Beavers Look To Rebound Against Aggies

Sept. 3, 2001

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    GAME: Oregon State (0-1) at New Mexico State (0-2)

    SITE: Aggie Memorial Stadium (30,343) at Las Cruces, NM

    DATE: Saturday, Sept. 8

    TIME: 6:00 PDT

    RADIO: Live over 29-station Beaver Sports Network, starting at 5:00 p.m. PDT

    TV: Delayed TV on Sunday over Fox Sports Net Northwest at 10:00 a.m. PDT

    CROWD: New Mexico State is expecting a crowd of around 25,000 at Aggie Memorial Stadium (30,343) for Saturday's game.

    RANKING: Oregon State is ranked 22nd by The Associated Press and 12th by ESPN/USA Today in the latest polls.

    TELEVISION: The game will be televised on a delayed basis by Fox Sports Net Northwest for replay at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday in the states of Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Scott Lynn (play-by-play) and Steve Preece (analyst) will announce.

    RADIO: Oregon State has a 29-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 STREAKS: Oregon State is currently on a one-game losing streak overall and a one-game road losing streak. The Beavers have a nine-game winning streak at Reser Stadium and a six-game Pacific-10 Conference winning streak. OSU's 44-24 defeat at Fresno State ended several Beaver streaks of note. The defeat stopped a seven-game winning streak overall, the most since winning nine straight from 1966-67. The defeat ended a 13-game non-conference regular season winning streak and a three-game road-winning streak. Oregon State's 13-game non-conference regular season winning streak was the longest since winning 20 straight from 1928 through 1933, a Beaver record. Oregon State is 19-6 (.760) in its last 25 games and has won 12 of its last 13 (.923) home games. By including home games in Portland, the Beavers won 13 in a row at home during that a stretch from 1962 through 1965. The last time OSU lost a regular season non-conference game before Fresno State was in 1996 at Baylor, 42-10. The last time the Beavers 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 has produced back-to-back seasons of seven or more wins (1999-00) 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 (1999-00) of at least four conference wins for the first time since 1968-69 (5-1, 4-3). The Beavers' 6-0 record at Reser Stadium in 2000 is the most wins ever in one season at home. OSU was 5-1 at Reser Stadium in 1999.

    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.

    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's weekly football media luncheons are held every Tuesday 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 four players out. OUT-quarterback Shayne House (recovering from right shoulder surgery), linebacker Chaz Scott (right knee sprain), tailback Riley Jenkins (ACL injury to right knee) and cornerback Terrell Roberts (broken left hand).

    SERIES RECORD: Saturday's game with New Mexico State marks the first time the Beavers have played the Aggies in football. New Mexico State is a member of the Sun Belt Conference. This will also be OSU's first meeting against a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

    OREGON STATE TO TELEVISE MONTANA STATE GAME: Oregon State has announced plans to televise the Beavers' home opener with Montana State next week (Sept. 15) live in the state of Oregon over a special Beaver Sports TV Network. The following stations-KVAL, Eugene, KCBY, Coos Bay, KPIC, Roseburg, KWBP, Portland, and KTVL, Medford, will carry the game. Scott Lynn, Steve Preece and Todd McKim will be the announce team on the Beaver Sports TV Network. Game time is 3:30 p.m. for the Montana State game.

    DENNIS ERICKSON SEVENTH ON ACTIVE WINNING LIST: Dennis Erickson, Montana State, '69, is in his third season 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. He is 0-1 to open the 2001 season. In three seasons, he has produced a record of 18-7 (.720) 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 13-3 in season openers. He had a string of 11 straight victories stopped with the defeat at Fresno State to open the 2001 season. He has a winning percentage of .735 (131-47-1). He trails R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M (.745) 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 18-7 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 also 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 in 2000. He was selected Coach of the Year by CNNSI.com and by BCSfootball.com in 2000. 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.

    SMITH ON UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD LIST: Jonathan Smith has been selected as one of 20 senior quarterbacks as a candidate for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the Golden Arm Educational Foundation. The nation's top senior quarterback is selected for the award from a list compiled by a select committee of football experts from across the United States. The committee will choose five finalists plus and ties and announce the list on October 24. The 2001 recipient will be announced Nov. 20, with the award presentation to be made in Louisville on December 7.

    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.

    GIBSON ON LOMBARDI WATCH LIST: Chris Gibson, Oregon State senior center, is one of 52 preliminary candidates list on the 2001 Rotary Lombardi 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.


    WHAT SIMONTON NEEDS NEXT

    OSU CAREER MARKS CURRENTLY HELD AFTER 36 GAMES
    1-Rushing record-4,115 yards
    2-Scoring record-318 points
    3-All-Purpose yards-4,490 yards
    4-Number of 100-yard rushing games-21
    5-Number of games scored touchdowns-26
    6-Number of games scored multi touchdowns-18
    7-Most career rushing attempts-817
    8-Most career all-purpose plays-871
    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, 1998-99-00-01

    PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE CAREER RUSHING & SCORING LISTS
    Ken Simonton moved into fourth place on the Pac-10 career-rushing list following the Fresno State game, passing Napoleon Kaufman of Washington. Simonton currently has 4,115 career rushing yards. His next target on the Pac-10 career list is Stanford's Darrin Nelson, who stands third on the list with 4,169 yards. Ken needs 55 yards to pass Nelson. Ken has scored 318 career points and has moved into seventh 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 73 points to top that figure. Ken 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 is tied for 29th on the all-time NCAA career-scoring list with 300 points. He ranks in a tie for 14th place in career rushing touchdowns with 49. 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 318 points and 52 rushing touchdowns.

    KEN SIMONTON, TB: Ken opened the 2001 season with only 42 yards rushing at Fresno State. Simonton's 42 yards rushing vs. Fresno State amounts to the fewest rushing yards for Simonton since gaining 41 yards at Washington State in 1999, the only game in his career that he did not start. He was coming off a rib injury suffered the week before against UCLA. Ken scored one touchdown vs. Fresno State, the sixth straight game he has scored a TD. (CAREER NOTES)--Ken Simonton has produced big numbers for Oregon State in his first 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 26 of his 36 career games and has multiple touchdown games 18 times.

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

    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 36-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 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.

    WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT SIMONTON: The following comments have been made about Ken Simonton so far this season:


    'He can slide, he can slash. He has power, and he's very strong through the hips. But maybe the best thing about No. 35 is there's no hesitation whatsoever. He just hits the hole and-boom-he's gone,' Fresno State Head Coach Pat Hill.

    'Before you even had a chance to read the play, he was already popping (after 1999 game) through the hole,' Fresno State strong safety Vernon Fox.

    'He's a full-speed decision maker. More than anything else that's probably what makes him so dangerous. Stopping Ken Simonton, or at least containing him, has to be a priority. You've got to control Simonton if you want to beat Oregon State,' Fresno State Head Coach Pat Hill.


    SIMONTON ON NCAA CAREER RUSHING CHART

    Ken Simonton has produced 3,873 rushing yards for NCAA career purposes. BOWL GAMES do not count on NCAA career charts. Ken needs 233 yards rushing to move into 47th place on the NCAA career-rushing chart.

    OSU IN THE RED ZONE: OSU had a perfect red zone game at Fresno State, scoring on all three possessions inside the 20. However, the Bulldogs scored on all five of their possessions inside the 20.

    BEAVERS LOSE TURNOVER BATTLE: The Beavers ranked fourth in the nation during the 2000 season by forcing 18 more turnovers than they committed. OSU opened the 2001 season on the negative side. The Beavers committed one turnover against Fresno State but were unable to force any turnovers.

    CAREER DEFENSIVE NUMBERS: After only 25 games in his career, Dennis Weathersby has broken up 32 passes and is already over halfway home to the OSU career record of 44 held by Andrae Holland. Linebacker James Allen is the top point defensive statistical leader among current Beaver defensive players.

    STARTING STREAKS: Several Oregon State players have multiple game starting streaks alive. A total of seven players have starting streaks of 13 or more games.

    FOUR FRESHMEN SEE FIRST ACTION: Oregon State played four true freshmen in the season opener at Fresno State. The four included tailback Steven Jackson, wide receivers Josh Hawkins and Cole Clasen and defensive end Bill Swancutt. Two other true freshmen made the trip to Fresno State but did not play. Quarterback Derek Anderson and wide receiver Jayson Boyd did not play.

    RECORDS: Junior cornerback Dennis Weathersby tied an OSU record by breaking up four passes vs. Fresno State. Weathersby now has 32 passes broken up in his career. He tied a mark also held by Paul Carberry vs. Stanford in 1986, Brent Huff vs. UCLA in 1989, Larry Bumpus vs. Utah State in 1997, and Andrae Holland vs. USC in 1998. Oregon State has hit with 19 penalties at Fresno State, which is an all-time high for the Beavers, topping the mark of 18 whistled against Notre Dame in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl. Patrick McCall's 68-yard kickoff return against Fresno State is the 19th longest in OSU history. Jonathan Smith's 65-yard touchdown pass to Seth Trimmer vs. Fresno State equals the 26th longest pass play in OSU history.

    JONATHAN SMITH, QB: Jonathan has started 28 career games for Oregon State at quarterback and has produced a 19-9 (.679) record as a starter. Jonathan passed for 284 yards vs. Fresno State, completing 20 of 334 passes. He tossed a pair of touchdown passes. His 284 yards ranks 29th on OSU's single-game passing list. (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 478 of 978 passes for 7,537 yards, 43 touchdowns and 20 interceptions...his 43 touchdown passes ranks second all-time at OSU, behind only Erik Wilhelm (52)...he has 7,181 yards of total offense in 31 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 31 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.

    WHAT JONATHAN SMITH NEEDS NEXT ON OSU CHARTS

    CAREER PASSING
    Smith has 7,537 career yards passing
    Needs-1,857 yards to move into 1st place ahead of Erik Wilhelm (9,393)

    CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE
    Smith has 7,181 career total offense yards
    Needs-1,882 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 currently ranks 15th in career passing yards in the Pac-10 Conference with 7,537 yards. He ranks 16th in career total offense yards with 7,181. He is tied for 23rd in career touchdown passes with 43. Pacific-10 Conference career charts includes bowl games.

    RYAN CESCA FOURTH IN OSU CAREER SCORING: Ryan has moved into fourth place on OSU's career scoring chart as a result of producing six points against Fresno State. He has now scored 158 career points. He moved ahead of another kicker, Kieron Walford (153). 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 86-for-87 (.989). 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 24 of 35 field goal attempts (.686) 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, which was second in the Pac-10 behind teammate Ken Simonton. Cesca has been successful on his last three field goal attempts and eight of his last nine.

    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.

    NOTES FROM FRESNO STATE GAME: The 44 points scored by Fresno State is the second-highest total registered against a Dennis Erickson coached Oregon State team...Washington scored 47 in 1999...Fresno State limited the Beavers to a net 27 yards rushing...in 25 games played under Erickson, OSU has been held under 100 yards rushing three times...OSU was held to 73 yards rushing at Arizona last year and to 27 yards by Oregon in 1999...Fresno State held a 458-323 advantage in total offense over Oregon State...only five times under Erickson has an opponent held a total offense advantage.

    THIS, THAT, ETC.

    ***Dennis Erickson saw his personal streak of 11-straight victories in season openers come to an end at Fresno State.

    ***Seth Trimmer caught a career-long 65-yard TD pass against Fresno State, plus he had a career-high 109 yards in receptions.

    ***James Newson posted career highs in receptions (6) and yards (72) vs. Fresno State.

    ***Jonathan Smith passed for 284 yards vs. Fresno State, which ranks 29th on OSU's single-game passing list.

    ***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 37 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 19 of the 25 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 held three teams, Stanford, San Diego State and Arizona, without a touchdown in 2000.

    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.

    HUDDLE LUNCHEONS: Schedule for Beaver Huddle luncheons this week follows:

    Wednesday, Sept. 5 Salem-Noon.
    Site-Rudy's at the Salem Golf Club.
    Speaker-Michael Gray, defensive line coach via speakerphone.

    FOOTBALL TRAVEL: Oregon State will depart from Eugene on Friday via National Airline charter for El Paso, Texas. Times are TBA. The Beavers will practice at Aggie Memorial Stadium at 5:00 p.m. on Friday. OSU's team hotel in Las Cruces is the Hilton Hotel. Phone number is 505-525-4300. The Beavers will return to Eugene via charter following Saturday night's game.

    BIG PLAYS: Oregon State produced four 'Big Plays' of 25 yards or more against Fresno State. The Beavers had 54 such plays in 2000.

    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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