Freitas pushing UH for Pac-10
By Ferd Lewis
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Ferd Lewis
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Hawai'i-born Oregon State alumnus Rockne Freitas did more than serve as an honorary game captain for the Beavers at yesterday's game against the University of Hawai'i, he also came to campaign for Pac-10 membership for the Warriors.
Freitas, who serves as Hawai'i Community College chancellor in Hilo, played on the Beavers' 1965 Rose Bowl team and is a member of OSU's Hall of Fame.
After yesterday's coin flip, he told an Oregon radio audience he was in favor of the two schools extending their non-conference series and hoped to see UH, "get in the Pac-10."
Freitas said he brought up the idea of future Pac-10 membership for the Warriors this week in meetings with OSU athletic and administration officials.
"I told them I thought it would not only be good for Hawai'i but the schools here, too," Freitas said.
When Freitas was an associate athletic director at UH in the late 1980s, he said then-athletic director Stan Sheriff had asked him to put together a plan to help the school campaign for Pac-10 membership.
"I think it is something still worth working for," Freitas said.
Center John Estes, a grand nephew of Freitas, is one of the UH captains and joined Freitas for the coin toss yesterday.
Big crowd: The Reser Stadium crowd was announced at 45,059, which OSU officials said was the largest for a non-conference game in the facility's history.
Overall, it was the second largest gathering, trailing only the 45,629 that was on hand for last November's game against Washington.
Reser Stadiium has been expanded in recent years.
Gesser in the booth: Former Saint Louis School and Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser was a color commentator on the Fox Sports Northwest broadcast.
Intermission woes: UH trailed at halftime (21-7) for the third consecutive time this season.
The Warriors also trailed at Florida (28-0) and against Weber State (17-7).
Overall, UH has trailed at the half in five consecutive games dating to last year and lost three of them. UH trailed Georgia 24-3 in the Sugar Bowl and Washington 28-21.
Oregon State coach Mike Riley is 16-0 in nonconference home games ... Running back Jacquizz Rodgers' 110 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 26 carries was the first 100-yard effort by true freshman since Steven Jackson in 2001 ... Keao Monteilh and David Veikune each had 10 tackles, personal game-highs for both ... UH is 0-6 in road games against Bowl Championship Series conference teams ... UH is 13-34 all-time against Pac-10 Conference teams ... After winning eight consecutive road games over two seasons, UH has lost two in a row this year.
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