OSU's Rodgers brothers a thrill ride

JAMES RODGERS and the fly sweep were huge last season, and the sophomore receiver's impact has been even greater in '08. RB Jacquizz Rodgers, meanwhile, is tearing up the turf and poised to set the all-time Pac-10 freshman rushing mark. Indeed, OSU's Quizz and Quan are a thrill ride waiting to happen on every snap. And in the Beavs triumph over ASU, it was perhaps best embodied by a single play.

In went down on the stat sheet as but a six-yard run.

It was so much more than that.

Because Jacquizz Rodgers and James Rodgers have a way of making even a six-yard gain, by ground or by air, a must-see event.

It came on OSU's pivotal 4th quarter drive, one that provided the winning margin against ASU. It was a misdirection play where Jacquizz Rodgers feinted a few steps to his right before coming back left to take the handoff.

But he was cut off by a Sun Devil linebacker. He started and stopped, as Quizz has done so effortlessly this season, and then swept wide, the linebacker in hot pursuit.

James Rodgers, split out wide on the right, took his corner downfield before coming back with a full head of steam into the pursuing 'backer. The linebacker spied Quan at the last moment and dipped his shoulder. The linebacker is 6-3, 233 pounds. The second year Beaver receiver is listed at 5-7, 185.

Giving away nearly 50 pounds and 8 inches, James Rodgers stood the linebacker up and knocked him back. The crowd went wild. But almost immediately and before the crowd could truly voice their approval, Quizz laid his shoulder into the corner and belted him back a few yards.

Any voices absent from the first block now joined in.

The corner recovered and hit Quizz late out of bounds. James walked over purposefully but casually to make sure his brother was okay. A shoving match broke out and the end result was a 15-yard penalty was called on both teams and offset.

But oh, that block. And oh, that run.

The Rodgers' brothers are both hard-nosed football players who simply go about their business and make plays. Having Quiz and Quan for 3-plus and 2-plus more years, one can only imagine the possibilities yet to come.

JACQUIZZ RODGERS WAS named on Monday the Pac-10 Conference's Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Beavs' victory over Arizona State. It is the true freshman's second POW award this season.

Quizz, the Pac-10's leading rusher, upped his season total to 945 yards and is on the verge of becoming only the third freshman in Pac-10 history to reach 1,000 yards.

The Pac-10 freshman record is 1,069 yards by Stanford's Darrin Nelson in 1977. Former Beaver Ken Simonton had 1,028 yards in 1998.

Quizz rushed for 133 yards and had another 55 receiving hashes against ASU.

Rodgers also earned the honor Sept. 27 after the Beavers' victory over then No. 1 USC. He and Trojan quarterback Mark Sanchez are the only multiple honorees by the conference on offense this season. Beaver safety Greg Laybourn has also been selected twice as the league's Defensive Player of the Week - the only multiple winner on that side of the ball.

THE FINAL GAME on the Beavers' schedule not already selected for TV broadcast got picked up on Monday when ABC chose to regionally televise the Cal game on Nov 15. Kickoff is slated for appx. 12:30 p.m. That completed a first-ever for the Oregon State football program -- every Beaver game will air on live television in the 2008 season.

This Saturday's game at UCLA will be seen live on FSN-Prime, (available for satellite customers and in the Los Angeles area) starting at 3 p.m.. FSN-Northwest will join the game in progress in the Oregon/SW Washington market (approximately early 2nd quarter) following the completion of the Oregon-Stanford broadcast.

FSN-NW will also replay the UCLA game later that night in its entirety beginning at 7:30 p.m.

QB Lyle Moevao (shoulder) is "day-to-day", said Mike Riley. Moevao is expected to rest up and then give it a go in practice on Tuesday.

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