OSU Football On Road Trip To Pullman

Sept. 30, 2001

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    GAME: Oregon State (1-2, 0-1) at Washington State (4-0, 2-0)

    SITE: Martin Stadium (37,600) at Pullman, WA

    DATE: Saturday, Oct. 6

    TIME: 2:05 PDT

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

    TV: Live over Oregon State Beaver Sports Television Network, starting at 2:00 p.m. PDTDelayed on Fox Sports Net Northwest at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday

    RECORD: OSU (1-2, 0-1) WASHINGTON STATE (4-0, 2-0)

    CROWD: Washington State is expecting a near capacity crowd for Saturday's game at Martin Stadium (37,600)

    RANKING: Oregon State is ranked in a tie for 35th by The Associated Press and 32nd by ESPN/USA Today in the latest polls. WSU is ranked 29thby AP and 33rd by ESPN/USA Today.

    TELEVISION: Beaver Sports Properties will televise the Oregon State-Washington State game live 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. ScottLynn, 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 delayedbasis by Fox Sports Net NW for replay at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, with Bud Nameck and Clete Casper announcing.

    OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is currently on a one-game losing streak overall and a one-game road winning streak. The Beavers have aone-game losing streak at Reser Stadium and a one-game Pacific-10 Conference losing streak. Oregon State is 20-7 (.741) in its last 27 gamesand has won 12 of its last 14 (.857) home games. OSU produced back-to-back seasons of seven or more wins (1999-00) for the first time sincethe Beavers had three straight seven win campaigns from 1966-67-68 (7-3-0, 7-2-1, 7-3-0). OSU has produced back-to-back seasons (1999-00) ofat 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 everin one season at home. OSU was 5-1 at Reser Stadium in 1999.

    STREAKS HALTED: Oregon State's loss to UCLA halted several Beaver winning streaks. It halted a nine-game winning streak atReser Stadium, dating back to a 47-21 loss to Washington on October 9, 1999. The defeat snapped a six-game Pac-10 winning streak, datingback to a 33-30 loss at Washington on Oct. 7 last year.

    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.

    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. The satellite coordinates for Erickson's press conference-SBS 6, Transponder 8. Here is the weeklyschedule:


    11:00 a.m. Reserved for visiting coach
    11:15 a.m. Dennis Erickson interview session
    11:45 a.m. Teleconference call with WSU Coach Mike Price
    12:00 noon 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.

    OSU INJURY REPORT: OSU has five players out. OUT-Strong safety Calvin Carlyle is out for the season (left shoulder injurywhich will require surgery), quarterback Shayne House (recovering from right shoulder surgery), linebacker Chaz Scott (right knee sprain),tailback Riley Jenkins (ACL surgery on right knee) and tight end Tyler Ross (MCL sprain of left knee).

    OSU TRAVEL PLANS: Oregon State will depart Eugene on Friday at 2:00 p.m. via Alaska charter. Oregon State is scheduled topractice at Martin Stadium from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Friday. The Beavers will stay in Moscow at the University Inn. Phone 208-882-0550.

    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 1-2 so far in 2001. In three seasons, he hasproduced a record of 19-8 (.703) 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.732 (132-48-1). He trails R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M (.750) 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 19-8 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.

    ERICKSON AVOIDS SHUTOUT: Coach Dennis Erickson is in his 16th season as a head coach and his teams have never been shutout during the regular season. It took a 63-yard run by freshman Steven Jackson with 6:52 remaining in the game vs. UCLA to avoid a shutoutin a 38-7 UCLA victory.

    OSU-WSU SERIES: Oregon State and Washington State have played 86 times previously and the Cougars hold a 44-39-3 edge in theseries. The Beavers are currently on a two-game winning streak as a result of winning 27-13 at Pullman in 1999 and 38-9 at Corvallis last year.OSU's Dennis Erickson is 2-1 vs. Washington State, while WSU's Mike Price is 7-3 vs. Oregon State. Erickson's only defeat vs. the Cougarscame in his first game as a collegiate head coach at Idaho as the Vandals fell 34-14 to WSU at Pullman in 1982.

    LAST YEAR: Oregon State had a dominating performance in downing WSU 38-9 at Corvallis last year. After leading 16-3 at halftime, theBeavers outscored the Cougars 22-0 in the third period to salt the game away. OSU held a 413-240 total offense advantage. OSU quarterbackJonathan Smith completed 13 of 28 passes for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ken Simonton had a big day running the football, gaining 169yards on 20 carries. He scored 2 touchdowns and averaged 8.4 yards per carry. WSU's Jason Geser completed 11 of 29 passes for 104 yards,but was intercepted twice. Dave Minnich had 23 yards rushing on 5 carries and Adam Hawkins had 25 yards on 11 carries.

    THIRD QUARTER BLUES: So far during the 2001 season, Oregon State is having the third quarter blues. Last year the Beaversowned the third quarter. OSU outscored opponents 113-32 during the third period last year. This year, opponents hold a 35-3 edge in thescoring department during the third period. The Beavers outscored opponents in every quarter last year, but none with same type of marginas the third quarter.

    BEAVERS STILL LOOKING FOR INTERCEPTION: Oregon State is still looking for its first pass interception in 2001. TheBeavers are one of seven NCAA Division 1A teams still looking for an interception. OSU had 24 interceptions in 2000 and finished the seasontied for fifth in the nation for most pass interceptions.

    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, 1973-76Amos Lawrence, North Carolina, 1977-80Denvis Manns, New Mexico State, 1995-98Ron 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. 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 thePac-10 career-rushing list following the New Mexico State game, passing Darrin Nelson of Stanford. Simonton currently has 4,310 careerrushing 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 501yards 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'sall-time scoring leader is John Lee, UCLA, with 390 points. Ken needs 61 points to top that figure. Ken averaged 104 points a season throughhis 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 touchdownsagainst New Mexico State, Ken Simonton has moved higher on the NCAA career scoring and rushing touchdown charts. Simonton is tied for21st on the all-time NCAA career-scoring list with 312 points. He ranks in a tie for 10thplace in career rushing touchdowns with 51. BOWLGAMES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN NCAA CAREER STATISTICS. Ken has scored three rushing touchdowns and a total of 18 points in twobowl games, which counts towards Pac-10 and OSU career records. His career totals at OSU and in the Pac-10 Conference read 330 points and54 rushing touchdowns.

    SIMONTON ON NCAA CAREER RUSHING CHART: Ken Simonton has produced 4,068 rushing yards for NCAA careerpurposes. BOWL GAMES do not count on NCAA career charts. Ken needs 38 yards rushing to move into 47thplace on the NCAA career-rushingchart. The numbers that Ken needs to move up the chart are listed in parenthesis.

    KEN SIMONTON, TB: (UCLA)-Ken was held to the lowest rushing total of his OSU career in the UCLA contest. He rushed for anet 26 yards on 13 carries with a long run of 14 yards and he failed to score. Before the Bruin game, Ken's lowest rushing total was 33 yards inthe fourth game of his freshman year against Arizona State. UCLA has proven to be Simonton's toughest opponent to run against in fouryears. Ken rushed for 43 yards vs. UCLA as a freshman, 37 as a sophomore (he got hurt in first quarter), 100 as a junior and 26 as a senior for atotal of 206 yards in four games, an average of 51.5 yards a game. (New Mexico State)-Ken rushed for 169 yards on 34 carries against NewMexico State...he rushed for 84 yards in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line...he scored a pair of touchdowns and averaged 5.0yards 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 (4,284yards) and is tied for fifth in career scoring (330 points). The game was 22nd100-yard rushing game. It was his 27 game in which he has scoreda touchdown and his seventh-straight game. It was his 19thmulti touchdown game. (Fresno State)--Ken opened the 2001 season with only 42yards rushing at Fresno State. Simonton's 42 yards rushing vs. Fresno State amounts to the fewest rushing yards for Simonton since gaining41 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 beforeagainst UCLA. Ken scored one touchdown vs. Fresno State, the sixth straight game he has scored a TD. (CAREER NOTES)--Ken Simontonhas 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 isonly 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 in1977. 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 schoolrecord 1,559 yards as a junior. Only five other players in Pac-10 history have rushed for over 1,000 yards in three seasons---NapoleonKaufman, 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 1,000yards in four seasons. He has scored touchdowns 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.

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

    BIG PLAYS: Oregon State produced just three 'Big Plays' of 25 yards or more against UCLA. The Beavers have 11 such plays in thefirst three games of the season. Only one of the three plays vs. the Bruins was an offensive play. Freshman Steven Jackson's 63-yard TD runvs. UCLA equals the 27th longest run in OSU history. The Beavers had 54 such plays in 2000.

    OSU IN THE RED ZONE: OSU remains perfect a perfect in the red zone after three games, converting on all six trips inside the redzone (inside 20-yard line). The Beavers did not reach the red zone against UCLA. OSU opponents have converted on 11 of 12 trips inside thered zone.

    BEAVERS LOSING TURNOVER BATTLE: The Beavers ranked fourth in the nation during the 2000 season by forcing 18 moreturnovers than they committed. After three games, OSU is on the negative side in the turnover margin by minus three. The Beavers haveforced just one defensive turnover in 2001. OSU ranks ninth in the Pac-10 and tied for 78thnationally after three games.

    CAREER DEFENSIVE NUMBERS: After 26 games in his career, Dennis Weathersby has broken up 35 passes and is closing inon the OSU career record of 44 held by Andrae Holland. Linebacker James Allen is the top point defensive statistical leader with 464 pointsamong current Beaver defensive players.

    JONATHAN SMITH, QB: Jonathan has started 30 career games for Oregon State at quarterback and has produced a 20-10 (.667)record as a starter. (UCLA)-Jonathan completed 11 of 32 passes for 106 yards vs. the Bruins...he was intercepted one time and he failed tothrow a touchdown pass...it was Jonathan's lowest passing output since being held to 78 yards in the air at New Mexico last year in thesecond game of the season...Jonathan moved up to 11thplace in career passing in the Pac-10 Conference with his 106 yards vs. UCLA...he has7,850 career passing yards following the game with the Bruins...he had 87 yards in total offense, only the second in his career as a starter hehas been below 100 yards in total offense...he had a career low 55 yards at New Mexico last year. (New Mexico State)-Smith completed 16 of27 passes for 207 yards vs. the Aggies...he was intercepted one time...it was the 23rdtime 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 284yards ranks 29thon 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 ErikWilhelm's 480 yards in 1987...Jonathan has completed 478 of 978 passes for 7,537 yards, 43 touchdowns and 20 interceptions...his 43touchdown passes ranks second all-time at OSU, behind only Erik Wilhelm (52)...he has 7,181 yards of total offense in 32 career gamesplayed...Jonathan is second place in career passing at Oregon State and second in career total offense...he has passed for over 300 yards in 10of 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 TDpasses in 1999 ranks fourth on the single-season list...his 20 TD passes in 2000 is a single-season OSU record...Smith now ranks 13thin Pac-10career passing with 7,744 yards and he ranks 14thin career total offense with 7,374 yards.

    WHAT JONATHAN SMITH NEEDS NEXT ON OSU CHARTS
    CAREER PASSING
    Smith has 7,850 career yards passingNeeds-1,544 yards to move into 1stplace ahead of Erik Wilhelm (9,393). He needs to average 193 yards per game in final eight.

    CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE
    Smith has 7,461 career total offense yardsNeeds-1,602 yards to move into 1stplace ahead of Erik Wilhelm (9,062). He needs to average 200.3 yards per game in final eight.

    SMITH RANKS HIGH ON PAC-10 CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE, PASSING AND TOUCHDOWN CHARTS
    Jonathan Smith currently ranks 11thin career passing yards in the Pac-10 Conference with 7,850 yards. He ranks 14thin career total offenseyards with 7,461. He needs 277 yards this week to move ahead of California's Troy Taylor to move into 10thin Pac-10 career passing. Heneeds 78 yards in total offense to move ahead of Stanford's John Paye for 13thon the Pac-10 career list. He is tied for 23rdin career touchdownpasses with 43. Pacific-10 Conference career charts includes bowl games.

    CESCA SECOND IN OSU CAREER SCORING: Place kicker Ryan Cesca, a junior, scored only one point vs. UCLA, but it wasgood enough to move him into a tie for second place on the OSU career scoring list with another kicker, Troy Busanich. One more point willmake him the highest scoring kicker in Beaver football history. He has scored 168 career points. Ryan broke the OSU record for scoring in aseason 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'ssingle-season scoring list. Ryan converted 46 of 47 PAT attempts in 2000 to establish a new single-season record before missing his finalattempt of the regular season against Oregon. His 43-for-43 (before missing on his 44thattempt) 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 90-for-91 (.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 10thyear.

    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 WorthClub.

    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 10thyear.

    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 WorthClub.

    THIS, THAT, ETC.
    ***Freshman tailback Steven Jackson's 63-yard TD run vs. UCLA was a career best at OSU plus it matched the 27thlongest run fromscrimmage in OSU history.
    ***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 cornerback Dennis Weathersby tied an OSU record by breaking up four passes vs. Fresno State. Weathersby now has 35 passesbroken 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. UtahState in 1997, and Andrae Holland vs. USC in 1998.
    *** Oregon State was hit with 19 penalties at Fresno State, which is an all-time high for the Beavers, topping the mark of 18 whistled againstNotre Dame in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl.
    ***Patrick McCall's 68-yard kickoff return against Fresno State was the 19thlongest in OSU history.
    ***Jonathan Smith's 65-yard touchdown pass to Seth Trimmer vs. Fresno State equaled the 26thlongest pass play in OSU history, which wasa career long for Trimmer, a junior. Trimmer's 109 yards in receptions also was a career high.
    ***Sophomore slot receiver James Newson posted career highs vs. Fresno State with receptions (6) and yards (72).
    ***Jonathan Smith passed for 284 yards vs. Fresno State, which ranks 29thon 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 amiddle linebacker and running backs Coach Dan Cozzetto's son Ryan is a free safety and punter.
    ***Oregon State has scored in 39 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 nationfollowing 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. BillEnyart 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. KenSimonton 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 with1,474 yards (bowl yardage not counted).
    ***Dennis Weathersby has broken up passes in 20 of the 27 career games he has played.
    ***In his two games played at Husky Stadium, OSU quarterback Jonathan Smith passed for 783 yards and six touchdowns. He combined tocomplete 30 of 56 passes for 783 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Against Washington at Husky Stadium, Smith threwtouchdown passes 90, 80 twice and 48 yards.
    ***Jonathan Smith had a 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. At the time, it was only Smith's third interception of the 2000 season. He had another streak stopped at 156 inthe season opener against Eastern Washington (9/2/2000). In 1999, he had 71 passes thrown without an interception before being stopped inthe 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).

    TICKET/PROMOTION/HUDDLE MEETING
    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

    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 UCLA (ranked 10th by USA Today/ESPN and 12th by AP) 38-7 at Corvallis, Sept. 29, 2001
    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 (169) vs. New Mexico State at Las Cruces, NM, Sept. 8, 2001
    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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