Oregon State is 8-4 this season under Coach Mike Riley, finishing third in the Pac-10 standings with a 6-3 record. The Beavers won six of their final seven games, including a 38-31 overtime win over No. 17 Oregon in the Civil War, as well as a victory at then-No. 2 California. Oregon State is playing Maryland in the Emerald Bowl on Dec. 28.
In 2006, Oregon State knocked off No. 3 Southern California en route to a 10-4 record, culminated by a 39-38 win over Missouri in the Sun Bowl.
We are very appreciative of Arkansas State and Utah adjusting their schedules in order to provide Oregon State with the opportunity to play in Happy Valley next season, said Tim Curley, Director of Athletics. Oregon State will provide another challenging opponent during our non-conference schedule. We also appreciate the efforts of the Big Ten and Pac-10 to help facilitate this game taking place in 2008.
The Nittany Lions have an all-time record of 22-11 vs. members of the Pac-10, having played Southern California the most of any Pac-10 team (4-4 record). The 2000 Kickoff Classic contest against the Trojans is Penn States last game against an opponent from the conference. The Lions hosted No. 3 Arizona in the 1999 Pigskin Classic.