UCLA at Oregon State notebook

Series histoy...last time the Bruins and Beavers clashed...a tough run defense...0 for UCLA...turnovers, the positive and negative...all this and more inside.

Head coachKarl Dorrell (5th season)
(Career: 32-22 | At UCLA: 32-22)
Current ranking: NR, but receiving votes
Current record: 3-1, 2-0
Streak: One game winning streak
Head coach: Mike Riley (7th season)
(Career: 40-36 | At OSU: 40-36)
Current ranking: NR
Current record: 2-2, 0-1
Streak: One game losing streak


Last time Oregon State and UCLA met...
Nov. 11, 2006 in Westwood - UCLA 25, Oregon State 7
UCLA and Oregon State met late in the year at the Rose Bowl with the Beavers riding a four-game winning streak and the Bruins having lost four in a row. UCLA rode an opportunistic defense, four field goals by Justin Medlock and two TD passes from QB Pat Cowan to SE Marcus Everett to a 25-7 win.

In what was primarily a defensive struggle (total offense 262 for UCLA, 260 for OSU), it was the Bruin defense that made the big plays, forcing four Beaver fumbles and piling up five QB sacks.... more from BF.com | Post game notebook


Last time UCLA played in Corvallis...
Oct. 5, 2002 - UCLA 43, Oregon State 35
RB Steven Jackson took the first play of the game 80 yards for a touchdown, but is was all down hill from there as UCLA rallied from a 14-0 deficit to score 29 unanswered points and went on to defeat the Beavers 43-35.


Last time UCLA played...
Sept. 22, 2007 - UCLA 44, Washington 31
Chris Markey rushed for 193 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown run during a hectic fourth quarter, and UCLA outlasted Washington 44-31.

The Bruins (3-1, 2-0 Pac-10) bounced back from a humbling loss at Utah the previous weekend ... more from the UCLABruins.com.


Last time Oregon State played...
Sept. 22, 2007 - Arizona State 44, Oregon State 32
A fast start for Oregon State wasn't enough as Arizona State responded by scoring 31 second half points to rally for the win.

Rudy Carpenter threw for 361 yards and four touchdowns and the Sun Devils defeated Oregon State 44-32, rallying from a 19-point first-quarter hole ... more from BF.com | Post game notes


Series history. (UCLA leads 38-13-4, 15-7-1 in Oregon).
The Bruins and Beavers have met 55 times since 1930 with UCLA holding a 38-13-4 advantage. The Bruins have won the last four matchups and six of the last eight. The Bruins four game winning streak against OSU is the longest win streak a Pac-10 foe has against the Beavs. UCLA and OSU did not meet in 2003 or 2004.

The last time the Beavers defeated UCLA was in 2000 (44-28) in the Rose Bowl with the last victory in Reser Stadium coming in 1999 (55-7).

This is the first time UCLA has visited Corvallis since 2002 when the Bruins won 43-35.

The Bruins have won five straight Pac-10 games,the longest current Conference-game streak going. OSU has won five straight games at home, including the last three conference games.


Way back then...
The last time UCLA played at Reser Stadium the Bruins won a shootout 43-35 on Oct. 5, 2002 in front of 36,529 (13th straight sellout). Here are some facts from that last visit:

  • OSU record-setting QB Derek Anderson was making his sixth career start
  • Dennis Erickson was in his final season as head coach of OSU.
  • Reser Stadium’s capacity was 35,362 -- now 45,674.
  • OSU’s starting lineup featured future NFL players (including NFL preseason
    games) Steven Jackson, Derek Anderson, Doug Nienhuis, Tim Euhus, Dwan Edwards,
    Bill Swancutt, Richard Seigler, Eric Manning, Nick Barnett, Terrell Roberts
    and Dennis Weathersby.
  • 2005-06 OSU QB starter Matt Moore was on the traveling roster for UCLA.


You can't run on us!
Oregon State enters the game second in the nation for rush defense, allowing a meager 29.5 yards per game, trailing the 26.8 allowed on average by LSU, and just 0.9 yards per rush.

The Beaver defense has allowed only two rushing touchdowns in four games and are tied with ASU for the top spot in total defense at 289.0 yards per game. OSU and ASU are the only Pac-10 team giving up fewer than 300 yards.

Only four teams that have played four games have held teams to under 200 yards net rushing -- in addition to OSU and LSU are Oklahoma and Boston College. UCLA averages 216 yards per game on the ground, 24th in the nation. Here is a closer look at OSU’s rushing defense:

  • vs. Utah -- 30 att, 18 net yds
  • vs. Cincinnati -- 33 att, 30 net yds
  • vs. Idaho St. -- 28 att, 35 net yds
  • vs. Arizona St. -- 36 att, 35 net yds


Big time defenses.
Oregon State has sacked quarterbacks 14 times for a total of 111 yards (1st in Pac-10/9th in NCAA), while UCLA has 13 for 100 yards.

The Beavers have also registered 32 tackles for loss for 168 yards -- the yardage ranks eighth in the nation. OSU and UCLA lead the Pac-10 for total defense, each allowing 289 yards per game.

Bruins top the Pac-10 in third-down conversion defense allowing opponents just 28.8% success rate.


0-for UCLA.
Beaver head coach Mike Riley is 0-8 all-time vs. UCLA -- 0-4 as a head coach at OSU and 0-4 as an assistant at USC (1993-96). The most painful of the losses is arguably the 1998 setback 41-34 at Parker Stadium (now Reser Stadium) in what amounted to a loss that kept OSU out of its first bowl game since Jan. 1, 1965.

In the ‘98 game, Bruin QB Cade McNown hit a wide open Brad Melsby for a 61-yard touchdown with 21 seconds left for the win. The score followed the Beavers evening the game at 34-34 with 31 seconds left on a Jose Cortez 28-yard field goal.


One game at a time.
Five of Oregon State’s six road opponents appear in this week’s Associated Press top-25. USC checks in at No. 1, California is No. 6, Oregon is No. 11, Arizona State is No. 23 and Cincinnati is No. 24. Washington State is the only team the Beavers face on the road that is currently not ranked. This week’s home game features the UCLA Bruins, a team that received the fourth-most votes in the “also receiving votes” category.


Those dang Turnovers.
The good: Over the last 41 games, Oregon State is 18-2 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent, 3-13 when committing more turnovers and 3-2 when even. In its victories 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.

The not so good: Oregon State and Minnesota lead the nation in the dubious turnover category with 16 each. OSU has thrown more interceptions (13) than any other team and overall is last in the Pac-10 for turnover margin at minus-8.


Freshman watch.
Wide receiver Darrell Catchings has seven receptions, including having the first touchdown of the season via the pass. Wide Receiver James Rodgers has made his presence known on rushing plays with five attempts for 101 yards, good for second on the team.

Freshman linebacker Keith Pankey has been activated from redshirt status due to injuries on special teams and saw his first action at Arizona State recording two tackles.


Additional notes.

  • Oregon State has averaged 560.5 yards in total offense over the last two games. During the span, quarterback Sean Canfield has connected on 49 of 78 (.628) pass attempts for 677 yards. His favorite target has been 2006 third team AP All-American Sammie Stroughter, who has 15 receptions for 262 yards and two touchdowns.

  • Oregon State has outscored its opponents 40-3 in the first quarter this season and over the last 13 games has a margin of 120-27.

  • Oregon State has scored a safety in each of the last two games. OSU is one of three teams in the nation with a pair of the rare two-pointers on defense, joining Kansas and 2007 opponent Cincinnati.

  • Oregon State is 35-5 when it leads after three quarters with Mike Riley as the head coach. Over the last three seasons, the Beavers are 22-1 (only loss was to LSU).

  • DE Slade Norris is the the Pac-10 leader for quarterback sacks with 4.5 accounting for the third-highest figure in the country for lost yards with 45.

  • WR Sammie Stroughter has been over the 100-yard mark in receiving yards the last two games and ranks second in the Pac-10 in that category at 87.3 yards per game. . . .

  • PK Alexis Serna has made 117 consecutive extra points. He is closing in on the Pac-10 record of 139 (Jesse Ainsworth, ASU, 2003-06).

  • UCLA featured big plays in 44-31 win against Washington last week. Among the UCLA touchdowns - a 60-yard interception return by FS Dennis Keyes, a 72-yard run by TB Chris Markey and an 85-yard kickoff return by Matthew Slater.

  • KR Matthew Slater earned Pac-10 Special Team Player of the Week in getting UCLA its first kickoff return for a six since the 2005 Sun Bowl.

  • PK Kai Forbath leads the Pac-10 in field goals. He has connected on 8-of-11 three-point attempts.

  • QB Ben Olsen will start Saturday after missing last weeks game against Utah due to headaches and nausea.

  • RB Kahlil Bell is third in the Pac-10 with an average of 110.5 yards per game.

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