Stats & Info: Oregon State

Oregon clinches BCS berth

November, 27, 2010
After trailing for the first time in six games, No. 1 Oregon rolled over Arizona in the final 30 minutes.

Oregon scored 34 of the first 37 points of the second half to clinch at least a share of the Pac-10 title for the second straight year, something it hasn't done since 2000-01.

Even if they lose to Oregon State next week, the Ducks are guaranteed at least a Rose Bowl berth since they own the head-to-head tiebreaker with Stanford.

Oregon has scored 555 points this season, a school record despite two games left to play. The Oregon seniors now have 40 wins, the most in school history.

Oregon finished its season at Autzen Stadium with a bang, totaling 537 yards of offense, with 389 of those yards coming on the ground. As good as Oregon’s offense has been overall, it’s been better in front of its home crowd. The Ducks completed their home schedule with 47 offensive touchdowns while averaging more than 600 yards of total offense.

Arizona wasn’t without its strong performers. Nick Foles threw for a career-high 448 yards and three touchdowns in the loss. It was his third career 400-yard game.

But after a 7-1 start, Arizona loses its third straight.

Josh Huff’s 85-yard touchdown run to start the third quarter was tied for the third-longest run in Oregon school history. It was the longest play from scrimmage for the Ducks this season.

And the Oregon Duck crossed a milestone of his own -- doing his 2,500th push-up of the season. For the year, he's now done 2,636 push-ups during Oregon football games.

Elsewhere in college football:

Louisville and Western Michigan became bowl-eligible, beating Rutgers and Bowling Green, respectively.

Louisville is bowl-eligible for the first time since 2007, but hasn’t appeared in a bowl since 2006 (Orange Bowl).

Western Michigan is bowl-eligible this season after not going bowling last season. The Broncos last appeared in the Texas Bowl in the 2008 season.
The Oregon State Beavers, ranked No. 24 in the country, face a huge road test when they battle the No. 3 Boise State Broncos on Saturday night. Boise State has a big win over Virginia Tech, has won its last two games against Pac-10 teams and has a 16-game winning streak. But the Broncos need to be careful against these giant killers.

Although Oregon State's last nonconference win against a top-3 team came all the way back in 1967, the Beavers have taken down a top-3 squad from the Pac-10 three straight times. In each case, it was that team’s first loss of the season, and obviously derailed national title hopes each time.

And how is Oregon State preparing to pull off the upset? By painting its practice field blue and recreating the look at Bronco Stadium. OSU ordered 70 gallons of white grass paint base that made 280 gallons of water based paint and 110 gallons of blue grass paint base, which made 440 gallons of the blue water based paint. The paint is similar to what is used in the Southwest to paint lawns green, only with the blue pigment. And it was an anonymous donor who covered the cost of the paint.

Pac-10 holds its own

September, 19, 2010
After a slow start to the weekend for Pac-10 teams losing four of their first five games including two to ranked teams, the conference finished Week 3 on a high note. Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, UCLA and Stanford all won their games after California, Washington, Arizona State and Washington State lost earlier. USC also won at Minnesota meaning the conference finished 6-4 vs non-conference opponents that included 8th-ranked Nebraska, 9th-ranked Iowa, 11th-ranked Wisconsin and 23rd-ranked Houston.

• Oregon's 69-0 win over Portland State means the Ducks have scored 189 points in three games this season. That's an average of 1.05 points per minute. They've outscored their opponents 141-0 at home in two games this season.

• Stanford racked up 68 points against Wake Forest and improves to 3-0 for the first time since 2001. It's the most points scored by the Cardinal in a game since 1968.

Nickel package: LSU owns the ACC

September, 3, 2010
1. LSU enters Saturday's matchup with North Carolina on an 18-game winning streak vs the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tigers have beaten eight different ACC foes during this streak, including four wins over UNC, and haven't lost to an ACC team since falling to Maryland in 1955. This is the longest winning streak any team has had against the conference since it began play in 1953.

2. Virginia Tech enters its game against No. 3 Boise State with an all-time record of 1-25 vs teams ranked in the top five of the AP poll (beat No. 2 Miami in 2003). Even worse, the Hokies are 0-21 in such games away from Blacksburg, VA. This game, of course, is being played in Landover, MD at FedEx Field.

3. One of the interesting subplots to Monday's Boise State-Virginia Tech game is the high-scoring BSU offense, which returns all but one starter from 2009, against the Tech defense, which has to replace six starters. Both units, however, have shown the ability to excel regardless of experience. Over the last decade (2000-09), Boise State was the nation's top scoring team (41.4 points per game), while Virginia Tech was the nation's second-best scoring defense (16.3 points per game allowed). Only Ohio State (15.2 points per game allowed) was better than the Hokies at keeping opponents off the scoreboard during the last 10 years.

4. Mike Riley's success at Oregon State has been one of the great college football stories of the last few decades, but his teams have been notoriously slow starters. In his nine seasons as the Beavers head coach (two terms with a four-year gap in between), his teams are 1-12 in pre-October games away from home. The lone win came last year, beating UNLV with a field goal in the closing seconds. In fairness to Riley, he's faced a lot of big-time opponents in those games, just as he will this September. Oregon State plays TCU in Arlington, TX on Saturday and travels to Boise State three weeks later.

5. Alabama is the fifth defending champion in the last nine years to be ranked No. 1 in the AP preseason poll. It's natural to think that such a team is just being placed there by default by voters who are afraid to go out on a limb, but recent history has shown this to be a high-percentage selection. The previous four defending champs to start the season No. 1 all won at least their first 12 games of that season.