Preparations Begin For Fiesta Bowl
Dec. 5, 2000
GAME: #5 Oregon State (10-1, 7-1) vs. #10 Notre Dame (9-2)
BOWL: Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
SITE: Sun Devil Stadium (73,471), Tempe, Arizona
DATE: January 1, 2001
TIME: 5:00 p.m. PST
RADIO: Live over 31-station Beaver Sports Network, 3:30 p.m. PST
TV: Live, ABC, 5:00 p.m. PST
PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE CO-CHAMPIONS: Oregon State earned a share of the Pacific-10 Conference championship by downing Oregon 23-13 in the Civil War. The Beavers finished the Pac-10 slated with a 7-1 record, same as Washington and Oregon. The Huskies earned the Rose Bowl berth as a result of downing the Beavers 33-30 in Seattle. The share of the title is Oregon State's first Pacific-10 Conference championship. The Beavers tied for the 1964 AAWU championship. OSU tied for the 1957 Pacific Coast Conference title and won the 1956 championship outright. The Beavers also won the 1941 PCC championship.
RANKING: Oregon State is ranked fifth on the latest Associated Press Poll. The Beavers are also ranked sixth on the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Oregon State ranked sixth on final BCS Poll on December 3. The #5 national ranking by the Associated Press is the highest Oregon State has ever been ranked. 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 previously. Oregon State also ranked seventh on the AP poll on October 14, 1957. Notre Dame is ranked 10th on both the AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Notre Dame is ranked 11th on the BCS Poll.
TELEVISION: The 30th annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will be televised live by ABC, starting at 5:00 p.m. PST. The announcers will be Sean McDonough (play-by-play) with Ed Cunningham (color analyst) and Leslie Gubel (sideline).
OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is on a six-game winning streak overall. The Beavers currently own a 13-game non-conference regular season winning streak, a nine-game winning streak at Reser Stadium, a three-game road winning streak and a six-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 18-5 (.783) in its last 23 games and has won 12 of its last 13 (.923) 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 six 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 six 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 had never won six games in one season at Reser Stadium prior to the 2000 season.. The Beavers were 5-1 at Reser Stadium in 1999.
10 WINS: Oregon State's 23-13 victory over Oregon in the Civil War clinched the Beavers' first-ever 10-win regular season. OSU's previous best overall season was a 9-1-1 record in 1939, after starting 7-1-1. 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.
30-POINT CLUB: Oregon State had scored 30 or more points against all seven Pac-10 opponents prior to the Civil War. The Beavers scored 23 in a 23-13 victory over Oregon.
OREGON STATE-NOTRE DAME: The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will mark the first Oregon State and Notre Dame have played each other in football.
ERICKSON VS. NOTRE DAME: Dennis Erickson has a 1-1 record vs. Notre Dame as a head coach. Erickson's Miami team defeated the Irish 27-10 on November 25, 1989 at Miami. Notre Dame was ranked No. 1 in the nation at the time, while the Hurricanes were ranked No. 7. In the return game on October 20, 1990, Miami traveled to South Bend and lost to the Irish 29-20. Notre Dame was ranked No. 6 and the Hurricanes No. 2.
COMMON OPPONENTS: Oregon State and Notre Dame have played two common opponents this year-Stanford and USC. The Beavers defeated the Trojans 31-21 at Corvallis on September 30, and the Cardinal 38-6 at Corvallis on October 14. Meanwhile, the Irish defeated Stanford 20-14 at South Bend on Oct. 7 and USC 38-21 at Los Angeles on November 25. The Beavers had a combined score of 69-27 over the Trojans and Cardinal, while the Irish had a combined score of 58-35 over the same two clubs.
OREGON STATE BREAKS SCORING RECORD: Oregon State scored 359 points during the regular season to become the highest scoring team in Beaver history. The 359 points, with a bowl game yet to be played, tops the 347 points accumulated by the 1999 team in 12 games.
TELEVISION RECORD: Oregon State is 6-1 this year on network television. The Beavers' only defeat this season was at Washington (33-30) on a Fox Sports Net national cable telecast.
BEAVERS SET ATTENDANCE MARKS: Oregon State has drawn over 30,000 fans to Reser Stadium (Reser's capacity is currently 33,297) for the last 10 home games, including four straight sellouts, a school record.
GREGG SMITH HONORED: Oregon State assistant head coach and offensive line coach Gregg Smith is one of six finalists for the fifth-annual Frank Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant college football coach. The winner of the award will be announced December 13 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The other finalists for the award are: Michigan assistant head coach/running backs coach Fred Jackson, Texas Christian defensive coordinator/safeties coach Gary Patterson, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Mike Mangino, South Carolina defensive coordinator/defensive tackles coach Charlie Strong, and Northwestern offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Kevin Wilson.
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 10-1 in 2000 and 17-6 (.739) 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 .737 (130-46-1). He trails R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M (.748) on the winning percentage list. Erickson is 15th among active Division 1-A college coaches for total victories with 130. 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 17-6 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.
COACH OF THE YEAR HONORS FOR ERICKSON: Dennis Erickson has been selected as the National Coach of the Year by The Sporting News. He has been selected as Coach of the Year in the Pacific-10 Conference. The American Football Coaches Association has selected him as Region V Coach of the Year. He is one of 15 finalist for the Associated Press Coach of the Year. For Erickson, it his second time he has been named Coach of the Year in the Pac-10. He was also named Coach of the Year in the Pac-10 as head coach at Washington State in 1988. He has also been named Coach of the Year in the Big East Conference (Miami) and Big Sky Conference (Idaho).
GRANT AND CARROLL TO EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME: Senior defensive end DeLawrence Grant and senior strong safety Terrence Carroll have been invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game, to be played on January 13 at Pacific bell Park, San Francisco.
OSU RECORDS FALL: With a bowl game yet to be played, Oregon State players have made several dents in the Beavers' record book. OSU record book changes follow:
OSU SENIORS: A total of 29 Oregon State seniors will play in their final football game for Oregon State in the Fiesta Bowl. 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.
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).
WEATHERSBY FINALIST FOR JIM THORPE AWARD: Oregon State sophomore cornerback Dennis Weathersby was selected at the start of the season as one of 40 players as a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate defensive back.
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 continued during the 2000 season, producing 94 points to 63 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), California (10-7) and Oregon (6-0) this year have been the only teams to tally more points than OSU in the fourth quarter.
BIG PLAYS: Oregon State is a 'Big Play' team. 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. The Beavers produced six 'Big Plays' in the Washington (10-7) contest. OSU had four against Stanford (10/14) and four vs. UCLA (10/21). 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 and a 49-yarder to Prescott for a TD vs. Oregon. OSU produced 59 big plays in 1999. The Beavers have produced 49 big plays this season.
BEAVERS HIGH IN TURNOVER MARGIN: The Beavers had only two negative turnover games during the 2000 regular 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 lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin at 1.45 and rank fourth 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 was dominating nationally and in the Pac-10. OSU led the Pac-10 and ranked 20th nationally in total defense. OSU ranked 10th nationally in rushing defense and second in the Pac-10. The Beavers are 17th nationally in scoring defense and No. 1 in the Pac-10. OSU ranked 19th nationally in pass efficiency defense and second in the Pac-10. OSU finished No. 1 in the Pac-10 and tied for fifth nationally in pass interceptions with 22.
CAREER DEFENSIVE NUMBERS: Strong safety Terrence Carroll has the most career defensive points among Beaver defensive players with 865 and currently ranks eighth on OSU's career defensive point list. In seventh place is Todd Sahlfeld with 887 and Steve Brown is sixth with 926. Carroll is followed in career points by linebacker Darnell Robinson (706). After only 23 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 converted 43 of 43 PAT attempts this year to establish a new single-season record before missing his final attempt of the regular season against Oregon. His 43-for-43 topped his previous record of 37-for-37 last year. Cesca finished the regular season at 43-for-44. He ran his school record career streak to 80-for-80 before missing. He is now 80-for-81. 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. The previous OSU record for consecutive PAT kicks was 54 straight by Troy Bussanich (1986-89) Ryan has been successful on 14 of 17 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 made four in a row 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 21 of 32 field goal attempts (.656) 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 85 points this year and 143 career points, which ranks sixth in career scoring at OSU. Ryan's 85 points this season ranks fourth on the Beavers' single-season scoring list. Cesca ranks second in the Pac-10, behind Ken Simonton, in scoring.
KEN SIMONTON, TB: Ken rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown vs. Oregon. (Arizona)--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.
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 21 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 was 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 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 26 career games for Oregon State at quarterback and has produced a 18-8 (.692) record as a starter. Jonathan completed 14 of 27 passes for 2 touchdowns and 246 yards while leading OSU to a 23-13 Civil War victory over Oregon. He had TD passes of 49 and 31 yards to Robert Prescott. (Arizona)--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.
OSU RADIO NETWORK: 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.