Beavers Travel To Temple For Thursday Night Game
Aug. 31, 2002
GAME: Oregon State (1-0) at Temple (1-0)
SITE: Franklin Field (52,593, Philadelphia, PA
DATE: Thursday, September 5
TIME: 4:07 PDT
RADIO: Live over 29-station Beaver Sports Network, starting at 2:00 p.m. PDT
TV: Live over Fox Sports Net NW, starting at 4:00 p.m. PDT
CROWD: Temple is expecting a crowd of around 20,000 at Franklin Field (52,593) on Thursday night.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised live, starting at 4:00 p.m. PDT, over Fox Sports Net Northwest with Scott Lynn (play-by-play) and Steve Preece (color) calling the action. The live telecast will be shown in the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, plus to DSS service.
BEAVERS SOLD OUT OF SEASON TICKETS: Oregon State sold out its entire allotment of 2002 season tickets (23,000) on July 18. The Beavers also sold out the 2001 season. OSU officially sold out all 23,011 available season tickets in 2001 by July 16, two days earlier than this year. The Beavers sold 14,700 season tickets in 2000 and 11,500 in 1999.
TICKETS REMAIN FOR UNLV: As of Friday (Aug. 30), a total of 450 reserved seats remained available for OSU's next home game on September 14 with UNLV. All other games are completely sold out.
OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is on a one-game winning streak overall. The Beavers have a five-game winning streak at Reser Stadium, a one-game Pacific-10 Conference losing streak and a four-game road losing streak. Oregon State is 25-11 (.694) in its last 36 games and has won 17 of its last 19 (.895) 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 17-7 (.708) in the current decade. The Beavers did not win 17 games in the 1990s until October 11, 1997. Oregon State's last road victory was against New Mexico State, September 8, 2001.
RADIO: Oregon State will have a 29-station radio network for the 2002 season. The Beavers' football network is produced by Beaver Sports Properties, a division of Learfield Communications. Mike Parker and Bob Grim will call the action from the booth and Michael Convery of KEX will continue as the sideline reporter. The entire network pregame show will air two hours prior to kickoff, home and away. The pregame show will start two hours prior to kickoff with Scott Lynn (KEX Sports Director) hosting the show. In addition, KEJO (1240 AM) radio in Corvallis will also host a pregame show from Reser Stadium starting four hours prior to kickoff for home games and four hours prior to road games from the studio with Doug Blair and Jon Warren announcing. The games can also be heard over OSU's website (www.osubeavers.com). OSU's 29-station network follows:
ERICKSON RADIO SHOW: A total of 17 stations on the Beaver Sports Network will carry the weekly Dennis Erickson coaches radio show, which airs live every Tuesday night (7-8:00 p.m.) from the Headline Cafe in downtown Corvallis. Mike Parker, OSU football play-by-play announcer, is the host of the show. Fans can ask Coach Erickson questions by calling 1-877-600-6433, or on a Cellular One phone by hitting pound BSP for a free call. The 17 stations carrying the show include-Albany-Corvallis (KEJO, 1240 AM); Bend (KICE, 940 AM); Brookings (KURY, 910 AM); Cottage Grove (KCGR, 100.5 FM); Enterprise (KWVR, 92.1 FM/1340 AM); Eugene (KKNX (840 AM); Florence (KCST, 1250 AM); Klamath Falls (KKJX, 960 AM); Lakeview (KOIK, 1230 AM); Medford (KMED, 1440 AM); Newport (KNPT, 1310 AM); Ontario (KSRV, 1380 AM); Portland (KEX, 1190 AM); Prineville (KRCO, 690 AM); Roseburg (KRNR, 1490 AM); and The Dalles (KODL, 1440 AM).
OREGON STATE IN THE POLLS: The following is where Oregon State ranks in various polls, as well OSU's opponent:
OSU-TEMPLE SERIES: This is the first-ever meeting between Oregon State and Temple.
OREGON STATE'S RETURN TO PHILADELPHIA: Thursday's game at Temple will mark Oregon State's first appearance in Philadelphia since winning the 1962 Liberty Bowl 6-0 over Villanova on December 15. Beaver quarterback Terry Baker won the Heisman Trophy in 1962.
TEMPLE'S WALLACE: Temple is coached by Bobby Wallace. He is starting his fifth year with the Owls. He has a record of 13-32 at Temple. He is into his 15th season as a collegiate head coach and has an overall record of 95-68-1.
TEMPLE DOWNS RICHMOND: Temple also opened the season last Thursday night, downing Richmond 34-7 at Franklin Field. The Owls held a 379-204 edge in total offense. Quarterback Mike McGann, who completed 18 of 31 passes for 213 yards and a pair of touchdowns, led Temple. He was also intercepted three times. Tanardo Sharps paced the Owls on the ground with 121 yards on 30 carries. Temple held a 13-7 halftime lead and then scored 21 unanswered points in the second half. The Owls are now on a three-game winning streak. Wide receiver Zamir Cobb was Temple's leading receiver in the contest with five catches for 89 yards. Cobb also returned three punts for 61 yards.
TEMPLE AT FRANKLIN FIELD: Temple now has an all-time record of 11-15-1 in games played at Franklin Field, one of two stadiums used by the Owls for a home field. Temple also plays at Veterans Stadium, home of the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies. The NCAA says Franklin Field is the oldest stadium still operating for football games. The stadium has AstroTurf for a playing surface.
OSU TRAVEL: Oregon State will depart Eugene on Wednesday via National Airlines charter at 9:00 a.m. and arrive in Philadelphia at approximately 5:30 p.m. EST. The Beavers will practice at Franklin Field at 7:00 p.m. OSU is staying at the Airport Marriott, One Arrivals Road. SID Hal Cowan can be reached at 215-492-9000 at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott.
DENNIS ERICKSON SEVENTH ON ACTIVE WINNING LIST: Dennis Erickson, Montana State, '69, is currently in his fourth 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 was 5-6 in 2001 and he is 1-0 so far in 2002. The 2001 season amounted to only Erickson's second losing season in 16 years as a collegiate head coach. In four seasons, he has produced a record of 24-12 (.667) 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 14-3 in season openers. He has a winning percentage of .724 (137-52-1). He is seventh on the all-time active coaches winning percentage list at .724, just slightly behind No. 6, R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M (.739). Erickson is ninth among active Division 1-A college coaches for total victories with 137. 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 24-12 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. The current victory lists follow:
SEIGLER TOP VETERAN DEFENSIVE POINT PRODUCER: Junior linebacker Richard Seigler is the top career point producer among the OSU defensive starters with 663 points. After 36 games in his career, Dennis Weathersby has broken up 45 passes to become the Beavers' all-time leader in that department. He broke a tie with Andrae Holland. Weathersby broke up 17 passes as a freshman when he named a freshman All-American. He broke up 13 passes as a sophomore and had 14 in 2001. Weathersby was a preseason Playboy All-American heading into the 2001 season and was selected second team All-American by The Sporting News. Career defensive points for the Beavers' starting defensive unit follow:
WEATHERSBY BREAKS CAREER RECORD: Weathersby, a senior cornerback, broke up one pass against Eastern Kentucky, giving him 45 in his career, an all-time record at OSU. Going into the EKU game, Dennis was tied with Andrea Holland. Weathersby broke 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) in 2001. He has broken up passes in 26 of the 36 games he has played in so far in his career. Weathersby was a preseason All-American on the Playboy Magazine squad as a junior and by The Sporting News and Street and Smith this year.
NOTES FROM OSU'S WIN OVER EASTERN KENTUCKY:
JAMES NEWSON: Junior flanker James Newson got his 2002 season off to a flying start by scoring OSU's first touchdown of the season, a 43-yard pass from Derek Anderson. James caught three passes for 73 yards (24.3 average) and one touchdown. James currently has caught 61 career passes for 1,055 yards, an average of 17.3 per catch and six touchdowns. In 2001, he caught 57 passes for 968 yards, an average of 17.0 per catch, and five TD passes. His 57 receptions ranked 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 in 2001. Newson caught seven passes for 190 yards, the third highest single-game yardage output in Beaver history. In a three-game stretch last year (Arizona State, California and USC), James combined to catch 22 passes for 374 yards (17.0 average) and a pair of touchdowns. He produced career bests two games in a row against ASU and Cal. James posted career bests for catches (eight) and yardage (112) against Arizona State (Oct. 20, 2001) 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 in 2001, which ranked 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, and that ranked 23rd nationally.
DEREK ANDERSON: Sophomore quarterback Derek Andereson had a huge first game for Oregon State in his first collegiate start. Anderson completed 15 of 26 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns. His efficiency rating is 207.33 after one game. Anderson's 345 passing yards against Eastern Kentucky is the 10th best in school history. His 332 yards in total offense is the 12th best in school history. He threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Farley, which ties for the fifth-longest pass play in school history and ties for the fourth-longest touchdown pass in school history. Derek was involved in several 'Big Plays' of over 25 yards in the EKU contest. He connected on six pass plays of 25 yards or more, including an 80 yarder to Farley, a 43-yard scoring pass to James Newson, a 41-yard scoring pass to Jayson Boyd and non-scoring passes of 36 yards to Boyd, 28 to Farley and 25 to Farley. He opened the season without throwing an interception. He was intercepted on his last throw of the 2001 season against Northern Arizona. In his six-game career to date, Anderson has completed 32 of 67 passes for 608 yards and four touchdowns.
BEAVERS BRING BACK THE BIG PLAY: The 'Big Play' is certainly back in the Oregon State offense. The Beavers accounted for 10 plays of over 25 yards in the season opener against Eastern Kentucky. Derek Anderson was involved in six of the big plays against the Colonels, including an 80-yard TD pass to slot receiver Kenny Farley. Big lays produced by the Beavers follow:
OSU IN THE RED ZONE: The Beavers opened the 2002 season by scoring on three of four attempts in the red zone. OSU was stopped late in the fourth quarter in the red zone when Coach Dennis Erickson elected to keep the ball on the ground and was running out the clock. The Beavers held Eastern Kentucky to a field goal on two trips into the red zone. The field goal came after an OSU fumble and the Beavers held EKU to zero yards on three attempts. Red zone totals follow:
STEVEN JACKSON: Sophomore tailback Steven Jackson's first game as a starter was huge. Jackson ran for 141 yards on 21 carries against Eastern Kentucky and scored a pair of touchdowns. He had long runs of 29 yards and 17 yards for a touchdown. Jackson's 141 yards rushing ranks as the 49th best game in school history for individual rushing. The EKU game is Jackson's second 100-yard rushing game. He also rushed for 113 yards vs. USC as a freshman in 2001. Jackson has accounted for 531 yards rushing in 11 career games to date, an average of 74.2 yards per game. He has scored 54 career points.
TRACKING JACKSON'S 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES: Steven has rushed for 100 yards twice in his career to date, including a career-best 141 vs. Eastern Kentucky in his first career start. He rushed for 113 yards vs. USC in 2001 as Ken Simonton's backup and was named ABC Player of the Game for Oregon State. Jackson's career numbers is 11 career games played:
RICHARD SEIGLER: Junior middle linebacker Richard Seigler, the Beavers' top defensive point producer in 2001, opened the 2002 campaign with another solid performance. Seigler produced 40 defensive points vs. Eastern Kentucky with seven tackles (six solo), one tackle for loss, a quarterback hurry and a pass interception that he returned 32 yards to set up an OSU touchdown in the second quarter.
NICK BARNETT: Senior strong linebacker Nick Barnett led OSU in defensive points in the season opener against Eastern Kentucky with 41 points. For Barnett, it is the third time in his career that he has led the Beavers in defensive points. He contributed 11 tackles (five solo), three tackles for loss and a forced fumble in the OSU victory.
OREGON STATE DEFENSE FORCES TURNOVERS: Oregon State may have completed the 2001 season with a negative turnover chart, but that trend was completely turned around in the season opener. The Beavers forced seven turnovers with four pass interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Meanwhile, OSU lost three fumbles, giving Oregon State a positive plus four in the turnover department after one game. The turnover chart follows:
CESCA SECOND IN OSU CAREER SCORING: Place kicker Ryan Cesca, a senior, was the Pac-10's first-team all-league kicker as a sophomore during the 2000 season. In the final month of the 2001 season, Cesca was inconsistent for the first time in his career and he lost his place kicking duties to junior walk-on Kirk Yliniemi during the Oregon game. Cesca scored nine points vs. Washington State on October 6, 2001 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 212 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 2000 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 113-for-114 (.991) in his career and working on a current streak of 33 straight PATs made. As a team, OSU has made 44 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 in 2000. 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 24 field goal attempts. He had successfully kicked six field goals in a row before missing a 48-yarder against California last year. Cesca's season kicking statistics follow: PAT
STARTING STREAKS: Defensive tackle Eric Manning and linebacker Richard Seigler have the longest active starting streaks among OSU players with 24. Place kicker Ryan Cesca had a streak of 34 starts stopped with the Oregon game in 2001. Offensive tackle Lee Davis had his streak stopped at 11 when he failed to start against Eastern Kentucky. Players with long starting streaks follow:
STEVEN JACKSON ON DOAK WALKER LIST: Oregon State sophomore tailback Steven Jackson has been selected as on of 42 preseason candidates for the Oak Walker Award, awarded annually to the nation's top college running back.
ERIC MANNNG ON LOMBARDI WATCH LIST: Senior defensive tackle Eric Manning is one of 121 players listed on the 2002 Rotary Lombardi Award watch list. The Lombardi Award is given annually to the top down lineman, offense or defense, in the nation.
ERIC MANNING ON OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST: Senior defensive tackle Eric Manning is also among the list of players to watch for the 2002 Outland Trophy, which is presented by the Football Writers Association of America to the top interior lineman in college football each season.
DENNIS WEATHERSBY ON THORPE WATCH LIST: Senior cornerback Dennis Weathersby is one of 36 players on the preseason Jim Thorpe Award watch list. The Thorpe Award is given annually to the best defensive back in college football.
NICK BARNETT, RICHARD SEIGLER ON BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST: Senior outside linebacker Nick Barnett and junior middle linebacker Richard Seigler are among the players listed on the 2002 Butkus Award witch list. The Butkus goes to the nation's top college linebacker each year.
JAMES NEWSON ON FRED BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Junior flanker James Newson has been selected as one of 32 receivers on the 2002 Fred Biletnikoff Award watch list as the nation's top collegiate receiver.
OSU'S PASS DEFENSE CREATES HAVOC: Oregon State's secondary was rated No. 1 in the nation by The Sporting News in its preseason publication. The Beavers lived up to that against Eastern Kentucky by picking off four pass interceptions. After one game, Oreogn State ranks in a tie for third place nationally in interceptions with four. The Beavers rank first in the Pac-10 and third nationally in pass efficiency defense at 49.54. OSU ranks second in the Pac-10 and 17th nationally in passing defense yards allowed at 100.0. The nation's team leaders in pass interceptions follow:
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TICKET/HUDDLE MEETINGS/MEDIA INFORMATION
TICKET INFORMATION: 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. The ticket office is open at Reser Stadium (Gate 17) two hours prior to kickoff. WILL CALL is located at Gate No. 17.
ARIZONA SOLD OUT: Oregon State is sold out against Arizona on November 2. As of Friday (Aug. 30), a total of 450 tickets remain available for the UNLV game on September 14. All other games are completely sold out.
OSU MEDIA LUNCHEON LIVE ON ESPN NEWS: Oregon State's football media luncheon, featuring Dennis Erickson and requested players, will be held every Tuesday in the Valley Football Center third floor. Media wishing to attend must contact Hal Cowan prior to 5:00 p.m. each Monday if planning to attend a luncheon. All player interview requests must be made prior to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday to ensure player attendance. Coach Erickson's interview session each week will begin at 11:15 a.m. and will be live on ESPN News. The satellite coordinates for Erickson's press conference are SBS 6, Transponder 16. Here is the weekly schedule:
Media wishing to access Erickson's interview session at 11:15 a.m. can do so by calling 913-981-5581.
OSU GAMES ON TEAMLINE/TRZ: Fans can hear the live play-by-play of all Oregon State football games in 2002. Just call TEAMLINE at 1-800-846-4700 and enter 5921 for OSU's access code and enter a credit card number when prompted.
PACIFIC-10 SATELLITE FEED: The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed featuring interviews with the coaches and selected players regarding upcoming games along with highlight footage. The half-hour feed airs every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. PDT/MST (2:30 p.m. EDT) beginning Sept. 4 and running through Nov. 20, with a final week run on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Coordinates for the feed are GE 2, Transponder 11 (C-Band). Trouble numbers: Master Control 310-543-1835 or 310-231-3229 or pager 888-423-0095 or Michelle Lockhart at the Pac-10 at 925-932-4411.
DOUBLE COVERAGE: A new one-hour radio program devoted to Pac-10 football will air on a national network of radio stations. Double Coverage will air in most markets on Wednesday evenings with a rebroadcast on Saturday mornings on many outlets. The show is produced by Lee Jamison and Bob Grim, Oregon State color commentator, is the host. Check local listings for the station in your area.
PACIFIC-10 COACHES TELECONFERENCES: Pacific-10 football coaches are available on a media teleconference every Tuesday during the football season, starting September 17 and the calls will continue each Tuesday through November 19. The calls start at 10:00 a.m. (PDT) and each coach is scheduled to be on the line for 10 minutes. In addition, a taped replay will be available at 3:00 p.m. PDT following the call and will be available until the next call. Media members may call the Conference office or any Pac-10 SID to receive the media-only number for both the live teleconference and the taped replay. Following is the schedule for the teleconference:
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