RUMBLIN' RODGERS: RB Jacquizz Rodgers, for the second straight week and third time this year, has been named Pac-10 offensive player of the week. Linebacker Keaton Kristick and punter Johnny Hekker were also nominated from OSU. Quizz rushed 31 times for 144 yards with two touchdowns (rushing and receiving) in the Beavers' 34-6 win at UCLA. Quizz continues to lead the Pac-10 in rushing at 121 yards per game and is the only player in the conference averaging over 100 yards rushing per. With three regular season tilts to go, his 1,089 hashes is already both a Pac-10 and Oregon State record for a freshman running back. Quizz is just the third freshman in Pac-10 history to top 1,000 yards in a season, with BeaverGreat Ken Simonton posting 1,028 yards in 1998 and Stanford's Darrin Nelson logging 1,069 in 1977.
MOEVAO UPDATE: QB Lyle Moevao is questionable
for Saturday's tilt with Cal. He suited up against UCLA, but wasn't the backup and Mike Riley
said after the game he would not have played.
Unless Moevao's shoulder improves significantly this week, you can expect junior Sean Canfield to receive his second career start of the season though perhaps this time with Moevao as the tentative backup. But if Moevao is still healing up Justin Engstrom will be the backup to Canfield once again.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Beavers have won seven straight in Reser Stadium and 12 of the last 13 dating back to the 2006 season. Cal has had success in Corvallis though winning the last two (2006 and 2004). Before Cal's two game winning streak in Reser, the Beavers had won five straight including three straight at home.
MORALES UPDATE: WR Shane Morales is having an x-ray on his hip Monday after straining a muscle during Friday's walk through in Corvallis. The coaches hoped he would be able to play and he did start, but the pain was to great and he was taken out after the first snap. Sophomore Casey Kjos took his place in the lineup. If Morales if not ready to play this weekend, Kjos will likely receive his first career start. Riley also hinted that TE John Reese could line up in the slot as well.
A SECOND HALF TEAM: It has been well documented that Oregon State finishes the second half of the season in big ways -- the Beavs hold a 19-4 record in the months of October, November and December since 2006. But did you know that OSU has outscored its last four opponents 110-29 in the second half?
MISCELLANEOUS INJURY UPDATE: CB Tim Clark (toe) and DT Stephen Paea (calf) both were injured against UCLA and although they will take it easy in practice this week, both are expected to play versus Cal.
RANKED: The Men in Black emerged in the national rankings Sunday at No. 23 in the AP poll and No. 25 in the USA Today coaches poll. LSU (19, 20), South Carolina (23,24) and Oregon State are the only three teams with three losses in the top 25.
OUCH! TALK ABOUT YOUR SI JINX..: After the OSU weekly release trumpeted the fact OSU was doing a great job of not hurting themselves with penalties this season, the Beavs promptly racked up 10 flags for 99 hashes -- 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.
GOING BOWLING: For the eighth time in the last 10 years, Oregon State is bowl eligible and their sixth win guarantees at least a .500 record. The best case scenario is OSU wining the final three games on the schedule and unless you've been living in a cave you're well aware that would mean the Beavs go to the Rose Bowl for the fist time in 44 years. If they win two of three, it's a probable second place finish and a trip to the Holiday Bowl, where they have never played. If the Beavs win one of the final three, it looks like the Sun Bowl, where they won in 2006. And if they were to finish the year by losing all three games, then its probably the Las Vegas Bowl, where they won in 2003.
A FIRE LIT?: Going into the UCLA game, P Johnny Hekker was averaging a conference worst 35.9 yards per punt. After Riley said his job was on the line after the Arizona State game, (and nearly replaced him during the game) Hekker hit the practice fields with a renewed outlook. Against UCLA, he averaged a robust 48.8 yards per kick and boosted his season average by just under two yards to 37.8.STERLING SAMMIE: With life made more difficult Saturday by the absence of Morales, grabmaster Sammie Stroughter put together a six-catch, 93 yard day and is now in sole possession of fifth place all-time on on OSU's career receptions list with 144 catches. Stroughter's touchdown also moved him into sole possession of seventh place on OSU's all-time career touchdown receptions list with 13. And his 93 receiving yards gave him 2,272 receiving hashes, moving him into third on OSU's all-time career receiving yards list.