Looking for one reason to explain Oregon State’s dominance over Arizona for more than a decade? Try this:
The Wildcats have managed to rush for only 65.4 yards per game in the past 12 meetings against the Beavers (see chart below).
That’s it right there. That’s why the Wildcats are a miserable 2-10 against the Beavers since 2000 — and you can make that a 2-11 skid when you include the 1999 game in which Arizona ran for 257 yards and still lost.
The point is, if you can’t beat a team in the trenches, you probably can’t beat them on the scoreboard.
And Arizona hasn’t beaten a Pac-10 team as infrequently as Oregon State since 1999. Surprising but true. The Cats also have only two wins over Oregon since then (but three vs. USC).
The trends aren’t promising for Arizona for Saturday’s matchup against the 18th-ranked Beavers at Arizona Stadium.