvenson Bernard runs for 100 yards or more, the Beavers are almost guaranteed a victory. The last seven times Bernard has topped the 100 yard mark OSU has put another "W" in the win column. Here are some other facts about Bernard:

  • Has a chance chance to be the seventh player in Pac-10 history to post three 1,000-yard seasons.
  • Is currently the conference’s active leading rusher with 2,813 yards
  • Needs to average 82 yards per game to crack into the Pac-10's top-10 for career rushing. If he makes it it would be the third Orange and Black player in the top 10, the only other program to have multiple players in the top 10 is USC.
  • Has rushed for 100-plus yards in 13 of the last 22 games.
  • Has at least one rushing TD in 10 of the last 15 games and has two touchdowns in one game 10 times.
  • Over his last 22 games he has rushed for 2,579 yards (117.2 avg) and 24 touchdowns.


Fantastic freshman.
Oregon State has a wealth of experience in almost every area of the team, but a couple of true-freshmen who impressed in August made people notice again in last Thursday’s contest. WR Darrell Catchings caught the go-ahead touchdown pass from Sean Canfield in the third quarter and his other grab was a 17-yard 4th-and-7 snag from Lyle Moevao that set up the game-tying score.

WR James Rodgers made his presence known on rushing plays with four attempts for 62 yards, all resulting in first downs.


Stingy defense.
Oregon State showed last Thursday why most “experts” predicted its defense to be the strength of the team with eight starters returning and a large cast of veteran reserves. The Beavers held Utah, one of the nation’s most prolific offenses, to just 196 yards and seven points.

It was only the second time in 39 games the Utes failed to reach double figures and its total yardage was 172 yards fewer than they averaged last season.


Explosive offense; tough defense.
Cincinnati reeled off 615 yards of offense and 33 first downs while holding Southeast Missouri State to just 262 yards last week. The 59 points scored was the most ever in a home opener by UC.

The Bearcats scored 40 points in the second half — 20 in the third quarter and 20 in the fourth — to break open a 19-3 halftime score. The Bearcats were 7-for-7 inside the red zone.



  • Over the last four seasons, Oregon State is 18-2 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent, 2-11 when committing more turnovers and 3-2 when even.
  • Oregon State enters the contest winners of nine of its last 10 games and has the Pac-10’s longest active win
    streak at five games. Cincinnati has won four straight, the second-longest streak in its conference (Louisville - 5).
  • Oregon State is 34-5 when it leads after three quarters with Mike Riley as the head coach. Over the last three seasons, the Beavers are 21-1 (only loss was to LSU).
  • In its victories during last season, Oregon State was plus-14 for turnover margin; in its losses minus-6. Opponents’ turnovers led to 13 OSU touchdowns and five field goals -- 106 points.
  • Over the past four seasons, the Bearcats are 18-6 (.750) when playing at Nippert Stadium. They posted a 6-1 mark in 2006, including a 30-11 victory over then-No. 7 Rutgers, the highest ranked foe ever to fall at UC.


Additional notes.

  • Oregon State received 41 votes in both the Associated Press Poll and the USA Today/Coaches Poll. Cincinnati did not receive any votes in either poll.
  • OSU PK Alexis Serna has made eight consecutive field goals and 11 of his last 13. He has made 109 consecutive extra points, a school record, and his 63 career field goals, another school record, is currently tops among active players.
  • SS Daniel Drayton and RB Yvenson Bernard were nominated for Pac-10 Player of the Week honors this week.
  • UC CB Mike Mickens was named the Big East Conference's Defensive Player of the Week after nabbing two interceptions and six tackles against Southeast Missouri State last week. His first interception came in
    the end zone to end a scoring threat, and he returned his second pick for a 45-yard touchdown. Cincinnati's defense recovered four fumbles and had two interceptions last week. The Bearcats punted just twice.
  • Five different schools have had a hand in the last three Big East championships.
  • Cincinnati has the smallest stadium in the Big East conference sitting 35,000. Next smallest is Connecticut at 40,000.
  • Cincinnati was picked to finish fifth by the media; Oregon State was picked to finish the same in their conference.
  • Cincinnati’s football program was honored by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as one of 32 teams in the NCAA Bowl Subdivision to graduate 70 percent or more of their student-athletes. The survey involved the freshman class from the academic year of 2001-02 UC was one of four BIG EAST teams to be honored
  • The Bearcats’ quarterbacks sighted 10 different receivers in the season opener. Paced by Marshwan Gilyard’s eight catches for 134 yards, six different receivers caught two or more passes, while four players made one catch each.

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