Civil War Week is Here!

<b>The Civil War is here.</b> Already the fur has begun to fly and tales of fistfights, broken noses, and practical jokes fill the air. To this Beaver fan, it feels a little like Christmas.

At my own house, where I suffer the presence of a duck fan (my roommate and one of my best friends), the ribbing has begun. I came home yesterday and found that all of my Beaver paraphernalia had been bagged up and labeled for distribution to the Salvation Army—Apparent retaliation for the OSU tailgate magnet that had been placed discreetly on the passenger side of his Honda, and the screen saver which had been changed from "Oregon Ducks" to "Oregon Sucks".

Wait until he comes home and finds his room filled with Orange and Black styrofoam packing "peanuts".

Some odds and ends for Civil War week…

 

Steven Jackson:

Jackson is the 1st back in Oregon State history to rush for three 200 yard games, is leading the Pac-10 in rushing and ranks fifth nationally with 1,503 yards and an average of 136.6 yards per game. Jackson has eclipsed the 100 yard mark 8 times this season.

Even if Jackson were not to gain a single yard against Oregon, Jackson would still win the title, with an average of 125.3 yards per game. He is now in 10th place for the Pac 10 single-season rushing record with 1,503 yards. Corey Dillon currently holds the 9th place slot with 1,555 yards.

Move over, Corey.

University of Oregon ranks #13 in the nation, allowing 95.9 yards per game

but they haven't faced the Pac 10 rushing title holder yet.

 

James Newson:

James is seventh in the Pac-10 and is tied for 48th nationally with 4.82 receptions per game (53 total). He is fifth in the Pac-10 and 26th nationally in receiving yards per game with an average of 86.45 yards per game. He ranks 14th in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (93.18 average) and is 15th in scoring (5.45 per game). He currently is tied for first place on OSU's single-season TD reception list with 10. He has caught at least one TD pass in eight games this year.

Courtesy of BillOSU87: What do the top 3 receivers in the Pac 10 all have in common? You guessed it—huge days against the ducks. Reggie Williams: 14 catches, 198 yards. Bobby Wade: 12 catches, 151 yards. Shaun McDonald: 12 catches, 204 yards. Look for a triple-digit day from James.

He is tied for third on OSU's career list for touchdown passes with 15 and has had four games in which he has caught two TD passes. He needs five more TD passes to become No. 1.

My guess is that James moves into sole possession of third place this weekend.

 

Derek Anderson:

With his 60 yard TD pass to James Newson at Stanford, Derek has tied Jonathan Smith's single season TD record at 20. Derek ranks 6th on the OSU all time single season passing list, with 2,624 yards.

University of Oregon ranks 114th nationally in pass-efficiency defense, allowing 285.80 yards per game.

Just what DA needs to rack up some nice yardage. Derek will need to be on point though: Safety Keith Lewis and CB Steven Moore have each accounted for 5 interceptions, both ranked in the top 5 in the Pac 10.

There's been a lot of talk about Derek's inflated numbers vs. inferior OOC opponents, and then the long fall from grace when entering the gauntlet that is the Pac 10. Those of us who have wrung our hands about DA's struggles with the speed of Pac 10 play, take note: Derek completed 33 of 51 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns against the Owls without an interception. He accounted for 297 yards in total offense on 53 plays.

Yes, OA. We remember. But Temple is HORRIBLE! Inflated numbers against the Sisters of the Poor didn't prepare DA for Pac 10 play.

Don't look now kids: Temple is ranked 27th nationally in total defense. To put that in perspective, UCLA is 36th, Arizona State is 51st, Washington is 56th, Stanford is 62nd, Arizona is 75th, and Oregon is 76th. It can happen, folks. And it will.

 

Let's talk DEFENSE.

Oregon State leads the Pac-10 in rushing defense, allowing just 88.0 yards per game on the ground, good enough to rank seventh nationally. Oregon State has allowed just 183 yards rushing in its last five games, an average of 26.6 yards per game. In those five games, Beaver opponents have averaged 1.19 yards per carry.

Onterrio Smith is out for knee surgery. That's too bad. Terrance Whitehead, I'd like to introduce you to some friends of mine: Eric Manning, Dwan Edwards, Noah Happe, Bill Swancutt, Richard Seigler, Nick Barnett, and Eric Tuma.

Oregon State leads the Pac-10 in pass efficiency defense and ranks eighth nationally with a 94.28 average.

Just what a quarterback with shaken confidence needs. Have a nice day, Mr. Fife, and don't worry about Kellen Clemens looking over your shoulder. I think Coach has learned his lesson, he won't bench you again. At least you hope so.

Oregon State leads the Pac-10 Conference in total defense, allowing 290.36 yards per game. That figure ranks 10th nationally. The Beavers are 18th ranked nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 18.4 points per game.

Oregon ranks 49th nationally in sco


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