Oregon State Stomps Washington State, 38-9

Oct. 28, 2000

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    CORVALLIS, Ore. - Ken Simonton ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns asNo. 18 Oregon State kept its Rose Bowl hopes alive by overpowering WashingtonState 38-9 on Saturday night.

    The Beavers (7-1, 4-1 Pac-10) are tied with Washington for second placebehind unbeaten Oregon, but the Huskies hold the tiebreaker over Oregon State.

    The game featured the two most productive offenses in the Pac-10, butWashington State (3-5, 1-4) gained just 240 yards. Jason Gesser, the leadingpasser in the conference, was 11-of-29 for 109 yards and two interceptionsunder heavy pressure.

    Oregon State won its eighth straight home game and is 7-1 for the first timesince 1964, the last time the Beavers went to the Rose Bowl.

    Simonton had 97 yards in the first quarter, going over the 1,000-yard markand becoming the first player in Pac-10 history to reach the milestone in hisfreshman, sophomore and junior seasons.

    Simonton surpassed the mark on his second carry, beating the Cougars'secondary to the corner and running down the right sideline for 53 yards. Thatset up a 22-yard field goal by Ryan Cesca to make it 3-0.

    The run was the longest of Simonton's career, topping a 49-yarder againstStanford his freshman year.

    Simonton, who has 1,163 yards this season, began the year No. 42 on thePac-10 career yardage list but has climbed into the top 10. On Saturday nighthe surpassed Washington State's Rueben Mayes (3,519 yards from 1982-85).

    Only five other players have recorded three 1,000-yard seasons in thePac-10: Washington's Napoleon Kaufman, Cal's Russell White, Stanford's DarrinNelson, and USC's Charles White and Anthony Davis. Nelson and Simonton are theonly players to accomplish the feat as freshmen.

    Simonton's 2-yard run put Oregon State ahead 10-0, and Cesca made a pair of32-yarders for a 16-0 lead with 7:34 to go in the second quarter.

    Jonathan Smith completed 13 of 28 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns toT.J. Houshmandzadeh. In the past four games, Smith has 1,135 yards, 11 TDs andtwo interceptions.

    Cesca has made seven straight field goals and is 8-of-9 for the season. Hisone miss was a 46-yarder late in the Beavers' only loss, 33-30 at Washington.

    Washington State gained just 43 yards on its first seven possessions, anddidn't get a first down until there were 7:19 left in the second quarter. TheCougars' only scoring drive began when Billy Newman intercepted a pass by Smithand returned it to the Oregon State 42.

    Washington State had first and goal at the 2, but settled for a 20-yardfield goal by Anousith Wilaikul with 34 seconds left in the half to get within16-3.

    The Beavers ran off 22 straight points in a 7 1/2-minute span of the third,exploiting the Pac-10's worst defense. Simonton had a 5-yard touchdown,followed by a 2-point conversion run. Smith then hit Houshmandzadeh for scoresof 17 and 23 yards to make it 38-3.

    By LANDON HALL
    AP Sports Writer

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