OSU heads to Honolulu riding a three-game win streak against the Rainbow Warriors.
Pregame coverage begins Saturday at 4:30pm on 1190 KEX.
• The 10th meeting between the two programs.
• Of the nine previous meetings, seven have been in Honolulu.
• OSU leads 6-3 and has a three-game win streak.
• Beavers won 33-14 last season at Reser Stadium (Sept. 7).
• Sean Mannion passed for 372 (31-43) yards and 4 TDs in last year’s victory.
• Beavers won 35-32 in 2006 (Dec. 2) at Aloha Stadium in last visit to play UH (ranked No. 24 at the time); the win snapped UH’s 9-game win streak. Beaver QB Matt Moore earned Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week the following Monday after passing for 245 yards and three TDs.
• Gerard Lawson returned a kickoff 100 yards in the ’06 game – third time in OSU history for a 100 yard return.
• 2006 game marked the 13th of the season; the Beavers went on to a 14th game (most games in school history) and defeated Missouri in the Sun Bowl.
• The two programs played in the 1999 Oahu Bowl at Aloha Stadium; UH won 23-17. OSU OL coach Mike Cavanaugh was on the staff at UH in that game as was then GA coach Joe Seumalo.
• Current Beavs Titus Failauga (Waipahu), Manase Hungalu (Kailua-Kona), Drew Kell (Hilo), Ali’i Robins (Ewa Beach), Kalani Vakameilalo (Kapolei) and LaMone Williams (Kahuku) call Hawai’i home.
• OSU DL coach Joe Seumalo and GA coach Tavita Thompson are from Honolulu.
• Beaver defensive coordinator Mark Banker, OL coach Mike Cavanaugh and WR coach Brent Brennan all coached at Hawai’i.
• Brent Brennan’s cousin is UH record setting quarterback Colt Brennan. Colt attempted to break the NCAA record for touchdowns passing in one season in the ’06 game vs. the Beavers, but his two TD passes gave him 53, one short of former Houston QB David Klingler.
FAMILIAR SETTING: Aloha Stadium welcomes the Beavers for the second time in less than nine months. OSU defeated Boise State in last season’s Hawai’i Bowl 38-23, Dec. 24. The Beavers also played at Aloha Stadium in 2006 (win 35-32), 1999 in the Oahu Bowl (loss to UH 23-17), 1989 (loss 23-21) and 1976 (win 56-0).
WE WILL BE BACK: The Beavs and Rainbow Warriors resume what is becoming a traditional non-conference series in 2019 when OSU travels to Aloha Stadium Sept. 7 and UH returns to Reser Stadium Sept. 11, 2021.
BEAVS PITCH SECOND HALF SHUTOUT: Oregon State’s defense held Portland State last week to scoreless third and fourth quarters – the first time the Beavers have done that in a half since Sept. 7 of last year vs. Hawai’i. The scoreless streak from last year extended to three quarters as Utah failed to score in first period of the next game.
SCHOOL RECORD COACH: Mike Riley continues to build on his school record for victories, now with 89. He has 56 league wins, which is tied for 11th with Rich Brooks (Oregon/1977-94). Riley’s overall league record is 56-56 (14 of those losses in his first era of 1997-98) – his second tenure (2003-present) league mark is 54-42. Riley is the longest tenured coach in the Pac-12, in his 14th year at OSU; the rest of the league entering the ’14 season includes Kyle Whittingham, Utah (10 yrs), Steve Sarkisian, UW/USC (6), David Shaw, Stanford (4), Todd Graham, ASU (3), Mike Leach, WSU (3), Rich Rodriguez, Arizona (3), Sonny Dykes, Cal (2), Mark Helfrich, Oregon (2), Mike MacIntyre, Colorado (2) and Chris Peterson, UW (1).
THE NEW COORDINATOR: For the first time since the 2005 season, OSU has a new coordinator in the coaching staff. Longtime offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf (2005-13) left the program in January to return to the NFL with the New York Giants as quarterbacks coach. Langsdorf replacement is John Garrett, who has had a lengthy NFL coaching career with the Cowboys (his brother Jason is the head coach), Bengals, Cardinals and Buccaneers, as well as in college at Virginia. Garrett also coaches the quarterbacks and tight ends with the contributions of graduate assistant coach Tavita Thompson.
60 YEARS: No other team in the Pac-12 can boast as much NFL coaching experience as the Beavers. OSU’s full-time coaches have 60 years of NFL experience, including Mike Riley as the head coach of the San Diego Chargers. Here is a closer look – Mike Riley (4 years), Mark Banker (3), Bruce Read (7), Mike Cavanaugh (2), John Garrett (19), Rod Perry (23) and Chris Brasfield (2).
BEAVS AT 105: USC owns the most victories in the Pac-12 Conference this century with 139 (115 with vacated wins), followed by Oregon (134), OSU (105), Arizona State (96), UCLA (96), Stanford (94), Cal (88), Washington (80), Arizona (78), WSU (72). Utah has 116 victories this century and Colorado has 71. The Beavers hit the 100-win plateau this century in the Sept, 21, 2013 win at San Diego State. The previous 100-win stretch started during the 1966 season, ending with 1999 – nearly 34 seasons (365 games). This century’s 100 victories were achieved in just over 13 seasons (168 games).
EARLY DEPARTURES: Juniors Brandin Cooks and Scott Crichton elected to forgo their senior seasons and enter the NFL Draft, becoming the fourth and fifth Beavers to do so joining Steven Jackson, Brandon Browner and Jacquizz Rodgers. Cooks, a consensus All-American and Biletnikoff Award winner, set new Pac-12 single season marks for receptions with 128 and yards with 1,730 (NCAA leader in 2013). He accounted for 226 receptions for 3,272 yards and 26 total touchdowns (24 rec, 2 rush) during his illustrious career. Overall, he compiled 3,863 all-purpose yards. Crichton made 165 career tackles for the Beavers, including 51 tackles-for-loss and 22.5 quarterback sacks. He ranks third all-time at OSU for tackles-for-loss and fourth for quarterback sacks.
CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICANS: Oregon State has never had a consensus All-American in three consecutive seasons; that opportunity presents itself in 2014. Cornerback Jordan Poyer earned the acclaim in 2012 and receiver Brandin Cooks in 2013. The most likely candidate for 2014 is quarterback Sean Mannion, who is on the verge of smashing the Pac-12 record for career passing yards.
ROSE BOWL REUNION: The 2014 season marks 50 years since the Beavers’ last trip to the Rose Bowl. The ’64 team (’65 Rose Bowl) lost to Michigan 34-7 in that Rose Bowl. That team will be honored during the weekend of the Nov. 1 home game vs. California.
RESER RECORD: Oregon State’s home record of 62-25 this century at Reser Stadium is third best in the Pac-12 Conference, trailing the home records of only Oregon (74-13) and USC (68-15).
COULD HAVE; ELECTED AGAINST: The Beavers could have played 13 regular season games as allowed by the NCAA when a team travels to Honolulu to play Hawai’i. Head coach Mike Riley elected to have a second bye for the season.
OTHER SCHEDULE NOTES: There are several oddities to this year’s schedule for the Beavers. Here is a closer look:
• OSU and Cal are the only teams to have a streak of three consecutive home league games.
• The Beavers, Arizona, Arizona State, Utah and Washington are the only teams to play on the last six dates of the season.
• Oregon State is the only team that ends the season with four home games in the last five dates.
• Oregon State is the only team that begins the Pac-12 portion of the season with two road games and is the only team to play three of its first four league games away.
TEAM CAPTAINS: Quarterback Sean Mannion is serving as a co-team captain for the third consecutive year – no Beaver prior has ever been a captain for three seasons. Linebacker Michael Doctor is in the co-captain role for the second straight year. Safety Ryan Murphy and center Isaac Seumalo are in their first years with the leadership honor.
MANNION’S CLIFFNOTES: The following is a quick summary of quarterback Sean Mannion’s accomplishments to date (a more detailed biography is also available in these game facts):
• First three-year team captain in school history.
• 2014 Manning Passing Academy Air-It-Out Challenge winner.
• 2014 Elite 11 QB Camp Challenge winner.
• Maxwell Award Watch List for the nation’s top player.
• Davey O’Brien Award Watch List for top QB.
• Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award candidate.
• Walter Camp Award Watch List (All-America teams).
• NCAA Senior Class Award candidate (character, community service, academics, athletics).
• Currently ranks 6th for Pac-12 career passing with 10,764 yards (see graph), needing only 1,511 to pass former USC Trojan Matt Barkley as the all-time leader. Steve Stenstrom (Stanford/10,911) and Alex Brink (WSU/10,913) are next on the Pac-12 list.
• His 10,436 yards is second among active Division I quarterbacks. (Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion 11,764).
• 13th in Pac-12 history for touchdown passes with 69.
• His .651 career completion percentage is on OSU record pace and currently ranks second among active quarterbacks with at least 1,000 attempts.
• Broke the Pac-12 record for single season passing yards last season with 4,662.
• He can join former Oregon standout Bill Musgrave as the only quarterback in league history to earn Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week accolades in four different seasons.
• Set a Pac-12 record last season for back-to-back games passing with 974 yards combined against California and Washington State.
• Has graduated with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and is working on a Master’s in interdisciplinary studies.
• “You’re a freakin’ Albatross Sean Mannion … use your reach.” Offensive Coordinator John Garrett in an August practice.
NO. 4 TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES: Sean Mannion has been on target in his last seven games vs. non-conference opponents (Eastern Wash., Hawai’i, San Diego St., Boise State, Wisconsin, Nicholls State, Portland State). In those seven games combined his completion percentage is .709 (205-289) for 2,255 yards passing and 15 touchdowns through the air with two interceptions.
437: That’s the number of combined tackles for the Beavers’ three starting linebackers – Michael Doctor (190), D.J. Alexander (142) and Jabral Johnson (105). OSU’s senior trio is one of the most experienced, if not the most experienced, linebacker corps in the Pac-12. For the first time since 2007 the Beavers started three senior linebackers last week. .
LUCKY 9: OSU started nine seniors on defense last Saturday; the most since modern day tracking/records for starters began in 1976.
THAT WILL BE HARD TO TOP: Redshirt-freshman kicker Garrett Owens made quite the debut against Portland State. He is the first kicker in OSU history to make five field goals in his first career game. He attempted seven against Portland State to set a school record.
GROUND ATTACK: The Beavers didn’t have a 100-yard rusher last season until the final game of the regular season at Oregon – Terron Ward 145 yards. OSU now has a streak of three consecutive games:
• Nov. 29, 2013 at Oregon – Terron Ward, 145 yards
• Dec. 24, 2013 vs. Boise State – Storm Woods, 107 yards
• Aug. 30, 2014 vs. Portland State – Storm Woods, 126 yards
FOUR GAMES IN A ROW? The Beavers haven’t had a running back reach 100 net yards in four consecutive games since the 2008 season – nine straight games.
• Nov. 22, 2008 at Arizona – James Rodgers, 102 yards
• Nov. 15, 2008 vs. Cal – Jacquizz Rodgers, 144 yards
• Nov. 8, 2008 at UCLA – Jacquizz Rodgers, 144 yards
• Nov. 1, 2008 vs. ASU – Jacquizz Rodgers, 133 yards
• Oct. 18, 2008 at UW – James Rodgers, 110 yards
• Oct. 11, 2008 vs. WSU – Jacquizz Rodgers, 168 yards
• Oct. 2, 2008 at Utah – Jacquizz Rodgers, 102 yards
• Sept. 25, 2008 vs. USC – Jacquizz Rodgers, 186 yards
• Sept. 13, 2008 vs. Hawai’i – Jacquizz Rodgers, 110 yards
TURNOVERS: Over the last four seasons (39 games) OSU has forced 88 turnovers, third most in the conference and sixth in the nation. Here is a closer look courtesy of ESPN: Oregon (99), Arizona State (95), Oregon State (88); UCLA (82), Washington (79), USC (75), Utah (71), Stanford (71), Washington State (69), Arizona (66), California (61), Colorado (52).