Continuing the look at UCLA’s 2016 schedule, here is a breakdown of the Bruins’ 10th opponent, Oregon State.
UCLA vs. Oregon State
Sat. Nov. 12 | Rose Bowl
2015 in review
Oregon State’s first year under Gary Andersen was just plain awful on the field. The Beavers were winless in Pac-12 play (2-10 overall) with their only wins on the season coming against Weber State and San Jose State. The team had a rotating cast of starting quarterbacks with Seth Collins, Nick Mitchell and Marcus McMaryion each starting at least one game. Mitchell, who has since transferred, started at quarterback against UCLA on Oct. 31 when the Bruins shutout the Beavers 41-0. UCLA gained 674 total yards in the rout while Oregon State failed to even reach the red zone once.
— Civil War momentum? Oregon State battled back from a 31-7 halftime deficit against Oregon to climb within three points with 7:05 left in the game. Ultimately, the Ducks pulled away to win by 10 points, handing OSU its winless conference season, but the comeback effort gave the Beavers confidence heading into the offseason, punter Nick Porebski said at Pac-12 Media Days. We’ll see if Oregon State can build on that small foundation for 2016.
— New defensive coordinator Oregon State shuffled several coaches around on offense, moving them to different positions on the staff, while also hiring a new defensive coordinator for the second straight year. Former DC Kalani Sitake took over head coaching duties at BYU and Kevin Clune will head the OSU defense, which was one of the worst in the Pac-12 last year. The Beavers were second-to-last in points (37.0) and yards (481.5) allowed per game, while also ranking last in rushing yards allowed per game (225.5).
— Stable footing on offense Three quarterbacks started games for Oregon State last year, but it seems the Beavers have a steady presence under center this year in Utah State transfer Darell Garrretson Jr. He’ll try to inject some life into an anemic Beaver passing offense that ranked last in the conference in yards per game (159.2).
Oregon State players to watch
— WR Victor Bolden Jr. Bolden and Jordan Villamin lead the OSUU receivers. Bolden lead the team in receptions for the past two years. Last year, he had 46 catches for 461 yards and three touchdowns. While a consistent target on offense, Bolden is also explosive in the return game; last year be became the first Oregon State player ever to return both a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown.
— QB Darell Garretson Jr. The Utah State transfer won the starting quarterback job during spring camp, beating out McMaryion. Garretson threw for 1,140 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions for Utah State in 2014 before sitting out last year while the Beavers shuffled through three freshman quarterbacks.
— LB Caleb Saulo The team’s leading returning tackler, Saulo had 69 tackles last year while playing in 11 games. He had a career-high 14 tackles against Stanford last year. OSU’s leading tackler in 2015, Rommel Mageo, transferred to Ole Miss for his final year of eligibility.
Oregon State in GIF form
2016 UCLA schedule
Sat., Sept. 3: UCLA at Texas A&M — 12:30 p.m., CBS
Sat., Sept. 10: UNLV at UCLA — 5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
Sat., Sept. 17: UCLA at BYU — 7:15 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2
Sat., Sept. 24: Stanford at UCLA
Sat., Oct. 1: Arizona at UCLA
Sat., Oct. 8: UCLA at Arizona State
Sat., Oct. 15: UCLA at Washington State
Sat., Oct 22: Utah at UCLA
Sat., Oct. 28: BYE
Thurs., Nov. 3: UCLA at Colorado — 6 p.m., FOX Sports 1
Sat., Nov. 12: Oregon State at UCLA
Sat., Nov. 19: USC at UCLA
Sat., Nov. 26: UCLA at California
Home games in bold, all times in Pacific Time