Holding true to the last couple of football seasons under Mike Riley his team once again got off to a slow start as the Men In Black lost three of their first five including humbling losses to Cincinnati on the road and UCLA at home.
Luckily the team turned it around against Arizona and followed up that win with a huge victory over No. 2 California on the road as they won seven of their last eight losing to only No. 13 USC in Los Angeles.
The Beavers finished 9-4 good enough for third place in the conference one game behind USC and Arizona State. The team ended up No. 25 in the AP poll and one position out of the Coaches Poll. It’s the first time Oregon State has finished in the Top-25 in back-to-back seasons since 1967-68.
Before the start of the season sophomore Kyle Loomis quit the team forcing kicker Alexis Serna into punting duties.
On a misty night in San Francisco RB Yvenson Bernard once again carried his team to victory as he rumbled his way for 177 yards on 38 carries, both Emerald Bowl records, earning MVP offense honors just three weeks after having knee surgery.
WR James Rodgers had an electric night carrying the ball 10 times for 115 yards and one touchdown while adding five receptions for 40 yards and one touchdown.
QB Lyle Moevao got his fourth consecutive win as a starter but was slowed down by a hand and eventually an ankle injury that knocked him out of the game. Sean Canfield saw his first action since being knocked out of the USC game. He completed 8 of 14 passes with one touchdown and one interception.
After giving up 164 yards yards, six first downs and two touchdowns in the first quarter the Beaver defense clamped down yielding a measly 60 yards, five first downs and zero points the remainder of the game.
LB Derrick Doggett was named the Defensive MVP after collecting eight tackles including one sack.
Bowl game logo with link to AP recap and box score.
|Aug. 30||Utah||Corvallis, OR||7:00 PM||FSN||W, 24-7|
|Sept. 6||at Cincinnati||Location||4:30 PM||ESPN||L, 3-34|
|Sept. 15||Idaho State||Corvallis, OR||3:30 PM||FSN||W, 61-10|
|Sept. 22||at Arizona State||Tempe, AZ||7:05 PM||No TV||L, 32-44|
|Sept. 19||UCLA||Corvallis, OR||3:30 PM||FSN||L, 14-40|
|Oct. 6||Arizona||Corvallis, OR||1:00 PM||No TV||W, 31-16|
|Oct. 13||at No. 2 California||Berkeley, CA||4:00 PM||Versus||W, 31-28|
|Oct. 17||Stanford||Corvallis, OR||3:30 PM||No TV||W, 23-6|
|Nov. 3||at No. 13 USC||Los Angeles, CA||5:00 PM||ABC||L, 3-24|
|Nov. 10||Washington||Corvallis, OR||FSN||W, 29-23|
|Nov. 17||at Washington State||Pullman, WA||3:30 PM||FSNW||W, 52-17|
|Dec. 1||at Oregon||Eugene, OR||1:30 PM||ESPN2||W, 38-31 (2OT)|
Utah: First time starters Sean Canfield and Lyle Moevao struggled as they split time at quarterback in the 2007 home opener. Luckily the OSU offensive line dominated clearing the way for RB Yvenson Bernard to run for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries. The Beaver defense also came to play limiting the Utah rushing attack to just 18 total yards while knocking out the Utes starting quarterback and running back.
at Cincinnati: WR Sammie Stroughter played in his first game since missing much of fall camp and the season opener but the Black and Orange offense was abysmal as they turned the ball over seven times, six interceptions, which led to 24 Cincinnati points. The rushing attack was limited to a measly 36 yards.
at Arizona State:
- CB Keenan Lewis
- Several seniors played in postseason all-star games following the 2007 season. Yvenson Bernard, Jeff Van Orsow and Gerard Lawson played in the Hula Bowl; Kyle DeVan and Derrick Doggett participated in the East-West Shrine Game, and Alexis Serna and Roy Schuening in the Senior Bowl. Head coach Mike Riley, along with assistants Danny Langsdorf, Mark Banker and Mike Cavanaugh were a part of the Hula Bowl staff. Several other Beavers were invited to postseason games, but declined.
- The Beavers ended the 2007 season with the fourth-longest win streak in the nation at four games. BYU leads the FBS with a 10-game streak, followed by Georgia (7) and USC (5).
- For the first time since 1966-69, Oregon State finished the season with back-to-back winning marks in Pac-10 play. The Beavers placed third in 2006 and 2007 at 6-3. Head coach Mike Riley has guided the program to three winning marks in conference action.