NOTES: "An all-out team victory"

BEAVER NATION SET a Reser Stadium record while Jacquizz Rodgers and Sammie Stroughter continued to move up school lists. Many more notes in this comprehensive post game notebook following the Beavs seventh win of the season.

Pregame notes:

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

  • The Beavers wore black tops and black bottoms, Cal wore white tops and white bottoms.

  • OSU was favored by three points.

  • Dick Fosbury, former Oregon State track and field star and 1968 Olympian, presented the game ball.

  • Temperature: 50 degrees with 76% humidity | Wind: 3 mpg NE | Weather: Sunny and dry

  • Attendance for the game was a Reser-Stadium record 45,969. That figure is also past the official capacity of 45,674. The previous record was 45,629 on Nov. 10, 2007 against Washington.

  • The ABC telecast was the first for an Oregon State game since Nov. 23, 2002 when Oregon State hosted Oregon.


Series notes:

  • Cal still leads 33-28 overall but Oregon State leads 12-11 in Corvallis.

  • The Beavers are 8-2 versus Cal since 2000. That 8-2 mark is the best 10-game stretch in the series since California went 9-1 from 1973-83.

  • The win is also the first win by the home team since 2002 when Oregon State defeated Cal, 24-13, at Reser Stadium. OSU has a four-game win streak in Berkeley.

  • The win for the Beavers was their first over California at Reser Stadium since 2002 as the Golden Bears carried a two-game win streak in Corvallis into the game. Oregon State has now won eight of the last 10 meetings between the teams regardless of location.


Offense notes:

  • The offense generated 339 yards of total offense, 194 on the ground, 4.6 ypc, and 145 through the air, 5.2 ypc while holding onto the ball for 34:46, almost 10 minutes more than Cal.

  • The offense picked up 20 first downs, 12 by run, six by pass and two by penalty while converting 4 of 13 (30%) on third downs and scoring on 4 of 5 redzone opportunities.

  • The offenses' average field possession in the first half was Cal's 48 yard line. For the game the Beavers average starting field position was their own 45.

  • The offensive line gave up one sack.

  • The Beavers passed only three times in the fourth quarter and ran 14 times.

  • QB Lyle Moevao received his first start since the Arizona State game, where he injured his right shoulder, completing 14 of 28 passes for season low 145 yards and one interception.

    “I felt pretty good," Moevao said. "It was a little rough to start off but it won’t be long until I’m back to normal again."

    Moevao, who is battling the flu, forced several passes early and had trouble locating his receivers early on, but settled down made several key throws in the fourth quarter.

    "It felt good just to get back out there and get the win," Moevao said. "I thought everybody did their part and we did what we had to do to come away with a win."

  • RB Jacquizz Rodgers recorded his third straight and seventh overall 100-yard game running the ball 27 times for 144 yards (5.3 ypc) and one touchdown. 108 of his yards came in the second half.

    His 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter was his 11th rushing touchdown this year which times him for 11th-most in a single season at OSU.

    "You're put on this stage to perform," Rodgers said. "I just try to perform on a high level. And my line, they do a great job week in and week out blocking."

    Rodgers has scored at least one rushing touchdown in eight of the team's 10 games. The Beavers are 6-1 when he tops the century mark.

    With 144 rushing yards, Quizz raised his season total to 1,233, which ranks eighth on OSU’s season list

  • RB Ryan McCants ran the ball seven times for 16 yards.

  • WR James Rodgers led the team with six catches for 50 yards. He also ran the ball three times for 27 yards and one touchdown.

    His 18-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was Rodgers’ fourth on the ground this season and ninth overall.

  • WR Shane Morales caught two passes for 41 yards after missing most of the UCLA game with a hip injury.

  • The Rodgers brothers have scored in the same game five times this season. The Beavers are 5-0 when that happens.

  • The Rodgers brothers combined for 338 all-purpose yards.

  • WR Sammie Stroughter had one rush for 21 yards on a double reverse, despite fumbling the handoff, and caught two passes for 32 yards.

  • TE Howard Croom grabbed two passes for 10 yards.

  • TE Joe Halahuni received his first career start when he lined up at fullback on the Beavers' first offensive play.


Defense notes:

  • The defense gave up 232 total yards (Cal's second lowest total this year), 85 on the ground, 2.8 ypc, 147 by pass, 12.2 ypc, while Cal held onto the ball for 25:14. Coming into the game Cal was averaging 375.7 yards and 32.7 points.

  • Cal converted just 2 of 13 third downs and 0 of 1 fourth downs while scoring on their one red zone opportunity.

  • The defense gave up just 94 total yards, 65 on one running play, in the second half, did not give up a third down conversion in the second half, just four first downs and only one net yard in the fourth quarter.

  • The defense racked 10 tackles for loss including five sacks - matching its season high. The Beavers have 16 sacks in the past four games.

  • S Greg Laybourn led the team with eight tackles and one pass breakup.

    It is the fifth time this season that Laybourn has led the team in stops.

  • DE Victor Butler turned in another superb performance harnessing seven tackles and 1.5 sacks.

    He has at least one tackle for loss in the last five games.

    Butler now has 19.5 career sacks tying him with Inoke Breckterfield (1995-98) for No. 2 on OSU's career list.

  • DE Slade Norris had a half of a sack giving him 16.0 for his career tying him for fourth with Kane Rodgers (1992-95) on OSU's career list.

  • DT Stephen Paea grabbed a season high six tackles, including his fourth sack of the year.

  • LB Dwight Roberson had another solid night finishing with five tackles including his second career sack and one forced fumble.

  • LB Keaton Kristick also had a solid game with five tackles and one pass breakup.

  • CB Brandon Hughes finished with five tackles and has 20 tackles and six pass breakups in the last four games.

  • CB Keenan Lewis snagged his third interception of the year returning a pass 25-yards for a touchdown with 31 seconds left in the game.

    "We were playing zone coverage," Lewis said. "I saw Kevin Riley drop back and I just read his eyes, and I saw it release out of his hands and I just knew, 'I gotta make a play."

    It was the team’s second interception for a touchdown this season.


Special teams notes:

  • P Johnny Hekker punted the ball six times for a 38.5 average with three landing inside the 20.

    His biggest punt of the game was his 29-yard kick that was downed at the six yard line with 42 seconds left.

  • K Justin Kahut made his first two field goal attempts, a 28-yard kick in the second quarter and a 24-yard boot in the third quarter, before missing his final 29-yard attempt in the fourth quarter.

    It was Kahut's fifth multiple field goal game of the season.

    Kahut struggled getting distance on his kickoffs as many of his boots were fielded at the 15 yard line.

  • PR Sammie Stroughter returned three punts for 61 yards, including a season high 56 yard return in the first quarter which setup up the team's second touchdown of the game.

    Stroughter fielded the pigskin off the turf at his own 42, raced up the Beaver sideline slipping several tackles before running across the field and taking it inside Cal's five yard line.

  • KR James Rodgers returned three kickoffs for 117 yards and his first career kickoff return for six.

    His 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter was the Beavers’ first since Dec. 2, 2006 when Gerard Lawson returned one for 100 yards against Hawai’i.

    “If a team scores on us first, we have to come answer, and that’s what we did," Rodgers said. "There was great blocking up front by the kickoff return team and I just hit the hole and it was off to the races."

    Rodgers’ kickoff return for a touchdown was the first in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2008.

  • Safety Brandon Hardin is starting to make a name for himself on special teams as he has delievered several bone jarring hits the last couple of weeks.

    This week's victim was Syd'Quan Thompson who was leveled by Hardin on a kickoff return.


Miscellaneous notes:

  • The win is Oregon State’s seventh this season as the Beavers improved to 7-3. It guarantees that head coach Mike Riley will have his fifth winning season in eight years at Oregon State. It is also his third straight winning campaign.

  • Riley won his 54th career game at Oregon State, which still keeps him in third place in school history. It does, however, move him one spot closer to second, which is held by Tommy Prothro’s 63 victories from 1955-64.

  • Riley also improved to 26-11 over the past two-plus seasons. He improved to 4-4 all-time against California.

  • Oregon State won its fifth straight game, which is the longest win streak under head coach Mike Riley during one full season. Riley has two five-game win streaks in his career with the Beavers. Oregon State won the last three games of 2004 and the first two of 2005 and the last four of the 2006 season and the first of 2007.

  • The five-game win streak is the Beavers’ longest one since they won the last seven games of the 2000 season. It is the longest win streak under coach Riley.

  • Oregon State improved to 20-4 in games played in October, November and December over the past two-plus seasons. The Beavers are 5-1 in October and November combined this season.

  • Oregon State has outscored opponents, 188-51 in the first quarter of games over the 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons at Reser Stadium. In the last 15 games at home, that tally is 153-27.

  • Oregon State finished with five sacks, tying a season-high achieved twice previously against Washington and Arizona State. The five sacks gave the Beavers 16 over their past four games.

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