De Carolis reports growth in season ticket sales

2010-08-31T22:00:00Z 2015-03-25T18:13:20Z De Carolis reports growth in season ticket salesBy Cliff Kirkpatrick, Gazette-Times Reporter Corvallis Gazette Times

Nearly 27,000 season tickets have been sold for Oregon State football games.

That's a 3,800 increase from last year at this point, athletic director Bob De Carolis reported on the department's website. It is an OSU record.

About 4,000 Valley View level season tickets have been sold compared to 400 last season.

"I want to thank all of you who have contributed in any way - from buying season tickets to becoming new donors or continuing your financial support," De Carolis wrote. "It all adds up - so sincere thanks to all of you."

The Beaver Athletic Scholarship Fund has $10.5 million in commitments this year, an increase of $120,000 at this time last year.

There are 1,000 new donors, but 650 others were lost. Last year at this time there were 580 new donors and 800 lost.

Less than 1,000 tickets remain for OSU's home opener against Louisville on Sept. 18.

The season begins on the road Saturday in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, against sixth-ranked Texas Christian.

"Excitement for this game has really helped excite our team and the fans," coach Mike Riley said. "It has shown in tickets."

TCU game notes

• This is the first time since 1961 the Beavers and their season-opening opponent are ranked in the top 25. OSU was No. 17 and Syracuse No. 10 back then. OSU is 24th and TCU sixth.

• This is the first regular season trip to Texas since 1996 when the Beavers went to Baylor. OSU has been to two Sun Bowls (2006, 2008) in El Paso.

• OSU is 24-18-1 against the Mountain West Conference: 5-4 vs. BYU; 1-1 vs. Colorado State; 3-1 vs. New Mexico; 1-2 vs. San Diego State; 2-3 vs. UNLV; 9-5-1 vs. Utah; and 3-2 vs. Wyoming.

• Center Alex Linnenkohl and receiver James Rodgers are OSU's active leaders in starts with 26. Linnenkohl's have been consecutive. Defensive tackle Stephen Paea is right behind them with 25.

Injury update

Riley said starting defensive end Taylor Henry is probable for Saturday's game after he sprained an ankle last week. Henry jogged Monday and practiced some Tuesday.

Staring slot receiver Jordan Bishop returned to practice and is expected to play. He had been sidelined with back pain since Saturday.

Redshirt news

Receiver Obum Gwacham will not play as a true freshman, Riley said. Defensive end Scott Crichton will travel and be ready to play. If he's not needed early in the season, he'll redshirt.

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