NOTES: "It makes us bowl eligible"

JACQUIZZ RODGERS SMASHED through school and Pac-10 records. James Rodgers tops the 100-yard receiving mark for the second straight game. Sammie Stroughter continues his assault on the record books. The defense turns in a four quarter effort forcing four turnovers while holding the UCLA offense to just 3.4 yards per play.

Pregame notes:

  • Oregon State won the toss and deferred to the second half.

  • Oregon State wore white tops and bottoms, UCLA wore blue tops with gold bottoms.

  • The announced attendance was 83,478, but empty seats suggested it was in the 60,000 range.

  • The Beavers were favored by seven points.
     
  • Temperature: 79 degrees with 24% humidity | Wind: 5 MPH S  |Weather:  Light haze

 

Series notes:

  • UCLA still leads the series 39-14-4, 22-7-3 in Pasadena

  • The Beavers win snapped a five game UCLA win streak.

  • It was OSU's first win in Pasadena since 2000 (44-38).
     
  • Saturday's victory is the first ever against UCLA for Riley (0-5 as a head coach, 0-4 as an assistant).

 

Offense notes:

  • The offense totaled 423 total yards, 201 on the ground, 4.2 ypc, and 222 through the air, 13.9 ypc, while converting on 6 of 14 (43%) third down and 0 of 1 on fourth down conversions.
     
  • The offense picked up 18 first downs, 11 by the run, six by the pass and one by penalty while converting on 5 of 7 redzone opportunities.
     
  • The offensive line did not give up a sack and gave Canfield plenty of time to throw.
     
  • The offense had the ball in UCLA territory on five of their eight possessions but got just three points.
     
  • The offense averaged 6.0 yards per play.

  • The offense lost one of two fumbles making it just their third fumble lost this year.

  • In his first start this year QB Sean Canfield completed 16 of 22 (72%) for 221 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

    His first touchdown came on an 18-yard strike to Sammie Stroughter in the third quarter while his second touchdown came on a 5-yard pass to Jacquizz Rodgers at the start of the fourth quarter.

    His 75-yard pass to James Rodgers in the first quarter is the longest of his career and the 14th longest pass play in school history.

    Canfield started off the game shaky throwing behind receivers on several occasions which resulted in his one interception.

    "Sean's not back to normal strength, but he's coming back," Riley said. "He can play, but he's not as strong as he was or will be. I'm just glad he's playing the level he is right now."

  • QB Lyle Moevao did not warm up, but was on the sidelines in pads. He told various media outlets that he is 70-75% healed.

    "I brought him because I had hopes he could be the viable backup," Riley said. "but we weren't there with him today."

  • QB Justin Engstrom severed as the backup quarterback, but did not see any snaps.

  • TE Joe Halahuni, who normally lines up as a H-back, lined up at fullback several times for the first time this year.

    The new play caused confusion in the first half as he stepped on Canfield causing him to fumble the exchange to Quizz on first and goal in the second quarter after recovering a UCLA fumble.

  • WR Shane Morales started but exited after the first play of the game as he injured his right hip in the walk through before the game. Casey Kjos played in Morales' place.

    "It bothered me too much trying to shift from side to side." Morales said."But maybe I'll get another chance to play here on Jan. 1."

  • WR James Rodgers had his second 100-yard receiving game of his career catching six passes for a team and career high 115 yards for 19.2 yards per catch.

    His 75-yard reception in the first quarter, on which he came back on the under thrown ball, is the Beavers longest passing play of the season and the longest of Rodgers' career.

    In the last two games Quan has caught 14 passes for 217 yards.

  • WR Sammie Stroughter caught his sixth touchdown of the season on a 18-yard pass in the third quarter for the Beavers first touchdown of the game.

    After his six catch 93 yard performance Stroughter is now in sole sole possession of fifth place on OSU's all-time career receptions list with 144 catches.  His touchdown moved him into sole possession of seventh place on OSU's all-time career touchdown receptions list with 13. 

    And his 93 receiving yards gives him 2,272 yards moving him into third on OSU's all-time career receiving yards list.

  • RB Jacquizz Rodgers finished with 31 carries for 144 yards and one rushing touchdown.  He also added his first receiving touchdown on a five yard pass from Canfield in the fourth quarter.

    In the second quarter he went over 1,000 yards for the year making him just the third freshman running back in Pac-10 history to run for 1,000 or more yards and fifth 1,000 yard rusher at OSU in the last six seasons.

    "Quizz makes what should be a loss into a 3-yard gain," QB Sean Canfield said.  "He's real smart, especially for a true freshman. Along with Ryan, they're lightning and thunder."

    Early in the second half he passed Ken Simonton (1,028) for the school's rushing record for a freshman.

    And after his 19-yard gain in the fourth quarter he broke the Pac-10 rushing record (Darrin Nelson/1,069) for a freshman.

    This was Quizz's sixth 100-yard game this season.  He has a conference best 1,089 yards on the year.

  • RB Ryan McCants scored his second career touchdown as he rumbled 35 yards in the fourth quarter for the team's final score of the game.

    McCants finished with eight carries for 58 yards and one touchdown.
     
  • TE John Reese had one catch for six yards - his first catch since the Hawaii game.

 

Defense notes:

  • The Beaver defense played one of its best games of the year limiting the Bruin attack to 239 total yards, 51 on the ground, 1.8 ypc, and 189 through the air, 9.4 ypc, while UCLA converted just 2 of 14 (14%) on third down, including 0 of 7 in the first half, and 0 of 1 on fourth down.
     
  • UCLA averaged 3.4 yards per play and scored on both of their redzone opportunities.
     
  • The Bruins picked up 17 first downs, three by rush, 10 by pass and four by penalty.
     
  • UCLA had just 97 yards in the second half.
     
  • The defense forced four turnovers - one fumble and three interceptions.
     
  • For the second time this year LB Keaton Kristick led the team in tackles with eight stops including a team best three tackles for loss.  He also had one pass breakup.

    Kristick has made 17 tackles in the last two games; the same number he made in the previous three games combined.

  • CB Brandon Hughes missed several series in the first quarter but returned in the middle of the second quarter and played a strong game.

    Hughes had several opportunities to make a pick but could never wrap up the pigskin for a turnover.  He did have a team and game high four pass breakups though and finished with six tackles.

  • DE Slade Norris recovered a fumble at the UCLA 7 in the second quarter.

  • S Greg Laybourn picked off his third pass of the year in the fourth quarter as he returned in 53 yards to the UCLA 16.

    "I'm just glad Slade didn't hit the quarterback a second sooner," Laybourn said.  "He got great pressure on Craft and made him just throw it up there. I happened to be in good position for the interception."

    His return helped put the Beavers up by three scores.

  • LB David Pa'aluhi received a lot of playing time at middle linebacker and played well harnessing three tackles, including one sack, while forcing the first fumble of his Oregon State career.
     
  • DT Stephen Paea had a strong game in the middle as grabbed one sack giving him 3.5 on the year.
     
  • LB Dwight Roberson grabbed his first sack as a Beaver when he wrapped up Kevin Craft for a four yard loss in the fourth quarter.

  • CB Patrick Henderson intercepted his first career pass in the fourth quarter returning a tipped pass 39 yards to the UCLA 39.
     
  • CB Keenan Lewis started the 43rd game of his career. Only four players in OSU history have started more games that Lewis.  He had four tackles and one pass breakup.

  • LB Isaiah Cook picked off his first pass of the year in the fourth quarter with 2:02 to play.
     
  • DE Slade Norris did not record a tackle for loss breaking his streak of six straight games of at least a half of a tackle for loss.

    Norris finished with two stops, one pass breakup and recovered a fumble.
     
  • DE Victor Butler made three tackles, including two for loss.  Butler has had at least one tackle for loss in four consecutive games.

 

Special teams notes:

  • K Justin Kahut had a season high three touchbacks with two of them hitting near the sideline and rolling fortuitously into the endzone.  Before the UCLA game Kahut had just two touchbacks in the previous eight games.
     
  • K Justin Kahut connected on both of his field goal attempts - a 32 yard kick in the first quarter for the Beavers first points of the game and a 38 yard boot in the fourth quarter.

    Kahut has made eight of his last 10 attempts.
     
  • KR James Rodgers had three returns for 73 yards with a long of 25.
     
  • PR Sammie Stroughter fielded four punts for 36 yards with a long of 18.

  • With his job on the line P Johnny Hekker came through punting the ball five times for a season best 48.8 average.  He came into the game with a conference worst 35.9-yard average.

     "Johnny is very capable," Riley said. "That's how he can punt. It's just a matter of hitting it consistently."

    His 59-yard punt in the first quarter is the longest of his career.  He had two punts over 50 yards and two that landed inside the 20.
     
  • Hekker and the coverage units did a nice job of keeping Terrence Austin in check as he averaged 21.2 on five returns, four yards less than his season aveage.

 

Miscellaneous notes:

  • OSU and UCLA ran 70 plays each.
     
  • After the weekly release made a big deal about OSU doing a great job of not hurting themselves with penalties the team wracked up 10 for 99 which resulted in four first downs for UCLA.  In the previous eight games the Beavs had given their opponents a first down by penalty only 11 times.
     
  • The Beavers outscored UCLA 31-3 in the second half.
     
  • OSU's first touchdown drive of 2 plays covering 21 yards marks the 15th time this season that the Beavers have scored in five plays or fewer ... The Beavers had another 2-play touchdown drive in the fourth quarter to give them 16 in 2008.
     
  • With tonight's victory, Oregon State is bowl eligible for the eighth time in the last 10 years.
     
  • Oregon State is 46-7 when it leads after three quarters under Mike Riley.
     
  • Oregon State has won 53 games with Riley as the head coach. Only two other OSU coaches have won more often – Tommy Prothro had 63 wins and Lon Stiner 74 victories.
     
  • OSU has won six of their last seven games with their only loss being on the road to a Utah team that is now ranked in the top 10.
     
  • The Men in Black are 19-4 in the month of November the last three seasons.
     
  • The OSU offensive players and the entire coach staff has quit shaving until the team loses.

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