Beavers Host USC for Friday Night Football

Photo By: Karl Maasdam/Oregon State Athletics   10-29-2013

THIS WEEK: Oregon State (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) hosts the USC Trojans (5-3, 2-2) Fri., Nov. 1 in a game being televised by ESPN2 and in Spanish on ESPN3. Kickoff is at 6:01 p.m.

ORANGE UNIFORMS DEBUT: Oregon State’s orange uniforms will debut Friday night as part of the Athletics’ program rebrand process. 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. The Beavers wore a mostly all black uniform at home and all white on the road.

OSU vs. USC: The two teams have not met since a 36-7 Beaver victory over then No. 20 USC at Reser Stadium Nov. 20, 2010. OSU has won the last three played at Reser Stadium, the longest current road losing streak for the Trojans against a Pac-12 foe. Overall, USC has a 59-11-4 advantage in a series that dates back to a 1914 Thanksgiving Day game in Tacoma, Wash. That game was USC’s first ever contest played outside the State of California (originally scheduled for Corvallis) and was billed the “Belgian relief fund” - a drive fueled by World War I. The goal of that game was to raise $50,000 for the effort in a contest played at a 35,000-seat stadium. The two teams didn’t play a single game in Corvallis until the Beavers’ famous 3-0 win over then No. 1 USC Nov. 11, 1967. The nine previous “home games” for OSU were played in Portland. USC had a 26-game win streak in the series between 1968-99. The Beavers can claim ending one impressive streak that was owned by the Trojans, when they defeated then No. 3 USC 33-31 Oct. 28, 2006 – ending Troy’s 27-game then Pac-10 winning streak and 38-game overall win streak.

THE LAST USC GAME: Seven current Beavers played in the last meeting with the Trojans on Nov. 20, 2010. Michael Philipp started at left tackle. Defenders Rashaad Reynolds, Michael Doctor, Sean Martin and John Braun and offensive linemen Josh Andrews and Grant Enger came off the bench or played special teams. The Beavers built a 23-0 lead in that game (20-0 at halftime), highlighted by a Jordan Poyer 65-yard interception return for a score early in the second quarter. Then Beaver quarterback Ryan Katz passed for 154 yards and two touchdowns with running back Jacquizz Rodgers adding 136 yards and a score. Justin Kahut booted three field goals and tackle Stephen Paea made six tackles (2.5 TFL, 1 sack) and forced a fumble (his school record 8th) – both earned Pac-10 Players of the Week for their efforts.

ACCURATE PASSER: Quarterback Sean Mannion’s current 69.1 percent completion percentage (270-391) is on an 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 season. Canfield (2006-09) also holds the career completion percentage record at 64.1 percent (552-861) – Mannion is currently at a 66.1 percent (775-1173), the best among all active Pac-12 quarterbacks with a minimum of 425 pass attempts, and ranks 13th in the NCAA. He has had 19 passes legitimately dropped this season. He set a school record with 41 pass completions against Stanford earlier this season and is on a current run of 128 consecutive pass attempts without an interception.

NOT BAD FOR A JUNIOR: Sean Mannion has completed 775 career passes, which ranks second-best in the NCAA for junior quarterbacks behind Taylor Heinicke of Old Dominion (first-year FBS school) with 844 and eighth overall in the country. Mannion’s 9,037 passing yards is second for junior quarterbacks trailing only Heinicke’s 10,186, and also is eighth overall in the country for active quarterbacks. Mannion is the active leader in the Pac-12 for career yards with 9,037 (Keith Price of UW is second with 8,124). He is 17th overall in the Pac-12 record book for yards and will soon pass -- 16. Willie Tuitama (UA/2005-08/9,211); 15. John Elway (Stan/1979-82/9,349); 14. Erik Wilhelm (OSU/1985-88/9,393) 13. Andrew Luck (Stan/2009-11/9,430); 12. Jonathan Smith (OSU/1998-2001/9,680).

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 tied with Kellen Clemens (UO/2002-05) for 21st in the Pac-12 record book with 61. Mannion is No. 2 on the active list for TD passes by a Pac-12 quarterback chasing Washington’s Keith Price (70).
MORE MANNION: The 2013 three-time Manning Award recipient and two-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week now has 9,037 yards; fourth all-time at OSU. The co-captain needs to average 87 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 (with 10,668 yds) in OSU history trailing only Derek Anderson’s (2001-04) career total of 11,249. To catch Anderson he needs to average 138 yards over the next 16 regular season games of his career. Also, at his current career average he would conclude his collegiate career with 13,856 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 seven straight games and the career leader for 400-plus yard games in a career with six. He leads the nation for touchdown passes with 30, including a school-record 6 TD game vs. Colorado earlier this season. He also leads the nation for passing yards per game at 407.9 and total passing yards at 3,263.

“EIGHT MILES HIGH:” Actually it is specifically 8.6 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 15,166 yards with 111 touchdown passes.
MANNION TO COOKS, TOUCHDOWN BEAVERS! Through the eight games of the season, quarterback Sean Mannion and receiver Brandin Cooks have combined for 13 touchdown passes. The duo has now connected 20 times during their careers for scores, the most in Beaver history. Cooks co-leads the nation (Davante Adams, Fresno State) for touchdown receptions this season with 13.

NOT ONLY THAT, BUT… Mannion and Cooks have combined for 154 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 and at California.

COOKS ON RECORD PACE: Junior receiver Brandin Cooks already is fourth on OSU’s record charts for career receiving yards with 2,798 and needs 196 yards to catch third-place holder and former teammate Markus Wheaton with 2,994 yards. Cooks has a school record 21 career touchdowns receiving. Cooks tied the OSU record for single game receptions (Mike Hass vs. ASU in 2004) with 14 against San Diego State earlier this season. He needs seven receptions, currently with 85, to break the OSU record for single season catches. Cooks co-leads the nation (Davante Adams, Fresno State) for touchdown receptions this season with 13 and leads the nation for receiving yards per game at 157.0, receptions per game at 10.6 and total receiving yards with 1,256.

THAT’S A RECORD: Here are the records to date for the OSU offensive machine this season:
•    Most Yards Back-to-Back Games – Sean Mannion, 974 yards vs. Cal & WSU (Pac-12 record).
•    Most Passing Yards in 1 game – Sean Mannion, 493 yards vs. WSU (OSU record)
•    Most completions in 1 game – Sean Mannion, 41 vs. Stanford (OSU record)
•    Most TDs Passing in 1 game – Sean Mannion, 6 vs. Colorado (OSU record)
•    Most TDs passing in career – Sean Mannion, 30 (OSU record)
•    Most 350-yard passing games in 1 season – Sean Mannion, 7 (OSU record)
•    Most career 350-yard passing a games – Sean Mannion, 9 (ties OSU record)
•    Most TD – QB-WR connections – 20, Sean Mannion to Brandin Cooks (OSU record)
•    Most receptions in 1 game – Brandin Cooks, 14 vs. San Diego State (ties OSU record
•    Most TD receptions in 1 season – Brandin Cooks, 13, (OSU record)    
•    Most TD receptions in career – Brandin Cooks, 21 (OSU record)
•    40-plus points in 3 consecutive games (Colo, WSU, Cal) – OSU record

420.8: The number of average yards the Beavers have passed for over the first eight games, leading the nation. No Pac-12 team has led the nation for passing since Washington State in 1960 at 185.5 yards per game. The team is on pace for 5,049 yards for a 12-game season and at the current average the Beavers would break the school record of 4,265 (2003) by 784 yards. The Pac-12 record is 4,501 yards by Washington in 2002. OSU entered the week first in the nation for overall passing yards with 3,366.

38.9: The percentage of drives that OSU has scored a touchdown on, ninth in the NCAA and third in the Pac-12 – following Oregon 52.7 & ASU 40.2.

REDZONE PAYDIRT: Oregon State ranks third for touchdowns in the red zone. The Beavers have scored touchdowns on 35 of their 51 trips inside the 20-yard line. Only two other teams in the country have more the red zone, 39 by Texas A&M and 36 by Oregon.

OSU-USC RECORDS: Several records and milestones have been set in the Beavers-USC long history of the rivalry. Here is a closer look:
o    100-yard rushers vs. USC –Ken Simonton (234/2000); Jacquizz Rodgers (186/2008); Bill Enyart (135/1967); Nub Beamer (131/1957); Jacquizz Rodgers (128/2010); Ken Simonton (127/1999); Pete Pifer (126/1965); Steven Jackson (119/2001); Tim Alexander (117/1994); Jacquizz Rodgers (113/2009); J.J. Young (101/1993); Clinton Polk (100/2006).
o    Longest Kickoff Return: 100 yds, Tim Alexander @ USC, Sept. 19, 1998
o    Most Fumbles Recovered: 3, Tom Stevens, Sept., 17, 1977 @ Corvallis
o    Most Pass Attempts at Reser: 62, Erik Wilhelm, Oct. 29, 1988  
o    Longest Punt at Reser: 74 yds, Johnny Hekker, Nov. 20, 2010

BALL CONTROL – FOR A PASSING TEAM: Time of possession is more or less a useless statistic, but nonetheless it is peculiar that Oregon State leads the Pac-12 and ranks fourth in the nation for time of possession averaging 34:04 per game. Florida leads the nation for TOP with 35:57.  OSU held the ball for 39:50 vs. Hawai’i and 38:33 vs. Stanford in earlier games.

ANOTHER STAT FOR POSSESSION: The Beavers lead the Pac-12 for third-down defense, allowing just a .320 conversation rate (33-103). Hawai’i converted 1 of 11 attempts, Colorado 2 of 15 and Stanford 2 of 9.

NIGHT OWLS, ER, BEAVERS: Friday marks the fourth consecutive night game for the Beavers. 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, 3:30 a.m. from Washington State and 4 a.m. from Cal.  No other team in the Pac-12 will have played four night games (6 p.m. kickoff or later) in a row this season at the date of the Nov. 1 game.

BOWL ELIGIBILITY: Oregon State, Stanford and Oregon are bowl eligible in the Pac-12. Four other league teams could do the same this week, Arizona, Arizona State (Thurs @ WSU), UCLA and USC (Washington has a bye). It’s 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.

IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING: The Beavers entered the season ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press Poll, but lost its opener to FCS Eastern Washington to fall out of the rankings. OSU is receiving votes in both human polls and if it can climb into the top 25 it would be the first team since Virginia Tech in 2010 to lose to a FCS team (James Madison) and return to the top 25 later in the season. That Virginia Tech team ended up playing Stanford in the Orange Bowl that season and finished No. 16.
OPPORTUNISTIC SECONDARY: Oregon State is among the national leaders for interceptions with 14. First-year Beaver cornerback Steven Nelson, a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, leads the Pac-12 and shares the top spot nationally with four other players with five.

POSITIVE TURNOVERS: Oregon State ranks second in the Pac-12 to Oregon and tied for fifth nationally for turnover margin at plus-11. Last season OSU finished the year at plus-8. The Beaver defense has allowed just two touchdowns following OSU’s 10 turnovers. OSU’s offense has converted 10 of the opponents’ 21 turnovers into touchdowns.

“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 13 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 three scoring drive of 4-plus minutes, the fewest in the Pac-12.

BEAVS AT 103: USC owns the most victories in the Pac-12 Conference this century with 132(108 with vacated wins), followed by Oregon (130), OSU (103), UCLA (91), Arizona State (90), Stanford (89), Cal (87),  Washington (75), Arizona (74), WSU (70). Utah has 113 victories this century and Colorado has 70. 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, but 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 27 of his 38 receptions while Cummings has done the same on 13 of his 23 (8 of those 13 catches converted 1st downs on 3rd or 4th down).

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Oregon State has had five Pac-12 Players of the Week so far this season. Rashaad Reynolds earned the defensive honor 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 277 passes this season in eight games. The 277 completions rank as the second-most in the country behind Washington State (294) and is just two short of what OSU’s opponents have for passing attempts. The Beavers have completed passes to 16 different receivers.

TIGHT ENDS PLAYING BIG ROLE: OSU’s tight ends have caught 60 passes this season, the most since the 2004 group collected 78, led by Joe Newton’s school record 56 grabs at the position. In the Mike Riley era part II twice the Beavers have had a low of 29 receptions by the tight ends (2005, ’08).

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.

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 61-23 this century at Reser Stadium is third best in the Pac-12 Conference, trailing the home records of only Oregon (73-13) and USC (67-15).

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 (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 87. The longest tenured coach in the Pac-12 has 56 league wins, which is tied for 11th with Rich Brooks (Oregon/1977-94). Riley’s overall league record is 56-52 (14 of those in his first era of 1997-98) – his second tenure (2003-present) league mark is 54-38. 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 120 games, Oregon State is 47-10 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent, 11-31 when committing more and 12-9 when even.

75-9: 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 56-5.

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 …  OSU’s quarterbacks were sacked nine times through the first seven games, but eight times against Stanford.