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               === Beavers host Golden Bears in Pac-12 action ===
 
 Corvallis, OR (Sports Network) - The No. 15 Oregon State Beavers finish up
 their season with the first of two home games this weekend, when the
 California Golden Bears come to Reser Stadium for a Pac-12 bout.
 
 A largely disappointing season for California will come to a close in this
 matchup as there are no more games left on the schedule, and with the Golden
 Bears just 3-8 overall this season, no postseason. It will be the second time
 in the last three seasons that California has failed to earn a bowl invite
 after a seven-season streak in postseason play from 2003-2009.
 
 "The bowl game situation is obviously disappointing. It is not something we
 are used to," said head coach Jeff Tedford while looking towards the future.
 "We have a good group of young guys, from the offensive line to the skill
 players you saw today. I am very committed to getting the program back to
 where it needs to be."
 
 Tedford's coaching seat has been heating up in recent years so it remains to
 be seen if he will still be around in Berkeley to complete a turnaround.
 
 The surprising season for Oregon State hit another road block last week when
 the Beavers came up short on the road to another nationally ranked team in
 Stanford. The 27-23 loss dropped Oregon State to 7-2 overall. This matchup for
 the Beavers is just an appetizer for the Civil War in the season finale next
 weekend when the Beavers host the No. 1 Oregon Ducks in a game that will have
 much more than instate bragging rights on the line.
 
 It has been more than 100 years since these teams first met up on the
 gridiron. In that time there have been 64 total meetings, 34 of which
 California has won, including a 23-6 victory last season.
 
 The backfield tandem of C.J. Anderson and Isi Sofele has been the key to
 California's limited success on offense. Although they rank near the middle of
 the conference in both scoring and total offense, the Golden Bears are the
 fourth most productive rushing team (182.4 ypg). Both Anderson and Sofele have
 been the primary cogs in the California rushing machine. Anderson leads the
 team with 729 yards and four touchdowns. Sofele has started seven games and
 has led the team in carries (128) but is behind Anderson with 653 yards and
 three scores.
 
 The passing game was not overly productive this season before it lost lead
 receiver Keenan Allen for the last two games. On the season the Golden Bears
 are averaging only 215.2 yards passing. After Allen, Chris Harper is the next
 best option. Harper has brought in 38 passes for 515 yards and a pair of
 touchdowns.
 
 Allen's loss is not the only bad news for the passing game. Joining Allen on
 the injury list is quarterback Zach Maynard, listed as doubtful with a knee
 injury this week. Maynard's backup is Allan Bridgford, who has completed just
 13-of-37 pass attempts for 145 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in
 limited minutes this season.
 
 California has played tough on defense for stretches but its overall body of
 work is not all that impressive. The Golden Bears are the third from last in
 the Pac-12 in total yards allowed (430.5 ypg) and just slightly better in
 scoring defense (30.5 ppg, ninth).
 
 The quarterback situation at Oregon State was far from a concern a few weeks
 ago. However after opening day starter Sean Mannion was injured in early
 October a quarterback controversy has begun to brew. Cody Vaz filled in for
 Mannion in that first game Mannion missed and threw for 332 yards and three
 touchdowns in a road win over BYU. Since then Vaz has taken the majority of
 the snaps and started four of the five games. Vaz is listed as questionable
 for Saturday's game with an ankle injury.
 
 "The situation is pretty obvious. Cody's hurt and Sean is chomping at the bit
 and ready to go," head coach Mike Riley said about his quarterbacks. "As far
 as the role they'll play we'll have to play it out and go day to day."
 
 Riley admitted that he is still uncertain about who he will give the start to
 on Saturday but did say that two days of practice would be enough for Vaz to
 get the nod.
 
 Regardless of who plays at quarterback, the Beavers' passing game will go only
 as far as Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks takes it. Wheaton has been both
 Vaz and Mannion's favored target with a team-high 61 receptions for 878 yards
 and nine touchdowns this season. Cooks has also excelled with a team-high 988
 yards on 57 receptions. Starting running back Storm Woods (25 receptions, 191
 yards) is the only other player on the roster with more than 18 receptions.
 
 Woods has not been an overly productive back this season but has played well
 enough. He has rushed for 634 yards and six touchdowns and is averaging a
 healthy 4.8 yards per carry.
 
 While its offense has not been in line with some of the more elite teams in
 the Pac-12, the defense has been as effective as any in the conference. The
 Beavers are allowing the second fewest points per game in the Pac-12 (19.1
 ppg) and the fourth fewest total yards (347.7 ypg). The Beavers are especially
 strong against the run, where they rank behind only Stanford (99.7 yapg).
 
 The defense up front has been stout with the play of Scott Chricton (15.0
 tackles for loss, 9.0 sacks) and Michael Doctor (56 tackles, 6.0 tackles for
 loss). However, the secondary has perhaps the most dynamic playmakers.
 Cornerback Rashaad Reynolds leads the team in tackles (57) and pass breakups
 (12) and has collected three interceptions, while fellow cornerback Jordan
 Poyer has brought in a Pac-12 leading five picks.
 
 
 
 
 11/14 11:06:01 ET

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