The quarterbacks take center stage Saturday when the Oregon State football team faces Washington in Reser Stadium.
OSU's Sean Canfield and Washington's Jake Locker are the two most productive passers in the Pacific-10 Conference.
Canfield leads the Pac-10 in passing at 264.6 yards a game. He averages 297.5 yards in Pac-10 games only.
"He's playing the whole game pretty darn well now," coach Mike Riley said of Canfield. "And I know that's a result of his work and weekly preparation. He gets himself ready to play."
Locker is second in the conference passing at 244.8 yards a game. He is an adept scrambler, so he's first in the Pac-10 in total offense with 270.3 yards a game.
"He's a great player, a great athlete," Canfield said. "He's doing great things this year. I'm glad he's on the other side of the ball."
Third down skills
Two of the best teams in the nation in third-down percentage meet Saturday. Washington is first in the Pac-10 (sixth in NCAA) at 49.6 percent and OSU ranks third (20th) at 46.1 percent.
The Beavers lead the conference for fourth down conversion percentage at 75 percent (6-for-8) - tied for fifth in the NCAA. They are 4-for-4 on fourth down in Pac-10 games.
Halahuni breaks out
Tight end Joe Halahuni has caught 17 passes in the last three games and 26 for the season. That's the most for a tight end since Joe Newton had 36 in 2006. Halahuni was selected as the College Football Performance of the Week Tight end for the second time this season.
There are 12 seniors playing their last home game Saturday. They are receiver Damola Adeniji, cornerback Tim Clark, tight end Howard Croom, cornerback Patrick Henderson, receiver Taylor Kavanaugh, linebacker Keaton Kristick, defensive tackle Latu Moala, quarterback Lyle Moevao, defensive tackle Sioeli Nau, offensive guard Gregg Peat, defensive end Ben Terry and Canfield.
The Beavers are first in the Pac-10 and tied for sixth in the nation for red zone scoring percentage at 94.7 percent. They have scored on 36 of 38 attempts, with 26 touchdowns and 10 field goals.
Riley needs one victory to tie Tommy Prothro (1955-64) for second on OSU's wins list at 63. Lon Stiner (1933-48) is in first with 74 wins.
Cornerback James Dockery and safety Lance Mitchell are tied for third in the Pac-10 for passes defended with nine each. ... There are about 850 tickets left for Saturday's game at $75 each.