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Off to a 4-2 start and coming off a nice win over Cal, the
Beavers lost four of their last five including a bizarre turnover
fest against Arizona and a 20-17 heartbreaker to Stanford that, for
all intents and purposes, cost the team a bowl bid.
While losing to average teams like Arizona and Stanford was rough,
the bigger concern was how badly the Beavers got obliterated against
the better teams on the slate. They caught a huge break
missing USC but still finished with, statistically, one of the nation's
worst pass defenses. They lost to Louisville, Arizona State, UCLA
and Oregon by a combined score of 212 to 93. That's an average of 53
to 23.25. That's hardly the work of a team looking to be in the hunt
for the Pac 10 title any time soon.
Head coach: Mike Riley
6th year: 28-30
Off. 24, Def. 26, ST 1
Lettermen Lost: 16
Best Beaver Players
1. RB Yvenson Bernard, Jr.
2. TE Joe Newton, Sr.
3. S Sabby Piscitelli, Sr.
4. OG Roy Schuening, Jr.
5. PK Alexis Serna, Jr.
6. OG Jeremy Perry, Soph.
7. DE Jeff Van Orsow, Jr.
8. RB Clinton Polk, Jr.
9. LB Derrick Doggett, Jr.
10. WR A. Wheat-Brown, Jr. .
at Boise State
2005 Record: 5-6
2005 predicted wins
at Louisville L 63-27
Arizona State L 42-24
at California W 23-20
at UCLA L 51-28
at Oregon L 56-14
The 2006 Beavers are much
improved with several things to get excited about. The offensive line
gets all five starters back and should be dynamite. The backfield is
loaded with JUCO transfer Clinton Polk joining Yvenson Bernard.
All-America caliber tight end Joe Newton is back and healthy, and kicker
Alexis Serna returns after winning the Lou Groza Award as the nation's
top kicker. However, the problems are way too much to overcome in the
hopes of competing for the Pac 10 title.
At some point, the program is going to find another quarterback who
doesn't throw interceptions, and it needs Matt Moore to be more
efficient. The corners are better, but they're still going to give up
too many big plays. The defensive front seven will be productive, but
not out-of-this world, and the receiving corps, while decent, isn't
going to scare anyone. In the new Pac 10, you need to have everything
humming or else you're an also-ran.
There's plenty of room for this team to grow. It's a relatively young
team with most of the seniors backed up by better prospects. There will
be shootouts galore, only this year the Beavers will end up on the right
side of most of them.
The Schedule: The road trip to Boise State is the only thing to keep the
non-conference schedule from being a complete and total joke. The
Beavers have to deal with back-to-back Pac 10 games twice, but they aren't that bad
with trips to Washington and Arizona in October and UCLA and Stanford in
November. They have to be ecstatic to get Cal, USC, Arizona State and
Oregon in Corvallis. The team had better not let down after the
finale against Oregon or Hawaii will bomb away for a win in OSU's 13th
Offensive Player: Junior RB Yvenson Bernard. The small, quick
junior proved to be surprisingly durable as he helped carry the
offense over the second half of the season. With the addition of
JUCO transfer, Clinton Polk, Bernard should be even more effective
since he can limit his carries and his workload.
Defensive Player: Senior SS Sabby Piscatelli. The leader of the
defense had to spend last year trying to make up for other's
problems. With more experience returning to the secondary, now he
can focus more on making big plays and being a better all-around
defensive back. It'll be a shock if he isn't one of the team's top
player to a successful season: Senior QB Matt Moore. If he's
steady and cuts his interception total from 19 to around ten, and
ups his touchdown pass total from 11 to around 20, Oregon State will
win more than its share of games and will pull off a few upsets.
He's the difference between a good year and a great one.
season will be a success if ...
The Beavers flirt with winning ten games. It might take 14 games to do
it if you include a bowl trip, but it's possible if they don't screw
up against the teams they're supposed to beat and can pull off an
upset at home against a team like Arizona State or California. Eight
wins is more likely.
game: Sept. 30 vs. California. Oregon State beat the Bears 23-20
last year in Berkeley, and now a win in the Pac 10 opener could mean
a 4-0 conference start with Washington State, at Washington, and at
Arizona ahead before dealing with USC and Arizona State. A win
against Cal would also make a bowl appearance close to a mortal
- Yards per catch: Opponents 16.3 - Oregon State 12.2
- Penalties; Oregon State 98 for 86 yards - Opponents 62 for 551
- Fourth down conversions: Oregon State 12 of 19 (63%) - Opponents 2
of 11 (18%)
Time Oregon State…
…played in a bowl game…2004 (Insight Bowl vs. Notre Dame)
…missed a bowl game…2005
…pitched a shutout…1983 (Oregon)
…was shutout…2002 (USC)
…scored 50 points…2004 (Oregon)
…won a conference title…2000 (share, Pac-10)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…2004 (Derek Anderson)
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…2005 (Yvenson Bernard)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2005 (Mike Hass)
…had a first-round draft choice…2004 (RB Steven Jackson)