Beavers Host Dawgs Saturday on ESPN2

Photo By: Karl Maasdam/Oregon State Athletics   11-19-2013

THIS WEEK: Oregon State (6-4, 4-3 Pac-12) plays its home season finale this Saturday against the Washington Huskies (6-4, 3-4) in a key Pac-12 North standings matchup. The game will kick at 7:36 p.m. (possibly @ 7:41) and air live on ESPN2.

BEAVS LOOK TO CLINCH WINNING RECORD: A win Saturday would clinch a winning record for Oregon State for the season, marking the program’s second consecutive winning season and eighth under head coach Mike Riley. A victory would bolster the team’s bowl resume in a league that currently has eight teams eligible for postseason with Washington State on the cusp of making it nine teams with a win at home over Utah Saturday. The Pac-12 has agreements with seven bowl partners – Rose Bowl, presented by Vizio, Valero Alamo, National University Holiday, Hyundai Sun, Royal Purple Las Vegas, Fight Hunger and Gildan New Mexico. Teams not selected for one of those bowls would be eligible for an at-large invitation.

THIRD PLACE COULD BE LOCKED UP: Oregon State could clinch third place in the Pac-12 North with a win and a Washington State loss at home to Utah. OSU was predicted to finish third in the North in a preseason media poll.  

LOOKING TO AVOID 4-GAME SKID: Saturday Oregon State will be trying to avoid a dubious four-game losing streak, a skid it last had at the start of the 2011 season and one it hasn’t had this deep in the season since a four-game slide late in 1998.

ATTENDANCE NUMBER: Oregon State will likely have its best home average attendance for a non-Civil War season. The current average of 42,801 is likely to stay approximately the same after Saturday’s game which would rank as the fourth-highest in school history.

SERIES: The series dates back to 1897 when Oregon State won a 16-0 decision at home.  Overall Washington has the advantage 59-34-4 thanks mainly to a 25-2 run between 1975 and 2003. The Beavers have won three straight in Corvallis. Last season No. 7 and 6-0 Oregon State lost its first game of the year, falling 20-17 at CenturyLink Field Oct 27, 2012. UW kicker Travis Coons’ 30-yard field goal with 1:20 remaining provided the winning margin. Beaver Quarterback Sean Mannion passed for 221 yards, but was intercepted four times, in his first game back after missing two contests after having knee surgery. Backup Cody Vaz entered the game late and led the Beavers on a game-tying march that culminated the 76-yard drive with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Connor Hamlett. The Beavers outgained UW 427-293. Washington led 10-0 at halftime, the only half of last season OSU was held scoreless and it marked the last time for an OSU offense until USC held the Beavers scoreless in the second half earlier this season. OSU has outgained UW over the last two games in the series by an avg. of 456 yards to 304.

OSU-UW RECORDS: Several records and milestones have been set in the Beavers-UW long history of the rivalry. Here is a closer look:
o    100-yard rushers vs. ASU – Tim Alexander (182/1995);  Jacquizz Rodgers (159/2009); J.J. Young (151/1993); Yvenson Bernard (149/2007); Yvenson Bernard (144/2006); Jacquizz Rodgers (140/2010); Steven Jackson (135/2002); Pete Pifer (131/1965); Tony Robinson (131/1980); Pete Pifer (129/1966); Yvenson Bernard (122/2005); James Rodgers (110/2008); Dave Schilling (108/1969); Bryce Ogelsby (107/1982); Ken Simonton (107/2001); Ken Simonton (106/1999);
o    Most Field Goals: 6, Alexis Serna (11/5/2005) @ Seattle
o    Most Yards Passing: 508, at Washington (10/24/1998)

HOME FINALE: The following seniors are suiting up for the final time at home for the Beavers and will be recognized during pregame ceremonies Saturday:
Name    Pos.    Major    Hometown    Stats
Josh Andrews    OG    Sociology    Fontana, CA    29 starts, 27 straight
John Braun    DT    Sociology    Lebanon, OR    8 starts, 27 career tackles
Steven Christian    S    M.A.    Sacramento    10 tackles
Kevin Cummings    WR    Marketing    Culver City, CA    51 recep, 582 yds, 4 TDs
Grant Enger    OG    Business    Bothell, WA    Captain, 28 starts
Charlie Gilmur    LB    Marketing    Tacoma, WA    4 career games
Micah Hatfield    WR    Human Dev.    Lake Oswego, OR    19 recep, 201 yds, 3 TDs
Devon Kell    DE    Health    Hilo, HI    24 tckls, 2 sacks
Dyllon Mafi    LB    Sociology    Oakland, CA    4 tckls
Sean Martin    CB    New Media    Corona, CA    9 starts, 85 tckls, 4 INT
Tim McMullen    P    EXSS*    Parkdale, Aust.    Holder, 1 start
Michael Philipp    OT    Health    San Bernardino, CA    45 starts, 23 straight
Rashaad Reynolds    CB    Human Dev.    Pacoima, CA    Captain, 198 tckls, 9 INT
Mana Rosa    DT    Psychology    Haiku, HI    10 starts, 49 tckls
Mitch Singler    WR    Marketing    Medford, OR    5 recep.
Jovan Stevenson    RB    Sociology    Tucson, AZ    379 yds, 6 TDs
Cody Vaz    QB    Sociology    Lodi, CA    1625 yds, 11 TDs
*Exercise & Sport Science

COOKS EYES PAC-12 MARK: Junior wide receiver and Biletnikoff Award candidate Brandin Cooks is OSU’s all-time leading single season receiver with 100 catches. If Cooks attains his average of 10  receptions per game (2nd in NCAA/Davante Adams, Fresno St., 10.1) he would move to third for single season receptions in the Pac-12 and would be the highest non-USC player in the league. He is on pace to break Marqise Lee’s record of 112 set last year.
Pac-12 Single Season Receptions
Rk   No.     Player    Yr
1.    118    Marqise Lee, USC    2012
2.    111    Robert Woods, USC    2011
3.    102    Keyshawn Johnson, USC    1995
4.    100     Demeane Douglas, CAL    1998
       100    Brandin Cooks, OSU    2013*
*Tied OSU record with 14 receptions vs. San Diego State in Sept.
NCAA Record – 155, Freddie Barnes, Bowling Green (2009)

ALSO TRACKING SINGLE SEASON YARDS: Brandin Cooks will become the Pac-12’s leader for single season yards during the regular season if he continues at his 144.3 yards average (leads the NCAA by 18 yards per game) for the final two contests (leads the nation for rec yards with 1,443). At his current pace he would end the season with 1,732 yards, edging Marqise Lee’s total of last year of 1,721.
Pac-12 Single Season Yards
Rk    No.      Player    Yr
1.    1721    Marqise Lee, USC    2012
2.    1532    Mike Hass, OSU    2005
3.    1520    Johnnie Morton, USC    1993
4.    1508    Troy Walters, STAN    1999
5.    1504    Geoff McArthur, CAL    2003
6.    1494    Freddie Mitchell, UCLA    2000
7.    1454    Reggie Williams, UW    2002
8.    1443     Brandin Cooks, OSU    2013
NCAA Record – 2,060 yds, Trevor Insley, Nevada, 1999

HE’S ALREADY GOT THREE: As in three records for Brandin Cooks. He holds the OSU record for career receiving touchdowns with 22, single season touchdown receptions with 14 (current) and single season receptions with 100.
Pac-12 Single Season Touchdown Receptions
Rk    No.     Player    Yr
1.     18       Mario Bailey, UW    1991
2.     17       J.J. Stokes, UCLA    1993
3.     16       Dwayne Jarrett, USC    2005
        16       Mike Williams, USC    2003
5.    15       Robert Woods, USC    2011
6.    14       Brandin Cooks, OSU    2013
       14       Mike Williams, USC    2002
       14       Johnie Morton, USC    1993
       14       Doug Allen, ASU    1994
       14       James Lofton, STAN    1977
       14       Sean Dawkins, CAL    1992
NCAA Record – 27, Troy Edwards, Louisiana Tech (1998)

MANNION TO COOKS, TOUCHDOWN BEAVERS! Through the 10 games of the season, quarterback Sean Mannion and receiver Brandin Cooks have combined for 14 touchdown passes. The duo has now connected 21 times during their careers for scores, the most in Beaver history.   

NOT ONLY THAT, BUT… Mannion and Cooks have combined for 171 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.

ACCURATE PASSER: Quarterback Sean Mannion’s current 67.8 percent completion percentage (327-482) is flirting with the OSU record 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 year. Canfield (2006-09) also holds the career completion percentage record at 64.1 percent (552-861) – Mannion is currently at a 65.8 percent (832-1264) which ranks 13th in the NCAA. He set a school record with 41 pass completions against Stanford earlier this season.
NOT BAD FOR A JUNIOR: Sean Mannion has completed 832 career passes, which ranks second-best in the NCAA for junior quarterbacks behind Taylor Heinicke of Old Dominion (first-year FBS school) with 935 and eighth overall in the country. Mannion’s 9,634 passing yards is second for junior quarterbacks trailing only Heinicke’s 11,353, and also is eighth overall in the country for active quarterbacks. Mannion is the active leader in the Pac-12 for career yards with 9,634 (Keith Price of UW is second with 8,617). He is 13th overall in the Pac-12 record book:
Pac-12 Career Passing Yards
Rk    Yds    Player    Yrs
1.    12,274    Matt Barkley, USC    2009-12
10.    10,220    Cody Pickett, UW    1999-2003
11.    9,986    Nick Foles, ARIZ    2009-11
12.    9,680    Jonathan Smith, OSU    1998-2001
16.    9,634    Sean Mannion, OSU    2011-pres

NOT BAD FOR A JUNIOR II: Sean Mannion not only is escalating the Pac-12 record chart for career yards passing, but also for career touchdowns passing. He is currently tied with Kyle Boller (Cal/1999-2002) for 19th in the Pac-12 record book with 64.  Mannion is No. 2 on the active list for TD passes by a Pac-12 quarterback chasing Washington’s Keith Price (73).
Pac-12 Career Passing Touchdowns
Rk    TDs    Player    Yrs
1.     116    Matt Barkley, USC    2009-12
10.   73    Keith Price, UW    2010-pres
12.   70    Jason Gesser, WSU    1999-2002
13.   68    Cade McNown, UCLA    1995-99
14.   67    Drew Olson, UCLA    2002-05
        67    Willie Tuitama, ARIZ    2005-08
        67    Nick Foles, ARIZ    2009-11
17.   66    Darron Thomas, ORE     2008, 10-11
18.   65    Jake Plummer, ASU    1993-96
19.   64    Kyle Boller, CAL    1999-2002
         64    Sean Mannion, OSU    2011-pres

MORE MANNION: The 2013 four-time Manning Award recipient and two-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week now has 9,634 yards; third all-time at OSU. He needs 46 yards to catch second-place holder Jonathan Smith and 1,615 yards to catch the school’s career leader Derek Anderson – Mannion needs to average 115 yards per game over his final 14 regular season games to match Andersons 11,249 yards. 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 33, including a school-record 6 TD game vs. Colorado earlier this season. He also leads the nation for passing yards per game at 386 and total passing yards at 3,860.
Pac-12 Season Passing Yards
Rk    Yds    Player    Season
1.     4458    Cody Pickett, UW    2002
2.     4329    Nick Foles, ARIZ    2011
3.     4058    Derek Anderson, OSU    2003
4.     4036    Brock Osweiller, ASU    2011
5.     3968    Ryan Leaf, WSU    1997
6.     3942    Carson Palmer, USC    2002
7.     3877    Andrew Walter, ASU    2002
8.     3860    Sean Mannion, OSU    2013

Pac-12 Season Touchdown Passes
Rk    Tds    Player    Season
1.     39    Matt Barkley, USC    2011
2.     38    Matt Leinart, USC    2003
3.     37    Andrew Luck, STAN    2011
4.     36    Matt Barkley, USC    2012
5.     34    Mark Sanchez, USC    2008
        34    Drew Olson, UCLA    2005
        34    Ryan Leaf, WSU    1997
8.     33    Sean Mannion, OSU    2013
        33    Keith Price, UW    2011
        33    Matt Leinart, USC    2004
        33    Carson Palmer, USC    2002

MANNION’S GOT ONE AND IS HEADED FOR TWO MORE: Sean Mannion has set the OSU single season record with 327 completions breaking his own previous mark of 305 in 2011 and is within reach of Derek Anderson’s record for passing attempts in a season with 515 in 2004. With 3,860 passing yards this season, Mannion is 198 short of the Anderson’s season record of 4,058 set in 2003.

THAT’S A RECORD: Here are the team/individualrecords to date for OSU 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 season – Sean Mannon, 33, 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 – 21, 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, 14, (OSU record)    
•    Most TD receptions in career – Brandin Cooks, 22 (OSU record)
•    Most yards receiving in 1 season – Brandin Cooks, 1,443 (OSU record)
•    40-plus points in 3 consecutive games (Colo, WSU, Cal) – (OSU record)
•    Most Interceptions returned for TDs (Tied) – 3
•    Most Passes Completed in one season – 334 (OSU record)

PASSING RECORD BROKE/TWO OTHERS LIKELY: The Beavers have completed 334 passes this season, breaking the former school record of 320 set in 2011. The school record for attempts is 534, which theoretically could be broke this week as well as the team has 495 attempts currently. The season record for total passing yards is 4,265 in 2003, which also could be broke this week as the team enters Saturday with 3,963. OSU could also break the Pac-12 record for passes completed in one season this year (Arizona 398, 2011), depending if the Beavers play in a bowl game – California and Washington State are likely to break that record during the regular season.

396.3: The number of average yards the Beavers have passed for over the first 10 games, second in the nation to the 400.2 yards per game by Texas Tech. No Pac-12 team has led the nation for passing since Washington State in 1960 at 185.5 yards per game. The team needs 303 passing yards to break the school record of 4,265 (2003). The Pac-12 record is 4,501 yards by Washington in 2002, OSU is on pace to reach 4,756 yards.

NIGHT OWLS, ER, BEAVERS: When the Beavers take the field Nov. 23 vs. Washington, it will be the team’s sixth consecutive night game. 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 Arizona State, and 4 a.m. from Cal. No other team in the Pac-12 has played six night games (6 p.m. kickoff or later) in a row this season.

OPPORTUNISTIC SECONDARY: Oregon State is among the national leaders (tied for 7th) and tied with Arizona State on top of the Pac-12 for interceptions with 17. First-year Beaver cornerback Steven Nelson, a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, is second in the Pac-12 with teammate Rashaad Reynolds with five each.

PICK SIX: Cornerbacks Steven Nelson, Sean Martin, and safety Ryan Murphy all 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. Murphy scored on a 41-yard return in the second quarter vs. USC. The three interception returns for touchdowns ties the school record.

“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 15 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 135 (111 with vacated wins), followed by Oregon (131), OSU (103), UCLA (94), Arizona State (93), Stanford (90), Cal (87),  Washington (76), Arizona (75), WSU (71).  Utah has 114 victories this century and Colorado has 71. 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 33 of his 46 receptions while Cummings, prior to being injured vs. Stanford, had done the same on 13 of his 23 (8 of those 13 catches converted 1st downs on 3rd or 4th down).

TARGET RICH ENVIRONMENT: Oregon State has completed 334 passes this season in 10 games. The 334 completions rank as the fourth-most in the country and is just three fewer than 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 74 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).

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 61-24 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.

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 56-54 (14 of those in his first era of 1997-98) – his second tenure (2003-present) league mark is 54-40. 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).

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 122 games, Oregon State is 47-10 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent, 11-33 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.

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.