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THIS WEEK: Oregon State (3-1, 1-0) returns home this week to play the Colorado Buffaloes (2-0, 0-0) Saturday at Reser Stadium at 12:04 p.m.
HONORING CHAMPIONS: It’s a big weekend on campus as OSU students return for the first day of classes Sept. 30. OSU Athletics will also honor its three Pac-12 Conference team champions from the 2012-13 academic year – wrestling, baseball and gymnastics. The Beavers also will recognize the 50th-anniversary of the 1963 men’s basketball Final Four team.
MILITARY DAY: Oregon State Athletics is honoring military families this week. Special ticket prices are available for military families by contacting the OSU Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BEAVS or in person in Gill Coliseum during business hours prior to 5 p.m. Friday. The Wall that Heals Traveling Wall (replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial) will be located in front of Gill Coliseum on Saturday and The Joys of Living will present an assistance dog to a military vet.
COLORADO FLOOD VICTIMS DONATIONS: During Saturday’s game fans can text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation to victims of the extensive Colorado flooding earlier this month. Several Red Cross disaster workers from the State of Oregon are currently in Colorado assisting in the recovery efforts.
ANOTHER BYE … FOR OUR OPPONENT: For the second consecutive week Oregon State plays a team coming off a bye. For Colorado it has worked out to two consecutive bye weeks after the Buffs’ home game vs. Fresno State Sept. 14 was postponed due to flooding. The Beavers get their first bye of two for the season next week prior to another stretch of back-to-back road games (@WSU, @ Cal).
WELCOME TO THE LEAGUE: Actually, Colorado has been a member of the Pac-12 Conference for over two years, but Saturday marks the first meeting between the Beavers and Buffaloes as league members in football. In fact, it’s the first time Colorado has ever traveled to Corvallis. The two programs haven’t met since a 1988 CU win in Boulder 28-21. Overall, the Beavers have a 3-2 advantage, but Colorado has won the last two. The two schools have played football twice in Portland (1931 & ‘63). A couple of noteworthy connections to both programs – Beaver wide receiver coach was an assistant for CU head coach Mike MacIntyre for the 2009 & 10 seasons at San Jose State. OSU Athletics Hall of Fame member the late Dallas Ward (football 1924-26) was the head football coach at Colorado (1948-58) and the Buffs’ Dal Ward Athletic Center is named in his honor.
THE LEAGUE’S BEST: Saturday features four of the top 11 receivers in the Pac-12 per the statistics. Paul Richardson of Colorado is the league-leader at 208.5 receiving yards per game, followed by at 159.8. OSU’s is 10th at 86 yards per game, followed by CU’s Nelson Spruce at 80.5.