Defense Holds the Offense to One Touchdown in Saturday's Scrimmage
April 13, 2002
Corvallis, Ore. - Sophomore quarterback Derek Anderson guided the offense to the only touchdown of an 86-play scrimmage Saturday morning at Reser Stadium. The first of three scrimmages during the spring practice session.
Anderson led the first team offense on a nine-play 70-yard drive that culminated in a seven-yard touchdown pass to flanker James Newson. Anderson, who connected on his first seven pass attempts, was 5-for-5 for 52 yards on the drive. The big plays of the drive were Anderson to slotback Kenny Farley for 24 yards and a 22-yard scamper by sophomore tailback Steven Jackson. Anderson finished the game 11-for-21 for 103 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
'Derek gets better and better the more he plays, you can see he is getting more comfortable all the time,' Head Coach Dennis Erickson said. 'Physically he has a lot of tools, and he is doing a real good job right now. He makes me a pretty good coach.'
The offense's score was early in the scrimmage, as the defense was dominant for most of the day. The Beaver rushing attack accumulated just 53 net yards on 32 carries, while the Beaver quarterbacks accounted 245 yards through the air on 28 pass completions.
'Defensively we are playing pretty well, and we have now for two weeks,' Erickson said. 'I would be totally disappointed if we weren't dominant on defense at this time. We have a lot of veterans back from last season, and those veterans are making plays for us. We need to be dominant on defense, which we were today.'
The placekicking tandem of Ryan Cesca and Kirk Yliniemi combined to make two of four field goals. Cesca was good from 45 yards late in scrimmage, but missed a 37-yard attempt into a stiff wind early in the scrimmage. Yliniemi made a 36-yarder, but failed from 45 yards.
The Beavers return to practice field Tuesday for a full contact day. The next scrimmage will be Sat., April 20 at 10 a.m. The spring game is scheduled for April 27 at 1 p.m.
ScoringJames Newson 7-yard pass from Derek AndersonKirk Yliniemi 36-yard field goalRyan Cesca 45-yard field goal
Team TotalsRushing First Downs 6First Downs Passing 10First Downs by Penalty 2Rushing Attempts 32New Rushing Yards 53Pass Attempts 54Pass Completions 28Passes Intercepted 2Passing Yards 245Total Net Yards 298
Receiving (No/Yds/TD)James Newson, 5-31-1, Kenny Farley, 4-67-0, Shawn Kintner, 1-7-0, Jayson Boyd, 2-2-0, George Gillette, 1-6-0, Josh Hawkins, 1-10-0, Jermaine Jackson, 2-32-0, Steven Jackson, 1-7-0, Seth Trimmer, 1-25-0, Tyler Ross, 1-6-0, Floyd Wade, 2-7-0, Nate Brentano, 1-1-0, Travis Brown, 2-8-0, Dwight Wright, 2-10-0, Dan Haines, 1-18-0