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October 31, 2009 | Chris Foster
UCLA's football program is closing in on history, though not the kind anyone involved in the program would want to write home about. However, on a positive note, the Bruins have not lost to Oregon State at Corvallis since 1999. Times staff writer Chris Foster examines the game's key matchups and issues: "O" my October starts with a big "O" and, for the Bruins, could end with one as well. This is the 34th time UCLA has played five football games in one month. Only once -- in 1992 -- did they lose all five on the field.
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September 22, 2012 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
Oregon State receiver Markus Wheaton tries to sell it. "We have a lot of guys who can make plays," he said. "Any one of them can fill the big-play role. " One guy who is not buying is UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. He knows full well what Wheaton can do. The first varsity pass Hundley threw at Chandler (Ariz.) High was a 50-yard completion to Wheaton. "That's my boy right there," Hundley said. "He's one of the fastest guys in the Pac-12 right now. He's blowing up, doing big things.
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October 23, 2009 | David Wharton
As time ran down, right there on the field, James Rodgers could not hold back the tears. "I wanted to win so badly," he says. "However many minutes were left, I was going to give it my all." From across the huddle, Jacquizz Rodgers could see his brother getting emotional. "Man," he says, "that touched me a little bit." All game long, the Rodgers had taken turns making big plays -- James at receiver, Jacquizz at tailback -- nudging Oregon State into the lead against top-ranked USC. Now they made a pact, no words spoken, just a glance.
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July 26, 2011 | By Douglas Farmer
Expect Washington's football team to have a new look this season. Out is the pass, since the Huskies don't have Jake Locker at quarterback anymore. In is the run, since the Huskies have running back Chris Polk , a senior from Redlands East Valley High. Polk has 2,528 yards rushing over the last two seasons, so he is no stranger to leading on the field. Off the field is a different matter. "I can't be the guy in the back anymore," he said Tuesday during the Pacific 12 Conference media day interviews in Los Angeles.
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August 17, 2010 | Chris Dufresne
The Times' Chris Dufresne unveils his preseason college football top 25, one day (and team) at a time. No. 16 Oregon State This ranking is more a program achievement award than a realistic expectation the Beavers can stay here for the duration. Or, in case you haven't heard, this was the year Oregon State decided to play two non-conference games, away from home, against top-10 schools that could win the national title. What other program that has already "made it" puts itself in this kind of precarious position?
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September 22, 2012 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
Oregon State receiver Markus Wheaton tries to sell it. "We have a lot of guys who can make plays," he said. "Any one of them can fill the big-play role. " One guy who is not buying is UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. He knows full well what Wheaton can do. The first varsity pass Hundley threw at Chandler (Ariz.) High was a 50-yard completion to Wheaton. "That's my boy right there," Hundley said. "He's one of the fastest guys in the Pac-12 right now. He's blowing up, doing big things.
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November 1, 2009 | Chris Foster
UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince came to the sideline, slipping past the pats on the back. He went to a red phone, talked to offensive coordinator Norm Chow, then listened to what Coach Rick Neuheisel had to say. "It's up to you to win this game," Neuheisel shouted. The game was put in Prince's hands with 44 seconds left -- and ended with him on the ground, unaware that his final pass had found wide receiver Taylor Embree, who was stopped well short of the goal line. Oregon State players whooped it up after holding on for a 26-19 victory Saturday at Reser Stadium.
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September 27, 2009 | Associated Press
Blair Walsh kicked a 37-yard field goal on the final play and No. 21 Georgia escaped an upset, beating Arizona State, 20-17, Saturday at Athens, Ga., on another big night for A.J. Green. Green caught eight passes for 153 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown in the first quarter that sparked Georgia to an early 14-3 lead. After the Sun Devils rallied, the sophomore receiver played a little defense, getting his left elbow on Bobby Wenzig's 38-yard field-goal attempt that could have put the Sun Devils ahead with 4:21 left.
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October 4, 2009 | Associated Press
Jeremiah Masoli threw for 116 yards and a touchdown and ran for one touchdown before sitting out the second half in No. 16 Oregon's 52-6 victory over Washington State on Saturday night at Eugene, Ore. Ed Dickson had seven catches for 103 yards and a touchdown for the Ducks (4-1 overall, 2-0 in Pacific 10 Conference play). The Cougars (1-4, 0-3) were held to 139 yards. Oregon had 505 yards. Freshman quarterback Jeff Tuel made his first start but completed only one of two passes in the first quarter before he was knocked out by a hard sack.
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October 24, 2009 | Gary Klein
Quizz knows Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers is no mystery to the Trojans, but that won't make it easier to contain him. At 5 feet 7 (or shorter), Rodgers darted his way to 186 yards against USC last season, and had a career-best 189 in a victory over Stanford two weeks ago. He is averaging 116 yards rushing a game. USC Coach Pete Carroll this week compared Rodgers with Emmitt Smith, Eric Dickerson and Barry Sanders. "Those guys always knew how to set up the defense," Carroll said.
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October 13, 2010 | Chris Dufresne
Hey all you rank rankers, it really wasn't that hard: Auburn beat South Carolina, which beat Alabama. So Auburn is No. 8 this week, followed by South Carolina and Alabama. Oregon State defeated Arizona, so it moves ahead of 'Zona, which stays ahead of Iowa. OK, time for lunch. Boise State, our No.1 since Day One, could be No. 1 in Sunday's first Bowl Championship Series standings, which would at least temporarily halt the hate male (me) to my Idaho in-box. Note to 'Bama fans bemoaning steep drop to No. 10: In 2003, Louisiana State rallied from No. 12 in the first BCS standings to win the national title.
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August 17, 2010 | Chris Dufresne
The Times' Chris Dufresne unveils his preseason college football top 25, one day (and team) at a time. No. 16 Oregon State This ranking is more a program achievement award than a realistic expectation the Beavers can stay here for the duration. Or, in case you haven't heard, this was the year Oregon State decided to play two non-conference games, away from home, against top-10 schools that could win the national title. What other program that has already "made it" puts itself in this kind of precarious position?
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November 1, 2009 | Chris Foster
UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince came to the sideline, slipping past the pats on the back. He went to a red phone, talked to offensive coordinator Norm Chow, then listened to what Coach Rick Neuheisel had to say. "It's up to you to win this game," Neuheisel shouted. The game was put in Prince's hands with 44 seconds left -- and ended with him on the ground, unaware that his final pass had found wide receiver Taylor Embree, who was stopped well short of the goal line. Oregon State players whooped it up after holding on for a 26-19 victory Saturday at Reser Stadium.
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November 1, 2009 | Chris Foster
They don't make quarterback controversies like they used to. UCLA's Kevin Prince played . . . and soared some near the end of a 26-19 loss. And, as promised, Richard Brehaut played in the first half -- though barely, and was not seen again. Brehaut got four plays in the second quarter, getting sacked and fumbling on the last one. Prince rallied the Bruins from a 19-3 deficit in the fourth quarter. "Kevin did a great job," said Brehaut, a freshman. "He was doing everything he could to help this team win. That's the most important thing right now."
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October 31, 2009 | Chris Foster
UCLA's football program is closing in on history, though not the kind anyone involved in the program would want to write home about. However, on a positive note, the Bruins have not lost to Oregon State at Corvallis since 1999. Times staff writer Chris Foster examines the game's key matchups and issues: "O" my October starts with a big "O" and, for the Bruins, could end with one as well. This is the 34th time UCLA has played five football games in one month. Only once -- in 1992 -- did they lose all five on the field.
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October 28, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC quarterback Matt Barkley was only a modest Halloween fan as a child, never straying too far from character when choosing his costume. "Usually always a football player or something," Barkley said Tuesday. Barkley, then, should feel comfortable Saturday night when the fourth-ranked Trojans, who are fifth in the Bowl Championship Series standings, play at No. 10 Oregon. Of course, a zealous crowd at Autzen Stadium is expected to do everything it can to unnerve the freshman.
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October 11, 2009 | Associated Press
Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers ran for a career-high 189 yards and four touchdowns in the Beavers' 38-28 victory over Stanford on Saturday at Corvallis, Ore. The loss ended a three-game winning streak and dropped Stanford (4-2, 3-1) out of the top spot in the Pacific-10 Conference. Rodgers' four rushing touchdowns in the game matched a school record held by several others. His older brother, James Rodgers, caught five passes for 71 yards and another score for Oregon State (4-2, 2-1)
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July 26, 2011 | By Douglas Farmer
Expect Washington's football team to have a new look this season. Out is the pass, since the Huskies don't have Jake Locker at quarterback anymore. In is the run, since the Huskies have running back Chris Polk , a senior from Redlands East Valley High. Polk has 2,528 yards rushing over the last two seasons, so he is no stranger to leading on the field. Off the field is a different matter. "I can't be the guy in the back anymore," he said Tuesday during the Pacific 12 Conference media day interviews in Los Angeles.
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October 27, 2009 | Gary Klein
A week after exonerating USC safety Taylor Mays for a penalty that was called against him at Notre Dame, the Pacific 10 Conference on Monday suspended an official for not calling a facemask penalty against the two-time All-American. The conference did not identify the official who made no call when Mays hit Oregon State receiver James Rodgers after a touchdown catch in the Trojans' 42-36 victory over the Beavers on Saturday at the Coliseum. Rodgers' helmet came off as a result of the hit. "We have taken this action in light of the blatant and dangerous nature of the missed call," Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.
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October 24, 2009 | Gary Klein
Quizz knows Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers is no mystery to the Trojans, but that won't make it easier to contain him. At 5 feet 7 (or shorter), Rodgers darted his way to 186 yards against USC last season, and had a career-best 189 in a victory over Stanford two weeks ago. He is averaging 116 yards rushing a game. USC Coach Pete Carroll this week compared Rodgers with Emmitt Smith, Eric Dickerson and Barry Sanders. "Those guys always knew how to set up the defense," Carroll said.
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