THIS WEEK: Oregon State (0-1) hosts the University of Hawai’i (0-1) Sat., Sept. 7 at 5:07 p.m. in a game being televised live by the Pac-12 Networks. The contest is the first in a two-game series that will conclude next season at Aloha Stadium Sept. 6.
BACK-TO-BACK AT HOME: This is the first season the Beavers have opened the year with back-to-back home games since 2005 (Portland State & Boise State). OSU was scheduled to play Nicholls State and Wisconsin at home to open last season, but Hurricane Isaac forced travel issues for NSU and thus the game was moved to the end of the year. Following Saturday’s game, OSU has just one home game (Sept. 28 vs. Colorado) in a six-week span (1 bye).
THE SERIES: The series dates back to 1923 with OSU holding a 5-3 advantage. The two programs played twice in the Pineapple Bowl (1940 & ’49). Hawai’i ventured to Corvallis for the first time in 2008, the last meeting in the series, with the Beavers prevailing 45-7 in what was former running back Jacquizz Rodgers’ first home game – 110 yards and two touchdowns. Current volunteer assistant coach Lyle Moevao passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns. Current Beaver volunteer assistant Aaron Nichols (from Honolulu) played in the game (WR) as did graduate assistant coach Keaton Kristick, making three tackles from his starting linebacker spot. The Beavers starting lineup in the last meeting was loaded with players who went onto to the NFL – WR Sammie Stroughter (7th RD pick Buccaneers); LT Andy Levitre (2nd RD/Bills); RT Mike Remmers (FA/Broncos); RB Jacquizz Rodgers (5th RD/Falcons); FL James Rodgers (FA/Falcons); LE Victor Butler (4th RD/Cowboys); RT Stephen Paea (2nd RD/Bears); RE Slade Norris (4th RD/Raiders); SLB Keaton Kristick (FA/49ers); CB Keenan Lewis (3rd RD/Steelers); S Al Afalava (6th RD/Bears); CB Brandon Hughes (5th RD/Chargers) – all of those players started in the game. In addition, the following players came off the bench: S/LB Cameron Collins (FA/Dolphins); P Johnny Hekker (FA/Rams); CB Brandon Hardin (3rd RD/Bears); S Suaesi Tuimaunei (FA/Falcons); and DE Gabe Miller (5th RD/Chiefs).
THE CONNECTIONS: Five current Beaver players call Hawai’i home – senior defensive linemen Devon Kell (Hilo) and Mana Rosa (Haiku), sophomore defensive lineman Ali’i Robins (Ewa Beach) and true freshmen defensive end Titus Failauga (Waipahu) and linebacker Manase Hungalu (Kailua-Kona). In addition, current safety Steven Christian was a member of the UH program (2008-11) before transferring – Christian is in his sixth year of eligibility after being granted that additional year by the NCAA due to injuries. The Beaver coaching staff also has numerous connections, including defensive coordinator Mark Banker (1995 OLB/special teams coach for UH), wide receivers coach Brent Brennan (1998 GA/WR @ UH), offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh (1999-2004 OL @ UH), defensive line coach Joe Seumalo (1999-2000 GA DE/special teams @ UH – played DL 1995-98), graduate assistant coach Tavita Thompson (from Honolulu) and volunteer assistant Aaron Nichols (from Honolulu).
COOKS NEARING RECORD BOOK: Junior receiver Brandin Cooks is nearing the OSU top 10 charts for receiving yards (1,738 yds/111 recep.). He needs 89 yards to catch Phil Ross (1985, 87-89) for 10th for career receiving yards and has a legitimate chance to climb all the way to eighth on the OSU career yards list this weekend. At his current pace he would conclude his career trailing only Mike Hass (2002-05) and James Newson (2000-03). He needs 24 receptions to crack the Beavers’ top 10 career list.
MANNION CONTINUES CLIMB: Junior quarterback Sean Mannion passed Sean Canfield (2006-09) in the season opener for career yards. The co-captain now has 6,196 yards; fourth all-time at OSU. He would need to average 290 yards per game for the rest of the regular season to catch third-place holder Erik Wilhelm (1985-88) at 9,383 yards. If he was to start the next 23 regular season games and average 270 yards he would catch the school’s all-time leader for yards – Derek Anderson (2001-04) at 11,249.
60TH ANNIVERSARY OF RESER STADIUM: This season marks the 60th anniversary of Reser Stadium, which officially opened as Parker Stadium Nov. 14, 1953 with a 7-0 Beaver victory over Washington State. The stadium’s name was changed to Reser Stadium prior to the 1999 season after a generous donation by Al and Pat Reser. OSU has had particular success of late at the Stadium, but overall has had many outstanding victories. Beaver teams have defeated nationally ranked opponents (entering the season) 16 times, including No. 1 USC twice (1967 & 2008).
RESER RECORD: Oregon State’s home record of 59-22 this century at Reser Stadium is third best in the Pac-12 Conference, trailing the home records of only Oregon (69-13) and USC (63-14).
NFL COACHING EXPERIENCE: Oregon State coaches have a combined 42 years of full-time NFL coaching experience. Mike Riley (4 years), Mark Banker (3), Bruce Read (7), Danny Langsdorf (3), Mike Cavanaugh (2) and Rod Perry (23), In addition, running backs coach Chris Brasfield served two years as an intern and two seasons as a scout in the NFL. Graduate assistants coaches Kyle DeVan (tight ends) and Keaton Kristick (linebackers) played in the NFL - DeVan for the five years with the Jets, Colts, Eagles and Titans; and Kristick for two years with the 49ers.
RILEY’S RIGHT-HAND GUYS: Oregon State has been fairly stable in terms of assistant coaches, particularly at the coordinator positions. Defensive coordinator Mark Banker has been on the staff since 2003 in his current role (served 1997-98 seasons as secondary coach); he has the second longest tenure as the defensive coordinator at one school (Buddy Green, Navy, 12 years). Banker was also with Riley for the 1999-2001 seasons with the Chargers (Def. Coord.) and in 1996 at USC. Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf has been in his role since 2004 (was a G.A. for TE in 1997-98) and was with the Saints with Riley for the 2002 season.
SCHOOL RECORD COACH: Mike Riley continues to build on his school record for victories with 81 entering the season. The longest tenured coach in the Pac-12 has 52 wins, which is 14th in the league’s history book – next on the list is James Owens (UW – 1957-74) with 54 victories. For more on Riley turn to his bio in this notes package. Riley is the longest tenured coach in the Pac-12 with 13 years at OSU; the rest of the league includes Kyle Whittingham, Utah (9 yrs), Steve Sarkisian, UW (5), Lane Kiffin, USC (4), David Shaw, Stanford (3), Todd Graham, ASU (2), Mike Leach, WSU (2), Rich Rodriguez, Arizona (2), Sonny Dykes, Cal (first), Mark Helfrich, Oregon (first) and Mike MacIntyre, Colorado (first).
RE-BEAVED: During the offseason the Beavers re-beaved thanks to Nike, introducing a new brand in March. The new brand includes a new logo, plus several uniform combos. Football also sports three helmet designs.
ONE OF SIX: Third-year athletic trainer Ariko Iso (uh-REE-ko E-so) is one of only six female head football trainers in the FBS - Jennifer Brodeur at Massachusetts, Laurie Fincher at UAB, Dawn Hearn at UTEP, Kelli Pugh at Virginia and Mary Vander Heiden at Central Florida are the others. Iso joined the program in late spring of 2011 after being the only female athletic trainer in the NFL (Steelers).
TEAM CAPTAINS: The 2013 team captains are seniors Rashaad Reynolds (CB), Michael Doctor (LB), Grant Enger (OG), and juniors Brandin Cooks (WR) and Sean Mannion (QB). Mannion has been selected for the second straight season – no Beaver has ever been a three-year team captain.
PAC-12 THIS CENTURY: USC owns the most victories in the Pac-12 Conference this century with 126 (105 with vacated wins), followed by Oregon (123), OSU (96), UCLA (87), Cal (85), Arizona State (84), Stanford (81), Washington (71), Arizona (68), WSU (66). Utah has 110 victories this century and Colorado has 68.
BOWL HISTORY: Starting with the 1999 season, Oregon State has appeared in 10 bowl games – tied for the third-most in the league. Oregon has 13 appearances, followed by Utah (11), OSU (10), USC (10), UCLA (10), Arizona State (9), Cal (8), Washington (7), Stanford (6), Colorado (6), Arizona (4) and Washington State (3).
FRESH FACES: Two true freshmen played Saturday - WR/KR Victor Bolden and LB Darrell Songy - and both left marks in the box score. Bolden lined up as the Beavers’ primary kick returner, returning six for 119 yards. Bolden also carried the ball twice for seven yards on the fly sweep. Songy played on special teams registering the first tackle of his career in the third quarter ... in addition, 11 others played for the first time with the Beavers including JC transfers DT Edwin Delva, DT Siale Hautau and CB Steven Nelson as well as redshirt freshmen OG Grant Bays, WR Malik Gilmore, LB Rommel Mageo, S Cyril Noland-Lewis, FB Ricky Ortiz, S Zack Robinson, TE Dustin Stanton and DT Noke Tago.
WIN THE TURNOVER BATTLE, WIN THE GAME: Over the last 113 games, Oregon State is 43-9 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent, 11-31 when committing more and 10-9 when even.
RUNNING BACK U: Oregon State is the only program in the Pac-12 Conference with three running backs that rank in the top 10 for career rushing in the league; 3. Ken Simonton (1998-2001), 5,044 yards; 8. Jacquizz Rodgers (2008-10), 3,877; 9. Yvenson Bernard (2004-07), 3,862. Steven Jackson (2001-03) ranks 14th with 3,625 yards. Rodgers and Jackson both left OSU after three seasons to enter the NFL.
71-9: That’s the record of Oregon State when it leads after three quarters with Mike Riley as head coach. Since the start of the 2004 season it is 52-5.
100-PLUS USUALLY A W: When a Beaver rushes for 100-plus yards it usually equals a victory. OSU has won 26 of its last 31 games (84%) when a rusher gains 100 – the only five losses in that period – Oct. 2, 2008 at Utah (Jacquizz Rodgers 101 yds), Oct. 24, 2009 at USC (Jacquizz 113), Oct. 16, 2010 at Washington (Jacquizz 140), Sept. 3, 2011 vs. Sacramento State (Malcolm Agnew 223) and Dec. 29, 2012 vs. Texas (Storm Woods 118).
TRUE “STUDENT-ATHLETES” Oregon State is routinely among the league leaders for Pac-12 academic selections and this year should be no different. The following players will graduate in December: OL, Josh Andrews (sociology); WR, Kevin Cummings (marketing); LB Michael Doctor (human development/family studies); OL Grant Enger (entrepreneurship); WR Micah Hatfield (human development/family studies); QB Sean Mannion (liberal studies); CB Sean Martin (new media); OL Michael Philipp (public health); CB Rashaad Reynolds (human development/family studies); RB Jovan Stevenson (sociology). Graduates in March include DL John Braun (sociology); LB Charlie Gilmur (marketing); DL Devon Kell (public health); WR Mitch Singler (marketing); QB Cody Vaz (sociology). June graduates include S Steven Christian (master of arts in interdisciplinary studies); P Tim McMullen (exercise & sport science); DL Mana Rosa (psychology).
WOODCHIPS: OSU and Eastern Washington each scored 40-plus points, the first time both teams scored that many in an OSU game since 1999 against Georgia Southern (OSU win 48-41).