Football Opens Season Sunday on National Television

Aug. 27, 2001

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    GAME: Oregon State (0-0) at Fresno State (1-0)
    SITE: Bulldog Stadium (41,031) at Fresno, CA
    DATE: Sunday, Sept. 2
    TIME: 6:36 PDT
    RADIO: Live over 30-station Beaver Sports Network, starting at 5:30 p.m.
    TV: Televised live over ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m. PDT. No delayed replay.
    RECORD: OSU (0-0, 0-0), FRESNO STATE (1-0, 0-0)

    CROWD: Fresno State is expecting a crowd of over 40,000 at Bulldog Stadium (41,031) for Sunday's game.

    RANKING: Oregon State enters its season opener ranked 11th by The Associated Press and 12th by ESPN/USA Today poll. Fresno State received votes in the preseason AP and ESPN/USA Today polls.

    TELEVISION: The game will be televised live by ESPN2 starting at 6:30 p.m. PDT. Rich Waltz will call the play-by-play and David Norrie will be the analyst. Alex Flanagan will provide sideline commentary. There will be no delayed replay on Fox Sports Net Northwest.

    RADIO: Oregon State has a 30-station radio network for the 2001 season. The Beavers' football network is produced by Beaver Sports Properties, a division of Learfield Communications. Mike Parker and Bob Grim call the action from the booth and Michael Convery of KEX is sideline reporter. The entire network pregame show airs one hour prior to kickoff. KEX (1190 AM) in Portland produces a pregame show on site at Reser Stadium. The KEX pregame show starts two and one half-hours prior to kickoff. Scott Lynn, KEX sports director, hosts the show. He will be joined by former OSU conrerback Keith Heyward-Johnson. When OSU is on the road, KEX will have a pregame show starting two hours prior to kickoff with Paul Ihander hosting. In addition, KLOO (1340 AM) radio in Corvallis also hosts a pregame show from Reser Stadium starting three hours prior to kickoff for home games only with Doug Blair and Jon Warren announcing. OSU's 30-station network:

    OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is on a seven-game winning streak overall, the most since winning nine straight from 1966-67. 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.

    PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE CO-CHAMPIONS: Oregon State earned a share of the 2000 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 was 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. The Beavers are the first and only team in the State of Oregon to post an 11-win season.

    OREGON STATE IN THE POLLS: Oregon State achieved its highest-ever ranking in all three polls-Associated Press, USA Today/ESPN and the BCS-in 2000. Here is where the Beavers' ranked in the final polls of the 2000 season:

    OSU BREAKS SEASON TICKET RECORD: Oregon State sold a school record 23,011 season tickets. The Beavers sold out their entire supply of season tickets on July 16. The previous record was 14,700 season tickets sold in 2000. OSU sold 11,500 in 1999, Dennis Erickson's first year as head coach. The Beavers put all remaining individual game tickets available on sale on August 1 and the entire allotment was sold out that day. OSU thus opens the 2001 season with all five home games sold out.

    OSU MEDIA LUNCHEONS: Oregon State will start its weekly football media luncheons on Tuesday, August 28 at the Valley Football Center third floor. Media wishing to attend must contact Hal Cowan prior to 5:00 p.m. each Monday if planning to attend a luncheon. In addition, all interview requests must be made prior to 5:00 p.m. each Monday. Coach Dennis Erickson's interview session each week will be televised live by ESPN News, starting at 11:15 a.m.

    Media wishing to access the Dennis Erickson's interview session from 11:15 a.m. until 12 noon can do so by calling 913-981-5582. Media wishing to access the Ken Simonton interview session from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. can do so by calling 913-981-5582.

    OSU INJURY REPORT: OSU has three players out. OUT-quarterback Shayne House (recovering from right shoulder surgery), linebacker Chaz Scott (right knee sprain), and tailback Riley Jenkins (possible ACL, MCL injury to right knee). PROBABLE-Linebacker James Allen (right shoulder).

    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 10th among active Division 1-A college coaches for total victories with 131. 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.

    SERIES RECORD: Oregon State and Fresno State have played 10 times previously and the Bulldogs hold the overall edge in the series at 6-4-0. The Beavers have a one-game winning streak in the series as a result of downing Fresno State 46-23 at Reser Stadium in 1999 during Dennis Erickson's first season as OSU's head coach. Erickson is 3-0 as a head coach in games played against the Bulldogs. Fresno State Head Coach Pat Hill is 0-1 vs. Oregon State. The Beavers have never won at Bulldog Stadium in four attempts. OSU lost to Fresno State 24-14 in its last trip to Fresno in 1994.

    THE LAST MEETING: The last meeting between the two squads was on September 11, 1999. In Dennis Erickson's first home game as the Beavers' head coach, Oregon State pounded Fresno State 46-23 before 30,243 fans. The Beavers held a 509-241 edge in total offense. Ken Simonton led OSU's attack with 178 yards on the ground on 31 carries (5.7 average), and he scored two touchdowns. Jonathan Smith completed 16 of 29 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns. Paris Gaines rushed for 50 yards for the Bulldogs and Bill Volek completed 23 of 37 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns.

    OSU-FRESNO STATE CONNECTION: Dennis Erickson played and coached for former Fresno State head coach Jim Sweeney. He played for Sweeney at Montana State and coached for him at Montana State. Erickson was an assistant under Sweeney at Fresno State from 1976-78. Scott Johnson, current interim athletics director for the Bulldogs, formerly was assistant sports information director at Oregon State under Hal Cowan. He left OSU to become SID at Fresno State in 1981.

    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. 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.

    STARTING STREAKS: Several Oregon State players will have multiple game starting streaks heading into the 2001 season. A total of seven players have starting streaks of 12 or more games. Players with long starting streaks follow:


    WHAT SIMONTON NEEDS NEXT

    OSU CAREER MARKS CURRENTLY HELD AFTER 35 GAMES
    1-Rushing record-4,073 yards
    2-Scoring record-312 points
    3-All-Purpose yards-4,450 yards
    4-Number of 100-yard rushing games-21
    5-Number of games scored touchdowns-25
    6-Number of games scored multi touchdowns-18
    7-Most career rushing attempts-802
    8-Most career all-purpose plays-854
    9-Number of 1,000-yard seasons-3
    10-Number of 200-yard rushing games-3
    11-Most consecutive 100-yard rushing games--7

    SEASON RECORDS HELD BY SIMONTON
    1-Most yards rushing-1,559 (2000)
    2-Most all-purpose yards-1,705 (1999)
    3-Most rushing attempts-294 (1999)
    4-Most all-purpose plays-315 (1999)
    5-Most points scored-118 (1999)
    6-Most rushing touchdowns-19 (1999)
    7-Most yards rushing as freshman-1,028 (1998)
    8-Most yards rushing by sophomore-1,486 (1999)
    9-Most yards rushing by junior-1,559 (2000)
    10-Most 100-yard rushing games-9 (1999)
    11-Most consecutive 100-yard games-6 (1999)

    OSU GAME RECORDS HELD BY SIMONTON
    1-Most touchdowns scored-4 (1998)
    2-Most points scored-24 (1998)

    RESER STADIUM RECORDS HELD BY SIMONTON
    1-Most yards rushing in game-234 vs. USC (2000)

    NCAA RECORD

    Ken Simonton can become only the fifth player in NCAA history in 2001 to rush for 1,000 yards or more in each of his four seasons of play. The other four players follow:


    Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh, 1973-76
    Amos Lawrence, North Carolina, 1977-80
    Denvis Manns, New Mexico State, 1995-98
    Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, 1996-99

    PACIFIC-10 RECORD

    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 Darrin 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 1,000-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 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. The Pac-10's all-time scoring leader is John Lee, UCLA, with 390 points. Ken needs only 79 points to top that figure. Ken has averaged 104 points a season through his first three campaigns. A look at the career rushing and scoring charts follow with what Ken needs to pass is in parenthesis:

    NCAA CAREER SCORING & CAREER RUSHING TOUCHDOWN LISTS

    Ken Simonton enters the 2001 season ranked in a tie for 32nd on the all-time NCAA career-scoring list with 294 points. He ranks in a tie for 17th place in career rushing touchdowns with 48. BOWL GAMES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN NCAA CAREER STATISTICS. Ken has scored three rushing touchdowns and a total of 18 points in two bowl games. His career totals at OSU and in the Pac-10 Conference read 312 points and 51 rushing touchdowns. The points and touchdowns Ken needs to move up on the charts are listed in parenthesis:

    KEN SIMONTON, TB: (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. He rushed for a school record 1,559 yards as a junior. 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 25 of his 35 career games and has multiple touchdown games 18 times. Here is a look at what Simonton has accomplished to date:

    SIMONTON AMONG NATION'S LEADERS IN 2000: Ken Simonton led the Pac-10 and ranked sixth nationally in rushing with a 134.00 per game average during the 2000. 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. A look at the NCAA leaders in all three departments in 2000 follows:

    SIMONTON'S OSU RECORD 100-YARD GAME RECORD RUN: Ken has rushed for 100 yards or more in 21 games thus far in his OSU career, a school record. 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 21 times in his 35-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 in 35 games played :

    OREGON STATE'S TOP 10 SINGLE-GAME RUSHING MARKS: Ken Simonton has produced five of Oregon State's top 10 individual game rushing efforts. The OSU top 10 single-game rushing marks follow:

    SIMONTON DOAK WALKER CANDIDATE: Ken Simonton is one of 43 preseason candidates listed for the 2001 Doak Walker Award, which is awarded annually to the nation's top running back.

    OSU IN THE RED ZONE DURING 2000 SEASON: OSU had a .788 percent success rate in the red zone in 2000, scoring 29 touchdowns and 12 field goals in 52 attempts. OSU opponents scored 30 out of 36 times inside the red zone (.833), but only 17 of the scores were touchdowns, a percentage of .472. Red zone totals follow:

    JONATHAN SMITH, QB: Jonathan has started 27 career games for Oregon State at quarterback and has produced a 19-8 (.704) record as a starter. (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 458 of 944 passes for 7,253 yards, 41 touchdowns and 19 interceptions...his 41 touchdown passes ranks second all-time at OSU, behind only Erik Wilhelm (52)...he has 6,923 yards of total offense in 30 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 10 of his 30 games played...his first three 300-yard games were coming off the bench as a backup in 1998...his 15 TD passes in 1999 ranks fourth on the single-season list...his 20 TD passes in 2000 is a single-season OSU record. Smith's career highlights follow:


    WHAT JONATHAN SMITH NEEDS NEXT ON OSU CHARTS

    CAREER PASSING
    Smith has 7,253 career yards passing
    Needs-2,141 yards to move into 1st place ahead of Erik Wilhelm (9,393)

    CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE
    Smith has 6,923 career total offense yards
    Needs-2,140 yards to move into 1st place ahead of Erik Wilhelm (9,062)


    SMITH RANKS HIGH ON PAC-10 CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE, PASSING AND TOUCHDOWN CHARTS

    Jonathan Smith enters the 2001 season ranked 15th in career passing yards in the Pac-10 Conference with 7,523 yards. He ranks 20th in career total offense yards with 6,923. He ranks 25th in career touchdown passes with 41. Pacific-10 Conference career charts include bowl games. Smith on the Pac-10 charts follows:

    CESCA ON LOU GROZA WATCH LIST: Ryan Cesca, Oregon State junior place-kicker, is one of 30 players listed on the preseason list of preliminary candidates for the annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. The award is presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl and is given out during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 4, at the Sheraton West Palm Beach Hotel at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, FL. The 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award will be announced in late October, followed several weeks later by the naming of the three Lou Groza Award finalists. The award is now in its 10th year.

    GIBSON ON LOMBARDI WATCH LIST: Chris Gibson, Oregon State senior center, is one of 52 preliminary candidates list on the 2001 Rotary Lomardi Award watch list. The eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen and those defenders who line up within five yards of the football. The Lombardi Award is now in its 32nd year of honoring the top lineman in Division I football. The list will be paired down to 12 semifinalists at some point during the season.

    WEATHERSBY ON JIM THORPE WATCH LIST: Dennis Weathersby, Oregon State junior cornerback, is one of the top 10 candidates listed by the Jim Thorpe Association on its watch list of top college defensive backs in the nation. The Jim Thorpe Award is given each year to the best defensive back in college football. The field will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists, which will be announced the first week in November. Three finalists will be announced the Monday before Thanksgiving. They will be invited to ESPN's College Football Awards Show at Disney World in Orlando where the winner will be announced December 6.

    SMITH ON DAVEY O'BRIEN WATCH LIST: Jonathan Smith, Oregon State senior quarterback, is one of 30 quarterbacks listed on the preseason Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award list, given annually to the nation's top college quarterback. The Davey O'Brien Foundation will selected eight semifinalists the first week of November and vote again the week of Thanksgiving to select the winner and two runners-up. The winner of the 2001 Award will be announced Dec. 6, 2001, during ESPN's Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Orlando, FL. All three quarterbacks will be honored at the 25th annual O'Brien Awards Dinner in February 2002 at the Fort Worth Club.


    THIS, THAT, ETC.

    ***Two Oregon State assistant coaches have freshman sons playing on this year's team. Defensive coordinator Craig Bray's son Trent is a middle linebacker and running backs Coach Dan Cozzetto's son Ryan is a free safety and punter.

    ***Oregon State has scored in 36 straight games after being shutout by USC 23-0, November 15, 1997.

    ***OSU backs have rushed for 100 yards or more a total of 155 times.

    ***Ken Simonton in 1999 was the first Oregon State player to lead the nation in rushing at any point during the season. He led the nation following week two and three of the season.

    ***Pete Pifer finished fourth in the nation in rushing with 1,088 yards in 1966 and he finished fifth in the nation in 1965 with 1,095 yards. Bill Enyart finished seventh in the nation in 1968 with 1,304 yards and Dave Schilling finished 18th in the nation in 1970 with 1,084 yards. Ken Simonton finished 41st in the nation in 1998 with 1,028 yards, 13th in 1999 with 1,329 (bowl yardage does not count) and sixth in 2000 with 1,474 yards (bowl yardage not counted).

    ***Dennis Weathersby has broken up passes in 18 of the 24 career games he has played.

    ***In two games played at Husky Stadium, OSU quarterback Jonathan Smith has passed for 783 yards and six touchdowns. He has combined to complete 30 of 56 passes for 783 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Against Washington, Smith has thrown touchdown passes 90, 80 twice and 48 yards.

    ***The 2000 season marked the second straight season the Beavers opened the year with three straight wins. The last time OSU opened the season with back-to-back 3-0 starts was in 1925 (3-0) and 1926 (5-0). The Beavers have started the season 3-0 only three times since 1967. OSU's last 4-0 season start was in 1957.

    ***Jonathan Smith saw his streak of not throwing an interception stopped at 156 when he was picked off in a break play in the third quarter vs. UCLA during the 2000 season. It was only Smith's third interception of the 2000 season. He had another streak stopped at 156 in the season opener against Eastern Washington (9/2/2000). In 1999, he had 71 passes thrown without an interception before being stopped in the Georgia Southern (9/18/99) game. He had a second streak of 71 passes thrown without an interception stopped in the California game (11/8/99).

    ***As a team, OSU has produced 1,163 yards in total offense vs. UCLA in its last two meetings. Jonathan Smith has passed for 685 yards and 7 touchdowns vs. the Bruins in his last two games against UCLA.

    *** Oregon State, during the 2000 season, scored 30 or more points against all seven Pac-10 opponents prior to the Civil War game against Oregon. The Beavers scored 23 in a 23-13 victory over the Ducks, but came back with 41 vs. Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.

    ***During the 2000 season for the first time in history, Oregon State swept the four State of California members of the Pacific-10 Conference in one football season. And for good measure, the Beavers added a win against a fifth California school, San Diego State in non-conference action. Oregon State defeated San Diego State, 35-3, USC, 31-21, Stanford, 38-6, UCLA, 44-38 and California, 38-32.

    ***Twice during the 2000 season, and the 11th time in OSU history, two Beaver running backs rushed for over 100 yards in a game as Ken Simonton and Patrick McCall both rushed for over 100 yards in games against UCLA and California.

    ***Oregon State held Arizona without a touchdown in 2000. It was the first time the Wildcats had failed to score a touchdown since 1994.

    ***Oregon State has held three teams, Stanford, San Diego State and Arizona, without a touchdown in 2000.

    ***Oregon State held its last four opponents prior to the Civil War-UCLA, WSU, California and Arizona-under 100 yards rushing. In fact, only three teams in 2000, Washington, Stanford and Oregon, were able to rush for over 100 yards vs. Oregon State.

    ***Oregon State's five interceptions as a team vs. Oregon in 2000 gave the Beavers 22 for the season, tying OSU third place nationally.


    TICKET/PROMOTION/HUDDLE MEETING

    TICKET INFORMATION: Contact the OSU ticket office at 541-737-4455 or 1-800-GO BEAVS for ticket information. The OSU Athletic Ticket Office is located in room 107 Gill Coliseum and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    OSU GAMES ON TEAMLINE/TRZ: Fans can hear the live play-by-play of all Oregon State football games in 2001-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 care number when prompted.

    PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED: Pac-10 satellite feeds featuring interviews and highlights every Wednesday during the football season from September 5, 2001, through Nov. 21, 2001. The time is from 11:30 to 12:00 noon PT. Telstar 6, Transponder 9 (C-Band). Trouble numbers are: Dennis Kirkpatrick (310) 543-1835 or (888) 423-0095 pager. Cory Stone (310) 282-2611 or (888) 451-5861 pager. Michelle Lockhart (925) 932-4411.

    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. Check local listings for the Beaver Sports Radio Network station in your area. 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. Fans may call in toll-free with their questions at 877-600-6433.

    FOOTBALL TRAVEL: Oregon State will depart from Eugene on Saturday via charter at 1:00 p.m. and arrive in Fresno at approximately 3:00 p.m. The Beavers will practice at Bulldog Stadium at 5:00 p.m. OSU's team hotel in Fresno is the University Piccadilly Inn, 4961 NW Cedar. Phone number is 559-224-4200. The Beavers will return to Eugene via charter following Sunday night's game. OSU will arrive in Eugene at approximately 2:00 a.m. Sunday night.


    THE LAST TIME OREGON STATE...

    Returned a punt for touchdown---Dwayne Owens, 97 yards vs. UCLA at Pasadena, 1992
    Recovered a blocked punt for touchdown---Toalei Talataina vs. Nevada at Corvallis, 1998
    Returned a kickoff for touchdown---Tim Alexander, 100 yards vs. USC, at Los Angeles, 1998
    Returned a fumble for touchdown---Nick Barnett, 0 yards vs. San Diego State, at Corvallis, Sept. 23, 2000
    Returned a pass interception for touchdown---LaDairis Jackson, 32 yards vs. New Mexico, at Albuquerque, Sept. 9, 2000
    Recorded a safety---1999 vs. California at Corvallis
    Blocked a punt---Brandon Boice vs. UCLA at Corvallis, 1999 (Nate Fikse punter)
    Blocked a field goal---Jake Cookus vs. Eastern Washington at Corvallis, Sept. 2, 2000 (Troy Griggs kicker)
    Blocked a PAT---Terrence Carroll vs. Stanford at Palo Alto, 1998 (Kevin Miller kicker)
    Beat a ranked team---Defeated Oregon (ranked fifth by AP and sixth by USA Today/ESPN), November 18, 2000 at Corvallis (23-13)
    Defeated UCLA (ranked 23rd by AP and 24th by USA Today/ESPN), October 21, 2000 at Pasadena (44-38)
    Defeated USC (ranked 8th by AP and 7th USA Today/ESPN), September 30, 2000 at Corvallis (31-21)
    Defeated Notre Dame (ranked 10th by AP and 10th USA Today/ESPN), January 1, 2001 at Tempe, AZ (41-9)
    Lost to a ranked team---Lost to Washington (ranked 11th by USA Today/ESPN and 13th by AP) 33-30 at Seattle, Oct. 7, 2000
    Scored a 2-point conversion---Robert Prescott (pass from Jonathan Smith) vs. Notre Dame at Fiesta Bowl, Tempe, AZ, January 1, 2001
    Scored a 2-point defensive touchdown---Keith Heyward-Johnson vs. Washington at Seattle, Oct. 7, 2000
    Shut out an opponent at Reser Stadium--1975, Washington State, 7-0
    Shut out an opponent--1983, Oregon, 0-0, at Eugene
    Halfback completed a touchdown pass---DeShawn Williams vs. California at Berkeley, 1996 (Williams 14 yards to QB David Moran)
    Lineman scored a touchdown---Starling Latu, OG, vs. USC at Corvallis, 1994
    Had a player score 3 or more touchdowns in a game---Ken Simonton, TB, vs. USC at Corvallis, Sept. 30, 2000 (3 touchdowns)
    Scored on its first offensive possession of the game---vs. Notre Dame, January 1, 2001 at Tempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl)
    Had a player rush for over 100 Yards---Ken Simonton (113) vs. Oregon at Corvallis, November 18, 2000
    Had a player rush for over 200 Yards---Ken Simonton (234) vs. USC at Corvallis, September 30, 2000


    THE LAST TIME AN OPPONENT...

    Returned a punt for touchdown--R. Jay Soward, USC, 85 yards at Los Angeles, 1999
    Recovered a blocked punt for touchdown---Stephen Persley, New Mexico, at Albuquerque (Mike Fessler punter), Sept. 9, 2000
    Returned a kickoff for touchdown---Bennie Cunningham, Georgia Southern, 89 yards at Corvallis, 1999
    Returned a fumble for touchdown---Zeke Moreno, USC, 80 yards, September 30, 2000 at Corvallis
    Returned a pass interception for touchdown---Mat Ballm, UCLA, 15 yards at Pasadena, October 21, 2000
    Recorded a safety---California at Berkeley, November 4, 2000
    Did not score---Oregon, (0-0) at Eugene, 1983
    Blocked a punt---Stephen Persley, New Mexico, at Albuquerque, Sept.9, 2000 (Mike Fessler punter)
    Blocked a field goal---Sean Butts, Hawaii, at Honolulu (Ryan Cesca the kicker), December 25, 1999, at O'ahu Bowl
    Scored a 2-point conversion---California, Tony Gonzalez, pass from Ziv Gottlieb, at Berkeley, 1996
    Scored a 2-point defensive touchdown---Stanford, Tim Smith 100-yard pass interception at Corvallis, 1996
    Shut out Oregon State--USC (23-0), at Reser Stadium, November 15, 1997.

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