Ducks, Beavers Meet For 110th Civil War
Release Date: 11/20/2006
The University of Oregon football team (7-4 overall, 4-4 Pacific-10 Conference) wraps up the regular season in Corvallis to face the Oregon State Beavers in the 110th edition of the Civil War, “Brought to you by your Northwest Dodge Dealers.” Oregon State is coming off a 30-7 win at Stanford while the Ducks are looking to snap a two-game losing skid.
LIVE TELECAST: FSN - Barry Thompkins, Petros Papadakis, Jim Watson
LOCAL BROADCAST: Oregon Sports Network, 11:30 a.m. (PST), Jerry Allen, Mike Jorgensen, Jay Allen
DELAYED TELECAST: Oregon Sports Network, 11:30 p.m. (PST) Joe Giansante, Anthony Newman
28 J.D. Nelson (FS), 42 Brent Haberly (LB), 44 Dante Rosario (TE), 55 Enoka Lucas (C)
• The home team has won the game in the last nine meetings. The last time the home team didn’t win, was when Oregon defeated the Beavers 49-13 in Corvallis in 1996.
• Oregon is looking to snap a two-game losing streak -- their longest such streak since losing three in a row to end the 2004 season.
Oregon owns a 55-44-10 overall advantage in the series that originated in 1894. The road team has been unable to pick up the win since 1996, when the Ducks posted a 49-13 win in Corvallis. Oregon is 25-17-5 vs. the Beavers in Corvallis. In 2004, Oregon State won 50-21 to secure a bowl bid, while the Ducks missed the post-season for the first time in eight years, finishing the campaign 5-6 overall.
OREGON’S OWN #28
The Ducks’ Jonathan Stewart has yet to gain the attention of some of the nation’s other top running backs, but he certainly has made an impact in Oregon’s success in his brief collegiate tenure. Leading the nation in kickoff returns a year ago (33.7 avg.), he became the school’s first player ever to return a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns in the same season in 2005. In his debut in the starting lineup from scrimmage earlier this season against Stanford, the 5-11, 230-pound sophomore amassed 168 yards rushing before suffering an ankle injury in the third quarter. He then took part in only two plays vs. Fresno State yet one of those resulted in a 3-yard TD run. In his second start of the season vs. Oklahoma, he turned in his second 100-yard rushing performance (144 yards). In his third start of the year, Stewart was again limited by his ankle, but he accumulated 142 rushing yards in just 12 carries at Arizona State. Hampered by injuries all season, Stewart was held to only 36 yards in limited play in appearances vs. Washington State before rushing for 159 yards against Washington. Averaging 78.7 yards a game overall, his average has dipped to 48.0 yards in five road games.
OREGON VS. OREGON STATE - THE LAST SEVEN MEETINGS
11/20/99 - Oregon 25, Oregon State 14
11/18/00 - Oregon State 23, Oregon 13
12/1/01 - Oregon 17, Oregon State 14
11/23/02 - Oregon State 45, Oregon 24
11/22/03 - Oregon 34, Oregon State 20
11/20/04 - Oregon Stae 50, Oregon 21
11/19/05 - Oregon 56, Oregon State 14
WHAT’S HAPPENED SO FAR - OREGON IN THE FIRST 10 GAMES
• Jonathan Stewart has 866 rushing yards this season, surpassing Terrence Whitehead’s total (679) from all of last season. However he has accumulated only 68 yards in his last two outings.
• Jonathan Stewart has 1,403 all purpose yards...He had over 200 total yards in three games (Stanford, Oklahoma, UCLA) and has rushed for over 100 yards on five occasions.
• The Ducks had a 100-yard receiver in seven consecutive games — the most ever in school history -- before having the streak snapped vs. Washington.
• Wide receiver Jaison Williams has five 100-yard receiving games this season and needs one more to break the single-season record. He is currently tied with Damon Griffin (1998) and Pat Johnson (1997).
• Defensively, the Ducks lead the league in pass defense, allowing 147.7 yards per game (third nationally), and trail USC and Oregon State in total defense -- 299.6 avg. -- (30th in the country).
• The Duck defense did not allow an offensive touchdown at Arizona State and held UCLA’s offense to just two field goals until the fourth quarter. Oregon held PSU scoreless in the second half.
• Oregon ranks first in the Pac-10 (10th nationally) in rushing offense (192.9 ypg), first in total
offense (eighth nationally) with 437.3 ypg, second in scoring offense, averaging 31.6 points pergame (17th nationally) and fourth in passing offense (244.8 yards per game), 22nd nationally.
• Despite ranking ninth in the league in time of possession, Oregon leads the Pac-10 with 270 first downs.
• Oregon is 2-3 on the road this season and 5-1 at home.
• Linebacker Blair Phillips has 97 tackles and ranks third in the Pac-10 in tackles per game (8.8).
• After breaking his arm vs. Oklahoma, senior Brent Haberly missed seven games before returning last week vs. Arizona. He had five tackles.
HEAD COACH MIKE BELLOTTI - 12TH SEASON
When Mike Bellotti was elevated to head football coach at the University of Oregon on Feb. 13, 1995, few people could have envisioned the impact the former UC Davis honors student would have on a university, as well as a community, which was coming off its first conference championship in 37 years. In the 11 seasons that followed, all he accomplished would be the navigation of a program through its most successful era in school history. With a win over Fresno State in the second week of the 2006 season, Bellotti became the Ducks’ all-time winningest coach and is now 97-46. He has guided Oregon to the No. 2 ranking in the country and a Fiesta Bowl win following the 2001 season. Bellotti has led the school to nine bowl appearances in his 11 years at the helm, tallied eight or more wins in a single season seven times, accumulated the second-most victories (97) of any program in the league during his tenure and has overseen a team that has finished among the nation’s Top-20 four times in the past seven seasons. None of his 29 Oregon predecessors can match his timetable for success as well as few in the Pacific-10 Conference. The “dean of the Pac-10” is tied for eighth all-time in conference wins (60-36) while only four former league mentors (John Robinson, Don James, Terry Donahue and Larry Smith) were able to post more conference triumphs than Bellotti in their first 10 years in the Pac-10. He began the 2006 campaign only one victory shy of Rich Brooks (1977-94) as the winningest football coach in school history and his winning percentage of 67.8 percent trails only Hugo Bezdek(72.7%—1906, 1913-17) among Oregon’s all-time mentors who coached the Ducks a minimum of three seasons.
Guiding the Ducks to an unprecedented seventh-consecutive bowl appearance in 2003, the Northern California native has played a vital role in assembling more than 25 percent (136 wins) of the University’s all-time triumphs (539) since assuming the role as the school’s offensive coordinator prior to the 1989 season. In addition, only six active Division I coaches in the country have guided their current schools to more postseason appearances than Bellotti has at Oregon while he began the year ranked 16th on the list of winningest active Division I-A coaches in the country.
SCOUTING OREGON STATE
• Quarterback Matt Moore has the longest active streak in the nation for pass attempts without an interception with 117.
• Tight end Joe Newton is one of eight semi-finalists for the John Mackey Award -- given to the nation’s top tight end. He has 28 catches for 348 yards.
• Tailback Yvenson Bernard eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark rushing with 168 yards last week vs. Stanford.
• Placekicker Alexis Serna has converted 94 straight PATs.
TIES WITH OREGON STATE
• Oregon defensive tackle Cole Linehan’s older brother, Josh, is a senior offensive tackle for OSU.
• Oregon secondary coach John Neal coached the Oregon State secondary from 1987-89.
• Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti was the running backs coach at Oregon State from 1980-83.
• Oregon Assistant Head Coach Neal Zoumboukos was the offensive line coach at Oregon State in 1979.
• Oregon defensive line coach Michael Gray returned to his alma mater last year after tutoring the defensive line in Corvallis from 1997-02.
OREGON STATE LAST WEEK VS. STANFORD
Matt Moore threw for 176 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a 1-yard score to make the Beavers bowl eligible with a 30-7 victory over Stanford last weekend. Yvenson Bernard carried 36 times for 168 yards -- 20 of those rushes for 99 yards in the first half alone -- to go over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Alexis Serna kicked field goals of 29, 31 and 18 yards for Oregon State. Sammie Stroughter and Brandon Powers each caught touchdown passes from Moore and the OSU defense had five sacks. Stanford’s Richard Sherman caught five passes for 90 yards. Oregon State receiver Chris Johnson helped move the Beavers into scoring position late in the first half with a one-handed, 10-yard catch that he hauled in with his left hand while falling over under pressure from Stanford cornerback Nick Sanchez. Two plays later, Michael Okwo appeared to intercept a pass from Moore but a review of the play showed he didn’t keep two feet in bounds and Oregon State got a 31-yard field goal from Serna.
OREGON STATE LAST WEEK VS. STANFORD
Recap: Jonathan Stewart had a pair of touchdowns, including a 97-yard kickoff return to open the second half, and 10th-ranked Oregon dominated Oregon State, 56-14. The Ducks’ 56 points represents the most points ever scored in the series. Stewart also ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the first half. The Beavers were hobbled as quarterback Matt Moore injured his right knee the previous week, prompting sophomore Ryan Gunderson to make his first collegiate start. He finished the game completing 22 of 43 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown while throwing four interceptions. Oregon cornerback Aaron Gipson scored on a 60-yard interception return before Dixon hit Terrence Whitehead with a 14-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0 for Oregon. The Beavers scored on Yvenson Bernard’s 2-yard run, but Oregon piled on with two additional scores - Whitehead’s 2-yard run and Stewart’s 1-yard dash.Stewart opened the second half with his long kickoff return to make it 35-7. Gunderson found Josh Hawkins with a 2-yard scoring pass in the third quarter for Oregon State’s only other score. Dixon added a 6-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Williams before Jaison Williams’ 66 yard scoring reception and Jeremiah Johnson’s 4-yard run.
STATISTICAL LEADERS - OREGON
Rushing: Jonathan Stewart (159 carries for 866 yards, 7 TD, 63 long, 5.4 per carry)
Passing: Dennis Dixon (187 of 302 for 2021 yards, 11 TD, 13 INT, 67 long, 183.7 per game)
Receiving: Jaison Williams (62 catches for 929 yards, 7 TD, 67 long, 84.0 per game)
Tackles: Blair Phillips (97 total, 9.0 for loss of 28 yards)
Sacks: Darius Sanders (8.0 for 58 yards)
Tackles for Loss: Blair Phillips (9.0 for 28 yards)
Interceptions: Jairus Byrd (4 interceptions for 30 yards)
Punt Returns: Jeremiah Johnson (13 returns for 127 yards, 27 long, 9.8 avg.)
Kickoff Returns: Jonathan Stewart (15 returns for 399 yards, 54 long, 26.6 avg.)
STATISTICAL LEADERS - OREGON STATE
Rushing: Yvenson Bernard (231 carries for 1034 yards, 10 TD, 94 ypg)
Passing: Matt Moore (104 of 192 for 1179 yards, 4 TD, 6 INT, 78 long, 147.4 ypg)
Receiving: Sammie Stroughter (55 catches for 986 yards, 3 TD, 80 long, 89.6 ypg)
Tackles: Joey LaRocque (70 total, 2.0 for loss of 4 yards, 0 sacks, 1 forced fumble)
Sacks: Dorian Smith (6.0 for 53 yards)
Tackles for Loss: Derrick Doggett (12.0 for 63 yards)
Interceptions: Sabby Piscitelli (3 INTs for 35 yards)
Punt Returns: Sammie Stroughter (27 returns for 416 yards, 15.4 avg., 70 long, 3 TDs)
Kickoff Returns: Coye Francis (19 returns for 435 yards, 22.9 avg., 37 long)
WILLIAMS FINALIST FOR BILETNIKOFF AWARD
Senior wide receiver Jaison Williams was not on the preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, which honors the nation’s top receiver, but with five 100-yard receiving games this season, Williams was listed as one of 14 finalists. Williams is one of four Pac-10 players on the finalists list, including DeSean Jackson (California), Dwayne Jarrett (USC) and Steve Smith (USC).
WILLIAMS THIS SEASON
• Had his first 100-yard receiving game in the second game of the season (Fresno State).
• In the third game of the season (Oklahoma), Williams had a career-high 177 receiving yards and the following week (Arizona State) had his third consecutive 100-yard receving game.
• With five 100-yard games, Williams has tied the school record for most 100-yard receivng games in a single season.
• Is already fourth on the single-season receptions list (62) and ninth in receiving yards (929).
• His 10 receptions at Arizona State is tied for 10th all-time on the single game receptions list.
• Leads the Pac-10 (92.9 ypg) in yards per game and 11th in the nation. Also leads the conference in receptions per game (6.2) and is 12th nationally.
• Had a career-long 67-yard reception vs. Oklahoma. Then added a career-high in touchdown receptions (2) at Arizona State.
• Has at least three catches in all 10 games he has played this season and six or more six times.
• Is fourth on the team in scoring with 36 points.
Senior linebacker Blair Phillips finished last season in a flurry and hasn’t let up since. Recording 29 of his 2005 45 tackles in his final four appearances a year ago, the Ducks’ tackling leader led Oregon with eight stops in this year’s season opener vs. Stanford and has refused to relinquish that lead since. It certainly isn’t unusual for a Ducks’ linebacker to lead the team in tackles -- with cornerback Kenny Wheaton the last non-linebacker to do so in 1996 -- but it’s not often that an Oregon player is able to lead the conference in tackles. Phillips currently ranks third in the Pac-10 (8.8 avg.) behind Stanford’s Michael Okwo (9.6) and Cal’s Desmond Bishop (9.5) after pacing the league most of the season. The only Oregon player on record to officially lead the conference in tackles was linebacker Peter Sirmon in 1997 (9.6 avg.). The program’s last player to finish the season averaging 10 tackles per game was linebacker Joe Farwell in 1992 (10.0 avg.).
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