Oregon State Beavers football

Oregon State Beavers football
2016 Oregon State Beavers football team
First season 1893 (1893)
Athletic director Todd Stansbury
Head coach Gary Andersen
2nd year, 618 (.250)
Other staff Kevin McGiven (OC)
T.J. Woods (OC)
Kevin Clune (DC)
Stadium Reser Stadium
Year built 1953
Seating capacity 45,674
Field surface FieldTurf
Location Corvallis, Oregon
NCAA division Division I FBS
Conference Pac-12 (1964–Present)
Division North (2011–Present)
Past conferences Independent (1893–1899, 1902–1915)
PCC (1916–1942, 1945–1958)
Independent (1959–1963)
AAWU (1964–1967)
Pacific-8 (1968–1977)
Pacific-10 (1978–2010)
All-time record 51455050 (.484)
Bowl record 116 (.647)
Conference titles 5 (1941, 1956, 1957, 1964, 2000)
Heisman winners 1 (Terry Baker)
Consensus All-Americans 7
Current uniform
Colors Orange and Black[1]
Fight song Hail to Old OSU
Mascot Benny Beaver
Marching band Oregon State University Marching Band
Rivals Oregon Ducks
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. Gary Andersen is the head coach since the 2015 season. 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

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

Main article: Reser Stadium

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 2005–2007 increased the stadium's capacity to 45,674, 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

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 120 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.

Bowl history

Oregon State University has played in 17 postseason bowl games.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] The Beavers are 11–6 in bowl game appearances.

Bowl game appearances and results

Football helmet with the old 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 BowlIowa35Oregon State19Lost
1962 Liberty BowlOregon State6Villanova0Won
1965 Rose BowlMichigan 34 Oregon State 7 Lost
1999 Oahu BowlHawaii 23 Oregon State 17 Lost
2001 Fiesta Bowl[10]Oregon State41Notre Dame9Won
2002 Insight Bowl Pittsburgh38Oregon State13Lost
2003 Las Vegas Bowl Oregon State55New Mexico14Won
2004 Insight BowlOregon State38 Notre Dame21Won
2006 Sun BowlOregon State39 Missouri38Won
2007 Emerald BowlOregon State21 Maryland14Won
2008 Sun BowlOregon State3 Pittsburgh0Won
2009 Las Vegas BowlBYU 44 Oregon State 20 Lost
2012 Alamo BowlTexas 31 Oregon State 27 Lost
2013 Hawaii BowlOregon State 38 Boise State 23 Won

Current coaching staff

Notable players

For a full list, see Oregon State Football Alumni

Heisman Trophy Recipients


Oregon State has had 42 All-Americans in the history of the program as of the end of the 2011–12 season.[11]

† Consensus Selection, ‡ Unanimous Selection[12]

Beavers in the NFL

Beavers in the CFL

Beavers in the UFL

Notable former players


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

Announced schedules as of June 25, 2015[15]

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
vs Minnesota at Ohio State vs Oklahoma State at San Jose State vs Hawaii vs Boise State at Boise State
vs Nevada at Nevada at Hawaii at Oklahoma State
vs Portland State vs Southern Utah


  1. "Color Palette | University Relations | Oregon State Univeristy". Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  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. "Oregon State University Football Media Guide: Bowl Game History" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-02-09.
  8. "Oregon State Bowl History". Retrieved 2007-02-09.
  9. "Gotham Bowl inaugural off". Register Guard. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  10. The 2001 Fiesta Bowl was played on January 1, 2001. It followed the 2000 season.
  11. "2012 Football Media Guide – All-Americans" (PDF). OSUBeavers.com. p. 138. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  12. http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/DI/2009/2009Awards.pdf
  13. "T.J. Houshmandzadeh - Unsigned Free Agent - 2015 Player Profile - Rotoworld.com". rotoworld.com.
  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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