NOTEBOOK: Emerald Bowl

The last time each team played...the last time each team played in a bowl game...bowl game histories...knocking off ranked teams...tough schedules...turnovers and more inside.

Head coachRalph Friedgen (7th season)
(Career: 56-30 | At UM: 56-30)
Current ranking: NR
Current record: 6-6, 3-5
Streak: One game winning streak
Head coach: Mike Riley (7th season)
(Career: 46-38 | At OSU: 46-38)
Current ranking: NR, but receiving votes
Current record: 8-4, 6-3
Streak: Three game winning streak


Last time Maryland played...
Nov. 24, 2007 in Raleigh - Maryland 37, NC State 0
Lance Ball and Keon Lattimore rushed for two touchdowns apiece as Maryland routed North Carolina State 37-0.

The Terrapins (6-6, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) posted their first shutout since 2003 and became bowl eligible for the fifth time in the last seven years. They scored on four straight possessions in the first half to take control of the game ... more from


Last time Maryland played in a bowl game....
Nov. 24, 2006 in the Champs Sports Bowl - Maryland 24, Purdue 7
In last season's Champ Sports Bowl, Sam Hollenbach passed for 223 yards and two TDs, and Lance Ball rushed for 98 yards to lead the Terrapins to a 24-7 win over Purdue.

The Terrapins kept the Boilermakers' offense, the NCAA's 10th best at 425 yards per game, in check, allowing just 285 total yards. Keon Lattimore added 86 rushing yards on 20 carries for the Terps, who held the ball for 39:48. Maryland posted 429 total yards and 20 first downs.

The Champs Sports Bowl drew a record crowd of 40,168 with over 10,000 Terp fans in attendance ... more from


Last time Oregon State played...
Dec. 1, 2007 in Eugene - Oregon State 38, No. 18 Oregon 31
Freshman wide receiver James Rodgers ran 25 yards around end for the go-ahead touchdown, and the Oregon State defense stuffed No. 18 Oregon on fourth down to preserve a 38-31 victory in double overtime on Saturday.

The two teams matched field goals in the first extra session before Rodgers broke free on the first play of the second overtime. Oregon (8-4, 5-4 Pac-10) was faced with fourth-and-1 from the 16 when it got its chance to answer, but tailback Jonathan Stewart was stopped for a loss by Dorian Smith and Keaton Kristick on a run up the middle ... more from


Last time Oregon State played in a bowl game...
Dec. 29, 2006 in the Sun Bowl - Oregon State 39, Missouri 38
In what some called the greatest Sun Bowl ever played, Oregon State rallied from a 14-point deficit to post an improbable 39-38 victory over Missouri in the 73rd annual event in El Paso.

The Beavers essentially won the game when tight end Joe Newton caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Matt Moore -- followed by the gutsy two-point conversion call by Riley and his players -- concluding with an Yvenson Bernard run.

The Beavers rallied for 18 fourth-quarter points and denied Missouri QB Chase Daniel the possible bowl MVP honor
-- Daniel had 330 yards passing and two touchdowns. Sun Bowl MVP Matt Moore, now a Carolina Panther, passed for 356 yards and four touchdowns (rushed for a fifth) in the win ... more from


Series history (0-0).
This is the first meeting between Oregon State and Maryland.

Oregon State has a 1-0 record against current ACC members. The only current ACC team that the Beaver program has played is Duke.  Oregon State played at Durham Jan. 1, 1942 in the only Rose Bowl not played in Pasadena -- due to concerns of an attack on the West Coast during World War II.

The Terps are facing just their second Pac-10 opponent in a bowl game. Maryland fell to Washington, 21-20, in the 1982 Aloha Bowl. In fact, Maryland has only played a Pac-10 team three times in school history (also UCLA in 1954-55).


Bowl game histories.
TERPS: Maryland has a 9-10-2 all-time bowl record.  Maryland is bowl eligible for the fifth time in seven years under coach Ralph Friedgen. The Terps have won each of their last three bowl games, a school record, and the second longest streak in the ACC.

Friedgen's three bowl wins are the most of any Maryland coach. He is 3-1 in bowl games. Prior to Friedgen's arrival, Maryland made only one postseason appearance in the previous 15 years.

BEAVS: Oregon State holds a 8-4 record in postseason play. (For Oregon State's complete bowl game history click here.)  OSU has won three straight bowl games, the longest active streak in the Pac-10.  Beaver head coach Mike Riley has never lost a bowl game that he has been involved in (6-0). The record includes victories in the 2006 Sun Bowl over Missouri (39-38), 2004 Insight Bowl over Notre Dame (38-21) and 2003 Las Vegas Bowl over New Mexico (55-14).

Riley was also victorious as the offensive coordinator at USC in the Rose (vs. Northwestern), Freedom (vs. Utah) and Cotton (vs. Texas Tech). His offenses have generated an average 42.7 points and 441 yards per game in the six bowls.


Something in common.
MARYLAND: The Terps are one of only four teams in the country (also Kentucky, LSU and Illinois) to defeat two top-10 teams this season.

Maryland has faced three top-10 teams this season and has gone 2-1 in those contests. This is the first time in school history the Terps have defeated two top-10 teams in the same season. It's also just the second year in school history the Terps have faced three top-10 teams in the same season (also 1982). They lost to No. 4 West Virginia, 31-14, on
Sept. 13, downed No. 10 Rutgers, 34-24, on Sept. 29, and defeated No. 8 Boston College (Nov. 10).

OREGON STATE: The 2007 season will be remembered for several milestones, including defeating two nationally ranked opponents (at the time) on the road, the first ever for Oregon State in the same season. The Beavers defeated then No. 2 California 31-28 on Oct. 13 and then No. 18 Oregon 38-31 in double overtime Dec. 1.


Tough schedules.
UM: Prior to the start of the season, had the Terps' schedule ranked 24th-most difficult in the country. According to the NCAA, the Terps' 2007 schedule is tied for 27th-most difficult in the nation, based on records of past opposition (65-51/.560). Maryland's schedule is ranked 27th-most difficult according to final regular-season Sagarin Ratings.

OSU: Oregon State's schedule heading into the Emerald Bowl ranks as the 21st most difficult in the nation based on the combined records of its opponents -- 59-21 -- the fourth most difficult in the Pac-10 trailing Washington (82-55), Arizona (69-50) and Oregon (74-54).


TERRAPINS: The Terps are currently fourth in the ACC and tied for 24th in the NCAA in turnover margin (+0.58). Maryland has forced 22 turnovers on the season and lost the ball just 15 times. They forced three turnovers vs. UNC (Nov. 3), but did not convert them into points. On the season, Maryland has out-scored the opposition 68-43 off turnovers.

BEAVERS: Heading into its Oct. 6 game vs. Arizona, OSU had committed the most turnovers in the nation with 21 and was a negative-10 for turnover margin -- 116th in the nation (119 teams overall). Since then the Beavers are plus-14 (7 games), are tied for seventh in the nation and first in the Pac-10 for forced turnovers with 32.

Over the last 48 games, Oregon State is 21-2 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent, 5-14 when committing more turnovers and 3-3 when even.


Baby, it's cold outside.
Oregon State has been successful of late on the road in Pac-10 action posting a 11-6 record since the start of 2004. Only USC (13-3) has more away game victories in that same span -- one of its losses was at OSU last season, snapping the Trojans' 27-game conference win streak.

Oregon State has put together another 2006-like stretch drive. The Beavers are a Pac-10 best 14-3 combined in the months of October, November and December over the last two seasons.


You can't run on us!
The Beavers enter the Emerald Bowl second in the nation for rush defense, allowing 75 yards per game and are 12th overall for defense giving up an average of 313 yards. Here is a closer look at the opponents' rushing statistics vs. OSU as compared to the season average:

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On the same note, the Maryland defense has tightened up its run defense as of late giving up less than 70 yards a game in their last three contests.


Riley making history.
Head coach Mike Riley and former head coaches the late Tommy Prothro (1955-64) and the late Dee Andros (1965-75) are the only mentors in Oregon State history to post victories over top 25 teams in three consecutive years (nobody has done it four straight).

Riley has wins in 2005 over No. 18 Cal, 2006 over No. 3 USC and No. 24 Hawai'i, and 2007 over No. 2 Cal and No. 18 Oregon. Prothro won games in 1962 over No. 12 Stanford and No. 19 West Virginia, in 1963 over No. 14 Baylor and in 1964 over No. 17 Oregon. Andros beat No. 18 Arizona State in 1969, No. 14 Oklahoma in 1970 and No. 11 Arizona State in 1971.

Riley has won five of his last nine games vs. top 25 foes.

For the first time since 1966-69, Oregon State finished the season with back-to-back winning marks in Pac-10 play. The Beavers placed third in 2006 and 2007 at 6-3. Head coach Mike Riley has guided the program to three winning marks in conference action.

Only USC has a better overall and conference record than Oregon State over the last two seasons. Here is a closer look: USC 21-4 (14-4 in Pac-10), Oregon State 18-8 (12-6), Arizona State 17-8 (11-7), California 16-9 (10-8), Oregon 15-10 (9-9), UCLA 13-12 (10-8), Arizona 11-13 (8-10), Washington State 11-13 (7-11), Washington 9-16 (5-13) and Stanford 5-19 (4-14).


Sophomore quarterback Lyle Moevao, who nearly won the starting job in preseason, is 3-0 as a starter and led Oregon State to the mythical Pacific Northwest title with wins over Washington, Washington State and Oregon.

Moevao, replacing the injured Sean Canfield (shoulder), has completed 45 of 87 (.517) of his pass attempts for 556 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also has two rushing touchdowns in the last two games.


Additional news and notes:

  • Ralph Friedgen-coached teams rarely beat themselves and that trend has continued this season. Maryland is the second-least penalized team in the ACC (5.5 pg). That mark also ranks tied for 25th in the nation. In terms of yards (44.33 pg), Maryland is also second in the ACC and 16th in the nation.

  • The Terps are one of only two teams in the nation to have two players with 12 or more rushing touchdowns, and one of only five to have two players with more than 10. Keon Lattimore's 13 touchdowns ranks first in the ACC, while Lance Ball checks in second with 12.

  • The Terps' three-game stretch from Sept.13 through Sept. 29 may have been one of the hardest in the country. In consecutive weeks, the Terps played host to West Virginia in College Park (ranked No. 4 in both polls), traveled to defending ACC champion Wake Forest, and headed to New Jersey to face Rutgers (ranked No. 10 in both polls). They went 1-2 in that stretch.

  • The Beavers have had tremendous success on fourth downs this season, converting 64 percent (9-14) -- the 17th best percentage in the nation and second in the Pac-10. The Beaver defense has been solid on fourth down as well, allowing the second-lowest percentage in the conference and seventh-lowest in the nation at 30 percent (6-20).

  • The Beavers are first in the Pac-10 and second in the nation (Troy is first) on third down defense allowing 28.3 (54-191) percent. The Beaver offense has improved on converting third downs of late at 43.2 (16-37) over the last two games -- 35 percent for the season (68-192).

  • Oregon State has outscored its opponents 127-16 in the first quarter this season and over the last 21 games has a margin of 207-40 in the opening period. No team in the Football Bowl Subdivision has allowed fewer first quarter points. Oregon is the only team to score a touchdown against OSU, while field goals were made by Arizona, Cincinnati and USC.

  • The Beavers have two players who rank in the top-10 in the Pac-10 Conference for quarterback sacks -- defensive ends Victor Butler (3rd/9.5) and Slade Norris (6th/9.0). Butler is second in the Pac-10 for accumulated yardage lost with 96 -- tied for fourth nationally. Maryland has allowed 3.2 sacks per game, 107th in the nation (119 teams).

  • Oregon State averages 8.6 tackles for loss per game, tied for sixth in the nation. The Beavers accumulated yardage via TFLs is a national leading 507 -- Stanford is second with 468. OSU's defense accounted for the nation's top mark in 2006 with 528 yards lost.

  • Starting right guard Roy Schuening is expected to make his 50th consecutive start at the Emerald Bowl -- the longest streak and the most games in OSU history. Receiver Anthony Brown is also quietly moving up the list with 41 overall starts, 10th all-time at OSU.

  • USC claims the "Tailback U" title in college football and rightfully so with four individuals in the top-10 for career rushing in the Pac-10 Conference. But, to the surprise of many, Oregon State is the only other program with more than one individual in the top-11 -- Ken Simonton (2nd/5,044 yards), Yvenson Bernard (10th/3,685 yards) and St. Louis Rams' Steven Jackson (11th/3,625 yards).

  • The Beavers lead the Pac-10 and are seventh in the nation allowing just 18 yards per kickoff return. That could be an interesting statistic to watch in the Emerald Bowl as Maryland is the nation's leader allowing 16.1 yards.


  • OSU has won the last 10 of 12 games when Yvenson Bernard gains 100 or more yards rushing.

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