NOTEBOOK: Washington at Oregon State

Series history...last time OSU and UW met...Husky connections...touchdown for toys...injuries...much more inside.

Head coach: Tyrone Willingham (3rd season)
(Career: 75-73-1 | At UW: 10-21)
Current ranking: NR
Current record: 3-6, 1-5
Streak: One game winning streak
Head coach: Mike Riley (7th season)
(Career: 43-38 | At OSU: 43-38)
Current ranking: NR
Current record: 5-4, 3-3
Streak: One game losing streak


Last time Oregon State and Washington met...
Oct. 14, 2006 in Seattle - Oregon State 27, Washington 17
Oregon State and Washington met at Seattle with the Beavers overcoming a 17-10 halftime deficit to win 27-17 and begin a stretch that would see OSU win eight of its final nine games.

The numbers favored the Beavers as OSU went for 488 yards total offense (180 rushing, 308 passing), while limiting UW to 256 yards (84 rushing, 172 passing) and posting six QB sacks.

TB Yvenson Bernard rushed for 144 yards and two TDs for the Beavers and WR Sammie Stroughter earned Pac-10 offensive player of the week honors for his seven receptions for 223 yards (31.9 yards per catch) and one score. ... more from


Last time Washington played in Corvallis...
Oct. 18, 2003 - Washington 38, Oregon State 17
Washington and Oregon State met at Corvallis and the Huskies snapped the No. 22-ranked Beavers' four-game winning streak with a 38-17 upset victory.

UW WR Charles Frederick had a game for the ages as he returned a punt 86 yards for a TD to open the scoring and scored on receptions covering 35 and 87 yards. He finished with nine receptions for 216 yards (24.0) and his 371 all-purpose yards broke the 53-year old school record held by Hugh McElhenny and fell just eight yards shy of the Pac-10 mark.

The Husky defense limited Beaver TB Steven Jackson, who went into the game ranked second in the nation in rushing, to just 49 yards on 22 carries.

OSU QB Derek Anderson passed for 344 yards and a touchdown, but the UW defense picked him off three times and posted five QB sacks ... more from


Last time UW played...
Nov. 3, 2007 in Palo Alto - Washington 27, Stanford 9
Washington, after six straight weeks of misery in losses to some of the top teams in the county, was finally able to break through with a solid effort on both sides of the ball in their ninth game of the season as RB Louis Rankin had a career-day and the defense held tough helping the Huskies to 27-9 win over Stanford on the road.

Rankin got off to a solid early start and finished the first half with over 100 yards, but it was QB Jake Locker who scored the only touchdown of the first stanza as he took to ball over from 17 yards out giving Washington a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The run capped a 7-play, 98 yard drive that saw Rankin gain 59 yards on five carries ... more from


Last time Oregon State played....
Nov. 3, 2007 - USC 24, Oregon State 3
For the first time since September, Southern California lived up to its preseason hype.

John David Booty passed for 157 yards and two touchdowns in his first game in four weeks, the USC defense was overpowering with nine sacks, and the 13th-ranked Trojans defeated Oregon State 24-3 ... more from


Series history (UW leads 57-30-4, 7-18 in Corvallis, 5-7-1 in Portland).
Washington and Oregon State have met 91 times dating to 1897 with the Huskies leading the old Pacific Northwest rivalry 57-30-4. In 52 games at Seattle, UW leads 32-18-2.

The Beavers have turned around a lopsided stretch by winning the last three games, and four of the last six.  OSU has never won four straight versus UW.

Those three recent OSU wins all came at Seattle with Washington winning the last game played at Corvallis in 2003 (38-17) when Reser Stadium's capacity was at 35,362.

Before the the Dawgs won 25 of 27 games from 1975-2003.


Washington connections.
The most notable connection between the Washington and Oregon State football teams is the fact that Nigel Burton, the Beavers' fifth-year cornerbacks coach, graduated from the UW in 1999 after having spent three seasons playing for the Huskies after having transferred from Pacific. One of Burton's most memorable on-field highlights came against the Beavers in 1998 when the batted down a two-point conversion pass attempt to secure a Husky win.

Also, as far as coaching staff crossover goes, Beavs defensive line coach Greg Newhouse and Husky offensive coordinator Tim Lappano both worked on Dennis Erickson's staff at Oregon State. Finally, OSU defensive coordinator Mark Banker and Huskies running backs coach Trent Miles served on the same coaching staff at Hawaii in 1995 while UW secondary coach J.D. Williams and OSU special teams coordinator Dave Ungerer were on the same staff at Cal in 2002.

Oregon State's current roster includes only four players that graduated from Washington high schools: RS-freshman TE Joe Halahuni (Orting HS), RS-freshman OL Alex Linnenkohl (Capital HS) and sophomore S Adam Mobley (Vancouver/Skyview HS). Washington's roster includes only two players from the state of Oregon: senior OT Eric Berglund (Beaverton ... the same high school as OSU's Greg Laybourn and Casey Noack) and freshman OL Scott Shugert (Oregon City).

Several Huskies and Beavers attended the same high school somewhere other than Washington or Oregon. Husky Wilson Afoa attended Saint Louis High in Honolulu, the same as OSU's Tavita Thompson. Husky tailback Brandon Johnson and OSU receiver Anthony Brown and CB David Ross all attended Dominguez High while Husky lineman Sir Aaron Mason and OSU safety Cameron Collins are both Santa Monica HS grads.

De'Shon Matthews of the UW and Alan Darlin are both from Laguna Creek High in the Sacramento area and Husky Willie Griffin and Beaver Patrick Henderson both went to Oakland's McClymonds HS. Lastly, UW C Gregory Christine and OSU LB Dwight Roberson were classmates at St. Bonaventure in Oxnard while Husky long snapper Danny Morovick and Beavers OL Gregg Peat were teammates at Mission Viejo.


Touchdown for Toys.
OSU Athletics and Town & Country Reality is hosting the seventh annual "Touchdown for Toys" this Saturday. Fans are asked to bring an unwrapped gift or make a cash donation when entering the gates at Reser Stadium, or when visiting "Fan Fair" and the CH2M Hill Alumni Center during pregame.

All proceeds will be donated to needy families.


Get your tickets!
As of Thursday evening around 400 tickets remained.  If those 400 tickets are sold Reser Stadium could hold a record crowd Saturday night.

The current mark is 44,015 set last year vs. Oregon - which was a sellout. The new capacity of the stadium is 45,674.

Click here to get your tickets.


You can't run on us!
Oregon State enters Saturday's game second in the Pac-10 and fifth nationally for tackles-for-loss at 8.6 per game. The Beaver defense has accounted for the most yards lost in the nation at 408, 38 yards more than the second place team (Penn State).

OSU's defense accounted for the nation's top mark in 2006 with 528 yards lost.

Oregon State is second in the nation for sacks per game at 3.89 and is the national leader for yards lost via the sack with 296.

The Beavers had a season-high eight against Arizona (allowed 22 for the season entering the game), more than two teams (Syracuse & Minnesota) have for the entire season.

Beavers rank second in the nation in rushing defense at 59.6 yards per game. That leads the Pac-10 by 20 yards per game over runnerup USC, the only other team in the league allowing fewer than 100 yards rushing per game (80.2).


Northwest title.
Oregon State hopes to earn its first mythical Pacific Northwest title since the 2004 season, but will have to win two of the three on the road -- dates at Washington State Nov. 17 and at Oregon Dec. 1 remain after Saturday.


The injury bug.
OSU's projected offensive starters heading into fall camp have missed 17 games this season -- SE Sammie Stroughter (6 + rest of the year), OT Tavita Thompson (2 + rest of the year), OG Jeremy Perry (8) and RB Yvenson Bernard (1) - and that doesn't include Sean Canfield.

On the defensive side of the ball, projected defensive starters heading into fall camp have missed four games this year - SS Daniel Drayton (2) and CB Keenan Lewis (2) - and that doesn't include DE Dorian Smith missing this weeks game.


History in the making.
Starting right guard Roy Schuening is expected to make his 47th consecutive start Saturday -- the second longest streak in OSU history (Richard Seigler, 2000-03, 48). If Schuening starts the final three games he would become the school's all-time leader for consecutive and overall starts with 49.

Receiver Anthony Brown is also quietly moving up the list with 38 overall starts and would move into 10th place if he finishes out the season in that role.


Automatic against the Purple and Gold.
Senior placekicker/punter Alexis Serna enters Saturday's game with 73 field goals. He has made 13 of 13 attempts against the Washington Huskies -- all in Seattle. Serna was the Pac-10 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after each of the games in Seattle.

He scored all the points in the 2005 18-10 win and connected on the second-longest of his career in 2004 (55 yards).


Oregon State needs one victory to become bowl eligible and likely play in its second consecutive postseason game and seventh in the last nine years.

If Beaver head coach Mike Riley is involved in bowl games it is usually a good thing -- he's 3-0 as the head coach at OSU and 3-0 as the offensive coordinator at USC.

Click for picture larger graphic of Pac-10 bowl arrangements


Less turnovers equaling more wins.
Over the last 45 games, Oregon State is 20-2 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent, 3-14 when committing more turnovers and 3-3 when even. 

While the Beavers are second in the nation for quarterback sacks they have been as low as last for lost turnovers, but that has changed over the last four games. The team has lost four turnovers in its last four games while forcing 11.

OSU has forced a Pac-10 best 22 turnovers overall, but has lost a league-high 25.


Offensive line shakeup.
The shuffling of the offensive line continues as Jeremy Perry returns to the lineup.  Here is how the offensive line looks with backups heading into Saturday's contest.

RT: Roy Schuening, Michael Cole
RG: Adam Speer, Gregg Peat
C: Kyle DeVan, Marcus Henderson
LG: Jeremy Perry, Alex Linnenkohl
LT: Andy Levitre, Ryan Phol


True freshman watch.
Wide receiver Darrell Catchings has 25 receptions for 280 yards, including the first touchdown of the season via the pass and will be starting his fifth game this season. Wide Receiver James Rodgers has made his presence known on rushing plays with 19 attempts for 312 yards, good for second on the team and a team best 16.4 ypc. He also has six catches for 90 yards.

Freshman linebacker Keith Pankey has been activated from redshirt status due to injuries on special teams and saw his first action at Arizona State.  He has six tackles and one fumble recovery in six games on special teams.


Good-bye seniors.
Oregon State will introduce its 28 seniors, 23 of them players, during pregame festivities in their last appearance at Reser Stadium. Also being introduced are popular student equipment manager Carlos Garcia and athletic student trainers Travis Johnannes, Stuart Schmidt, Shawn Werner and Blair Wilson.

The group that includes the individuals who played beginning in 2004 have competed in two bowl games (1 win this season short of a third); defeated four nationally ranked teams, including then No. 2 California and No. 3 USC; played on the second best team record wise in the history of the program -- the 10-4 2006 season; and never lost a non-conference home game.

Here is a look at those seniors:

  • William ‘Akau'ola Vea, DT, Inglewood, CA -- the oldest player in the Pac-10; three sacks this season.
  • Yvenson Bernard, RB, Boca Raton, FL -- 12th in the Pac-10 for career rush.; could be 7th player in Pac-10 history with 3 1,000-yard yrs.
  • Anthony Brown, WR, Compton, CA -- will make his 39th career starts; 7th all-time at OSU for receptions with 127.
  • Curtis Coker, DT, Las Vegas, NV -- started last two seasons; classic run stopper in OSU's defense.
  • Alan Darlin, LB, Elk Grove, CA -- will make his 23rd start; 135 career tackles.
  • Kyle DeVan, C, Vacaville, CA -- will start his 35th consecutive game; '06 Pac-10 2nd Team; two-time HM Pac-10 Academic.
  • Daniel Drayton, SS, Hacienda Heights, CA -- ‘07 starter...excelled on special teams.
  • Derrick Doggett, LB, San Diego -- will make his 29th career start; two-time Pac-10 2nd captain...196 career tackles.
  • Naymon Frank, DT/DE, Honolulu -- known for his intense workouts; also had a brief stint on the off. line.
  • Ryan Gunderson, QB, Portland -- co-team captain; team leader; graduating with degree in engineering.
  • Jeff Kruskamp, DE, Milpitas, CA -- will letter three years; part of the deep rotation on the line.
  • Joey LaRocque, LB, Agoura, CA -- started every game of his two-year career...led team in ‘06 for tackles and currently leads this year (58).
  • Gerard Lawson, CB/KR, Las Vegas, NV -- special teams standout; school record matching 100-yard KO return vs. Hawai'i in ‘06.
  • Gerard Lee, DT, New Orleans -- Crucial sack late in Sun Bowl that forced a Mizzou punt; played in every game during his two-year career.
  • Clinton Polk, RB, Phoenix, AZ -- 100 yards rushing in ‘06 win over No. 3 USC.
  • Brandon Powers, WR, Los Angeles -- 15 starts; double major; two career touchdowns.
  • Roy Schuening, OG, Pendleton, OR -- will make his 47th straight start -- school record is 48; two-time Pac-10 Honorable Mention.
  • Alexis Serna, PK, Fontana, CA -- Pac-10 record holder for FGs -- active leader in NCAA with 73 FGs; 2005 Groza Award recipient.
  • Matthew Sieverson, RB, Bend, OR -- played WR and S during his career; started his first career game last week at USC.
  • Dorian Smith, DE, Van Nuys, CA -- Sack specialist with 15 for his two-year career accounting for 129 lost yards.
  • Andy Stewart, RB, Portland, OR -- 2 tds this season, including in win at No. 2 Cal; on the 2-pt conversion play in Sun Bowl win.
  • Jeff Van Orsow, DE, Las Vegas, NV -- will make 35th straight start; deflected USC's 2-pt conversion pass in win last year.


Additional notes.

  • QB Sean Canfield threw 13 interceptions in the first six games, but has just one pick in last three games.

  • RB Yvenson Bernard has won nine of its last 11 games when he rushes for 100-plus yards. He has gone 162 rushes without a fumble.

  • PK Alexis Serna has moved into eighth place on the Pac-10 career scoring list with 345 points. He is the active NCAA career leader in field goals with 73.

  • Oregon State is 38-6 when it leads after three quarters with Mike Riley as the head coach. Starting with the 2004
    season, the Beavers are 24-2 (losses to LSU - 04 & UCLA - 07) when they head into the fourth quarter with the lead.

  • Oregon State has outscored its opponents 92-9 in the first quarter this season and over the last 18 games has a margin of 172-33 in the opening period. No team in the Football Bowl Subdvision has allowed fewer first quarter points. Field goals by Arizona, Cincinnati and USC are the only points allowed in the first.

  • TB Louis Rankin named Pac-10 co-offensive player of the week for rushing for 255 yards in Husky win at Stanford. It was the highest rushing total in the Pac-10 this year and the fourth-highest single-game total in UW history.

  • Rankin is fifth in the Pac-10 in rushing at 88.1 yards per game, one notch ahead of QB Jake Locker, who is sixth at 87.9 yards per game. Locker has
    rushed for 10 TDs, a total surpassed only by Cal TB Justin Forsett.

  • There are just three unbeaten FBS teams remaining and two of them (Ohio State and Hawai'i) are on the UW schedule.

  • Game at Oregon State this week will be Tyrone Willingham's 150th as a head coach.

  • The 2006-07 Beaver Pac-10 wrestling champions will be honored during a timeout Saturday. Head coach Jim Zalesky led OSU to its first conference title since 1994. Jeremy Larson (174 pounds) and Ty Watterson (HWT) won individual titles.

  • The Beavers have had tremendous success on fourth downs this season, converting 69 percent (9-13) -- the 13th best percentage in the nation and second in the Pac-10. Washington has also experienced success at 63 percent (5-8).

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