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2008 Oregon State Beavers football
Sun Bowl champion
Sun Bowl, W 3–0 vs. Pittsburgh
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 19
APNo. 18
2008 record9–4 (7–2 Pac-10)
Head coachMike Riley (8th season)
Offensive coordinatorDanny Langsdorf (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorMark Banker (6th season)
CaptainVictor Butler
CaptainBrandon Hughes
CaptainAndy Levitre
CaptainSammie Stroughter
Home stadiumReser Stadium
(Capacity: 45,674)
Seasons
← 2007
2009 →
2008 Pacific-10 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 USC   8 1         12 1  
#10 Oregon   7 2         10 3  
#19 Oregon State   7 2         9 4  
California   6 3         9 4  
Arizona   5 4         8 5  
Arizona State   4 5         5 7  
Stanford   4 5         5 7  
UCLA   3 6         4 8  
Washington State   1 8         2 11  
Washington   0 9         0 12  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 Oregon State Beavers football team represented Oregon State University in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team's head coach was Mike Riley. Home games were played at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.

PostseasonEdit

After two straight finishes in the top three of the Pacific-10 Conference, Oregon State finished third place to make it three straight finishes in the top three. The Beavers defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers in the 2008 Sun Bowl, extending their streak of 9-win seasons to three.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 286:00 PMat StanfordESPN2[1]L 28–3630,223
September 612:30 PMat No. 19 Penn State*ABC/ESPN2[2]L 14–45108,159
September 131:00 PMHawaiʻi*FSNNWW 45–745,059
September 256:00 PMNo. 1 USC
  • Reser Stadium
  • Corvallis, Oregon
ESPN[3]W 27–2142,839
October 26:00 PMat No. 15 Utah*Versus[4]L 28–3145,599
October 113:30 PMWashington State
  • Reser Stadium
  • Corvallis, Oregon
FSNNWW 66–1345,289
October 184:00 PMat WashingtonVersus[4]W 34–1363,996
November 17:15 PMArizona Statedagger
  • Reser Stadium
  • Corvallis, Oregon
FSN[4]W 27–2544,109
November 83:00 PMat UCLAFSNNWW 34–683,478
November 1512:30 PMCaliforniaNo. 25
  • Reser Stadium
  • Corvallis, Oregon
ABCW 34–2145,969
November 224:00 PMat ArizonaNo. 21Versus[4]W 19–1748,503
November 294:00 PMNo. 19 OregonNo. 17
Versus[4]L 38–6546,319
December 3111:00 AMvs. No. 18 Pittsburgh*No. 24CBSW 3–049,037

RosterEdit

2008 Oregon State Beavers football roster

Wide Receivers
 2 Chris Johnson – Senior
7 Kyle Brown – Sophomore
8 James Rodgers – Sophomore
13 Shane Morales – Senior
15 Darrell Catchings – "Sophomore
18 Geno Munoz –
Freshman
19 Sammie Stroughter –
Senior
20 Keynan Parker –
Freshman
23 Jordan Bishop –
Freshman
25Casey Kjos –
Sophomore
46 Aaron Nichols –
Sophomore
80Damola Adeniji –
Junior
84Taylor Kavanaugh –
Junior
89Shawn McGarity –
Sophomore

Centers
 65 Marcus Henderson – Senior

Tight Ends
 81 Gabe Miller – Sophomore
82 Colby Prince – Freshman
83 Brady Camp – Sophomore
85 John Reese – Junior
87 Joe Halahuni – "Freshman
88 Howard Croom –
Junior[5]

Game summariesEdit

StanfordEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Beavers 0 17 3 8 28
Cardinal 0 17 5 14 36



Oregon State was almost able to come back late in the fourth quarter when Darrell Catchings caught the ball just outside the end zone, but it was knocked loose by Taylor Skaufel, resulting in a touchback and victory for the Cardinal.[6]

Penn StateEdit

Despite the off-field distractions, the Nittany Lions rolled to a 35-7 halftime lead en route to a 45-14 win in their first-ever meeting with the Beavers. Penn State's sophomore tailback Evan Royster ran for a career-high 141 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns. Lion quarterback Daryll Clark's 276 total yards of offense (215 yards passing, 61 yards rushing) helped Penn State total 454 yards of offense.

Penn State linebackers Tyrell Sales and NaVorro Bowman both recorded 10 tackles each, both career-highs and linebacker Josh Hull and safety Mark Rubin both made their first career interceptions.[7] 108,159 were in attendance at Happy Valley for this first-ever meeting between the schools.

1 2 3 4 Total
Beavers 0 7 0 7 14
Nittany Lions 14 21 10 0 45



HawaiʻiEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Warriors 7 0 0 0 7
Beavers 7 14 17 7 45



Oregon State scored 45 unanswered points ien route to their first victory of the season. It was the second time in 3 years that Oregon State has defeated Hawai'i.

USCEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 0 0 14 7 21
Beavers 7 14 0 6 27



The Beavers shocked the college football world as they upset the No. 1 Ranked USC Trojans at home on September 25, 2008. Oregon State is one of two Pac-10 Conference school to have beaten USC twice during the Pete Carroll era.

Freshman Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns for OSU, USC quarterback Mark Sanchez passed for 227 yards, and Damian Williams caught 80 yards for the Trojans.[8]

UtahEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Beavers 3 12 6 7 28
Utes 3 17 0 11 31



After five games, the pattern for the 2008 Beavers has been the home team wins. The Beavers led 28-20 with about 2 minutes remaining in the fourth. They let Utah drive all the way down the field and score along with a 2-point conversion to tie it up. The Beavers gave the ball right back to Utah and place kicker Louie Sakoda nailed a 37-yard field goal as time expired. Sophomore kicker Justin Kahut of Oregon State missed an extra point in the early stages of the game which led Mike Riley to go for the two-point conversion after two of the Beaver's touchdowns. Both failed and it cost the Beavers the game.

Washington StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0 13 0 0 13
Beavers 21 3 21 21 66



During the Beavers blow out of the Cougars, they managed to set a school record for most points in a Pac-10 game. "Quizz" had 168 yard day as the Cougars lost another quarterback. Washington State's quarterback problems, along with other difficulties would lead them to a 1-8 season. The Beavers on the other hand improved their record to 2-1 in the conference.

WashingtonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Beavers 7 10 7 10 34
Huskies 3 3 0 7 13



The Beavers, led by the two Rodgers brothers, were able to fly by the winless Huskies in dramatic fashion. Jacquizz Rodgers had 93 yards, but the spotlight was on his older brother, James Rodgers who had over 200 yards returning kicks, running, and receiving. The Huskies would go on to lose the rest of their games, as they go winless in conference and non-conference.

Arizona StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Sun Devils 3 3 10 9 25
Beavers 7 0 10 10 27



After a low-scoring half, the Beavers lead the Sun Devils 7-6 at halftime. Teams exchanged touchdowns and field goals in the third and fourth quarters. After Arizona State's last touchdown with 21 seconds remaining, Rudy Carpenter's pass on the two-point conversion was picked off by Victor Butler. The onside kick was also recovered by the Beavers as they held on to the win, and the undefeated home record.

UCLAEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Beavers 3 0 14 17 34
Bruins 3 0 3 0 6



After two field goals by either side in the first half, the teams headed into the locker room at the half in a 3-3 tie. In the second half, the Beavers blew open the game and ended up only giving up a second Bruin field goal in the second half. The Beavers blew out the Bruins 34-6

CaliforniaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 7 7 7 0 21
Beavers 14 3 10 7 34



ArizonaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Beavers 0 3 7 9 19
Wildcats 0 3 7 7 17



OregonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Ducks 17 20 7 21 65
Beavers 7 10 14 7 38



Oregon gained 694 yards on 69 plays, a 10.1 yard per play average. The loss was a Civil War record for points allowed as well as yards allowed, and kept the Beavers from going to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1964 season. The loss to Oregon snapped a six-game home winning streak by the Beavers and a two-game winning streak in the Civil War. The Beavers were knocked out of contention for the Rose Bowl, which matched up two of their previous opponents, USC and Penn State. The Beavers finished in the third place in the Pac-10, and went on to win the Sun Bowl by 3-0.

Pittsburgh (2008 Sun Bowl)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Beavers 0 3 0 0 3
Panthers 0 0 0 0 0



The Sun Bowl was played on December 31, 2008 in El Paso, Texas. Victor Strong-Butler was named the game's MVP.

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
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NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll

 

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BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR 21 17 NR

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StatisticsEdit

TeamEdit

Team Opp
Scoring 394 300
  Points per Game 33 25
First Downs 265 196
  Rushing    
  Passing    
  Penalty    
Total Offense 5016 3840
  Avg per Play    
  Avg per Game 418 320
Fumbles-Lost    
Penalties-Yards 80-690 91-839
  Avg per Game 7-58 8-70
Team Opp
Punts-Yards 50-1905 67-2864
  Avg per Punt 38.1 42.7
Time of Possession 383:16 336:41
  Time of Possession/Game 33:21 28:04
3rd Down Conversions 69-166 (42%) 50-160 (31%)
4th Down Conversions 9-15 (60%) 7-13 (54%)
Touchdowns Scored    
Field Goals-Attempts-Long 16-24-47  
PAT-Attempts 44-47  
Attendance at Home 269,584 379,958
  Games at Home/Avg per Game 6 / 44,930 6 / 63,326

Scores by quarterEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Oregon State 76 93 109 116 394
Opponents 57 104 63 76 300



OffenseEdit

RushingEdit

Name GP-GS Att Yds Long Fum Fum Lost TD Avg/Carry Avg/Game
Jacquizz Rodgers 11-11 259 1253 33 0 0 11 4.8 113.9
Ryan McCants 10-1 79 314 35 0 0 2 4 31.4
James Rodgers 12-12 46 408 55 0 0 5 8.9 34
Jeremy Francis 6-0 20 89 21 0 0 1 4.5 14.8
Sammie Stroughter 12-12 5 33 7 0 0 0 6.6 2.8
Johnny Hekker 12-12 1 -9 -9 0 0 0 -9 -0.8
Lyle Moevao 10-10 30 -82 16 0 0 2 -4 -8.6
Darrell Catchings 4-0 1 7 7 0 0 0 7 1.8
Chris Johnson 3-0 3 2 3 0 0 0 0.7 0.7
Sean Canfield 4-2 6 -28 2 0 0 0 -4.7 -7
                   
TEAM   457 1975 55 0 0 21 4.3 165.4
Total   457 1975 55 0 0 21 4.3 165.4
Opponents                  
[9]

PassingEdit

Name GP-GS Effic Att-Cmp-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
Lyle Moevao                  
Justin Engstrom                  
TEAM                  
                   
Total                  
Opponents                  

ReceivingEdit

Name GP-GS No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Shane Morales                  
Sammie Stroughter                  
James Rodgers                  
Jacquizz Rodgers                  
Darrell Catchings                  
John Reese                  
Chris Johnson                  
Brady Camp                  
Casey Kjos                  
Ryan McCants                  
                   
                   
                   
                   
Total                  
Opponents                  

DefenseEdit

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Interceptions Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BrUp QBH No.-Yds Avg TD Long Rcv-Yds FF
Total

Special teamsEdit

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Total
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Total

ReferencesEdit

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