Beaver Football Downs Bears, 19-10
Oct 27, 2001
By LANDON HALL
AP Sports Writer
CORVALLIS, Ore. - James Newson had eight catches for 166 yards and atouchdown as Oregon State prolonged California's misery with a 19-10 victorySaturday.
Jonathan Smith threw for 234 yards and Ken Simonton added 110 yards rushingfor the Beavers (3-4, 2-3 Pac-10).
Terrell Williams, playing in place of injured tailback Joe Igber, gained 104yards for Cal (0-7, 0-5). The Golden Bears have four games left to avoid theirfirst winless season since 1897.
With Kyle Boller sidelined for a second straight game with an injured back,freshman Reggie Robertson got the start ahead of senior Eric Holtfreter.Robertson scored on an 8-yard scramble to pull the Bears to 10-7 in the secondquarter, but he completed just 12 of 32 passes for 120 yards and aninterception.
Cal also turned the ball over three more times, bringing its season total to23. The Bears forced two turnovers, but still have the nation's worst ratio atminus-18.
Oregon State gained 174 of its 364 total yards in the first quarter, and theBeavers' defense - particularly the linebackers - did the job in the secondhalf.
Nick Barnett had 18 tackles, and Richard Seigler pressured Robertson into anintentional grounding from his own end zone for a 2-point safety and the game'sfinal score with 9:54 left.
Simonton gained 100 yards for the 24th time in his career, but hisperformance was marred by a fumble that came at the end of his 55-yard run inthe third quarter.
Cal entered the game with the conference's worst defense, and the groupseldom had anything go its way. So inept were the Bears that they managed toturned a fine defensive play into an Oregon State touchdown.
With his team clinging to a 10-7 lead late in the second quarter, Smiththrew into a crowd, and free safety Nnamdi Asomugha intercepted. But as hegrappled with the intended receiver, Josh Hawkins, the Beavers' Shawn Kintnercame around Asomugha's right side and stripped the ball from his arms.
Kintner ran 10 yards for the touchdown and a 17-7 halftime lead.
Aided by Cal's 42 penalty yards, Oregon State took a 7-0 lead on its secondpossession when Smith threw 14 yards to Newson. But the Beavers should have hada much bigger lead.
They reached the Cal 26 and 31 in the first quarter but came away withnothing, following a 58-yard pass from Smith to Newson, they had first-and-goalat the 9 but settled for Ryan Cesca's 23-yard field goal.
A 28-yard run by Igber was the key play on Cal's 80-yard touchdown drive,but he separated his right shoulder and didn't return.