Oregon State: Facts and Factors

Oregon State comes to the Rose Bowl Saturday having beaten UCLA in the last two outings, and, while under the guidance of Head Coach Mike Riley, is experiencing perhaps the best era ever in its football history...

-- UCLA hosts the Oregon State Beavers at the Rose Bowl Saturday. The game is scheduled for 4:00 and will be televised across the country on Versus, with Ron Thulin, Glenn Parker and Kelly Stouffer in the booth.

-- UCLA is 3-5 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10.

-- The Beavers are 4-3, and 3-1 in the conference. They're coming off a dominating win over Cal last Saturday, 35-7. They're a bit schizophrenic, though, because the week before they lost to Washington, but the previous week beat then #9-ranked Arizona.

-- In last year's game, UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince threw for 323 yards to lead a comeback, but the Beavers pulled it out with a last-minute touchdown.

-- UCLA owns a 39-15-4 edge in the all-time series, which dates back to 1930, but have dropped the last two contests, including last year's game in Corvallis, 26-19. In 2008, the Bruins lost to the Beavers, 34-7, in the Rose Bowl.

-- Before that, the Bruins were on a decent winning streak against the Beavers, winning five straight games, both home and away, dating back to 2000.

-- Oregon has won 10 of its last 15 Pac-10 conference road games.

-- Head Coach Mike Riley is in his 10th year total in Corvallis, and in his eight year in his second stint as the Beavers' head man. He will almost certainly be recognized as the best and winningest coach at Oregon State in their history – being actually just six short of tying the record for most wins as a OSU head coach. He slipped past Hall of Fame and former UCLA coach Tommy Prothro last season. He truly has done a remarkable job at Oregon State, going 56-33 since he was re-hired in 2003. In his last four seasons (not counting this one), he's recorded wins of 10, 9, 9, and 8, and has finished 3rd, 3rd, 2nd and 2nd in the Pac-10, respectively. As the story goes, and as most fans know, he was the finalist for the open UCLA job when Bob Toledo was let go and he was, in fact, the preference of UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero, but the UCLA administration over-ruled Guerrero for Karl Dorrell.

-- You could make the argument that Oregon is in the midst of the best era in its football history. In its recent 11 1/2 years, it's a combined 100-50, for a 66% winning percentage.

-- Over the last 82 games, Oregon State is 33-7 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent, 9-19 when committing more, and 9-5 when even.

-- Over the last 19 games, the Beavers have just 12 turnovers.

-- In fact, OSU is 4th in the nation in turnover margin. They've gained 13 turnovers on the year and have allowed only 4. All four of those have been interceptions, meaning that Oregon State has not had a turnover on a fumble yet this season.

-- UCLA, on the other hand, is tied for last in the conference in turnover margin (-7 on the season), and 107th in the nation.

-- UCLA kicker Kai Forbath has 82 career field goals, still just three shy of the UCLA record held by John Lee. Forbath is also five field goals away from the all-time NCAA record of 87 held by Georgia's Billy Bennett (2000-03).

-- Arizona was the fifth team to be ranked in the AP Poll at the time of its game versus the Bruins this year, which is the most in a season since 2003.

-- If you were out of the loop, you might be wondering what's up with UCLA's newly re-designed uniform. The Adidas "Techfit" jersey debuted against Oregon, and Adidas professes it has multiple innovations to reduce its weight by 30%, keep players cooler and a seamless fit to reduce opponents grabbing it.

-- If you count every player who is missing from UCLA's roster due to injury, ineligibility, redshirts or Mormon missions, UCLA is without a total of 14 players this season, including five starters.

-- Ten true freshmen have made their college debuts for UCLA this season.

-- The forecast for Saturday is ideal football weather – a high of 77 degrees and a low of 53, sunny and no rain.


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