No. 10 OSU Football Downs Arizona, 33-9
Nov. 11, 2000
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. - In a season that just keeps getting better for OregonState, the 10th-ranked Beavers won at Arizona for the first time, keeping theirRose Bowl hopes alive with a 33-9 victory Saturday night.
Jonathan Smith completed 17 of 31 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown andthe Beavers (9-1, 6-1 Pac-10) held Arizona (5-5, 3-4) to three field goals bySean Keel.
It was the first time the Wildcats had not scored a touchdown in a gamesince 1994.
Oregon State, with its highest ranking since 1968, has won nine games in aseason for the first time since going 9-1-1 in 1939.
The Beavers are host to sixth-ranked Oregon next Saturday in what amounts tothe biggest 'Civil War' game ever between the arch-rivals. But Oregon Stateneeds help to get to Pasadena.
The Beavers need a victory over Oregon coupled with a Washington loss toWashington State to earn their first Rose Bowl berth since the 1964 season. IfOregon beats Oregon State, the Ducks go to the Rose Bowl.
Arizona held Ken Simonton, the Pac-10's leading rusher, to a season-low 73yards in 19 carries, but he had 47 in five carries in the fourth quarter,including a 21-yard touchdown run.
The Beavers, 0-10 at Arizona going into the game, scored on their first fivepossessions, including field goals of 23, 44 and 31 yards by Ryan Cesca, tolead 23-3 at halftime. Cesca also kicked a 30-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Keel's field goals of 31 and 37 yards cut the lead to 23-9 in the thirdquarter, and the Wildcats had a chance to make it closer when Jermaine Chapmanintercepted Smith's pass to give Arizona the ball at the Beavers' 36 with 4:33left in the third.
But moments later, Arizona quarterback Ortege Jenkins twisted his ankle andbriefly left the game. On fourth-and-1 at the Oregon State 27, backupquarterback Jason Johnson thought the Beavers jumped offsides and went to oneknee. But there was no flag and Oregon State took over.
In the first half, Simonton, the Pac-10's leading rusher, had just 1 yard ineight carries and the Beavers had just 2 yards on the ground. But Smithcompleted 12 of 21 passes for 188 yards, and Oregon State's defense held theWildcats to 64 total yards.
Chad Johnson caught six passes for 103 yards in the first half, including a26-yard touchdown reception. He caught seven passes for 109 yards for the game.
The Beavers sacked Jenkins six times, three by LaDairia Jackson.
Cesca's field goals of 23 and 44 yards put the Beavers up 6-3. The 44-yarderwith 2:03 left in the first quarter bounced off the right upright and throughthe goal posts.
A shanked, 16-yard punt by Chris Palic gave Oregon State the ball on theArizona 41. Eight plays later, Patrick McCall bulled over from the 1 to make it13-3 with 13:48 left in the first half.
Arizona's Joe Tafoya had three sacks before he was ejected in the fourthquarter.