Beavers Travel To USC For Pac-10 Opener
Sept. 22, 2002
GAME: #23 Oregon State (4-0) at #18 USC (2-1)
SITE: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (92,000), Los Angeles, CA
DATE: Saturday, September 28
TIME: 3:41 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: USC is expecting a crowd of around 50,000 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (92,000).
TELEVISION: The game will be televised live, starting at 3:30 p.m. PDT, over Fox Sports Net cable network with Steve Physioc (play-by-play), Tom Ramsey (Analyst) and Lewis Johnson (sideline) calling the action. The live telecast will be shown nationally. The game will also be rebroadcast on Fox Sports Net NW on Sunday (Sept. 29) from 12:30 to 3:00 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 four-game winning streak overall. The Beavers have a seven-game winning streak at Reser Stadium, a one-game Pacific-10 Conference losing streak and a one-game road winning streak. Oregon State is 28-11 (.718) in its last 39 games and has won 19 of its last 21 (.905) 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 3-0 so far in 2002. Oregon State is 20-7 (.741) in the current decade. The Beavers did not win 20 games in the 1990s until October 3, 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).
OSU-USC SERIES: Oregon State and USC have played 66 games in the series that started in 1914. The Trojans hold a commanding 54-8-1 lead in the overall series, including a current one-game winning streak as a result of winning 16-13 in overtime last year in Los Angeles. The Beavers last victory in the series was 31-21 at Corvallis in 2000. Oregon State has not won at the Los Angeles Coliseum since 1960, 14-0. Since then, the Beavers have lost 18 straight in Los Angeles at the Memorial Coliseum. Historically, OSU is 3-36-3 vs. USC in Los Angeles.
LAST YEAR: USC defeated Oregon State 16-13 in overtime in what is easily one of the most gut-wrenching losses in the history of Oregon State football. It was a bitter pill for the Beavers to swallow for several reasons. Oregon State totally dominated the game from a statistically standpoint and continually shot itself in the foot on missed scoring opportunities. In addition, the defeat ended up costing the Beavers a third straight winning season and trip to a bowl game. Oregon State held a 384-204 edge in total offense. The Beavers held the Trojans to a mere 33 yards on the ground, which is the third lowest rushing total allowed an opponent in OSU history. In the fourth quarter alone, USC generated zero yards in total offense and had a minus 1-yard rushing. Oregon State let two golden opportunities to win the game outright in regulation slip away when Ryan Cesca, the Pac-10 all-league kicker in 2000, missed a pair of chip shot field goals. The first miss came with 6:14 left in the game. The Beavers drove to the USC 17-yard line and Cesca hooked a 35-yard field goal badly. Once again, the Trojans could not move the football against the strong OSU defense and the Beavers would start another drive from their own 44-yard line with 3:32 left in the game. With 1:33 to play in the game, Ken Simonton broke free on a run that had a chance to get into the end zone. Simonton's 34-yard run was stopped at the USC 11-yard line. On second down from the 8-yard line, Simonton had a huge hole and fumbled the ball. He was able to recover his own fumble. OSU lost two yards on third down, setting up a 29-yard field goal attempt by Cesca. His kick was wide right with 0:33 left on the clock, sending the game into overtime. USC won the toss and the Beavers got the ball first in overtime. OSU reached the Trojans' 5-yard line and had three attempts to push over a TD, but had to settle for a 29-yard field goal by Cesca. The Trojans took over and won the game on a 4-yard run by Carson Palmer, the only touchdown scored from scrimmage in the entire game by USC. Steven Jackson, then a freshman, recorded his first 100-yard rushing game with 119 yards vs. the Trojans and was named the ABC Player of the Game for OSU.
ERICKSON VS. USC: Oregon State Coach Dennis Erickson is 1-3 vs. USC as a collegiate head coach, while the Trojans' head coach Pete Carroll is 1-0 vs. Oregon State. Erickson is 1-2 as the Beavers' head coach vs. USC and 0-1 as head coach at Washington State. All three defeats were in Los Angeles and the one victory was in Corvallis.
OSU INJURY REPORT: (OUT)-Henry Anderson, DT (broken right forearm); Dan Rothwell, DE (left knee surgery, ACL, MCL); Brian Kilkenny, LT (left fibular fracture); Ryan Cozzetto, FS (concussion) and Deondre Alexander, WR (right shoulder). (Probable)-Jayson Boyd, SE (turf toe).
OSU TRAVEL: Oregon State will depart Eugene on Friday via National Airlines charter at 11:30 a.m. and arrive at Burbank airport at approximately 1:30 p.m. The Beavers are scheduled to have a practice at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 3:00 p.m. on Friday. OSU will stay at the Hilton Glendale, 100 West Glenoaks Blvd. The Beavers will return to Eugene following the game via National Airlines charter. Arrival time in Eugene is TBA.
NOTES FROM OSU'S WIN OVER FRESNO STATE: Oregon State has scored 190 points so far this season, making it the second-highest scoring four-game span in OSU history. The only higher scoring four-game span came at the start of the 1921 season, when the Beavers scored 197 points in beating the Oregon State Rooks 68-7, Chemawa 68-7, tying Multnomah Athletic Club 7-7 and beating Willamette 54-0.**Oregon State has allowed 49 points in its first four games; that's the fewest allowed by the Beavers in their first four gams since 1964, when OSU lost to Northwestern 7-3 and beat Colorado 14-7, Baylor 13-6 and Washington 9-7. It's the fewest points allowed in any four-game span since late in the 1999 season, when the Beavers allowed 47 in beating ULCA 55-7, Washington State 27-13, California 17-7 and Arizona 28-20.
**OSU's 59 points were the most for the Beavers since beating Northern Illinois 67-28 in 1996 at Corvallis.
**OSU linebacker Richard Seigler's 65-yard pass interception return for a touchdown tied for the 13th longest interception return in Beaver history. It was Seigler's first career touchdown. It was the first time OSU had returned an interception for a TD since LaDairis Jackson's 32-yard return vs. New Mexico on Sept. 9, 2000.
**Fresno State became the first team this year to throw a touchdown pass against the Beavers' defense.
**OSU kicker Ryan Cesca's 51-yard field goal was the longest of his career, and it tied for the 10th longest field goal in Beaver history.
**OSU running back Steve Jackson rushed for a career high 227 yards on 25 carries. That is the fifth-best individual rushing game in OSU history. It was Jackson's third 100-yard game this season and the fourth of his career. Jackson's 75-yard TD run was the longest of his career, and it tied for the 12th longest run in OSU history. Jackson now leads the Pac-10 in rushing.
**Oregon State quarterback Derek Anderson extended his streak of pass attempts without and interception to 109 before being picked off on his 110th pass of the season. Anderson passed for three touchdowns, giving him 15 for the season, and that ties him for fifth on OSU's all-time single-season list. Anderson's 16 career touchdown passes rank sixth on the Beavers' all-time list.
**OSU wide receiver James Newson caught a pass in his 16th consecutive game over three seasons. Newson's touchdown catch gave him five on the season, which ties for ninth on the OSU single-season list. Newson has 10 career touchdown catches, which puts him in a tie for sixth place on OSU's all-time list of career leaders.
**OSU had 510 yards of total offense vs. Fresno State, which ties for the 17th best game in Beaver history.
**Oregon State's eight PAT kicks vs. Fresno State extended the Beavers' string of consecutive successful conversion kicks to 63.
**Oregon State's Terrell Roberts had the longest punt return of his career (49 yards) against Fresno State.
**Defensive end Noah Happe had his first career interception vs. the Bulldogs.
**OSU intercepted three passes against Fresno State to extend its Pac-10 and NCAA leading number to 11 on the season after four games.
**Oregon State broke up a season-high 12 passes against Fresno State, in addition to picking off three interceptions.
**Dwight Wright, backup tailback, rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown vs. Fresno State, his second highest career output. He rushed for 77 yards in the season-opener vs. Eastern Kentucky.
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 4-0 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 27-12 (.692) 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 .728 (140-52-1). He is seventh on the all-time active coaches winning percentage list at .728, just slightly behind No. 6, R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M (.736). Erickson is ninth among active Division 1-A college coaches for total victories with 140. 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 27-12 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.
SEIGLER TOP POINT PRODUCER AMONG DEFENSIVE STARTERS: Junior linebacker Richard Seigler is the top career point producer among the OSU defensive starters with 753 points, which currently ranks 20th on the Beavers' career list. After 39 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 20th PLACE ON OSU CAREER DEFENSIVE LIST: Richard Seigler has produced 753 career defensive points on the Beavers' scoring system which puts him 20th on the career list. He needs two more points to overtake Darnell Robinson.
BIG PLAY BEAVERS: Oregon State has 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 and 10 against Fresno State. 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 29 'Big Plays' so far in 2002.
OSU REMAINS SOLID IN THE RED ZONE: After four games, Oregon State has scored 16 times on 19 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 for their second failed attempt and was running out the clock vs. Fresno State in the third attempt that failed. 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, as was Fresno State.
JAMES NEWSON, FL: 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. (Eastern Kentucky)-James caught three passes for 73 yards (24.3 average) and one touchdown in the season opener, including the first touchdown of the year for the Beavers. (Temple)-James caught a career-high nine passes vs. Temple for 77 yards and two touchdowns. He was bothered by leg cramps in the second half and saw limited action. He caught only two passes in the second half. (UNLV)-James caught seven passes for 167 yards vs. UNLV, including a 28-yard TD pass. He also had catches of 38, 32 and 31 yards. The 167 reception yards ranks as the fourth-highest single-game total in school history. Incidentally, Newson also holds third place (190 yards vs. Northern Arizona, 2001) and fifth place (166 yards vs. California, 2001). (Fresno State)-James caught three passes for 47 yards and one touchdown, a 12-yader from Derek Anderson. He had a long reception of 21 yards. He extended his streak of having caught at least one pass in a game to 16 games. He has caught at least one touchdown pass in all four games this year. (Season)-James is tied for fourth in the Pac-10 and 32nd nationally with 5.5 receptions per game. He his third in the Pac-10 and 23rd nationally in yards per game with a 91.0 average. He ranks 11th in the Pac-10 in all-purpose running. (Career)--James has caught 80 career passes for 1,346 yards, an average of 16.8 per catch and 10 touchdowns. He is tied with Victor Simmons for 13th on OSU's career receiving list. One more reception puts him into 13th alone and he needs 10 more receptions to catch Lee Overton for 12th on the all-time list. Newson has caught passes in 16 straight games. 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 yardage 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 then 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, QB: Sophomore quarterback Derek Anderson has completed 77 of 123 passes in four games and has thrown 15 touchdown passes. He threw 109 passes before he threw his first interception of the season on his 110th attempt. He was last intercepted on his final throw of the 2001 season against Northern Arizona. He was chasing the OSU record of 170 passes thrown without an interception by Terrance Bryant in 1998. After four games, Anderson ranks first in the Pac-10 and second nationally in passing efficiency at 183.24. He ranks third in the Pac-10 and 19th nationally in completions per game with 19.25 average. He ranks third in the Pac-10 and 12th nationally in total offense with 291.25 yards per game average. Derek leads the nation in points responsible for with 24.0 per game. Derek has completed 15 touchdown passes to eight different receivers. His 15 touchdown passes leads the nation and also ties him for fifth place on the Beavers' all-time single-season list. (Eastern Kentucky)--Anderson 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. (Temple)-Derek completed 33 of 51 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns against the Owls without an interception. He accounted for 297 yards in total offense on 53 plays. The last time an OSU quarterback completed four touchdown passes in a game was Jonathan Smith vs. UCLA in 2000. The school record is five TD passes in a game by Erik Wilhelm vs. Akron. Anderson's 286 yards passing is the 31st best single-game mark and his 297 yards in total offense also ranks 31st on the Beavers' single-game list. (UNLV)-Derek had the best game of his young career against UNLV. He completed 20 of 26 passes for 356 yards and five touchdowns and accounted for 360 yards in total offense and was responsible for six touchdowns (he ran for one touchdown). The 356 yards passing was the sixth-highest single-game total in school history. The 360 yards in total offense ranks as the eighth highest total in school history. Derek tied a school record with four touchdown passes in the first half, matching the mark set by Scott Richardson vs. Washington State in 1979. The five touchdown passes ties the school record for touchdown passes in a game, matching the mark set by Erik Wilhelm against Akron in 1987. Anderson had seven pass completions over 28 yards in the contest. (Fresno State)-Derek completed 9 of 20 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns. He threw his first interception of the season after 109 attempts without a pick. He had 176 yards in total offense. He had three pass completions over 30 yards vs. the Bulldogs. (Career numbers)--In his nine-game career to date, Anderson has completed 94 of 164 passes for 1,464 yards, 16 touchdowns and has thrown four interceptions. He has accounted for 1,403 yards (155.9 average) in total offense on 180 plays. He has already moved into sixth place on the OSU career list for touchdown passes thrown with 16.
ANDERSON 5TH ON OSU ALL-SEASON TOUCHDOWN PASS LIST: Despite the fact he has played in only nine games, Derek Anderson is already tied for fifth on OSU's single-season touchdown passing list with 15. And even more remarkable, he has moved into sixth place on the Beavers' all-time career touchdown passing list with 16.
RICHARD SEIGLER, MLB: Richard Seigler, junior middle linebacker, is 12th in the Pac-10 tackles with a 7.5 average. Seigler is eighth in the Pac-10 for tackles for loss with five. 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. Temple-Seigler topped OSU in point production against Temple with 38 points, coming on 13 tackles (five solo) and three tackles for loss. UNLV-Seigler produced 27 defensive points against UNLV with seven tackles (five solo) and he record ï¿½ sack with Nick Barnett. (Fresno State)-Richard set the tone for the game by returning a 65-yard pass interception for a touchdown during the second offensive series by the Bulldogs. It was his first career touchdown. He had 25 defensive points vs. the Bulldogs. Career--Seigler has moved into 20th place on OSU's career defensive production point list with 753 points.
NICK BARNETT, SLB: Nick Barnett leads the Pac-10 in tackles with 9.5 average per game and he is fifth in the conference in tackles for loss with six. Barnett, senior strong linebacker, 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. Temple-Barnett added 24 points at Temple with 11 tackles (four solo) and a tackle for loss. UNLV-Nick led OSU in tackles against UNLV with 10 (five solo), plus he combined with Seigler for a sack. (Fresno State)-He scored 25 points on six tackles and two tackles for loss, plus a pass breakup.
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.
STEVEN JACKSON, TB: Sophomore tailback Steven Jackson opened the season with two-straight 100-yard rushing games before being held to 51 yards against UNLV. Jackson came back with a career-high 227 yards vs. Fresno State, the fifth best single-game rushing mark in OSU history. Jackson leads the Pacific-10 Conference in rushing with a 134.0 average per game and ranks seventh nationally. Jackson ranks second in the Pac-10 in all-purpose running with 139.25 average and is 35th nationally. He is tied for 12th in the Pac-10 in scoring with 30 points. (Eastern Kentucky)-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 was Jackson's second career 100-yard rushing game. (Temple)-Jackson rushed for 117 yards vs. Temple, his second straight 100-yard rushing game of the season. He had a long run of 21 yards. He also caught his first pass of the season, giving him 127 all-purpose yards. (UNLV)-Steven rushed for 51 yards on 17 carries vs. UNLV and he caught three passes for 11 yards and a touchdown, his first touchdown receiving this year. (Fresno State)-Steven rushed for a career high 227 yards vs. Fresno State and scored two touchdowns. The 227-yard rushing effort is the fifth-best single-season mark in OSU history. He scored on a career best 75 yard run, which equals the 12th longest run from scrimmage in Beaver history. (Career information)-Jackson rushed for 113 yards vs. USC as a freshman in 2001, his only other 100-yard game. He has posted four 100-yard games in 14 games played at OSU, including his first two starts this year. Jackson has accounted for 926 yards rushing in 14 career games. He has scored 72 career points. He has 1,232 career all-purpose yards, an average of 88.0 per game.
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 with 11 picks in four games. The Beavers opened the season with four interceptions against Eastern Kentucky, added three at Temple, one against UNLV and three vs. Fresno State. 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 four games, the Beavers have forced 16 turnovers and have committed only seven. OSU has a plus 2.25 average after four games, which is second in the Pac-10 and ranked eighth 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, one pass interception against UNLV and four against Fresno State. Meanwhile, OSU has lost six fumbles and had one pass intercepted in four games. The Beavers did not commit a turnover vs. Temple and UNLV.
OSU SECOND NATIONALLY IN TEAM PASS EFFICIENCY DEFENSE: Oregon State is second in the nation and first in the Pac-10 in team pass efficiency defense with a rating of 69.33. The Beavers rank 16th in the nation and third in the Pac-10 in passing yards given up on defense at 148.0 per game.
PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE NOTES: Mitch Meeuwsen is third in the Pac-10 in passes defended with seven, followed by teammate Erik Tuma at six. Lawrence Turner ranks ninth with four. Bill Swancutt is third in tackles for loss with 6 ï¿½. Dwan Edwards and Swancutt are tied for fourth in sacks with 3 ï¿½.
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 219 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 117-for-118 (.992) in his career and working on a current streak of 37 straight PATs made. As a team, OSU has made 63 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 18 of his last 26 field goal attempts, including a career-long 51-yarder vs. Fresno State.
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***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 ï¿½ 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 51 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, UNLV or Fresno State.
***As a team, Oregon State has a current streak of 63 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.
***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 vs. UNLV, 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 vs. UNLV 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 vs. UNLV, which ranks as the fourth-highest single-game total in school history.
***Oregon State's 396 yards passing as a team vs. UNLV ranks as the fifth-highest single-game team total in school history.
***Kirk Yliniemi booted a career-long 45-yard field goal vs. UNLV.
***Tight end Jermaine Jackson caught his first career TD pass vs. UNLV.