Football Squad Downs Cardinals, 38-6

Oct. 14, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Jonathan Smith passed for 324 yards, including aschool-record 97-yard touchdown strike to Chad Johnson, as No. 23 Oregon Statebeat Stanford 38-6 on Saturday.

Smith also had a 76-yard scoring pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh as the Beavers(5-1, 2-1 Pac-10) put up 473 yards of offense despite a subpar day from runningback Ken Simonton.

Stanford (2-4, 1-2) lost its third straight game and likely is out of therunning to repeat as Pac-10 champion. The Beavers, meanwhile, still have achance for their first Rose Bowl appearance since 1965.

Johnson's 97-yard touchdown catch broke the Oregon State record of 92 yards,set in 1983 on a pass from Ladd McKittrick to Reggie Bynum against WashingtonState.

Simonton, who came in as the nation's fourth-leading rusher at 162.6 yardsper game, carried 14 times for 81 yards and a 10-yard touchdown run that gavethe Beavers a 31-6 lead with 4:55 left in the third quarter.

Simonton's backup, Patrick McCall, got most of the workload in the secondhalf and finished with 53 yards on 10 carries. He also had a 57-yard touchdownrun called back on a holding penalty.

Stanford's Chris Lewis, making his third straight start in place of injuredRandy Fasani, completed 18 of 32 passes for 185 yards and two interceptions.

Fasani had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee the day after he was hurtagainst Texas on Sept. 29. He's expected to be back soon, possibly for nextweek's home game against Southern Cal.

Stanford trailed 17-6 in the third quarter when punter Mike Biselli pinnedthe Beavers to their own 3. On the next play, Smith hit Johnson in stride, andJohnson used his 4.3 speed to pull away from cornerback Ruben Carter for theeasy touchdown.

It was the only reception of the day for Johnson, who caught an 80-yardtouchdown pass from Smith in last week's 33-30 loss at Washington.Houshmandzadeh added five catches for a career-high 120 yards.

Oregon State strong safety Terrence Carroll intercepted a pass by Lewis atthe Beavers' 17 in the second quarter, and late in the third, Carroll recoveredthe ball in the Beavers' end zone after Stanford's Kerry Carter fumbled at the2.

Smith struggled in the first half, throwing behind and over his receivers.But with the score tied at 3, he got lucky when Stanford strong safety AaronFocht lunged after a sideline pass and missed, allowing Houshmandzadeh to rununtouched for the 76-yard scoring play with 9:51 left in the second quarter.

Stanford's Ryan Wells returned the kickoff 80 yards to the Oregon State 9,but the Cardinal gained just one yard on three tries and had to settle for a25-yard field goal by Biselli to 14-6 with 8:44 left in the period.

The Beavers responded with a 49-yard field goal from Ryan Cesca, surpassinghis career long by 6 yards, for a 17-6 halftime lead.

By LANDON HALL
AP Sports Writer

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