Beavers Host Washington This Saturday
Nov. 4, 2001
Washington leads the overall series 55-26-5, including a current winning streak of 13 games. Oregon State's last victory in the series was 21-20 at Seattle in 1985. The Beavers have lost 12 straight to the Huskies at Corvallis. OSU's last victory in Corvallis was 23-9 in 1974. Washington handed the Beavers their lone defeat last season, 33-30 at Seattle. OSU's Dennis Erickson is 1-3 (0-2 at Oregon State) as a head coach in games played against Washington. The Huskies' Rick Neuheisel is 2-0 vs. OSU and Erickson.
Oregon State is currently on a one-game losing streak overall. The Beavers have a two-game winning streak at Reser Stadium, a one-game Pacific-10 Conference losing streak and a three-game road losing streak. Oregon State is 22-10 (.688) in its last 32 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 14-6 (.700) in the current decade. The Beavers did not win 14 games in the 1990s until November 16, 1996.
ERICKSON IN NOVEMBER:
Dennis Erickson is in his 16th year as a collegiate head coach. He has compiled an impressive record during the month of November. In the month of November he currently has a career mark of 42-10-1, a percentage of .802. Erickson is 5-2 (.714) in November as Oregon State's head coach.
OSU-NAU TIME SET:
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.
Washington will enter Saturday's contest ranked eighth in this week's Associated Press poll and eighth on the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll.
Dennis, a junior cornerback, still needs four more pass breakups to break OSU's school career record for pass breakups. He broke up his 41st career pass vs. California, but failed to get a breakup at USC last Saturday. He needs four more breakups to pass current career leader Andrea Holland's 44. Weathersby has broken up 11 passes in eight games this season, including a record four vs. Fresno State and three against UCLA. Weathersby is currently sixth among Pac-10 pass defenders with 12 breakups (includes interceptions).
Junior strong linebacker Nick Barnett has been a defensive dynamo the past two games. He produced the best game of his career against California on October 27, and followed up with another outstanding game at USC. 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. He produced 50 ï¿½ points at USC with 11 tackles, his first career interception, two pass breakups, a tackle for loss and one half of a sack. .Barnett has moved into second place on the defensive point production list for the season with 204 ï¿½ points. Barnett has been OSU's top defensive point producer in two games this year. He earned high-point honors vs. California and Fresno State.
Sophomore middle linebacker Richard Seigler continues to lead OSU in defensive point production this year with 258. He produced 11 tackles vs. USC. He has been the Beavers' most consistent defensive player this season. He has moved into third place in the Pac-10 for tackles with 74, an average of 9.2 per game. He trails UCLA linebacker Robert Thomas (11.1) and USC safety Troy Polamalu (10.2) on the leader board. Seigler is fourth in the Pac-10 for tackles for loss with 12. Seigler set a school record for defensive points in a game with 81 at Arizona State (Oct. 20).
BIG DAY FOR HAPPE
: Defensive end Noah Happe, a sophomore, turned in his top career performance at USC as he led OSU with 58 defensive points. He posted career-high three sacks for 19 yards and four tackles for loss (21 yards). He also forced a fumble and had six solo tackles. Happe has moved into fourth place on the Pac-10 season sack list with seven. Happe has also vaulted into third place on OSU's defensive point list with 191 ï¿½, trailing only Seigler and Barnett. Happe has produced nine tackles for loss this year to go along with the seven sacks. In addition to his defensive play, which continues to improve, he handles the snapping on PAT/FG and punts for the Beavers.
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.
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.
THIS, THAT, ETC.
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.
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 1:30 p.m. PST.
BEAVER HONORS IN 2001:
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.
RYAN CESCA, PK
1-Selected as the Pac-10 special teams Player of the Week, Sept. 8.
DENNIS ERICKSON, Head Coach
1-Selected to coach in Hula Bowl
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-Kenny Farley vs. Arizona at Corvallis, Oct. 13, 2001 (blocked by 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-Steven Jackson (119) vs. USC at Los Angeles, Nov. 3, 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-Troy Polamalu, USC, at Los Angeles (Carl Tobey punter), Nov. 3, 2001
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-Steve Stevenson, USC, at Los Angeles, Nov. 3, 2001 (Carl Tobey 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.