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Sept. 15, 2002

GAME: Oregon State (3-0) vs. Fresno State (1-2)
SITE: Reser Stadium (35,362), Corvallis, OR
DATE: Saturday, September 21
TIME: 3:37 PDT
RADIO: Live over 29-station Beaver Sports Network, starting at 1:30 p.m. PDT
TV: Fox Sports Net, starting at 3:30 p.m. PDT

CROWD: Reser Stadium (35,362) is sold out for the season. Oregon State will play Fresno State in front of its 12th straight sellout.

TELEVISION: The game will be televised live, starting at 3:30 p.m. PDT, over Fox Sports Net cable network with Barry Tompkins (play-by-play) and Warren Moon (Analyst) calling the action. The live telecast will be shown nationally.

SIDELINE PASS: Fox Sports Net NW is doing a weekly Sideline Pass highlight show this year instead of a complete game replay. Scott Lynn and Steve Preece host the show. The program will air Sunday, Sept. 22 at 9:00 p.m. and again Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m.

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.

OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is on a three-game winning streak overall. The Beavers have a six-game winning streak at Reser Stadium, a one-game Pacific-10 Conference losing streak and a one-game road winning streak. Oregon State is 27-11 (.711) in its last 38 games and has won 18 of its last 20 (.900) 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, 4-1 in 2001 and 2-0 so far in 2002. Oregon State is 19-7 (.731) in the current decade. The Beavers did not win 19 games in the 1990s until September 12, 1998.

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).

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).

NOTES FROM OSU'S WIN OVER UNLV: The 23 points scored by Oregon State vs. UNLV in the first quarter were the most in an opening period by the Beavers since they scored 34 at Portland State in 1983. The 23 points were also the most ever allowed by UNLV in the first quarter.

  • Oregon State outgained UNLV 165 to minus -16 yards in the first quarter.
  • Quarterback Derek Anderson tied a school record with five touchdown passes, matching Erik Wilhelm's five against Akron in 1987. Anderson's four touchdown passes in the first half tied the school record for a half, matching the mark set by Scott Richardson against Washington State in 1979.
  • Derek Anderson was responsible for six touchdowns (five passing and one rushing) vs. UNLV to tie a school record, matching the single-game mark set by Terry Baker (three passing and three running) against Iowa State in 1962.
  • Derek Anderson's 356 yards passing was the sixth-highest single-game total in school history. Anderson's 360 yards in total offense ranks as the eighth highest total in school history.
  • James Newson had 167 yards receiving, which ranks as the fourth-highest single-game total in school history.
  • Oregon State's 396 yards passing as a team ranks as the fifth-highest single-game team total in school history.
  • Oregon State has kicked 55 straight PATs with Ryan Cesca and Kirk Yliniemi splitting the total.
  • Kirk Yliniemi booted a career-long 45-yard field goal vs. UNLV.
  • Tight end Jermaine Jackson caught his first career TD pass vs. UNLV.
  • Derek Anderson has thrown 12 touchdown passes this season, and they have been to eight different receivers. He has also surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in career passing and he has thrown 103 passes this season without being intercepted. The Beavers' all-time record for most passes thrown without an interception is 170 by Terrance Bryant (1998). Anderson scored on a one-yard run vs. UNLV, his first career-rushing touchdown.

    DENNIS ERICKSON SEVENTH ON ACTIVE WINNING LIST: Dennis Erickson, Montana State, '69, is 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 3-0 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 26-12 (.684) 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 .727 (139-52-1). He is seventh on the all-time active coaches winning percentage list at .727, just slightly behind No. 6, R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M (.741). Erickson is ninth among active Division 1-A college coaches for total victories with 139. 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 26-12 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.

    BIG PLAY BEAVERS: Oregon State certainly brought the 'Big Play' back to the Beavers' arsenal in 2002. After accounting for 10 plays of over 25 yards against Eastern Kentucky in OSU's season opener, the Beavers bounced back with nine 'Big Plays' against UNLV. Derek Anderson was involved in six of the big plays against the Colonels and seven vs. the Rebels. He had an 80-yard TD pass to slot receiver Kenny Farley against Eastern Kentucky. Oregon State did not generate a 'Big Play' in the victory over Temple as the Owls' defense was particularly designed to stop long pass plays by the Beavers. OSU produced a total of 19 'Big Plays' so far in 2002.

    OSU-FRESNO STATE SERIES: Oregon State and Fresno State have played 11 times previously and the Bulldogs hold a 7-4 lead in the series, including a current winning streak of one game as a result of winning 44-24 at Fresno last year. The two teams have played six times in Corvallis and the Beavers are 4-2 at Reser Stadium, including a current one-game winning streak. OSU defeated the Bulldogs 46-23 at Reser Stadium in 1999. The Beavers' Dennis Erickson is 3-1 in his career coaching against Fresno State, while FSU's Pat Hill is 1-1 coaching against Oregon State.

    OSU INJURY REPORT: (OUT)-Henry Anderson, DT (broken right forearm) and Dan Rothwell, DE (left knee surgery, ACL, MCL). (Probable)-Jayson Boyd, SE (turf toe) and Brandon Catanese, FS (sprained ankle).

    SEIGLER TOP POINT PRODUCER AMONG DEFENSIVE STARTERS: Junior linebacker Richard Seigler is the top career point producer among the OSU defensive starters with 728 points, which currently ranks 22nd on the Beavers' career list. After 38 games in his career, Dennis Weathersby has broken up 47 passes, which is an OSU career record. Weathersby broke up 17 passes as a freshman when he named a freshman All-American. He broke up 13 passes as a sophomore, 14 as a junior in 2001 and three so far in 2002. Weathersby was a preseason Playboy All-American heading into the 2001 season and was selected second team All-American by The Sporting News.

    SEIGLER MOVES INTO 22nd PLACE ON OSU CAREER DEFENSIVE LIST: Richard Seigler has produced 728 career defensive points on the Beavers' scoring system which puts him 22nd on the career list. He needs 11 more points to overtake Kenny Taylor.

    WEATHERSBY HOLDS OSU CAREER PASS BREAKUP RECORD: Weathersby, a senior cornerback, broke up one pass against Eastern Kentucky in the season opener, giving him 45 in his career, an all-time record at OSU. He added another breakup against Temple and one against UNLV to give him 47 in his career to date. Going into the EKU game, Dennis was tied with Andrea Holland at 44 for the career lead. 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 28 of the 38 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. Dennis earned team defensive high-point honors against UNLV as he accounted for 33 points. He had five solo tackles, his first career sack, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.

    BEAVERS RANKS FIFTH NATIONALLY IN TOTAL DEFENSE: Oregon State ranks fifth nationally and third in the Pac-10 in total defense after three games.

    OSU LEADS NATION IN TEAM PASS EFFICIENCY DEFENSE: Oregon State leads the nation and Pac-10 in team pass efficiency defense with a rating of 53.93. The Beavers rank fourth in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in passing yards given up on defense at 95.0 per game. Oregon State trails Marshall (82.50) and USC (82.50) and North Carolina State (88.25) in the yardage department. The team that is the nearest to the Beavers in defensive pass efficiency is USC at 65.27.

    OSU SOLID IN THE RED ZONE: After three games, Oregon State has scored 12 times on 14 trips into the red zone (20-yard line to end zone). OSU was stopped late in the fourth quarter in the red zone against Eastern Kentucky when Coach Dennis Erickson elected to keep the ball on the ground and was running out the clock. The Beavers missed a 31-yard field goal attempt against Temple in their other miss. OSU held Eastern Kentucky to a field goal on two trips into the red zone and Temple was unsuccessful on its only venture into the red zone. The field goal by Eastern Kentucky came after an OSU fumble and the Beavers held EKU to zero yards on three attempts. UNLV was successful on all three trips into the red zone.

    TRACKING JACKSON'S 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES: Steven has rushed for 100 yards three times 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.

    BEAVERS LEAD NATION IN PASS INTERCEPTIONS: Oregon State's secondary was rated No. 1 in the nation by The Sporting News in its preseason publication is living up to that lofty ranking. The Beavers are creating havoc to opposing quarterbacks. Oregon State leads the nation, along with San Jose State, with eight picks in three games. The Beavers opened the season with four interceptions against Eastern Kentucky, added three at Temple and one against UNLV. Oregon State had only nine interceptions during the entire 2001 season.

    OREGON STATE DEFENSE FORCES TURNOVERS: Oregon State's defense so far in 2002 resembles the Beavers' wrecking crew of 2000, when OSU posted a 11-1 record en route to winning the Fiesta Bowl and a co-championship of the Pacific-10 Conference. After three games, the Beavers have forced 12 turnovers and have committed only three. OSU has a plus 3.0 average after three games, which is second in the Pac-10 and ranked in a tie for third nationally. The Beavers forced seven turnovers with four pass interceptions and three fumble recoveries in the season opener against Eastern Kentucky and came back with four forced turnovers at Temple. OSU intercepted one pass against UNLV for its only forced turnover. Meanwhile, OSU lost three fumbles vs. Eastern Kentucky and played without a turnover at Temple and against UNLV.

    PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE NOTES: In addition to Nick Barnett and Richard Seigler ranking one-four in the Pac-10 Conference in tackles, free safety Mitch Meeuwsen is off to a fast start. Meeuwsen has intercepted three passes and broken up three others for a total of six passes defended, which ranks third in the Pac-10. Bill Swancutt is tied for third in sacks with 3 �. Dwan Edwards is tied for sixth in sacks with 2 �. Swancutt is also fourth in tackles for loss with 5 �. Nick Barnett and Richard Seigler are tied for seventh in tackles for loss with 4 � apiece.

    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.

    THIS, THAT, ETC.

  • Dennis Erickson is 4-0 vs. 1-AA opponents as Oregon State's head coach.
  • Junior middle linebacker Richard Seigler produced 330 defensive points in OSU's system during the 2001 season, which ranks 14th on the Beavers' all-time season list.
  • Oregon State is 1-2 in overtime games after losing to USC in 2001. The Beavers lost to California 48-42 in 1996. OSU defeated Oregon in double overtime 44-41 in 1998.
  • Strong linebacker Nick Barnett had the best game of his OSU career with 18 tackles against California in 2001, including 11 solo tackles. He also had four quarterback hurries.
  • Sophomore middle linebacker Richard Seigler had the best game of his OSU career to date in the 2001 Arizona State game. Seigler produced a total of 81 points on the Beavers' defensive point system, breaking the record of 72 points established last year by defensive end DeLawrence Grant against San Diego State University. In addition, Seigler also broke the OSU record for tackles for loss in a game with seven. His seven tackles for loss topped the old record of 4 � held by Bryan Ludwick in a game against Northern Illinois in 1996 at Corvallis. Against the Sun Devils, Seigler produced 8 solo tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 7 tackles for loss (19 yards), a sack for 5 yards and he recovered a fumble.
  • Derek Anderson completed his first collegiate pass, a 13-yarder to Seth Trimmer, in the third quarter against Washington State on Oct. 6, 2001. Anderson completed 6 of 14 passes for 96 yards and was intercepted on his final pass of the game.
  • Tailback Steven Jackson's 63-yard TD run vs. UCLA was a career best at OSU plus it matched the 27th longest run from scrimmage in OSU history.
  • Two Oregon State assistant coaches have redshirt freshman sons playing on this year's team. Defensive coordinator Craig Bray's son Trent is a middle linebacker and running backs Coach Dan Cozzetto's son Ryan is a free safety and punter.
  • Oregon State has scored in 50 straight games after being shutout by USC 23-0, November 15, 1997.
  • OSU backs have rushed for 100 yards or more a total of 163 times.
  • Oregon State did not play a true freshman against Eastern Kentucky, Temple or UNLV.
  • As a team, Oregon State has a current streak of 55 straight successful PAT attempts.
  • Oregon State has four married players on the roster this year. Punter Carl Tobey got married in 2001 to the former Annalee Nelson. Wide receiver Seth Trimmer got married this summer to the former Hannah Cox. Linebacker Seth Lacey got married this summer to the former Mackenzie Copeland. Wide receiver Shawn Kintner got married this summer to the former Courtney Chandler.
  • Oregon State's attendance of 35,346 vs. Eastern Kentucky was the third largest ever for a Reser Stadium opener. It was the 10th straight sellout at Reser Stadium, extending the Beavers' school record.
  • Oregon State's 49 points vs. Eastern Kentucky were the most for the Beavers in a season-opener since 1931, when Oregon State beat Willamette 76-0. Incidentally, that 1931 victory was the highest-scoring game ever for the Beavers. The 49 points were the sixth most ever in a season-opener for the Beavers.
  • Derek Anderson's 345 yards passing vs. Eastern Kentucky is the 10th best game mark in school history for individual passing yardage.
  • Derek Anderson's 80-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Farley vs. Eastern Kentucky is tied for the fifth-longest pass in school history and ties for the fourth-longest touchdown pass. It was the longest OSU pass play since Jonathan Smith connected with Chad Johnson on a school-record 97-yard pass in 2000.
  • Oregon State's 600 yards of total offense vs. Eastern Kentucky is the fifth-best game in school history for team total offense.
  • Oregon State's 359 yards passing vs. Eastern Kentucky is the seventh-best game in school history for team passing yardage.
  • Steven Jackson's 141 yards rushing vs. Eastern Kentucky was the 49th best game in school history for individual rushing yardage. It was the second 100-yard game of Jackson's career, and the 162nd 100-yard rushing game by an individual in OSU history.
  • Oregon State has won seven of its last 10 season-openers.
  • Derek Anderson accounted for 332 yards in total offense against EKU, which ranks 12th on OSU's single-game list for most total offense.
  • Oregon State held Temple without a touchdown, the second game in a row the Beavers did not allow a defensive touchdown this season. In fact, OSU had allowed just one defensive touchdown in its last four games following the Temple game, that in the fourth quarter against Oregon last year.
  • Steven Jackson rushed for over 100 yards (117) against Temple for his second straight 100-yard game and third of his career.
  • Derek Anderson completed 33 passes (51 attempts) for 286 yards vs. Temple. The 286 yards passing ranks as the 31st best single-game passing mark in OSU history. Anderson accounted for 297 yards in total offense, which ranks 31st on the Beavers' all-time single-game list.
  • OSU did not turn the ball over against Temple and forced four turnovers.
  • OSU's 286 yards passing vs. Temple is the 39th best team single-game mark in history.
  • Derek Anderson's four touchdown passes vs. Temple was the most by a Beaver quarterback since Jonathan Smith passed for four against UCLA in 2000.

    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.

    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.

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