Beavers Set to Face Bears in Berkeley

Photo By: Karl Maasdam/Oregon State Athletics   10-15-2013

THIS WEEK: Oregon State (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) makes yet another road trip heading to Berkeley to play the California Golden Bears (1-5, 0-3 Pac-12) this Saturday. The game is being televised nationally by ESPN2.

DÉJÀ VU, ALL OVER AGAIN, SORT OF: Last week the Beavers played in Pullman for the first time since 2009, after playing the Cougars at CenturyLink Field in Seattle in 2011. This week OSU plays in Berkeley for the first time since that same 2009 season after playing at AT&T Park in The City in ‘11.

DÉJÀ VU, ALL OVER AGAIN, SORT OF II: Last week the OSU vs. Washington State game featured the top two passing offenses in the Pac-12. This week the matchup between OSU and Cal has the same factoid. OSU is first at 433.2 yards per game while Cal is second at 371.3.  WSU entered last week’s game averaging 360 yards per game via the pass, but only managed 270 vs. the Beavers.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ALREADY: Saturday ends a span of the Beavers playing just one home game over a six-week span, that includes four night road games and one bye.  The Beavers have played the fewest home games in the league – tied with Arizona and UCLA (both have had two byes). The good news is that OSU has just one remaining game where it travels by plane (Nov. 16 @ ASU); every other Pac-12 team has at least two such trips, ASU and Utah have three. There have been some long nights for the Beavs in 2013 as the team returned from earlier road games at Utah at 4:30 a.m. PDT (5:30 a.m. MDT), 3 a.m. from San Diego State and 3:30 a.m. from Washington State.  It will be somewhere around 4 a.m. following Saturday’s game at Cal. And, for good measure the Oct. 26 home game vs. Stanford is at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 1 home contest vs. USC is at 6 p.m.

MATCHING 1939? Oregon State enters Saturday trying to win a Pac-12 road game for the third time in three tries in the 2013 season. The last time the Beavers won their first three road league contests in the same year was 1939 with victories over Stanford, Washington and Oregon in what was then called the Pacific Coast Conference. The team finished 9-1-1 that season and played in the inaugural Pineapple Bowl in Honolulu on Jan. 1, 1940. The Beavers haven’t won three straight league road games in one season since 2008 at Washington, UCLA and Arizona.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME: The road has been kind to the Beavers this season as OSU is off to a 3-0 start. Northern Illinois has the most true road game wins this season with four, followed by Oregon State, Oregon, Central Florida and Missouri with three.  

BOWL ELIGIBILITY: A win Saturday would give OSU’s its sixth win of the season and make it the second team in the Pac-12 to reach that threshold – Oregon won its sixth game last week. Stanford and UCLA play each other this week – the winner will have its sixth victory. It would mark the second year in a row the Beavers have become bowl eligible in October – the team won its first six games of the season last year.

HOMECOMING FOR THE PRINCE: Saturday is as close as junior quarterback Sean Mannion will get in his college career to playing near his high school of Foothill in Pleasanton, Calif., -- approximately 30 miles to Memorial Stadium from Foothill. As for the Prince, Mannion was one of Foothill’s Homecoming princes in the fall of 2009 at exactly the same game that Beaver head coach Mike Riley first watched him play in mid-October 2009 (info courtesy of Lindsay Schnell of The Oregonian).

SEVERAL OTHER GUYS RETURN HOME: Several other Beavers on the traveling party are returning to their general area hometowns – defensive end Dyllon Mafi (Oakland), safety Ryan Murphy (Oakland), cornerback/special teams player Naji Patrick (Vallejo), running back Terron Ward (Antioch) and defensive end Dylan Wynn (Concord). Sadly, it would have also represented a homecoming for Fred Thompson, a defensive lineman from Richmond, who passed away Dec. 7, 2011 on the OSU campus with a sudden illness. Thompson was one of the more popular players on the team and was part of Beaver Nation for all of the 2011 season.  

“EIGHT MILES HIGH:” Actually it is specifically 8.2 miles and more horizontal than vertical – at any rate it’s the distance Sean Mannion has thrown for over his final two years in high school and his current career at Oregon State. That’s 14,414 yards with 106 touchdown passes.

BEAVS VS. CAL: Saturday marks the 66th (per Pac-12 Conference records) meeting in the series, with Cal holding a 34-31-1 edge. Since the OSU football renaissance that began in 1999 it has been mostly a series dominated by the Beavers with an 11-3 run. OSU has won five straight at Memorial Stadium – 38-32 in 2000, 35-21 in 2003, 23-20 in 2005, 31-28 in 2007 when a Bear win would have propelled them to No. 1 in the country, and 31-14 in 2009. Cal won 23-6 in 2011 in San Francisco. Last season, OSU rolled to a 62-14 win on a rainy night in Corvallis (Nov. 17) as the Beavers piled up 559 total yards. Sean Mannion had four touchdown passes and 325 yards via the air. Tight end Connor Hamlett was on the receiving end of two of Mannion’s TD passes. Terron Ward had 128 yards rushing and is the last Beaver to eclipse the 100-yard rushing mark.

OPPORTUNISTIC SECONDARIES: Oregon State enters the week tied for fourth nationally with Tulane and is the Pac-12 leader for interceptions with 12. Virginia Tech, Missouri and Northwestern lead the country with 13. First-year Beaver cornerback Steven Nelson leads the Pac-12 and shares the top spot nationally with Jimmie Ward of Northern Illinois for interceptions by a player with five.

THEY’LL BE BUSY: Not only will OSU’s opportunistic secondary be busy, but so will Cal’s this weekend as the two league leaders for passing take the field. Beaver QB Sean Mannion leads the nation for passing at 418.5 yards per game, bolstered by his school record 493 yards last week vs. Washington State, while Cal’s Jared Goff is fourth in the country at 339.3. Of course the quarterbacks have some targets, where OSU’s Brandin Cooks has the top average in the nation at 157.3 and the most touchdowns with 11, while Cal’s Chris Harper is third in the league at 114.0.

SET AGAINST THE BEARS: Several school records and milestones have been set by the Beavers against Cal in the long history of the rivalry. Here is a closer look:
o    100-yard rushers vs. Cal – Steven Jackson (239/2002) 2nd most ever by a Beaver; Steven Jackson (227/2003); Terry Baker (145/1960); Jacquizz Rodgers (144/2008); Bryce Oglesby (140/1983); Ken Simonton (134/1999); Mike Davenport (131/1972); Joe Day (126/1942); Ken Simonton (125/2000); Patrick McCall (116/2000); Jacquizz Rodgers (116/2010); Ken Simonton (110/2001); Yvenson Bernard (110/2007); Pat Chaffey (108/1989); Tom Barry (105/1956); Akili King (101/1996);  
o    Most Punts – 14, Mike Fessler, Nov. 6, 1999 in Corvallis
o    Longest Field Goal – 58, Alexis Serna, Sept. 30, 2006 in Corvallis (also by Chris Mangold vs. San Jose State, 1982)
o    Passes Brokenup – 5, Dennis Weathersby, Oct. 26, 2002 in Corvallis (also by Rashaad Reynolds at Arizona, Sept, 29, 2012).
o    Most points in a road loss – 42, Sept. 28, 1996 in Berkeley
o    Long run vs. OSU – 90, Bill Powell, Oct. 27, 1951 in Berkeley
o    Highest completion Pct vs. OSU -- .852 (23-27), Gale Gilbert, Oct. 15, 1983
o    Most receptions vs. OSU – 15, Dameane Douglas, Oct. 31, 1998 in Berkeley

POSITIVE TURNOVERS: Oregon State ranks second in the Pac-12 to Oregon and tied for eighth nationally for turnover margin at plus-8.  Last season OSU finished the year at plus-8. The Beaver defense has not allowed a touchdown following any of OSU’s seven turnovers.

NOT LIKE THE “OLD” DAYS: Oregon State is one of 17 teams in the country that is averaging over 500 yards per game for total offense. The Beavers rank 15th at 506.8 yards per outing, which is just fourth in the Pac-12. The NCAA record for most teams with 500-plus yards per game average for a season is 10 set last year. Starting in 1999, there have been four seasons where just one team has averaged 500-plus yards for a year.

BEAVS AT 102: USC owns the most victories in the Pac-12 Conference this century with 131(107 with vacated wins), followed by Oregon (128), OSU (102), UCLA (91), Arizona State (89), Cal (87), Stanford (87), Washington (74), Arizona (72), WSU (70). Utah has 113 victories this century and Colorado has 69. The Beavers hit the 100-win plateau this century in the Oct. 21 win at San Diego State. The previous 100-win stretch started during the 1966 season, ending with 1999 – nearly 34 seasons (365 games). This century’s 100 victories were achieved in just over 13 seasons (168 games).

IT’S ANOTHER BEAVER FIRST DOWN:  While receiver Brandin Cooks generates most of the headlines in terms of Beaver receivers, quarterback Sean Mannion has spread the wealth with key connections to fellow wideouts Richard Mullaney and Kevin Cummings. Mullaney has secured a first down or touchdown on 24 of his 30 receptions while Cummings has done the same on 12 of his 18.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Oregon State has had five Pac-12 Players of the Week so far this season, the most in the league, including this week’s Defensive Player of the Week Rashaad Reynolds after forcing two fumbles and collecting two interceptions at WSU.  Quarterback Sean Mannion earned the offensive player of the week recognition after passing for an OSU record six touchdown passes against Colorado and prior to that a 443-yard five score effort at Utah. Mannion also has been named the Manning Award Player of the Week twice (the same games). Cornerback Steven Nelson earned the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week award after returning an interception 16 yards for a touchdown with 2:31 left in the win at San Diego State. Kicker Trevor Romaine made all three of his field goal attempts and had five touchbacks in the win at Utah earning him Special Teams Player of the Week. Mannion has been selected for the weekly conference honor four times in his career, Romaine twice, and Nelson and Reynolds once.

PICK SIX: Cornerbacks Steven Nelson and Sean Martin both have interceptions for touchdowns this season. Nelson’s 16-yard return against San Diego State with 2:16 left provided the winning points in 34-30 win at Qualcomm Stadium. Martin returned a third-quarter pass 27 yards in OSU’s 51-48 overtime victory at Utah. The two interception returns for touchdowns rank as the most for a Beaver defense since Greg Laybourn and Al Afalava each scored in 2008 games. The Beavers haven’t had three in a season since 2007 (Derrick Doggett, Gerard Lawson, Joey LaRocque).

TARGET RICH ENVIRONMENT: Oregon State has completed 200 passes this season in six games, that’s just 14 short of what the Beavers’ opponents have combined for attempts. The 200 completions rank as the fourth-most in the country behind Washington State (236), Texas Tech (203) and East Carolina (201).  

433.2: The number of average yards the Beavers have passed for over the first six games, leading the nation by exactly 19 yards over second-place Baylor.  The team is on pace for 5,110 yards for a 12-game season and at the current average the Beavers would break the school record of 4,265 by 845 yards (2003 – 4,265). The Pac-12 record is 4,501 yards by Washington in 2002. OSU is first in the nation for overall passing yards with 2,599.  

GRINDING IT OUT: Courtesy of the Pac-12 Conference, Oregon State has had more long scoring drives than any other team in the league. The Beavers have had 10 scoring drives of at least four minutes in length, which is likely a result of the team being one of the few that actually huddles between plays. In comparison, Oregon has had one scoring drive of 4-plus minutes, the fewest in the Pac-12.

PROTECTING THE PASSER: The Beavers’ have come under scrutiny, particularly the offensive line, for the lack of production in the rushing game. What hasn’t been recognized is the line’s protection of the quarterbacks. Through six games the Beavers have allowed just seven sacks (1 every 43 pass attempts). At the current rate OSU would allow just 14 sacks for the regular season. Last year the Beavers allowed a sack on every 15 pass attempts and 33 overall for the year.

STARTERS DOWN: The Beavers enter this week missing potentially 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 guard/tackle Grant Enger returned to the lineup at Washington State after missing three games. Running back Storm Woods suffered a concussion against Utah and missed two games before returning at WSU. Longsnapper Michael Morovick, while technically not a starter, is also out of the year after suffering an ACL tear against San Diego State.

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 missed three games (he is expected to return this week) and Sapolu suffered a foot injury and will miss the rest of the season. At San Diego State, Mitchell injured an ankle that left him sidelined and forced another shuffle along the line. Last game against Colorado, the Beavers started Michael Philipp (LT), Josh Andrews (LG) and Seumalo (C) – their usual positions, although Seumalo has started two games at right tackle this year – with redshirt freshman Grant Bays at right guard and true freshman Sean Harlow at right tackle. OSU’s line has been further diminished with the prolonged recoveries of Justin Addie (concussion) and Garrett Weinreich (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, and Chase Eldredge (knee) during the summer further complicates the situation. Following the bye week, the Beavers welcomed by Gavin Andrews and Enger against Washington State.

30 POINTS-PLUS: Oregon State has scored 30-plus points in all six games this season, the longest streak since 2000 when it strung together nine in a row. 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.

IT’S EARLY, BUT JUST SAYING: Quarterback Sean Mannion’s current 67.1 percent completion percentage (194-289) is flirting with the 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 65.3 percent (699-1071). He has had 17 passes legitimately dropped this season.

NOT BAD FOR A JUNIOR: Sean Mannion has completed 699 career passes, which ranks second-best in the NCAA for junior quarterbacks behind Taylor Heinicke of Old Dominion (first-year FBS school) with 787.  Mannion’s 8,285 passing yards is second for junior quarterbacks trailing only Heinicke’s 9,549, and ranks eighth overall in the country for active quarterbacks. Mannion is the active leader in the Pac-12 for career yards with 8,285 (Keith Price of UW is second with 7,531). He is 23rd overall in the Pac-12 record book for yards and will soon pass -- 22. Danny O’Neil (UO/1991-94/8,301); 21. Bill Musgrave (UO/1987-90/8,343); 20. Rob Johnson (USC/1991-94/8,472); 19. Drew Olson (UCLA/2002-05/8,532); 18. Jake Plummer (ASU/1993-96/8,827; 17. Jason Gesser (WSU/1999-2002/8,830).

NOT BAD FOR A JUNIOR II: Sean Mannion not only is escalating the Pac-12 record book for career yards passing, but also for career touchdowns passing. He is currently is 25th in the Pac-12 record book with 56.  Mannion is No. 2 on the active list for TD passes by a Pac-12 quarterback chasing Washington’s Keith Price (66). If he hits his average four TD passes per game Saturday, Mannion will jump all the way to No. 21 in the league with former Oregon standout Bill Musgrave (1987-90).

MORE MANNION: The 2013 two-time Manning Award recipient now has 8,285 yards; fourth all-time at OSU. The co-captain needs to average 183 yards per game for the rest of the regular season to catch third-place holder Erik Wilhelm (1985-88) at 9,383 yards. At his current average for the season he would move all the way to No. 2 in OSU history trailing only Derek Anderson’s (2001-04) career total of 11,249. To catch Anderson he needs to average 165 yards over the next 18 regular season games of his career. Also, at his current career average he would end his career with 13,611 yards, shattering the Pac-12 record of Matt Barkley (12,274). He is the only quarterback in Beaver history to pass for 350-plus yards in six straight games (current). He leads the nation for touchdown passes with 25, including a school-record 6 TD game vs. Colorado earlier this season.

MANNION TO COOKS, TOUCHDOWN BEAVERS! Through the six games of the season, quarterback Sean Mannion and receiver Brandin Cooks have combined for 12 touchdown passes. The duo has now connected 18 times during their careers for scores, the most in Beaver history. Cooks leads the nation (Eric Thomas, Troy) for touchdown receptions this season with 11.

NOT ONLY THAT, BUT… Mannion and Cooks have combined for 132 career receptions. The duo tied a school record for connections with 14 against San Diego State earlier this season after having 13 in the season opener vs. Eastern Washington.

COOKS CRACKS RECORD BOOK: Junior receiver Brandin Cooks is already sixth at OSU for career receiving yards with 2,486. He is tied for third for career touchdown receptions with 19 and sixth for career receptions with 161. Cooks tied the OSU record for single game receptions (Mike Hass vs. ASU in 2004) with 14 against San Diego State earlier this season.

RESER RECORD: Oregon State’s home record of 61-22 this century at Reser Stadium is third best in the Pac-12 Conference, trailing the home records of only Oregon (71-13) and USC (65-15).

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).

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 (Super Bowl starter), 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 86. The longest tenured coach in the Pac-12 has 55 league wins, which is tied for 12th with Bruce Snyder (Cal 1987-91 & ASU 1992-2000). His next league win will tie him with Rich Brooks (Oregon/1977-94). 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), David Shaw, Stanford (3), Todd Graham, ASU (2), Mike Leach, WSU (2), Rich Rodriguez, Arizona (2), Sonny Dykes, Cal (first), Mark Helfrich, Oregon (first), Ed Orgeron, USC (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 118 games, Oregon State is 46-9 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent, 11-31 when committing more and 12-9 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.

74-9: 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 55-5.

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: Three true freshmen for the Beavers in the season opener - WR/KR Victor Bolden, OL Sean Harlow and LB Darrell Songy. Bolden has been the Beavers’ primary kick returner, returning 19 for 365 yards. Bolden has also carried the ball three times for six yards on the fly sweep and has two receptions for 23 yards. Songy is second on the team with three special teams tackles ... 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, RB Chris Brown, WR Blair Cavanaugh, WR Malik Gilmore, OL Nolan Hansen, LS Harrison Linsky, LB Rommel Mageo, LS Andrew Maughan, LB Cyril Noland-Lewis, FB Ricky Ortiz, S Zack Robinson, LB Caleb Saulo, TE Dustin Stanton, DT Noke Tago and OL Garrett Weinreich.

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 ... DL Jalen Grimble’s cousin, Xavier Grimble, plays tight end for USC … QB Cody Vaz missed much of the first bye week practice session due to dropping an 85-pound weight on his foot.