Other Beavers pick up recognition

Jacquizz Rodgers is almost accustomed to being named a Pacific-10 Conference player of the week, but the league spread the honor around this week to some other Beavers.

Defensive tackle Stephen Paea and running back James Rodgers were both recognized for their performances in Oregon State's 34-21 victory over California this past weekend.

Paea, a 6-foot-1, 293-pound sophomore, had six tackles, three solo, including two tackles for loss (-13 yards) and one quarterback sack (-5 yards).

"He is a definite force in the interior that is hard to block one-on-one," coach Mike Riley said. "He is a very good player that has impacted our football team tremendously."

Paea and defensive end Victor Butler joked around about the honor when they spoke to reporters on Tuesday.

"I think it (the award) should have been Victor Butler's," Paea said. "The only way I got that sack was because he missed it. I did give him a hug during halftime so he came to me and said 'You're welcome.'"

Butler responded: "I don't know what he is talking about, I didn't miss a sack, he just got in there."

Joking aside, Butler praised his teammate.

"The guy works hard day in and day out at practice, so it is awesome to see him get recognized," he said.

After California scored on its opening drive, James Rodgers returned the subsequent kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown. The older brother of Jacquizz Rodgers shared the special teams player of the week honor with USC's C.J. Gable, who returned a kickoff 93 yards for a score in the Trojans' 45-23 victory at Stanford.

Jacquizz Rodgers has earned the conference honors three times this season.

Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli earned the offensive player of the week nod.


WOUNDED WILDCATS: Judging by their words on Monday, the Arizona Wildcats could give Oregon State plenty of trouble on Saturday.

The Wildcats (6-4, 4-3 Pac-10) were clearly angry about their 55-45 loss at Oregon last Saturday. The team fell far behind in the first half, but clawed back and had a chance to win it.

The week before, Arizona had become bowl eligible for the first time in 10 years with a victory over Washington State. There were questions about whether the Wildcats had a letdown against the Ducks after making it to the postseason.

"Obviously we were not ready," guard Joe Longacre said. "If there was any complacency then, it is gone now. It got beaten out of us fast."

Arizona coach Mike Stoops said: "Why practice and play these games if that is all you want? Why waste our time? I don't think our kids are like that. Our kids want to make this a great season."

The Beavers (7-3, 6-1) will find out Saturday at Arizona Stadium.


EXTRA POINTS: Arizona is 11-3 in Tucson against the Beavers. However, Oregon State has won its last three there. ... The Beavers beat the Wildcats 31-16 last season at Reser Stadium. ... Arizona freshman Keola Antolin tied a school record by running for four touchdowns against Oregon. ... Jacquizz Rodgers is ranked atop the Pac-10 and ninth national with an average of 123.3 rushing yards per game. ... The Rodgers brothers have both scored in five games this season, and the Beavers are 5-0 in those games.

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