THIS WEEK: Oregon State (2-1) is back on the road this week for its final non-conference game of the season traveling to Qualcomm Stadium to play the San Diego State Aztecs (0-2).

BEAVS GO FOR 100: USC owns the most victories in the Pac-12 Conference this century with 129 (105 with vacated wins), followed by Oregon (126), OSU (99), UCLA (88), Cal (87), Arizona State (87), Stanford (84), Washington (72), Arizona (71), WSU (68).  Utah has 111 victories this century and Colorado has 69.

SERIES: This is only the fourth meeting between the two schools in football, with SDSU leading 2-1 with wins in 1972 (17-8) in San Diego and in 1975 (25-0) in Portland. The Beavers’ lone victory was a 35-3 decision in 2000 that in reality kick started that team to an 11-1 record and the 2000 Fiesta Bowl title. In that 2000 game running back Ken Simonton (currently third for all-time rushing yds in the Pac-12 with 5,044) scored two touchdowns, his backup Patrick McCall tallied one, former Green Bay Packer linebacker all-star Nick Barnett recovered a fumble in the end zone and receiver and NFL standout Chad Johnson scored on a pass from Jonathan Smith. It was Johnson’s first collegiate touchdown. The two teams are scheduled to conclude the home and home series with the Aztecs traveling to Corvallis Sept. 20, 2014.

RILEY RETURNS TO THE QUALCOMM: Beaver head coach Mike Riley left Oregon State after the 1998 season to become the head coach of the San Diego Chargers for the 1999 through 2001 seasons. Beaver defensive coordinator Mark Banker was with the Chargers with Riley serving as the team’s defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach. OSU special teams coordinator Bruce Read served in the same role with the Chargers in those years. Secondary coach Rod Perry was on the San Diego sideline from 1997-2001 as the defensive backs coach. Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh was in a similar role with the Chargers from 1997-98.

FORMER BEAVERS ON OPPOSITE SIDELINE: Third-year SDSU head coach Rocky Long served as Oregon State’s defensive coordinator from 1991-95 and produced some of the school’s top players from that side of the ball. Long also was the coach of New Mexico when the Beavers defeated the Lobos in the 2003 Las Vegas Bowl 55-14. Wide receivers coach LeCharls McDaniel was the special teams/tight ends coach for head coach Mike Riley at OSU for the 2003 and ’04 seasons. Aztec DL coach Osia (OH-say) Lewis played and coached at OSU. Lewis played linebacker for the Beavers and lettered from 1982-85. He made a game-high 19 tackles in OSU’s win at Washington in 1985 (21-20) in what was then the biggest upset in NCAA history at the time as the Beavers were a 37-point underdog. Lewis later coached the linebackers and special teams for the Beavers from 1991-96 on a staff that also included current Michigan head coach Brady Hoke.

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