Oregon State Facts and Factors

UCLA holds a big edge in the all-time series and has actually been pretty dominant recently, but Mike Riley's Oregon State team this season has only lost to ranked teams...

-- UCLA travels to Corvallis, Oregon, to take on Oregon State Saturday.

-- The game is at 1:00, but will be a delayed telecast at 3:30 on FSN Prime Ticket and FSN Northwest.

-- UCLA is 3-4, reeling after a 4-game losing streak, with all four losses coming at the hands of its first four Pac-10 opponents.

-- Oregon State is 4-3, and 3-2 in the Pac-10.

-- The series between the two schools dates back to 1930, with UCLA holding a 39-14-4 advantage.

-- UCLA had a five-game winning streak going before the Beavers snapped it last season, when they beat the Bruins in the Rose Bowl, 34-6.

-- OSU has lost three straight to UCLA in Corvallis. In those three UCLA wins, the Bruins have scored a total of 121 points.

-- Mike Riley is in his ninth year at Oregon State, with a 60-45 record at the school. He's well on his way to being the most successful head coach in OSU history, trailing only Lon Stiner (74 wins) and Tommy Prothro (63 wins). He first was hired in 1997 and was credited with turning around the program, then left for the NFL for a few seasons before returning in 2003. He has the second-best record of any coach in the Pac-10 over the last three seasons (32-15). Riley, you might remember, was a finalist for the UCLA job when Karl Dorrell was hired. The 2008 Pac-10 coach of the year, Riley has a rep for optimizing the talent he has.

-- Oregon State's three losses this season have come against teams (USC, Arizona, and Cincinnati) that have a combined record of 18-3. In this week's AP Poll, USC is No. 4, Cincinnati is #5, and Arizona is #23.

-- OSU is 2-2 at home for the season, having lost to Cincinnati and Arizona at Reser Stadium, while beating Portland State and Stanford.

-- Against Cincy, Arizona and Stanford at home it's given up an average of 31 points per game.

-- Oregon State has out-scored its opponents 256-85 in the first quarter of its last 47 games.

-- If OSU can accomplish a winning season in 2009, it will be four in a row, which would be its longest winning-season streak since 1966-1970 when it put together five straight winning seasons.

-- The Beavers have five sets of brothers on the team, which is the highest among FBS teams.

-- Oregon State is playing to remain in contention for one of the Pac-10's upper tier bowl games. UCLA is fighting to accomplish a non-losing record with an outside chance at a bowl game.

-- In the Oregon papers, OSU's coaches and players are emphasizing, after losing to USC last week, that the Beavers will not have a letdown game against UCLA, and that they shouldn't take UCLA lightly, which is a back-handed compliment.

-- In the USC game, OSU's star wide rceiver James Rodgers sustained a cracked tooth when USC's safety Taylor Mays ripped off his helmet on a touchdown pass, and no penalty was called. The Pac-10 suspended the official for one game for missing the face-mask call.

-- According to the Sagarin rankings, UCLA has the third toughest schedule in the country, behind Arkansas (3-4) and Washington (3-5).

-- It's homecoming for Oregon State and, fittingly, since their colors are black and orange, Halloween.

-- Saturday's weather calls for 61 degrees and a 70% chance of rain in Corvallis.


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