Oregon State: Facts and Factors

The Beavers are 0-2 and trying to right their own ship, while coming off a bye week and getting back some key personnel...


-- UCLA travels to Corvallis to take on Oregon State Saturday, with the kick-off at 12:30 PT. The game will be televised by FSN Prime Ticket in the Southern California area, with Bill Macdonald and J.J. Stokes in the both.

-- UCLA is 1-2, coming off a beat-down by Texas last week, 49-20.

-- Oregon State is 0-2, having lost to Sacramento State to start the season three weeks ago, 29-28, in overtime, and then losing two weeks ago at #8-ranked Wisconsin, 35-0. The Beavers had a bye last week.

-- It's the Pac-12 opener for both teams.

-- It will be the 60th meeting between the two programs, while UCLA owns a healthy edge in the all-time series, 40-15-4, which dates back to 1930.

-- UCLA and Oregon State actually played in Tokyo, in the 1980 Mirage Bowl.

-- Oregon State had a two-game winning streak snapped last year when UCLA pulled out a win, 17-14, at the Rose Bowl when Kai Forbath nailed a 51-yard field goal on the last play of the game.

-- Oregon State has been the most competitive it's ever been with UCLA in the last decade or so, with UCLA holding just a 5-4 edge in the last 9 meetings.

-- UCLA lost the last time it was in Corvallis, in 2009, but won in 2007.

-- The Beavers will be trying to avoid its first three-game losing streak since 2002, and its first three-game skid to start the season since 1996.

-- UCLA is 4-2 in the last six times its open the conference on the road, including a pair of wins in Corvallis in 2002 (43-35) and 2001 (38-7). The last time UCLA started conference play on the road was in 2009 with a loss to Stanford.

-- The Bruins haven't won a conference road game since 2009, which was at Washington State, a team that was 1-11 that year. The next most recent road win was in 2008 against Washington, which had a record that season of 0-12.

-- Mike Riley is in 11th year coaching at Oregon State, and his ninth consecutive. That is the longest consecutive streak for an OSU head coach since Dee Andros in 1965-75. Riley is the second-winningest coach in OSU history with 69 victories, only 5 short of Lon Stiner (1933-48). He also has the second-most victories by any active Pac-12 head coach (at one school), trailing only Cal's Jeff Tedford (75 wins). Riley is very well liked at OSU, having taken the Beavers to 6 bowl games in 8 seasons, and four in a row from 2006 to 2009. He's generally considered a coach who has done more with less at OSU. When UCLA was looking for a head coach to replace the fired Bob Toledo, Riley was a prime candidate.

-- There is some pressure in Corvallis, however; Riley's success has bred expectations, and the Beaver natives are slightly restless after their first losing season in 2010 (5-7) and no bowl game in five years, and then beginning this season 0-2, and losing to FCS program Sacramento State. As an aside, the Hornets have subsequently lost to Southern Utah (35-14) and Weber State (49-17).

-- There is a pretty strong Bruin-Beaver connection. UCLA's Offensive Coordinator Mike Johnson worked on current OSU Head Coach Mike Riley's staff as the quarterbacks coach for the San Diego Chargers. Johnson also served on Riley's staff at Oregon State in 1997-1999 as the coach of quarterbacks and wide receivers. UCLA defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield played for OSU under Riley in 1997-1998, then was a graduate assistant there in 2007 and 2008. Breckterfield, when he left as a player, was the school's leader in tackles for loss (55.5) and sacks (19.5). UCLA's secondary coach Tim Hundley worked at OSU for eight seasons, mostly as defensive coordinator. Brett Brennan, who is a UCLA alumnus and former UCLA graduate assistant, is the OSU wide receivers coach.

-- Oregon State has played 15 first-tme starters so far this season. Malcolm Agnew is the first true freshman to ever start an opener for the Beavers. And the number of first-time starters will probably rise on Saturday.

-- Coming off a bye week, OSU gets back some key personnel, including senior H-back Joe Halahuni, who returns from off-season shoulder surgery. Riley hasn't said for certain that All-Conference receiver James Rodgers will definitely return this week, but all indications are that he'll be ready to play Saturday.

-- The Beaver's home is Reser Stadium, which has FieldTurf and seats 45,674.

-- Saturday's weather calls for highs in the mid 80s, with light winds.

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