MATCHUP NOTEBOOK: Oregon St. at Arizona St.

THE LAST TIME Oregon State won in Tempe, Richard Nixon was president and the Apollo 11 astronauts made their first walk on the moon. With a 10-24-1 overall record against Arizona State, including a 3-18 mark in Sun Devil Stadium, wins have been few and far between for the Men in Black. Will 2009 be different?

Wildcats at Beavers
Where: Sun Devil Stadium
Capacity
: 71,806
Kickoff:
4:00 PM PST
Line: ASU by 5
TV: Versus
Radio: OSU Radio Network
Series: UA leads 20-10-1

COACHES

Head coach: Mike Riley
(9th season)
Career: 58-44 | At OSU: Same | vs. ASU: 3-5
Current ranking: NR
Current record: 2-2, 0-1
Streak: Two game losing streak

Head coach: Dennis Erickson (3rd season)
Career: 175-76-1 | At ASU: 17-11 | vs. OSU: 3-3
Current ranking: NR
Current record: 2-1, 0-0
Streak: One game losing streak


TEAM CAPTAINS

OSU: QB Sean Canfield, LB Keaton Kristick, OG Gregg Peat and DT Stephen Paea.


ASU: LB Mike Nixon, Shawn Lauva and DE Dexter Davis.


ON WATCH LISTS

OSU: RB Jacquizz Rodgers (Doak Walker, Walter Camp), LB Keaton Kristick (Chuck Bednarik, Lott), DT Stephen Paea (Bronko Nagurski), P Johnny Hekker (Ray Guy)

ASU: DE Dexter Davis (Hendricks, Bednarik, Lombardi), DL Lawrence Guy (Lombardi), LB Mike Nixon (Lott, Lombardi), K Thomas Weber (Groza)

LAST TIME OREGON STATE AND ARIZONA STATE PLAYED:
Nov. 1, 2008 (in Corvallis) - Oregon State 27, Arizona State 25
OREGON STATE MADE the other guy blink first this time. The Beavs' starting quarterback was knocked out of the game in the first half. ASU took the lead -- and the momentum -- in the third quarter. Oregon State's response? Roger that. Or more accurately, Rodgers that -- as in Jacquizz and James. That left it to Victor Butler and the OSU D to stamp out ASU's final hopes in the 27-25 win.

Not another Utah. It couldn't happen twice. Could it?

With seconds remaining, defensive ends Slade Norris, who had been quiet much of the game, and Victor Butler, who most decidedly had not been, chased down Arizona State QB Rudy Carpenter. Norris got there first, Butler a heartbeat later ... more from BF.com.

 

LAST TIME OREGON STATE AND ARIZONA STATE PLAYED IN TEMPE:
Sept. 22, 2007 - Arizona State 44, Oregon State 32
A fast start for Oregon State wasn't enough as Arizona State responded by scoring 31 second half points to rally for the win.

Rudy Carpenter threw for 361 yards and four touchdowns and the Sun Devils defeated Oregon State 44-32 on Saturday night, rallying from a 19-point first-quarter hole ... more from BF.com

 

LAST TIME ARIZONA STATE PLAYED:
Sept. 26, 2009 - Georgia 20, Arizona State 17
Despite being down 14-3 at the half, the Sun Devils knew that their chances to come back and avenge last year’s loss to Georgia were greater than the scoreboard displayed. Consequently, the Sun Devils behind a stellar defensive effort had a 17-14 lead going into the fourth quarter. Alas, a missed field goal by ASU and a last second one made by the hosts gave Georgia a 20-17 win.

“It’s just heartbreaking,” said Arizona State Head Coach Dennis Erickson. “To come this far, play like we did and not win a football game…I think about all the games I coached at Arizona State, even the big losses – this is the hardest one to take." ... more from DevilsDigest.com.

 

LAST TIME OREGON STATE PLAYED:
Sept. 26, 2009 - Arizona 37, Oregon State 32
Oregon State had their chances. Arizona had unfinished business. Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles, starting his first game in his young collegiate career, put on a passing clinic in a 37-32 win over Oregon State and dissecting a young Beavers secondary that looked helpless for much of the game.

Foles hung a 254-yard, three touchdown performance on the Beavs -- for the second straight game, the Oregon State pass rush was nowhere to be seen. OSU finished with zero sacks and allowed Foles what seemed like hours in the pocket ... more from the BF.com.

 

SERIES HISTORY (Arizona State leads 24-10-1, 18-3 in Tempe):  The Sun Devils and Beavers have met 35 times since 1961 with ASU holding a 24-10-1 advantage with the teams splitting the last six contests.

OSU has actually only won eight games in the series as Arizona State was forced to forfeit a 45-0 win in 1979. Without the forfeit, the Beavers have only defeated ASU four times since 1971 after after winning five of the first six meetings.

This is the just the third time in the last seven years that OSU and ASU have not met in the conference opener for both teams.  Oregon State has won two of the last three games with both wins coming in Corvallis.

Arizona State has won 16 straight in Sun Devil Stadium with the Beavers last win in Tempe coming in 1969 (30-7).

The winning team has scored 40 or more points in four of the last six games.

 

FAMILIAR PAC-10 OPENING FOE: Beginning Pac-10 play with Oregon State is nothing new for the Sun Devils, who have opened conference play with the Beavers eight times since joining the conference in 1978, the most of any Pac-10 foe. ASU has a 6-2 record in Pac-10 openers against the Beavers. Washington is next on the list, having played ASU seven times in the conference opener for the Devils.

 

LAST 10 OSU/ASU  MATCHUPS:

 

ARIZONA STATE CONNECTIONS: Oregon State has seven players from Arizona on its roster - Oregon State true freshman running back Jovan Stevenson is a graduate of Sunnyside HS in Tucson. Other Beavers from Arizona include linebacker Keaton Kristick (Fountain Hills), offensive tackle Geoff Garner (Mesa), defensive tackle Mitchel Hunt (Chandler), linebacker Rueben Robinson (Chandler), offensive guard Rory Ross (Phoenix) and receiver Markus Wheaton (Chandler).

ASU has one player from Oregon on its roster - DT Bo Moos played for Sheldon High (Eugene, OR).

ASU head coach Dennis Erickson spent four seasons as the head coach at Oregon State, leading the Beavers to three bowls, including the 2001 Fiesta Bowl. He went 31-17 at Oregon State and his .646 winning percentage is the highest in modern OSU football history.

In addition to Coach Erickson, Craig Bray, Jamie Christian, Matt Lubick, Gregg Smith and Eric Yarber have all coached for the Beavers at some point in their careers.

 

INTERESTING STATISTICAL MATCHUP: Oregon State’s league-leading pass offense at 255.8 yards per game meets the league’s best pass defense in Arizona State at 136.7 yards per outing (ASU leads the Pac-10 in total def. at 211.0).

 

ANOTHER TIDBIT:  The Beavers and Sun Devils have been inept at getting to the quarterback this season as the schools have grabbed a total of four sacks in seven games.  The two sacks by each university is tied for the least amount in the nation with five other schools (SMU, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, Western Kentucky and Akron).

 

2009 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS:

OSU
Rushing
Jacquizz Rodgers ... 78 att, 427 yds, 7 TD
James Rodgers ... 18 att, 121 yds, 0 TD
Passing
Sean Canfield ... 93 of 134, 899, 5 TD, 3 INT
Ryan Katz ... 7 of 12, 124, 0 TD, 0 INT
Receiving
Jacquizz Rodgers ... 32 rec, 186 yds, 0 TD
James Rodgers ... 27 rec, 352 yds, 2 TD
Damola Adeniji ... 16 rec, 198 yds, 1 TD
Scoring
Jacquizz Rodgers ... 7 TD, 42 pts
Justin Kahut ... 7 FG, 10 EXP, 31 pts
Tackles
Keaton Kristick ... 12 (s), 22 (a), 34 tot, 2.5 TFL, 1 FRV, 1 INT
David Pa'aluhi ... 9 (s), 18 (a), 27 tot, 3.5 TFL
Suaesi Tuimaunei ... 12 (s) 12 (a), 24 tot
Interceptions
Lance Mitchell ... 1 for 0 yds
Keaton Kristick ... 1 for 14 yds
Sacks
Kevin Frahm ... 1 for 8 yds
Punting
Johnny Hekker ... 18 for 40.7 avg, long of 55
Kicking - Field goals
Justin Kahut ... 7-8, long of 50
 
ASU
Rushing
Dimitri Nance ... 50 att, 205 yds, 3 TD
Ryan Bass ... 8 att, 80 yds, 1 TD
Passing
Danny Sullivan ... 42 of 88, 501 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Brock Osweiler ... 4 of 7, 43 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Receiving
Kyle Williams ... 16 rec, 224 yds, 0 TD
Chris McGaha ... 10 rec, 103 yds, 1 TD
Dimitri Nance ... 7 rec, 73 yds, 1 TD
Scoring
Dimitri Nance ... 4 TD, 24 pts
Thomas Weber ... 5 FG, 5 EXP, 20 pts
Tackles
Vontaz Burfict ... 8 (s), 13 (a), 21 tot, 1 SACK, 3 PBU
Mike Nixon ... 14 (s), 3 (a), 17 tot, 3 INT, 1 FF, 1 PBU
Brandon Magee ... 10 (s), 5 (a), 15 tot, 3.5 TFL, 1 INT
Interceptions
Mike Nixon ... 3 for 56 yds, 1 TD
Jarrell Holman ... 2 for 69 yds, 1 TD
Sacks
Two with once sack each
Punting
Trevor Hankins ... 14 for 42.3 avg, long of 69
Kicking - Field goals
Thomas Weber ... 5-6, long of 29
Bobby Wenzig ... 2-3, long of 43, 1 BLK

 

2009 TEAM STATISTICS:

OFFENSE
DEFENSE

OSU

UA

OSU

UA
135.8
Rushing/game
135.0
92.2
Rushing/game
74.3
4.0
Rushing/att
4.0
3.5
Rushing/att
2.5
148-100-3
Passing
95-46-1
159-102-2
Passing
74-36-8
255.8
Passing/game
181.3
272.0
Passing/game
136.7
391.5
Total/game
316.3
364.2
Total/game
211.0
5.5
Total/att
4.8
5.5
Total/att
3.8
26.8
Scoring/game
35.0
23.2
Scoring/game
12.3
+1
Turnover margin
+4

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