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Oct. 7, 2001

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    GAME: Oregon State (1-3, 0-2) vs. Arizona (3-2, 0-2)
    SITE: Reser Stadium (35,362) at Corvallis, OR
    DATE: Saturday, Oct. 13
    TIME: 7:15 PDT
    RADIO: Live over 29-station Beaver Sports Network, starting at 6:15 p.m. PDT
    TV: Live over Fox Sports Net national cable, starting at 7:15 p.m. PDT
    Delayed on Fox Sports Net Northwest at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday

    CROWD: Reser Stadium (35,362) is sold out for the season. Saturday's OSU-Arizona game is Dad's Day.

    TELEVISION: Fox Sports Net will televise The OSU-Arizona game live to be carried nationally on cable, starting at 7:15 p.m. Steve Physioc (play-by-play), Tom Ramsey (analyst) and Lewis Johnson (sidelines) will announce. The game will also be televised on a delayed basis by Fox Sports Net NW for replay at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

    RADIO: Oregon State has a 29-station radio network for the 2001 season. The Beavers' football network is produced by Beaver Sports Properties, a division of Learfield Communications. Mike Parker and Bob Grim call the action from the booth and Michael Convery of KEX is sideline reporter. The entire network pregame show airs one hour prior to kickoff. KEX (1190 AM) in Portland produces a pregame show on site at Reser Stadium. The KEX pregame show starts two and one half-hours prior to kickoff. Scott Lynn, KEX sports director, hosts the show. He will be joined by former OSU conrerback Keith Heyward-Johnson. When OSU is on the road, KEX will have a pregame show starting two hours prior to kickoff with Paul Ihander hosting. In addition, KLOO (1340 AM) radio in Corvallis also hosts a pregame show from Reser Stadium starting three hours prior to kickoff for home games only with Doug Blair and Jon Warren announcing.

    OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is currently on a two-game losing streak overall and a one-game road losing streak. The Beavers have a one-game losing streak at Reser Stadium and a two-game Pacific-10 Conference losing streak. Oregon State is 20-8 (.714) in its last 28 games and has won 12 of its last 14 (.857) home games. 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.

    ALL BEAVER LOSSES TO UNDEFEATED TEAMS: Oregon State is off to a 1-3 start and all three defeats have been at the hands of undefeated teams. Fresno State is 5-0 and ranked 10th in the nation. UCLA is 4-0 and ranked seventh in the nation. Washington State is 5-0 and is ranked 28th by USA Today/ESPN coaches poll.

    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. The satellite coordinates for Erickson's press conference-SBS 6, Transponder 8.

    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: OUT-Strong safety Calvin Carlyle is out for the season (left shoulder injury which will require surgery), quarterback Shayne House (recovering from right shoulder surgery) and tailback Riley Jenkins (ACL surgery on right knee). QUESTIONABLE-Tight end Tyler Ross (MCL sprain of left knee).

    NOTES FROM WSU GAME: Oregon State scored two defensive touchdowns against WSU...linebacker Jason Lowe scored on a 4-yard run with a blocked punt (punt was blocked by wide receiver Kenny Farley) for the first defensive touchdown and strong safety Mitch Meeuwsen raced 35 yards with a fumble recovery for the second score by the Beavers' defensive unit...Lowe sacked Cougar quarterback Matt Kegel to force the fumble that was picked up by Meeuwsen...linebacker James Allen had his best game of the season to date by producing a team-high 43 defensive points, coming on 14 tackles (7 solo), a forced fumble and a sack...linebacker Richard Seigler has a career-high 18 tackles vs. WSU, including 7 solo...he also forced a fumble...freshman quarterback Derek Anderson completed his first collegiate pass, a 13-yarder to Seth Trimmer, in the third quarter...Anderson completed 6 of 14 passes for 96 yards and was intercepted on his final pass of the game...offensive guards Dustin Janz and Kanan Sanchez got their first career starts vs. WSU...for Sanchez, it was his first collegiate game...WSU tailback Dave Minnich rushed for 195 yards vs. OSU, the most since Fresno State's Jerome Olvier rushed for 220 against the Beavers in 1994 at Fresno on Sept. 17...OSU lost 24-14 to the Bulldogs in that game.

    DENNIS ERICKSON EIGHTH 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. His record is 1-3 so far in 2001. In three seasons, he has produced a record of 19-9 (.679) in his Beaver career. Erickson is currently the eighth 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 .728 (132-49-1). He trails Rick Neuheisel of Washington (.733) 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 19-9 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-ARIZONA SERIES: Oregon State currently has a two-game winning streak in the series. There have been 24 games played in the series with the Wildcats holding an overall margin of 19-4-1. The Beavers defeated the Wildcats 33-9 in Tucson last year and 28-20 at Corvallis in 1999. OSU's victory at Arizona last year was the Beavers' first-ever at Tucson. OSU's Dennis Erickson is 3-2 as a head coach in games played against Arizona. He is 2-0 at Oregon State. John Mackovic, the Wildcats' head coach, will be coaching against Oregon State for the first time.

    LAST YEAR: Perhaps Oregon State's finest game of the 2000 regular season might have been played at Tucson. The Beavers completely dominated the contest, winning 33-9. OSU held Arizona without a touchdown last season and it was the first time since 1994 that the Wildcats had failed to score a touchdown in a game. The Beavers held a 304-158 edge in total offense in the defensive battle. Oregon State rushed for only 73 yards, the only time during the year that the Beavers were held under 100 yards rushing. Meanwhile, Arizona rushed for only 69 yards. Ken Simonton rushed for 73 yards on 19 carries. Jonathan Smith completed 17 of 31 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Cesca tied an OSU school record with four field goals made on kicks of 23, 44, 31 and 30 yards.

    OSU ENDS THIRD QUARTER BLUES: Oregon State entered the Washington State game suffering from the third quarter blues, having been outscored 35-3 in its three previous games. The Beavers outscored the Cougars 10-3 in the third period. Last year the Beavers owned the third quarter. OSU outscored opponents 113-32 during the third period last year. The fourth quarter is the only period this season that the Beavers currently hold a scoring edge. OSU has outscored opponents 45-26 in the fourth period.

    MEEUWSEN TAKES DEFENSIVE POINT LEAD: Mitch Meeuwsen, a redshirt freshman strong safety, has taken over the defensive point production lead among OSU defenders after starting only his second game. Mitch has a total of 91 production points and is 10 points ahead of linebacker Nick Barnett.


    WHAT SIMONTON NEEDS NEXT

    OSU CAREER MARKS CURRENTLY HELD AFTER 39 GAMES
    1-Rushing record-4,329 yards
    2-Scoring record-330 points
    3-All-Purpose yards-4,718 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-876
    8-Most career all-purpose plays-933
    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.

    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.

    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 4,329 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 482 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 61 points to top 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 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.

    SIMONTON ON NCAA CAREER RUSHING CHART: Ken Simonton has produced 4,087 rushing yards for NCAA career purposes. BOWL GAMES do not count on NCAA career charts. Ken needs 19 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.

    KEN SIMONTON, TB: (WSU)-For the second game in a row, Ken was held to his lowest career game rushing total as he was limited to a net 19 yards on the ground. He caught 3 passes for 14 yards to give him 33 all-purpose yards. For the second game in a row, Ken failed to score a touchdown. (UCLA)-Ken was held to the lowest rushing total of his OSU career in the UCLA contest. He rushed for a net 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 in the fourth game of his freshman year against Arizona State. UCLA has proven to be Simonton's toughest opponent to run against in four years. 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 a total 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 New Mexico 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 5.0 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. Ken needs to rush for 744 yards in his remaining seven games this season, an average of 106.3, to reach 1,000 yards. He has scored touchdowns in 27 of his 39 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.

    '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's top 10 individual game rushing efforts.

    BIG PLAYS: Oregon State continues to struggle this season in producing 'Big Plays'. The Beavers added only a pair of offensive plays over 25 yards vs. Washington State. OSU now has 13 such plays in the first four games, an average of just 3.25 per game. The Beavers had 54 such plays in 2000.

    OSU IN THE RED ZONE: OSU remains perfect a perfect in the red zone after four games, converting on all nine trips inside the red zone (inside 20-yard line). OSU opponents have converted on 15 of 16 trips inside the red zone, a percentage of .938.

    TURNOVERS HAUNT BEAVERS: Turnovers continue to haunt Oregon State. The Beavers have been on the minus side in all three of their defeats this season. In OSU's lone victory over New Mexico State, the Beavers were even on the board. This is a far contrast from last year's team. OSU ranked fourth in the nation during the 2000 season by forcing 18 more turnovers than they committed. OSU committed six turnovers at Washington State. On the positive side, the Beavers forced four turnovers at Washington State, including picking off their first pass interceptions of the season. OSU has forced six defensive turnovers in 2001. OSU ranks ninth in the Pac-10 and 103 nationally after four games.

    ROBERTS BREAKS INTERCEPTION DROUGHT: Junior cornerback Terrell Roberts finally broke Oregon State's interception drought by picking off a pair of passes vs. Washington State. The Beavers had failed to produce an interception through their first three games. The two interceptions were Roberts' first collegiate interceptions. Roberts also broke up four passes against the Cougars to tie a school record. Earlier this season Dennis Weathersby picked off four passes against Fresno State. 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 also hold the record for four pass breakups in a game. Roberts had a career-high 37 defensive points vs. WSU.

    JONATHAN SMITH, QB: Jonathan has started 31 career games for Oregon State at quarterback and has produced a 20-11 (.645) record as a starter. (WSU)-Jonathan completed 16 of 26 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown vs. WSU...he was intercepted twice...he had 162 yards in total offense. (UCLA)-Jonathan completed 11 of 32 passes for 106 yards vs. the Bruins...he was intercepted one time and he failed to throw 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 the second game of the season...Jonathan moved up to 11th place in career passing in the Pac-10 Conference with his 106 yards vs. UCLA...he has 7,850 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 he has 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 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 521 of 1,057 passes for 8,030 yards, 44 touchdowns and 24 interceptions...his 44 touchdown passes ranks second all-time at OSU, behind only Erik Wilhelm (52)...he has 7,623 yards of total offense in 34 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 34 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 11th in Pac-10 career passing with 8,030 yards and he ranks 13th in career total offense with 7,623 yards.


    WHAT JONATHAN SMITH NEEDS NEXT ON OSU CHARTS

    CAREER PASSING
    Smith has 8,030 career yards passing
    Needs-1,364 yards to move into 1st place ahead of Erik Wilhelm (9,393). He needs to average 195 yards per game in final seven games.
    CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE
    Smith has 7,623 career total offense yards
    Needs-1,439 yards to move into 1st place ahead of Erik Wilhelm (9,062). He needs to average 205.7 yards per game in final seven.

    SMITH RANKS HIGH ON PAC-10 CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE, PASSING AND TOUCHDOWN CHARTS
    Jonathan Smith currently ranks 11th in career passing yards in the Pac-10 Conference with 8,030 yards. He ranks 13th in career total offense yards with 7,623. He needs 97 yards this week to move ahead of California's Troy Taylor to move into 10th in Pac-10 career passing. He needs 76 yards in total offense to move ahead of WSU's Jack Thompson for 12th on the Pac-10 career list. He is tied for 22nd career touchdown passes with 44. Pacific-10 Conference career charts includes bowl games.

    CESCA SECOND IN OSU CAREER SCORING: Place kicker Ryan Cesca, a junior, scored nine points vs. Washington State. As a result, he moved into second place on the OSU career-scoring list, passing another kicker, Troy Bussanich. He is now the highest scoring kicker in Beaver football history. He has scored 177 career points, compared to Bussanich's 168. 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 Bussanich (1986-89). He is now 93-for-94 (.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 28 of 40 field goal attempts (.700) 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 12 of his last 14 field goal attempts.

    CAREER DEFENSIVE NUMBERS: After 28 games in his career, Dennis Weathersby has broken up 35 passes and is closing in on the OSU career record of 44 held by Andrae Holland. Linebacker James Allen is the top point defensive statistical leader with 464 points among current Beaver defensive players.

    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.

    STARTING STREAKS: Several Oregon State players have multiple game starting streaks alive. A total of seven players have starting streaks of 15 or more games.


    THIS, THAT, ETC.

    ***Freshman tailback Steven Jackson's 63-yard TD run vs. UCLA was a career best at OSU plus it matched the 27th longest run from scrimmage in OSU history.

    ***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.

    ***Junior cornerback Dennis Weathersby tied an OSU record by breaking up four passes vs. Fresno State. Weathersby now has 35 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.

    ***Terrell Roberts broke up four passes vs. Washington State to tie Weathersby, Carberrry, Huff, Bumpus and Holland for most in a game.

    *** 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 against Notre Dame in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl.

    ***Patrick McCall's 68-yard kickoff return against Fresno State was the 19th longest in OSU history.

    ***Jonathan Smith's 65-yard touchdown pass to Seth Trimmer vs. Fresno State equaled the 26th longest pass play in OSU history, which was a 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 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 40 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 20 of the 28 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 to complete 30 of 56 passes for 783 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Against Washington at Husky Stadium, Smith threw touchdown 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 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).


    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 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.

    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.

    SCHEDULE CHANGE: Oregon State's scheduled game with Montana State for September 15 has been cancelled. In its place, the Beavers will host Northern Arizona at Reser Stadium on Saturday, November 17. Tickets being held for the Montana State game will be honored for the Nov. 17 game with the Lumberjacks. The remaining allotment of student tickets will be available for pick up, by students, on Monday, Nov. 12 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Gill Coliseum. Kickoff time for the NAU game is TBA.

    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-Jason Lowe vs. Washington State at Pullman, Oct. 6, 2001 (blocked by Kenny Farley)
    Returned a kickoff for touchdown-Tim Alexander, 100 yards vs. USC, at Los Angeles, 1998
    Returned a fumble for touchdown-Mitch Meeuwsen 35 yards vs. Washington State at Pullman, Oct. 6, 2001
    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-Kenny Farley vs. Washington State at Pullman, Oct. 6, 2001 (Allan Cox 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-Erik Coleman, Washington State, 47 yards at Pullman, Oct. 6, 2001 (Jonathan Smith passer)
    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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