The 104th 'Civil War'
Nov. 13, 2000
TELEVISION: Saturday's contest will be televised live on a regional ABC network, starting at 12:30 p.m. PST. Keith Jackson (play-by-play), Tim Brant (analyst) and Todd Harris (sideline) will announce the game. The game will also be televised on a delayed basis on Sunday over Fox Sports Net Northwest with Scott Lynn (play-by-play), Steve Preece (analyst) and Todd McKim (analyst). Airtime for the delayed telecast on Sunday is 12:30 p.m. The delayed telecast covers the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
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.
RANKING: Oregon State is ranked eighth this week on the Associated Press Poll, while Oregon is ranked fifth. The Beavers are also ranked eighth on the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Oregon is ranked sixth on the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. OSU was ranked ninth on last week's BCS Poll, while Oregon was ranked seventh. This week's #8 national ranking is the highest Oregon State has been ranked since 1968. The Beavers were ranked eighth by the Associated Press on September 16, 1968. Oregon State was ranked sixth by AP in the 1968 preseason poll. The Beavers were ranked seventh on the November 27, 1967 AP poll for their highest regular season ranking. Oregon State also ranked seventh on the AP poll on October 14, 1957.
LOOKING FOR 10 WINS: Oregon State has never won 10 games in a football season and a win in the Civil War would give the Beavers No. 10. OSU's 9-1 start is its best start in school history. The Beavers started 7-1-1 en route to a 9-1-1 record in 1939. OSU finished season 7-1-1 in 1946. The Beavers finished 7-0-2 in 1914 and the 1926 team finished the season 7-1-0. OSU was 9-2 in 1962.
OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is on a five-game winning streak overall. The Beavers currently own an 13-game non-conference regular season winning streak, an eight-game winning streak at Reser Stadium, a three-game road winning streak and a five-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 17-5 (.773) in its last 22 games and has won 11 of its last 12 (.917) home games. The last time the Beavers won eight 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. The last time the Beavers won five straight games was in 1966 when they won six straight to close the season and the first three games in 1967 for a nine-game win streak. The last time OSU won three straight games on the road was in 1969 when the Beavers downed Washington, California and Oregon in the final three road games of the '69 season. The streak extended to four with the first road game in 1970. The last time OSU won five straight conference games was during the 1967 and '68 seasons when the Beavers won the last two Pac-8 games on the '67 season and followed that up by winning the first four Pac-8 outings of the '68 campaign. OSU is now produced back-to-back seasons of seven or more wins for the first time since the Beavers had three straight seven win campaigns from 1966-67-68 (7-3-0, 7-2-1, 7-3-0). OSU has also produced back-to-back seasons of at least four conference wins for the first time since 1968-69 (5-1, 4-3). Oregon State has never won six games in one season at Reser Stadium. The Beavers are currently 5-0 at Reser this season, matching last year's five-win output in a 5-1 home record.
PACIFIC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP AT STAKE: The Civil War will decide the championship of the Pacific-10 Conference. Oregon currently leads the Pac-10 with a 7-0 record and has assured itself of no worse than tie for the championship. Oregon State and Washington are tied for second at 6-1. If the Beavers and Huskies both win, it will be a three-way tie for the Pac-10 championship. OSU's last conference title in football was 1957.
RACE FOR THE ROSES: Only Oregon, undefeated in Pac-10 play, controls its own destiny to represent the conference in the Rose Bowl. If the Ducks defeat the Beavers, Oregon goes. If OSU, Oregon and Washington end in a three-way tie, then the Huskies go. The Beavers go if they defeat the Ducks and Washington falls to Washington State.
CLOSED PRACTICES: All of Oregon State's practices this week at Reser Stadium will be closed to everyone.
OSU SENIORS IN FINAL HOME GAME: A total of 29 Oregon State seniors will be playing in their final home game at Reser Stadium on Saturday. The 29 include-Ryan Atkinson, DT, Santa Barbara, CA, Antonio Battle, TB, Royal Palm Beach, FL, Greg Brown-Davis, MLB, Concord, CA, Terrence Carroll, SS, Houston, TX, Jared Cornell, OG, The Dalles, OR, Mike Fessler, P, Tigard, OR, Steve Frketich, OG, Sherwood, OR, Samuel Gage, CB, Tacoma, WA, DeLawrence Grant, DE, Compton, CA, Terrance Gray, CB, Queens, NY, Keith Heyward-Johnson, CB, Woodland Hills, CA, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Barstow, CA, LaDairis Jackson, DE, Houston, TX, Bennie Johnson, TE, Vallejo, CA, Chad Johnson, WR, Miami, FL, Robert Marthaller, SS, Siletz, OR, Martin Maurer, TE, Jacksonville, OR, Tevita Moala, MLB, Hawthorne, CA, Tim Murdick, LB, Corcoran, CA, Charles O'Neal, DT, Barstow, CA, Sefa O'Reilly, DE, Hemet, CA, Robert Prescott, WR, Seattle, WA, Darnell Robinson, SLB, Sacramento, CA, Matt Stanwood, PK, Gresham, OR, Robert Sykes, OG, Merced, CA, Casey Waletich, LB, Lake Oswego, OR, Ricky Walker, CB, Oakland, CA, Mitch White, OT, San Diego, CA and Aaron Wright, SS, Moreno Valley, CA.
SERIES INFORMATION: Saturday's Civil War will be the 104th renewal of the Oregon State-Oregon football rivalry. The Ducks lead the series 52-41-10, including a one-game winning streak as a result of winning 25-14 in Eugene last year. Oregon State won the last meeting in Corvallis, 44-41, a triple overtime game in 1998. The 1998 game was the last game coached by Mike Riley before leaving the Beavers to take over as head coach of the San Diego Chargers. Oregon State Head Coach Dennis Erickson is 0-3 vs. Oregon, having gone 0-2 as head coach at Washington State and 0-1 as the Beavers' head coach. In fact, Oregon is the only Pac-10 school Erickson has not defeated. Duck Head Coach Mike Belliotti is 4-1 vs. Oregon State.
30-POINT CLUB: Oregon State has scored 30 or more points against all seven Pac-10 opponents to date. As a result, the Beavers led the Pac-10 in scoring (33.60) and in total offense (412.70). Of the three contending Pac-10 teams for the conference title, Oregon State's victory margin in its six Pac-10 games won is 17.8, compared to 7.6 by Oregon and 5.7 by Washington.
TELEVISION RECORD: Oregon State is 5-1 this year on network television. The Beavers' only defeat this season was at Washington on a Fox Sports Net national cable telecast.
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 9-1 in 2000 and 16-6 (.727) 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 .736 (129-46-1). He trails R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M (.753) on the winning percentage list. Erickson is 15th among active Division 1-A college coaches for total victories with 129. 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 16-6 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.
LaDAIRIS JACKSON BREAKS BRECKTERFIELD'S RECORD: Senior defensive end LaDairis Jackson posted four tackles for loss in OSU's 33-9 victory over Arizona, giving him 19 for the season. Jackson's 19 tackles for loss breaks the OSU single-season record of 16 established by Inoke Breckterfield in 1996. Jackson also had three sacks in the victory over the Wildcats, giving him 9 ï¿½ sacks on the season, breaking the previous OSU season record of eight sacks by Kent Howe (1978) and Phil Alfierei (1985).
RECORDS FALL IN ARIZONA VICTORY: A few records fell by the wayside in Oregon State's 33-9 victory over Arizona in Tucson. It was the Beavers first victory over the Wildcats in Tucson. OSU had dropped 10 straight at Tucson before last Saturday's victory.
PACIFIC-10 RECORDKen Simonton is the first player in Pacific-10 Conference history to rush for 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior. Simonton and Stanford's Darin Nelson (1997-81) are the only two players in Pac-10 history to rush for over 1,000 yards as a freshman. However, Nelson failed to rush for 1,000 yards as a junior. Simonton is one of six players in the history of the Pac-10 to rush for over 1,000 yards in three seasons. He has a chance as a senior in 2001 to become the first player in Pac-10 history to rush for over 1,000 yards in four seasons. The Pac-10 list of 1000-yard rushers for three seasons follows:
Anthony Davis, USC, 1972-73-74
Charles White, USC, 1977-78-79
Darrin Nelson, Stanford, 1977-78-81
Russell White, California, 1990-91-92
Napoleon Kaufman, Washington, 1992-93-94
Ken Simonton, Oregon State, 1998-99-2000
PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE CAREER RUSHING & SCORING LISTS
Ken Simonton has moved into sixth place on the Pac-10 career-rushing list with 3,802 yards. His next target on the Pac-10 career list is No. 4, Napoleon Kaufman, Washington. Kaufman gained 4,106 yards and Simonton needs 232 yards to move ahead of Kaufman. Simonton needs 295 to pass Stanford's Darrin Nelson (4,169). Ken has scored 300 career points and has moved into 10th place on the Pac-10 all-time scoring list.
OSU IN THE RED ZONE: OSU has a .795 percent success rate in the red zone, scoring 26 touchdowns and nine field goals in 44 attempts. OSU opponents have scored 26 out of 31 times inside the red zone (.838), but only 14 of the scores have been touchdowns, a percentage of .452.
BIG PLAYS: Oregon State is on a 'Big Play' roll. The Beavers' most productive game this season was against California. OSU added 10 plays of 25 yards or more in their 38-32 victory over the Bears. Six of plays were in the passing game, three in the running game and one on a kickoff return. 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 and four vs. UCLA. One of the big plays was a school record 97-yard touchdown pass from Jonathan Smith to Chad Johnson vs. Stanford. Smith and Johnson connected on an 80-yard touchdown pass vs. Washington 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. Smith had a 48-yard TD pass to Robert Prescott for a touchdown at Washington. OSU produced 59 big plays in 1999. After 10 games, the Beavers have 44 big plays this season.
BEAVERS HIGH IN TURNOVER MARGIN: The Beavers have had only two negative turnover games during the 2000 season. The first negative game was in the season opener against Eastern Washington (-1.0) and the second was against UCLA (-2.0). In both cases, OSU was able to overcome the turnovers and gain a victory. The Beavers are second in the Pac-10 in turnover margin at 1.22 and are tied for eighth nationally. OSU's high water mark for the season was forcing seven turnovers against San Diego State.
BEAVER DEFENSE TOPS PAC-10: Oregon State's defense has been dominating nationally and in the Pac-10. OSU leads the Pac-10 and ranks 15th nationally in total defense. OSU leads the Pac-10 in rushing defense and ranks eighth nationally. The Beavers are 22nd nationally in scoring defense and No. 1 in the Pac-10. OSU is 24th nationally in pass efficiency defense and second in the Pac-10. OSU remains No. 1 in the Pac-10 and tied for eighth nationally in pass interceptions with 17.
CAREER DEFENSIVE NUMBERS: Strong safety Terrence Carroll has the most career defensive points among Beaver defensive players with 849 and currently ranks 10th on OSU's career defensive point list. In ninth place is William Ephraim with 851 and Rico Petrini is eighth with 858. Carroll is followed in career points by linebacker Darnell Robinson (664). After only 22 games in his career, Dennis Weathersby has broken up 28 passes and is already over halfway home to the OSU career record of 44 held by Andrae Holland.
RYAN CESCA BREAKS PAT RECORD: Ryan has converted 41 of 41 PAT attempts this year to establish a new single-season record, topping his previous record of 37-for-37 last year. 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 then for number of successful PAT kicks. He is a perfect 41-for-41 in 2000, making him 78-for-78 in his career. The previous OSU record for consecutive PAT kicks was 54 straight by Troy Bussanich (1986-89) Ryan has been successful on 13 of 15 field goal attempts this year, including a streak of eight in a row which was stopped when he missed a 45-yarder in his last attempt in the California game. He has now made four in a row as a result of kicking four at Arizona to tie OSU's single-game record. He made three vs. UCLA, and came back to kick three the following week against Washington State. He has made 20 of 30 field goal attempts (.667) 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. He has scored 80 points this year and 138 career points, which ranks ninth in career scoring at OSU, passing Jose Cortez, the kicker he replaced, on the career chart. Ryan's 80 points this season ranks in a tie for fifth on the Beavers' single-season scoring list. Cesca ranks third in the Pac-10, behind Ken Simonton and UCLA's DeShaun Foster, in scoring.
PRESCOTT MOVING UP RECEIVING LADDER: Senior wide receiver Robert Prescott has caught 102 in his career and has moved into 10th place on the OSU career list. He needs eight more receptions to move up a notch on the chart.
SIMONTON AMONG NATION'S LEADERS: Ken Simonton leads the Pac-10 is fifth nationally in rushing with a 145.38 per game average. Simonton leads the Pac-10 in scoring and is tied for ninth nationally in scoring with 10.00 per game average. Ken leads the Pac-10 in all-purpose running and ranks 18th nationally with 146.38 per game average.
KEN SIMONTON, TB: Ken rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown vs. Arizona. (Cal)--Ken rushed for 125 yards and 3 touchdowns vs. California...it was the fifth time he has scored 3 or more touchdowns in a game...he had a career long 64-yard run vs. California. (WSU)--Ken rushed for 169 yards, which ranks 19th on OSU single-season list against WSU, scoring two touchdowns and a 2-point PAT...he had runs of 53 and 42 yards vs. the Cougars...he had 181 all-purpose yards...with 1,163 yards rushing this season, he ranks third on OSU's single-season list...his 80 points scored ties him for fourth place on the single-season scoring list. (UCLA)--Ken rushed for 100 yards on 24 carries vs. UCLA, the 18th time he has topped the century mark in a game. (Stanford)--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 Darrin Nelson 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 other 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 23 of his 33 career games and has multiple touchdown games 18 times.
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 20 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 20 times in his 33-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.
SIMONTON SEMIFINALIST FOR DOAK WALKER AWARD: Ken Simonton has been selected as one of eight semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, which is given annually to the nation's top college running back. 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. The eight semifinalists are-Dan Alexander, Nebraska, Damien Anderson, Northwestern, Rudi Johnson, Auburn, Robert Sanford, Western Michigan, Anthony Thomas, Michigan, LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU, Deonce Whitaker, San Jose State and Simonton.
SIMONTON SEMIFINALIST FOR FOOTBALL NEWS AWARD: Ken Simonton has been selected (10/30) as one of 15 semifinalists for the Football News' Offensive Player of the Year Award. The list will be trimmed to five finalists on Monday, Nov. 20. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, December 6.
JONATHAN SMITH, QB: Jonathan has started 25 career games for Oregon State at quarterback and has produced a 17-8 (.680) record as a starter. Jonathan passed for 231 yards and a touchdown in leading OSU to 33-9 victory over Arizona. (Cal)--He passed for 317 yards vs. California in leading OSU to 38-32 victory. (WSU)-Jonathan led OSU to a 38-9 victory over WSU, completing 13 of 28 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. (UCLA)--Jonathan passed for 351 yards (23-37) and personal best 4 touchdowns vs. UCLA...eighth best single-game passing mark at OSU and 11th best total offense mark (338). (Stanford)--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 428 of 893 passes for 6,702 yards, 36 touchdowns and 18 interceptions...his 36 touchdown passes ranks second all-time at OSU, behind only Erik Wilhelm (52)...he has 6,361 yards of total offense in 28 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 nine of his 27 games played, including four of his last six games...his first three 300-yard games were coming off the bench as a backup in 1998... his 15 TD passes in 1999, and 15 this year, ties him for fourth on the single-season list.
BEAVERS SETTING ATTENDANCE MARKS: Oregon State has drawn over 30,000 fans to Reser Stadium (Reser's capacity is currently 33,297) for the last nine home games, including three straight sellouts, a school record. The Beavers are assured of a fourth straight sellout as the Civil War game with Oregon has been sold out since July. OSU has drawn crowds of at least 30,000 for 11 of its last 12 home games.
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 continued during the 2000 season, producing 94 points to 57 by opponents. 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. OSU topped UCLA 23-14 in the fourth period to pull out 44-38 victory. Only four times in 22 games under Erickson have opponents scored more points in the fourth quarter, and two of those the game was not in question. Stanford (14-10) in 1999 and Washington (13-9), Washington State (6-0) and California 10-7) this year have been the only teams to tally more points than OSU in the fourth quarter.
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.
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 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.
MEDIA LUNCHEON: Oregon State's next media luncheon will start at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7. The luncheons are held on the third floor of the Valley Center. Media planning to attend must inform Hal Cowan no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday. Request for player and coaches interviews should also be made before 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. All luncheons in 2000 will start at 11:00 a.m.
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.