MISC NOTES: Bowl eligible

JAMES RODGERS

OREGON STATE HAS now won nine of the last 11 against Cal and five straight in Memorial Stadium. With the victory the Beavs now sit at 6-3 and are eligible for a bowl game for the fourth consecutive season - a school record. More special teams, series and miscellaneous notes inside.

Pregame notes:

  •  Oregon State won the toss and deferred to the second half.


  • Captains for OSU were Sean Canfield, Keaton Kristick, Stephen Paea and Suaesi Tuimauei.


  • Oregon State wore its all white uniforms while Cal sported  yellow tops with white bottoms.


  • The announced attendance was 56, 496.


  • Weather: 58 degrees, Wind: swirling, clear


  • The game took three hours and 16 minutes to play.

 

Series notes:

  • Cal still leads the series 33-29 including 19-15 in Memorial Stadium.


  • The Beavers have won five in a row in Berkeley.  The longest winning streak against the Bears by a Pac-10 team.  The last time Cal won at home versus OSU was in 1997.

     
  • OSU has won three straight against the Bears and nine of the last 11.

 

Special teams notes:

  • K Justin Kahut made one of two field goal attempts, making his kick from 24 yards out, but pushing his 50-yard boot to the left. 

    He made all four extra points.

     
  • P Johnny Hekker booted the pigskin four times for a 40.2 average.  Two of his kicks landed inside the twenty.

    Hekker has averaged over 40 yards a punt in every game this year except against Arizona.

     
  • Cal chose to kick away from James Rodgers on punts and kickoffs as he returned just one punt for nine yards.

     
  • The usually reliable PR Taylor Kavanaugh fumbled one punt, but fortunately recovered his own miscue.
     

 

Miscellaneous notes:

  • The Beavers are now 6-3 overall on the season and are bowl eligible for the fourth consecutive season, a school record.

    "Now we're just going to keep going and try to get better and play our best game next week, that's a beautiful way to live," coach Mike Riley said.  "I'm really proud of our team because they focused and played hard in every game.

    "I think we have gotten better in a lot of ways and I think if we can keep doing that, who knows what can happen."

     
  • The average starting position for OSU - its own 35.  For Cal, its own 22. 

     
  • Cal converted just 1 of 6 third downs in the second half.

     
  • In Cal's last 39 home games, the Bears are 0-7 against Southern California and Oregon State and 32-0 against all other opponents.

     
  • The Beavs have won seven of its last 13 games against nationally ranked opponents, including four on the road – at No. 24 Hawai'i in 2006 (35-32), at No. 2 Cal in 2007 (31-28), at No. 18 Oregon in '07 (38-31, OT) and at No. 23 Cal in '09 (31-14).

     
  • Oregon State has outscored its opponents 266-85 in the 1st quarter over the last 49 games, 231-61 in the last 24. The Beavers have allowed just 17 points (USC-7, ARIZ-7, ASU-3) in the last 10 first quarters combined, dating back to last year.

     
  • The Beavers have won four of their last five games.

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