Erickson Faces Alma Mater Saturday

Sept. 9, 2001

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GAME: Oregon State (1-1) vs. Montana State (1-1)

SITE: Reser Stadium (35,362) at Corvallis, OR

DATE: Saturday, Sept. 15

TIME: 3:38 PDT

RADIO: Live over 29-station Beaver Sports Network, starting at 2:30 p.m. PDT

TV: Live over Beaver Sports TV Network at 3:30 p.m. PDST

Delayed TV on Monday over Fox Sports Net Northwest at 7:30 p.m. PDT

CROWD: Reser Stadium (35,362) is sold out for the season for season and individual game tickets.

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

TELEVISION: The game will be televised live and on a delayed basis. The live telecast is throughout the state of Oregon on the 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 announce. The game will be televised on a delayed basis by Fox Sports Net Northwest for replay at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the states of Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.

OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is currently on a one-game winning streak overall and a one-game road winning streak. The Beavers have a nine-game winning streak at Reser Stadium and a six-game Pacific-10 Conference winning streak. Oregon State is 20-6 (.769) in its last 26 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 a stretch from 1962 through 1965. The last time the Beavers won six straight conference games was during the 1967 and '68 seasons when OSU 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. The last time the Beavers won seven straight conference games was during the same time period in 1967 (last two games) and the first five games of the 1968 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.

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 BREAKS SEASON TICKET RECORD: Oregon State sold a school record 23,011 season tickets for the 2001 season. 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.

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 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. Here is the weekly schedule:


11:00 a.m. Time reserved for call to visiting coach
11:15 a.m. Dennis Erickson interview session
12:00 noon Conference call interview with Montana State Coach Mike Kramer
12:15 p.m. OSU player interviews
12:30 p.m. Ken Simonton interview session
1:00 p.m. Additional OSU player interviews

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 surgery on right knee), and cornerback Terrell Roberts (broken left hand).

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 1-1 so far in 2001. In three seasons, he has produced a record of 19-7 (.730) 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 has a winning percentage of .736 (132-47-1). He trails R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M (.747) on the winning percentage list. Erickson is 10th among active Division 1-A college coaches for total victories with 132. 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 19-7 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.

OSU-MSU SERIES RECORD: This will mark the first meeting ever between Oregon State and Montana State in football. As a head coach, Dennis Erickson has a 3-1 record vs. his alma mater. Erickson was 3-1 vs. the Bobcats while he was head coach at Idaho from 1982-85. Erickson's Idaho teams defeated Montana State 36-20 in 1982 at Idaho, 23-0 in 1983 at Bozeman, and 34-0 at Bozeman in 1985. Erickson's Idaho club lost to MSU 34-28 in 1984 at Moscow. Mike Kramer, in his first year at Montana State, has not coached against Oregon State.

ERICKSON FACES ALMA MATER: Saturday's contest will mark the fifth time Erickson has gone against his alma mater. Erickson played quarterback for Montana State from 1966 to '68 under Jim Sweeney. Dennis started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at MSU in 1969 under Coach Tom Parac. He would later return to Montana State in 1971 as offensive backfield coach under Sonny Holland. He coached three years at Montana State before moving to Idaho in 1974.

OREGON STATE-MONTANA STATE CONNECTIONS: Two current Oregon State assistant coaches are former Bobcat assistant coaches. Jim Michalczik, the Beavers' special teams and tight ends coach, spent 1992 through 1998 as an assistant at Montana State before joining Dennis Erickson at Oregon State. Al Simmons, OSU's secondary coach, served as the secondary coach at Montana State during the 1995 and 1996 seasons.

EX-BEAVERS LEAD BOBCATS TO FIRST VICTORY: Montana State defeated Weber State 32-17 last Saturday night in Ogden, Utah, snapping an 18-game losing streak in the process. Two former Oregon State players were very prominent in the victory. Tyler Thomas is the Bobcats' starting quarterback and he completed 11 of 278 passes for 216 yards and pair of touchdowns to pace the MSU victory. One of his TD passes was a 51-yarder thrown to former Beaver wide receiver Junior Adams. Adams caught 5 passes for 153 yards, plus he returned 3 punts 83 yards, including one 57 yards for a touchdown. Thomas and Adams are both juniors after spending their first two seasons with Oregon State.


WHAT SIMONTON NEEDS NEXT

OSU CAREER MARKS CURRENTLY HELD AFTER 37 GAMES
1-Rushing record-4,284 yards
2-Scoring record-330 points
3-All-Purpose yards-4,659 yards
4-Number of 100-yard rushing games-22
5-Number of games scored touchdowns-27
6-Number of games scored multi touchdowns-19
7-Most career rushing attempts-851
8-Most career all-purpose plays-905
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 third place on the Pac-10 career-rushing list following the New Mexico State game, passing Darrin Nelson of Stanford. Simonton currently has 4,284 career rushing yards. His next target on the Pac-10 career list is USC's Marcus Allen, who stands second on the list with 4,810 yards. Ken needs 527 yards to pass Allen. Ken has scored 330 career points and has moved into a tie for fifth 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 61 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

After scoring a pair of touchdowns against New Mexico State, Ken Simonton has moved higher on the NCAA career scoring and rushing touchdown charts. Simonton is tied for 21st on the all-time NCAA career-scoring list with 312 points. He ranks in a tie for 10th place in career rushing touchdowns with 51. 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, which counts towards Pac-10 and OSU career records. His career totals at OSU and in the Pac-10 Conference read 330 points and 54 rushing touchdowns.

KEN SIMONTON, TB: (New Mexico State)-In his most recent outing, Ken rushed for 169 yards on 34 carries...he rushed for 84 yards in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line...he scored a pair of touchdowns and averaged 5.0 yards per carry...as a result of his numbers vs. New Mexico State, he moved into third place in career rushing in the Pac-10 Conference (4,284 yards) and is tied for fifth in career scoring (330 points). The game was 22nd 100-yard rushing game. It was his 27 game in which he has scored a touchdown and his seventh-straight game. It was his 19th multi touchdown game. (Fresno State)--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 27 of his 37 career games and has multiple touchdown games 19 times. Here is a look at what Simonton has accomplished to date:

SIMONTON'S OSU RECORD 100-YARD GAME RECORD RUN: Ken has rushed for 100 yards or more in 22 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 22 times in his 37-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.

'What else can you say, Ken Simonton is a great running back. He will be the best back we have faced so far,' New Mexico State Head Coach Tony Samuel.


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. The numbers that Ken needs to move up the chart are listed in parenthesis. The chart follows:

BIG PLAYS: Oregon State produced four 'Big Plays' of 25 yards or more against New Mexico State to give the Beavers eight such plays in the first two games of the season. The Beavers had 54 such plays in 2000.

OSU IN THE RED ZONE: OSU remains perfect a perfect in the red zone after two games, converting on all six trips inside the red zone (inside 20-yard line). Beaver opponents have converted on eight of nine trips inside the red zone.

BEAVERS LOSE TURNOVER BATTLE: The Beavers ranked fourth in the nation during the 2000 season by forcing 18 more turnovers than they committed. After two games, OSU is on the negative side in the turnover margin by minus one. The Beavers have yet to force a defensive turnover in 2001. OSU ranks ninth in the Pac-10 and tied for 66th nationally after two games.

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 14 or more games.

JONATHAN SMITH, QB: Jonathan has started 29 career games for Oregon State at quarterback and has produced a 20-9 (.690) record as a starter. (New Mexico State)-Smith completed 16 of 27 passes for 207 yards vs. the Aggies...he was intercepted one time...it was the 23rd time he has passed for 200 yards or more in a game. (Fresno State)--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 32 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 32 games played and over 200 yards 23 times...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 now ranks 13th in Pac-10 career passing with 7,744 yards and he ranks 14th in career total offense with 7,374 yards.


WHAT JONATHAN SMITH NEEDS NEXT ON OSU CHARTS

CAREER PASSING
Smith has 7,744 career yards passing
Needs-1,650 yards to move into 1st place ahead of Erik Wilhelm (9,393)

CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE
Smith has 7,374 career total offense yards
Needs-1,689 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 13th in career passing yards in the Pac-10 Conference with 7,744 yards. He ranks 14th in career total offense yards with 7,374. He needs 66 yards this week to move ahead of Jim Plunkett (Stanford) and 75 to pass Jack Thompson (WSU) for 11th place in Pac-10 career passing. He needs 165 yards in total offense to move ahead of Stanford's John Paye for 13th on the Pac-10 career total offense list. He is tied for 23rd in career touchdown passes with 43. Pacific-10 Conference career charts includes bowl games.

CESCA THIRD IN OSU CAREER SCORING: Ryan has moved into third place on OSU's career scoring chart as a result of producing nine points against New Mexico State. He has scored 167 career points. He needs only two more points to become the highest scoring kicker in OSU history, passing Troy Bussanich who is second on the career list with 168 points. 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 89-for-90 (.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 26 of 38 field goal attempts (.684) 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 10 of his last 12 field goal attempts.

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.

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 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.

GIBSON ON DAVE RIMINGTON TROPHY WATCH LIST: Chris Gibson is also one of 21 players listed on the 'watch list' for the 2001 Dave Rimington Trophy, which honors the nation's best offensive center. The Remington Trophy, established in 2000, is sponsored by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. The award is named for Dave Rimington, the University of Nebraska's two-time consensus All-America center and the only player to earn two John Outland Trophies. Rimington was also a two-time Academic All-American.

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 26 games played under Erickson, OSU has been held under 100 yards rushing three times...OSU was held to 73 yards rushing at Arizona in 2000 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.

FOUR FRESHMEN HAVE PLAYED TO DATE: 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 and New Mexico State but did not play. Quarterback Derek Anderson and wide receiver Jayson Boyd have not played in OSU's opening two games.

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.


THIS, THAT, ETC.

***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 38 straight games after being shutout by USC 23-0, November 15, 1997.

***OSU backs have rushed for 100 yards or more a total of 156 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 26 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.

PACIFIC-10 COACHES TELECONFERENCES: Pacific-10 football coaches are available on a media teleconference every Tuesday during the football season, starting Sept. 11 and the calls will continue through Nov. 6. The calls start at 10:00 a.m. PDT/MST with each coach scheduled to be on the line for 10 minutes. In addition, a taped replay will be available at 2:30 p.m. PT/MT following the call and will be available up until the next call. Media members may call the conference office or any Pac-10 SID office to receive the media-only number for both the live teleconference or the taped replay.

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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