Beavers To Battle Huskies In Seattle
Nov. 4, 2002
GAME: Oregon State (6-3, 2-3) at Washington (4-5, 1-4)
SITE: Husky Stadium (72,500), Seattle, WA
DATE: Saturday, November 9
TIME: 12:30 PST
RADIO: Live over 29-station Beaver Sports Network, starting at 10:30 a.m. PST
TV: Delayed over Fox Sports Net NW on Saturday 7 to 10 p.m. PST & Sunday 3 to 6 p.m. PST
CROWD: Washington is expecting a capacity crowd at Husky Stadium (72,500) for Saturday's Homecoming game with Oregon State.
TELEVISION: There will be no live telecast of the game. The game will be rebroadcast on Fox Sports Net NW on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m., and again on Sunday (Nov. 10) from 3 to 6 p.m., with David Locke (play-by-play, Steve Preece (analyst) and Sonny Sixkiller (analyst) calling the action.
OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is on a two-game winning streak overall. The Beavers have a two-game winning streak at Reser Stadium, a two-game Pacific-10 Conference winning streak, a two-game road losing streak and a six-game Pac-10 road losing streak. Oregon State is 30-14 (.682) in its last 44 games and has won 21 of its last 24 (.875) 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 5-1 so far in 2002. Oregon State is 22-10 (.688) in the current decade. The Beavers did not win 22 games in the 1990s until November 21, 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 GAMES ON TEAMLINE/TRZ: Fans can hear the live play-by-play of all Oregon State football games in 2002. Just call TEAMLINE at 1-800-846-4700 and enter 5921 for OSU's access code and enter a credit card number when prompted.
OSU RELEASE ONLINE: Oregon State's official web site is part of the Official College Sports Network (formerly FansOnly) and can be found at www.osubeavers.com. Updated releases, player bios, statistics and other information can be accessed from OSU's web site. Game broadcasts and live stats are also available on the site. The Pac-10 Conference official web site is located at www.Pacific10.org.
OSU INJURY REPORT: (OUT)-Henry Anderson, DT (broken right forearm); Dan Rothwell, DE (left knee surgery, ACL, MCL); Lee Davis, LT (ACL, right knee) and Deondre Alexander, WR (right shoulder). (Questionable)-Mitch Meeuwsen, FS (MCL sprain right knee).
OSU-WASHINGTON SERIES: Oregon State and Washington have played a total of 86 games in the series. The Huskies have won 55, the Beavers 27 and four games have been tied. Oregon State is on a one-game winning streak as a result of downing Washington 49-24 at Corvallis last year. The Huskies hold a 31-15-2 edge in games played in Seattle, including a current winning streak of six games at Husky Stadium. The Beavers' last victory in Seattle was 21-10 in 1985.
ERICKSON VS. WASHINGTON: Dennis Erickson is 2-4 in as a head coach in games played against Washington, including a 1-2 mark at Oregon State. Washington's Rick Neuheisel is 2-1 vs. Oregon State.
ERICKSON IN NOVEMBER: Dennis Erickson is currently in his 17th year as a collegiate head coach. He has compiled an impressive record during the month of November. In the month of November he has a career mark of 45-10-1, a percentage of .813. Erickson is 8-2 (.800) in November as Oregon State's head coach.
FIRST QUARTER DEFENSE: Oregon State's defense has not allowed a touchdown in the first quarter this season. The Beavers have out scored opponents 89-19 in the first quarter.
GAME NOTES FROM OSU-ARIZONA GAME
WEATHERSBY BREAKS OSU RECORD IN VICTORY OVER CALIFORNIA: Cornerback Dennis Weathersby broke Oregon State's single-game record for passes defended in the Beavers' 24-13 victory over California with five. Weathersby broke up four passes and intercepted one pass. He held the previous record of four, along with Terrell Roberts, Andrae Holland, Larry Bumpus, Brent Huff and Paul Carberry. As a result of breaking up one pass vs. Arizona, Weathersby has extended in his career record for passes defended to 59.
LONG DRIVES: Oregon State has had 11 scoring drives of 80 or more yards this season, compared to three by opponents. The Beavers are on pace to gain 4,740 yards in total offense during the regular season. The total would be the third-highest mark in school history, trailing only the 1999 (5,212), and 2000 (4,972) squads. For the record, Oregon State will likely conclude the year with four of the top five season totals for offense coming under the four-year regime of Dennis Erickson.
SCORING RECORD IN SIGHT: Oregon State is zeroing in on the school record for most points in one season. The Beavers are on pace to score 395 points during the regular season, with the record being 400 during the 2000 season, which includes the Fiesta Bowl.
EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME: Three Oregon State seniors-Nick Barnett, Eric Manning and Dennis Weathersby-have been selected to play in the East-West Shrine game scheduled for Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco on January 11. All three accepted invitations to play in August.
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 6-3 so far in 2002. The 2001 season amounted to only Erickson's second losing season in 17 years as a collegiate head coach. In four seasons, he has produced a record of 29-15 (.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 .720 (142-55-1). He is seventh on the all-time active coaches winning percentage list at .720, just slightly behind No. 6, R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M (.728). Erickson is ninth among active Division 1-A college coaches for total victories with 142. 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 29-15 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 853 ï¿½ points, which currently ranks 10th on the Beavers' career list. After 44 games in his career, Dennis Weathersby has defended 59 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 10 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 10th PLACE ON OSU CAREER DEFENSIVE LIST: Richard Seigler has produced 853 ï¿½ career defensive points on the Beavers' scoring system which puts him 10th on the career list. He passed William Ephraim (851) on the career list as a result of the Arizona game. Rico Petrini's ninth place total of 858 points is his next target.
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, five vs. UCLA, five against Arizona State, three vs. California and five against Arizona. 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. He hooked up with James Newson for the fifth longest pass play in OSU history (86 yards) vs. Arizona. OSU has produced a total of 50 'Big Plays' so far in 2002. Anderson has been involved in 27 of the Big Plays and Jackson has been involved in eight.
DEREK ANDERSON, QB: Sophomore quarterback Derek Anderson has completed 137 of 286 passes in nine games and has thrown 18 touchdown passes. He threw 109 passes before he threw his first interception of the season on his 110th attempt. Prior to that, 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. He is currently working on a streak of 58 passes thrown without a pick. After nine games, Anderson ranks ninth in the Pac-10 and 56th nationally in passing efficiency at 125.68. He ranks ninth in the Pac-10 and 59th nationally in completions per game with 15.22 average. He ranks ninth in the Pac-10 and 52nd nationally in total offense with 211.89 yards per game average. Derek is seventh in the Pac-10 and tied for 19th nationally in points responsible for with 13.33 per game. Derek has completed 18 touchdown passes to eight different receivers. His 18 touchdown passes ties him for second 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. (ASU)-Derek completed 16 of 40 passes for 224 yards. He was intercepted three times and did not throw a touchdown pass. He completed four passes of over 25 yards, including a 48-yarder to James Newson. (California)-Derek passed for 80 yards vs. California, which equals his lowest output of the season. He completed 8 of 24 passes for 80 yards. (Arizona)-Derek completed 12 of 28 passes for 239 yards and one touchdown, an 86-yarder to James Newson, which is the fifth longest pass play in OSU history and fourth longest TD pass in Beaver history. Derek scored one touchdown on a 1-yard run. (Career numbers)--In his 14-game career to date, Anderson has completed 154 of 327 passes for 2,347 yards. He has 19 touchdown passes and has thrown nine interceptions. He has accounted for 2,145 yards (153.2 average) in total offense on 364 plays. He has already moved into sixth place on the OSU career list for touchdown passes thrown with 19. Derek now ranks seventh on OSU's single-season passing list with 2,084 yards and eighth in career passing yards with 2,347. He ranks 10th on the single-season total offense list with 1,907 yards.
ANDERSON TIED FOR THIRD ON OSU SEASON TOUCHDOWN PASSING LIST: After eight 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.
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 31yards. 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. (ASU)-James caught four passes for 97 yards (24.3 average) vs. the Sun Devils. (California)-James was able to catch only one pass for 9 yards against California as the Bears applied double and tripled team coverage virtually the entire game on Newson. He returned one punt for 15 yards. (Arizona)-James had a banner day against Arizona, catching six passes for 121 yards, including a career-long 86-yard TD pass from Derek Anderson. The pass was the fifth longest pass play in OSU history and fourth longest TD pass. James also returned five punts for 31 yards, giving him 152 all-purpose yards. (Season)-James is sixth in the Pac-10 and is tied for 38th nationally with 5.00 receptions per game (45 total). He is sixth in the Pac-10 and 30th nationally in receiving yards per game with an average of 80.67 per game. He ranks 17th in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (88.89 average) and is tied for 15th in scoring (5.33 per game). He currently is tied for fourth place on OSU's single-season TD reception list with eight. He has caught at least one TD pass in six games this year. (Career)--James has caught 103 career passes for 1,708 yards, an average of 16.6 per catch and 13 touchdowns. Newson has caught passes in 21 straight games and has had six games over 100 yards. He is fourth on OSU's career list for touchdown passes with 13 and has had four games in which he has caught two TD passes. He needs seven 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.
OSU IN THE RED ZONE: Oregon State has scored 29 times on 36 trips (.806 percentage) into the red zone (20-yard line to end zone). The Beavers have scored 24 touchdowns and five field goals. Defensively, OSU has stopped opponents 10 times in 26 ventures into the Beavers' red zone, for a percentage of .615.
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 then career-high 227 yards vs. Fresno State, the sixth best single-game rushing mark in OSU history. He followed with 67 yards at USC, 104 against UCLA, 58 at Arizona State and a career-high 239 vs. California, the second best single-game mark in OSU history. In his latest outing, Steven rushed for 134 yards vs. Arizona for his second straight 100-yard plus game. Jackson is currently second in the Pacific-10 Conference in rushing with a 126.48 average per game and ranks 11th nationally. Jackson ranks third in the Pac-10 in all-purpose running with 132.67 average and is 30th nationally. He is seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring with 66 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. (ASU)-Steven rushed for 58 yards on 14 carries, an average of 4.1 yards per carry. He caught three passes for 26 yards, giving him 84 all-purpose yards on 17 plays, an average of 4.9 yards per play. (California)-Steven had the best game of his career with 239 yards rushing and three touchdowns vs. Cal on 35 carries. It was a Reser Stadium rushing record and second-best mark in OSU history. (Arizona)-Steven carried the ball 27 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns vs. Arizona. He caught one pass for 9 yards, giving him 143 all-purpose yards. His longest run against the Wildcats was 25 yards. He had a 69-yard run called back due to a holding call. (Career information)-Jackson rushed for 113 yards vs. USC as a freshman in 2001, his only other 100-yard game. He has posted seven 100-yard games in 19 games played at OSU, including his first two starts this year. Jackson has accounted for 1,528 yards rushing in 19 career games, which ranks 11th on the Beavers' career list. He has scored 108 career points. He has 1,869 career all-purpose yards, an average of 98.4 per game. He ranks 22nd on OSU's career all-purpose yardage list. Jackson's 1,138 yards rushing this season puts him fourth on OSU's single-season rushing list. His next stop on the single-season list is Bill Enyart's 1,304-yard mark in 1968, which ranks third.
TRACKING JACKSON'S 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES: Steven has rushed for 100 yards six times in his career to date, including a career-best 239 vs. California 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.
OREGON STATE DEFENSE FORCES TURNOVERS: Oregon State has won the battle of turnovers in seven of its nine games this year, coming up on the negative side only at USC and Arizona State, both defeats. The Beavers have forced 27 turnovers and have committed 17, giving OSU a plus 10.0 for the season and a plus 1.11 average. The plus 1.11 average is second in the Pac-10 and ranks in a tie for 13th nationally. OSU 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. OSU has lost 10 fumbles and seven pass interceptions in nine games. The Beavers did not commit a turnover vs. Temple, UNLV and Arizona.
BEAVERS EIGHTH NATIONALLY IN PASS INTERCEPTIONS: Oregon State is tied with 10 other teams for eighth place nationally in pass interceptions with 15. Arizona State leads the Pac-10 and the nation with 18. The Sun Devils are tied with Auburn and San Jose State with 18 picks. Tulane is fourth with 17, while Hawaii, Texas and Oklahoma are tied for fifth with 16. The Beavers had only nine interceptions during the entire 2001 season.
OSU NINTH NATIONALLY IN PASS EFFICIENCY DEFENSE: Oregon State leads the Pac-10 in pass efficiency defense and ranks ninth nationally with a 93.02 average.
OSU 10TH NATIONALLY IN SCORING DEFENSE: Oregon State leads the Pac-10 in scoring defense, allowing 15.89 points a game. That figures ranks 10th nationally.
BEAVERS RANK 12TH NATIONALLY IN TOTAL DEFENSE: Oregon State leads the Pac-10 Conference in total defense, allowing 291.11 yards per game. That figure ranks 12th nationally.
OSU RANKS 10TH NATIONALLY IN RUSHING DEFENSE: Oregon State is third in the Pac-10 behind Oregon (second) and Washington (first) in rushing defense, allowing 92.6 yards per game on the ground. The Beavers ranks 10th nationally.
RICHARD SEIGLER, MLB: Richard Seigler, junior middle linebacker, is 11th in the Pac-10 tackles with a 7.4 average. Seigler is tied for 10th in the Pac-10 for tackles for loss with 10 (nine solo and two assisted). Richard is currently in second place on the Beavers' season defensive point production list with 235 ï¿½ points, trailing Nick Barnett (281 ï¿½). 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. ASU-Richard produced 16 defensive points against Arizona State with two solo tackles and a pair of tackles for loss. California-Richard produced 18 points with seven tackles (four solo) and a quarterback hurry. Richard failed to record a tackle for loss against the Bears, stopping a streak of 10 straight games with a tackle for loss. Arizona-Richard produced 19 defensive production points in the Arizona game with five tackles, a quarterback hurry and tackle for loss. Career--Seigler has moved into 10th place on OSU's career defensive production point list with 853 ï¿½ points.
NICK BARNETT, SLB: Nick Barnett leads the Pac-10 in tackles with an average of 9.2 per game and a total of 83 tackles. Arizona's Lance Briggs trails with an average of 8.9 per game. Nick has taken over the team lead in defensive point production points with 281 ï¿½ , passing teammate Richard Seigler (235 ï¿½). Nick is tied for eighth in the Pac-10 in tackles for loss with 10 ï¿½. 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. ASU-Nick led OSU in defensive points against Arizona State with 31 ï¿½. Nick posted 10 tackles, including seven solo. He had one tackle for loss and combined with Eric Manning for a sack. California-Nick produced 47 points, second highest for OSU, against the Bears with 10 tackles (seven solo), plus two tackles for loss, one sack, a forced fumble and pass broken up. It was his sack and forced fumble, which set up the Beavers third touchdown in the second quarter to salt the game away. Arizona-Nick registered 26 production points in OSU's victory over Arizona. Nick had five tackles, plus a sack and tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry.
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. Dennis established an Oregon State single-game record with five passes defended vs. California. He broke up four passes and intercepted a pass in the end zone to ice the game in the final two minutes of the game. He now has 54 passes broken up and five interceptions for a total of 59 passes defended. 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 32 of the 44 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.
BILL SWANCUTT, DE: Sophomore defensive end Bill Swancutt is having a strong season. Bill led OSU in defensive points in the victory over Arizona with 45. He accounted for four tackles, plus a career-high three sacks and three tackles for loss. Bill now leads OSU in sacks with eight and tackles for loss with 16. He is third on Oregon State's defensive point production list with 231. He is third in the Pac-10 in tackles for loss with 16.0. He is fourth in the Pac-10 in sacks. Bill was second in defensive points in the Arizona State contest with 30, coming on four tackles, two tackles for loss and a blocked field goal, the first blocked kick of his career. Bill has produced at least one tackle for loss in all nine games this season.
OSU NOTES: Defensive tackle Eric Manning is fifth in the Pac-10 in tackles for loss with 12.0. Manning had his second straight strong game. He posted a season-high and career-high five tackles for loss against California, which ranks as the second-best mark in the Pac-10 this year, and he added 1 ï¿½ tackles for loss and a half sack in the Arizona game. Steven Jackson has the top two rushing games in the Pac-10 this year with 239 and 227-yard games. He also has the two longest runs, 80 and 75 yards. He is also tied for the most rushing TDs in a game with three. Derek Anderson and James Newson have combined for the second longest pass play in the Pac-10 with 86-yarder. Anderson has the highest total of touchdowns responsible for with six and is tied for the most passing touchdowns with five.
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 76 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 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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TICKET INFORMATION: Contact the OSU Ticket Office at 541-737-4455 or 1-800-GO BEAVS for ticket information. The OSU Athletic Ticket Office is located in room 107 Gill Coliseum and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The ticket office is open at Reser Stadium (Gate 17) two hours prior to kickoff. WILL CALL is located at Gate No. 17.
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 MEDIA LUNCHEON LIVE ON ESPN NEWS: Oregon State's football media luncheon, featuring Dennis Erickson and requested players, will be held every Tuesday in the Valley Football Center third floor. Media wishing to attend must contact Hal Cowan prior to 5:00 p.m. each Monday if planning to attend a luncheon. All player interview requests must be made prior to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday to ensure player attendance. Coach Erickson's interview session each week will begin at 11:15 a.m. and will be live on ESPN News. The satellite coordinates for Erickson's press conference are SBS 6, Transponder 16.
PACIFIC-10 SATELLITE FEED: The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed featuring interviews with the coaches and selected players regarding upcoming games along with highlight footage. The half-hour feed airs every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. PDT/MST (2:30 p.m. EDT) beginning Sept. 4 and running through Nov. 20, with a final week run on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Coordinates for the feed are GE 2, Transponder 11 (C-Band). Trouble numbers: Master Control 310-543-1835 or 310-231-3229 or pager 888-423-0095 or Michelle Lockhart at the Pac-10 at 925-932-4411.
DOUBLE COVERAGE: A new one-hour radio program devoted to Pac-10 football will air on a national network of radio stations. Double Coverage will air in most markets on Wednesday evenings with a rebroadcast on Saturday mornings on many outlets. The show is produced by Lee Jamison and Bob Grim, Oregon State color commentator, is the host. Check local listings for the station in your area.
PACIFIC-10 COACHES TELECONFERENCES: Pacific-10 football coaches are available on a media teleconference every Tuesday during the football season, starting September 17 and the calls will continue each Tuesday through November 19. The calls start at 10:00 a.m. (PDT) and each coach is scheduled to be on the line for 10 minutes. In addition, a taped replay will be available at 3:00 p.m. PDT following the call and will be available until the next call. Media members may call the Conference office or any Pac-10 SID to receive the media-only number for both the live teleconference and the taped replay.
PRACTICE/INTERVIEW SCHEDULE: Oregon State practices every day but Sunday and Monday during a normal week. No player interviews are allowed on Sunday or Monday. The Beavers practice from 4-6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and have a walk thru on Friday. PRACTICES TUESDAY THRU THURSDAY ARE CLOSED. Players are available during Tuesday's media luncheon or following practice on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Players are not available on Friday or Saturday until after the game. All interviews must be arranged through the OSU Sports Infomration Office.
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