Stanford at Oregon State notebook

Stanford at Oregon State notebook

News and notes before the Stanford Cardinal visit Reser Stadium on November 12.

Head coach: Walt Harris (First year)
(Career: 67-72 | At Stanford: 4-4 | Vs. OSU: 1-0)
Current ranking: N/A
Current record: 4-4 (3-3)
Streak: One game losing streak

 

Last time Stanford and Oregon State met...
Nov. 13, 2004 in Palo Alto - Oregon State 24, Stanford 19
Derek Anderson passed for 334 yards and three touchdowns and Oregon State kept its bowl hopes alive, surviving a late scare to beat Stanford 24-19 on Saturday.

Anthony Wheat-Brown caught 11 passes for 117 yards for the Beavers (5-5, 4-3 Pac-10), who now must beat archrival Oregon in next week's Civil War game to be bowl eligible...more from GoStanford.com.

 

Last time Stanford played in Corvallis...
Nov. 15, 2003 - Oregon State 43, Stanford 3
Derek Anderson passed for 383 yards and four touchdowns and Mike Hass had eight catches for 225 yards and two scores, giving Oregon State a 43-3 victory over Stanford on Saturday.

Steven Jackson, who leads the Pacific-10 in rushing, ran for 148 yards on 21 carries and another touchdown in nearly constant drizzle as the Beavers (7-3, 4-2) all but assured themselves a bowl bid...more from Go Stanford.com.

 

Last time Stanford played...
Nov. 5, 2005 - USC 51, Stanford 21
There was little drama in the first game pitting longtime friends Pete Carroll and Walt Harris against each other as head coaches.

No. 1 Southern California saw to that...more from GoStanford.com.

 

Series history (Stanford leads 46-22-3, Stanford leads 16-10-1 in Corvallis)...
Oregon State has won the last four meetings, including the last two in Reser, and six of the last eight. In the last four years the Beavers have won by an average of 21 points outscoring the Cardinal 136-49. In the last two games the Beavers have outscored Stanford 81-9. In those two games Stanford has combined for minus-11 yards rushing (quarterback sack yardage counts in net rushing). OSU has won the last two meetings in Corvallis, 38-6 in 2000 and 43-3 in 2003. Stanford's last victory at Reser Stadium was a 27-24 decision in 1997.

 

Final game for seniors.
Thirteen seniors and one junior (athletic wise) will be making their final appearance at Reser Stadium Saturday. The roster includes Sir Henry Anderson (DT), Nick Bodeman (WR), Trent Bray (LB), Darrick Bruns (LS), Keith Ellison (LB), Dan Haines (TE), Derek Hall (DL), Mike Hass (WR), Josh Hawkins (WR), Sam Paulescu (P), Alvin Smith (DT), Kevin Swanigan (WR), Jeremy Weldon (DE) and Colt Charles (QB/H). Charles is forgoing his final year of eligibility and will enter graduate school. These players have combined 4,733 receiving yards, 26 touchdowns and 574 tackles. Bray, Hass and Weldon have an opportunity to be the first seniors in OSU history to play in four bowl games.

 

Postseason up for grabs.
Stanford needs win two of its three final games to reach six wins and become bowl eligible. The Beavers need to win one of its last two games to reach six wins and become eligible for the postseason.

 

Stout run defense and a record setting offense.
Oregon State enters Saturday’s game first in the PAC-10 and 18th in the nation for rush defense allowing 108.9 yards per game. Stanford, after playing the second best rush defense last week in USC, enters the week ninth in the PAC-10 for rushing offense at 117.8. OSU’s last two opponents (UA, UW) have combined for 68 yards on the ground.

Oregon State is fifth in the PAC-10 and 23rd in the nation for total offense per game at 444.4. For the year OSU has 4,000 yards in total offense, which already ranks 10th all-time in school history. The team is on pace to gain 4,888 yards, which would be the most ever for an 11-game schedule.

 

Notes Mike Hass.

  • Over the last 13 games he has averaged 8.2 receptions and 136.4 yards.
  • Has 17 100-plus yards receiving games in his OSU career.
  • Hass is the first receiver in PAC-10 history to have three 1,000-yard seasons -- he is the 10th in NCAA history.
  • Enters this week’s game third in the nation for receptions per game (8.2) and first for receiving yards per game (142.8).
  • Third in the NCAA for highest average per catch for a career for active players at 18.0.
  • His 3,629 career receiving yards are first among active players in the NCAA.
  • Has caught at least one pass in 28 consecutive games.
  • Owns eight of OSU’s top-15 single game receiving yards marks.
  • Ranks 17th in NCAA history for yards with 3,677.

 

Stanford playing strong in the fourth.
The Cardinal led Navy 41-38 when the Midshipmen took over with 1:47 to play and a chance to win the game. But, the Cardinal defense forced a sack and two incomplete passes before taking over on downs. Against WSU, the Cardinal again led by three points when the Cougars took over with 1:01 left in the game. An interception by Nick Sanchez gave the Cardinal the win. Against Arizona, the Wildcats trailed 20-14 with 3:53 and the ball at midfield, but a Brandon Harrison interception ended UA's threat.

 

Additional notes.

  • The Cardinal are 3-1 on the road this year with their only loss at No. 1 USC.

  • According to the NCAA the Cardinal has the second toughest schedule in the nation.

  • QB Trent Edwards has thrown just five interceptions.

  • If OSU ends the regular season with a winning record it would be the longest streak since it had five straight winning campaigns between 1966-70.

  • PK Alexis Serna broke the school record of field goals made in one season with 22. He needs just seven more to tie the PAC-10 record of 29 set by UCLA in 1984.

  • P Sam Paulescu has kicked 19 punts inside the twenty, the most in the conference.

  • LB Trent Bray leads the PAC-10 in tackles at 9.9 per game.

  • LB Keith Ellsion leads the conference in tackles for loss with 14.5.

  • Since 1999, the Beavers are 10-1 at home and 15-5 overall in November.

  • Mike Riley is 24-5 when his team leads after three quarters.

  • The orange and black offensive line has allowed just five sacks in the last four games after giving up 20 in the first three.

  • OSU is averaging 161 yards per game rushing over the last six outings, compared to 67.3 over the first three. The team has improved from 105th in the nation as of Oct. 10 to 78th as of Nov. 7.

  • The Beavs have given up 53 plays for 25 yards or more this year.

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