No 14 Oregon State Captures Fourth Consective Win Against Cal, 38-32
Nov. 4, 2000
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Ken Simonton ran for 125 yards and three touchdownsas No. 14 Oregon State beat California 38-32 on Saturday for its first 8-1start ever.
The nation's fifth-ranked rusher going into the game, Simonton ran 64 yardson his first carry to move to sixth on the Pacific-10 Conference's careerrushing list.
The Beavers (8-1, 5-1) extended their best start since their last visit tothe Rose Bowl in 1964. The Beavers' best previous start was 7-1-1 in 1939.
California (3-6, 2-4) rushed for just 27 yards, instead focusing on itspassing game. Kyle Boller made 17-of-44 passes for a career-best 349 yards andthree touchdowns. He was intercepted twice.
The Bears made it a game midway through the final quarter on DerekSwafford's 81-yard scoring catch, the second-longest TD reception in Calhistory, to close to 31-29.
But Patrick McCall, Simonton's backup, ran for a 27-yard TD, his secondscore of the game, with 6:06 left. Cal's Mark-Christian Jensen added a 40-yardfield goal for the final margin.
OSU's Jonathan Smith was 12-of-29 for 317 yards, after going 6-of-14 for 200yards in the first half alone. The Beavers had 528 yards of total offense.
After Simonton's 64-yard run to 2, he punched it in the end zone for a 7-0lead.
Simonton, who had already earned a Pac-10 record with at least 1,000 rushingyards in his freshman, sophomore and junior years, passed Gaston Green of UCLAwith 3,802 career rushing yards.
Simonton had a 4-yard TD run on the Beavers' second series.
California made it 14-9 before the close of the quarter on Boller's 10-yardpass to a diving Chad Heydorff in the end zone, and a safety from a bad longsnap on an OSU punt.
Jensen kicked a 23-yard field goal to narrow the gap to 14-12 for the Bears.But Simonton scored his third touchdown, on a 6-yard run, midway through thequarter.
McCall ran a yard for another score, and Ryan Cesca kicked a 32-yard fieldgoal to give the Beavers a 31-12 lead.
But with 10 seconds left in the first half, Boller hit Chase Lyman with a30-yard scoring pass.
Simonton, who had 17 carries, was used only sparingly in the third quarterand not at all in the fourth, but he kept his helmet on and stretched to stayloose on the sidelines. It did not outwardly appear that he was injured.
McCall finished with 17 carries for 116 yards.
Cal closed to 31-22 on Jensen's 39-yard field goal in the third quarter,before Cesca missed a 45-yard attempt for the Beavers.
The Bears have lost nine straight during the month of November.
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer