Oregon takes on Missouri State

The University of Oregon hosts Missouri State University at Autzen Stadium this weekend. Get some facts about the game while learning a little about both schools.

Kickoff: 12:30 p.m.

Forecast: partly cloudy, highs around 73

Television: Comcast Sports Net Northwest, with Joe Giansante, Anthony Newman and Jill Savage.

Radio: In Eugene, KUGN (590 AM) and KZEL (96.1 FM), with Jerry Allen, Mike Jorgensen and Jay Allen. Satellite radio: XM 194; Sirius 218.

Deborah Exton photo

Faculty recognition: Senior Instructor Deborah Exton (at right) and Professor Ken Doxsee, of the Department of Chemistry, will be recognized during Saturday's game.

Exton, who's been at the UO since 1993, and Doxsee, who came to the UO in 1989, were recognized by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Environmental Improvement for their outstanding contributions to the incorporation of sustainability into chemical education.

Facts about the schools

Saturday’s game will mark the first-ever meeting between Oregon and Missouri State, which was known as Southwest Missouri State until 2005.

Here are some facts about the schools.

2010 Enrollment

University of Oregon: 23,389
Missouri State: 23,092.

Reaching for the stars

Photo of Pine Mountain Observatory, at nightThe University of Oregon's Pine Mountain Observatory is perched on a remote mountaintop at 6,300 feet above sea level in central Oregon. The observatory is well placed to make the most of the dark skies of high desert. Operated by the University of Oregon's Department of Physics, the observatory provides basic and advanced scientific research opportunities.

Missouri State’s William G. and Retha Stone Baker is about 10 miles north of campus. The observatory is used by students in astronomy courses and by advanced undergraduates and faculty for research.

New looks

Uniform for BCSThe Ducks are known for a multitude of uniform combinations.

Missouri State has more than 20 different helmet designs since 1954.

Texarkana, Texas, connections
MSU starting cornerback Jimmie Strong was a teammate of LaMichael James at Texarkana High School in Texas.

Home sweet home
The Ducks have won 17 straight games at Autzen Stadium, dating to 2008, which is the second longest streak in stadium history. UO won a record 23 straight between 1997 and 2001. Oregon has won its last 13 Pac-10 contests at home since falling in overtime against Oregon State in the 2007 Civil War.