Ducks Run Into Trouble Against Beavers
Nov. 23, 2002
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Steven Jackson ran for 153 yards and set the OregonState single-season rushing record as the Beavers handily beat Oregon 45-24 intheir annual Civil War rivalry game Saturday.
With state bragging rights and a Pac-10 bowl position on the line, theBeavers (8-4, 4-4) finished with a slightly better season than the Ducks (7-5,3-5), who had been ranked as high as No. 6 before losing five of their lastsix.
The game was dominated by Jackson, who ran for two scores and caught a69-yard TD pass from Derek Anderson. It was the sophomore tailback's ninth gamethis season with 100-plus yards and he finished with 1,656 yards this season.
Jackson, who went into the game ranked fifth in the nation with an averageof 136.6 yards a game, surpassed Ken Simonton's record of 1,559 yards set in2000.
Anderson completed 21 of 37 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns, uppinghis season total to 24 TDs and passing Jonathan Smith's school record of 20 setin 2000.
Oregon's Jason Fife completed 14 of 33 passes for 182 yards and onetouchdown. He was intercepted three times.
With the score tied at 3 in the first quarter, Jackson ran 16 yards for his14th rushing TD this year.
Early in the second quarter, Jackson caught a slant pass from Anderson andran it 69 yards for another touchdown. It was Jackson's second scoring catchthis season.
The Ducks were woefully ineffective for most of the first half, and even theusually accurate Jared Siegel missed a 44-yard field goal.
But midway through the second quarter, the Ducks began to show some spark.Fife hit Keenan Howry with an 84-yard scoring pass, than ran for 11 yards forhis own score to make it 17-all.
That woke up the Beavers, who added Anderson's 10-yard scoring pass to ShawnKintner to make it 24-17 at halftime.
The Beavers extended the lead to 31-17 midway through the third quarter withAnderson's 19-yard scoring pass to Kenny Farley.
After Jackson rumbled down the right side for 39 yards, he added a 1-yardscoring dive to make it 38-17.
Howry's 63-yard punt return for a touchdown narrowed it with 5:51 left, butAnderson came back with a 40-yard scoring pass to James Newson for the finalmargin.
The Ducks were without star tailback Onterrio Smith, who had surgery torepair torn cartilage in his left knee this week and is out for about threeweeks.
Smith, who may opt for the NFL Draft next year, finished his season with1,079 yards and 12 touchdowns in nine games.
Howry had four catches for 142 yards.