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NCAAF Oregon State Beavers

General Information

  • NCAA Division: Division I
  • Conference: Pac-12
  • City: Corvallis, Oregon
  • Stadium: Reser Stadium

Championships

  • National Championships: None
  • Conference Titles:7
  • Division Titles: None
  • Bowl Record: 12-7

Past Conferences

  • Pacific Coast Conference (1915–1958)
  • Independent(1959–1963)
  • Pac-12 Conference (1964–present)

Oregon State Beavers Football History

The Oregon State Beavers had its inaugural season in 1893. The Beavers won their first two conference championships in 1893 and 1897. The Beavers joined the Pacific Coast Conference in 1916. The Beavers were rather average before Paul Schissler was hired in 1924. He led the Beavers to six winning seasons during his nine-year stint. He left in 1932 with a 48-30-2 record during his stint.

Lon Stiner coached the Beavers from 1933-1948. The Beavers had just three losing seasons while Stiner was at the helm. Their best season came in 1939 when they finished with a 9-1-1 overall record. In 1942 they finished with an 8-2 record and beat Duke in the Rose Bowl. Stiner was out after the 1948 season, compiling a 74-49-17 overall record.

Tommy Prothro got the job in 1955 after a six-year stint with Kip Taylor. Prothro served as head coach for 10 seasons and led the Beavers to seven winning seasons and only one losing season. Prothro led the Beavers to three bowl games during his 10-year stint including two Rose Bowl appearances. In 1956, they finished 7-3-1 and lost the Rose Bowl to Iowa. They returned to the Rose Bowl in 1964 where they were beaten by Michigan. Prothro left Oregon State after the 1964 season to become head coach at UCLA. He finished with a 63-37-2 overall record.

Dee Andros was hired to coach the Beavers in 1965. Andros led the Beavers to a winning record in five straight seasons from 1966-1970. Unfortunately, the Beavers went 13-42 over his last five seasons. He was out after the 1975 season after compiling a 51-64 overall record.

The Beavers would go nearly 25 years without posting a winning record. Dennis Erickson began coaching at Oregon State in 1999. He led the Beavers to a 7-5 record and earned a trip to the Oahu Classic. They lost 23-17 to Hawaii. The year 2000 proved to be one of the best seasons in program history. The Beavers finished with an 11-1 overall record and ended the season with a 41-9 blowout win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. The 2002 season proved to be successful for the Beavers. They finished 8-4 and appeared in the Insight Bowl and lost to Pittsburgh. Erickson was out after the 2002 season and accrued a 31-17 record during his time at Oregon State.

Mike Riley served his second stint as the head coach at Oregon State from 2003-2014. They went 8-5 and won the Las Vegas Bowl in his first season back at the helm. In 2004, they finished 7-5 and won the Insight Bowl. 2006-2008 is one of the best three-season runs in Beavers’ history.

In 2006, they finished with a 10-4 record. They went on to beat Missouri 39-38 in the Sun Bowl. In 2007 and 2008 the Beavers finished with identical 9-4 records. The 2007 season ended with the Beavers beating Maryland 21-14 in the Emerald Bowl. The 2008 season ended with the Beavers beating Pittsburg 3-0 in a defensive struggle. The Beavers appeared in three more bowl games under Riley. In 2013, they beat Boise State 38-23 in the Hawaii Bowl. Riley left for Nebraska after the 2014 season. He finished his career at Oregon State with a 93-80 career record.

Jonathan Smith was named head coach in 2018 after a three-year stint with Gary Andersen. The Beavers finished with a 9-22 record through his first three seasons. In his fourth season, he led the Beavers to a 7-6 overall record. They lost to Utah State in the LA Bowl. In 2022, Smith led the Beavers to a 10-3 overall record. They went on to beat Florida 30-3 in the Las Vegas Bowl.

All Time Stats

Passing Yards

  • Sean Mannion: 13,600
  • Derek Anderson: 11,249
  • Jonathan Smith: 9,680
  • Erik Wilhelm: 9,393
  • Sean Canfield: 5,970

Rushing Yards

  • Ken Simonton: 5,044
  • Jacquizz Rodgers: 3,877
  • Yvenson Bernard: 3,862
  • Steven Jackson: 3,625
  • Jermar Jefferson: 2,923

Receiving Yards

  • Mike Hass: 3,924
  • James Newson: 3,572
  • Brandin Cooks: 3,272
  • Markus Wheaton: 2,994
  • Sammie Stroughter: 2,653

What is the highest win total in program history?

The 2000 Oregon State Beavers finished with 11 wins for the first time in school history. They were led by head coach Dennis Erickson and running back Ken Simonton. The Beavers won the Pac and finished the season by winning the Fiesta Bowl.

What was the worst season in program history?

The 2017 Beavers finished with a 1-11 overall record and a 0-9 conference record under head coach Gary Andersen.

How many bowl games have the Beavers appeared in?

The Beavers have played in 19 total bowl games and currently have a 12-7 record in those games. Their 2022 season concluded with them beating the Florida Gators 30-3 in the Las Vegas Bowl.
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