Beavers Head To Desert To Battle Arizona State
Oct. 6, 2002
GAME: Oregon State (4-2, 0-2) at Arizona State (4-2, 1-0)
SITE: Sun Devil Stadium (73,379), Tempe, AZ
DATE: Saturday, October 12
TIME: 7:00 PDT
RADIO: Live over 29-station Beaver Sports Network, starting at 5a00 p.m. PDT
TV: Live over OSU Television Network, starting at 7:00 p.m. PDT
Delayed over Fox Sports Net NW on Sunday, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.CROWD: Arizona State is expecting a crowd in excess of 45,000 at Sun Devil Stadium (73,379).
TELEVISION: The game will be televised live, starting at 7:00 p.m. PDT, over the OSU Television Network with Scott Lynn (play-by-play), Todd McKim (analyst) and Steve Preece (analyst) announcing. The OSU network consists of KVAL (channel 13), Eugene; KPDX (channel 49), Portland; KOBI (channel 5), Medford; KOTI (channel 2), Klamath Falls; KPIC, Roseburg and KCBY in Coos Bay. The game will also be rebroadcast on Fox Sports Net NW on Sunday (Oct. 13) from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m., with Scott Lynn (play-by-play), Steve Preece (analyst) and Todd McKim (analyst) calling the action.
OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is on a two-game losing streak overall. The Beavers have a one-game losing streak at Reser Stadium, a three-game Pacific-10 Conference losing streak and a one-game road losing streak. Oregon State is 28-13 (.683) in its last 41 games and has won 19 of its last 22 (.864) 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 3-1 so far in 2002. Oregon State is 20-9 (.690) 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 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); Deondre Alexander, WR (right shoulder) and Mitch Meeuwsen, SS (MCL right knee). (Questionable)-Ryan Cozzetto, FS (concussion).
OSU-ASU SERIES: There have been a total of 28 games played in the series with Arizona State holding a 20-7-1 advantage, including a current winning streak of six games. The Beavers' last victory over the Sun Devils was 30-14 at Corvallis in 1993. OSU is 3-15 all-time in gams played at Tempe. The last Beaver victory in Tempe was 30-7 in 1969. OSU Coach Dennis Erickson is 3-3 all-time in games played against ASU, including a 0-1 mark as the Beavers' head coach. ASU Coach Dirk Koetter is 1-0 vs. OSU as a result of winning 41-24 at Tempe last year.
NOTES FROM OSU-UCLA GAME: With his two touchdown passes against UCLA, Oregon State quarterback Derek Anderson has passed for 17 touchdowns this season, which ties him for third place on the Beavers' all-time list of single-season leaders. Anderson has now passed for 18 touchdowns in his career, which is good for sixth place on OSU's all-time list of career leaders.
**With two touchdown catches against UCLA, Oregon State wide receiver James Newson has seven touchdown receptions this season, which ties him for fifth place on the Beavers' all-time list of single-season leaders. Newson now has 12 career touchdown receptions, which is good for a tie for fourth place on OSU's all-time career list.
**Newson's nine receptions vs. UCLA tied his career-high, which was set at Temple earlier this season. Newson now has 92 career receptions, which ties him for 11th place on the Beavers' all-time career list.
**With his 104 yards rushing vs. UCLA, OSU tailback Steven Jackson has his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season and fifth of his career.
**Steven Jackson's 80-yard TD run vs. UCLA tied for the sixth-longest run in school history and it was the longest run of his OSU career to date. Jackson currently has the two longest runs from scrimmage in the Pacific-10 Conference this year at 80 and 75 yards (Fresno State).
**Dennis Weathersby's 83-yard return of a blocked field goal was the longest return of a blocked field goal in OSU history. It was Weathersby's first career touchdown. The previous record was John Karamanos' 66-yard return for a touchdown against Washington in 1945.
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 4-2 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 27-14 (.659) in his Beaver career. Erickson is 12-1 at OSU in regular season non-conference games. 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 .721 (140-54-1). He is seventh on the all-time active coaches winning percentage list at .721, just slightly behind No. 6, R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M (.733). 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 27-14 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. The current victory lists follow:
SEIGLER TOP POINT PRODUCER AMONG DEFENSIVE STARTERS: Junior linebacker Richard Seigler is the top career point producer among the OSU defensive starters with 813 points, which currently ranks 14th on the Beavers' career list. After 41 games in his career, Dennis Weathersby has broken up 49 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 five 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. Career defensive points for the Beavers' starting defensive unit follow:
SEIGLER MOVES INTO 18th PLACE ON OSU CAREER DEFENSIVE LIST: Richard Seigler has produced 813 career defensive points on the Beavers' scoring system which puts him 14th on the career list. He passed four players on the career list as a result of the UCLA game. He needs two more points to overtake Marc Williams.
BIG PLAY BEAVERS: Oregon State has certainly brought the 'Big Play' back to the Beavers' arsenal in 2002. OSU accounted for 10 plays of over 25 yards against Eastern Kentucky in OSU's season opener. The Beavers produced nine 'Big Plays' against UNLV and 10 against Fresno State. OSU had three such plays at USC and five vs. UCLA. Tailback Steven Jackson had a career-long 80-yard TD run vs. the Bruins. 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 has produced a total of 37 'Big Plays' so far in 2002. Anderson has been involved in 20 of the Big Plays.
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, UNLV, USC and UCLA to give him 49 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 30 of the 41 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.
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. (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. (USC)-James caught three passes for 15 yards vs. the Trojans. (UCLA)-James caught nine passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns vs. UCLA to match his career high for receptions and fourth-highest yardage output. (Season)-James is third in the Pac-10 and tied for 27th nationally with 5.67 receptions per game (34 total). He his third in the Pac-10 and 34th nationally in yards per game with a 83.17 average. He ranks 15th in the Pac-10 in all-purpose running and is tied for 11th in scoring (7.0 per game). He currently is tied for fifth place on OSU's single-season TD reception list with seven. He has caught at list one TD pass in five games this year. (Career)--James has caught 92 career passes for 1,481 yards, an average of 16.1 per catch and 12 touchdowns. He is tied with Jeff Kolberg for 11th place on OSU's career receiving list. Newson has caught passes in 18 straight games and has had five games over 100 yards. He is tied for fourth on OSU's career list for touchdown passes with 12 and has had four games in which he has caught two TD passes. He needs eight more TD passes to become No. 1. 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 (88.0 yards per game), and that ranked 23rd nationally.
DEREK ANDERSON, QB: Sophomore quarterback Derek Anderson has completed 101 of 194 passes in six games and has thrown 17 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 six games, Anderson ranks seventh in the Pac-10 and 26th nationally in passing efficiency at 144.61. He ranks sixth in the Pac-10 and 48st nationally in completions per game with 16.8 average. He ranks sixth in the Pac-10 and 32nd nationally in total offense with 243.2 yards per game average. Derek is second the Pac-10 and ranks fifth nationally in points responsible for with 18.0 per game. Derek has completed 17 touchdown passes to eight different receivers. His 17 touchdown passes leads the Pac-10 and also ties him for third 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. (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 five times. He was also the victim of several dropped passes by OSU receivers. (UCLA)-Derek completed 16 of 41 passes for 260 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He was also intercepted two times. (Career numbers)--In his 11-game career to date, Anderson has completed 118 of 235 passes for 1,804 yards, 18 touchdowns and has thrown six interceptions. He has accounted for 1,697 yards (154.3 average) in total offense on 260 plays. He has already moved into sixth place on the OSU career list for touchdown passes thrown with 18. Anderson's numbers follow:
ANDERSON TIEDFOR THIRD ON OSU SEASON TOUCHDOWN PASSING LIST: After six games, Derek Anderson is already tied for third on OSU's single-season touchdown passing list with 17, matching Erik Wilhelm's 1987 mark. Only Wilhelm with 18 in 1988 and Jonathan Smith with 20 in 2000 have thrown more. And even more remarkable, he has moved into sixth place on the Beavers' all-time career touchdown passing list with 18.
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. He followed with 67 yards at USC and 104 against UCLA. Jackson is currently second in the Pacific-10 Conference in rushing with a 117.8 average per game and ranks 18th nationally. Jackson ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose running with 121.3 average and is 54th nationally. He is tied for 14th in the Pac-10 in scoring with 36 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. He was selected as the Offensive Player of the Week in the Pacific-10 Conference for his efforts vs. Fresno State. (USC)-Steven carried the ball 15 times vs. USC for a net 67 yards, including runs of 25 and 21 yards. He had 16 all-purpose plays for 64 yards. (UCLA)-Steven Jackson raced 80 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage in the game vs. UCLA. It was a career-long TD run for Jackson and it tied for the sixth-longest run in OSU history. All told, Steven rushed for 104 yards vs. UCLA on 15 carries, his fourth 100-yard game of the season. His 80-yard TD run is the longest in the Pacific-10 Conference this season, and his 75-yard run vs. Fresno State is the second longest. (Career information)-Jackson rushed for 113 yards vs. USC as a freshman in 2001, his only other 100-yard game. He has posted five 100-yard games in 16 games played at OSU, including his first two starts this year. Jackson has accounted for 1,097 yards rushing in 16 career games. He has scored 78 career points. He has 1,403 career all-purpose yards, an average of 87.7 per game.
TRACKING JACKSON'S 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES: Steven has rushed for 100 yards five times in his career to date, including a career-best 227 vs. Fresno State this year.. 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.
RICHARD SEIGLER, MLB: Richard Seigler, junior middle linebacker, is tied for third in the Pac-10 tackles with an 8.8 average. Seigler is tied for ninth with teammate Nick Barnett in the Pac-10 for tackles for loss with seven (six 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 (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. (USC)-Richard produced 30 points on nine tackles (eight solo) and a tackle for loss. (UCLA)-Richard was OSU's top point producer on defense in the UCLA game with 36, coming on 14 tackles (seven solo) and a tackle for loss and quarterback hurry. Career--Seigler has moved into 13th place on OSU's career defensive production point list with 813 points.
NICK BARNETT, SLB: Nick Barnett leads the Pac-10 in tackles with 9.7 average per game and he is tied for ninth in the conference in tackles for loss with seven (six solo and two assisted). 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. (USC)-Nick topped OSU in defensive points vs. USC with 34, coming on eight solo tackles, a tackle for loss and two pass breakups. (UCLA)-Nick had a solid game against UCLA, posting 32 defensive points with 12 tackles (five solo) and a big blocked field goal that led to an 83-yard touchdown return by teammate Dennis Weathersby.
OTHER DEFENSIVE NOTES: Sophomore defensive end Bill Swancutt ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in sacks with 4 ï¿½ and Dwan Edwards is sixth with 3 ï¿½. Swancutt is fourth in tackles for loss with 8 ï¿½ (eight solo and one assist). Mitch Meeuwsen is fourth in passes defended with eight and Erik Tuma is eighth with six passes broken up and Dennis Weathesby is ninth with five.
OSU REMAINS SOLID IN THE RED ZONE: After six games, Oregon State has scored 18 times on 22 trips (.818 percentage) 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 for the third failed attempt. OSU also failed to score on its final drive vs. UCLA, as the Beavers turned the ball over on downs. Defensively, OSU has stopped opponents six times in 20 ventures into the Beavers' red zone, for a percentage of .700.
BEAVERS FOURTH NATIONALLY IN PASS INTERCEPTIONS: Oregon State currently ranks No. 1 in the Pac-10 and tied for fourth nationally this week with 12 picks after six games. The Beavers' secondary was rated No. 1 in the nation by The Sporting News in its preseason publication is living up to that lofty ranking. OSU opened the season with four interceptions against Eastern Kentucky, added three at Temple, one against UNLV, three vs. Fresno State and one at USC. The Beavers had only nine interceptions during the entire 2001 season.
OREGON STATE DEFENSE FORCES TURNOVERS: Oregon State has won the battle of turnovers in five of its six games this year, coming up on the negative side only at USC. The Trojans wound up with a plus one against the Beavers. After six games, the Beavers have forced 20 turnovers and have committed 12. OSU has a plus 1.33 average after six games, which is fourth in the Pac-10 and ranks 19th 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 eight fumbles and four pass interceptions in six games. The Beavers did not commit a turnover vs. Temple and UNLV.
OSU 15TH NATIONALLY IN TEAM PASS EFFICIENCY DEFENSE: Oregon State is third in the Pac-10 Conference and ranks 15th nationally in team pass efficiency defense with a 96.52 rating. The Beavers rank fourth in the Pac-10 and tied for 27th nationally in scoring defense, allowing 19.0 points per game. OSU is also second in the Pac-10 and 12th nationally in team net punting with a 39.10 mark.
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 68 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 34 of 54 field goal attempts (.630) in his career. 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 28 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 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.
MITCH MEEUWSEN ON THORPE WATCH LIST: Sophomore free safety Mitch Meeuwsen 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.
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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.
***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.
***OSU backs have rushed for 100 yards or more a total of 165 times.
***Oregon State has not played a true freshman thus far during the 2002 season.
***As a team, Oregon State has a current streak of 68 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.
***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.
***Senior wide receiver Seth Trimmer and senior strong safety Calvin Carlyle have already graduated from Oregon State. Trimmer is currently working on a Master's degree and Carlyle is working on a second major.
***Through the first four games of the season, Oregon State had scored 190 points, 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.
***Through the first four games of the season, Oregon State had allowed 49 points; 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 vs. Fresno State 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 against Fresno State 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 vs. Fresno State 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 vs. Fresno State. 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.
***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 in the Fresno State game.
***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. Fresno State.
***OSU intercepted three passes against Fresno State to extend its Pac-10 and NCAA leading number to 11 on the season after four games.
***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.
***Oregon State broke a school record with 146 yards in pass interception return yardage vs. Fresno State. The previous record was 139 vs. Montana in 1949.
***Mitch Meeuwsen, Oregon State free safety, had a streak of seven straight games in which he had broken up a pass halted when he failed to break up a pass against USC. Mitch had broken up passes in 11 of the 15 games that he had played prior to the USC contest.
***Coach Dennis Erickson suffered the first regular season shutout of his coaching career when USC 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.
***Punter Carl Tobey had a career-long punt of 63 yards vs. USC, which equaled the 17th longest punt in OSU history.
***Redshirt freshman tackle Jake Pratt from Salem's Sprague High School saw his first collegiate action in the USC game at left tackle after Lee Davis suffered a ACL injury to his right knee. Pratt became the third player this season to play left tackle for the Beavers.