TAKING TWO: It has been well documented that P Johnny Hekker has struggled punting the ball with a conference worst 35.9 yards per boot and just one punt over 50 yards. Hekker's line drive kicks cost the team field position a week ago so don't be surprised if coach Mike Riley burns true freshman Ryan Allen's redshirt year -- Allen was punting at halftime of the ASU game with excellent distance and height, and Riley was planning to use him on OSU's next punt...but the Beavers didn't punt again. "Ryan Allen is ready to go," Riley said earlier this week. "I've been looking for an opportunity for him to get in the game...That competition is a real competition. Ryan Allen is talented, as is Johnny. Johnny just didn't do it the last game."
CANFIELD OR MOEVAO?: Junior quarterback Sean Canfield, who is 5-4 as a starter, has taken the majority of the snaps with the first team this week and is expected to start against UCLA. It would be his first start in over a year. But don't count Lyle Moevao, who is 9-3 as a starter, out. Moevao's MRI early this week showed just a sprain in his right shoulder and the junior is already lobbying Riley to play this weekend. At this point the best case scenario is Moevao being healthy enough to backup Canfield.
CASH 'EM IN: In the last six games Oregon State has forced 13 turnovers and turned them into 12 scores and 74 points (10 touchdowns, 2 field goals). On the other side of the ball, through eight games, the Beavers have had 11 turnovers resulting in only 37 points (7 at Stanford, 3 at Penn State, 7 at Utah 13 against Washington State and 7 against Arizona State).
THE BROTHERS RODGERS: James and Jacquizz Rodgers have spent the 2008 season wreaking havoc on the opposition. Thus far the Rodgers brothers have accounted for 1,841 yards (James - 665 yards, Jacquizz - 1,176) of Oregon State's 3,404 total yards in 2008. That translates to 54.1 percent of Oregon State's total - up three percent from last week.
EXTRA MOTIVATION: Starting offensive guard Adam Speer grew up rooting for the Bruins and while he heard from UCLA during his recruiting process they never extended an offer and one coach told him he was too short to play college football. "I went to every UCLA game when I was getting recruited my junior and and senior year and I wanted to go there," Speer said. "I had a meeting with (former coach Karl) Dorrell and he said I was too short. So that's extra motivation. I really hate the Bruins.''
THOMPSON TO START: Offensive tackle Tavita Thompson is expected to receive his second start of the year at right tackle. The senior made his first career start this season versus Arizona State one week ago as he split time with redshirt freshman Mike Remmers. Thompson played about 60-percent of the downs.
ALMOST THERE: If Oregon State wins Saturday they could be ranked for the first time since the end of the 2007 season. OSU received 16 votes in the Associated Press poll (No. 30) and nine votes in the USA Today Poll (No. 31). Maryland, who is 6-3, is the only team currently in the top 25 with three losses.
Oregon State needs one victory to become bowl eligible
for the third consecutive year and fifth time in the last
six seasons. The Beavers have finished third in the Pac-
10 the last two seasons with 6-3 marks, playing in the Sun Bowl in 2006 and Emerald Bowl in 2007. The Pac-10 has seven bowl tie-ins in 2008.
0 for UCLA: Oregon State has had a wealth of success against Pac-10 Conference competition in recent years, except for one league member - UCLA. The Beavers have lost five straight to the Bruins, including three straight in Corvallis, by an average margin of 39-18. Beaver head coach Mike Riley is 0-5 vs. UCLA and when he was the offensive coordinator at USC (1993-96) went 0-4 against the Bruins.
RECORD WATCH: Several Beavers are on record paces this year, here's a run down:
- Jacquizz Rodgers - needs 84 yards to break OSU freshman rushing
record, currently leads Pac-10 in rushing and 10th in the nation with 118.1
yards per game; no freshman has ever led the Pac-10 in rushing.
- Lyle Moevao - has completed 63.3 percent of his passes; current
record holder is Matt Moore in 2006 at 60.6 percent; on pace to have fifth
highest total yards in a season with 3,049
- Sammie Stroughter - needs 53 yards to move into top 3 for career
receiving yards; needs 12 receptions to move into fourth for career
receptions; needs three touchdowns to move into a tie for fifth for career
- Victor Butler - needs two sacks to move into second for career
sacks, Butler is currently third with 18.0 career sacks
- Slade Norris - needs one sack to move into fourth for career sacks, Norris is currently tied for fifth with 15.5 career sacks