No. 19 Beavers Hit The Road To Face UCLA

Oct. 16, 2000

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    GAME: Oregon State (5-1, 2-1) at UCLA (4-2, 1-2)

    SITE: Rose Bowl (94,000), Pasadena, CA

    DATE: October 21, 2000

    TIME: 3:38 PDT

    RADIO: Live over 31-station Beaver Sports Network, starting at 2:30 p.m. PDT

    TV: Delayed over Fox Sports Net at 12:30 p.m. PDT on Sunday

    CROWD: UCLA is expecting a crowd of around 60,000 for Saturday's Pacific-10 Conference game at the Rose Bowl (94,000).

    TICKETS: Reserved seat tickets are sold out for the upcoming OSU-Washington State game on October 28. Approximately 2,000 general admission tickets priced at $18.00 remain available. Tickets for the November 18 Civil War contest with Oregon were completely sold out in July. The OSU Athletic Ticket Office is open 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and the ticket booths will open at Reser Stadium at 9:00 a.m. on game days.

    TELEVISION: The OSU-UCLA game will be televised live in Los Angeles by Fox Sports Net West 2. The game will also be televised on a delayed basis on Sunday over Fox Sports Net Northwest with Scott Lynn (play-by-play) and Steve Preece (analyst) announcing. Airtime for the delayed telecast on Sunday is 12:30 p.m. The Fox Sports Net Syndication network covers seven states and 21 stations. Stations in Oregon carrying the live telecast include KWBP (channel 32) in Portland, KVAL (channel 13) in Eugene, and KOBI (channel 5) in Medford.

    RADIO: All Oregon State football games are carried live over the OSU radio network, which consists of 31 stations in the Pacific Northwest. Mike Parker is in his second season of calling the play-by-play, while former OSU halfback Bob Grim is in his 12th year as the color analyst. Michael Convery is in his third season as OSU's sideline reporter. KEX (1190 AM) serves as the anchor station of the 31-station network, produced by Beaver Sports Properties, a division of Learfield Communications. Airtime for the OSU network, both home and away, will always be one hour prior to kickoff. KEX (1190 AM) radio in Portland will broadcast a one-hour Beaver Tailgater pregame show prior to the start of the network pregame show before each home game with Paul Ihander hosting. KLOO (1340 AM) radio in Corvallis is on the air two hours prior to kickoff, both home and away games, with a special tailgate show with hosts Jon Warren and Doug Blair. KLOO will originate from Parker Plaza at Reser Stadium for home games and in the studio during road games. (For complete radio network listing, please see page in release headed Ticket Information).

    RANKING: Oregon State is ranked 18th this week on the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. The Beavers are ranked 19th on the Associated Press Poll. UCLA is ranked 24th on the USA Today/ESPNCoaches Poll and 23rd on the AP poll.

    OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is on a one-game winning streak overall. The Beavers currently own an 13-game non-conference regular season winning streak, a seven-game winning streak at Reser Stadium, a one-game road losing streak and a one-game Pacific-10 Conference winning streak. Oregon State's 13-game non-conference regular season winning streak is the longest since winning 20 straight from 1928 through 1933. That 20 game straight non-conference-winning streak is the Beavers' all-time record. Oregon State is 13-5 (.722) in its last 18 games and has won 10 of its last 11 home games. The last time the Beavers won seven straight games at home was during a stretch from 1962 through 1965 when OSU had eight straight victories in Corvallis. By including home games in Portland, the Beavers won 13 in a row at home during that same stretch. The last time OSU lost a regular season non-conference game was in 1996 at Baylor, 42-10. This is the second straight season the Beavers have opened the year with three straight wins. The last time OSU opened the season with back-to-back 3-0 starts was in 1925 (3-0) and 1926 (5-0). The Beavers have started the season 3-0 only three times since 1967. OSU's last 4-0 season start was in 1957. The Beavers' last 5-0 season start was 1939. The last time OSU started the season 5-1 was in 1964, when the Beavers lost their season opener and then won seven straight en route to the Rose Bowl.

    DENNIS ERICKSON SEVENTH ON ACTIVE WINNING LIST: Dennis Erickson, Montana State, '69, is in his second year as OSU's head coach after posting a 7-5 record in 1999. He is 5-1 in 2000 and 12-6 (.667) in his Beaver career. Erickson is currently the seventh winningest Division 1-A active college head coach with five or more years of service as a head coach. As a collegiate head coach, Erickson is 13-2 in season openers, including 11 straight victories. He has a winning percentage of .730 (125-46-1). He trails R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M (.754) on the winning percentage list. Erickson is 15th among active Division 1-A college coaches for total victories with 125. Erickson produced a 32-15 record in four years as head coach at Idaho (1982-85), 6-6 as head coach at Wyoming (1986), 12-10-1 in two years at Washington State (1987-88), 63-9-0 in six years at Miami (1989-94) and now 12-6 at Oregon State. Dennis was head coach of the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL (1995-98) and produced a four-year record of 31-33-0. Erickson has been named Coach of the Year in three of the four conferences he has coached in--Big Sky, Pac-10 and Big East. Erickson was one of five finalists for Coach of the Year honors by The Football News in 1999 and one of 16 finalist for national Coach of the Year honors by the Associated Press.

    INJURY REPORT: OUT-quarterback Shayne House (right shoulder). Defensive back Luke Scott (broken right forearm). PROBABLE-Center Chris Gibson (ankle sprain).

    ATTENDANCE: Oregon State has drawn over 30,000 fans to Reser Stadium for the last eight games, including in back-to-back sellouts. The last time the Beavers had back-to-back sellouts was in 1968 when OSU drew over 40,000 fans for wins in its final two home games against UCLA and Oregon.

    SERIES INFORMATION: Oregon State and UCLA have played a total 50 times in the series with the Bruins holding a 34-12-4 overall lead. The Beavers have a one-game lead in the series as a result of downing UCLA 55-7 at Corvallis last year. That victory was the Beavers biggest win ever over the Bruins, in terms of winning margin. Oregon State last defeated UCLA at the Rose Bowl in 1994, 23-14. The Bruins won 34-10 in 1997 at the Rose Bowl. OSU's Dennis Erickson is 2-0 in games played against UCLA, while the Bruins' Bob Toledo is 2-1 in games played against the Beavers.


    ERICKSON COMMENTS

    ON OVERALL PLAY AGAINST STANFORD: 'I thought that was about as well as we have played this year on offense as far as a mixture of run and pass. Obviously the big play became a big factor for us in the passing game, and this is something we have been hoping to get accomplished. We started to get that last week against Washington, especially when opponents start playing the run they way they have been. When people want to stop the run, then we need to be able to throw the deep ball, and we were able to have great success doing that against Stanford. We ran the football very well also against Stanford. I thought Patrick McCall ran the ball very well and did some very good things in the game. Our offensive front played very well. Dustin Janz came in for Greg Gibson when he hurt his ankle and played very well. Defensively, we were a little shaky to start out with, but once we got a feel of the game I thought we played extremely well, particularly against the run. Our secondary played very well and overall it was a good game for us defensively.'

    ON INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES: 'Jonathan Smith made some big plays on offense, throwing long TD passes to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson. Patrick McCall and Ken Simonton ran the football very well. Our defensive ends, DeLawrence Grant and LaDairis Jackson, played very well and Darnell Robinson had a big game. Terrence Carroll had an exceptional game in the secondary.'

    ON TOTAL PERFORMANCE: 'This game was as close to a complete game as we have had this year when you consider, offense, defense and special teams. We had a couple of let downs in special teams with our kickoff return coverage, but other than that, we played pretty well on special teams. But again, we must continue to strive toward putting it all together in one game. We were very close against Stanford.'

    ON BIG ROAD GAME COMING UP AT UCLA: 'It gets more important with every game that you win. Obviously we are still in the thick of the Rose Bowl race right now and we must continue to play like we have been playing. UCLA is a great football team. You don't beat Alabama and Michigan without being very good. They slipped against California and we know that we will be running into a buzz saw going down to play them in the Rose Bowl.'

    NOTES FROM STANFORD GAME: Oregon State's win gives the Beavers their first 5-1 start since 1964, when OSU lost its season-opener and then won seven straight en route to the Rose Bowl.


    ***Oregon State's 32-point margin of victory over Stanford was its largest ever over the Cardinal, topping a 27-0 win in 1962.


    ***Jonathan Smith and Chad Johnson hooked up on a 97-yard touchdown pass, the longest pass play in OSU history and the play equals the second longest pass play in Pac-10 history, a mark accomplished twice earlier. WSU's Steve Birnbaum passed 97 yards to Nian Taylor vs. Idaho in 1998 and USC's Matt Koffler passed 97 yards to R. Jay Soward vs. Illinois in 1996. The previous OSU record was 92 yards on a Ladd McKittrick to Reggie Bynum pass vs. WSU in 1983.


    ***Smith to Johnson 97-yard TD pass broke a Reser Stadium record, topping the previous best of 95 yards on a pass from Fresno State's Kevin Sweeney to Stephan Baker in 1988.


    ***Smith connected with T.J. Houshmandzadeh for a 76-yard touchdown pass, the 11th longest in OSU history.


    ***Jonathan Smith's 324 yards passing was a season high, and that is also the 13th highest single-game passing mark in Beaver history.


    ***Ryan Cesca's 49-yard field goal was a career best, and the 13th longest in OSU history. Cesca also connected to all five his PAT attempts, which extends his OSU career mark. He has now booted 62-for-62 PAT kicks in his career.


    ***T.J. Housmandzadeh had a career high 120 yards in receiving yardage vs. Stanford, which also ranks 28th on OSU's single-game pass receiving yardage list.


    ***T.J. is the third OSU receiver to have over 100 yards in receptions this season. Chad Johnson had 116 yards vs. Washington and Robert Prescott had 101 yards vs. Washington.


    ***Oregon State's 324 yards passing vs. Stanford amounts to the 18th best single-game team mark in Beaver history.


    ***OSU's 471 yards in total offense vs. Stanford amounts to the 25th best single-game team mark in Beaver history.


    ***Terrence Carroll intercepted his fourth pass of the season vs. Stanford, giving him nine career interceptions, which ties him for 11th on OSU's all-time career list.


    WHAT SIMONTON NEEDS NEXT

    OSU CAREER MARKS CURRENTLY HELD AFTER 29 GAMES
    1-Rushing record with 3,408 yards
    2-Scoring record with 262 points
    3---Number of 100-yard rushing game-17
    4-Number of games scored touchdowns-20
    5-Number of games scored multi touchdowns-16
    6-Most career rushing attempts-680
    7-Most career all-purpose plays-729

    CAREER ALL-PURPOSE

    Simonton has 3,767 career all-purpose yards and stands second on the OSU career list

    137 yards moves him into 1st place ahead of Ken Carpenter (3,903)

    PACIFIC-10 RECORD

    107 yards needed to reach 1,000 rushing yards this season. When he reaches 1,000 yards, he becomes the first player in Pac-10 player in history to rush for 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior. He also becomes the sixth player to rush for over 1,000 yards three times in a career.

    BIG PLAYS: Oregon State is on a two-week roll with big plays. It started at Washington (10-7) as the Beavers produced six 'Big Plays' in the contest. It continued against Stanford as the Beavers put up four more 'Big Plays'. One of the big plays was a school record 97-yard touchdown pass from Jonathan Smith to Chad Johnson. Just one week earlier, Smith and Johnson connected on an 80-yard touchdown pass to equal the fifth longest pass play in OSU history. Smith also threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh against Stanford, the 11th longest pass play in Beaver History. He had a 48-yard TD pass to Robert Prescott for a touchdown at Washington. OSU produced 59 big plays in 1999. After six games, the Beavers have 23 big plays, with 16 coming in the last three games.

    RYAN CESCA, PK: Ryan Cesca remains perfect in PAT attempts in his OSU career and is now the Beavers' record holder for consecutive PATs made. As a freshman in 1999, he was perfect on all 37 of his PAT attempts, a school record for number of successful PAT kicks. He is a perfect 25-for-25 in 2000, making him 62-for-62 in his career. The previous OSU record for consecutive PAT kicks was 54 straight by Troy Bussanich (1986-89) He has made nine of 18 field goal attempts (.500) in his career Ryan booted a career long 49-yard field goal vs. Stanford. He scored 58 points in 1999, which was second to Ken Simonton's team leading 118 points.

    CAREER DEFENSIVE NUMBERS: Strong safety/weak linebacker Terrence Carroll has the most career defensive points among Beaver defensive players with 819 and now ranks 12th on OSU's career defensive point list. In 11th place is Lavance Northington with 827 and Jonathan Jackson is 10th with 831. William Ephraim is ninth with 851 points. Carroll is followed in career points by linebacker Darnell Robinson (607) and DeLawrence Grant (335.5). After only 18 games in his career, Dennis Weathersby has broken up 24 passes and is already over halfway home to the OSU career record of 44 held by Andrae Holland.

    BEAVER DEFENSE DOMINATING: Oregon State continues to be a dominating force nationally and in the Pac-10 when it comes to defense. OSU now ranks 23rd nationally in total defense and No. 2 in the Pac-10. OSU ranks 26th in rushing defense nationally and No. 2 in the Pac-10. The Beavers are 22nd nationally in scoring defense and No. 3 in the Pac-10. OSU is 19th nationally in pass efficiency defense and third in the Pac-10. The Beavers are 38th nationally and second in the Pac-10 in yielding passing yards. OSU remains No. 1 in the Pac-10 and tied for fifth nationally in pass interceptions with 12.

    CARROLL TOPS BEAVERS DEFENSIVELY AGAINST STANFORD: Strong safety Terrence Carroll led Oregon State in defensive points vs. Stanford with 40. His points came on five solo tackles, two assisted tackles, a pass break up, his fourth season and ninth career interception and a key fumble recovery that stopped a Cardinal scoring drive inside the Beavers' five-yard line. Darnell Robinson and Dwan Edwards followed Carroll with 34 points each. Edwards, a redshirt freshman, had a career high in defensive points as he registered two sacks, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a total of three tackles. Robinson had 11 tackles and a tackle for loss.

    WEATHERSBY FINALIST FOR JIM THORPE AWARD: Oregon State sophomore cornerback Dennis Weathersby has been selected as one of 40 players as a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate defensive back. Semifinalist will be announced the second week in November and three finalists will be selected the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Finalists are invited to ESPN's College Football Awards Show at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, where the winner will be announced on December 7. Formal presentation is at a banquet in February in Oklahoma City. The Jim Thorpe Award has been presented to the best defensive back in college football since 1986.

    BEAVERS TOUGH IN FOURTH QUARTER: Under Dennis Erickson, Oregon State has dominated the fourth quarter. The Beavers out scored opponents in the fourth quarter by 138 to 43 in 1999. Oregon State has started the 2000 season in the same manner, producing 54 points to 27 by opponents in six games. The Beavers out scored New Mexico 14-0 in the fourth quarter at altitude in Albuquerque to win the game 28-20. OSU out scored USC 17-7 in the fourth quarter to break a 14-14 tie and put the game away. Only twice in 18 games under Erickson have opponents scored more points in the fourth quarter. Stanford (14-10) last year and Washington this year (13-9) have been the only teams to tally more points than OSU in the fourth quarter.

    BEAVERS HIGH IN TURNOVER MARGIN: Oregon State had a plus two in turnovers against Stanford and maintained its +2.0 average, which ranks second in the Pac-10 to Arizona and fourth nationally. The Wildcats rank third nationally with a +2.17 average. OSU has forced 20 turnovers, compared to 25 by Arizona. The Wildcats have committed 12 turnovers, compared to only eight by the Beavers. Toledo leads the nation with a plus 2.43 per game average, followed by Florida with a 2.29 average. OSU has been on the plus side in the turnover margin department in every game except in the season opener with Eastern Washington. The Beavers finished that game minus 1.0. OSU's high water mark for the season was forcing seven turnovers against San Diego State.

    SIMONTON AMONG NATION'S LEADERS IN RUSHING, SCORING & ALL-PURPOSE RUNNING: Ken Simonton leads the Pac-10 and remains fourth nationally in rushing with a 149.00 per game average. Simonton leads the Pac-10 in scoring and is tied for eighth nationally in scoring with 11.00 per game average. Ken leads the Pac-10 in all-purpose running and ranks 18th nationally with 148.33 per game average.

    SIMONTON'S OSU RECORD 100-YARD GAME RECORD RUN: By rushing for 200 yards vs. Eastern Washington, Ken Simonton broke the Oregon State career record for most 100-yard rushing games with 14. He now has 17 games of 100 yards or more. He established a Beaver record in 1999 when his 100-yard rushing game streak reached seven games before being stopped. The streak reached seven straight 100-yard games before a rib injury in the first quarter of the UCLA game halted Simonton's attempt for an eighth straight 100-yard rushing game. Simonton has rushed for over 100 yards 17 times in his 28-game career to date. Pete Pifer carried for over 100 yards 11 times in his career. Former All-American fullback Bill Enyart rushed for over 100 yards nine times in his career. Another fullback, Dave Schilling, rushed for over 100 yards 13 times in his career.

    KEN SIMONTON, TB: Ken rushed for 81 yards on 14 carries and did not play past the midway point of the third quarter in OSU's 38-6 victory over Stanford...(Washington)--Ken rushed for 104 yards on 23 carries against Washington...it was his 17th 100-yard rushing game at OSU...(USC)--Ken had the biggest game of his career to date against USC...he rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns vs. the Trojans, including the game clinching 36-yard run with 1:18 to play...the 234 yards is the second highest rushing total by an individual in OSU history, topped only by 299 by Bill Enyart...it was also the second most yards ever rushed by an individual against USC...only Curtis Enis of Penn State in 1996 with 241 ever rushed for more yards against USC...Ken also tied Tim Alexander for the eighth best OSU all-purpose running game with 234 yards. (San Diego State)--Ken rushed for 91 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns against San Diego State and did not play after the first series of the second half as OSU had a comfortable lead. (New Mexico)--Ken had a fantastic game at New Mexico, rushing for 184 yards and scoring two touchdowns, including a 43-yarder with 1:12 left on a fourth and one play to ice the contest at 28-20 for OSU...his 184 yards matches the ninth best single-game mark in OSU history...the game was his 14th multiple touchdown game of his career and 15th 100-yard plus rushing game. (Eastern Washington)---Ken got his junior season off to a fantastic start, rushing for 200 yards on a career high 40 carries against Eastern Washington. He scored all three Beaver touchdowns, increasing his career scoring record to 214. His 200-yard rushing game was the seventh best single-game mark in OSU history and his second highest career game. (CAREER NOTES)--Ken Simonton has produced big numbers for Oregon State in three seasons. Ken rushed for 1,028 yards as a freshman in 1998, a school record. He is only the second player in Pac-10 history to rush for over 1,000 yards as a freshman. The only other player was Stanford's Darrinelson in 1977. Ken rushed for 1,329 regular season yards in 1999, the most ever in the history of the Pac-10 by a sophomore. Only five players in Pac-10 history have rushed for over 1,000 yards in three seasons---Napoleon Kaufman, Washington, 1992-93-94, Russell White, California, 1990-91-92, Darrin Nelson, Stanford, 1977-78-79, Charles White, USC, 1977-78-79, and Anthony Davis, USC, 1972-73-74. Simonton has a chance to become the first player in history of the Pac-10 to rush for over 1,000 yards in four seasons. He has scored touchdowns in 20 of his 29 career games and has multiple touchdown games 16 times. Here is a look at what Simonton has accomplished to date: (1998)


    **OSU record for rushing as a freshman with 1,028 yards. That figure


    **Four 100-yard rushing games.


    **First back in OSU history to rush for over 100 yards in his first game, 121 vs. Nevada


    **First back in OSU history to rush for over 100 yards in his first two games, 121 vs. Nevada and 103 vs. Baylor.


    **Rushed for four touchdowns against Oregon to tie OSU and stadium records.


    **Named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week following OSU's win over Oregon, 44-41 in double overtime


    **Named to The Football News Freshman All-America team.


    **Rushed for 207 yards vs. Stanford, the fifth best single-game mark in OSU history.


    **Rushed for 157 yards vs. Oregon, the 22nd best single-game rushing mark in OSU history.


    **Scored 78 points to ranked fourth on OSU's all-time season scoring list and fourth in the Pac-10.


    **Produced 1,172 all-purpose yards to ranked 10th on OSU's all-time single-season list. He ranked 11th in Pac-10


    **Ranked fourth in Pac-10 in rushing with 93.45 yards per carry and 41st in the nation.


    **Ranked 15th in the Pac-10 in total offense with 93.45 yards per game. (1999)


    **OSU record for rushing as a sophomore (1999)with 1,486 yards.


    **OSU record for points scored in a season with 118


    **OSU record for all-purpose yards in a season with 1,705.


    **OSU career record for scoring with 196 points.


    **Ranked second in the Pac-10 in rushing with 120.82 yards per game and 13th in the nation


    **Ranked 10th in the Pac-10 in total offense with 120.82 yards per game.


    **Ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 26th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 138.45 average per game.


    **Ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 and eighth in the nation in scoring with 9.64 points per game.


    **Rushed for over 100 yards in nine games, an OSU record.


    **Rushed for 100 yards seven games in a row, an OSU record.


    **Scored four touchdowns against Georgia Southern to match an OSU record (a record he already had tied).


    **Opened the season by rushing for 199 yards vs. Nevada, the seventh best single-game mark in OSU history.


    **He has rushed for the fifth best (207), seventh best (199), 11th best (180), 12th best (178), 25th best (157 twice), and 35th best (149) single-game marks in OSU history.


    **He has produced the 13th best (216) and 18th best (207) all-purpose games in OSU history.


    **Selected second team All-Pac-10 Conference.


    **Selected honorable mention All-American by The Football News.


    **Selected Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week following OSU's 46-23 victory over Fresno State, a game in which he rushed for 178 yards, scored 2 touchdowns and had 200 all-purpose yards.


    **Selected first team All-Pac-10 by Seattle Post Intelligencer and The Football News.


    **Selected as OSU's Most Valuable Player in the Oahu Bowl after rushing for 157 yards, scoring 2 touchdowns and having 182 all-purpose yards. (2000)

    SIMONTON PRESEASON HONORS


    1--Named second team All-America by Athlon Magazine
    2--Named first team All-Pac-10 by Athlon Magazine
    3--Named second team All-America by Street & Smith Magazine
    4--Named second team All-America by Football News
    5--Named first team All-Pac-10 by Street & Smith Magazine
    6--Listed as Heisman Trophy Candidate by Street & Smith Magazine
    7--Listed as Doak Walker Award Candidate by Street & Smith Magazine
    8--Named first team All-Pac-10 by Lindy's Magazine
    9--Rated as the 13th best running back in nation by Lindy's Magazine
    10--Rated as the seventh best running back in nation by The Sporting News
    11--Named first team All-Pac-10 by The Sporting News
    12--Rated as one of the top six running backs in the nation by Playboy Magazine
    13-Named Pac-10 Conference Offensvie Player of the Week following USC victory


    **Rushed for 81 yards on 14 carries vs. Stanford and scored one touchdown.


    **Rushed for 104 yards on 23 carries vs. Washington. Failed to score a touchdown after scoring in six straight games.


    **Rushed for 200 yards on 40 carries vs. Eastern Washington and scored 3 touchdowns. It was a personal high in carries and the seventh best single-game rushing mark in OSU history and his second time over 200 yards rushing.


    **Rushed for 184 yards on 30 carries vs. New Mexico, matching the ninth best single-game rushing mark in OSU history. He also scored two touchdowns, including a 43-yarder with 1:12 to play to ice the contest at 28-20.


    **Rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns vs. San Diego State and moved into 26th in career Pac-10 rushing with 2,989 yards


    **Rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns vs. USC. It was a career high for Ken and the second most yards rushing by an Oregon State back. He broke the Reser Stadium rushing record and it was the second most yards ever rushed against USC. His 234 all-purpose yards tied him for eighth on the OSU single-game all-purpose running list.


    WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT SIMONTON---

    'Ken Simonton is a definite Heisman Trophy candidate,' Eastern Washington coach Paul Wulff

    'He is just an outstanding back. We were stacking guys at the line of scrimmage, and every once in a while, the Beavers had a good running back (Simonton) that makes a guy miss, and that ends up being big gains,' New Mexico coach Rocky Long.

    'He's obviously a great running back. Our scheme should stop anybody, at least it has the potential to do it. But if we have a letdown, he could get 300 yards against us (Simonton rushed for 184),' said New Mexico linebacker Mike Barnett.

    'You are not going to completely stop a back like him,' said New Mexico coach Rocky Long.

    'He's always going to the goal line. He's always going downhill, always seeking the soft spot,' said San Diego State coach Ted Tollner.

    'He is one of the best that we will play against,' said USC coach Paul Hackett.

    'He's the guts of this football team. The things he does are unbelievable for his size. He doesn't have all out burning speed, but you couldn't tell him that on the final play against USC,' said OSU running backs coach Dan Cozzetto.

    'He's such a tremendous person, one of the best and most true persons I've been around,' said OSU running backs coach Dan Cozzetto.

    'There are certainly a lot of good ones (running backs) our there, but right now all his numbers would lead you to believe that there is not a better one around, said Washington coach Rick Neuheisel.

    'He's just got tremendous vision. He's got great explosion. When he sees a hole or opening, he has tremendous explosion. He's got great lower-body strength. He breaks a lot of tackles with his legs. He's an extremely tough guy,' said Oregon State coach Dennis Erickson.

    'He possesses that gift of knowing how to get into the endzone. He hasn't gained all his yards by being average,' said OSU running backs coach Dan Cozzetto.

    'He makes the right decisions on where to go. He seldom runs into anybody. He has good speed, but it's his ability tomake the right decision that he really has going for him,' said Washington defensive coordinator Tim Hundley.

    'He is the most underrated player in college football,' said Tom Ramsey, Fox Sports Net

    'I would say that Ken Simonton is the top offensive player in the Pac-10 right now,' said California coach Tom Holmoe.

    SIMONTON FINALIST FOR DOAK WALKER AWARD: Ken Simonton has been selected as one of 35 finalists for the Doak Walker Award, which is given annually to the nation's top college running back. Eight semifinalists will be selected on November 8, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will ultimately vote on the winner in late November. The winner of the 2000 Doak Walker Award, presented by Vectrix, will be announced live on ESPN's Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000. The Doak Walker Award presentation banquet will be held at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001.

    PRESCOTT MOVING UP RECEIVING LADDER: Senior wide receiver Robert Prescott has caught 90 in his career and has moved into a tie for 11th place, along with Lee Overton on the OSU career list. He needs three more receptions to move up a notch on the chart.

    JONATHAN SMITH, QB: Jonathan has started 21 career games for Oregon State at quarterback and has produced a 13-8 (.619) record as a starter...passed for 324 yards (13th best at OSU) and had 306 yards in total offense (22nd best), while leading OSU to 38-6 victory...threw a school record 97-yard TD pass to Chad Johnson and 11th longest 76-yard TD pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh...in two career games vs. Stanford, Jonathan passed for 729 yards and 4 touchdowns... (Washington) --Jonathan passed for 314 yards and three touchdowns vs. Washington, including TD passes of 80 yards to Chad Johnson, 48 yards to Robert Prescott and 11 yards to T.J. Houshmandzadeh...(USC)--Jonathan directed OSU to its biggest win in several years in a 31-21 victory over USC...he completed 10 of 29 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown...(San Diego State)--Jonathan posted his best numbers of the season in directing OSU to a 35-3 victory over San Diego State...he completed 14 of 27 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown... (New Mexico)--Jonathan had his lowest personal career offensive output as a starter in the Beavers' 28-20 victory over New Mexico...he completed 12of 28 passes for 78 yards and one touchdown...he had 55 yards in total offense...(Eastern Washington)--he passed for only 132 yards, completing 13 of 29 passes, but he threw 2 interceptions...the first interception stopped his streak of passes thrown without a pick at 156, just 14 shy of the OSU record of 170 straight...he wound up with 115 yards in total offense vs. EWU...(1999 Highlights)--Jonathan broke the OSU single-season record for passing yards (3,053) and in total offense (2,957) in 1999...he finished third in the Pac-10 Conference in total offense and 25th nationally with 245.0 yards per game average during regular season...he averaged 253.1 yards a game passing....Jonathan did not throw an interception against UCLA and Washington State and he had thrown 71 attempts without a pick before being intercepted one time against California...he was intercepted only one time in OSU's last six games of the 1999 season...he threw 213 passes during that span...finished the season without and interception on his last 140 pass attempts (The OSU school record is 170 thrown without an interception)... he had a streak of throwing a touchdown pass in nine straight games halted at Washington State, but he got back on track with a TD pass vs. California and three vs. Arizona...Jonathan put the 'Big Play' back into the OSU offense in 1998 after taking over the controls from an injured Terrance Bryant...Jonathan was directly responsible for 32 plays of 25 yards or more in OSU's last four games of 1998...he opened the 1999 season with three 'Big Plays' while directing OSU to a 28-13 victory over Nevada...he added five more in the Beavers' 46-23 victory over Fresno State and three more in 48-41 victory over Georgia Southern...he added four vs. USC, one against Washington, eight against Stanford, five in the UCLA game, three at WSU, three vs. California, four against Arizona, one vs. Oregon and three vs. Hawaii... (Career Notes)--Jonathan established an OSU record by passing for 469 yards vs. Washington in 1998...his 459 yards in total offense vs. the Huskies is the second best one-game mark in OSU history, topped only by Erik Wilhelm's 480 yards in 1987...Jonathan has completed 364 of 769 passes for 5,657 yards, 29 touchdowns and 14 interceptions...his 29 touchdown passes ranks second all-time at OSU, behind only Erik Wilhelm (52)...he has 5,383 yards of total offense in 24 career games played...Jonathan is second place in career passing at Oregon State and second in career total offense...he has passed for over 300 yards in seven of his 24 games played, and the first three were coming off the bench as a backup... his 15 touchdown passes in 1999 ties him for fourth on the single-season list. Smith's career highlights follow:(1998)


    **Threw for an OSU record 469 yards passing vs. Washington with 3 touchdown passes.


    **Produced the second best total offense mark in OSU history with 459 yards vs. Washington.


    **Threw for 318 yards vs. UCLA, the 13th best single-game mark in OSU history.


    **Threw for 310 yards and 2 touchdowns vs. Oregon, the 15th best single-game mark in OSU history.


    **Had 318 yards in total offense vs. UCLA, the 14th best single-game mark in OSU history.


    **Had 310 yards in total offense vs. Oregon, the 21st best single-game mark in OSU history.


    **Threw a 90-yard TD pass to Roddy Tompkins vs. Washington, the third longest pass play in OSU history and second longest TD pass.


    **Threw a 80-yard TD pass to Greg Ainsworth vs. Washington, matching the fourth longest pass play in OSU history and third longest TD pass in OSU history.


    **Threw a 75-yard TD pass to Greg Ainsworth vs. Oregon, matching the ninth longest pass play in OSU history and seventh longest TD pass.


    **Connected on a 63-yard pass to Greg Ainsworth vs. UCLA, the 24th longest pass play in OSU history.


    **Produced 32 plays over 25 yards in six games played. (1999)


    **Set OSU season record for passing yards with 3,053


    **Set OSU season record for total offense with 2,957 yards


    **Finished season by throwing 140 passes without an interception.


    **Finished third in Pac-10 and 25th nationally in total offense with 245.0 yards per game.


    **Passed for 405 yards and 2 touchdowns vs. Stanford, the fourth best single-game mark in OSU history.


    **Produced 414 yards in total offense vs. Stanford, the fourth best single-game mark in OSU history.


    **Passed for 303 yards and 2 touchdowns vs. Fresno State, the 19th best single-game mark in OSU history.


    **Produced 312 yards in total offense and 3 touchdowns vs. Fresno State, matching the 19th best single-game mark in OSU history.


    **Connected on a 74-yard TD pass to Marty Maurer vs. Nevada, matching the 11th longest pass play in OSU history.


    **Connected on a 69-yard TD pass to Roddy Tompkins vs. Stanford, matching the 17th longest pass play in OSU history.


    **Connected on a 65-yard TD pass to Tompkins vs. Arizona, the 22nd longest pass play in OSU history.(2000)


    **Led OSU to 38-6 victory over Stanford, passing for 324 yards, including 97-yard school record TD pass to Chad Johnson and 76-yard TD pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh. The 324 yards passing ranks 13th on OSU career chart and 306 yards in total offense ranks 22nd.


    **Led OSU to 31-21 victory over #8 (AP) and #7 (USA Today/ESPN) ranked USC.


    **Currently has a streak of 141 straight passes thrown without an interception.


    **Passed for 314 yards vs. Washington, the 15th bests single-game passing mark in OSU history. His 281 yards in total offense was the 27th best single-game mark in Beaver history. His three TD passes equals a career best and fourth time he has thrown three in a game. He threw 80-yard TD pass to Chad Johnson, matching fourth longest pass play in OSU history. In two games at Husky Stadium, Jonathan passed for 783 yards and 6 touchdowns.


    THIS, THAT, ETC.


    ***Oregon State has not played a true freshman so far this season.


    ***Oregon State has scored in 30 straight games after being shutout by USC 23-0, November 15, 1997.


    ***Ken Simonton rushed for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns vs. Eastern Washington (9/2) on a career high 40 carries. The 200 yards is the seventh best single-game mark in OSU history.


    ***Ken Simonton rushed for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns vs. New Mexico (9-9), which ties him for ninth place as the best single-game rushing mark in OSU history.


    ***Darnell Robinson produced 60 defensive production points vs. Eastern Washington (9/2) to equal the 13th best single-game defensive performance in OSU history.


    ***Darnell Robinson led OSU in defensive points vs. New Mexico with 40.


    ***Terrence Carroll topped OSU in defensive points vs. USC with 38.


    ***Defensive end LaDairis Jackson returned an intercepted pass for a touchdown against New Mexico, the first time in his football career he has returned an interception for a touchdown.


    ***Jonathan Smith had a streak of passes thrown without an interception stopped at 156 vs. Eastern Washington (9/2). In 1999, he had 71 passes thrown without an interception before being stopped in the Georgia Southern (9/18) game. He had a second streak of 71 passes thrown without an interception stopped in the California game (11/8). He currently has a streak of 141 passes thrown without an interception.


    ***OSU backs have rushed for 100 yards or more a total of 149 times.


    ***Ken Simonton tied his own record of 4 touchdowns in a game vs. Georgia Southern in 1999, which he did against Oregon in 1998. Pete Pifer, Bill Enyart, Reggie Bynum and Robb Thomas have also scored 4 touchdowns in a game.


    ***Ken Simonton in 1999 was the first Oregon State player to lead the nation in rushing at any point during the season. He led the nation following week two and three of the season.


    ***Pete Pifer finished fourth in the nation in rushing with 1,088 yards in 1966 and he finished fifth in the nation in 1965 with 1,095 yards. Bill Enyart finished seventh in the nation in 1968 with 1,304 yards and Dave Schilling finished 18th in the nation in 1970 with 1,084 yards. Ken Simonton finished 41st in the nation in 1998 with 1,028 yards and 13th in 1999.


    ***405 yards passing by Jonathan Smith vs. Stanford in 1999 ranks as the fourth best individual single-game mark in OSU history and Smith's second time over 400 yards. His 414 yards in total offense also ranks as the fourth best individual single-game mark in Beaver history.


    ***Oregon State held New Mexico to zero third down conversions. The Lobos were 0 for 13 for the game.


    ***Oregon State did not allow a touchdown vs. San Diego State. Prior to that, the last time Oregon State did not allow a touchdown in a game was against Oregon in the 1995 Civil War contest as the Ducks booted four field goals in a 12-10 Oregon victory.


    ***Oregon State had 17 tackles for loss, including five sacks vs. San Diego State for a negative 60 yards.


    ***Oregon State forced seven turnovers, four interceptions and three fumbles, while playing not committing a turnover vs. San Diego State.


    ***OSU intercepted four passes vs. San Diego State and the last time OSU had four pass interceptions in one game prior to that was against Nevada in the 1998 season opener, a 48-6 victory over the Beavers.


    ***Middle linebackers Richard Seigler and Greg Brown-Davis had their first career interceptions against San Diego State.


    ***Linebacker Nick Barnett scored his first career touchdown while recovering a fumble in the end zone against San Diego State.


    ***DeLawrence Grant recorded an OSU record three forced fumbles vs. San Diego State.


    ***DeLawrence Grant recorded an OSU record 72 defensive points vs. San Diego State. He had 4 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles, 2 sacks, a quarterback hurry and he returned a fumble 12 yards. One of his forced fumbles led to a touchdown as Nick Barnett recovered the pigskin in the end zone.


    ***Two interceptions by Terrence Carroll vs. San Diego State was his first multi-interception game and gives him seven career interceptions. The last OSU player to intercept two or more passes in a game prior to Carroll was Armon Hatcher vs. California on October 31, 1998.


    *** Senior defensive end DeLawrence Grant had a career game vs. San Diego State, establishing an Oregon State record for defensive points in one game with 72, topping the previous high of 70 by Buster Elahee in an overtime game at California in 1996. Grant's 72 points came on 4 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 4 tackles for loss, a school record 3 forced fumbles, 2 sacks, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry.


    ***OSU's 31-21 victory over USC was the Beavers' first victory over a ranked team since defeating Oregon 44-41 in double overtime in 1998. It was OSU's first triumph over a team ranked in the top 10 since defeating UCLA 15-13 on November 11, 1978 at Corvallis. The Bruins were ranked ninth by the Associated Press at the time.


    ***Ken Simonton's 234 yards rushing vs. USC were the second-most ever by an Oregon State back in a single game. The OSU record is 299 yards by Bill Enyart vs. Utah in 1966. Simonton's previous best was 207 yards against Stanford in 1998. Simonton's 234 yards also amounts to the 25th best single-game rushing mark in Pac-10 history.


    ** *Simonton established a Reser Stadium record for rushing yards with 234, topping the previous mark of 233 by USC's Marcus Allen in 1981. It was also the second most yards rushed by an individual against USC. His 234 all-purpose yards tied Tim Alexander for eighth on the single-game all-purpose running list.


    ***Terrence Carroll's 75-yard pass interception return vs. USC ranks as the ninth longest interception return in OSU history.


    ***Mike Fessler's 65-yard punt vs. Washington matched his 65-yarder earlier in the season at New Mexico and equals the eighth longest punt in OSU history.


    ***Dennis Weathersby has broken up passes in 15 of the 18 career games he has played, including five straight in 2000. He did not break up a pass against Fresno State and Hawaii in 1999 and Stanford this year.


    ***In two games played at Husky Stadium, OSU quarterback Jonathan Smith has passed for 783 yards and six touchdowns. He has combined to complete 30 of 56 passes for 783 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Against Washington, Smith has thrown touchdown passes 90, 80 twice and 48 yards.


    ***Smith's 314 yards passing vs. Washington ranks as the 15th best single-game passing performance by a Beaver and Smith's fourth best yardage game.


    ***Smith's 281 yards in total offense vs. Washington ranks as the 27th best single-game total offense mark in OSU history.


    ***Oregon State had two receivers (Robert Prescott 101 and Chad Johnson with 116) have over 100 yards receiving vs. Washington, the first time the Beavers have had that happen since Tim Alexander (130), Greg Ainsworth (127) and Roddy Tompkins (210) combined to break the century mark against Washington in 1998.


    ***Ken Simonton rushed for over 100 yards (104) vs. Washington, marking the 17th time in his career over 100 yards rushing.


    ***Patrick McCall rushed for a career high 89 yards vs. Washington and had a career-long 43-yard TD run.


    ***Smith's 80-yard touchdown pass to Chad Johnson vs. Washington equaled the fourth longest pass play in OSU history.


    ***Washington became only the second team in 17 games played under Dennis Erickson that an OSU opponent out scored Oregon State in the fourth quarter. The Huskies had a 13-9 point total edge in the fourth quarter. The only other team to post more points than the Beavers in the fourth quarter prior to Washington was Stanford (14-10) in 1999.


    ***The 73,145 fans attending the OSU-Washington game was the largest crowd ever to see a Beaver-Husky game.


    ***OSU's 314 passing yards vs. Washington ranks as the 20th highest total passing yards by the Beavers.


    ***OSU's 474 yards in total offense vs. Washington ranks as the 23rd best single-game total offense mark in Beaver history.


    ***Smith's three touchdown passes vs. Washington equals his career best. It is the fourth time he has passed for three touchdowns in a game.


    TICKET INFORMATION/PROMOTION INFO

    TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets can by purchased in person at the OSU Athletic Ticket office, room 107 Gill Coliseum, or by calling 541-737-4455 or 1-800-GO BEAVS. The OSU Athletic Ticket Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased on-line at http//www.ticketweb.com (general admission tickets only) or at http:www.osu.beavers.com. Ticket prices are $26 for reserved seats and $18 for general admission end zone seats. BiMart two-for-one reserved seat tickets coupons are available at all local BiMart outlets and can be redeemed in person at the OSU Athletic Ticket Office or at Reser Stadium on game day. Tickets booths open at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Reser Stadium.

    OSU GAMES ON TEAMLINE/TRZ: Fans can hear the live radio play-by-play of all Oregon State football games in 2000--even when the Beavers are not on TV or out of a radio listening area. Just call TEAMLINE at 1-800-846-4700 and enter 5921 for OSU's access code and enter a credit card number when prompted. Then listen to all the action as it's broadcast by the Oregon radio station (1190 AM KEX).

    LISTEN TO BEAVERS ON OSU WEBSITE: Fans can also listen to OSU football through the Beavers' website, www.osubeavers.com. To listen to the radio play-by-play, click the audio/video link on the website and it will take you to the live play-by-play of the game. Beaver Sports Talk, featuring Coach Dennis Erickson, can also be heard every Tuesday, starting August 29, throughout the football season by clicking on to the same link.

    BEAVER SPORTS TALK SHOW: Beaver Sports Talk is on the air on the OSU statewide radio network. The Beaver Sports Talk Show, hosted by Mike Parker, the voice of the Beavers, features Coach Dennis Erickson and is on the air from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. each Tuesday throughout the season. The show originates from The Headline Cafe in Corvallis. Fans from across the state and beyond may call in toll-free with their questions at 877-600-6433. Beaver Sports Talk will be carried by much of the Beaver Sports Radio Network, including KLOO AM (1340) in Corvallis and KEX AM (1190) in Portland. Fans outside coverage areas may log onto www.osubeavers.com to get live coverage and utilize the new Azumano/Away Travel Ask The Coach feature. Check local listings for the Beaver Sports Radio Network station in your area.

    PAC-10 SATELLITE FEEDS: Pac-10 satellite feeds featuring Pac-10 head coaches are available from 12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m. PDT every Wednesday from September 6 through November 22, 2000. Satellite coordinators for the Pac-10 feed---(C-Band), Telestar 5, Transponder 16. Pac-10 on-line---www.pac-10.org. Trouble numbers for the satellite feed are--Dennis Kirkpatrick 310-543-1835 or 888-423-0095 pager, Kyle Reischling, 310-286-3749, Michelle Lockhart, 925-932-4411.

    OSU RADIO NETWORK: All Oregon State football gams are carried live over the OSU radio network, which consists of 31 stations in the Pacific Northwest. Mike Parker is in his second season of calling the play-by-play, while former OSU halfback Bob Grim is in his 12th year as the color analyst. Michael Convery is in his third season as OSU's sideline reporter. KEX (1190 AM) serves as the anchor station of the 31-station network, produced by Beaver Sports Properties, a division of Learfield Communications. Airtime for the OSU network, both home and away, will always be one hour prior to kickoff. KLOO (1340 AM) radio in Corvallis is on the air two hours prior to kickoff, both home and away games, with a special tailgate show with hosts Jon Warren and Doug Blair. KLOO will originate from Parker Plaza at Reser Stadium for home games and in the studio during road games.

    OSU HOTLINE: Oregon State's hotline service is up and running. Beaver radio play-by-play announcer Mike Parker will have a new hotline interview on the machine by 12 noon each day. Call 541-737-2000 for the taped interview with players and coaches. The interviews run 2 1/2 minutes or less.

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