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; 124 years ago (1893)
Athletic director Scott Barnes
Head coach Jonathan Smith
1st season, 0–0 (–)
Other staff Brian Lindgren (OC)
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
Oregon State 2013 Uniforms.png
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 29th 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.[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 history[edit]

The university has been in several athletic conferences. These include the Northwest Intercollegiate Association (1902–1914),[5] the Pacific Coast Conference (1915–1958), and the Pac-12 Conference (1964–present). 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.

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 44,160, 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.


Oregon State has won the Pac-12 Championship 5 times: 1941, 1956, 1957, 1964, and 2000.[7]

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.

Bowl game appearances and results[edit]

Football helmet with the 1997-2012 logo.
Year and bowl Winning team Losing team Result
1940 Pineapple Bowl Oregon State 39 Hawaii 6 Won
1942 Rose Bowl Oregon State 20 Duke 16 Won
1949 Pineapple Bowl Oregon State 47 Hawaii 27 Won
1957 Rose Bowl Iowa 35 Oregon State 19 Lost
1962 Liberty Bowl Oregon State 6 Villanova 0 Won
1965 Rose Bowl Michigan 34 Oregon State 7 Lost
1999 Oahu Bowl Hawaii 23 Oregon State 17 Lost
2001 Fiesta Bowl[11] Oregon State 41 Notre Dame 9 Won
2002 Insight Bowl Pittsburgh 38 Oregon State 13 Lost
2003 Las Vegas Bowl Oregon State 55 New Mexico 14 Won
2004 Insight Bowl Oregon State 38 Notre Dame 21 Won
2006 Sun Bowl Oregon State 39 Missouri 38 Won
2007 Emerald Bowl Oregon State 21 Maryland 14 Won
2008 Sun Bowl Oregon State 3 Pittsburgh 0 Won
2009 Las Vegas Bowl BYU 44 Oregon State 20 Lost
2012 Alamo Bowl Texas 31 Oregon State 27 Lost
2013 Hawaii Bowl Oregon State 38 Boise State 23 Won

Notable players[edit]

Heisman Trophy recipients[edit]


Oregon State has had 42 All-Americans in the history of the program as of the end of the 2011–12 season.[12]

† Consensus Selection, ‡ Unanimous Selection[13]

Notable former players[edit]


Radio flagship: KEX 1190 AM in Portland
Broadcasters: Mike Parker (play-by-play), Jim Wilson (analyst), and Ron Callan (sideline reporter).
Oregon State also has an extensive network of broadcast affiliates.[14]

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

Announced schedules as of March 8, 2017[15]

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
at Ohio State vs Oklahoma State at Oklahoma State vs Idaho vs Boise State at Boise State vs Fresno State
vs Southern Utah at Hawaii vs Colorado State vs Hawaii at Fresno State
at Nevada vs Cal Poly at San Jose State vs Montana State


  1. ^ "Colors | University Relations and Marketing | Oregon State University". Retrieved May 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Oregon State Historical Data". cfbdatawarehouse.com. 
  3. ^ Forgard, Benjamin. "The Evolution of School Spirit and Tradition at Oregon State University" (PDF). Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Edmonston Jr., George. "The Birth of OSU Football". OSU Alumni Association. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Athletics" (PDF). The Orange & Black. 
  6. ^ "Reser Stadium". osubeavers.com. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Pac-12 Football Champions". Pac-12 Conference. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Oregon State University Football Media Guide: Bowl Game History" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-02-09. 
  9. ^ "Oregon State Bowl History". Retrieved 2007-02-09. 
  10. ^ "Gotham Bowl inaugural off". Register Guard. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  11. ^ The 2001 Fiesta Bowl was played on January 1, 2001. It followed the 2000 season.
  12. ^ "2012 Football Media Guide – All-Americans" (PDF). OSUBeavers.com. p. 138. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  13. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/DI/2009/2009Awards.pdf
  14. ^ http://oregonstate.scout.com/3/radio.html Oregon State Football Radio Network
  15. ^ "Oregon State Beavers Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 

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