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OSU football: Qualcomm turf a concern

By Scott Wright Published: December 27, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Anyone who watched players for Boise State and TCU regularly losing their footing on the Qualcomm Stadium grass during Tuesday’s Poinsettia Bowl has to be wondering how it will hold up next Tuesday when Oklahoma State and Oregon play the Holiday Bowl on the same field.

Coaches and players for both teams certainly are.

"It looked kind of slippery,” Oregon defensive end Nick Reed said of the Poinsettia Bowl. "I was watching a lot of people slip around.”

Compounding the matter, the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos will play on the same field Sunday, making for three games in eight days on the grass surface.

"I’m concerned about it,” Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said. "They had a lot of rain, so I’m hoping it dries up the next couple days. I’d like to get on the grass for us to see. I’m concerned, because it’s a different surface than we usually play on.

"It’ll be something we just have to get used to.”

Both teams have FieldTurf on their home fields and neither plays on grass often. OSU played just two games on natural turf this season — at Texas and at Colorado. And because of wet conditions, neither team has been able to practice on grass since arriving in San Diego.