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 coach
Offensive coordinatorDanny Langsdorf (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorMark Banker (6th season)
Captains
Home stadiumReser Stadium
(Capacity: 45,674)
Seasons
← 2007
2009 →
2008 Pacific-10 Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 3 USC $   8 1     12 1  
No. 10 Oregon   7 2     10 3  
No. 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.

Postseason

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.

Schedule

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

Roster

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
  • 25 Casey Kjos – Sophomore
  • 46 Aaron Nichols – Sophomore
  • 80 Damola Adeniji – Junior
  • 84 Taylor Kavanaugh – Junior
  • 89 Shawn 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 summaries

Stanford

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

See also: 2008 Stanford Cardinal football team

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 State

See also: 2008 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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

Hawaiʻi

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

See also: 2008 Hawaii Warriors football team

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.

USC

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

See also: 2008 USC Trojans football team

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]

Utah

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

See also: 2008 Utah Utes football team

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 State

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

See also: 2008 Washington State Cougars football team

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.

Washington

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

See also: 2008 Washington Huskies football team

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 State

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

See also: 2008 Arizona State Sun Devils football team

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.

UCLA

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

See also: 2008 UCLA Bruins football team

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

California

See also: 2008 California Golden Bears football team

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

Arizona

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

See also: 2008 Arizona Wildcats football team

Oregon

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

Main article: 2008 Oregon vs. Oregon State football game

See also: 2008 Oregon Ducks football team and Oregon–Oregon State football rivalry

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)

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

Main article: 2008 Sun Bowl

See also: 2008 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

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

Rankings

See also: 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings

Ranking movments
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
— = Not ranked.
Week
PollPre1234567891011121314Final
AP2321172519
Coaches2521172418
HarrisNot released211725Not released
BCSNot released2117Not released

Statistics

Team

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 quarter

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

Offense

Rushing

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                  

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Passing

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

Receiving

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                  

Defense

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 teams

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

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