Jan. 23, 2013
THE CONCLUSION: One of the best seasons in Oregon State history concluded Dec. 29 at the Valero Alamo Bowl in a narrow setback to Texas in San Antonio. The Beavers finished 9-4 overall and tied for third for the best Pac-12 Conference record at 6-3.
FINAL RANKINGS: The Beavers appeared in the Associated Press top-25 rankings for a school record 12 consecutive weeks, escalating to as high as No. 7 (also in the BCS) the week of Oct. 22. The team finished No. 19 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and No. 20 in the AP Poll – the first end of the season ranking since 2008.
BOWL HISTORY: OSU owns a 10-6 mark in postseason games overall. The bowl history includes the following games – 2012 Valero Alamo Bowl (Loss to Texas 31-27); 2009 Las Vegas Bowl (Loss vs. BYU 44-20); 2008 Sun Bowl (Win vs. Pitt 3-0); 2007 Emerald Bowl (Win vs. Maryland 21-14); 2006 Sun Bowl (Win vs. Missouri 39-38); 2004 Insight Bowl (Win vs. Notre Dame 38-21); 2003 Las Vegas Bowl (Win vs. New Mexico 55-14); 2002 Insight Bowl (Loss vs. Pitt 38-13); 2001 Fiesta Bowl (Win vs. Notre Dame 41-9); 1999 Oahu Bowl (Loss vs. Hawai’i 23-17); 1965 Rose Bowl (Loss vs. Michigan 34-7); 1962 Liberty Bowl (Win vs. Villanova 6-0); 1957 Rose Bowl (Loss to Iowa 35-19); 1942 Rose Bowl (Win vs. Duke in NC 20-16); 1949 Pineapple Bowl (Win vs. Hawai’i 47-27); 1940 Pineapple Bowl (Win vs. Hawai’i 39-6).
PAC-12 RECORD: Eight teams from the Pac-12 Conference played in postseason games; a league record. Oregon State (Valero Alamo), Stanford (Rose), Oregon (Fiesta), UCLA (Holiday), USC (Sun), Arizona (New Mexico), Arizona State (Kraft Fight Hunger) and Washington (Las Vegas).
BIGGEST TURNAROUND IN OSU HISTORY: Oregon State won six more games than all of last season (3-9), which is the biggest one year improvement in school history. The Plus-6 also matches the most in the FBS this season with Middle Tennessee (2-9 last yr/8-4 this yr) and Ohio State (6-7/12-0).
ALL-STAR BEAVERS: Three Beavers participated in postseason all-star games. Cornerback Jordan Poyer and receiver Markus Wheaton in the Senior Bowl, while defensive tackle Andrew Seumalo played in the Casino del Sol All-Star Game in Tucson.
UNDEFEATED NON-CONFERENCE: OSU completed its non-conference portion of the 2012 season undefeated with victories over Wisconsin, BYU and Nicholls State. It was the first time the Beavers have gone unblemished for a non-league season since 2002 with victories over Eastern Kentucky, Temple, UNLV and Fresno State.
GAUDY NUMBERS: Oregon State’s offensive machine eclipsed the 500-yard mark four times. The Beavers hit 683 yards against Nicholls State (ranks 2nd all-time), 613 yards in a win at Arizona (7th), 559 yards vs. Cal (tied for 17th) and 501 yards against UCLA. The following is a closer look at where some of the numbers shaped up:
2012 (OSU mark) Record
Points 423 (2nd in OSU history) 433 (2003)
Passing Yards* 3,992 (2nd) 4,265 (2003)
Passing TDs 27 (2nd) 29 (2004)
Pass 1st Downs 180 (1st)
Touchdowns 54 (1st)
Total Offense* 5,610 yards (2nd) 6,019 (2003)
Pts Allowed* 268 (2nd) 267 (2002)
*2002 and ‘03 were 13-game seasons; 2004 was a 12-game season.
50 YEARS SINCE: Oregon State is celebrated the 50th anniversary of quarterback Terry Baker’s Heisman Trophy winning season this year. Baker was the first collegiate player to win the coveted award from west of the state of Texas. He led the Beavers, then an independent, to a 9-2 record and a 6-0 victory over Villanova in the Fourth Annual Liberty Bowl in Philadelphia. Baker was a consensus All-America selection to go along with the Maxwell Award and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year recipient. OSU honored the ’62 team by inducting the members of that club, led by then eighth-year head coach Tommy Prothro, into the OSU Sports Hall of Fame Sept. 7. End Vern Burke was also on the team and a consensus All-America after leading the nation for receptions and yards.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Oregon State played the 13th most difficult nation in the country per Jeff Sagarin. Here is how the entire Pac-12 ranked: 10. Cal; 13. OSU; 17. USC; 22. Stanford; 31. Washington State; 32. Arizona; 33. UCLA; 34. Washington; 35. Colorado; 38. Oregon; 41. Utah; 52. Arizona State.
BOWL ELIGIBILITY: Oregon State won its sixth game of the season Oct. 20 vs. Utah and for the earliest time in school history became bowl eligible. Courtesy of John Hunt of The Oregonian – “No team in the Pac-8/Pac-10/Pac-12 has had a record as bad as OSU did (3-9) and played in a bowl the following year.”
TFLs: The Beavers’ defense has amassed 80 tackles-for-loss (TFL) for a total of 314 yards. Comparatively speaking, in 2011 the team for the entire season had 52 TFLs for 208 yards.
RILEY GETS RECORD: Beaver head coach Mike Riley became the school’s all-time leader for football victories when he notched his 75th (now 81) Sept. 29 at Arizona, passing Lon Stiner (1933-48). The 12th-year head coach has 52 league victories (the most by an active coach), 13th in the Pac-12 record book with UW’s Jim Owens 1957-74 next on the list with 54.
PAC-12 HONORS: Four Beavers earned Pac-12 First Team honors in a vote by the league’s coaches. The First Team honorees included Jordan Poyer (CB), Markus Wheaton (WR), Scott Crichton (DE) and Jordan Jenkins (special teams). OSU’s Honorable Mention selections include Rashaad Reynolds (CB), Andrew Seumalo (DT), Isaac Seumalo (C), Grant Enger (RG), Brandin Cooks (WR) and Trevor Romaine (PK).
ALL-AMERICA HONORS: Senior cornerback Jordan Poyer was selected to the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Foundation and the CBSSports All-America teams. Poyer tied for second in the nation for interceptions with seven. Senior receiver Markus Wheaton earned Third Team All-America by CBSSports.
FIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Five Beavers earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors in 2012. Trevor Romaine earned Special Teams Player of the Week for Nov. 12 after making all three of his field goal attempts and kicking four touchbacks in six attempts at Stanford. OSU’s other honorees included Cody Vaz, who earned the honor for Oct. 15 after his 332-yard effort passing in the win at BYU in his first start. Sean Mannion after a 433-yard three-touchdown effort at Arizona. Keith Kostol, in only his second career game, was the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week for Sept. 24 after punting seven times for a 43.9 yards average and pinning UCLA inside its 20-yard-line four times in the 27-20 win at the No. 19 Bruins. He also had a boot of 61 yards. Linebacker D.J. Welch (now D.J. Alexander) earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week following the Sept. 8 win over then No. 13 Wisconsin after making seven tackles, including two-for-loss.
SINGLE DIGITS: Oregon State allowed nine or fewer points in four games, the most since the 2000 Fiesta Bowl defense held five opponents under 10 points (San Diego State, Stanford, WSU, Arizona, Notre Dame).
27: The number of touchdowns passing Beaver quarterbacks tossed in 2012; two shy of the school record set in 2004 – all thrown by Derek Anderson.
SCORING DEFENSE: Oregon State finished second in the Pac-12 for scoring defense allowing 20.6 points. The 268 total points allowed is just one more than the OSU record for a 13-game season (2002).
TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME: Oregon State put together scoring drives of 74-plus yards 31 times; a new school record. Of those 31 drives, 14 were of 80-plus yards. All of 2011 the Beavers achieved scoring drives of 74-plus 13 times.
7: The number of fumbles the Beavers lost this season (21 total fumbles). That ranked as the lowest in the Pac-12 and tied for 18th in the nation.
THIRD AND LONG: OSU finished first in the Pac-12 and is sixth in the nation for third-down percentage defense, allowing 29.3 percent (53-181). In 2011 the Beavers ranked 104th for third down defense, allowing 47.4 percent.
RED ZONE SUCCESS: The Beavers were first in the Pac-12 and tied for ninth in the nation for red zone percentage at 91.4 percent (53-58).
INTERCEPTION: Oregon State had 20 interceptions (by 10 players) for the season, tied for seventh in the country. CB Jordan Poyer, an American Football Coaches Association, CBSSports and Walter Camp Foundation All-American, had seven of those 20 to rank tied for second in the NCAA. He was the Walter Camp Co-Player of the Week and the Jim Thorpe (nation’s top CB) Player of the Week for Oct. 8 after his three interceptions against Washington State.
100 x 3: Twice in 2012 Oregon State had a running back and two receivers hit the 100-yard-plus mark in the same game. Prior to the season the last time the Beavers had three players reach 100 yards in a game was Nov. 15, 2003 at home vs. Stanford (Steven Jackson 148 rush, Mike Hass 225 rec. and James Newson 115 rec.).
vs. ASU – Terron Ward (146 rush), Brandin Cooks (116 rec.), Markus Wheaton (108 rec.)
@ Arizona – Storm Woods (161 rush), Brandin Cooks (149 rec.), Markus Wheaton (166 rec.)
2013 PREVIEW: The Beavers will be one of the more experienced teams in the Pac-12, if not the nation next season. OSU expects to return a total of 302 combined starts from the 2012 team, not including two-year starting placekicker Trevor Romaine and one-year starters Keith Kostol (P), Michael Morovick (LS) and Tim McMullen (H). OSU’s biggest defensive void to fill from 2012 to ’13 will be at the tackle positions where the team loses Castro Masaniai and Andrew Seumalo – the pair combined for 38 starts – and All-America cornerback Jordan Poyer (24 starts). On offense the biggest departures are OSU record setting receiver Markus Wheaton (33 starts) and tackle Colin Kelly (25 starts).
WHEATON STREAK: Senior wide receiver Markus Wheaton put together a 36-game streak of receptions; the longest in the Pac-12 in 2012. Wheaton is OSU’s all-time leader for receptions with 227, ranks third for receiving yards with 2,994, and is sixth for career touchdowns receiving with 16. He became the first Beaver receiver to earn a spot on the league’s First Team since James Rodgers in 2009. He also was selected to the CBSSports Third Team All-America squad.
AFTER THE CATCH: The Beaver quarterbacks have used two of their biggest playmakers to eat up yards after making the reception. Brandin Cooks has 506 yards following his receptions or an average of nearly 39 yards per game. Markus Wheaton has 477 yards, an average of 36.6 yards per contest.
“THE WORLD’S LONGEST TRAINING CAMP” Oregon State began official preparations for the 2012 season., Mon., Aug. 6 in anticipation of a Sept. 1 contest against Nicholls State at Reser Stadium; Hurricane Isaac forced the game to be moved to Dec. 1 (providing OSU is not in the Pac-12 title game or NSU is not in the FCS playoffs) as NSU was unable to leave campus which meant the Beavers began the year Sept. 8 vs. Wisconsin. OSU practiced 35 times before its first game and 44 times with just one game; thus “the world’s longest training camp” per Mike Riley. If the game vs. Nicholls State on Dec. 1 is played, the Beavers and Alabama would be the only teams in all of the FBS that play the final three games of the schedule at home.
BALANCE IS THE KEY: OSU head coach Mike Riley continues to strive for balance on offense between the rush and the pass, and it’s historically when OSU has had its best seasons under the head coach. In 2012 Beavers were near the 50/50 mark averaging 34 rushes per game and 38 pass attempts. In 2011 the average was 27 and 42 respectively and thus the Beavers ranked 118th (out of 120) for rushing offense at 86.9 yards per game.
DROPPING THE DIME: Oregon State has implemented a new wrinkle in the defense in 2012 … the dime defense – a product of improved athleticism. With six defensive backs on the field, the Beavers have been able to better combat spread offenses with three or more receivers on the field. In addition, as Jordan Poyer showed with a sack-fumble against Wisconsin the possibilities are endless in attacking the quarterback. The depth in the defensive backfield has vastly improved with players like Steven Christian, a transfer from Hawai’i, and Brian Watkins earning playing time in the package against Wisconsin. When the Beavers upset UCLA it was Anthony Watkins, who had returned from an injury, and Sean Martin, who returned from a one game suspension, that played as the extra defensive backs.
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) and offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf has been in his role since 2004 (was a G.A. for TE in 1997-98). Banker was also with Mike Riley for the 1999-2001 seasons with the Chargers (Def. Coord.) and in 1996 at USC. Langsdorf was with the Saints with Riley for the 2002 season.
RILEY HAS NEW GUYS TOO: Prior to Spring Ball 2012, Rod Perry joined the OSU coaching staff as a full-time secondary coach after 22 seasons in the NFL, most recently with the Indianapolis Colts. Perry was an assistant with Beaver head coach Mike Riley in San Diego with the Chargers ... Earlier this month, Trent Bray was promoted from graduate assistant to full-time linebackers coach. Bray was an all-conference middle linebacker for the Beavers from 2002-05. To make room for Bray, assistant head coach/tight ends coach Jay Locey was promoted to Chief of Staff.
WELCOME ABOARD: Just days before the Alamo Bowl Oregon State officially signed three players during the mid-year transfer signing period for junior/community college football student-athletes. The three transfers are Steven Nelson, a cornerback from College of the Sequoias, Siale Hautau, a defensive tackle from Snow College, and Edwin Delva, a defensive tackle from Antelope Community College.
BUSTED RANKINGS: Head coach Mike Riley’s teams have made a routine of beating highly ranked teams of late. Recent victims: 2012 – at No. 19 UCLA (27-20 OSU win), vs. No. 13 Wisconsin (10-7); 2010 - at No. 9 Arizona (29-27), vs. No. 20 USC (36-7); 2009 – at No. 23 California (31-14); 2008 vs. No. 1 USC (27-21), vs. No. 24 Pittsburgh (3-0); 2007 – at No. 2 California (31-28), at No. 18 Oregon (38-31 OT); 2006 – vs. No. 3 USC (33-31), at No. 24 Hawai’i (35-32); 2005 – at No. 18 California (23-20).
H-A-N-D-S!!! Special teams coordinator Bruce Read led his HANDS team to 3-0 on recovering onsides kicks, two of them game clinchers. Wisconsin actually recovered the onsides kick with 1:31 left after narrowing the gap to 10-7, but it was ruled the Badgers had illegally touched the kick prior to the ball going the required 10 yards. Linebacker Michael Doctor recovered UCLA’s kick at 1:47 after the Bruins narrowed the lead to 27-20 on a field goal. The Beavers also recovered an ASU attempt.
TEAM CAPTAINS: The 2012 team captains were quarterback Sean Mannion, defensive tackle Andrew Seumalo, wide receiver Markus Wheaton and cornerback Jordan Poyer. Mannion was the first sophomore in OSU history to be named team captain. Head coach Mike Riley also appoints a game captain.
GENEOLOGY: We don’t need Ancestry.com to help us with the recent family tree of several Beavers who happen to be the sons of former NFL standouts.
RB Malcolm Agnew Father Ray Agnew – 11-year NFL career (Patriots, Giants, Rams) as a DL.
DT Blake Harrah Father Dennis Harrah – 13-year NFL career (Rams) as an OL – 3 Pro Bowls
CB Tyler Hasty Father James Hasty – 14-year NFL career (Jets, Chiefs, Raiders) at DB – 2 Pro
OL Roman Sapolu Father Jesse Sapolu – 15-year NFL career (49ers) at OG/C – 4 Super Bowls/2
ONE BIG FAMILY: Oregon State prides itself on having a family atmosphere, in fact one website two years straight named OSU as the “most family friendly” program. This season there are numerous biological connections.
Mike Riley (Head Coach) – son Matt is a video coordinator for OSU Athletics
Joe Seumalo (DL coach) – sons Andrew (DT) and Isaac (C) are starters
Bruce Read (ST coach) – son Josh is a student intern
Brent Brennan (WR coach) – brother Brad Brennan is an intern
Mike Cavanaugh (OL coach) – son Blair is a freshman WR
Rod Perry (DB Coach) – sons Rod Perry, Jr., and Ryan are interns
Anthony and Brian Watkins – brothers
BATTERY: The Beavers featured one of the youngest center/quarterback combinations in the country with true freshman Isaac Seumalo and sophomore quarterback Sean Mannion or inexperienced junior Cody Vaz. Seumalo started the season opener making him the first true freshman center to start at OSU since future two-time second team Pac-10 selection Roger Levasa snapped the ball in a starting role Sept. 30, 1978 vs. Washington -- Hawai’i is the only other team in the FBS that started a true freshman for the season opener while SMU has since started a first-year player. Levasa started 37 games during his career and played professionally in the USFL for the three years with the Oakland Invaders and Portland Breakers. Seumalo is the third true freshman to start on the offensive line in the Riley era (1997-98, 2003-present) joining current teammate Michael Philipp in 2009 and Keith DiDomenico in 1997.
HONORING Fred Thompson: OSU tragically lost defensive tackle Fred Thompson Dec. 7, 2011 to natural causes. The team wore “FT 92” on the helmet in honor of him.
PAC-12 THIS CENTURY: USC owns the most victories in the Pac-12 Conference this century with 125 (105 with vacated wins), followed by Oregon (122), OSU (96), UCLA (86), Cal (85), Arizona State (84), Stanford (81), Washington (70), Arizona (67), WSU (66). Utah has 109 victories this century and Colorado has 67.
IS THAT DAVE MAGGARD? It is indeed. Long time Athletic Director Dave Maggard (Cal 1972-91, Miami 1991-93, Houston 2002-09) joined the OSU team as a volunteer special assistant to Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis in August. In addition to his stints as an A.D. he was the Managing Director of Sports for the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Summer Olympics. The ‘96 games aren’t his only connection to the Olympics; he actually was a competitor and flagbearer for the United States in the 1968 Mexico City Games in the shot put, where he finished fifth.
NUMBERS GAME: Mike Huguenin of YahooSports compiled the following numbers for a May 11, 2012 story: “Eight schools can lay claim to having had the most balanced offenses since the turn of the century. Boise State, Houston, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Texas, USC and Western Michigan have had at least five 1,000-yard rushers, 3,000-yard passers and 1,000-yard receivers apiece, starting with the 2000 season. The most balanced offense of them all? Using the Yahoo! Sports “Diversification Quotient,” it’s Oregon State and USC. Oregon State has had nine 1,000-yard rushers, six 3,000-yard passers and eight 1,000-yard receivers. USC has had six 1,000-yard rusher, seven 3,000-yard passers and 10 1,000-yard receivers.” To access the full story -- http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaaf--a-by-the-numbers-look-at-offenses.html
WIN THE TURNOVER BATTLE, WIN THE GAME: Over the last 112 games, Oregon State is 43-9 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent, 11-31 when committing more and 10-8 when even. The Beavers struggled in 2011, losing 31 turnovers (T113th in NCAA) and finished tied for 100th in the NCAA in turnover margin.
RESER RECORD: Oregon State’s home record of 59-21 this century at Reser Stadium is third best in the Pac-12 Conference, trailing the home records of only Oregon (68-13) and USC (63-14).
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.
BEAVERS WITHOUT BORDERS: A host of current and former Oregon State student-athletes have participated in the Beavers Without Borders program that has taken them to Guatemala (Spring Break 2011), Macedonia (Summer 2011) and Ethiopia (summer 2012). Current Beaver football players Rashaad Reynolds, Markus Wheaton, Brian Watkins and Josh Andrews have been on one of those trips each. On those trips the group assisted a building of a house for needy families. There were matching funds, but many of these student-athletes did their own fundraising for the trips.
71-9: That’s the record of Oregon State when it leads after three quarters with Mike Riley as head coach. Since the start of the 2004 season it is 52-5.
ONE OF THREE: Second-year athletic trainer Ariko (uh-REE-ko) Iso (E-so) is one of only three female football head trainers in the FBS -- Mary Van Heiden at Central Florida and Dawn Hearn at UTEP are the other two. Iso joined the program in late spring of 2011after being the only female trainer in the NFL (Steelers).
RPI THIS: Since the 2003 season, when Mike Riley took the controls of the program for the second time, 10 of the 12 road non-conference opponents have finished the season in the Associated Press Top 25 2004 – LSU (No. 16); 2005 – Louisville (No. 20); 2006 – Boise State (No. 6) and Hawai’i (No. 24); 2007 – Cincinnati (No. 20); 2008 – Utah (No. 2) and Penn State (No. 8); 2010 – TCU (No. 2) and Boise State (No. 9); 2011 – Wisconsin (No. 10). Only Fresno State in 2003 and UNLV in 2009 failed to make the final poll. Thanks to Brooks Hatch formerly of the Corvallis Gazette-Times for this nugget.
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).
RULES CHANGES: The NCAA has adopted the following rules changes for the 2012 season: 1. Kickoffs from 35-yard line from the 30, mirroring a similar change by the NFL in the 2011 season and rescinding a rule change made in the 2007 season. 2. The kicking team has only a five-yard running head start on kickoffs, again mirroring the NFL changes in 2011. 3. Touchbacks move from the 20-yard line to the 25-yard line only on kickoffs and free kicks after a safety. Touchbacks on punts rolling into the end zone or fumbles into the end zone remain at the 20-yard line. 4. Players are forbidden to leap over other players when blocking punts. 5. Players who lose their helmets during a play (except when caused by fouls such as grabbing the facemask) have to leave the field for one play. 6. Offensive players in the tackle box at the snap who are not in motion are allowed to block below the waist legally without restriction. All other players are restricted from blocking below the waist with some exceptions (i.e. blocking straight-on), modifying a rule change from the 2011 season.
WE’RE NUMBER 6, NOW 5! Corvallis, home to Oregon State University, ranks sixth in the nation for best college towns for 2012 by Livability.com. The American Institute of Economic Research in early October tabbed Corvallis the fifth-best city in the U.S. to have a “great college experience in its College Destinations Index.” No other Pac-12 city/town ranks in the top-10 in either.
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: RB Jordan Jenkins (marketing), OL Colin Kelly (liberal studies), DL Castro Masaniai (sociology), TE Colby Prince (exercise and sport science), DL Andrew Seumalo (finance), S Anthony Watkins (exercise and sport science), CB Brian Watkins (public health). March graduates include DE Rusty Fernando (psychology) and LB Feti ‘Unga (ethnic studies). June graduates are DL Rudolf Fifita (sociology), CB Ryan Handford (new media), LB Rueben Robinson (psychology) and WR Markus Wheaton (public health). Summer graduates CB Jordan Poyer (elementary education) and RB Clayton York (exercise and sport science).
WOODCHIPS: Mike Riley treated the entire traveling party for the UCLA, Arizona and BYU games to In-N-Out Burgers immediately following each victory – buses made detours from stadium to airports to the most centrally located restaurant … OSU has won six straight games in Tucson … Oregon State is celebrating the 60th birthday of its mascot – Benny Beaver … the last time OSU won its first four conference games of the season was 1968, the first year of the Pac-8 Conference … Mike Riley coached two current NFL head coaches; Jim Harbaugh (Chargers) and Jason Garrett (San Antonio Riders) … the team played a school record three consecutive night games (Utah, UW, ASU) … Sports Performance Coordinator Bryan Miller is one of three finalists (as of Dec. 3) for the FootballScoop.com National Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year award.