Football Awaits Bowl Berth
Dec. 1, 2002
GAME: Oregon State (8-4, 4-4) vs. Bowl Opponent TBA
RADIO: Live over 29-station Beaver Sports Network, starting at TBA
TV: Live over TBA
OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is on a two-game winning streak overall. The Beavers have a three-game winning streak at Reser Stadium, a two-game Pacific-10 Conference winning streak, a one-game road winning streak and a one-game Pac-10 road winning streak. Oregon State is 32-15 (.681) in its last 47 games and has won 22 of its last 25 (.880) home games. The Beavers' 6-0 record at Reser Stadium in 2000 amounted to the most wins ever in one season at home, before OSU reached six wins (6-1) this year. OSU was 5-1 at Reser Stadium in 1999, 4-1 in 2001 and 6-1 in 2002, all under Dennis Erickson. Oregon State is 24-11 (.686) in the current decade. The Beavers did not win 24 games in the 1990s until September 11, 1999.
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 47-11-1, a percentage of .805. Erickson is 10-3 (.769) in November as Oregon State's head coach. Erickson is 6-0 in November at OSU's Reser Stadium.
NUMBER 200 FOR ERICKSON: Dennis Erickson coached his 200th collegiate game as a head coach when Oregon State defeated Stanford 31-21 on November 16. Erickson has posted a record of 144-56-1 (201 games) in 17 years as a head coach.
FOURTH MOST WINS FOR BEAVERS: With a 8-4 record heading into a bowl game, Oregon State has tied for the fourth most victories in school history. Dennis Erickson has coached two of the top four best records in just his fourth season as the Beavers' head coach. With a bowl victory, a nine-win season would tie for the second most wins in OSU history.
PRACTICE: Oregon State will resume practice on Saturday, December 7. The Beavers will also practice on Sunday, Dec. 8. Practice times are TBA. The rest of OSU's practice schedule will be determined when bowl opponent and site is announced.
RADIO: Oregon State has a 29-station football radio network. The Beavers' football network is produced by Beaver Sports Properties, a division of Learfield Communications. Mike Parker (play-by-play) and Bob Grim (analyst) call the action from the booth and Michael Convery of KEX is the sideline reporter. The entire network pregame show airs two hours prior to kickoff, home and away. The pregame show starts two hours prior to kickoff with Scott Lynn (KEX Sports Director) hosting the show. In addition, KEJO (1240 AM) radio in Corvallis also hosts 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).
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); Deondre Alexander, WR (right shoulder); Dan Haines, TE (left knee, ACL) and David Lose, LG (left fibula fracture).
SENIORS IN FINAL HOME GAME: A total of 16 seniors played in their final home and regular season game for Oregon State against Oregon in this year's Civil War. The 16 include-Nick Barnett, SLB, Fontana, CA; Calvin Carlyle, FS, Los Angeles, CA; Ryan Cesca, PK, Manhattan Beach, CA; Lee Davis, OT, Inglewood, CA; Peter Gregg, DE, Eagle Creek, OR; Jeremaine Jackson, Montebello, CA; Shawn Kintner, WR, Keizer, OR; Mike Kuykendall, OG/OT, Bend, OR; James Lee, DT, Salem, OR; Eric Manning, DT, Compton, CA; Terrell Roberts, CB, Richmond, CA; Tyler Ross, TE, Lake Oswego; Alvin Steen, DT, Inglewood, CA; Seth Trimmer, FL, Corvallis, OR; Erik Tuma, WLB, Beaverton, OR and Dennis Weathersby, CB, Duarte, CA.
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 has finished this year's regular season at 8-4 with a bowl game to play. 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 31-16 (.660) 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 .719 (144-56-1). He is seventh on the all-time active coaches winning percentage list at .719, just slightly behind No. 6, R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M (.721). Erickson is ninth among active Division 1-A college coaches for total victories with 144. 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 31-16 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 CAREER POINT PRODUCER AMONG DEFENSIVE STARTERS: Junior linebacker Richard Seigler is the top career point producer among the OSU defensive starters with 931 points, which currently ranks sixth on the Beavers' career list. After 47 games in his career, Dennis Weathersby has defended 61 passes (56 breakups and 5 interceptions), 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 12 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 SIXTH PLACE ON OSU CAREER DEFENSIVE LIST: Richard Seigler has produced 931 career defensive points on the Beavers' scoring system which puts him sixth on the career list. He passed Steve Brown (926) as a result of scoring 17 points in the Oregon game. Bryan Jones' fifth place total of 938 points is his next target.
NOTES FROM CIVIL WAR VICTORY OVER OREGON: Oregon State's 45 points were the most ever for the Beavers in a Civil War game. The previous high had been in a 44-41 double-overtime win at Corvallis in 1998. In a non-overtime game it was a 41-19 win at Corvallis in 1968.
ATTENDANCE RECORD: For the second year in a row, Oregon State established a new attendance record at home. The Beavers attracted 255,054 fans to Reser Stadium in seven games, an average of 36,436. The average broke the record established in 2001 of 36,412. Thetotal number of fans tops the previous high of 201,896 in 2000, when OSU played six home games.
OSU BREAKS SEASON SCORING RECORD: OSU has already broken its season scoring record with a bowl game to go. The Beavers have scored 401 points this season, topping the previous record of 400 during the 2000 season, which included the Fiesta Bowl.
BIG PLAY BEAVERS: OSU brought the 'Big Play' back to the Beavers' arsenal in 2002. The Beavers have produced a total of 67 'Big Plays' so far in 2002. Anderson has been involved in 36 of the Big Plays and Jackson has been involved in 12.
LONG DRIVES: Oregon State has had 14 scoring drives of 80 or more yards this season, compared to five by opponents.
TOTAL OFFENSE ON RECORD PACE: The Beavers are currently on pace to gain 5,438 yards in total offense during the 2002 season with their upcoming bowl game. The total would be the highest mark in school history. OSU has gained 5,020 yards so far. Only the 1999 mark of 5,212 yards is higher in Beaver season history. 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.
OSU REDSHIRTS 20 PLAYERS: Oregon State, so far, has redshirted a total of 20 scholarship players. The 20 include-Brent Bridges, OG, junior; Brandon Browner, CB, freshman; Anton Clarkson, QB, freshman; Ryan Cole, TB, freshman; D.J. Coote, CB, senior; Josh Hawkins, WR, sophomore; Adam Koets, OT, freshman; Joe Lemma, DE, freshman; Josh Linehan, OT, freshman; Brandon Lockheart, OG, junior; Jason Lowe, SLB, senior; Kellen Marshall, CB, freshman; Joe Newton, TE, freshman; Sabby Piscitelli, FS, freshman; J.C. Ronnfeldt, OG, freshman; Brandon Scales, DE, freshman; Ben Siegert, DT, freshman; Alvin Smith, DT, sophomore; Tone Taupule, SLB, freshman and Harvey Whiten, SS, sophomore. The Beavers are also redshirting five freshman walk-ons-Colt Charles, QB; Matthis Gehring, DT; Scott Lawson, WR; Kelly Phelps, LB; Scott Smith, TE and Andrew Taylor, TB.
OSU DEFENSE STOPS THE RUN: In its last five games prior to the Civil War game with Oregon, Oregon State had limited all five opponents to under 100 yards rushing and a combined total of 183 yards rushing on 154 carries, an average of 1.19 per carry and 36.6 yards per game.
OSU RANKS NINETH NATIONALLY IN RUSHING DEFENSE: Oregon State ranks ninth in the nation and third in the Pac-10 Conference in rushing defense, allowing 92.3 yards per game on the ground. Oregon State had allowed just 183 yards rushing in its last five games prior to the Civil War, an average of 26.6 yards per game. In those five games, Beaver opponents and averaged 1.19 yards per carry.
OSU SIXTH NATIONALLY IN PASS EFFICIENCY DEFENSE: Oregon State leads the Pac-10 in pass efficiency defense and ranks sixth nationally with a 93.24 average.
BEAVERS RANK 10TH NATIONALLY IN TOTAL DEFENSE: Oregon State is second in the Pac-10 Conference in total defense, allowing 293.00 yards per game. That figure ranks 10th nationally.
OSU NINTH NATIONALLY IN PASS INTERCEPTIONS: Oregon State is second in the Pac-10 in is tied for ninth nationally in pass interceptions with 20.
BEAVERS RANK 19TH IN TOTAL OFFENSE: Oregon State ranks fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference in total offense and 19th nationally with an average of 418.33 yards per game.
BEAVERS RANK 18TH IN SCORING OFFENSE: Oregon State is the fourth best team in the Pac-10 for scoring points with an average of 33.42. The Beavers rank 18th in the nation overall in scoring offense.
JACKSON FOURTH IN NCAA RUSHING: Steven Jackson currently ranks fourth in the nation in rushing with 138.00 yards per game rushing. One player ahead of Jackson, Chris Brown of Colorado, still has a game to play, plus Jackson has a bowl game ahead of him.
STEVEN JACKSON, TB, PAC-10 RUSHING CHAMPION/OSU SINGLE-SEASON RECORD HOLDER: Sophomore tailback Steven Jackson leads the Pac-10 in rushing and ranks fifth nationally with 1,656 yards and an average of 138.0 yards per game. Oregon's Onterrio Smith is runner-up with 119.9 yards per game average and his regular season is over. Jackson could play in a bowl game and fail to make a yard and still win the rushing title with 127.4 average. With his 153 yards rushing vs. Oregon, Steven broke the OSU single-season rushing record and all-purpose yards record. He has 1,656 yards rushing, topping Ken Simonton's old mark of 1,559 yards. He has 1,807 all-purpose yards to top the old record of 1,705 by Simonton in 1999. Jackson has accounted for nine rushing games this season over 100 yards, which ties Simonton's school record, and three over 200, including a season-best of 239 vs. California. He also rushed for 227 vs. Fresno State and 230 last Saturday at Stanford. Steven ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in total offense, fourth in scoring with 102 points and second in all-purpose yards with 150.58. He ranks 17th nationally in all-purpose yards and is tied for 22nd nationally in scoring. (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. (Washington)-Steven rushed for 135 yards on 35 carries and scored two touchdowns. He caught one pass for 15 yards, giving him 150 all-purpose yards. (Stanford)-Steven rushed for 230 yards and one touchdown on 35 carries for the fifth best single game mark in OSU history. He had 240 all-purpose yards, the sixth best one-game mark in Beaver history. He had a 58-yard TD run and a 70-yard run to set up another touchdown. (Oregon)-Steven rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns, including a long run of 39 yards. It was his ninth rushing game of the season over 100 yards, which ties Ken Simonton for a single-season record. He caught two passes for 70 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown pass. The TD pass tied for the 23rd longest pass in OSU history. (Career)-Jackson rushed for 119 yards vs. USC as a freshman in 2001 for his first 100-yard game. He has accounted for a total of 10 games in which he has rushed for over 100 yards in 22 games played at OSU. He currently has a streak of five-straight 100-yard rushing games. Jackson has accounted for 2,046 yards rushing in 22 career games, which ranks sixth on the Beavers' career list. He has scored 144 career points, which ranks in a tie for seventh on career list. He has 2,482 career all-purpose yards, an average of 112.8 per game. He ranks 13st on OSU's career all-purpose yardage list.
TRACKING JACKSON'S 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES: Steven has rushed for 100 yards or more in five straight games and 10 times in his career to date, including a career-best 239 vs. California this year. He tied Ken Simonton's single-season record with nine 100-yard rushing games. Steven has also rushed for over 200 yards three times this season to become the only OSU back in history to accomplish that fete. He rushed for 113 yards vs. USC in 2001 as Simonton's backup and was named ABC Player of the Game for Oregon State. Jackson has rushed for 891yards in his last five games, an average of 178.2 yards per game.
DEREK ANDERSON, QB: Sophomore quarterback Derek Anderson has completed 190 of 404 passes and has thrown 24 touchdown passes, a school record. 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. Anderson currently ranks eighth in the Pac-10 and 58th nationally in passing efficiency at 122.94. He ranks seventh in the Pac-10 and tied for 48th nationally in completions per game with 15.76 average. He ranks seventh in the Pac-10 and 36th nationally in total offense with 234.25 yards per game average. Derek is seventh in the Pac-10 and ranks 21st nationally in points responsible for with 13.33 per game. Derek has completed 24 touchdown passes to eight different receivers. (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. (Washington)-Derek had his toughest day as a Beaver in the Washington game as he threw five interceptions. He completed 15 of 40 passes for 250 yards, including a 60-yard TD pass to James Newson. He also completed a 41-yard pass to Newson and a 26-yarder to Cole Clasen. He had 262 yards in total offense. (Stanford)-Derek completed 17 of 41 passes for 290 yards and a 46-yard TD pass to James Newson. The 290 yards ranks as the 31st best single-game mark. He had 287 yards in total offense, which ranks in a tie for 324th on the single-game list. (Oregon)-Derek had his career-best game against the Ducks in the Civil War. He completed 21 of 37 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns, including a 69-yarder to Steven Jackson. His 370 yards passing was the sixth best passing game in OSU history. He had 351 yards in total offense, which ranks 11th on OSU's single-game list. (Career numbers)--In his 17-game career to date, Anderson has completed 207 of 445 passes for 3,257 yards. He has 25 touchdown passes and has thrown 15 interceptions. He has accounted for 3,049 yards (179.4 average) in total offense on 489 plays. He has moved into third place on the OSU career list for touchdown passes thrown with 25. Derek now ranks second on OSU's single-season passing list with 2,994 yards (he needs 60 yards to break Jonathan Smith's record of 3,053 yards) and fifth in career passing yards with 3,257. He ranks third on the single-season total offense list with 2,811 yards (he needs 147 to break Jonathan Smith's OSU record of 2,957 yards in one season) and 10th in career total offense with 3,049 yards.
ANDERSON BREAK OSU SEASON TOUCHDOWN PASSING RECORD: Sophomore Derek Anderson threw four touchdown passes against Oregon to give him 24 on the season and a new OSU single-season touchdown passing record of 24. He broke the tie he had with Jonathan Smith (20) going into the Civil War game. And even more remarkable, he has moved into third place on the Beavers' all-time career touchdown passing list with 25. Anderson has also moved into second place on OSU's season passing chart and third on the Beavers' season total offense chart. He has moved into fifth place on the OSU all-time list of passing leaders with 3,257 yards and 10th in total offense with 3,049 yards.
OSU GREAT IN THE RED ZONE: Oregon State has scored 40 times on 47 trips (.851 percentage) into the red zone (20-yard line to end zone). The Beavers have scored 31 touchdowns and nine field goals. Defensively, OSU has stopped opponents 13 times in 36 ventures into the Beavers' red zone, for a percentage of .639. Oregon State's last three games have been perfect. The Beavers are a perfect 11 for 11 scoring in the red zone in their last three games, another example of how proficient Oregon State has been in the month of November under Dennis Erickson.
OREGON STATE WINS TURNOVER BATTLE: The Beavers won the battle of turnovers in nine of its 12 regular season games, coming up on the negative side only at USC, Arizona State and Washington, all defeats. The Beavers have forced 33 turnovers and have committed 23, giving OSU a plus 10.0 for the season and a plus 0.83 average, which ranks third in the Pac-10 and tied for 21st nationally. OSU did not commit a turnover vs. Temple, UNLV, Arizona and Oregon.
WEATHERSBY HOLDS OSU CAREER PASS BREAKUP RECORD: Dennis 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 has 56 career passes broken up and five interceptions for a total of 61 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 34 of the 47 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. Dennis was named last week to the Verizon District VIII All-Academic team for the second year in a row.
DENNIS WEATHERSBY ON THORPE LIST: Senior cornerback Dennis Weathersby is one of 14 players selected as semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award. The Thorpe Award is given annually to the best defensive back in college football. In addition to Weathersby, the 14 include Rod Babers, Texas; Sammy Davis, Texas A&M; Mike Doss, Ohio State; Brandon Everage, Oklahoma; Terrance Holt, North Carolina State; Terence Newman, Kansas State; Willie Pile, Virginia Tech; Troy Polamalu, USC; Etric Pruitt, Southern Miss.; Stuart Schweigert, Purdue; Derrick Strait, Oklahoma; Shane Walton, Notre Dame and Eugene Wilson, Illinois. The list will be cut to three on November 25.
JAMES NEWSON, FL, SETS RECEIVING YARDAGE AND TOUCHDOWN RECORD: By virtue of catching 11 passes for 168 yards vs. Oregon, James Newson eclipsed the OSU season record for pass receiving yardage. Newson has 1,119 yards on 64 receptions to date. He passed Vern Burke (1962) for the record. Burke had 1,007 yards in 1962. By catching one touchdown against the Ducks, Newson has 11 on the season for a single-season record. Newson also moved into fourth place on the single-season receiving list with 64 catches. Newson, a junior flanker, 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. (Washington)-James caught five passes for 138 yards, including a 60-yard TD pass and a 41-yarder. The 138 yards ranks as the 19th best single-game yardage game in OSU history. (Stanford)-James caught three passes for 87 yards (29.0 average), including a 46-yard TD pass to put OSU ahead to stay. (Oregon)-James had a sensational game against Oregon with a career-high 11 receptions (tied for second on single-game list) and 168 yards and a 40-yard touchdown. The 168 yards receiving is the fourth-best single-game mark in OSU history. (Season)-James is sixth in the Pac-10 and is tied for 38th nationally with 5.33 receptions per game (64 total). He is fourth in the Pac-10 and 18th nationally in receiving yards per game with an average of 93.25 yards per game. He ranks 12th in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (99.42 average) and is tied for 14th in scoring (5.50 per game). He caught one touchdown pass vs. Oregon to break the single-season TD reception mark with 11. He has caught at least one TD pass in nine games this year. (Career)--James has caught 122 career passes for 2,101 yards, an average of 17.24 per catch and 165 touchdowns. Newson has caught passes in 24 straight games and has had eight games over 100 yards. He is third on OSU's career list for touchdown passes with 16 and has had four games in which he has caught two TD passes. He needs four more TD passes to become No. 1. He ranks second in career receiving yardage with 2,101 yards and needs 131 to pass Reggie Bynum. He ranks sixth in career receptions with 122. 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, catching 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.
RICHARD SEIGLER, MLB: Richard Seigler, junior middle linebacker, is seventh in the Pac-10 tackles with a 7.8 average. Seigler is tied for sixth in the Pac-10 with teammate Eric Manning for tackles for loss with 12 ï¿½ (11 solo and three assisted). Richard is currently in second place on the Beavers' season defensive point production list with 313 points, trailing Nick Barnett (396). His 313 points ranks 23rd on OSU's single-season point production list. 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. Washington-Richard produced 37 points with 17 tackles, including two tackles for loss. Stanford-Richard had 23 ï¿½ defensive points at Stanford, including a key interception on the 1-yard line to stop a Cardinal TD. (Oregon)-Richard produced 17 defensive production points vs. the Ducks with five tackles and two quarterback hurries. Career-Seigler has moved into sixth place on OSU's career defensive production point list with 931 points.
NICK BARNETT, SLB: Nick Barnett leads the Pac-10 in tackles with an average of 9.3 per game and a total of 112 tackles. ASU's Jason Shivers trails at 8.7 per game. Nick leads OSU in defensive point production points with 396, which ranks fifth on OSU's single-season point production list. He ranks 17th on the career defensive point list with 806. Nick is fifth in the Pac-10 in tackles for loss with 19. 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. Washington-Nick was OSU's top point producer in the Washington game with 39 ï¿½ points. He posted 12 tackles and had one sack and 2 ï¿½ tackles for loss. Stanford-Nick led OSU in defensive production points with 32 against Stanford with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and a pass breakup. Oregon-Nick turned in an outstanding performance in his final home game as a Beaver. He produced 43 defensive points with seven tackles, four tackles for loss and two passes broken up.
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 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.
BILL SWANCUTT, DE: Sophomore defensive end Bill Swancutt is had a sensational regular season, leading OSU in sacks (10) and in tackles for loss (19). Bill is third on the team in defensive points with 300 ï¿½ 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 finished the regular season with a bang by leading the Beavers in defensive points in the Civil War with 49 ï¿½ against Oregon, coming on seven tackles, 2 ï¿½ tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry. Bill is fourth in the Pac-10 in tackles for loss with 19 ï¿½. He is fifth 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 produced at least one tackle for loss in the first 10 games this season before being stopped at Stanford. He finished the regular season with at least one tackle for loss in 11 of 12 games. Bill was also selected last week to the Verizon District VIII All-Academic team.
OSU NOTES: Defensive tackle Eric Manning is tied with teammate Richard Seigler for 10th in the Pac-10 in tackles for loss with 12 ï¿½. Manning 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 the following week. Steven Jackson has the top three rushing games in the Pac-10 this year with 239, 230 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 third 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.
FIRST QUARTER DEFENSE: Oregon State's defense allowed a touchdown in the first quarter for this season in the game with Washington, and then allowed its second touchdown at Stanford. OSU has outscored opponents 112-46 in the first quarter.
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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.
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