Jacquizz Rodgers gave Oregon State fans pause when he announced he tweaked his ankle against UNLV, then an uneasy sigh of relief when he said he was fine.

CORVALLIS — Jacquizz Rodgers gave Oregon State fans pause when he announced he tweaked his ankle against UNLV, then an uneasy sigh of relief when he said he was fine.

Quizz, last season's Pac-10 offensive player of the year as a freshman, sat out practice Tuesday. But he said it won't hinder him when No. 17 Cincinnati visits on Saturday.

Quizz ran for 166 yards on 26 carries during the Beavers' 23-21 victory at UNLV last weekend. He also caught 10 passes for 65 yards.

Over the first two games, he is averaging 134.5 yards rushing, ranking him eighth in the nation. He has touched the ball a total of 56 times, either by carry or catch.

So it's not all that surprising that his ankle is sore.

"After the game you feel a little sore but you prepare yourself during the offseason for this type of thing during the season so I'm good. We have a day off every Monday so I'm good," he said.

Quizz added that he'll take the ball as much as it's given to him — whatever it takes to win.

Bearcats coach Brian Kelly was leery of the Beavers' wily tailback, who is listed at 5-foot-7 and is known to seemingly vanish behind the line of scrimmage before popping through for a big gain.

"He's a tough guy to find all the time, you're always searching for where he's going to be located," Kelly said. "They do a very good job of getting him the football in different looks."

Oregon State coach Mike Riley said the Beavers would like to find help for Rodgers.

"I love him catching the ball and I love him running for 6.4 average. That's pretty good stuff. We can and will work into more of a rotation and keep him fresher and keep someone else more active than that," he said.

Quizz's big brother, James Rodgers, had six catches for 48 yards and a touchdown against the Rebels.

Break on through

Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly says the two-game series with Oregon State has worked out well for both teams.

"We're both trying to break though. Both of us want to move up the echelon, and these are the kind of games you want to play," he said.

Kelly said he tries to set up BCS opponents for the Bearcats. The Big 10 has been difficult for him to land, but Oregon State was amenable.

Cincinnati defeated Oregon State 34-3 in 2007, the first game of the series.

The Bearcats' ranking this time around, as well as Oregon State's growing profile, make this half of the series especially important, said Cincinnati wide receiver Mardy Gilyard.

"We know we're going to get a lot of national attention toward this game," he said. "They're a good team at home. They beat USC last year. ... It's not going to be a walkover."

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EXTRA POINTS: Oregon State has won 26 straight nonconference games at Reser Stadium. The streak started in 1996 with a 67-28 victory over Northern Illinois. Mike Riley is 17-0 in nonconference home games. ... The Beavers have not won three straight games to start a season since 2002. ... Cincinnati is playing in the state of Oregon for the first time.