Beavers Set To Battle Bruins
Oct. 2, 2002
CROWD: All Oregon State games are sold out at Reser Stadium (35,362). The Beavers are expecting a crowd in excess of 36,000. OSU will be playing before its 13th consecutive sellout.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised live, starting at 12:30 p.m. PDT, over ABC with Keith Jackson (play-by-play), Dan Fouts(analyst) and Todd Harris (sideline) calling the action. The live telecast will be shown regionally. The game will also be rebroadcast on FoxSports Net NW on Sunday (Oct. 6) from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m., with Scott Lynn (play-by-play) and Steve Preece (analyst) calling the action.
OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is on a one-game losing streak overall. The Beavers have a seven-game winning streak at Reser Stadium,a two-game Pacific-10 Conference losing streak and a one-game road losing streak. Oregon State is 28-12 (.700) in its last 40 games and haswon 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. OSUwas 5-1 at Reser Stadium in 1999, 4-1 in 2001 and 3-0 so far in 2002. Oregon State is 20-8 (.714) in the current decade. The Beavers did not win20 games in the 1990s until October 3, 1998.
BEAVERS SOLD OUT OF SEASON TICKETS: Oregon State sold out its entire allotment of 2002 season tickets (23,000) onJuly 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 daysearlier than this year. The Beavers sold 14,700 season tickets in 2000 and 11,500 in 1999.
OSU-UCLA SERIES: Oregon State and UCLA have met 52 times previously with the Bruins holding a 35-13-4 overall lead in the series.UCLA has a one-game lead in the series as a result of defeating the Beavers 38-7 at Corvallis last year. Last year's Bruins' victory stopped atwo-game OSU win streak. All told, OSU is 7-10-1 against the Bruins at Corvallis. The Beavers' Dennis Erickson is 3-1 vs. UCLA as a headcoach, while the Bruins' Bob Toledo is 3-2 vs. Oregon State.
RADIO: Oregon State will have a 29-station radio network for the 2002 season. The Beavers' football network is produced by BeaverSports Properties, a division of Learfield Communications. Mike Parker and Bob Grim will call the action from the booth and Michael Converyof KEX will continue as the sideline reporter. The entire network pregame show will air two hours prior to kickoff, home and away. Thepregame 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 toroad 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 INJURY REPORT: (OUT)-Henry Anderson, DT (broken right forearm); Dan Rothwell, DE (left knee surgery, ACL, MCL);Brian Kilkenny, LT (left fibular fracture); Lee Davis, LT (ACL, right knee) and Deondre Alexander, WR (right shoulder). (Probable)-RyanCozzetto, FS (concussion).
GIANT KILLERS REUNION: The coaching staff and players of Oregon State's 1967 football squad, know as the 'Giant Killers' willcelebrate their 35th reunion at Corvallis this weekend. Dee Andros was head coach of the '67 Beavers. The 1967 Oregon State team finishedwith a 7-2-1 record, but was not able to play in a bowl game as only the conference champion played in the Rose Bowl. During the '67 season,OSU defeated #2 ranked Purdue on the road 22-14 on Oct. 21. The Beavers two weeks later tied #2 ranked UCLA 16-16 in Los Angeles. Thefollowing week, Nov. 11, OSU defeated #1 ranked USC 3-0 at then Parker Stadium in Corvallis. USC went on to win the Rose Bowl andNational championship.
NOTES FROM OSU-USC GAME: Coach Dennis Erickson suffered the first regular season shutout of his coaching career whenUSC posted a 22-0 victory over Oregon State. The only other time an Erickson coach team has been shut out was during his tenure at Miami.The Hurricanes were blanked 29-0 by Arizona in the 1993 Fiesta Bowl.
DENNIS ERICKSON SEVENTH ON ACTIVE WINNING LIST: Dennis Erickson, Montana State, '69, is in his fourthseason 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 theBeavers. 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 4-1 so far in 2002. The2001 season amounted to only Erickson's second losing season in 16 years as a collegiate head coach. In four seasons, he has produced arecord of 27-13 (.675) in his Beaver career. Erickson is 12-1 at OSU in regular season non-conference games. Erickson ranks seventh as thewinningest Division 1-A active college head coach with five or more years of service as a head coach. As a collegiate head coach, Erickson is14-3 in season openers. He has a winning percentage of .724 (140-53-1). He is seventh on the all-time active coaches winning percentage listat .724, just slightly behind No. 6, R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M (.738). Erickson is ninth among active Division 1-A college coaches for totalvictories 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 27-13 at Oregon State. Dennis was headcoach 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 inthree 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 2000season, making him one of two coaches in conference history to win the honor at two different schools (he also won the award at WSU in1988). Erickson was named national Coach of the Year by the Sporting News following the 2000 season. He also was one of three finalists forthe 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 Yearhonors 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 topcareer point producer among the OSU defensive starters with 780 points, which currently ranks 18th on the Beavers' career list. After 40 gamesin his career, Dennis Weathersby has broken up 48 passes, which is an OSU career record. Weathersby broke up 17 passes as a freshmanwhen he named a freshman All-American. He broke up 13 passes as a sophomore, 14 as a junior in 2001 and four so far in 2002. Weathersbywas a preseason Playboy All-American heading into the 2001 season and was selected second team All-American by The Sporting News.
SEIGLER MOVES INTO 18th PLACE ON OSU CAREER DEFENSIVE LIST: Richard Seigler has produced 780 careerdefensive points on the Beavers' scoring system which puts him 18th on the career list. He needs 10 more points to overtake Michael Hale.
BIG PLAY BEAVERS: Oregon State has certainly brought the 'Big Play' back to the Beavers' arsenal in 2002. OSU accounted for 10plays of over 25 yards against Eastern Kentucky in OSU's season opener. The Beavers produced nine 'Big Plays' against UNLV and 10against Fresno State. OSU had only three such plays at USC. Derek Anderson was involved in six of the big plays against the Colonels andseven 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 hasproduced a total of 32 'Big Plays' so far in 2002. Anderson has been involved in 17 of the Big Plays.
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 Ericksonelected 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 theirsecond failed attempt and was running out the clock vs. Fresno State for the third failed attempt. OSU held Eastern Kentucky to a field goal ontwo trips into the red zone and Temple was unsuccessful on its only venture into the red zone. USC scored a pair of touchdowns and added apair of field goals in six attempts in the red zone vs. OSU The field goal by Eastern Kentucky came after an OSU fumble and the Beavers heldEKU to zero yards on three attempts.
JAMES NEWSON, FL: Junior flanker James Newson got his 2002 season off to a flying start by scoring OSU's first touchdown of theseason, a 43-yard pass from Derek Anderson. (Eastern Kentucky)-James caught three passes for 73 yards (24.3 average) and onetouchdown in the season opener, including the first touchdown of the year for the Beavers. (Temple)-James caught a career-high ninepasses vs. Temple for 77 yards and two touchdowns. He was bothered by leg cramps in the second half and saw limited action. He caughtonly two passes in the second half. (UNLV)-James caught seven passes for 167 yards vs. UNLV, including a 28-yard TD pass. He also hadcatches of 38, 32 and 31 yards. The 167 reception yards ranks as the fourth-highest single-game total in school history. Incidentally, Newsonalso holds third place (190 yards vs. Northern Arizona, 2001) and fifth place (166 yards vs. California, 2001). (Fresno State)-James caughtthree passes for 47 yards and one touchdown, a 12-yader from Derek Anderson. He had a long reception of 21 yards. He extended his streakof 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. (USC)-James caught three passes for 15 yards vs. the Trojans. (Season)-James is seventh in the Pac-10 and 42nd nationally with 5.0 receptions pergame (25 total). He his sixth in the Pac-10 and 44th nationally in yards per game with a 75.8 average. He ranks 19th in the Pac-10 in all-purposerunning. (Career)--James has caught 83 career passes for 1,361 yards, an average of 16.4 per catch and 10 touchdowns. He ranks 13th onOSU's career receiving list. Eight more reception puts him into 12th place, passing Lee Overton on the all-time list. Newson has caught passesin 17 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 rankedeighth 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 hadthe best yardage receiving day of his OSU career to date against Northern Arizona in 2001. Newson caught seven passes for 190 yards, thethird highest single-game yardage output in Beaver history. In a three-game stretch last year (Arizona State, California and USC), Jamescombined to catch 22 passes for 374 yards (17.0 average) and a pair of touchdowns. He produced career bests two games in a row againstASU and Cal. James posted then career bests for catches (eight) and yardage (112) against Arizona State (Oct. 20, 2001) and came back witheight catches against California and then a new career best of 166 yards in receiving. The 166 yards amounts to the fourth best mark in OSUhistory, 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 inthe 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 85 of 153 passes in five games and has thrown 15touchdown passes. He threw 109 passes before he threw his first interception of the season on his 110th attempt. He was last intercepted onhis final throw of the 2001 season against Northern Arizona. He was chasing the OSU record of 170 passes thrown without an interception byTerrance Bryant in 1998. After five games, Anderson ranks third in the Pac-10 and ninth nationally in passing efficiency at 156.93. He rankssixth in the Pac-10 and 41st nationally in completions per game with 17.0 average. He ranks fifth in the Pac-10 and 30th nationally in total offensewith 242.0 yards per game average. Derek leads the Pac-10 and ranks fourth nationally in points responsible for with 19.2 per game. Derek hascompleted 15 touchdown passes to eight different receivers. His 15 touchdown passes leads the Pac-10 and also ties him for fifth place on theBeavers' 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 345passing yards against Eastern Kentucky is the 10th best in school history. His 332 yards in total offense is the 12th best in school history. Hethrew an 80-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Farley, which ties for the fifth-longest pass play in school history and ties for the fourth-longesttouchdown pass in school history. Derek was involved in several 'Big Plays' of over 25 yards in the EKU contest. He connected on six passplays 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 Boydand 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 fourtouchdowns against the Owls without an interception. He accounted for 297 yards in total offense on 53 plays. The last time an OSUquarterback completed four touchdown passes in a game was Jonathan Smith vs. UCLA in 2000. The school record is five TD passes in agame 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 ranks31st on the Beavers' single-game list. (UNLV)-Derek had the best game of his young career against UNLV. He completed 20 of 26 passes for356 yards and five touchdowns and accounted for 360 yards in total offense and was responsible for six touchdowns (he ran for onetouchdown). The 356 yards passing was the sixth-highest single-game total in school history. The 360 yards in total offense ranks as theeighth highest total in school history. Derek tied a school record with four touchdown passes in the first half, matching the mark set by ScottRichardson vs. Washington State in 1979. The five touchdown passes ties the school record for touchdown passes in a game, matching themark set by Erik Wilhelm against Akron in 1987. Anderson had seven pass completions over 28 yards in the contest. (Fresno State)-Derekcompleted 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. (USC)-Derek had a tough day against USC,completing only 8 of 30 passes for 80 yards and no touchdowns. He was limited to 45 yards in total offense on 31 plays. He was sacked fivetimes. He was also the victim of several dropped passes by OSU receivers. (Career numbers)--In his 10-game career to date, Anderson hascompleted 102 of 194 passes for 1,544 yards, 16 touchdowns and has thrown four interceptions. He has accounted for 1,448 yards (144.8average) in total offense on 216 plays. He has already moved into sixth place on the OSU career list for touchdown passes thrown with 16.
STEVEN JACKSON, TB: Sophomore tailback Steven Jackson opened the season with two-straight 100-yard rushing games beforebeing held to 51 yards against UNLV. Jackson came back with a career-high 227 yards vs. Fresno State, the fifth best single-game rushingmark in OSU history. He followed with 67 yards at USC. Jackson leads the Pacific-10 Conference in rushing with a 120.6 average per gameand ranks 15th nationally. Jackson ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose running with 124.2 average and is 52nd nationally. He is tied for 15thin 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 21carries against Eastern Kentucky and scored a pair of touchdowns. He had long runs of 29 yards and 17 yards for a touchdown. Jackson's141 yards rushing ranks as the 49th best game in school history for individual rushing. The EKU game was Jackson's second career 100-yardrushing game. (Temple)-Jackson rushed for 117 yards vs. Temple, his second straight 100-yard rushing game of the season. He had a longrun 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 17carries vs. UNLV and he caught three passes for 11 yards and a touchdown, his first touchdown receiving this year. (Fresno State)-Stevenrushed for a career high 227 yards vs. Fresno State and scored two touchdowns. The 227-yard rushing effort is the fifth-best single-seasonmark in OSU history. He scored on a career best 75 yard run, which equals the 12th longest run from scrimmage in Beaver history. He wasselected as the Offensive Player of the Week in the Pacific-10 Conference for his efforts vs. Fresno State. (USC)-Steven carried the ball 15times vs. USC for a net 67 yards, including runs of 25 and 21 yards. He had 16 all-purpose plays for 64 yards. (Career information)-Jacksonrushed for 113 yards vs. USC as a freshman in 2001, his only other 100-yard game. He has posted four 100-yard games in 15 games played atOSU, including his first two starts this year. Jackson has accounted for 997 yards rushing in 15 career games. He has scored 72 career points.He has 1,296 career all-purpose yards, an average of 86.4 per game.
RICHARD SEIGLER, MLB: Richard Seigler, junior middle linebacker, is eighth in the Pac-10 tackles with a 7.8 average. Seigler isninth in the Pac-10 for tackles for loss with seven (five solo and two assisted). 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 (sixsolo), one tackle for loss, a quarterback hurry and a pass interception that he returned 32 yards to set up an OSU touchdown in the secondquarter. Temple-Seigler topped OSU in point production against Temple with 38 points, coming on 13 tackles (five solo) and three tackles forloss. 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 offensiveseries by the Bulldogs. It was his first career touchdown. He had 25 defensive points vs. the Bulldogs. (USC)-Richard produced 30 pointson nine tackles (eight solo) and a tackle for loss. Career--Seigler has moved into 18th place on OSU's career defensive production point listwith 780 points.
NICK BARNETT, SLB: Nick Barnett leads the Pac-10 in tackles with 9.2 average per game and he is sixth in the conference in tacklesfor loss with eight (six solo and two assisted). Barnett, senior strong linebacker, led OSU in defensive points in the season opener againstEastern Kentucky with 41 points. For Barnett, it is the third time in his career that he has led the Beavers in defensive points. He contributed11 tackles (five solo), three tackles for loss and a forced fumble in the OSU victory. Temple-Barnett added 24 points at Temple with 11tackles (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 asack. (Fresno State)-He scored 25 points on six tackles and two tackles for loss, plus a pass breakup. (USC)-Nick topped OSU indefensive points vs. USC with 34, coming on eight solo tackles, a tackle for loss and two pass breakups.
WEATHERSBY HOLDS OSU CAREER PASS BREAKUP RECORD: Weathersby, a senior cornerback, broke up onepass against Eastern Kentucky in the season opener, giving him 45 in his career, an all-time record at OSU. He added another breakup againstTemple, UNLV and USC to give him 48 in his career to date. Going into the EKU game, Dennis was tied with Andrea Holland at 44 for thecareer 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 hasbroken up passes in 29 of the 39 games he has played in so far in his career. Weathersby was a preseason All-American on the PlayboyMagazine squad as a junior and by The Sporting News and Street and Smith this year. Dennis earned team defensive high-point honorsagainst UNLV as he accounted for 33 points. He had five solo tackles, his first career sack, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.
OTHER DEFENSIVE NOTES: Sophomore defensive end Bill Swancutt ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in sacks with 4 ï¿½ and Dwan Edwardsis sixth with 3 ï¿½. Swancutt is third in tackles for loss with 7 ï¿½ (seven solo and one assist). Mitch Meeuwsen is fourth in passes defended withseven and Erik Tuma is fifth with six passes broken up.
CESCA SECOND IN OSU CAREER SCORING: Place kicker Ryan Cesca, a senior, was the Pac-10's first-team all-league kickeras 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 helost his place kicking duties to junior walk-on Kirk Yliniemi during the Oregon game. Cesca scored nine points vs. Washington State onOctober 6, 2001 and moved into second place on the OSU career-scoring list as a result. He passed another kicker, Troy Bussanich, makinghim the highest scoring kicker in Beaver football history. To date, he has scored 219 career points, compared to Bussanich's 168. Ryan brokethe 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 94points ranks fourth on OSU's single-season scoring list. Ryan converted 46 of 47 PAT attempts in 2000 to establish a new single-seasonrecord before missing his final attempt of the regular season against Oregon. His 43-for-43 (before missing on his 44th attempt) topped hisprevious 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-80before missing. The previous OSU record for consecutive PAT kicks was 54 straight by Bussanich (1986-89). He is 117-for-118 (.992) in hiscareer 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 wasperfect 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 in2000, 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 madefour 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 againstWashington State. He has made 34 of 53 field goal attempts (.642) in his career. He scored 58 points in 1999, which was second to KenSimonton's team leading 118 points. He scored 94 points in 2000, which was second in the Pac-10 behind teammate Ken Simonton. Cesca hasbeen successful on 18 of his last 27 field goal attempts, including a career-long 51-yarder vs. Fresno State.
STEVEN JACKSON ON DOAK WALKER LIST: Oregon State sophomore tailback Steven Jackson has been selected as on of42 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 the2002 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 ofplayers to watch for the 2002 Outland Trophy, which is presented by the Football Writers Association of America to the top interior lineman incollege football each season.
DENNIS WEATHERSBY ON THORPE WATCH LIST: Senior cornerback Dennis Weathersby is one of 36 players on thepreseason Jim Thorpe Award watch list. The Thorpe Award is given annually to the best defensive back in college football.
MITCH MEEUWSEN ON THORPE WATCH LIST: Sophomore free safety Mitch Meeuwsen is one of 36 players on thepreseason 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 Barnettand junior middle linebacker Richard Seigler are among the players listed on the 2002 Butkus Award witch list. The Butkus goes to thenation's top college linebacker each year.
JAMES NEWSON ON FRED BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Junior flanker James Newson has been selectedas one of 32 receivers on the 2002 Fred Biletnikoff Award watch list as the nation's top collegiate receiver.
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