2000 Football Season Wrapup
Jan. 9, 2001
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.
11 WINS: Oregon State's 23-13 victory over Oregon in the Civil War clinched the Beavers' first-ever 10-win regular season. The Beavers' 41-9 victory over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl gave OSU its first 11-win season in history. 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.
RANKING: Oregon State is ranked fourth on the season's final Associated Press Poll. The Beavers are also ranked fifth on the final USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Oregon State was ranked sixth on final BCS Poll on December 3. The #4 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.
OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is on a seven-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 19-5 (.792) in its last 24 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 seven straight games was over two seasons, starting 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.
OSU BREAKS SCORING RECORD: Oregon State scored 400 points during the regular season to become the highest scoring team in Beaver history. The 400 points tops the 347 points accumulated by the 1999 team in 12 games. OSU averaged 33.3 points per game
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: OSU 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 January 12 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.Oregon State has appeared in five bowl games during its football history. The Beavers' appearance in this year's Fiesta Bowl marks the first time Oregon State's has played in back-to-back bowl games. The Beavers' previous bowl appearances follow:
EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME: Oregon State has three players participating in the East-West Shrine Game, to be played on January 13 at Pacific Bell Park, San Francisco. The three include defensive end DeLawrence Grant, strong safety Terrence Carroll and wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
HULA BOWL: Keith Heyward-Johnson, senior cornerback, will participate in the Hula Bowl, played January 20 in Maui, Hawaii.
OSU SENIORS: A total of 29 Oregon State seniors played 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.
DENNIS ERICKSON SEVENTH ON ACTIVE WINNING LIST: Dennis Erickson, Montana State, '69, has completed two years as Oregon State's head coach. He posted a 7-5 record in his first year, 1999, stopping a 28-year string of losing seasons for the Beavers. He led OSU to an 11-1 record in 2000, the best record in school history. After two seasons, he has produced a record of 18-6 (.750) 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 .739 (131-46-1). He trails R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M (.743) on the winning percentage list. Erickson is tied for eighth among active Division 1-A college coaches for total victories with 131. He is tied with Florida's Steve Spurrier. 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 18-6 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. He was named Coach of the Year in the Pac-10 for the 2000 season, making him one of two coaches in conference history to win the honor at two different schools (he also won the award at WSU in 1988). Erickson was named national Coach of the Year by the Sporting News following the 2000 season. He was one of three finalists for the Football Writers Association Coach of the Year Award and one of six finalists for the Paul 'Bear' Bryant Coach of the Year Award. He was selected Coach of the Year by CNNSI.com and by BCSfootball.com. 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. He is one of three finalists for Coach of the Year by the Football Writers Association of America and one of six finalists for the Paul 'Bear' Bryant Coach of the Year Award. 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).
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 eight semifinalists were--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 was selected (10/30) as one of 15 semifinalists for the Football News' Offensive Player of the Year Award.
KEN SIMONTON: Ken 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. Ken Simonton stands in fifth place on the Pac-10 career-rushing list with 4,073 yards. His next target on the Pac-10 career list is No. 4, Napoleon Kaufman, Washington. Kaufman gained 4,106 yards and Simonton needs 34 yards to move ahead of Kaufman. Simonton needs 97 to pass Stanford's Darrin Nelson (4,169). Ken has scored 312 career points and has moved into ninth place on the Pac-10 all-time scoring list.
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. OSU produced 59 big plays in 1999. The Beavers produced 54 big plays during the 2000 season.
BEAVERS HIGH IN TURNOVER MARGIN: The Beavers 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 lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin at 1.45 and ranked 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 as well as 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 completed his Oregon State career with 881defensive points, good enough to rank eighth on the Beavers' all-time 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 (754), which ranks 19th on OSU's career list. After only 24 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. Keith Heyward-Johnson finished his four-year career with 23 passes broken up. Carroll had nine career interceptions to finish in a tie for 11th place on the Beavers' all-time list for interceptions.
RYAN CESCA BREAKS PAT RECORD: Ryan broke the OSU record for scoring in a season by a kicker in 2000 with 94 points, topping the previous high of 80 by Jose Cortez (1998). Cesca's 94 points ranks fourth on OSU's single-season scoring list. Ryan converted 46 of 47 PAT attempts in 2000 to establish a new single-season record before missing his final attempt of the regular season against Oregon. His 43-for-43 (before missing on his 44th attempt) topped his previous record of 37-for-37 in 1999. Cesca finished the regular season at 43-for-44. He ran his school record career streak to 80-for-80 before missing. The previous OSU record for consecutive PAT kicks was 54 straight by Troy Bussanich (1986-89). He is now 83-for-84 (.988). 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. Ryan booted 16 of 19 field goal attempts in 2000, 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 23 of 34 field goal attempts (.676) 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 scored 94 points in 2000 and has 151 career points, which ranks fifth in career scoring at OSU. Cesca ranked second in the Pac-10, behind Ken Simonton, in scoring.
SIMONTON AMONG NATION'S LEADERS: Ken Simonton led the Pac-10 and ranked sixth nationally in rushing with a 134.00 per game average. Simonton led the Pac-10 in scoring and ranked eighth nationally in scoring with 10.00 per game average. Ken led the Pac-10 in all-purpose running and ranked 27th nationally with 137.27 per game average.
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. A look at Simonton's career numbers:
PRESCOTT FINISHES NINTH IN CAREER RECEIVING: Senior wide receiver Robert Prescott caught 110 passes in his career and finished ninth on the OSU career list. Robert produced 2,602 all-purpose yards in his OSU career to rank 10th on the Beavers' career list in that department.
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 69 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 five times in 23 games under Erickson have opponents scored more points in the fourth quarter, and three of those the game was not in question.
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.