MOEVAO OR CANFIELD?: BeaverFootball.com has learned that if the Beavers take care of business this weekend and Texas Tech beats Oklahoma ESPN Game Day will be making its first trip to Corvallis to cover the Civil War.
MOEVAO OR CANFIELD?: Riley has always said that he likes to have two quarterbacks who are capable of leading his team and it looks like his philosophy is paying off. QB Lyle Moevao sat out most of Tuesday's and all of Wednesday and Thursday's practices due to a sore right shoulder as junior Sean Canfield took the majority of the repetitions with the first team offense. Moevao was obviously not 100-perecent against Cal last week and if his shoulder remains tight expect Canfield to receive his second start of the season. Canfield has completed 35 of 50 (70 percent) passes for 440 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions while taking over for Moevao.
EXPECTED TO PLAY: DT Stephen Paea, last week's Defensive Pac-10 Player of the Week, has sat out back to back days of practice due to a knee injury but is still expected to start in Tucson.
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE: The Oregon State football team has received a lot of positive press in the last couple of weeks. Head coach Mike Riley made his first appearance as the head coach of Oregon State on the Jim Rome Show earlier this week. Among the topics Rome and Riley talked about was the slow starts, the USC win, Jacquizz Rodgers and is talking about the Rose Bowl taboo in Corvallis?
"It's out there, we know that, but taking care of the moment is the most important part," Riley said. "Our focus every week is No. 1: respect and learn about the opponent, No. 2: practice like crazy and No. 3: play better than them on Saturday. If we stick to that formula and look up at the end- things might end up very good." Hear the interview by clicking here.
NATIONAL LOVE: The Beavers got some love from three NFL Network analysts earlier this week (Charles Davis, Mike Mayock and Terry Donahue) as all three agreed Oregon State will win out and go to the Rose Bowl. Watch the discussion by clicking play below.
TWO-MAN WRECKING CREW: James and Jacquizz Rodgers have accounted for 2,330 yards (James - 853 yards, Jacquizz - 1,477) of Oregon State’s 4,166 total yards in 2008. That translates to 55.9 percent of Oregon State’s total. James and Jacquizz Rodgers rank third and fourth, respectively, for all-purpose rushing (Rush, Rec., PR, KR). James is averaging 148.6 yards, third in the Pac-10 while Jacquizz is fourth at 147.7.
ONE OF THE BEST: In Corvallis it's no secret that a big part of the Beavers' offensive success can be attributed to the teachings of offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh. His offensive line has yielded a conference low 10 sacks in 322 pass attempts while helping put up 416 yards of offense per game - good for third in the conference. As a result Cavanaugh is a finalist of Offensive Line Coach of the Year from FootballScoop.com. Cast your vote by clicking here.
SPREADING THE GOOD NEWS: With RB Jacquizz Rodgers moving up school lists and smashing Pac-10 records left and right the Oregon State Sports Information Department decided it was time for the rest of the nation to know about one of the most explosive players in the nation. This week they sent out a poster to all major media outlets touting Quizz's accomplishments. Click here to view the poster in PDF format where you can save it to your computer and/or print it.
QUIZZ SHOW: Another Saturday, another 100 yard game for Quizz. His 144 yards against Cal made it the seventh time this year he surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark. Here's a list of his accomplishments thus far:
- Has led the Beavers in rushing in nine of his first 10 career games
- Has surpassed the 100-yard mark seven times (110 vs. Hawai’i, 186 vs. USC, 101 at Utah, 168 vs. WSU, 133 vs. ASU, 144 at UCLA and 144 vs. Cal).
- Is ninth in the nation in rushing and leads the Pac-10
- Is the only player in the league in triple figures at 123.3 yards per game - a freshman has never led the Pac-10 for rushing.
- CBS Sportsline rates him the top freshman in the nation
- Has been crowned the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week three times.
- Already owns the Pac-10 record for freshman rushing with 1,233 yards.
- A semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award - he is the only freshman among the semifinalists
IT HAS BEEN AWHILE: The Beavers remain in control of their destiny for the Pac-10 title, which they shared in 2000 with Washington and Oregon at 7-1. Oregon State last won an unshared league title in 1956 when it went 6-1-1 in the Pacific Coast Conference, which at that time did not include the Arizona schools, but did have Idaho as a member. By virtue of the league title, the Beavers played in the 1957 Rose Bowl, losing to Iowa (35-19). Oregon State also played in the 1965 Rose Bowl, losing to Michigan (34-7) after sharing the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU) title with USC.
WHAT’S AT STAKE: A win by Oregon State would clinch no worse than a tie for second place in the Pac-10 - the Beavers have finished third in each of the last two seasons. A victory would also send the Beavers into the Nov. 29 Civil War game with a chance for its first Pac-10 title since sharing the honor in 2000.
WIN STREAKS: Oregon State has clinched its third consecutive winning record within Pac-10 action, marking the longest streak since the program had four consecutive winning years from 1966-69. The Beavers are riding its first five-game win streak in the same season since being victorious in seven in a row in 2000, including the 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
NOW THAT'S IMPROVEMENT: The Beavers ranked 109th in the nation allowing 224.5 yards per game in the 0-2 start. Since that 0-2 start, the Beaver defense has allowed an average of 80.6 rushing yards per game and now ranks 22nd allowing 109.3 for the season on the ground.
OFFENSIVE OR DEFENSIVE GAME?: Both of these teams have proven they can score and also can defend. Arizona enters the contest second in the Pac-10 and 11th in the nation averaging 39.7 points per game, while OSU is fourth and 24th at 33.7 points. But, the Beaver defense ranks second in the conference allowing 21.8 points per game while Arizona is fourth at 22.7.
THIRD DOWN = BAD DEAL FOR OPPOSITION: When third down comes around, the Oregon State defense has the opposition right where it wants it. At 28%, the Beavers are first in the Pac-10 and rank fourth in the nation for third-down conversion defense. Opponents have converted 4-27 (14.8%) on third down in the last two games. Part of the reason for the meager percentage is that the Beavers have had success putting the opposition in a bad situation on third down. In the last two games opponents have faced an average of 10 yards to go. The part of the reason is the play of the defensive backfield — Brandon Hughes, Al Afalava and Keenan Lewis rank fifth, seventh and eighth respectively, in the conference for pass breakups at 1.6 per game. In addition, the Beavers’ defensive ends Slade Norris and Victor Butler, and linebacker Keaton Kristick rank in the top seven of the league for tackles-for-loss.
SACK/NO SACK: Oregon State has sacked opposing quarterbacks 28 times this season for a loss of 218 yards. Thirteen of those sacks have been in the last three games, including five apiece against Arizona State’s Rudy Carpenter and California’s Kevin Riley. On the other side, Beaver quarterbacks have been sacked a league low 10 times, which is tied for the ninth-lowest in the nation
Over the last 58 games, Oregon State is 26-3 when
committing fewer turnovers than its opponent, 8-16
when committing more turnovers and 3-3 when even.
Since 2001, the Beavers are tied for sixth in the nation
for forced turnovers with 223. The Beavers’ defense
trails USC (259), Virginia Tech (235), Oklahoma (232),
Boston College (225), Southern Mississippi (224) and
West Virginia also has 223.
MAKING TURNOVERS COUNT: In the last eight games Oregon State has forced 19 turnovers and turned them into 15 scores and 95 points (13 touchdowns, 2 field goals). On the other side of the ball, through nine games, the Beavers have committed 14 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 TWO BEST: Two of the best receivers in the nation will be on the field Saturday at Arizona Stadium. Beaver senior receiver Sammie Stroughter leads the Pac-10 at 69.1 yards per game while Arizona wideout Mike Thomas is second at 68.0. Beaver receivers James Rodgers (5th/60.3 yds) and Shane Morales (7th/57.0 yards) also rank in the top 10.