Beavers Travel To Face Oregon
Nov. 25, 2001
Oregon State is currently on a two-game winning streak overall. The Beavers have a four-game winning streak at Reser Stadium, a one-game Pacific-10 Conference winning streak and a three-game road losing streak. Oregon State is 24-10 (.706) in its last 34 games and has won 16 of its last 18 (.889) 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 and 4-1 in 2001. Oregon State is 16-6 (.727) in the current decade. The Beavers did not win 16 games in the 1990s until October 4, 1997.
All of Oregon State's football practices this week will be closed.
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 has a career mark of 44-10-1, a percentage of .809. Erickson is 7-2 (.778) in November as Oregon State's head coach.
OREGON STATE IN THE POLLS:
Oregon State achieved its highest-ever ranking in all three polls-Associated Press (4), USA Today/ESPN (5) and the BCS (5)-in 2000.
17 OREGON STATE SENIORS IN FINAL REGULAR SEASON GAME:
A total of 17 Oregon State seniors will be playing in their final regular season game for the Beavers' in this year's Civil War game. This group of seniors has enjoyed great success at Oregon State. This group has played on Beaver teams with a combined 28-17 record (.622) heading into the Civil War. OSU was 5-6 in 1998, 7-5 in 1999, 11-1 last year and presently 5-5.
The Beavers played in the 1999 O'ahu Bowl, losing to Hawaii 23-17. Last year was the greatest season in OSU history as the Beavers recorded the first 11-win season in OSU history, but also the first 11-win season by any collegiate team in the State of Oregon. The Beavers capped the 2000 season with a 41-9 rout of Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.
OSU SENIOR CLASS SEEKS WIN NO. 3 OVER OREGON:
Oregon State's current senior class enters this year's Civil War having won two of the three outings played. A win over Oregon this Saturday would give the current Beaver senior class three wins in the four-year battle. The last time an OSU senior class departing Corvallis with three out of four wins in the Civil War series was the 1974 senior class.
COULD THERE BE AN OMEN?
Could there be an omen on the horizon? This past weekend produced two upset victories by the other two Division 1A schools called OSU-Ohio State University and Oklahoma State University. First, Ohio State invaded Ann Arbor, Michigan and upset No. 11 Michigan 26-20. Following the first upset, Oklahoma State visited Norman, Oklahoma to shock the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners by 16-13. This week, the third OSU-Oregon State University-visits Eugene to meet No. 4 Oregon.
The Civil War has been played a total of 104 times and Oregon leads the series 52-42-10. The Beavers currently have a one-game winning streak as a result of winning 23-13 at Reser Stadium last year. The victory by OSU left the Beavers, Ducks and Washington in a three-way tie for the Pacific-10 Conference championship. Oregon State has a two-game winning streak over Oregon at Reser Stadium. The Ducks have a three-game winning streak over the Beavers at Autzen Stadium. OSU last won at Autzen in 1993 by a score of 15-12. The Beavers lost 12-10 at Autzen in 1995, 48-30 in 1997 and 23-17 in 1999, Erickson's first year at OSU.
Dennis Erickson is in his 16th season as a collegiate head coach and third campaign at Oregon State. Erickson enjoys an overall record of 136-51-1 and ranks eighth on the list of active collegiate coaches in terms of winning percentage at .726. Erickson is 23-11 (.676) as the Beavers' head coach. He stands 10th in total victories with 136. Erickson is 1-1 vs. Oregon as OSU's head coach. Erickson is 1-3 vs. Oregon as a college head coach. He was 0-2 vs. the Ducks as head coach at Washington State. Oregon's Mike Bellotti is in his seventh year at Oregon and has compiled a record of 58-23 (.716) record. He has an overall record of 81-48-2 as a college head coach after 12 years. He was head coach at Chico State for five years. Bellotti is 4-2 vs. Oregon State.
LAST YEAR AT CORVALLIS:
Oregon State scored early and took a 14-0 first-quarter lead. The Beavers led 17-0 before Oregon got on the board. Jonathan Smith threw a pair of touchdown passes to Robert Prescott of 31 and 49 yards in the first quarter. The Ducks had a 471-399 margin in total offense in the contest, but it was the Beavers who were constantly turning in the big plays. OSU intercepted Oregon's Joey Harrington five times, including three by free safety Jake Cookus. Smith was 14 for 27 passing for 246 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He was intercepted one time. Harrington completed 24 of 46 passes for 333 yards, but had five interceptions and no touchdowns. Ken Simonton paced the Beavers' ground game with 113 yards and a touchdown, while Maurice Morris led Oregon with 97 yards and a touchdown.
SIMONTON AGAINST OREGON:
Oregon State has defeated Oregon when Ken Simonton rushes for over 100 yards. In three games vs. Oregon, Ken Simonton has rushed ford 333 yards, an average of 111 yards per game, and has scored seven touchdowns. He has accounted for 370 all-purpose yards, an average of 123.3 per game. He has averaged 4.57 yards each time he has touched the ball vs. the Ducks.
SMITH AGAINST OREGON:
Jonathan Smith has passed for 797 yards and four touchdowns in three games vs. Oregon. He has averaged 266 yards per game passing and has accounted for 801 yards in total offense, an average of 267 yards per game. He has completed 52 of 93 passes (.559 percentage) and has been intercepted only one time. He has averaged 7.6 yards per offensive play.
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), tailback Riley Jenkins (ACL surgery on right knee) and linebacker Seth Lacey (left shoulder/neck). PROBABLE-Defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (left ankle sprain).
DENNIS ERICKSON SEVENTH 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 5-5 so far in 2001. In three seasons, he has produced a record of 23-11 (.676) in his Beaver career. Erickson is currently tied for seventh as the 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 .726 (136-51-1).
He is seventh on the all-time active coaches winning percentage list at .726, just slightly behind No. 6, R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M (.736). Erickson is 10th among active Division 1-A college coaches for total victories with 136. 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 22-11 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 assistant football coach Eric Yarber missed the USC and Washington games due to an illness. Yarber was released from the hospital on Friday, Nov. 16, and watched the game from the press box as OSU defeated Northern Arizona. Yarber, the Beavers' wide receiver coach, entered Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, on Wednesday, October 31. He was diagnosed with an abscess in the liver. In his absence, offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Tim Lappano tutored the OSU receivers and Dennis Erickson coached the quarterbacks.
NOTES FROM NORTHERN ARIZONA VICTORY:
Oregon State's crowd of 36,096 for the NAU game amounted to the Beavers' ninth straight sellout of Reser Stadium. For the season, OSU averaged 36,412 at Reser Stadium, which has a capacity of 35,362. The 36,412 average for a season is an all-time record.
JONATHAN SMITH VS. WASHINGTON:
Jonathan Smith finished his four-game career against Washington much the way he started. Jonathan led Oregon State to a 49-24 victory over the Huskies last Saturday at Reser Stadium. It was the most points ever scored by the Beavers against Washington, topping the previous high of 40 in a 40-14 OSU victory in 1951. In his final performance against the Huskies, Smith completed 18 of 28 passes for 317 yards and two touchdowns. His 317 yards passing ties him for 17th on OSU's list of top passing performances. Smith also passed for 317 yards vs. California last year. His 317 yards in total offense ties him for 16th on the Beavers' top game performances in total offense. In his four years vs. Washington, Smith completed 79 of 127 passes (.622 percentage) for 1,339 yards and nine touchdowns.
He was intercepted only two times. He averaged 334.8 yards per game passing vs. Washington in four years. Smith got his OSU career rolling against Washington in 1998. Smith came off the bench to relieve starting quarterback Terrance Bryant in the second quarter, and again midway through the third quarter and proceeded to establish a school record 469 yards passing and nearly led OSU to victory. The Beavers lost 35-34 as OSU elected to go for a 2-point PAT attempt instead of the tie as time had run out. Smith's pass was knocked away from Roddy Tompkins in the end zone. Smith's 469 yards topped the previous OSU record of 461 by Erik Wilhelm and was the seventh best mark in the Pac-10.
He had 459 yards in total offense, the second best mark in OSU history behind Wilhelm's 480. At the time it was the 10th best mark in Pac-10 history. In that game, Jonathan had a 90-yard TD pass to Roddy Tompkins, third longest pass play in OSU history at the time. He threw an 80-yard TD pass to Greg Ainsworth, matching the fourth longest pass in OSU history at the time. He also had the following long pass plays in that game-37 to Tim Alexander, 35 to Ainsworth, 33 to Alexander, 27 to Alexander, 26 to Tompkins and 25 to Alexander.
As a sophomore in 1999, Smith completed 31 of 43 passes for 239 yards and a touchdown, including a 48-yarder to Roddy Tompkins. The Beavers lost 47-21 in 1999 at Reser Stadium. Last year in Seattle, Smith completed 13 of 24 passes for 314 yards and 3 touchdowns, including scoring strikes of 80, 48 and 11 yards, as OSU lost 33-30.
ERICKSON TO COACH AT HULA BOWL:
Head Coach Dennis Erickson has been selected to be the head coach of the West team in the 2002 Hula Bowl to be played on the island of Maui in January. Oregon State players have won the following honors to date:
DENNIS WEATHERSBY TIES RECORD:
Dennis, a junior cornerback, needs just one more pass breakup to break OSU's school career record for pass breakups. He broke up one pass vs. Northern Arizona to give him 44 career breakups, the same number as Andrea Holland. Weathersby has broken up 14 passes in nine games this season, including a record four vs. Fresno State and three against UCLA. Weathersby is currently fourth among Pac-10 pass defenders with 16 breakups (Pac-10 includes interceptions).
Weathersby intercepted his second pass of the season and fourth of his career against Washington and returned the interception 73 yards to set up OSU's third touchdown against the Huskies. The 73-yard interception return equals the 10th longest interception return in a game by a Beaver player. He has broken up passes in 25 of the 34 games he has played in so far in his career. Weathersby blocked a field goal vs. Northern Arizona, the first blocked kick of his career. Weathersby was a preseason All-American on the Playboy Magazine squad.
Sophomore middle linebacker Richard Seigler continues to lead OSU in defensive point production this year with 310. He produced 32 points with seven tackles total and two tackles for loss and a pass breakup. He tied for team high in defensive point production vs. NAU. He has been the Beavers' most consistent defensive player this season. He ranks fourth in the Pac-10 for tackles with, an average of 8.7 per game. He has a total of 87 tackles. He trails UCLA linebacker Robert Thomas (10.6), USC safety Troy Polamalu (8.9) and Oregon's Wesly Mallard (8.9) on the leader board. Seigler is tied for fourth in the Pac-10 for tackles for loss with 16. Seigler set a school record for defensive points in a game with 81 at Arizona State (Oct. 20).
Junior strong linebacker Nick Barnett was a defensive dynamo against California (Oct. 27) and USC (Nov. 3). He produced the best game of his career against California, and followed up with another outstanding game at USC. Against the Bears, 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 Cal 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 stands third on the Beaver's defensive point production list for the season with 213 ï¿½ points. Barnett has been OSU's top defensive point producer in two games this year. He earned high-point honors vs. California (52) and Fresno State (31). He ranks 16th in the Pac-10 in tackles with 6.5 per game.
Defensive end Noah Happe, a sophomore, turned in his top career performance at USC (Nov. 3) 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 currently is tied for fourth place on the Pac-10 season sack list with seven. Happe has also vaulted into fourth place on OSU's defensive point list with 198 ï¿½, the highest total among OSU defensive linemen. Happe has produced nine tackles for loss this year to go along with the seven sacks. He is tied for third in the Pac-10 with three forced fumbles. In addition to his defensive play, which continues to improve, he handles the snapping on PAT/FG and punts for the Beavers.
Sophomore James Newson had the best receiving day of his OSU career to date against Northern Arizona. Newson caught 7 passes for 190 yards, the third highest single-game yardage output in Beaver history. In a three-game stretch (Arizona State, California and USC), James combined to catch 22 passes for 374 yards (17.0 average) and a pair of touchdowns. Against Washington, James was held to a pair of receptions for 35 yards. He produced career bests two games in a row against ASU and Cal. James posted career bests for catches (8) and yardage (112) against Arizona State (Oct. 20) and came back with eight catches against California and then a new career best of 166 yards in receiving.
The 166 yards amounts to the fourth best mark in OSU history, topped only Robb Thomas' school record 220 yards and Roddy Tompkins 210 yards at Washington in 1998 and Newson's 190 vs. NAU. James leads OSU in receptions with 54, in yardage with 883 and in touchdowns with five. Newson is averaging 5.4 receptions per game, which ranks second in the Pac-10 and tied for 41st nationally. He is fourth in the Pac-10 in receiving yardage with an average of 88.3 yards per game. That ranks 25th nationally. He is on pace to catch 61 passes, based on present average. James currently ranks ninth on OSU's single-season reception list with 54 and third in receiving yardage with 883 yards.
STEVEN JACKSON MAKES MOST OF OPPORTUNTIES:
Freshman tailback Steven Jackson made the most of his opportunities vs. Northern Arizona. He touched the football three times and produced two touchdowns. He returned a kickoff for 24 yards the first time he touched the ball on the opening kickoff. He had one carry in the game, a 6-yard TD run in the second quarter. In the third quarter he returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown. It was the 13th longest kickoff return in OSU history and his first collegiate kickoff return for a touchdown.
Oregon State's tailback tandem of senior Ken Simonton and freshman Steven Jackson combined for six touchdowns against Washington, three apiece. They combined to rush for 186 yards on 51 carries and five touchdowns on the ground. Simonton also caught a TD pass, the first of his career. The three touchdowns by Jackson amount to a career best. In researching OSU records, it would appear that Simonton and Jackson are the first two Beaver backs to ever score three touchdowns apiece in one game.
NEGATIVE TURNOVER CHART:
Oregon State has won two straight football games when it was in the minus column in turnovers. The Beavers had a minus one in turnovers vs. Washington and a minus three against Northern Arizona. However, during OSU's first eight games of the season the trend did not change. Whenever the Beavers have had a negative turnover ratio in a game this year they had lost prior to the Husky game. In OSU's other three victories this year, it has been even or on the positive side of the turnover margin. This year's turnover ratio is a far contrast from last year's team. The Beavers ranked fourth in the nation during the 2000 season by forcing 18 more turnovers than they committed. OSU has forced 19 defensive turnovers so far in 2001, compared to giving up 27. The Beavers are ninth in the Pac-10 and tied for 101st nationally in turnover margin.
OSU IN THE RED ZONE:
The Beavers were successful on three of our trips into the red zone vs. NAU after a perfect six-for-six in the red zone against Washington the week before. A missed field goal kept OSU from being perfect against the Lumberjacks. The Beavers have scored on 28 of 32 trips inside the red zone (20-yard line) this year for a percentage of .825. OSU opponents have converted on 26 of 30 trips inside the red zone, a percentage of .867.
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.
SIMONTON SECOND ON PACIFIC-10 CAREER RUSHING CHART:
Ken Simonton needed only two yards against Northern Arizona to pass USC's Marcus Allen and move into second place on the Pac-10 career-rushing chart. Simonton rushed for 151 yards and one touchdown against NAU and now stands second in rushing and fourth in scoring on the Pac-10 Conference career charts. Simonton currently has 4,960 career rushing yards. USC's Charles White has a comfortable lead in first place with 6,245 yards. Simonton's one touchdown vs. NAU was good enough to move him into fourth place on the Pac-10 all-time scoring list with 366, passing former Arizona kicker Max Zendejas. Ken is the all-time scorer in the conference among position players. The three players ahead of him on the career list are also kickers. The Pac-10's all-time scoring leader is John Lee, UCLA, with 390 points. Ken needs 25 points to top that figure. Ken averaged 104 points a season through his first three campaigns.
SIMONTON'S ASSAULT ON NCAA CAREER SCORING & RUSHING TOUCHDOWN RECORDS:
Ken Simonton scored one touchdown in OSU's victory over Northern Arizona to move higher on the NCAA career scoring and rushing touchdown charts. Simonton is eighth on the all-time NCAA career-scoring list with 348 points. He is tied for sixth with Oklahoma's Steve Owens in career rushing touchdowns with 56. 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 366 points and 59 rushing touchdowns. Ken passed Louisiana Tech's Troy Edwards in career scoring following the NAU game and he passed Tony Dorsett of Pittsburgh in career rushing touchdowns. His next target on the NCAA career-scoring list is Army's Glenn Davis who has seven more points (354) than Ken.
SIMONTON 16th ON NCAA CAREER RUSHING CHART:
Ken Simonton has produced 4,718 rushing yards for NCAA career purposes. BOWL GAMES do not count on NCAA career charts. After gaining 151 yards vs. Northern Arizona, Ken vaulted ahead of seven players on the NCAA chart. The seven included-Terry Miller, Oklahoma State, Marshall Faulk, San Diego State, Thurman Tomas, Oklahoma State, Ted Brown, North Carolina State, Marcus Allen, USC, Denvis Manns, New Mexico State, and Ed Marinaro, Cornell. Ken needs 63 yards to pass Nebraska's Mike Rozier and move into 15th place on the NCAA career-rushing chart.
SIMONTON'S 2001 SEASON:
(Northern Arizona)-Ken rushed for 151 yards on 32 carries and caught one pass for five yards, giving him 156 all-purpose yards. He scored one touchdown to give him 366 career points. It was his 26th 100-yard rushing game and his 31st game scoring a touchdown. He moved into second place in Pac-10 career rushing and fourth in Pac-10 career scoring.
(Washington)-Ken rushed for 107 yards, his 25th career 100-yard rushing game. He caught 2 passes for 50 yards, including a 45-yard TD pass, the first TD reception in his career. He scored three touchdowns, the 20th multi touchdown game in his career...he had 157 yards in all-purpose running. (USC)-Ken rushed for 85 yards against USC and in the process moved into 26th place on the NCAA career-rushing chart. (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 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 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 113 yards vs. Oregon to reach 1,000 yards. He has scored touchdowns in 31 of his 45 career games and has multiple touchdown games 20 times.
SIMONTON'S OSU 100-YARD GAME RECORD RUN:
Ken has rushed for 100 yards or more in 26 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 26 times in his 45-game career to date. Pete Pifer carried for over 100 yards 11 times in his career. Another fullback, Dave Schilling, rushed for over 100 yards 13 times in his career. Simonton has a string of two-straight 100-yard rushing games and he has rushed for over 100 yards in three of his last four games and four of his last six.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT SIMONTON:
'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.
BIG PLAY DAY FOR BEAVERS:
Oregon State brought the 'Big Play' back into its offense in a 45-10 victory over Northern Arizona. The Beavers had nine plays of 25 or more yards vs. Northern Arizona. OSU produced five such plays vs. Washington the week before. The Beavers also had five big plays against California (Oct. 27). OSU now has 41 such plays in nine games, an average of 4.1 per game. The Beavers had 54 such plays in 2000, an average of 4.5 per game.
PAC-10 DEFENSIVE LEADERS:
Richard Seigler is fourth in the Pac-10 for total tackles. He is averaging 8.7 per game. He has 87 total tackles. Nick Barnett ranks 16th with an average of 6.5 per game. Barnett has 65 total tackles. James Allen is 18th with 64. Seigler is tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with 16 tackles for loss. Mitch Meeuwsen leads the Pac-10 with four fumble recoveries and Seigler is tied for fourth with two. Dennis Weathersby is fourth in the Pac-10 in pass breakups with 16 (14 broken up and 2 interceptions). Terrell Roberts is tied for fifth in pass breakups with 14 (11 broken up and 3 interceptions). Roberts and Meeuwsen are tied for eighth in the conference with three pass interceptions each. Noah Happe is tied for fifth in the Pac-10 in sacks with seven. Happe is third place in forced fumbles with three.
JONATHAN SMITH BREAKS OSU PASSING RECORD:
Jonathan Smith passed for 281 yards and three touchdowns against Northern Arizona. In the process, Jonathan broke the Beavers' career record for passing yardage and touchdown passes. He now has 9,428 yards passing, topping the old OSU record of 9,393 held by Erik Wilhelm. He now has 54 career touchdown passes, topping the old Beaver career mark of 52 by Wilhelm. He has also moved into third place in Pac-10 Conference career passing and into fifth place in Pac-10 career total offense. His 281 yards in total offense vs. NAU equals the 32nd best individual game mark in OSU history. Jonathan has started 37 career games for Oregon State at quarterback and has produced a 24-13 (.649) record as a starter. (Washington)-Led OSU to 49-24 victory over Washington, completing 18 of 28 passes for 317 yards, equal to the 17th best in OSU single-game history. Also 17th best single-game total offense mark. Three two TD passes to hike his career total to 51, which ranks in a tie for 14th on Pac-10 career list. (USC)-Jonathan completed 20 of 33 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown vs. USC and he was intercepted one time. (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 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 618 of 1,223 passes for 9,428 yards, 54 touchdowns and 28 interceptions...he has 8,961 yards of total offense in 40 career games played...Jonathan is second place in career total offense and needs 102 more yards to overtake Wilhelm's 9,393-yard mark...he has passed for over 300 yards in 11 of his 40 games played and over 200 yards 28 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's career highlights follow:
SMITH 3rd ON PAC-10 CAREER PASSING CHART, 5TH IN TOTAL OFFENSE:
Jonathan Smith, as a result of his 281 yards passing and three touchdowns vs. Northern Arizona, moved in third place in career passing yards in the Pac-10 Conference with 9,428 yards. He ranks fifth in career total offense yards with 8,961. His performance against the Lumberjacks vaulted him ahead of John Elway and former Beaver quarterback Erik Wilhelm on Pac-10 career passing chart. He needs 102 yards in total offense against Oregon to move ahead of Wilhelm in career total offense and 110 to pass Elway. That would leave Smith third on the total offense chart. UCLA's Cade McNown has 941 more passing yards and Stanford's Steve Stenstrom has 1,219 more yards in total offense, both marks out of Smith's reach. He is tied for ninth in career touchdown passes with 54. Pacific-10 Conference career charts includes bowl games.
RECORDS WAITING TO HAPPEN FOR SMITH
1-Total offense-Smith has 8,961 career total offense yards. Needs-102 yards to pass Erik Wilhelm (9,062).
OSU NAMES INDOOR CENTER THE MERRITT TRUAX INDOOR CENTER:
Oregon State's new 12 million dollar indoor practice facility is now named the Merritt Truax Indoor Center. The facility was officially named the Merritt Truax Indoor Center at a halftime ceremony at the Oregon State-Northern Arizona football game on November 17. The naming of the center came about as a result of a major naming gift by Merritt and Aileen Truax. Merritt Truax graduated from Oregon State in 1934, and soon established himself as one of Oregon's most outstanding businessmen. Merritt and Aileen come from a family that represents four generations of Oregon State alumni.
Merritt founded Merritt Truax Inc., which is one of the leading commercial and retail gasoline outlets in the country. Named in honor of Merritt Truax, this building serves as a permanent monument to his lifelong dedication, generosity and vision for Oregon State Athletics. 'Oregon State has the finest President, Paul Risser, and Athletic Director, Mitch Barnhart, in its history and I look forward to them making Oregon State one of the finest institutions in the country,' said Truax. The building, which was completed in September, is an 85,000 square foot facility, with a regulation size Fieldturf surface football field. The Merritt Truax Indoor Center will benefit the football, men's and women's soccer and golf, baseball and softball programs.
CESCA SECOND IN OSU CAREER SCORING:
Place kicker Ryan Cesca, a junior, was the Pac-10's first-team all-league kicker as a sophomore during the 2000 season. Cesca, for the past three weeks, has been inconsistent for the first time in his career. He experienced the worst game of his career at USC (Nov. 3) when he missed a pair of field goals from 35 yards with 6:14 to play and 29 yards with 33 seconds to play. Either kick would have won the game for the Beavers in regulation time. He bounced back to make all seven of his PAT attempts against Washington. He did not have a field goal attempt vs. the Huskies.
After booting his first PAT attempt against Northern Arizona, he missed on a 32-yard field goal attempt and was replaced by sophomore Kirk Yliniemi on PAT attempts the rest of the game. Cesca later missed a 38-yard field goal attempt. Cesca 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 211 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 112-for-113 (.991) in his career and working on a current streak of 32 straight PATs made. As a team, OSU has made 37 straight PATs. 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 33 of 48 field goal attempts (.688) 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 17 of his last 22 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 10-for-14 this season.
ALLEN TOP VETERAN DEFENSIVE POINT PRODUCER:
Senior linebacker James Allen is OSU's top career point defensive statistical leader among current players with 631 points. After 34 games in his career, Dennis Weathersby has broken up 44 passes and has tied Andrae Holland for the OSU career record at 44. Weathersby broke up 17 passes as a freshman when he named a freshman All-American. He broke up 13 passes as a sophomore and has 14 so far this year. Weathersby was a preseason Playboy All-American heading into the 2001 season.
SEIGLER MOVES UP:
Sophomore middle linebacker Richard Seigler has produced 310 defensive points in OSU's system so far this season and ranks 22nd on the Beavers' all-time season list. Jonathan Jackson (1999) is immediately ahead of him on the season chart with 312 points. An average game for Seigler against the Ducks could push him as high as 10th on the list.
THIS, THAT, ETC.
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-Steven Jackson, 89 yards vs. Northern Arizona at Corvallis, Nov. 17, 2001
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-Aaron Hill vs. Northern Arizona at Corvallis, Nov. 17, 2001 (Mark Gould punter)
Blocked a field goal-Dennis Weathersby vs. Northern Arizona at Corvallis, Nov. 17, 2001 (Ty Dondelinger kicker)
Blocked a PAT-Terrence Carroll vs. Stanford at Palo Alto, 1998 (Kevin Miller kicker)
Beat a ranked team-Defeated Washington (ranked eighth by AP and eighth by USA Today/ESPN), November 10, 2001 at Corvallis
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. Washington at Corvallis, Nov. 10, 2001 (3 touchdowns) and
Steven Jackson, TB, vs. Washington at Corvallis, Nov. 10, 2001 (3 touchdowns)
Scored on its first offensive possession of the game-vs. Northern Arzona, Nov. 17, 2001 at Corvallis
Had a player rush for over 100 Yards-Ken Simonton (151) vs. Northern Arizona at Corvallis, Nov. 17, 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-Roy Holmes, Northern Arizona, 8 yards, Nov. 17, 2001 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.
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.