CORVALLIS -- Beyond the X's and O's of Saturday's opener for the Beavs, brotherly love and the return of a high school championship quarterback highlight the Oregon State-Portland State matchup. For starters, Beaver receiver/return man Taylor Kavanaugh will be looking across the sidelines at his brother Connor, the Viking's back-up quarterback.

Former Corvallis High signal caller Drew Hubel — whom Riley wanted to walk on to OSU — will be under center for the green and black.

Hubel led Corvallis to the 5A State Championship in 2006 and returns to his hometown in hopes of pulling off an incredible upset.

Hubel finished the 2008 season on a roll, and logged 2,912 passing yards and 18 touchdowns. The 6-5 junior has had problems with turnovers however, tossing 11 interceptions in just six games in '07, and 15 in 2008.

The Beaver secondary figures to get a good look, early and often.

Viking passers averaged over 40 pass attempts per game — 73 versus Eastern Washington. Comparatively, Oregon State threw just 34 times per game -- and that was enough for tops in the Pac-10 in 2008.

FORMER BEAVERS Carl Sommers (DE) and Justin Engstrom (QB) will both be suited up for PSU.

By the numbers

2008 Portland State (4-7, 3-5) 

Western Oregon W 31-14 

at UC Davis L 38-24 

at Washington State L 48-9

at Sacramento State L 41-31 

Eastern Washington W 47-36 

at Northern Arizona L 37-17 

Idaho State W 36-13

at Weber State L 31-21

Montana L 29-12 

at Montana State L 49-32 

Northern Colorado W 24-21

Points Per Game: 25.8

Points Against: 32.5

Rush YPG: 29.2

Pass YPG: 370.5  

Portland State also returns their top three receivers from a year ago. Seniors Aaron Woods (5-6, 180) and Mario D'Ambrosio (5-11, 200), and junior Ray Fry (5-8, 180), combined for 2,440 hashes and 17 touchdowns last year — roughly 60 percent of the air attack for PSU.

Thunderous running back Bobby McClintock (5-11, 240) returns as well on the pass heavy offense. The senior only ran 92 times in '08, but averaged over five yards per touch.

Glanville has put heavy emphasis on improving the run game for '09 season and McClintock looks to be "the man" in a growing role.

GLANVILLE IS ALWAYS entertaining, and this week has been no exception.

"Let's get it going, I wish the game was three days away. In fact, if the Beavers want to play tomorrow, if they want to change the game, we're ready. Tell them we'll meet them in the parking lot at the Corvallis Wal-Mart tomorrow," Glanville told the Oregonian.

The Beaver defense, I would imagine, would have no hesitation strapping it up and blowing through shopping carts to get to the Portland State ballcarriers. The black-shirts were ultra-aggressive in late camp and seem ready for the challenge of any opponent, I-AA or not.

Only thing is, Corvallis doesn't have a Wal-Mart. That's okay though, Glanville would probably offer to build one.

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