Beavers Blow Out Eastern Kentucky

Aug 29, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A few mistakes didn't hurt quarterback Derek Andersonin his first start for Oregon State.

Anderson completed 15 of 26 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns as theBeavers routed Division I-AA Eastern Kentucky 49-10 on Thursday night.

Steven Jackson, who backed up prolific Oregon State tailback Ken Simontonlast season, had 21 carries for 121 yards and two scores, while Dwight Wrightran for two more touchdowns.

The Colonels, clearly playing over their heads against the Beavers, scoredon Pierre Wright's 51-yard fumble return and Adam Smith's 31-yard field goal.

The first time Anderson touched the ball he missed a throw far downfield toJayson Boyd. But he nailed his next three passes, concluding with a 43-yardtouchdown to James Newsom to put the Beavers up 7-0.

He bungled the Beavers' next series when his fumble was scooped up by PierreWright, who ran 51 yards for the score.

Anderson, a 19-year-old sophomore, was taking over the starting role fromJonathan Smith, the school's career passing leader who is now a graduateassistant.

Jackson, also a sophomore, ran 17 yards for a TD to make it 14-7 before theclose of the first quarter.

After Smith's 31-yard field goal narrowed it for the Colonels, Jackson addeda 1-yard scoring run.

Anderson hit Kenny Farley with an 80-yard touchdown pass, and Dwight Wrightran 16 yards for another score to put the Beavers up 35-10 at halftime.

After a quiet third quarter, Anderson threw a 41-yard scoring pass to Boydearly in the fourth before surrendering the ball to backup Adam Rothenfluh.Dwight Wright added a 26-yard scoring run.

The Colonels lost last season's opener to another Division I-A team, CentralMichigan, but went on to finish 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the Ohio ValleyConference - second to conference champion Eastern Illinois.

Senior quarterback Travis Turner and sophomore tailback C.J. Hudson were nomatch for the Beavers' defense.

Turner, replaced briefly in the third quarter by Toki McCray, completed 10of 21 passes for 95 yards. Hudson had 24 carries for 61 yards.

And Eastern Kentucky's defense, stung by a season-ending injury to freesafety Yeremiah Bell this summer, couldn't stop the bigger and faster Beavers,who had 556 yards of total offense, compared to the Colonels' 193 yards.

Oregon State, which went a disappointing 5-6 last season, sold out ReserStadium for the 10th straight game.

By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer

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