FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2009, file photo, Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers, right, and brother James Rodgers watch the second half of their NCAA college football game against Portland State from the sidelines in Corvallis, Ore. Oregon State's junior running back Jacquizz says he's aiming to score '25 plus' touchdowns this season and run for at least 1,500 yards, although he hasn't quite come up with an exact yardage yet. He'll have it in his head by No. 24 Oregon State's opener against No. 6 TCU at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday.(AP Photo/Don Ryan, File) - AP


BOISE, Idaho — More often than not, an Oregon State offensive play ends with the ball in the hands of a Rodgers.

James, a senior wide receiver, and Jacquizz, a junior tailback, are brothers from Richmond, Texas.

They have combined to produce more than 60 percent of the Beavers' offense this year — and James is responsible for nearly all of their kick-return yards.

Stopping the diminutive but elusive brothers will be the overwhelming key for the Boise State defense in Saturday's showdown between the No. 3 Broncos and No. 24 Beavers at Bronco Stadium. The game begins at 5:12 p.m. Pacific on ABC.

"You just look at their stats every game and you can tell how we've done," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said.

In the opening loss to TCU, the brothers combined for 285 all-purpose yards.

In last week's defeat of Louisville, they combined for 397 yards.

"Both of us love having the ball in our hands," Jacquizz said. "We just try to make plays when we get a chance."

They don't usually have to wait long.

Jacquizz gets about 20 carries a game and caught 78 passes last year. He has 3,691 yards from scrimmage and 38 touchdowns in 26 college games. He became the only freshman ever named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year in 2008, when he carried 37 times in the Beavers' upset of No. 1 USC.

"He has as much agility as any player I've ever seen," Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. "He can stop and start on a dime. . . . If it's clogged up, that's almost to his advantage."

James touched the ball about 10 times a game on offense last year, including 91 catches. He also gets the ball on fly sweeps from the wide receiver position and occasionally as a tailback in a two-Rodgers backfield.

He also is a dangerous return man. He leads the nation in all-purpose yards (226.5 per game) and ranks in the top 20 in punt returns (14.0) and kickoff returns (30.1).

He has 25 touchdowns in 40 college games.

"(James) is a threat to go the distance at any time," Boise State special teams coach Jeff Choate said. "He's as good a combo return guy as there is in the country. It's very rare to find a guy who has the knack and the skillset to be good at both."

So hard to find, in fact, that James was barely recruited — despite playing his high school football in intensely scouted Texas.

A friend called Riley in January 2007 to recommend James. Signing day was about a month away.

James (5-foot-7, 188 pounds) visited and committed.

Jacquizz (5-7, 191), a year behind him and holding eight offers but none to the elite programs in the Texas area, only visited one school — Oregon State.

"That one phone call really impacted our lives," Riley said. "James is one of the great all-purpose players in America and Quizz is one of the best all-around running backs in America. Besides that, they have really impacted our team with who they are as people."

The Broncos hope to prevent them from impacting Saturday's game. Tackling will be crucial — and Boise State has done a solid job in that area so far this year.

"They are two very dynamic individuals," defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski said. ". . . They're fast and quick and very athletic, but they are also strong. They have great balance. You don't see them go down very many times from an arm tackle."

Some of that is athleticism.

Some of it is attitude.

"Tremendous desire to win," Riley said. "Their competitive edge is out of the roof."

Jacquizz, for example, rushed for 132 yards last week against Louisville to break a three-game drought between 100-yard games.

He was still frustrated after the game — a 35-28 win.

"It's a win," he said, "but me, I'm not satisfied." Said Riley: "That is Quizz in a nutshell. I don't think he's probably ever truly satisfied. I know that he just wants more all the time."

Like maybe all Rodgers, all the time.

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