Beavers Storm Past Fresno State, 59-19
Sept. 21, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Steven Jackson helped Oregon State get some payback for its embarrassing loss to Fresno State last year, running for 227 yards and two touchdowns to help the Beavers win 59-19 Saturday night.
Derek Anderson added 214 yards passing and three TDs for the Beaver (4-0), who were picked by Sports Illustrated to win the national title last season, only to comply with the magazine's supposed cover jinx by getting humiliated by the Bulldogs 44-24 in Fresno.
Without David Carr, however, Fresno State (1-3) is much weaker this season, and on Saturday most of the Bulldogs' scoring was done by Asen Asparuhov, who kicked four field goals.
Early in the game, Oregon State linebacker Richard Seigler intercepted Jeff Grady's pass meant for Marque Davis and ran it back 65 yards for a touchdown, the first of his career.
Seigler ran the final 10 yards with his arm raised as the sellout crowd of 36,457 at Reser Stadium went wild.
The Bulldogs answered on the next series. After a 22-yard carry by Rodney Davis, Asparuhov kicked a 25-yard field goal.
The Bulldogs closed the gap with field goals of 41, 52 and 43 yards by Asparuhov. His 52-yarder early in the second quarter was his career long.
Four third-quarter touchdowns sealed the game for the Beavers. Jackson ran 2 and 75 yards, and Dwight Wright added an 11-yard TD run. Defensive end Noah Happe intercepted a pass by Fresno State backup Paul Pinegar and ran it back 52 yards for another score.
The Beavers had three interceptions, giving them a nation-best 11 for the season.
Grady, who left the game at the half with what appeared to be a rib injury, completed 15 of 36 passes for 191 yards. He had missed Fresno State's previous two games after bruising his hip in the Bulldogs' season-opening loss to Wisconsin.
The Bulldogs were without highly touted receiver Bernard Berrian, who sprained his knee against Wisconsin and hasn't played since.
Pinegar, who was 10-of-17 for 116 yards, threw a 3-yard scoring pass to Stephen Spach in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs were coming off a bye. Going into Saturday's game they were 5-0 under coach Pat Hill after byes.
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer