2001 Football Season Wrapup
Dec. 4, 2001
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 opened the 2001 season with all five home games sold out.
BEAVERS BREAK HOME SEASON ATTENDANCE RECORD: Oregon State established a new record for home season attendance in 2001. The Beavers drew 182,060 fans in five home games, for an average of 36,412, topping the old mark of 34,808 in 1968. In 1968, then Parker Stadium held 41,000, compared to Reser Stadium's current capacity of 35,362.
OSU STREAKS: Oregon State will open the 2002 season on a one-game losing streak overall. The Beavers have a four-game winning streak at Reser Stadium, a one-game Pacific-10 Conference losing streak and a four-game road losing streak. Oregon State is 24-11 (.686) in its last 35 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 16-7 (.696) in the current decade. The Beavers did not win 16 games in the 1990s until October 4, 1997.
ERICKSON IN NOVEMBER: Dennis Erickson completed his 16th year as a collegiate head coach with the 2001 season. 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.
17 OREGON STATE SENIORS LEAVE LEGACY: A total of 17 Oregon State seniors played in their final game for the Beavers' in the 2001 Civil War game. This group of seniors enjoyed great success at Oregon State. This group played on Beaver teams with a combined 28-18 record (.609). OSU was 5-6 in 1998, 7-5 in 1999, 11-1 in 2000 and 5-6 in 2001. The Beavers played in the 1999 O'ahu Bowl, losing to Hawaii 23-17. The 2000 season 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.
BOWL STREAK/WINNING SEASON STREAK STOPPED: By losing to Oregon in the Civil War, Oregon State was denied an opportunity for a record three-straight bowl game appearances. It also stopped the Beavers' streak of winning seasons at two.
OSU INJURY REPORT: Backup cornerback D.J. Coote suffered an injury to his left knee vs. Oregon, either a tear to the ACL or MCL that will likely require surgery. Coote's availability for spring practice is doubtful. The Beavers' had four players miss all or part of the 2001 season. Strong safety Calvin Carlyle played in the first two games of the season before a shoulder (left) injury forced him to miss the rest of the season. Carlyle had surgery on the left shoulder and is expected to be granted a medical redshirt for the 2001 season. His status for spring drills is questionable. Linebacker Seth Lacey (left shoulder/neck) missed the final seven games of the season and he is expected to be cleared for spring drills. Quarterback Shayne House (recovering from right shoulder surgery) and tailback Riley Jenkins (ACL surgery on right knee) missed the entire 2001 season. Both are expected to be ready for spring drills.
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.
OREGON STATE REDSHIRTS: Oregon State redshirted 25 players during the 2001 season, including 17 scholarship players. Of the 17 scholarship players, three are upperclassmen. Senior safety Calvin Carlyle is expected to get a medical redshirt season from the Pacific-10 Conference. Two junior college players, defensive end Jayson Jean-Baptiste and wide receiver Cory Williams, were redshirted. A total of 14 true freshmen were redshirted and eight walk-ons were redshirted. The 14 scholarship freshmen include the following: Henry Anderson, DE, Jayson Boyd, WR, Trent Bray, MLB, Travis Brown, WR, Ryan Cozzetto, Punter/FS, Josh Farrell, TB, Jason Fyda, DT, Dan Haines, TE, Derek Hall, DE, Jamaal Jackson, CB, Rodney Landingham, CB, Jake Pratt, OT, Chaz Scott, SLB and Chris Scott, DT. The walk-on redshirts include the following: Mike Hass, WR, Kevin Linderman, sophomore SS, Dustin Murray, FS, Nate Southern, WLB, Charles Talley, DE, Floyd wade, junior TB, Jeremy Weldon, OG, and Justin Wilkins, WR.
SIMONTON AGAINST OREGON: Oregon State defeated Oregon both times Ken Simonton rushed for over 100 yards in his four Civil War games. In four games vs. Oregon, Ken Simonton rushed ford 417 yards, an average of 104 yards per game, and scored seven touchdowns. He accounted for 496 all-purpose yards, an average of 124 yards per game. He averaged 4.4 yards each time he touched the ball vs. the Ducks.
DENNIS ERICKSON SEVENTH ON ACTIVE WINNING LIST: Dennis Erickson, Montana State, '69, has completed three seasons 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 was 5-6 in 2001. The 2001 season amounted to only Erickson's second losing season in 16 years as a collegiate head coach. In three seasons, he has produced a record of 23-12 (.657) in his Beaver career. Erickson ranks 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 .722 (136-52-1). He is seventh on the all-time active coaches winning percentage list at .722, 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 23-12 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.
JONATHAN SMITH'S WASHINGTON LEGACY: 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.
SMITH AGAINST OREGON: Jonathan Smith passed for 1,049 yards and five touchdowns in four games vs. Oregon. He averaged 262 yards per game passing and accounted for 1,049 yards in total offense, an average of 262 yards per game. He completed 72 of 131 passes (.550 percentage) and was intercepted only two times. He has averaged 7.3 yards per offensive play.
JAMES NEWSON: Sophomore James Newson enjoyed a fantastic season in his first year as a starting wide receiver. He caught 57 passes for 968 yards, an average of 17.0 per catch. He caught five TD passes. His 57 receptions ranks eighth on OSU's all-time single-season receiving chart and his 968 yards is the second most ever by a Beaver receiver in a season. James 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. Newson averaged 5.2 receptions per game, which ranks second in the Pac-10 and tied for 47th nationally. He finished fourth in the Pac-10 in receiving yardage with an average of 88.0 yards per game. That ranks 23rd nationally.
DENNIS WEATHERSBY TIES RECORD: Dennis, a junior cornerback, will open the 2002 season needing 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 during the 2001 season, including a record four vs. Fresno State and three against UCLA. Weathersby finished tied for fourth place 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 35 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.
RICHARD SEIGLER: Sophomore middle linebacker Richard Seigler led OSU in defensive points during the 2001 season and finished the year with 330, which ranks as the 14th best single-season defensive point production mark in OSU history. Seigler set a school record for defensive points in a game with 81 at Arizona State (Oct. 20). He produced 32 points with seven tackles total and two tackles for loss and a pass breakup vs. Northern Arizona to tie for high honors in defensive point production. He was the Beavers' most consistent defensive player during the 2001season. He ranked fifth in the Pac-10 for tackles with, an average of 8.5 per game. He had a total of 93 tackles. He trailed UCLA linebacker Robert Thomas (10.1), Oregon linebacker Wesly Mallard (8.9), USC safety Troy Polamalu (8.9) and Oregon's Kevin Mitchell (8.5) on the leader board. Mitchel had one more tackle than Seigler. Seigler tied for fourth in the Pac-10 for tackles for loss with 17 and was tied for fifth in fumbles forced with two.
NEGATIVE TURNOVER CHART: Oregon State completed the 2001 season with a negative turnover chart. OSU forced 20 defensive turnovers in 2001, compared to giving up 28. The Beavers tied for eighth in the Pac-10 and tied for 98th nationally in turnover margin. OSU's 2001 turnover ratio was a far contrast from the turnover ratio by the 2000 team. The Beavers ranked fourth in the nation during the 2000 season by forcing 18 more turnovers than they committed.
OSU IN THE RED ZONE: The Beavers were a very successful team during the 2001 season in the red zone. OSU scored on 30 of 35 possessions in the red zone (20-yard line to end zone), an average of .857. The Beavers were the second most successful team in the Pac-10 at scoring in the red zone. OSU scored touchdowns on 21 of its 35 trips into the red zone and nine field goals. Beaver opponents converted on 27 of 31 trips inside the red zone, a percentage of .870.
NICK BARNETT: 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 finished third on the Beaver's defensive point production list for the season with 237 points. Barnett was OSU's top defensive point producer in two games this year. He earned high-point honors vs. California (52) and Fresno State (31). He ranked 15th in the Pac-10 in tackles with 6.6 per game.
NOAH HAPPE: 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 finished tied for sixth place on the Pac-10 season sack list with seven. Happe vaulted into fifth place on OSU's defensive point list with 217, the highest total among OSU defensive linemen. Happe produced 10 tackles for loss this year to go along with the seven sacks. He tied for third in the Pac-10 with three forced fumbles. In addition to his defensive play, which continued to improve, he handled the snapping on PAT/FG and punts for the Beavers during the 2001 season.
THE KEN SIMONTON LEGACY
OSU CAREER MARKS ESTABLISHED DURING 46-GAME CAREER
1-Rushing record-5,044 yards
2-Scoring record-366 points
3-All-Purpose yards-5,606 yards
4-Number of 100-yard rushing games-26
5-Number of games scored touchdowns-31
6-Number of games scored multi touchdowns-20
7-Most career rushing attempts-1,041
8-Most career all-purpose plays-1,115
9-Number of 1,000-yard seasons-3
10-Number of 200-yard rushing games-3
11-Most consecutive 100-yard rushing games--7
SEASON RECORDS HELD BY SIMONTON
1-Most yards rushing-1,559 (2000)
2-Most all-purpose yards-1,705 (1999)
3-Most rushing attempts-294 (1999)
4-Most all-purpose plays-315 (1999)
5-Most points scored-118 (1999)
6-Most rushing touchdowns-19 (1999)
7-Most yards rushing as freshman-1,028 (1998)
8-Most yards rushing by sophomore-1,486 (1999)
9-Most yards rushing by junior-1,559 (2000)
10-Most 100-yard rushing games-9 (1999)
11-Most consecutive 100-yard games-6 (1999)
OSU GAME RECORDS HELD BY SIMONTON
1-Most touchdowns scored-4 (1998)
2-Most points scored-24 (1998)
RESER STADIUM RECORDS HELD BY SIMONTON
1-Most yards rushing in game-234 vs. USC (2000)
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 had 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, but he came up 29 yards short at 971. The Pac-10 list of 1,000-yard rushers for three seasons follows:
- Anthony Davis, USC, 1972-73-74
Charles White, USC, 1977-78-79
Darrin Nelson, Stanford, 1977-78-81
Russell White, California, 1990-91-92
Napoleon Kaufman, Washington, 1992-93-94
Ken Simonton, Oregon State, 1998-99-00
SIMONTON/JACKSON COMBINE: 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.
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 8TH ON NCAA CAREER SCORING CHART: Ken Simonton was held scoreless in his final collegiate game vs. Oregon. As a result, Simonton finished eighth on the all-time NCAA career-scoring list with 348 points. He wound up 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 was former Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis of Army (354).
SIMONTON 15th ON NCAA CAREER RUSHING CHART: Ken Simonton completed his Oregon State career ranked 15th on the NCAA all-time rushing list with 4,802 yards for NCAA career purposes. BOWL GAMES do not count on NCAA career charts. After gaining 84 yards vs. Oregon, Ken vaulted ahead of Nebraska's Mike Rozier on the NCAA chart. Ken finished just 11 yards behind No. 14 Steve Bartalo of Colorado State.
SIMONTON'S 2001 SEASON: (Oregon)-Ken rushed for 84 yards, returned five punts for 25 yards and caught a pass for 17 yards, giving him 126 all-purpose yards in his final collegiate game. (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 had a chance to become the first player in history of the Pac-10 to rush for over 1,000 yards in four seasons. Ken needed to rush for 113 yards vs. Oregon to reach 1,000 yards, but was held to 84. He has scored touchdowns in 31 of his 46 career games and has multiple touchdown games 20 times.
SIMONTON'S OSU 100-YARD GAME RECORD RUN: Ken rushed for 100 yards or more in 26 games 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 rushed for over 100 yards 26 times in his 46-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 had a string of two-straight 100-yard rushing games heading into the Civil War game with Oregon. He rushed for over 100 yards in three of his last five games and four of his last seven during the 2001 season.
OREGON STATE'S TOP 10 SINGLE-GAME RUSHING MARKS: Ken Simonton has produced five of Oregon State's top 10 individual game rushing efforts.
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.
BIG PLAY 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 was able to produce only one big play against Oregon in monsoon-like weather conditions. The Beavers produced five such plays vs. Washington (Nov. 10). OSU also had five big plays against California (Oct. 27). OSU finished the 2001 season with 42 such plays in nine games, an average of 3.8 per game. The Beavers had 54 such plays in 2000, an average of 4.5 per game.
PAC-10 DEFENSIVE LEADERS: Richard Seigler finished fifth in the Pac-10 for total tackles. He is averaging 8.5 per game. He had 93 total tackles. Nick Barnett ranked 15th with an average of 6.6 per game. Barnett had 73 total tackles. James Allen finished 17th with 72. Seigler tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with 17 tackles for loss. Mitch Meeuwsen led the Pac-10 with four fumble recoveries and Seigler tied for fifth with two. Dennis Weathersby tied for fourth in the Pac-10 in pass breakups with 16 (14 broken up and 2 interceptions). Terrell Roberts tied for sixth in pass breakups with 14 (11 broken up and 3 interceptions). Roberts and Meeuwsen tied for ninth in the conference with three pass interceptions each. Noah Happe tied for sixth in the Pac-10 in sacks with seven. Happe tied for third place in forced fumbles with three.
JONATHAN SMITH BREAKS OSU PASSING/TOTAL OFFENSE RECORDS: Jonathan started 38 career games for Oregon State at quarterback and produced a 24-14 (.632) record as a starter. Smith completed his four-year career with the Beavers in possession of seven school records. Jonathan established a single-game OSU record by passing for 469 yards vs. Washington in 1998. Smith's 459 yards in total offense vs. the Huskies is still the second best one-game mark in OSU history, topped only by Erik Wilhelm's 480 yards in 1987. Jonathan completed 638 of 1,261 passes for 9,680 yards, 55 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. He produced 9,209 yards of total offense in 41 career games played. Jonathan holds career records at OSU for passing yardage (9,680), for total offense (9,209 yards) and for touchdown passes (55). He holds three season records-most yards passing, 3053 in 1999, most yards total offense, 2,957 in 1999 and most touchdown passes, 20 in 1999. He has passed for over 300 yards in 11 of his 41 games played and over 200 yards 29 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. Jonathan finished third on the Pacific-10 Conference career total offense and career passing charts. Jonathan completed his career ranked 20th on the NCAA career passing chart. He finished 31st on the NCAA career total offense chart. The following is a look at Smith's individual game performances during the 2001 season: (Oregon)-Smith passed for 252 yards and produced 248 yards in total offense in his final collegiate game at Oregon. The yardage was enough to pass Erik Wilhelm and become the Beavers' career leader in total offense with 9,209 yards. It also elevated Smith to No. 3 on the Pacific-10 Conference all-time total offense chart. He also finished third on the Pac-10 all-time passing chart. He threw one touchdown pass vs. Oregon, giving him 55 career TD passes, an OSU record and the ninth best mark on the Pac-10 career list. (Northern Arizona)-Jonathan 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. His 281 yards in total offense vs. NAU equals the 32nd best individual game mark in OSU history. (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. The yardage amounted to Jonathan's lowest passing output since being held to 78 yards in the air at New Mexico during the 2000 season in the second game of the campaign. Jonathan moved up to 11th place in career passing in the Pac-10 Conference with his 106 yards vs. UCLA. He had 7,850 career passing yards following the game with the Bruins. He produced 87 yards in total offense, only the second in his career as a starter he has been below 100 yards in total offense. His career low was 55 yards at New Mexico during the 2000 season. (New Mexico State)-Smith completed 16 of 27 passes for 207 yards vs. the Aggies and was intercepted one time. For Smith, 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. Smith's 284 yards ranks 29th on OSU's single-game passing list.
SMITH 3rd ON PAC-10 CAREER PASSING & TOTAL OFFENSE CHARTS: Jonathan Smith completed his OSU career ranked third in Pacific-10 Conference passing and total offense. In his last collegiate game vs. Oregon, he moved pass former Oregon State quarterback Erik Wilhelm and Stanford's John Elway for third place in total offense. Only UCLA's Cade McNown and Stanford's Steve Stenstrom have passed for more yards than Smith and registered more yards of total offense. He ranks ninth in career touchdown passes with 55. Pacific-10 Conference career charts includes bowl games.
RECORDS HELD BY JONATHAN SMITH
GAME RECORDS HELD BY SMITH (1)
1-Most yards passing-469 vs. Washington, 1998 (17-32-1, 3 touchdowns)
SEASON RECORDS HELD BY SMITH (3)
1-Most yards passing-3,053 (1999)
2-Total offense-2,957 (1999)
3-Most touchdown passes-20 (2000)
CAREER RECORDS HELD BY SMITH (3)
1-Most passing yards-9,680
2-Most touchdown passes-55
SMITH ON SEASON CHARTS: Jonathan Smith has passed for 2,175 yards so far this season and has 2,038 yards in total offense. He currently ranks sixth on the Beavers' single-season passing chart and seventh on the single-season total offense chart.
STEVEN JACKSON MAKES MOST OF OPPORTUNTIES: Freshman tailback Steven Jackson, who is set to take over as Oregon State's starting tailback in 2002, 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.
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. In the final month of the season, Cesca was inconsistent for the first time in his career and he lost his place kicking duties to sophomore walk-on Kirk Yliniemi during the Oregon game. 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 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 completed his OSU career with 658 defensive production points. After 35 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 and was selected second team All-American by The Sporting News.
SEIGLER MOVES UP: Sophomore middle linebacker Richard Seigler produced 330 defensive points in OSU's system during the 2001 season, which ranks 14th on the Beavers' all-time season list.
STARTING STREAKS: Several Oregon State players completed the 2001 season with long starting streaks. Six players started 23 or more games. Ryan Cesca had a streak of 34 starts stopped with the Oregon game.
THIS, THAT, ETC.
***Jonathan Smith was not sacked in OSU's final three games of the season-Washingotn, Northern Arizona and Oregon.
***Oregon State held a 359-209 advantage in total offense over Oregon in the Civil War, despite losing 17-14.
***True freshman wide receiver Josh Hawkins caught his first career touchdown pass vs. Oregon.
***A total of 10 different OSU players caught touchdown passes during the 2001 season.
***Terrell Roberts broke up four passes vs. Washington to tie OSU's single-game record for the second time this season. He also broke up four passes against Washington State. Dennis Weathersby broke up four passes vs. Fresno State in the season opener to also tie the record. Paul Carberry (1986), Brent Huff (1989), Larry Bumpus (1997) and Andrae Holland (1998) also hold the record.
***Oregon State's 49-24 victory over Washington amounted to the most points every scored by a Beaver football team against the Huskies. The previous high was 40 in a 40-14 victory at Seattle in 1951. OSU just missed establishing a new margin of victory mark. The biggest margin of victory for the Beavers in the series is 29 when OSU defeated Washington 29-0 in 1928.
***Dennis Weathersby's 73-yard pass interception return vs. Washington tied him for 10th on the single-game list with Tony Fuller vs. UNLV in 1983.
***Jonathan Smith passed for 300 yards vs. Washington, the 11th time in his career he has passed for over 300 yards. His 317 yards passing equals his 317 yards passing against California last year and that figure is 17th on the single-game list.
***Smith's 317 yards in total offense vs. Washington ranks 17th on OSU's single-game list.
***Smith passed for 1,339 yards and nine touchdowns in four games against Washington, an average of 334.8 yards per game.
***OSU's 497 yards in total offense vs. Washington was a season high, which was topped by 521 vs. Northern Arizona. The Beavers' 317 yards passing vs. Washington was a season high, which was topped by 353 yards vs. NAU. OSU's 30 first downs vs. Washington is a season high.
***OSU held Washington to 88 yards rushing, the second straight game holding an opponent under 100 yards rushing. The Beavers held USC to 33 yards rushing the week before.
***OSU held Washington to 281 yards in total offense, the second straight week holding an opponent under 300 yards in total offense. The Beavers held USC to 204 yards in total offense.
***Washington did not sack Jonathan Smith. It was only the second time this year he was not sacked. Arizona did not sack him. Northern Arizona also did not sack him.
***Oregon State held USC to only 33 yards rushing. That ranks 24th on OSU's list of fewest rushing yards allowed.
***OSU held a 384-204 advantage in total offense vs. USC while losing 16-13 in overtime.***OSU outgained USC on the ground in the second half 144 to minus 1 yard.
***Freshman tailback Steven Jackson recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game against USC, gaining 119 yards on 16 carries for an average of 7.4 yards per carry. He also caught 2 passes for 9 yards, including a 4-yard TD pass.
***Oregon State is now 1-2 in overtime games after losing to USC. The Beavers lost to California 48-42 in 1996. OSU defeated Oregon in double overtime 44-41 in 1998.
***Oregon State's game with California on October 27 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 after 141 consecutive games being televised either live or delayed.
**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 defensive end Bill Swancutt recorded his first career sack against California. He finished the game with two sacks.
**Oregon State's defensive unit scored 14 points in the 2001 season. The Beavers added a safety against California. OSU has also scored a pair of touchdowns on blocked punts this season (WSU and Arizona games).
**James Newson had a then career-high 166 pass receiving yards vs. California, which ranks as the fourth most single-game receiving yardage.
**Mitch Muuewsen had 10 tackles against Cal, plus he broke up two passes and picked off his second pass interception of the season.
***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. OSU blocked two more kicks (punt and field goal) vs. Northern Arizona for a total of five on the year.
***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 ï¿½ 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.
***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.
***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. He has broken up passes in 25 of the 34 career games he has played for OSU.
***The 44 points scored by Fresno State is the second-highest total registered against a Dennis Erickson coached Oregon State team...Washington scored 47 in 1999...Fresno State limited the Beavers to a net 27 yards rushing...in 26 games played under Erickson, OSU has been held under 100 yards rushing three times...OSU was held to 73 yards rushing at Arizona in 2000 and to 27 yards by Oregon in 1999...Fresno State held a 458-323 advantage in total offense over Oregon State...only five times under Erickson has an opponent held a total offense advantage.
*** 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.
***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 47 straight games after being shutout by USC 23-0, November 15, 1997.
***OSU backs have rushed for 100 yards or more a total of 161 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 played a total of five true freshmen 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.
***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.
2001 TEAM STATISTICAL NOTES: Oregon State finished the 2001 season with 4,124 yards in total offense, which ranks as the fourth highest total offense output in Beaver history. Dennis Erickson's teams own the top two marks, 5,212 in 1999 and 4,972 in 2001. Thus, Erickson's OSU teams have produced three of the top four offensive teams in school history. OSU scored 287 points during the 2001 season, which ranks third in school history. The Beavers scored 400 points in 2000 and 347 in1999. Erickson's three OSU squads are the top three Beaver scoring teams in school history.
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 Oregon (ranked 4th by AP and 5th by USA Today) 17-14 at Eugene, Dec. 1, 2001
Scored a 2-point conversion-Shawn Kintner (pass from Jonathan Smith) vs. Oregon at Eugene, Dec. 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. Oregon, Dec. 1, 2001 at Eugene
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-Kennan Howry, Oregon, 70 yards at Eugene, Dec. 1, 2001
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.