Beaver Bytes

The run down on Oregon State basketball and football news from the past week.

  • Brian Kilkenny played against Arizona last Saturday and might start for the Beavers against Washington. SS Mitch Metes practiced for the second week in a row and is probable for the UW game.

  • The UW game will not be televised live, but it will be replayed on Saturday at 7:00 PM on FoxSportsNorthWest.

  • The Civil War has not been picked up by a major sports network yet. Expect a local station such as Fox 12 or UPN 49 to pick up the game if Fox Sports does not.

  • After the Beavers defeated the Wildcats, they became bowl eligible. The Gazette-Times explains the situation..."The Beavers are bowl-eligible with six wins and should have a better-than-average spot at an at-large berth should it not qualify for one of the Pac-10's six automatic bowl berths.

    Several other conferences may not have enough eligible teams to fill their commitments and that would open up more spots for programs like OSU's that have proven they travel well. OSU took at least 4,000 fans to Hawaii for the 1999 Oahu Bowl and had an estimated 40,000 at the 2001 Fiesta Bowl.

    The Mountain West has four tie-ins, but only Colorado State and Air Force seem destined to finish with at least six wins. The champion goes to the Liberty Bowl, the runner-up to the Las Vegas Bowl; the Beavers would be attractive to either the Seattle or San Francisco bowls should the MWC not qualify enough teams.
    Conference USA has five tie-ins but may only have four eligible teams (TCU, Tulane, Louisville, Southern Miss). The fifth-place CUSA finishers plays in the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu on Christmas.

    The Pac-10's automatic tie-ins are the Rose (1), Holiday (2), Sun (3), Insight (4), Las Vegas (5) and Silicon Valley (6) bowls. California is on NCAA probation and thus ineligible for post-season play and it's doubtful that either Arizona or Stanford will reach six victories."

  • CNNSI.com came out with their adjusted bowl projections this week. They have the Beavers playing Ole' Miss in the Silicon Valley Bowl. Bowl projections

  • Arizona has not scored a touchdown against the Beavers in 13 consecutive quarters.

  • The Oregon State defense still has not yielded a first quarter touchdown this season. They have only given up 19 points in the first quarter this season.

  • DE Bill Swancutt has at least one tackle for a loss in each Beaver game this season.

  • Derek Anderson's 86-yard touchdown pass to James Newson has the fourth longest touchdown pass in Oregon State history.

  • Steven Jackson leads the Pac-10 in rushing yardage with 1,138 and needs 422 to break Ken Simonton's OSU record of 1,559, set in 2000.

  • Oregon State leads the league in fewest points allowed (15.9 per game), total defense (291.1 yards) and pass defense (198.6). The Beavers lead the nation in penalty yards (103.9) and rank third in penalties per game (9.9) behind Southern Florida and Louisiana-Monroe.

  • CB Dennis Weathersby was named as a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe award on Wednesday.DW named semifinalist for Thorpe award

  • Reser expansion news compliments of Believer Tim:
    EVERYONE in the east grandstands will have to pay the $300/seat fee. Also, everyone (except students) in the east grandstands will enjoy chairback seating. The first 15 rows or so will be made up of student seating (4,000 total) - endzone to endzone, and these student seats will be bleachers.

    From there up, there will be approximately the same number of seats that the entire grandstand now holds. The donation level required for east grandstand seating will range from $200-$700 PER SEAT. This is in addition to the $300 per seat expansion fee" (a one-time shot).

    ABOVE all of those seats will be about 3,800 second-deck, covered seats, and 20 new skyboxes. These seats will have a PER SEAT donation of $1,200-$1,700 (gulp!).

    It's a chunk of change, I know; but remember that the $300 fee will not be ongoing. My guess is that you can add about $100 per seat to your current ongoing donation level to maintain the same seating. This may also lead to parking upgrades, though. Also, the $300 fee and the 2005 donation can be paid over 18 months, from Jan '03 to June '04.

    Note: Students will be packaging the Reser expansion information on Monday, Nov. 11. The packet will include a CD-ROM, video, and pamphlets.
  • Oregon newspaper coverage of the UW game:
    Beavers want payback at UW | Beavers aiming for nine victories | Seigler finds Beavers' line doesn't need much backing | Beavers are enjoying wins, but looking for more | Beavers of '85 make shock waves in Seattle | Beaver defense steps up | Removing any and all doubt

  • Washington newspaper coverage of the OSU game:
    Losing eats away at Senior | Neuheisel attempts to put on brave face | First look: OSU\UW | OSU Preview | Husky football set to close out home schedule | Husky bulletin board full of material | Beavers QB still cutting teeth | Week off benefited OSU | UW gloom, OSU glory | Upgrade vs. run is 'a pride thing' | Criticism follows Huskys everywhere

  • So what is it with the Pac-10? Problem dandruff? Unsightly acne? Is there hair protruding from its nose?

    You know already that the conference hasn't had a Heisman Trophy winner in 21 years. Now, a look at lists for national position awards once again suggests a profound disconnect between the conference and the nation's conscientiousness...Award list snubs West

  • On Thursday, Nov. 7, students who attended five Oregon State University home football games will have an opportunity to receive a ticket for the 106th Civil War contest provided by the Northwest Dodge Dealers, scheduled for Nov. 23 at Reser Stadium...OSU Student Civil War Tickets Available Thursday, Nov. 7
    Related: Fans camp for tickets

  • Pac-10 Notebooks from various sources:
    USAToday | CNNSI | BeaverFootball.com | DawgMan.com | CougFan.com | The Bootleg | Seattle Times | Register Guard

  • Four hours after the final play of Oregon State's 38-3 victory against Arizona, the Interstate 5 corridor from Corvallis north to Portland was a jam of traffic. It was stop-and-go, 35 mph tops.

    Four hours after the game. All the way, 70 miles, to Portland.

    This is a phenomenon new to Oregonians. It is football traffic. It was the same last Saturday morning when the Interstate drive from Portland to the Corvallis exit required 3 1/2 hours...UO, OSU turnarounds provide hope for Wildcats

  • For the first time since 1980, Jerry Sullivan isn't pacing the Sacramento City College sidelines during football games.

    The 55-year-old Sullivan, who brought Sac City's program national acclaim with two national titles and two state titles in his nine-year tenure as head coach, gave up his assistant coach responsibilities after last season...Where are they now? Jerry Sullivan

  • It stands today as a lone sentinel, guarding an era of Beaver football dating back to the presidency of Woodrow Wilson. It is the oldest football record in the OSU media guide credited to an individual player.

    Three Oregon Staters have come close to toppling it from its lofty throne, but, as with all records, close still gets you no cigar...The perfect run

  • Like most of his teammates, Freddie Perez had aspirations to play football beyond college when he came to Oregon State in 1996 after a stellar career at Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) Junior College.

    "My dream was to play in the National Football League,'' said Perez, an offensive lineman who started 18 games and lettered twice under former coaches Jerry Pettibone and Mike Riley before completing his eligibility after the 1997 season...OSU graduation rates will improve

  • The lanky kid with the cherubic face faked left at the top of the key, drove to his right into traffic and came to an abrupt halt, then shifted instantly into high gear and rose above the crowd for a soft bank shot.

    "Ooooh," cooed undergraduate assistant coach Adam Masten from the sideline, where he was marking down two points for Lamar Hurd on a scoring sheet. "He is good."

    Emphasis on "good."

    Even more emphasis on "is."...The future is now

  • The OSU basketball team defeated the NW All-Stars on Monday of this week. They had a shaky first half, but came out motivated in the second half and cruised to a 84-72 victory. OSUBeavers.com | Baromter | Register Guard Related: Saturday scrimmage recap.

  • How do you spell excitement? T-R-U-F-F-L-E.

    Sure, those balloons which teams use to attempt to make opponents miss free throws are somewhat effective, but at OSU it seems like we have a secret weapon this year and it is the 'truffle shuffle'.

    If you haven't seen Goonies, skip ahead, but if you have, you know what I'm talking about...Oh my, the truffle shuffle

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