MATCHUP NOTEBOOK: No. 24 OSU vs. No. 18 Pitt

PITT IS PLAYING in its first bowl game since 2004 while Oregon State has won its last four bowl games. The Panthers bring a two game winning streak into the Sun Bowl and are looking for their first 10 win season since 1981 while the Beavers would like to wash out the nasty taste left by a disappointing Civil War and finish the season in the top 25 for the third consecutive year.

Beavers vs Panthers
Where: Sun Bowl Stadium
: 50, 426
11:00 AM
Line: OSU by 2.5
Radio: OSU Radio Network
Series: Pitt leads 1-0


Head coach: Mike Riley
(8th season)
Career: 55-42 | At OSU: Same | vs. Pitt: 0-0
Current ranking: #24/25
Current record: 8-4, 7-2
Streak: One game losing streak

Head coach: Dave Wannstedt (4th season)
Career: 25-22 | At Pitt: 25-22 | vs. OSU: 0-0
Current ranking: #18/21
Current record: 9-3, 5-2
Streak: Two game winning streak


OSU: WR Sammie Stroughter (2nd year), DE Victor Butler, OT Andy Levitre and CB Brandon Hughes. Riley also announces a team captain for each game.

Pitt: OL C.J. Davis, TB LaRod Stephens-Howling, LB Scott McKillop, DL Rashaad Duncan and PK Conor Lee.


OSU: RB Jacquizz Rodgers (first team, Offensive POY), WR/PR Sammie Stroughter (first and second), OT Andy Levitre (first), DE Victor Butler (first), KR James Rodgers (first), OG Adam Speer (second), LB Keaton Kristick (second), CB Brandon Hughes (second), S Greg Laybourn (second).

Pitt: LB Scott McKillop (first team, Defensive POY), RB LeSean McCoy (first), OG/C C.J. Davis (first), TE Nate Byham (first), PK Conor Lee (first), DE Greg Romeus (second), and CB Aaron Berry (second).

Last time Oregon State and Pittsburgh met...
Dec. 26, 2002 - Pittsburgh 38, Oregon State 13
Oregon State managed only three points in the second half against No. 24 Pittsburgh as the Panthers held RB Steven Jackson, the nation's No. 4 rusher at the time, to just 33 yards on 19 carries vaulting Pittsburgh to a 38-13 victory.

WR James Newson led all receivers with 10 catches for 165 yards and had one amazing play where he kept his balance after being hit and raced 65-yards for OSU's only touchdown of the game.

The teams were tied at 10 at halftime, but an interception by QB Derek Anderson on an attempted flea flicker on their first possession of the second half proved costly. CB Tez Morris picked off the pass returning it to the OSU23 and two plays later the Panthers were up by a touchdown.

The wheels started to come off late in the third quarter as Shawn Robinson returned a punt 66 yards for six and the defense gave up two rushing touchdowns in the final 5:12.

QB Derek Anderson competed 21 of 45 passes for 319 yards, one touchdown and one interception in his first bowl appearance.

The Beaver offensive line gave up five sacks while the team was whistled for nine penalties for 90 yards ... more from


Last time Oregon State played in a bowl game...
Dec. 28, 2007 - Oregon State 21, Maryland 14
With a struggling passing game the coaches put the offensive load on RB Yvenson Bernard and WR James Rodgers as the two combined for 292 rushing yards.

Bernard, the game's offensive MVP, ran for an Emerald Bowl record 177 yards and one touchdown on 38 carries just a little over a month after having knee surgery while Rodgers ran for 115 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries.

QB Lyle Moevao was knocked out in the first quarter with a hand injury after completing 5 of 9 passes for 40 yards. Sophomore QB Sean Canfield saw his first action since being injured in the USC game completing 8 of 14 for one touchdown and one interception.

After giving up two first quarter touchdowns, a first this year, the defense got stronger in the final three frames as they yielded just 224 total yards, including a measly 19 rushing yards, while limiting the Terrapins to just 2 of 11 on third downs.

LB Derrick Doggett was named the game's defensive MVP after leading the team with eight stops, including one sack ... more from


Last time Pittsburgh played in a bowl game...
Jan. 1, 2005 - Utah 35, Pittsburgh 7
Utah looked like a powerhouse that deserved a better final test to its BCS-busting season.

Behind the cool efficiency of Alex Smith, the Utes (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today; No. 5 AP) used their baffling spread offense and an underrated defense to dominate Pittsburgh (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today; No. 19 AP) 35-7 in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday night.

Utah was a 16-point favorite, the biggest margin of any of the bowls, and it was a safe bet ... more from


Last time Pittsburgh played...
Dec. 6, 2008 in Eugene - Pittsburgh 34, Connecticut 10
If anyone was unsure before, Pitt's defense proved it can be a game-changer with its performance against Connecticut during a 34-10 win Saturday at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.

Pittsburgh (9-3), which won nine regular-season games for the first time since 1982, accepted a bid to the 75th annual Sun Bowl Dec. 31 in El Paso, Texas and have the defense to thank for it. The Panthers collected five interceptions.

Redshirt freshman outside linebacker Greg Williams had two picks, including one he returned for a touchdown from 20 yards out. Sophomore safety Dom DeCicco had his team-high fourth interception. Junior cornerback Aaron Berry finally secured his second pick this season and returned it 52 yards. And junior cornerback Jovani Chappel added his second pick ... more from


Last time Oregon State played...
Nov. 29, 2008 - #19 Oregon 65, #17 Oregon State 38
A DEFENSE THAT couldn't stop big play after big play. Successful halftime adjustments by OSU on D, so key to the Beaver success this season, didn't materialize. And the defense ultimately had few answers for the Oregon attack, Meanwhile the Duck defense made enough plays with their backs up against the wall to win big, 65-38, and deny the Beavs their third consecutive win in the Civil War.

The backbreaker came at the end of the first half, with the Ducks scoring 14 points in a matter or moments to go up by 27 points.

With Oregon up 23-10 and facing third and forever, the Beavs had used two timeouts to try and get the ball back.

But Jeremiah Johnson raced 83-yards on a simple dive play and the Ducks were up 30-10. With less than a minute to go, Oregon State stayed aggressive and went up top but Lyle Moevao threw into double coverage and the Ducks went pick-6 to build a 27 point lead and end the Beavs' Rose Bowl hopes ... more from the


Oregon State bowl history.
The Beavers have played in 13 bowl games in their history compiling a 9-4 record. OSU has won their last four bowl games.

In their last bowl game they defeated Maryland 21-14 in the 2007 Emerald Bowl. Their last loss came in 2002 versus Pittsburgh in the Insight Bowl.

OSU has played in the Sun Bowl once - a 39-28 win over Missouri in 2006.

For a complete look at the Beavers' postseason history click here.


Pittsburgh bowl history.
The Panthers have played in 24 bowl games in their history compiling a 10-14 record. Pitt has lost their last two bowl games.

In their last bowl game they lost to Utah in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl 35-7. Their last victory in a bowl game came in the 2002 Insight Bowl against the Beavers.

Pitt has played in the Sun Bowl twice - a 33-19 victory over Kansas in 1975 and a 31-28 win over Texas A&M in 1989.


Series history (Pitt leads 1-0).
Oregon State and Pittsburgh have met only once, in the 2002 Insight Bowl, as the Panthers defeated the Beavers 38-13.

Oregon State holds a 5-8 record against current Big East members (0-1 vs. Cincinnati, Pitt and Louisville; 2-0 vs. West Virginia and 3-5 vs. Syracuse) while Pittsburgh has a 23-22 (1-0 vs. Arizona, Oregon State and Washington State; Arizona State 0-1; California 3-2; Oregon 2-2; USC 4-6; Stanford 2-1; UCLA 5-9; Washington 4-1) record against Pac-10 opponents, including 3-4 in bowl games.

Cincinnati travels to Corvallis next season and Louisville makes the trek in 2010.


Pitt connections.
Pittsburgh graduate assistant coach Scott Turner was on the staff at Oregon State in 2005 as a graduate assistant coach. Scott, a three-year letterman quarterback at UNLV, is the son of current San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner.

Pitt receivers coach Bryan Broussard held the same capacity last year at Maryland when it faced OSU in the Emerald Bowl.


2008 statistical leaders.

Jacquizz Rodgers ... 259 att, 1253 yds, 11 TD
James Rodgers ... 46 att, 408 yds, 5 TD
Ryan McCants ... 79 att, 314 yds, 2 TD
Lyle Moevao ... 193 of 319, 2341, 19 TD, 11 INT
Sean Canfield ... 56 of 84, 703, 6 TD, 2 INT
Sammie Stroughter ... 64 rec, 952 yds, 7 TD
James Rodgers ... 51 rec, 607 yds, 4 TD
Shane Morales ... 49 rec, 664 yds, 8 TD
Justin Kahut ... 15 FG, 36 EXP, 81 pts
Jacquizz Rodgers ... 12 TD, 72 pts
Greg Laybourn ... 60 (s), 45 (a), 105 tot, 2 FR, 3 INT
Keaton Kristick ... 40 (s), 37 (a), 77 tot, 14.0 TFL, 3 PBU
Dwight Roberson ... 26 (s), 30 (a), 56 tot, 7.5 TFL, 3 FF
Greg Laybourn ... 3 for 81
Keenan Lewis ... 3 for 25
Al Afalava ... 2 for 26
Slade Norris ... 9.0 for 71 yds
Victor Butler ... 8.0 for 59 yds
Johnny Hekker ... 49 for 38.6 avg, long of 59
Kicking - Field goals
Justin Kahut ... 15-22, long of 47
Sean Sehnem ... 1-2, long of 32
LeSean McCoy... 284 att, 1403 yds, 21 TD
LaRod Stephens-Howling ... 70 att, 283 yds, 5 TD
Bill Stull .. 181 of 306, 2304 yds, 9 TD, 9 INT
Pat Bostick ... 20 of 38, 233 yds, 1 TD, 4 INT
Derek Kinder ... 35 rec, 410 yds, 3 TD
LeSean McCoy ... 31 rec, 299 yds, 0 TD
T.J. Porter ... 24 rec, 353 yds, 0 TD
LeSean McCoy ... 21 TD, 126 pts
Conor Lee ... 20 FG, 38 PAT, 98 pts
LaRod Stephens-Howling ... 5 TD, 30 pts
Scott McKillop ... 78 (s), 48 (a), 126 tot, 16.5 TFL, 6 PBU, 5 QBH
Austin Ransom ... 39 (s), 39 (a), 78 tot, 6.5 TFL, 4 QBH
Eric Thatcher ... 41 (s), 15 (a), 56 tot, 4 PBU
Dom DeCicco ... 4 for 0 yds
Three tied with two a piece.
Jabaal Sheard ... 5.5 for 39 yds
Greg Romeus ... 5.5 for 36 yds
Dave Brytus ... 51 for 40.2 avg, long of 60
Kicking - Field goals
Conor Lee ... 20-23, long of 44






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