No. 19 Beavers Host No. 12 Bruins Saturday
Sept. 23, 2001
GAME: #19 Oregon State (1-1, 0-0) vs. #12 UCLA (3-0, 0-0)
SITE: Reser Stadium (35,362) at Corvallis, OR
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 29
TIME: 12:38 PDT
RADIO: Live over 29-station Beaver Sports Network, starting at 2:30 p.m. PDT
TV: Live over ABC-TV, 12:30 PDT
One-hour magazine show on Fox Sports Net NW, Monday at 1:00 p.m. & Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.
RECORD: OSU (1-1, 0-0) UCLA (3-0, 0-0)
CROWD: Reser Stadium (35,362) is sold out for the season for season and individual game tickets.
RANKING: Oregon State is ranked 19th by The Associated Press and 19th by ESPN/USA Today in the latest polls. UCLA is ranked 12thby AP and 10th by ESPN/USA Today.
TELEVISION: ABC will televise the game live on a regional basis. Keith Jackson (play-by-play), Tim Brant (color analyst) and ToddHarris (sideline) will call the action. OSU will also have a one-hour magazine show on Fox Sports Net NW on Monday at 1:00 p.m. and againon Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.
OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is currently on a one-game winning streak overall and a one-game road winning streak. The Beavers havea 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 26games 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 astretch from 1962 through 1965. The last time the Beavers won six straight conference games was during the 1967 and '68 seasons when OSUwon 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 lasttime the Beavers won seven straight conference games was during the same time period in 1967 (last two games) and the first five games of the1968 campaign. OSU has produced back-to-back seasons of seven or more wins (1999-00) for the first time since the Beavers had threestraight 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 fourconference 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 seasonat home. OSU was 5-1 at Reser Stadium in 1999.
SCHEDULE CHANGE: Oregon State's scheduled game with Montana State for September 15 has been cancelled. In its place, theBeavers will host Northern Arizona at Reser Stadium on Saturday, November 17. Tickets being held for the Montana State game will behonored for the Nov. 17 game with the Lumberjacks. The remaining allotment of student tickets will be available for pick up, by students, onMonday, Nov. 12 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Gill Coliseum. Kickoff time for the NAU game is TBA.
RADIO: Oregon State has a 29-station radio network for the 2001 season. The Beavers' football network is produced by Beaver SportsProperties, a division of Learfield Communications. Mike Parker and Bob Grim call the action from the booth and Michael Convery of KEX issideline reporter. The entire network pregame show airs one hour prior to kickoff. KEX (1190 AM) in Portland produces a pregame show onsite at Reser Stadium. The KEX pregame show starts two and one half-hours prior to kickoff. Scott Lynn, KEX sports director, hosts theshow. He will be joined by former OSU conrerback Keith Heyward-Johnson. When OSU is on the road, KEX will have a pregame showstarting two hours prior to kickoff with Paul Ihander hosting. In addition, KLOO (1340 AM) radio in Corvallis also hosts a pregame show fromReser Stadium starting three hours prior to kickoff for home games only with Doug Blair and Jon Warren announcing.
BEAVER SPORTS TO TELEVISE OSU-WSU GAME: Beaver Sports Properties will televise the Oregon State-WashingtonState game, scheduled for October 6 at Pullman, live on the Beaver Sports TV Network. The following stations-KVAL, Eugene, KCBY, CoosBay, KPIC, Roseburg, KWBP, Portland and KTVL, Medford, will carry the game. Scott Lynn, Steve Preece and Todd McKim will announce.Air time for the telecast is 2:00 p.m. PDT. The game will also be televised on a delayed basis by Fox Sports Net NW for replay at 10:00 a.m. onSunday, Oct. 7.
OREGON STATE IN THE POLLS: Oregon State achieved its highest-ever ranking in all three polls-Associated Press, USAToday/ESPN and the BCS-in 2000.
OSU MEDIA LUNCHEONS: Oregon State's weekly football media luncheons are held every Tuesday at the Valley Football Centerthird 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, allinterview requests must be made prior to 5:00 p.m. each Monday. Coach Dennis Erickson's interview session each week will be televised liveby ESPN News, starting at 11:15 a.m. Here is the weekly schedule:
11:00 a.m. Conference call with UCLA Coach Bob Toledo
11:15 a.m. Dennis Erickson interview session
12:00 noon OSU player interviews
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. Mediawishing to access the Ken Simonton interview session from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. can do so by calling 913-981-5582.
LAST POSTPONEMENT: Prior to postponing the Sept. 15 Montana State game, the last time an Oregon State football game waspostponed and played at a different date was in 1963, following the death of President John F. Kennedy. The Civil War game with Oregon hadbeen scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, 1963. The game was moved back one week and played on Saturday, Dec. 30, 1963. President Kennedywas assassinated on Friday, Nov. 22. The 1942 Rose Bowl between OSU and Duke was played on January 1, 1942 at a different site, Durham,North Carolina, rather than Pasadena. The site change was made due to World War II and concerns about playing on the West Coast.
DENNIS ERICKSON SEVENTH ON ACTIVE WINNING LIST: Dennis Erickson, Montana State, '69, is in his thirdseason 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 theBeavers. He led OSU to an 11-1 record in 2000, the best record in school history. His record is 1-1 so far in 2001. In three seasons, he hasproduced a record of 19-7 (.730) in his Beaver career. Erickson is currently the seventh winningest Division 1-A active college head coach withfive 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 (.748) on the winning percentage list. Erickson is 10th among active Division 1-A collegecoaches 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 atWyoming (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 namedCoach 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 thePac-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 theaward at WSU in 1988). Erickson was named national Coach of the Year by the Sporting News following the 2000 season. He also was one ofthree finalists for the Football Writers Association Coach of the Year Award and one of six finalists for the Paul 'Bear' Bryant Coach of theYear 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 forCoach 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-UCLA SERIES: Oregon State and UCLA have played 51 times previously and the Bruins hold a 34-13-4 lead in the series. TheBeavers have a two-game winning streak in the series as a result of defeating UCLA 44-38 at the Rose Bowl last year and 55-7 at Corvallis in1999. OSU Head Coach Dennis Erickson is a perfect 3-0 vs. UCLA, while the Bruin's Head Coach, Bob Toledo, is 2-2 vs. the Beavers. The twoteams have played 17 times at Corvallis and UCLA holds a 9-7-1 edge. Oregon State has also played the Bruins four times in Portland overthe years and lost all four meetings. Thus, on Oregon soil, UCLA holds a 13-7-1 edge.
OSU OFFENSE IN HIGH GEAR VS. UCLA: As a team, OSU has produced 1,163 yards in total offense vs. UCLA in its last twomeetings, both Beaver victories. OSU held a 559-210 advantage in total offense in downing the Bruins 55-7 at Corvallis in 1999. The Beaversproduced a 604-435 advantage in winning 44-38 at the Rose Bowl last year. The two-year total under Dennis Erickson reads 1,163 to 645 intotal offense in two years and 99 to 45 in points.
SMITH VS. UCLA: Jonathan Smith has passed for 612 yards and 7 touchdowns vs. the Bruins in his last two games against UCLA,both OSU victories. In those two games, Smith has completed 38 of 71 passes for 612 yards. In his first outing against the Bruins, UCLApulled out a last minute 41-34 victory behind Cade McNown in 1998 at Corvallis. In that game, Smith completed 23 of 47 passes for 323 yards.Smith's three-game career vs. the Bruins has found Jonathan completing 61 of 118 passes (.517 percentage) for 7 touchdowns and 935 yards.He has been intercepted twice. Smith is averaging 312 yards per game passing vs. UCLA.
SIMONTON VS. UCLA: Heisman Trophy candidate Ken Simonton has rushed for 180 yards in three games vs. UCLA. As a freshmanin 1998, he rushed for a net 43 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries as the Bruins rallied to win 42-34 at Corvallis. He rushed for 37 yards on8 carries and scored a touchdown in 1999, a 55-7 Beaver victory at Corvallis. Ken suffered a rib injury in the first quarter and did not return tothe game. He rushed for a net 100 yards on 24 carries in OSU's 44-38 victory at the Rose Bowl last year. In three years, Ken has rushed for 180yards on 47 carries (3.8 average) and scored 2 touchdowns vs. UCLA.
OSU INJURY REPORT: OSU has four players out. OUT-Strong safety Calvin Carlyle (left shoulder injury), quarterback ShayneHouse (recovering from right shoulder surgery), linebacker Chaz Scott (right knee sprain) and tailback Riley Jenkins (ACL surgery on rightknee). PROBABLE-Cornerback Terrell Roberts (broken left hand).
Ken Simonton is the first player in Pacific-10 Conference history to rush for 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior. Simontonand 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, Nelsonfailed 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 threeseasons. 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.
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 ofStanford. Simonton currently has 4,284 career rushing yards. His next target on the Pac-10 career list is USC's Marcus Allen, who standssecond 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 fifthplace 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 totop that figure. Ken averaged 104 points a season through his first three campaigns.
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 rushingtouchdown charts. Simonton is tied for 21st on the all-time NCAA career-scoring list with 312 points. He ranks in a tie for 10thplace in career rushing touchdowns with 51. BOWL GAMES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN NCAA CAREER STATISTICS. Ken has scored three rushingtouchdowns 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 inthe 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 84yards 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 hisnumbers 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 careerscoring (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-straightgame. It was his 19thmulti 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 Statein 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 scoredone touchdown vs. Fresno State, the sixth straight game he has scored a TD.
(CAREER NOTES)--Ken Simonton has produced big numbersfor 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 inPac-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 1,329regular 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 scoredtouchdowns in 27 of his 37 career games and has multiple touchdown games 19 times.
SIMONTON'S OSU RECORD 100-YARD GAME RECORD RUN: Ken has rushed for 100 yards or more in 22 gamesthus far in his OSU career, a school record. He established a Beaver record in 1999 when his 100-yard rushing game streak reached sevengames before being stopped. The streak reached seven straight 100-yard games before a rib injury in the first quarter of the UCLA gamehalted Simonton's attempt for an eighth straight 100-yard rushing game. Simonton has rushed for over 100 yards 22 times in his 37-game careerto date. Pete Pifer carried for over 100 yards 11 times in his career. Former All-American fullback Bill Enyart rushed for over 100 yards ninetimes 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 WalkerAward, 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 thisseason:'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 nohesitation 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 safetyVernon Fox.
'He's a full-speed decision maker. More than anything else that's probably what makes him so dangerous. Stopping Ken Simonton, or atleast 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 CoachTony Samuel.
'We will be facing perhaps the best tailback in the country in Ken Simonton,' Montana State Head Coach Mike Kramer.
SIMONTON ON NCAA CAREER RUSHING CHARTKen Simonton has produced 3,873 rushing yards for NCAA career purposes. BOWL GAMES do not count on NCAA career charts. Kenneeds 233 yards rushing to move into 47thplace on the NCAA career-rushing chart. The numbers that Ken needs to move up the chart arelisted in parenthesis.
BIG PLAYS: Oregon State produced four 'Big Plays' of 25 yards or more against New Mexico State to give the Beavers eight such playsin the first two games of the season.
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 moreturnovers than they committed. After two games, OSU is on the negative side in the turnover margin by minus one. The Beavers have yet toforce a defensive turnover in 2001. OSU ranks ninth in the Pac-10 and tied for 66thnationally after two games.
CAREER DEFENSIVE NUMBERS: After only 25 games in his career, Dennis Weathersby has broken up 32 passes and isalready over halfway home to the OSU career record of 44 held by Andrae Holland. Linebacker James Allen is the top point defensivestatistical leader among current Beaver defensive players.
STARTING STREAKS: Several Oregon State players have multiple game starting streaks alive. A total of seven players have startingstreaks 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 wasthe 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 of334 passes...he tossed a pair of touchdown passes...his 284 yards ranks 29thon OSU's single-game passing list.
(Career Notes)--Jonathanestablished an OSU record by passing for 469 yards vs. Washington in 1998...his 459 yards in total offense vs. the Huskies is the second bestone-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, 43touchdowns and 20 interceptions...his 43 touchdown passes ranks second all-time at OSU, behind only Erik Wilhelm (52)...he has 7,181 yardsof total offense in 32 career games played...Jonathan is second place in career passing at Oregon State and second in career total offense...hehas 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 thebench 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 OSUrecord...Smith now ranks 13thin Pac-10 career passing with 7,744 yards and he ranks 14thin career total offense with 7,374 yards.
WHAT JONATHAN SMITH NEEDS NEXT ON OSU CHARTS
Smith has 7,744 career yards passingNeeds-1,650 yards to move into 1stplace ahead of Erik Wilhelm (9,393)
CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE
Smith has 7,374 career total offense yardsNeeds-1,689 yards to move into 1stplace ahead of Erik Wilhelm (9,062)
SMITH RANKS HIGH ON PAC-10 CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE, PASSING AND TOUCHDOWN CHARTS
Jonathan Smith currently ranks 13thin career passing yards in the Pac-10 Conference with 7,744 yards. He ranks 14thin 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 11thplace inPac-10 career passing. He needs 165 yards in total offense to move ahead of Stanford's John Paye for 13thon the Pac-10 career total offenselist. 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 ofproducing nine points against New Mexico State. He has scored 167 career points. He needs only two more points to become the highestscoring kicker in OSU history, passing Troy Bussanich who is second on the career list with 168 points. Ryan broke the OSU record forscoring 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 fourthon OSU's single-season scoring list. Ryan converted 46 of 47 PAT attempts in 2000 to establish a new single-season record before missing hisfinal 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 in1999. Cesca finished the regular season at 43-for-44. He ran his school record career streak to 80-for-80 before missing. The previous OSUrecord 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 wasperfect 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 in2000, 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 madefour 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 againstWashington 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. Hescored 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 thePac-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 thepreseason list of preliminary candidates for the annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. The award is presented by the FedEx OrangeBowl 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 threeLou 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 10candidates listed by the Jim Thorpe Association on its watch list of top college defensive backs in the nation. The Jim Thorpe Award is giveneach year to the best defensive back in college football. The field will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists, which will be announced the first weekin November. Three finalists will be announced the Monday before Thanksgiving. They will be invited to ESPN's College Football AwardsShow 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 asa candidate for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the Golden Arm Educational Foundation. The nation's topsenior quarterback is selected for the award from a list compiled by a select committee of football experts from across the United States. Thecommittee will choose five finalists plus and ties and announce the list on October 24. The 2001 recipient will be announced Nov. 20, with theaward 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 quarterbackslisted on the preseason Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award list, given annually to the nation's top college quarterback. The DaveyO'Brien Foundation will selected eight semifinalists the first week of November and vote again the week of Thanksgiving to select the winnerand two runners-up. The winner of the 2001 Award will be announced Dec. 6, 2001, during ESPN's Home Depot College Football AwardsShow in Orlando, FL. All three quarterbacks will be honored at the 25thannual 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 onthe 2001 Rotary Lombardi Award watch list. The eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen and those defenderswho line up within five yards of the football. The Lombardi Award is now in its 32ndyear 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 'watchlist' for the 2001 Dave Rimington Trophy, which honors the nation's best offensive center. The Remington Trophy, established in 2000, issponsored by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. The award is named for Dave Rimington, the University of Nebraska's two-time consensusAll-America center and the only player to earn two John Outland Trophies. Rimington was also a two-time Academic All-American.
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 truefreshmen made the trip to Fresno State and New Mexico State but did not play. Quarterback Derek Anderson and wide receiver Jayson Boydhave 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 nowhas 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, LarryBumpus 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-timehigh for the Beavers, topping the mark of 18 whistled against Notre Dame in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl. Patrick McCall's 68-yard kickoff returnagainst Fresno State is the 19th longest in OSU history. Jonathan Smith's 65-yard touchdown pass to Seth Trimmer vs. Fresno State equals the26th longest pass play in OSU history.
THIS, THAT, ETC.
***The 44 points scored by Fresno State is the second-highest total registered against a Dennis Erickson coached Oregon Stateteam...Washington scored 47 in 1999...Fresno State limited the Beavers to a net 27 yards rushing...in 26 games played under Erickson, OSU hasbeen held under 100 yards rushing three times...OSU was held to 73 yards rushing at Arizona in 2000 and to 27 yards by Oregon in1999...Fresno State held a 458-323 advantage in total offense over Oregon State...only five times under Erickson has an opponent held a totaloffense advantage.
***Junior Seth Trimmer caught a career-long 65-yard TD pass against Fresno State, plus he had a career-high 109 yards in receptions.
***Sophomore slot receiver 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.
***Sophomore tight end Tim Euhus produced career-highs of 6 receptions and 91 yards vs. New Mexico State.
***Senior tight end Mark Walsh caught one pass for 12 yards vs. New Mexico State for his first career reception.
***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 quartervs. UCLA during the 2000 season. At the time, it was only Smith's third interception of the 2000 season. He had another streak stopped at156 in the season opener against Eastern Washington (9/2/2000). In 1999, he had 71 passes thrown without an interception before beingstopped in the Georgia Southern (9/18/99) game. He had a second streak of 71 passes thrown without an interception stopped in the Californiagame (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 612 yards and7 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 againstOregon. 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 inone football season. And for good measure, the Beavers added a win against a fifth California school, San Diego State in non-conferenceaction. 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.
***Mark Weber, UCLA's offensive line coach, was Oregon State's offensive line coach from 1987-90 under Dave Kragthorpe.
TICKET INFORMATION: Contact the OSU ticket office at 541-737-4455 or 1-800-GO BEAVS for ticket information. The OSUAthletic 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 BREAKS SEASON TICKET RECORD: Oregon State sold a school record 23,011 season tickets for the 2001 season. TheBeavers sold out their entire supply of season tickets on July 16. The previous record was 14,700 season tickets sold in 2000. OSU sold 11,500in 1999, Dennis Erickson's first year as head coach. The Beavers put all remaining individual game tickets available on sale on August 1 andthe entire allotment was sold out that day. OSU thus opens the 2001 season with all five home games sold out.
OSU GAMES ON TEAMLINE/TRZ: Fans can hear the live play-by-play of all Oregon State football games in 2001-even whenthe 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 andenter a credit care number when prompted.
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED: Pac-10 satellite feeds featuring interviews and highlights every Wednesday during the football seasonfrom September 5, 2001, through Nov. 21, 2001. The time is from 11:30 to 12:00 noon PT. Telstar 6, Transponder 9 (C-Band). Troublenumbers 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 TalkShow, 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 Tuesdaythroughout the season. The show originates from The Headline Cafe in Corvallis. Check local listings for the Beaver Sports Radio Networkstation in your area. Fans outside coverage areas may log onto www.osubeavers.com to get live coverage and utilize the newAzumano/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 everyTuesday 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 witheach 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 andwill be available up until the next call. Media members may call the conference office or any Pac-10 SID office to receive the media-onlynumber for both the live teleconference or the taped replay. Following is the schedule for the teleconference:
10:00 a.m. Tom Holmoe, California 10:50 a.m. John Mackovic, Arizona
10:10 a.m. Rick Neuheisel, Washington 11:00 a.m. Dirk Koetter, Arizona State
10:20 a.m. Dennis Erickson, Oregon State 11:10 a.m. Mike Price, Washington State
10:30 a.m. Pete Carroll, USC 11:20 a.m. Mike Bellotti, Oregon
10:40 a.m. Tyrone Willingham, Stanford 11:30 a.m. Bob Toledo, UCLA
HUDDLE LUNCHEONS: Schedule for Beaver Huddle luncheons this week follows:
Monday, Sept. 24 Corvallis-noon, 3rd Floor Valley Football Center
Speakers-Dan Cozzetto, assistant football coach, Dana Taylor, men's soccer coach
Medford-noon, JJ North's Restaurant
Speaker-Dan Cozzetto, assistant football coach (via speaker phone)
Wednesday, Sept. 25 Salem-noon, Rudy's at the Salem Golf Club
Speaker-Al Simmons, assistant football coach (via speaker phone)
Thursday, Sept. 26 Roseburg-noon, Kings Table
Speaker-Michael Gray, assistant football coach (via speaker phone)
Friday, Sept. 27 Portland-11:45 a.m., DoubleTree, Lloyd Center
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.