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Beavers Look to Tame Cougars on the Palouse

Beavers Look to Tame Cougars on the Palouse

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FIRST TRIP TO PULLMAN: This the Beavers first trip to Pullman since No. 20 OSU defeated the Cougars 42-10 on a blustery Nov. 21, 2009 day in front of 16,167 fans. Two current Beavers played in that game: Michael Philipp started at right tackle and Jovan Stevenson, both true freshman, played running back accounting for 61 yards and a late fourth quarter touchdown on a three-yard run. Jacquizz Rodgers led the Beaver attack with 165 yards rushing and two touchdowns, while Sean Canfield passed for 231 yards and two touchdowns. WSU leads the overall series 48-46-3, but OSU has won five of the last six, including a 44-21 win in 2011 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

LONG RIVALRY: The Beavs-Cougs rivalry is one of the lengthier ones in the Pac-12 Conference, ranking tied for sixth in terms of number of games played with 97. Here is a look at the most contested games – Civil War (116), Big Game (115), Apple Cup (105), UW vs. UO (105), Cal vs. USC (99), OSU vs. WSU (97), OSU vs. UW (97). This is the deepest into the season that the Beavers and Cougars have played with both teams boasting more wins than loses since an Oct. 25, 2003 meeting in Pullman that featured the No. 22 5-2 Beavers against the No. 6 6-1 Cougars – WSU won that game 36-30.

ROAD BEAVERS: OSU is currently in a stretch where it plays just one home game over a six-week span. Following Saturday’s game the Beavers finish the current span with a game at California. It’s the first time OSU has played three of its first four conference games on the road since the 1998 team opened the year with three away games. Following the game at Cal, the Beavers will have just one remaining trip that requires a charter flight (@ ASU), while all remaining Pac-12 teams have at least two with Utah, Colorado, USC and Arizona State each having three.

A LONG NIGHT IN THE PALOUSE: It figures to be a long night with two of the most prolific passing teams in the nation battling it out. OSU ranks second in the nation for passing yards per game at 420.7 while WSU is eighth at 359.7. The Beavers’ average would erase the current Pac-12 record of 373.4 yards per game by Arizona State in 2005 and would be the 11th-highest average in NCAA history. All of that means even a longer night for the Beavers as the team returned from earlier road games at Utah at 4:30 a.m. PDT (5:30 a.m. MDT) and 3 a.m. from San Diego State.

FULL PREVIEW: OSUBEAVERS.COM

 

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