Oregon State Beavers football

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Oregon State Beavers football
2017 Oregon State Beavers football team
Oregon State Beavers wordmark.svg
First season 1893; 125 years ago (1893)
Athletic director Scott Barnes
Head coach Jonathan Smith
1st season, 0–0 (–)
Other staff Brian Lindgren (OC)
Tim Tibesar (DC)
Jake Cookus (ST)
Stadium Reser Stadium
(Capacity: 43,363)
Year built 1953
Field surface FieldTurf
Location Corvallis, Oregon
NCAA division Division I FBS
Conference Pac-12 (since 1964)
Division North (since 2011)
Past conferences Independent (1893–1899, 1902–1915)
PCC (1916–1942, 1945–1958)
Independent (1959–1963)
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)
Consensus All-Americans 7
Current uniform
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Colors Orange and Black[1]
Fight song Hail to Old OSU
Mascot Benny Beaver
Marching band Oregon State University Marching Band
Website OSUBeavers.com

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[2] 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.


Early history[edit]

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.[3] Bloss's son William started the first team, on which he served as both coach and quarterback.[4] The team's first game was an easy 63–0 defeat over the home team, Albany College.

Conference affiliations[edit]

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.[5]

Home stadium[edit]

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.[6]


Oregon State fans prepare to rush the field in an historic upset of #3 USC in 2006

Oregon Ducks[edit]

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.

Conference championships[edit]

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.[7]

Year Conference Coach Conference record Overall 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

Bowl history[edit]

Oregon State University has played in 17 postseason bowl games.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] The Beavers are 11–6 in bowl game appearances.

Year Coach Bowl Oppponent Result
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[edit]

Individual national award winners[edit]