Defense Dominates First Oregon State Scrimmage

Aug. 14, 2002

CORVALLIS-As expected, defense dominated Oregon State's first full scrimmage of fall camp, allowing only two touchdowns, both on long passes, during the Beavers' 91-play scrum Wednesday.

The first touchdown came on a 55-yard scramble play by quarterback Derek Anderson who connected with James Newson for the score. The second TD pass was thrown by freshman Anton Clarkson to redshirt freshman Mike Hass. Clarkson is No. 3 on the depth chart at quarterback.

Place kicker Ryan Cesca connected on a 32 and 38-yard field goal during the scrimmage and Kirk Yliniemi booted a 38-yarder.

'I thought the defense pretty much dominated today,' said Coach Dennis Erickson. 'I would have been shocked if the defense had not of dominated. However, I thought the offense did some good things. We made a couple of big plays.

'We have to get more consistent running the football, which we will,' said Erickson.

'There were a lot of good things on both sides of the football,' said Erickson. 'It was a typical first scrimmage. We saw a lot of things we need to work on to get better. We will look at the video tonight and assess where we are at and go from there.'

If the first scrimmage is any indication, Oregon State's passing game has plenty of potential for big plays. Anderson completed 6 of 13 passes for 181 yards Wednesday, including a 55-yard TD strike to Newson and another 54-yard strike to Newson. Newson caught three balls for a total of 127 yards.

Clarkson, a true freshman, was strong in his Beaver debut, completing 11 of 15 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. He completed his first eight attempts.

Sophomore Adam Rothenfluh completed 8 of 17 passes for 80 yards. All told, three Beaver quarterbacks combined to completed 25 of 45 passes for 357 yards and two touchdowns.

On the down side, the trio was sacked a total of 13 times, although the quarterbacks were protected from taking a hit, so a touch resulted in a sack.

The running game netted only 93 yards on 24 carries. Steven Jackson gained 19 on 8 carries, while Dwight Wright added 21 on 3 carries, Josh Farrell 22 on 4 carries and Riley Jenkins 24 on 5 attempts.

Cesca converted two of four field goal attempts and Carl Tobey averaged 47.5 yards on two punts.

Terrell Roberts, attempting to win the punt return job, returned his only attempt for 67 yards before being run out of bounds on the 17-yard line.

Oregon State's linebacking corps was impressive as a group and accounted for six sacks.

The Beavers suffered one major injury during the scrimmage as backup defensive tackle Henry Anderson wound up with a broken right arm, which will sideline him for eight to 10 weeks.

Two players, wide receivers Cole Clasen (knee sprain) and Seth Trimmer (hamstring) did not participate in the scrimmage.

Oregon State's next scrimmage will be on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on Prothro Field. The Beavers will return to the practice field at 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

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