Oregon State Beavers football
|Oregon State Beavers football|
|Athletic director||Scott Barnes|
1st season, 0–0 (–)
Brian Lindgren (OC)|
Tim Tibesar (DC)
Jake Cookus (ST)
|NCAA division||Division I FBS|
|Conference||Pac-12 (since 1964)|
|Division||North (since 2011)|
Independent (1893–1899, 1902–1915)|
PCC (1916–1942, 1945–1958)
|All-time record||534–582–50 (.479)|
|Bowl record||11–6 (.647)|
|Conference titles||5 (1941, 1956, 1957, 1964, 2000)|
|Rivalries||Oregon Ducks (rivalry)|
|Heisman winners||1 (Terry Baker)|
Orange and Black|
|Fight song||Hail to Old OSU|
|Marching band||Oregon State University Marching Band|
The Oregon State Beavers football team represents Oregon State University in NCAA Division I FBS college football. The team first fielded an organized football team in 1893 and is a member of the Pac-12 Conference's North Division. Jonathan Smith has been the head coach since November 29, 2017. Their home games are played at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.
Football at Oregon State University started in 1893 shortly after athletics were initially authorized at the college. Athletics were banned prior May 1892, but when the strict school president, Benjamin Arnold, died, President John Bloss reversed the ban. Bloss's son William started the first team, on which he served as both coach and quarterback. The team's first game was an easy 63–0 defeat over the home team, Albany College.
The university has been in several athletic conferences. Prior to 1902, and in-between the Pacific Coast Conference and Pac-12 Conference (then called the Pacific-8 Conference), OSU played as an independent school.
The Beavers play their home games at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. It was originally called Parker Stadium when it was constructed in 1953, and had a capacity of 25,000. Parker Stadium was renamed Reser Stadium in June 1999. Major renovations from 2005–2016 increased the stadium's capacity to 43,363, which is the current capacity.
Oregon State University's primary rival is the University of Oregon. The two schools enjoy a fierce and long-standing rivalry due to the proximity of the two campuses. The University of Oregon is in Eugene, Oregon, about 40 miles south of Corvallis. The teams first matched up on the gridiron in 1894 and have been playing each other almost every year since. The rivalry game between the two schools is called the "Civil War" and is traditionally the last game of each season. They have played each other 121 times which makes it the seventh-oldest college football rivalry game.
Oregon State has won five conference titles, done through three different conferences, although two of them have links to the current Pac-12 Conference, as the conference claims the history of the PCC as their own, and the Athletic Association of Western Universities was the first name for the conference that later became the Pac-12 Conference.
|Year||Conference||Coach||Overall record||Conference record|
|1941||Pacific Coast Conference||Lon Stiner||8–2||7–2|
|1956||Pacific Coast Conference||Tommy Prothro||7–3–1||6–1–1|
|1957||Pacific Coast Conference||Tommy Prothro||8–2||6–2|
|1964||Athletic Association of Western Universities||Tommy Prothro||8–3||3–1|
|2000||Pac-10 Conference||Dennis Erickson||11–1||7–1|
Oregon State University has played in 17 postseason bowl games. The Beavers have also played in the Mirage Bowl, but this was a regular season game and a "bowl" in name only, not a post-season invitational bowl game. The 17 bowl game total does not include an invitation to play in the Gotham Bowl in 1960, when no opponent could be found for Oregon State. The Beavers are 11–6 in bowl game appearances.
|1939||Lon Stiner||Pineapple Bowl||Hawaii||W 39–6|
|1941||Lon Stiner||Rose Bowl||Duke||W 20–16|
|1948||Lon Stiner||Pineapple Bowl||Hawaii||W 47–27|
|1956||Tommy Prothro||Rose Bowl||Iowa||L 19–35|
|1962||Tommy Prothro||Liberty Bowl||Villanova||W 6–0|
|1964||Tommy Prothro||Rose Bowl||Michigan||L 7–34|
|1999||Dennis Erickson||Oahu Bowl||Hawaii||L 17–23|
|2000||Dennis Erickson||Fiesta Bowl||Notre Dame||W 41–9|
|2002||Dennis Erickson||Insight Bowl||Pittsburgh||L 13–38|
|2003||Mike Riley||Las Vegas Bowl||New Mexico||W 55–14|
|2004||Mike Riley||Insight Bowl||Notre Dame||W 38–21|
|2006||Mike Riley||Sun Bowl||Missouri||W 39–38|
|2007||Mike Riley||Emerald Bowl||Maryland||W 21–14|
|2008||Mike Riley||Sun Bowl||Pittsburgh||W 3–0|
|2009||Mike Riley||Las Vegas Bowl||BYU||L 20–44|
|2012||Mike Riley||Alamo Bowl||Texas||L 27–31|
|2013||Mike Riley||Hawaii Bowl||Boise State||W 38–23|
Notable players and coaches
Individual national award winners
Individual conference awards
Oregon State has had 42 All-Americans in the history of the program as of the end of the 2011–12 season.
College Football Hall of Fame inductees
The Beavers have had two players and one coach inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Notable former players
Radio flagship: KEX 1190 AM in Portland
Future non-conference opponents