1966 Oregon State Beavers football
ConferenceAthletic Association of Western Universities
Ranking
CoachesNo. 19
1966 record7–3 (3–1 AAWU)
Head coach
Captains
Home stadiumParker Stadium
Multnomah Stadium (Portland)
Seasons
← 1965
1967 →
1966 Athletic Association of Western Universities football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
USC $ 4 1 0 7 4 0
No. 5 UCLA 3 1 0 9 1 0
Oregon State 3 1 0 7 3 0
Washington 4 3 0 6 4 0
California 2 3 0 3 7 0
Oregon 1 3 0 3 7 0
Washington State 1 3 0 3 7 0
Stanford 1 4 0 5 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1966 Oregon State Beavers football team represented Oregon State University during the 1966 NCAA University Division football season. Four home games were played on campus in Corvallis at Parker Stadium and two at Multnomah Stadium in Portland.[1]

Under second-year head coach Dee Andros, the Beavers were 7–3 overall and 3–1 in the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU, later Pacific-8 Conference, or Pac-8). Only one of the four conference teams from the state of California was on the schedule; champion USC shut out OSU in Portland.[1]

Following a 1–3 start, OSU won its last six games,[2] and were ranked nineteenth in the final UPI Coaches Poll.[3][4]

The starting quarterbacks this season were senior Paul Brothers and sophomore Steve Preece.[5][6][7] Workhorse senior fullback Pete Pifer became the school's all-time leading rusher, overtaking Sam Baker.[8]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 17at Michigan*L 0–4156,907
September 24at Iowa*W 17–343,276
October 1No. 5 USCL 0–2129,217
October 8Northwestern*L 6–1422,497
October 15Idaho*dagger
  • Parker Stadium
  • Corvallis, Oregon [5]
W 14–716,144
October 22at Arizona State*W 18–1729,118
October 29at Washington StateW 41–1318,500
November 5Arizona*
  • Multnomah Stadium
  • Portland, Oregon [8]
W 31–1213,067
November 12Washington
  • Parker Stadium
  • Corvallis, Oregon [14]
W 24–1221,347
November 19Oregon
W 20–1523,700
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
Source:[15]

Roster

1966 Oregon State Beavers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
HB 33 Jerry Belcher So
QB 19 Paul Brothers Sr
SE 84 Roger Cantlon So
C 52 John Didion Sr
C 51 Rockne Freitas Sr
WB 26 Bob Grim (C) Sr
SE 90 Harry Gunner Jr
T 79 Jeff Hardrath Jr
WB 22 Billy Main So
G 63 Dave Marlette Jr
FB 48 Pete Pifer Sr
QB 14 Steve Preece So
G 60 Joe Reid Sr
T 73 Kent Scott So
G 62 Clyde Smith So
T 74 Roger Stalick So
TE 88 Mike Sullivan Sr
HB 21 Don Summers So
T 75 Jim Wilkin Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 86 Tom Coccione Sr
DG 64 Skip Diaz Sr
S 23 Scott Eaton Sr
LB 46 Bill Enyart So
DE 82 Mike Foote So
DG 78 Mark Gartung Sr
LB 57 Jim Godfrey Jr
DT 67 Tom Greerty Jr
DE 80 Greg Hartman Sr
LB 44 Russ Kuhns (C) Sr
DT 66 Jess Lewis So
DB 24 Charlie Olds Jr
DT 65 Dennis Rozario Sr
DG 71 Jon Sandstrom So
LB 42 Skip Vanderbundt Jr
DB 25 Don Welch So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 19 Paul Brothers Sr
PK 17 Mike Haggard Jr
P 89 Gary Houser Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
  • Redshirt
Source:[16]

Game summaries

Oregon

Civil War
1 234Total
Oregon 0 0015 15
• Oregon St 3 1007 20

On a very muddy field at Parker Stadium, Beaver fullback Pete Pifer became the first in AAWU history to run for more than 1,000 yards in two consecutive seasons with 130 yards on 31 carries. Pifer and his backfield teammates, Paul Brothers and Bob Grim, combined for 284 total yards of the Beavers' offense.[2][17]

References

  1. ^ a b c Hoefflin, Walter (October 2, 1966). "Beavers lose Pac-8 opener". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1B.
  2. ^ a b c Uhrhammer, Jerry (November 20, 1966). "'Too Much' Triplets pace Beavers' victory". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1B.
  3. ^ Meyers, Jeff (November 29, 1966). "Notre Dame is No. 1 in final UPI balloting". Reading Eagle. Pennsylvania. UPI. p. 26.
  4. ^ "Irish ride USC win to 1st". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). AP, UPI. November 29, 1966. p. 3B.
  5. ^ a b Hoefflin, Walter (October 16, 1966). "Preece sparks OSU's victory". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1B.
  6. ^ a b "Beavers rally to nip Devils". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. October 23, 1966. p. 1B.
  7. ^ a b "Beavers win 3rd straight". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. October 30, 1966. p. 2B.
  8. ^ a b "Pifer's yards spark Beavers". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. November 6, 1966. p. 1B.
  9. ^ "Beavers mangled by 41-0". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. September 18, 1966. p. 1B.
  10. ^ "OSU throttles Iowa for Beavers' first". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. September 25, 1966. p. 1B.
  11. ^ Hoefflin, Walter (October 9, 1966). "Wildcat passes surprise Beavers, 14-6". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 3B.
  12. ^ Wilson, Mike (October 30, 1966). "Beavers swamp Cougars". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 12.
  13. ^ Missildine, Harry (October 30, 1966). "Beavers rip Cougars". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1, sports.
  14. ^ Hoefflin, Walter (November 13, 1966). "Beavers stun Huskies, 24–13". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1B.
  15. ^ 2011 Oregon State football media guide.
  16. ^ "WSU vs. OSU". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). (rosters). October 28, 1966. p. 13.
  17. ^ 50 Years of College Football: A Modern History of America's Most Colorful Sport. Boyles, Bob and Paul Guido. 2007 Aug 1.