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Beaver Bytes returns after a short break. <br><br> Statistical tidbits, bowl news, Beaver basketball recaps, and more from the past week in Oregon State football and basketball news.

Football News
  • The Beavers will practice at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix. All practices will be open to the public.

  • The Oregon State football team will arrive in Phoenix on December 21.

  • CBS Sportline's Harmon Forecast has predicted a 29-23 Beaver victory in the Insight Bowl.

  • Steven Jackson is fourth in nation in rushing with 1,656 yards.

  • Bill Swancutt had 19.5 tackles for loss in 2002. Good enough for #2 all time at Oregon State.

  • OSU is ranked ninth in the nation in total defense allowing 293 yards per game.

  • Dennis Weathersby has started 26 straight games and broken up passes in 34 of the 47 games he has played in.

  • columnist, Richard Cirminiello, mentioned Steven Jackson in his early 2003 Heisman candidate article. 2003 Early Heisman Look.

  • Listen to the Insight Bowl preview radio show that took place on Thursday. The one hour show included associate head football coach Gregg Smith and defensive coordinator Craig Bray.

  • Pitt News:
    Pitt's Insight Bowl foe doesn't fit into West Coast mold | Oregon State standout built for success | Pitt WR Fitzgearld ready for increased attention | Rampant coaching rumors have left Harris 'frustrated' | Pitt seniors savor their role in Panthers' turnabout | Pitt Post Season Media Guide

  • 14. Insight Bowl
    Oregon State (8-4) vs. Pittsburgh (8-4)
    December 26, 7:30 p.m. ET, Phoenix, ESPN

    Why you should watch: Both defenses are excellent. The Panthers have an attacking unit headed by unheralded linebacker Gerald Hayes. The Beavers counter with linebacker Richard Seigler. This also will feature one of the best coaching matchups, with offensive masters Dennis Erickson and Walt Harris facing off.

    Why Oregon State will win: The Beavers have the edge in the ground game, thanks to sophomore sensation Steven Jackson. Forced to respect the run, Pittsburgh will be vulnerable to play-action passes from Oregon State quarterback Derek Anderson. The Panthers' best hope: Gang up on the run and get after the slow-footed Anderson...Ranking the Bowls

  • Pointe South Mountain Resort in Phoenix bills itself as the largest all-suite resort in the Southwest, with six swimming pools, four restaurants and a 38,000-square-foot athletic club. The Oregon State football team will stay there during the Insight Bowl -- but not by choice.

    Oregon State will pay between $150 and $200 a room per night to put up players, coaches and staff at the Pointe South Mountain, OSU athletic director Bob De Carolis said. That is $50 to $75 more than Oregon State spends on a typical road room and far more than the $70 to $80 team hotel rate at the Las Vegas Bowl, where the Beavers might have gone...Fiesta-fancy rooms at Insight Bowl prices

  • They stick together. They watch. They learn. They wait. They man the scout team. Scrimmages against the starting units during practice are their games. Any glory is yet around the corner.

    The 14 true freshmen on Oregon State's football team have had no choice but to learn patience this fall. Each is redshirting, preserving four seasons of eligibility as they sit on the sideline while veterans play to the cheers of thousands on Saturdays...Redshirts in an orange and black land

  • One of the last guys a quarterback and receiver want to see is Oregon State's No. 21 patrolling the secondary.

    Dennis Weathersby is not their friend.

    The 6-foot-1, 208-pound senior has broken up more passes - 56 - than any player in OSU's 106-year history of football...Weathersby has made big gains, opponents have not

  • Terrell Roberts remembers the anguish felt by Shawn Ball, Aaron Wells, Jonathan Jackson and the other Oregon State seniors as they trudged off the Aloha Stadium turf following the 1999 Oahu Bowl game in Honolulu.

    They'd just lost 23-17 to Hawaii, a team they knew they should have defeated. Their final college football game was one of disappointment and underachievement, not the glorious memory for players who'd helped to reverse the program's long, downward spiral...Roberts, senoirs focused on win

  • A reminder: The expansion deadline for the money portion is December 31. You might want to take a look at the expansion packet that you received in the mail several weeks ago.


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