Beavers Hit The Road To Take On Trojans

Oct. 28, 2001

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Oregon State is currently on a one-game winning streak overall. The Beavers have a two-game winning streak at Reser Stadium, a one-game Pacific-10 Conference winning streak and a two-game road losing streak. Oregon State is 22-9 (.710) in its last 31 games and has won 14 of its last 16 (.875) 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. Oregon State is 14-5 (.737) in the current decade. The Beavers did not win 14 games in the 1990s until November 16, 1996.

Oregon State's game with California last Saturday marked the first Beaver football game since the 1988 season that was not televised either live or on a delayed basis. OSU contracted with Prime Sports Northwest (which later became Fox Sports Net Northwest) in 1989 to televise all Beaver football games on a delayed basis for Sunday replays. The streak ended with the OSU-California game last Saturday after 141 consecutive games being televised either live or delayed.

The OSU-Washington game (Nov. 10) has been selected for a Fox Sports Net national cable telecast, starting at 12:30 p.m. PST.

Oregon State will host Northern Arizona in its final home football game of the season on November 17 at 1:30 p.m. PST. The OSU men's basketball team will open the 2001-02 regular season the same day with a 11:05 a.m. contest against Northern Colorado. All fans holding tickets for the football game have the option of purchasing a general admission ticket to the basketball game for the price of $5.00.

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), tailback Riley Jenkins (ACL surgery on right knee), linebacker Seth Lacey (left shoulder/neck) and free safety Eric Mobley (left quad strain).

Oregon State and USC have played 65 games in the series, with the Trojans holding a commanding 53-8-1 edge. The Beavers are on a one-game winning streak in the series after downing USC 31-21 at Corvallis last year. OSU's last victory against the Trojans in Los Angeles was in 1960, 14-0. Since then, USC has won 17 straight over the Beavers at the Los Angeles Coliseum. OSU's Dennis Erickson is 1-2 as a head coach in games played vs. the Trojans. USC's Pete Carroll will be making his first coaching appearance against OSU.

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 3-4 so far in 2001. In three seasons, he has produced a record of 21-10 (.677) 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 .727 (134-50-1). He trails Rick Neuheisel of Washington (.731) on the winning percentage list. Erickson is 10th among active Division 1-A college coaches for total victories with 133. 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 21-10 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 and by 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. The current victory lists follow:

Oregon State ended a 26-game losing streak to USC by handing the then eighth-ranked Trojans a 31-21 defeat at Reser Stadium. It was the first victory over USC since the famous 3-0 shutout at Corvallis in 1967, the same year the Trojans went on to win the national championship. USC couldn't contain OSU's Ken Simonton as he ran for a career-high 234 yards and three touchdowns. Simonton has 37 carries and ran for more yards against Southern Cal than anyone but Penn State's Curtis Ennis, who had 241 in 1996. Simonton salted away the game for OSU when he bolted 36 yards for a TD with 1:36 left to give the Beavers a 31-21 lead. Beaver quarterback Jonathan Smith completed 10 of 29 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown. USC quarterback Carson Palmer completed 19 of 38 passes for 282 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but he was intercepted three times. Sultan McCullough was the Trojans' leading rusher with 33 yards on 10 carries.

Sophomore James Newson has become OSU's money receiver this season. He has produced career bests two games in a row. James posted career bests for catches (8) and yardage (112) against Arizona State. He came back with eight catches against California and a new career best of 166 yards in receiving. The 166 yards amounts to the third best mark in OSU history, topped only Robb Thomas' school record 220 yards and Roddy Tompkins 210 yards at Washington in 1998. Newson has been over the 100-yard mark in receiving yardage three times this season, including the last two games. He also topped the century mark in the Beavers' season opener at Fresno State (109). James leads OSU in receptions with 39, in yardage with 564 and in touchdowns with three. Newson is averaging 5.6 receptions for game and is on pace to catch 61 passes, based on present average. That would rank him fourth in season pass receptions at OSU.

Dennis broke up his 41st career pass vs. California. He needs only four more breakups in this his junior season to become OSU's career leader, passing current career leader Andrea Holland's 44. Weathersby has broken up 11 passes in seven games this season, including a record four vs. Fresno State and three against UCLA.

Junior strong linebacker Nick Barnett had the best game of his career to date against California. Barnett was credited with 18 tackles, including 11 solo, in the contest. The OSU school record for most tackles in a game is 22 by Steve Brown vs. Stanford in 1971. Barnett also had four quarterback hurry plays against the Bears and scored 52 points in the Beavers' defensive point system.

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 4,617 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 194 yards to pass Allen. Simonton has scored 342 career points and has moved into fifth place on the Pac-10 all-time scoring list. Ken is the all-time scorer in the conference among position players. All four players ahead of him on the career list are kickers. The Pac-10's all-time scoring leader is John Lee, UCLA, with 390 points. Ken needs 49 points to top that figure. Ken averaged 104 points a season through his first three campaigns.

Ken Simonton scored one touchdown vs. Arizona State to move higher on the NCAA career scoring and rushing touchdown charts. Simonton is tied for 13th on the all-time NCAA career-scoring list with 324 points. He ranks ninth in career rushing touchdowns with 53. 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 342 points and 56 rushing touchdowns.

(California)-Ken registered his third 100-yard rushing game of the season with 110 on the ground vs. the Bears. He also caught a pair of passes for 30 yards, giving him 140 all-purpose yards. He had the second longest run from scrimmage in his career with a 55-yarder. (ASU)-Ken rushed for a net 74 yards on 20 carries and scored a touchdown. He also caught 3 passes for 25 yards, giving him 99 all-purpose yards. He moved into 35th place on the NCAA career-rushing list following the ASU game. He also moved into a tie for 13th in NCAA career scoring and ninth in NCAA career rushing touchdowns. (Arizona)-Ken rushed for 104 yards on 18 carries against Arizona and scored a touchdown. He caught 2 passes for 24 yards, giving him 128 all-purpose yards on 20 plays. It was his 23rd game over 100 yards rushing and his 28th game in which he has scored a touchdown. (WSU)-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 then his 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 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 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 456 yards in his remaining four games this season, an average of 114, to reach 1,000 yards. He has scored touchdowns in 29 of his 42 career games and has multiple touchdown games 19 times. Here is a look at what Simonton has accomplished to date:

'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.

Jonathan has started 34 career games for Oregon State at quarterback and has produced a 22-12 (.647) record as a starter. (California)-Jonathan completed 14 of 23 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown against the Bears. It was his 25th career game of over 200 yards passing. As a result of his 234 yards passing, he moved into sixth place in Pac-10 career passing with 8,627 yards. He moved into eighth place in Pac-10 career total offense with 8,187 yards. He moved into a tie for 17th on the Pac-10 all-time touchdown-passing list with 48. (ASU)-Jonathan had his second most productive passing game of the season at ASU, completing 23 of 39 passes for 238 yards a pair of touchdowns. He did not throw an interception. As a result of the ASU game, Jonathan moved into seventh place in Pac-10 career passing with 8,393 yards and 11th place in career total offense at 7,962 yards. (Arizona)-Jonathan completed 10 of 20 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown in leading OSU to a 38-3 victory over Arizona...he also rushed for one touchdown, the 45th of his career...he was intercepted one time...he moved into 10th place in Pac-10 career passing as a result of his performance against the Wildcats. (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 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 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 568 of 1,145 passes for 8,627 yards, 48 touchdowns and 26 interceptions...his 48 touchdown passes ranks second all-time at OSU, behind only Erik Wilhelm (52)...he has 8,187 yards of total offense in 37 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 36 games played and over 200 yards 25 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 seventh in Pac-10 career passing with 8,393 yards and he ranks 11th in career total offense with 7,962 yards...he is tied for 17th in career Pac-10 touchdown passes with 48.

Place kicker Ryan Cesca, a junior, scored nine points vs. Washington State on October 6 and moved into second place on the OSU career-scoring list as a result. He passed another kicker, Troy Bussanich, making him the highest scoring kicker in Beaver football history. To date, he has scored 196 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 103-for-104 (.990). 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 30 of 42 field goal attempts (.714) 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 15 of his last 18 field goal attempts. He had successfully kicked six field goals in a row before missing a 48-yarder against California. He came back to make a 23-yarder and is now 8-for-10 this season.

Since the start of the 2001 season, place kicker Ryan Cesca has been the lone Beaver player to receive an honor to date. Cesca was named the Pac-10's special teams Player of the Week following OSU's 27-22 victory over New Mexico State on the road. Head Coach Dennis Erickson has also been selected to be the head coach of the West team in the 2002 Hula Bowl.

1-Selected as the Pac-10 special teams Player of the Week, Sept. 8.

1-Selected to coach in Hula Bowl

After 31 games in his career, Dennis Weathersby has broken up 41 passes and is closing in on the OSU career record of 44 held by Andrae Holland. Weathersby broke up 17 passes as a freshman when he named a freshman All-American. He broke up 13 passes as a sophomore. Weathersby was a preseason Playboy All-American heading into the 2001 season. Linebacker James Allen is OSU's top career point defensive statistical leader among current players with 574 points.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


  • Eight Oregon State players were listed on opening day NFL rosters. A ninth player, Armon Hatcher, is now active on the San Diego Chargers roster. The eight players on opening day rosters include-Terrence Carroll, SS, Philadelphia Eagles, Jose Cortez, PK, San Francisco 49ers, DeLawrence Grant, DE, Oakland Raiders, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Cincinnati Bengals, Chad Johnson, WR, Cincinnati Bengals, Aaron Koch, OL, Jacksonville Jaguars, Reggie Tongue, FS, Seattle Seahawks, and Mitch White, OT, New Orleans Saints.

  • Oregon State blocked a field goal against ASU, giving the Beavers at least one blocked kick in three straight games. OSU has also blocked a punt against Washington State and vs. Arizona. The Beavers streak was stopped at three when they failed to block a kick vs. California.

  • Sophomore middle linebacker Richard Seigler had the best game of his OSU career to date in the Arizona State game. Seigler produced a total of 81 points on the Beavers' defensive point system, breaking the record of 72 points established last year by defensive end DeLawrence Grant against San Diego State University. In addition, Seigler also broke the OSU record for tackles for loss in a game with seven. His seven tackles for loss topped the old record of 4 � held by Bryan Ludwick in a game against Northern Illinois in 1996 at Corvallis. Against the Sun Devils, Seigler produced 8 solo tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 7 tackles for loss (19 yards), a sack for 5 yards and he recovered a fumble.

  • Sophomore James Newson posted career bests for catches (8) and yardage (112) against Arizona State. He followed that up with eight catches and a new career high 166 yards vs. California. He also topped the century mark in the Beavers' season opener at Fresno State (109).

  • Tim Euhus caught his first career touchdown pass at Arizona State, a 40-yarder from Jonathan Smith.

  • Cole Clasen, a freshman walk-on from Lake Oswego High School in Lake Oswego, OR, made Oregon State football history against Arizona by starting. He became the first-ever-true freshman walk-on to start a game for the Beavers. There have been several true freshmen scholarship players who have started, but not a walk-on true freshman.

  • The Beavers held Arizona without a touchdown this year, the second straight season OSU blanked the Wildcats on touchdowns. Last fall (2000) in Tucson, OSU won 33-9 as the Wildcats' points came on three field goals.

  • Three Beaver players were involved in scoring plays for the first time in their careers in the Arizona game. Freshman quarterback Derek Anderson threw his first career TD pass, a 26-yard strike to true freshman walk-on Cole Clasen, and it was also Clasen's first career touchdown. Sophomore flanker James Newson caught his first career TD pass.

  • Through the Arizona game, Mitch Meeuwsen had started three straight games and he recovered a fumble in each of those three games. Meeuwsen had his first career interception against Arizona.

  • In the Arizona game, Oregon State made it two weeks in a row of recording a blocked a punt and recovering for a touchdown. Clasen blocked the punt vs. the Wildcats and Kenny Farley recovered for a TD. Against WSU a week earlier, Farley blocked the punt and Jason Lowe recovered for the touchdown.

  • Oregon State quarterbacks were not sacked in the Arizona game. Meanwhile, the Beavers recorded three sacks vs. Arizona and had 12 tackles for loss.

  • Junior cornerback Terrell Roberts intercepted two passes vs. Washington State for the first interceptions of his career. 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.

  • 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 2001 season by producing a team-high 43 defensive points against WSU, 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 against Washington State on Oct. 6...Anderson completed 6 of 14 passes for 96 yards and was intercepted on his final pass of the game.16-16

  • Offensive guards Dustin Janz and Kanan Sanchez got their first career starts vs. WSU...for Sanchez, it was also 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.

  • 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.

  • Junior cornerback Dennis Weathersby tied an OSU record by breaking up four passes vs. Fresno State. Weathersby now has 40 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Dennis Weathersby has broken up passes in 23 of the 31 career games he has played.

  • 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 then career highs vs. Fresno State with receptions (6) and yards (72) in his first collegiate start.

  • 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 43 straight games after being shutout by USC 23-0, November 15, 1997.

  • OSU backs have rushed for 100 yards or more a total of 158 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).

  • 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).

  • Oregon State has played a total of five true freshmen so far during the 2001 season. The five include quarterback Derek Anderson, tailback Steven Jackson, wide receiver Josh Hawkins, defensive end Bill Swancutt and walk-on wide receiver Cole Clasen.

  • Oregon State is starting only three seniors on defense-end Kyle Rosselle, weak linebacker James Allen and free safety Jake Cookus.

  • Oregon State is starting five seniors on offense-left guard Dustin Janz, center Chris Gibson, right tackle Vincent Sandoval, quarterback Jonathan Smith and tailback Ken Simonton.

  • Under Dennis Erickson, Oregon State has always enjoyed a scoring edge in the fourth quarter and the pattern remains the same in 2001. The Beavers have outscored opponents 48-26 in the fourth period.

  • Several OSU players saw their first collegiate action in the Beavers' 38-3 victory over Arizona. The list includes-Matt Brock, center, Brad Gerry, strong safety, Brian Kilkenny, left tackle, Pat Loney, tight end, John Millar, punter, and Dwight Wright, tailback.

    OSU failed to score only one time in the red zone this season. The Beavers have scored on 14 of 15 trips inside the red zone (20-yard line) this year for a percentage of .933. OSU opponents have converted on 19 of 21 trips inside the red zone, a percentage of .905.

    Oregon State recorded its seventh straight sell out of Reser Stadium against California with a crowd of 36,142.

  • Strong linebacker Nick Barnett had the best game of his OSU career with 18 tackles against California, including 11 solo tackles. He also had four quarterback hurries.

  • Freshman Bill Swancutt recorded his first career sack against California. He finished the game with two sacks.

  • Oregon State's defensive unit continues to score points. The Beavers added a safety against California. OSU has also scored a pair of touchdowns on blocked punts this season.

  • James Newson had a career-high 166 pass receiving yards.

  • Mitch Muuewsen had 10 tackles against Cal, plus he broke up two passes and picked off his second pass interception of the season.

  • Oregon State now has a three-game winning streak going against California.


    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.

    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.

    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 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 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 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 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.


    Returned a punt for touchdown-Dwayne Owens, 97 yards vs. UCLA at Pasadena, 1992

    Recovered a blocked punt for touchdown-Kenny Farley vs. Arizona at Corvallis, Oct. 13, 2001 (blockedby Cole Clasen)

    Returned a kickoff for touchdown-Tim Alexander, 100 yards vs. USC, at Los Angeles, 1998

    Returned a fumble for touchdown-Shawn Kintner 10 yards vs. California at Corvallis, Oct. 27, 2001

    Returned a pass interception for touchdown-LaDairis Jackson, 32 yards vs. New Mexico, at Albuquerque, Sept. 9, 2000

    Recorded a safety-2001 vs. California at Corvallis, Oct. 27

    Blocked a punt-Cole Clasen vs. Arizona at Corvallis, Oct. 13, 2001 (Ramey Peru punter)

    Blocked a field goal-Noah Happe vs. Arizona State at Tempe, Oct. 20, 2001 (Mike Barth 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 (110) vs. California at Corvallis, Oct. 27, 2001

    Had a player rush for over 200 Yards-Ken Simonton (234) vs. USC at Corvallis, September 30, 2000


    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 Fesslerpunter), 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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