Beavers Rout UNLV Behind Anderson's Five TD Passes
Sept 14, 2002
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Derek Anderson matched a school record with fivetouchdown passes as Oregon State routed UNLV 47-17 Saturday.
Anderson, a sophomore in his first season as the Beavers' starter, completed20 of 26 passes for 356 yards. His five TD passes tied the mark set by ErikWilhelm against Akron in 1987.
James Newson had 7 catches for 167 yards for the Beavers (3-0), who had 461total yards.
Joe Haro scored on a 1-yard run and Dillon Pieffer added a 21-yard fieldgoal for UNLV (1-2), but the Rebels were stymied by Oregon State's defensethroughout the game.
It marked the first time UNLV coach John Robinson and Oregon State coachDennis Erickson had faced each other, despite long and successful careers incollege and the NFL.
Robinson had been 11-0 against the Beavers as Southern California's coach,his best record against any school. His last victory with USC was against theBeavers, 23-0, on Nov. 15, 1997.
The Beavers jumped out to a 23-0 first-quarter lead. Anderson scored on a1-yard keeper and threw a 28-yard TD pass to Newson. After a team safety,Anderson hit Tim Euhus with a 19-yard scoring strike.
Tailback Steven Jackson, a Las Vegas native who said he chose Oregon Statebecause of Erickson and the lure of the Pac-10 Conference, broke through twotackles and scored on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Anderson.
Anderson followed with a 2-yard TD pass to Jermaine Jackson.
UNLV finally scored with nine seconds left in the first half. Haro thrustthe ball over a pile of players for the TD, making it 37-7 at halftime.
UNLV's Dillon Pieffer kicked his 21-yarder with 1:21 left in the thirdquarter, but Oregon State's Kirk Yliniemi answered with a 45-yarder to open thefinal period.
Deon Burnett added a 1-yard scoring run with 1:12 to go in the game for theRebels.
UNLV quarterback Jason Thomas completed 7 of 15 passes for 76 yards. He had14 carries for 74 yards.
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