Beavers to Go Back on the Road at San Diego State

Photo By: Karl Maasdam/Oregon State Athletics   09-17-2013

THIS WEEK: Oregon State (2-1) is back on the road this week for its final non-conference game of the season traveling to Qualcomm Stadium to play the San Diego State Aztecs (0-2). The game will be televised live at 4:30 p.m. on CBS College Sports.

SOLD OUT: If advance reservations for Oregon State alumni events surrounding the San Diego State game are any indication, the Beavers can expect strong support Saturday in Qualcomm Stadium. The traditional pre-game tailgater hosted by the OSU Alumni Association – with a 500-person capacity – sold out after the team’s thrilling win in Salt Lake City. In addition, OSU has sold over 2,500 tickets (as of Monday night) for the contest.

BEAVS GO FOR 100: USC owns the most victories in the Pac-12 Conference this century with 129 (105 with vacated wins), followed by Oregon (126), OSU (99), UCLA (88), Cal (87), Arizona State (87), Stanford (84), Washington (72), Arizona (71), WSU (68).  Utah has 111 victories this century and Colorado has 69.

SERIES: This is only the fourth meeting between the two schools in football, with SDSU leading 2-1 with wins in 1972 (17-8) in San Diego and in 1975 (25-0) in Portland. The Beavers’ lone victory was a 35-3 decision in 2000 that in reality kick started that team to an 11-1 record and the 2000 Fiesta Bowl title. In that 2000 game running back Ken Simonton (currently third for all-time rushing yds in the Pac-12 with 5,044) scored two touchdowns, his backup Patrick McCall tallied one, former Green Bay Packer linebacker all-star Nick Barnett recovered a fumble in the end zone and receiver and NFL standout Chad Johnson scored on a pass from Jonathan Smith. It was Johnson’s first collegiate touchdown. The two teams are scheduled to conclude the home and home series with the Aztecs traveling to Corvallis Sept. 20, 2014.

RILEY RETURNS TO THE QUALCOMM: Beaver head coach Mike Riley left Oregon State after the 1998 season to become the head coach of the San Diego Chargers for the 1999 through 2001 seasons. Beaver defensive coordinator Mark Banker was with the Chargers with Riley serving as the team’s defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach. OSU special teams coordinator Bruce Read served in the same role with the Chargers in those years. Secondary coach Rod Perry was on the San Diego sideline from 1997-2001 as the defensive backs coach. Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh was in a similar role with the Chargers from 1997-98.

FORMER BEAVERS ON OPPOSITE SIDELINE: Third-year SDSU head coach Rocky Long served as Oregon State’s defensive coordinator from 1991-95 and produced some of the school’s top players from that side of the ball. Long also was the coach of New Mexico when the Beavers defeated the Lobos in the 2003 Las Vegas Bowl 55-14. Wide receivers coach LeCharls McDaniel was the special teams/tight ends coach for head coach Mike Riley at OSU for the 2003 and ’04 seasons. Aztec DL coach Osia (OH-say) Lewis played and coached at OSU. Lewis played linebacker for the Beavers and lettered from 1982-85. He made a game-high 19 tackles in OSU’s win at Washington in 1985 (21-20) in what was then the biggest upset in NCAA history at the time as the Beavers were a 37-point underdog. Lewis later coached the linebackers and special teams for the Beavers from 1991-96 on a staff that also included current Michigan head coach Brady Hoke.

PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Quarterback Sean Mannion has been named this week’s Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and kicker Trevor Romaine the Special Teams Player of the Week. Mannion passed for a career-high 443 yards and tied the school record with five touchdown passes in last Saturday’s overtime victory at Utah while Romaine made all three of his field goal attempts and had five touchbacks. Mannion was honored for the third time for his career and Romaine for the second.

STARTERS DOWN: The Beavers enter this week missing four starters. Starting linebacker Michael Doctor broke his foot and will be out at least to the latter half of the season. The senior co-captain played immediately upon arrival to the team, thus has a redshirt year available. He led the team for tackles last year with 83. Starting right guard Roman Sapolu suffered a fracture dislocation in his foot and is out for the year. Unlike Doctor, Sapolu did redshirt his first season in 2010 and at this point a medical redshirt year is unavailable.  Starting right tackle Grant Enger is expected to miss at least one more game (was out last week) with a sprained knee. Running back Storm Woods suffered a concussion last week at Utah and is out indefinitely. On the bright side, junior linebacker D.J. Alexander made his debut last week after missing the first two games with a sprained knee, suffered midway through preseason camp.

OFFENSIVE LINE SHUFFLE: Oregon State offensive line, thought to be a position of depth in the spring, has become thinner throughout camp and into the early part of the season. Four starters returned and the Beavers were expected to start highly regarded sophomore Gavin Andrews at the one open spot, right tackle. However, Andrews was diagnosed with mono the week before the season started forcing a shuffle along the line. Grant Enger, who was slated to start at right guard, moved to right tackle and junior Roman Sapolu took over at right guard. In addition, returning center Isaac Seumalo was unable to play in the season opener due to a bruised knee forcing sophomore Josh Mitchell into the lineup during Week 1. Heading into Week 2, Seumalo, a freshman All-American, returned to the starting lineup to anchor the line. However in OSU’s win over Hawai’i Enger sprained his left knee and is expected to miss two weeks (he has missed one) and Sapolu suffered a foot injury and will miss the rest of the season. OSU’s line has been further diminished with Justin Addie (concussion) sidelined and the slow recovery of Garrett Weinreich a knee injury suffered in August 2012. In addition, the retirement early in fall camp of David Keller (concussions), who was expected be the top back-up at guard, further complicates the situation. Last week at Utah, the Beavers started Michael Philipp (LT) and Josh Andrews (LG) – their usual positions – with Mitchell at center, redshirt freshman Grant Bays at right guard and Seumalo sliding outside to right tackle.

30 POINTS-PLUS: Oregon State has scored 30-plus points in all three games this season. It’s the longest streak since four games in 2009 against California, Washington, WSU and Oregon. OSU is on pace to shatter the school record for points scored in any season – currently on track for 520 points for a 12-game regular season – the record is 433 points in a 13-game slate in 2003.

438.7: The number of average yards the Beavers have passed for over the first three games, leading the nation. At the current average for a 12-game season the Beavers would break the school record of 4,265 by 999 yards (2003 – 4,265).  The Pac-12 record is 4,501 yards by Washington in 2002.

TURNOVERS, OR LACK THEREOF: Oregon State has committed just one turnover through three games, ranking tied for second in the country with Oklahoma State and Central Florida, both have also played three games. Six other teams have lost just one turnover, but all have played just two contests. Oregon is the only team in the country without a lost turnover.

PERFECT: Oregon State has converted all 18 times (14 TDs/4 FGs) it has been in the red zone for an NCAA co-leading 1,000 percent. The 18 red zone appearances ties for fourth in the nation with Marshall. Of the teams at 1,000 percent for the season, OSU has had the most opportunities.

BALL POSSESSION: Head coach Mike Riley has stated he hopes to have more balance than what the Beavers have shown through the first three games with 139 pass attemps vs. 85 on the rush side. Even with that disparity, the Beavers oddly for what has become a passing team, leads the Pac-12 for time of possession averaging 34:42 per game.

SO MUCH FOR TV WINDOWS: The first three games have averaged 3:36 in duration. The Beavers are averaging 75 plays per game and their opponents 67. To put in perspective the only team playing lengthier games in the Pac-12 is Cal at 3:40.

ROAD BEAVERS: OSU is currently in a stretch where it plays just one home game over a six-week span. Following Saturday’s game at San Diego State, the Beavers play at home vs. Colorado, have a bye, then travel to Washington State and California. It’s the first time OSU has played three of its first four conference games on the road since the 1998 team opened the year with three away games.

OCT. 19 COULD BE INTERESTING: Entering the week, Oregon State and California share the national lead for passing yards per game at 438.7. The Beavs and Bears battle in Berkeley Oct. 19.

IT’S EARLY, BUT JUST SAYING: Quarterback Sean Mannion’s current 72.5 percent completion percentage (95-131) is on OSU record setting pace for a single season. Sean Canfield in the 2009 season hit on 67.9 (303-446) percent and is the current record holder for a single season. Canfield (2006-09) also holds the career completion percentage record at 64.1 percent (552-861) – Mannion is currently at a 65.7 percent career rate (600-913).

NOT BAD FOR A JUNIOR: Sean Mannion has completed 600 passes and has accumulated 7,011 yards – both rank third for junior quarterbacks in the NCAA and his yardage is 12th overall in the country for an active player. The only two juniors with more yards in the nation are Taylor Heinicke of Old Dominion (first-year FBS school) with 8,371 yards and Rakeem Cato of Marshall (7,109 yards). Mannion is the active leader in the Pac-12 for career yards with 7,011 (Keith Price of UW is second with 6,621).  He is 35th overall in the Pac-12 record book for yards and will soon pass 34. Rich Campbell (Cal/1977-80/7,174), 33. Pat Barnes (Cal/1993-96/7,360), 32. Drew Bledsoe (WSU/1990-92/7,373), and 31. Ryan Leaf (WSU/1995-97/7,433).

MORE MANNION: Junior quarterback Sean Mannion now has 7,011 yards; fourth all-time at OSU. The senior co-captain needs to average 264 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 21 regular season games and average 202 yards he would catch the school’s all-time leader for yards – Derek Anderson (2001-04) at 11,249 – his current pace is for 12,545 career passing yards (without a future bowl game) which would be a new Pac-12 record.
MANNION TO COOKS, TOUCHDOWN BEAVERS: Through the first three games of the season, quarterback Sean Mannion and receiver Brandin Cooks have combined for seven touchdown passes. The duo has now connected 14 times during their careers for scores, tied for the third-highest combination in Beaver history. Derek Anderson and Mike Hass combined 14 times, Anderson and James Newson 15 times and Erik Wilhelm and Robb Thomas 17 times.

COOKS CRACKS RECORD BOOK: Junior receiver Brandin Cooks is already eighth at OSU for career receiving yards with 2,040 and needs just four yards to pass Robb Thomas (1985-88) and 192 to pass Reggie Bynum (1982-85/2,231) into sixth. Cooks is tied for seventh with Bynum and Joe Newton (2003-04, 06) with 15 career touchdown receptions. He also has 127 career receptions, eight short of the OSU top 10 chart.

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 60-22 this century at Reser Stadium is third best in the Pac-12 Conference, trailing the home records of only Oregon (70-13) and USC (64-15).      

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, now with 83. The longest tenured coach in the Pac-12 has 53 league 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.

WIN THE TURNOVER BATTLE, WIN THE GAME: Over the last 115 games, Oregon State is 44-9 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent, 11-31 when committing more and 11-9 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.

73-9: 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 54-5.

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).

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 for the Beavers in the season opener - WR/KR Victor Bolden and LB Darrell Songy - and both left marks in the box score. Bolden has been the Beavers’ primary kick returner, returning nine for 178 yards. Bolden has also carried the ball three times for six yards on the fly sweep and has two receptions for 23 yards. Songy has played on special teams registering the first tackle of his career against Eastern Washington ... in addition, 13 others played for the first time with the Beavers including JC transfers DT Edwin Delva, DT Siale Hautau and CB Steven Nelson and redshirt freshmen OG Grant Bays, WR Malik Gilmore, OL Nolan Hansen, LB Rommel Mageo, LB Cyril Noland-Lewis, FB Ricky Ortiz, S Zack Robinson, LB Caleb Saulo, TE Dustin Stanton and DT Noke Tago.

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) – that was again achieved in the Beavers 51-48 overtime win at Utah … both the Hawai’i and Utah games required an ambulance on the field for an injured player, in both instances the players were released from the hospital that day/night.