Oregon State (5-3) at U-C-L-A (3-5)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 8th, 6:07 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Rose Bowl (91,500) -- Los Angeles, California.
Television:FSN-P. Home Record: OSU 4-0, UCLA 3-2. Away Record: OSU 1-3, UCLA
0-3. Neutral Record: OSU 0-0, UCLA 0-0. Conference Record: OSU 4-1, UCLA 2-3.
Series Record: UCLA leads, 39-13-4.
GAME NOTES: The Oregon State Beavers still control their own destiny in the
Pac-10 and they will try to keep that intact this weekend against the UCLA
Bruins at the Rose Bowl. The Beavers continued their winning ways this past
weekend, as they edged Arizona State 27-25. It was the third win in a row for
OSU, which is now one victory away from earning bowl eligibility for the third
straight season. The victory also pushed the Beavers to 4-1 in conference
play, leaving them a half-game back of USC, a team they upset earlier this
season, for first place. As for UCLA, it was idle this past weekend following
a 41-20 loss at California on October 25th. The Bruins have alternated wins
and losses over their last four games and stand at 3-5 overall and 2-3 within
the conference. The team has had all of its success at home, posting a 3-2
mark and a 2-1 ledger versus conference foes. UCLA leads the head-to-head
series with OSU, 39-13-4, and it has captured the last five meetings.
The Beavers have been extremely efficient on offense this season, turning the
ball over just 11 times, while averaging 33.6 ppg and 425.5 total ypg. The
unit has had success on the ground (165.6 ypg) and even more through the air
(259.9 ypg) and has surrendered just nine sacks. Last weekend, OSU rolled up
370 total yards, including 261 passing, in a 27-25 win over Arizona State.
Freshman Jacquizz Rodgers, the Pac-10's leading rusher, toted 30 times for 133
yards in the victory. He has enjoyed quite a rookie campaign with 945 yards
and six scores on the ground and 231 more yards through the air on 24 catches.
Quarterback Lyle Moevao, however, hurt his shoulder last weekend and had to
give way to Sean Canfield, who stepped up and threw for 218 yards and a pair
of touchdowns. Moevao, listed as day-to-day, is one of the top passers in the
Pac-10, averaging 227.8 ypg. He has done a nice job spreading out the ball
between the trio of Sammie Stroughter, Shane Morales and James Rodgers, whom
have combined for 119 catches, 1,533 yards and 15 touchdowns. Each did their
part last weekend, with James Rodgers posting eight catches for 102 yards and
Stroughter logging six receptions for 70 yards and a score. Morales was
limited to just three grabs for 31 yards, but he had a pair of touchdowns.
OSU has done a sound job on defense and that group is limiting opposing
offenses to 23.9 ppg and just 302.5 total ypg. The defense has fared well
versus the run (120.0 ypg) and pass (182.5 ypg) and has forced 14 turnovers
and registered 20 sacks. Last weekend, the Beavers did another solid job on
defense, as they held Arizona State to just 295 total yards. The unit also
came up with five sacks, while preserving the victory with an interception on
a game-tying two-point conversion attempt in the closing moments. Victor
Butler had a big game in the win, as he posted eight tackles, 2.5 sacks and a
forced fumble. Slade Norris added 1.5 sacks to go with three TFLs, and Greg
Laybourn notched eight stops. On the season, Laybourn tops the roster with 70
tackles, while Butler and Norris have combined for 11 sacks and 22 TFLs.
The Bruins haven't had all that much success on the offensive side of things,
as they are producing just 20.4 ppg behind 300.9 total ypg. The biggest
problem has been the ground attack, which is managing just 81.5 ppg and only
2.7 yards per carry. In the team's last outing, UCLA gained just 253 total
yards, including a mere 16 on the ground, in a 41-20 loss to Cal. Quarterback
Kevin Craft threw for 206 yards on 17-of-35 tosses, but he was picked off four
times in the setback. It was an extremely poor effort by Craft, who is
averaging 215.5 ypg this season, but with only seven touchdowns and 11 picks.
Terrence Austin has been his main target with 37 catches for 369 yards, while
Ryan Moya has posted 31 receptions for 298 yards and a team-high three
touchdowns. In the backfield, UCLA has yet to have a single player rush for
200 yards this season, fully displaying its struggles on the ground.
On the defensive side of the ball the Bruins haven't been all that productive
either, giving up 30.6 ppg and 361.4 total ypg. UCLA not only has had trouble
slowing down the run, yielding 188.8 ypg, but it has also struggled to create
turnovers, generating only nine thus far. In the team's last appearance, the
Bruins gave up 385 total yards, including 232 on the ground, in a loss to Cal.
The defense failed to record a single turnover, but on a positive note, it did
manage three sacks. Korey Bosworth accounted for two of those sacks, bringing
his season total to a team-high 5.5. He also ranks second the squad with 9.0
The Beavers hold the advantage on both sides of the ball, but the Bruins have
owned them over the past few years. Despite having an extra week to prepare,
UCLA won't be able to fend off OSU, which has explosive players on offense as
well as defense.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oregon State 28, UCLA 18
11/05 10:28:15 ET