BOWL SWAG: Each Beaver football player will get $500 in gifts for playing in the Las Vegas Bowl. The package contains a Sony gift suite, a Fossil watch, a New Ear baseball cap, and a Ogio Fugitive laptop pack.
What is a Sony gift suite? Rooms are reserved and stocked with Sony merchandise. The players are given $300 in credit and they get to pick what they want. For more information click here.
For the list of each bowl game's gifts, visit SportsBusinessJournal.com.
TICKETS: Oregon State received an allotment of 12,000 tickets. As of the weekend the OSU ticket office had sold 3,500 tickets while 1,200 tickets were given out to the family and friends of the football players and coaches. That's a grand total of 4,700 tickets or 40-percent of the allotment.
RILEY’S SENIOR QUARTERBACKS: Senior quarterbacks have flourished at Oregon State under Riley as they grasp the Beavers’ pro style attack. Here is a closer look:
- Derek Anderson (2004 season) — 54.2 completion percentage (entered final
season with a 48.9%);
3,615 yards; Pac-10 leader for yards per game at 301.2; 29 TDs, 17 Int; Insight
Bowl Off. MVP; 2nd Round
draft pick of Baltimore – eventual All-Pro with Cleveland
- Matt Moore (2006 season) — 60.6 completion percentage as senior; 3,022
yards; 18 TDS, 7 Int; Sun
Bowl MVP; free agent contract with Dallas, now starting QB for Carolina.
- Sean Canfield (2009 season) — school record 69.9 completion percentage this season – entered year at 60.0; 3.5:1 touchdown to interception ratio this season – entered year with nearly a 1:1 ratio; 3,103 yards; Pac-10 First Team.
PAC-10 BOWL SCHEDULE: Oregon State is the first Pac-10 team to play this postseason, while Oregon is the last.
POST SEASON HONORS: Plenty of Oregon State football players have received post season honors. Here's the latest list:
- QB Sean Canfield - first team All-Pac-10
- K Justin Kahut - second team All-Pac-10
- LB Keaton Kristick - first team All-Pac-10
- DT Stephen Paea - first team All-Pac-10, co-Morris Trophy winner
- OG Gregg Peat - first team All-Pac-10
- OT Michael Philipp - named to several Freshman All-American teams
- RB Jacquizz Rodgers - first team All-Pac-10, third team Associated Press All-American, Walter Camp All-American, Sporting News second team All-American
- WR/KR James Rodgers - first team All-Pac-10, second team Associated Press All-American
- ST Suaesi Tuimaueni - first team All-Pac-10
- CB Tim Clark is out with a broken leg; Sophomore Brandon Hardin will start in his place.
- OT Geoff Garner returned to practice after spraining his knee. He is expected to play.
- DE Taylor Henry returned to practice Thursday after missing the beginning of the week with a knee injury. He is expected to come off of the bench.
- DT Brennan Olander practiced Thursday after missing the beginning of the week with a knee injury. He is expected to start.
- LB Tony Wilson will play on special teams. It will be the redshirt freshman's first playing time this year after injuring his right knee in spring practice.
66-PERCENT: The Beaver brother combination of James and Jacquizz Rodgers have accounted for 4,099 all-purpose yards this season or 66-percent of the team's yardage output. The two combined for 3,333 all-purpose yards last season - 19-percent less than 2009's total.
THE STREAK: Oregon State has won five consecutive bowl games, the second longest active streak in the nation – Utah has an eight-game run. Other Pac-10 teams with active bowl win streaks include California (4), USC (3), Arizona (3), Oregon (2) and Washington State (1).
NO TEAM BETTER: Oregon State is the only team in the Pac-10 to finish among the top three in the league standings in each of the last four years – tied for 2nd in 2008 and ’09, and alone in third in 2006 and ’07. The Beavers have a 25-11 conference record during those four years, trailing only USC’s 27-9 mark.
RILEY UNBEATEN IN BOWLS: Head coach Mike Riley has led OSU to its 5-0 bowl game record, and in fact Riley has never lost a bowl game. As of offensive coordinator at USC, Riley helped the Trojans win the 1993 Freedom Bowl, 1994 Cotton Bowl and 1995 Rose Bowl. Howard Schnellenberger (Florida Atlantic) is the only active head coach to win more bowl games (6) without losing.
3,000 + 1,000 + 1,000 IS A WINNING EQUATION: For just the fourth time in Oregon State history, the Beavers have a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher, and a 1,000-yard receiver. Here is a closer look at those combinations and the results:
IT’S BEEN A PRETTY GOOD DECADE: Oregon State is 80-45 (64%) during this decade, compared to 29-81-1 (26%) during the 1990s and 22-85-4 (21%) in the 1980s. The 80 victories rank as the third most in the conference during the decade.
A TEXT BOOK DEFENSIVE LINE?: Oregon State’s projected starting defensive line for the bowl game has a rather unique history. Junior Gabe Miller (DE) played tight end his first three years in the program; Miller’s bookend junior Matt LaGrone played basketball at Nevada in 2006 and ’07; Junior right tackle Stephen Paea didn’t play football until he came to the United States for his senior year in high school (played rugby in Tonga); junior tackle Brennan Olander came to OSU on a wrestling scholarship.
WE LIVE FOR THIS: If the season only started in October – that’s been a traditionally good sign for the Beavers. Since the 2006 campaign OSU is 28-7 (80%) in games played in October, November and December.
100-PLUS USUALLY A W: OSU has won 19 of its last 21 games (90%) when a rusher gains 100 — the only two losses in that period — Oct. 2, 2008 at Utah (Jacquizz Rodgers 101 yds) and to USC Oct. 24, 2009 (Jacquizz 113). Quizz, his brother James Rodgers, Yvenson Bernard and Matthew Sieverson are the individuals who have accounted for the 100 yard outings.
THOSE TEAMS ARE PRETTY GOOD: Oregon State’s four losses this season (USC, Arizona, Cincinnati, Oregon) have come to teams that have a combined record of 38-10 (79%). Oregon and Cincinnati are playing in BCS bowl games.