One of the most significant reasons for the Oregon State football team's early season success is a lack of turnovers.
The Beavers are one of three Football Bowl Subdivision teams to have played two games without losing the ball. California and Michigan State are the others.
Saturday's opponent, Cincinnati, has turned it over once this season. Both teams are 2-0.
The Beavers had five turnovers through the first two games last season as they started 0-2.
"It's a key to win a football game," offensive guard Gregg Peat said. "It's always one of the biggest things that affect the game. It's a focus issue."
Two Beavers come from Ohio in receivers Casey Kjos and Shawn McGarity. Both graduated from Lakota East High north of Cincinnati.
Graduate assistant and tight end coach Robin Ross was the defensive line coach at Cincinnati in 1984 and the defensive coordinator and line coach in 1985.
Junior wide receiver James Rodgers is about to become the second player in school history to gain 1,000 yards rushing and receiving.
He has 1,075 career rushing yards and 958 career receiving yards. Rodgers will join Pat Chaffey (1986, 88-89), who gained 1,421 rushing yards and 1,293 receiving yards.
Facing the Big East
The Beavers are 6-8 against the current Big East Conference: 3-5 vs. Syracuse, 2-0 vs. West Virginia, 1-1 vs. Pittsburgh and 0-1 vs. Cincinnati and Louisville. They get another crack at Louisville in a home game next season.
Running back Jacquizz Rodgers dinged his ankle during the UNLV game, but said it won't slow him down this week. However, he didn't practice Tuesday.
Quarterback Lyle Moevao (shoulder) will take some turns running the offense this week for the first time this season. He'll be ready to play if needed Saturday, coach Mike Riley said.
There are about 5,000 tickets left for Saturday's game at $45 each. ... If the Beavers win this week it will be the first time they have started the season 3-0 since 2002 when they beat Eastern Kentucky, UNLV, Fresno State and Temple.