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PEP RALLY DEC. 3: KGW Newschannel 8 is calling all Beaver fans to an early morning Pep Rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Beaver Nation needs to pull together and stage a strong showing because the Ducks will be there too. Set the alarm and show up outside KGW's Studio on the Square the morning of December 3rd from 5 AM - 7 AM. Drew Carney will lead the crowd in several crazy, competitive segments. If you plan to be there please send an email to Cathy Marshall at email@example.com.
INJURY UPDATE: TE Brady Camp (shoulder) returned to practice during the weekend while DT Brennan Olander (knee) remained out.
VEGAS: The Beavers opened up as eight point underdogs. The first time since 2005 that Oregon State has been picked to lose. Watch for the Weatherline article later in the week for a detailed analysis.
RUNNING BACK U:
When RB Jacquizz Rodgers went over the 1,000
yard mark against Washington State, it marked the fifth straight season
the Beavs have produced a 1,000 yard rusher. Only one other school
has as long a streak. Want to guess who it is? You're probably thinking USC, but that's not the case. It's Cal (8 years).
NFL TALENT: Oregon State has 18 players listed on current NFL rosters: Al Afalava, Derek Anderson, Nick Barnett, Victor Butler, Kyle DeVan, Dwan Edwards, Keith Ellison, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Brandon Hughes, Steven Jackson, Adam Koets, Gerard Lawson, Andy Levitre, Keenan Lewis, Matt Moore, Chad Ochocinco, Sabby Piscitelli and Sammie Stroughter.
The Beavs have been sending more players to The League of late -- 10 of those players have three years or less NFL experience.
MOVING ON UP: Seven teams, or 28 percent, of the schools in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll began the year unranked: Cincinnati (No. 5), Pittsburgh (No. 14), Oregon State (No. 13), Houston (No. 18), Stanford (No. 23) West Virginia (No. 24) and Clemson (No. 25),.
ROAD WARRIORS: Oregon State is the most successful team in the Pac-10 Conference in away games the last two seasons. The Beavers have won eight of their last 10 league road games, losing only a 42-36 decision to then-No. 4 USC this season and 36-28 in the 2008 season opener at Stanford. Some of the active road streaks for the Beavers include a 5-game streak at Cal, and 4-game streaks at Arizona and Washington.
A FIRST: For the first time in the Civil War's 113-year history the winner will go to the Rose Bowl. The Beavers haven't been to the Rose Bowl since 1965 when they lost 34-7 to Michigan. Oregon's last Rose Bowl appearance was in 1995 when they lost to 38-20 to Penn State.
TURNING IT ON: Oregon State has outscored its last three opponents (Cal, Washington and Washington State) 121-45.
DEADLY IN NOVEMBER: The Beavers were a perfect 3-0 in November improving their record in the 11th month to 12-2 over the last four seasons. OSU only losses in November in the last four years are at USC (24-3, 2007) and Oregon (2008, 65-38).
ON FIRE: Through 11 games QB Sean Canfield holds a .703 completion percentage (260-370), good for fourth in the nation. He will smash the school record (.606 (229-378) by Matt Moore set in 2006) and is close to matching the Pac-10 record of .707.
MR. DO IT ALL: WR James Rodgers is averaging 173.6 yards per game for all-purpose yards (Rec, PR, KR) which ranks first in the Pac-10 and ninth in the nation. The last time a player led the Pac-10 for all-purpose yards, receptions per game and receiving yards per game was Bobby Wade of Arizona in 2002 – prior to that Glyn Milburn of Stanford in 1990 and Vincent White of the Cardinal in 1982.
VS. RANKED FOES: The Beavers have won seven of its last 13 games against nationally ranked opponents, including four on the road – at No. 24 Hawai'i in 2006 (35-32), at No. 2 Cal in 2007 (31-28), at No. 18 Oregon in '07 (38-31, OT) and at No. 23 Cal in 2009 (31-14).
NORTHWEST TITLE: The winner of the Civil War will be able to stake the claim of the Pacific Northwest title by virtue of its victories over Washington and Washington State. OSU won all three games in 2007 and in 2004.
THE KEY IS BALANCE: Oregon State enters the final regular season game with 395 pass attempts and 388 rush attempts – a difference of seven. The seven differential is the smallest in the Pac-10 – UCLA (12), Washington State (18), Washington (22), Arizona (32), Arizona State (36), USC (73), Cal (89), Oregon (168) and Stanford (203).
100 = W: When a Beaver rushes for 100-plus yards it usually equals a victory. OSU has won 19 of its last 21 games (90%) when a rusher gains 100 – the only two losses in that period was Oct. 2, 2008 at Utah (Jacquizz Rodgers 101 yds) and to USC Oct. 24, 2009 (Jacquizz 113). Quizz, his brother James Rodgers, Yvenson Bernard and Matthew Sieverson are the individuals who have accounted for the 100 yard outings.
STRESS! WHAT STRESS?: Beaver fans have learned to deal with the stress of close football games, and for the most part, the outcomes have been favorable. OSU is 15-4 since the start of the 2006 season in games decided by seven points or less.
THOSE TEAMS ARE PRETTY GOOD: Oregon State’s three losses this season (USC, Arizona, Cincinnati) have come to teams that have a combined record of 26-7 (79%).
FIRST QUARTER BLITZ: Oregon State has outscored its opponents 290-88 in the first quarter over the last 51 games, including 255-64 in the last 27. The Beavers have allowed just 20 points (USC-7, Ariz-7, ASU-3, WSU-3) in the last 12 first quarters combined, dating back to last year.
QUIZZ ALSO ON RECORD PACE: RB Jacquizz Rodgers is on record pace for the most points for a season by a Beaver — currently held by Steven Jackson in 2003 with 132. “Quizz” has 120 heading into the final regular season game. His 20 total touchdowns are tied for fourth in the nation, trailing only the 26 by Toby Gerhart of Stanford, 23 by Ricky Dobbs of Navy and the 21 by Donald Buckram of UTEP. For overall rushing he is already fourth at OSU with 2,566 yards. Quizz has tied the school record for season rushing scores with 19 — shares with Jackson in 2003, and Ken Simonton in 1999 and 2000.
STEVEN JACKSON ON THE CIVIL WAR: