Emerald Bowl Opponent

December 03, 2007

Oregon State Beavers

2007 record 8-4 overall, 6-3 Pacific-10 Conference

Coach Mike Riley, 46-28 in seven seasons at Oregon State. This is his second stint at the school. He was head coach of the San Diego Chargers for three seasons, going 14-34 from 1999-2001.

Top offensive players Senior running back Yvenson Bernard (237 carries for 1,037 yards and 12 TDs) is second on team with 36 catches. ... Sophomore quarterback Sean Canfield is 157-for-272 for 1,593 yards and eight TDs. He has thrown 14 interceptions.

Top defensive players Senior linebacker Derrick Doggett leads the team in tackles (85) and interceptions (four). ... Victor Butler has 9 1/2 sacks, and fellow junior defensive end Slade Norris has nine sacks.

Of note This will be the seventh bowl game in the past nine seasons for Oregon State. ... Riley is 3-0 in bowls for the Beavers. ... Oregon State won the 111th Civil War against Oregon on Saturday, a 38-31 thriller in two overtimes. ... Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson played for the Beavers, as did Cleveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson, a former Raven.

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