BYU SCOUTING REPORT

2009-12-14T20:30:00Z BYU SCOUTING REPORTBy Cliff Kirkpatrick, Gazette-Times Reporter Corvallis Gazette Times

KICKOFF: 5 p.m. Dec. 22

WHERE: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas

TV/RADIO: ESPN (35)/KEJO (1240 AM)

RECORDS: No. 16 Oregon State 8-4; No. 15 BYU 10-2

SERIES: Oregon State leads 5-3

LAST MEETING: Oregon State won 10-7 in 1986

LATEST LINE: Oregon State by 2½

COACH: Bronco Mendenhall, fifth season at BYU (48-15) and fifth overall (48-15)

OFFENSE: The Cougars possess the 12th-best passing offense in the country (288.9 ypg), 60th rushing offense (148.2 ypg) and 12th scoring offense (34.8 ppg). ... QB Max Hall makes the team go. He's the 20th best passer in the country in terms of completions per game (21.3), and his 160.9 rating is third nationally. The senior has completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,368 yards, 30 TDs and 14 INTs. ... TE Dennis Pitta is his favorite target with 57 receptions for 784 yards and seven TDs. Hall spreads the ball around with 10 receivers with at least 13 catches. ... RB Harvey Unga is the main ball carrier with 184 carries for 1,031 yards and 10 TDs. ... Five other backs have carried at least 20 times and they have combined for 945 yards and 13 TDs. ... The offensive line allows 1.75 QB sacks a game.

DEFENSE: The Cougars are 23rd nationally against the run (112.0 ypg), 65th against the pass (219.1 ypg) and 34th in scoring (21.7 ppg). ... They are minus-1 in turnover ratio with 21 forced and 22 lost, and sack the QB twice a game. ... DB Andrew Rich is the team leader with 80 tackles, 49 solo. He also leads with four INTs. ... DL Jan Jorgensen leads the team in sacks with 6.5, followed by LB Coleby Clawson with five. ... CB Brian Logan is the top pass defender with 14 pass breakups and three INTs. CB Scott Johnson has six breakups and three INTs.

SPECIAL TEAMS: PK Mitch Payne is 9-for-13 on FGs and 54-for-55 on extra points. His misses are from long distances, but hit one from 49 yards. ... P Riley Stephenson averages 41.7 yards. ... O'Neill Chambers averages 6.3 yards on punt returns. Chambers and JJ Di Luigi both average 25 yards on kickoff returns.

NOTABLE: There are two Oregonians on the roster: Senior LB Shawn Doman from Woodburn and freshman WR Mitch Mathews of Beaverton. ... Mendenhall played for the Beavers from 1986-87 and coached the team in 1989-90 and 1995-96. ... Unga's second cousins are Beavers LBs Devin and Kevin Unga.

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