Beavers Will Face Panthers In Insight Bowl

Dec. 8, 2002

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GAME: Oregon State (8-4, 4-4)
vs.
Pittsburgh (8-4, 5-2)
at Insight Bowl
SITE: Phoenix, AZ (Bank One Ball Ballpark 42,915)
DATE: December 26, 2002
TIME: 5:37 p.m. PST Kickoff
RADIO: Live over 29-station Beaver Sports Network, starting at 3:07 p.m. PST
TV: Live over ESPN, starting at 5:37 p.m. PST
RECORDS: OSU (8-4, 4-4) PITTSBURGH (8-4, 5-2)

TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally over ESPN, starting at 5:37 p.m. PST on Thursday, December 26. Dave Barnett (play-by-play), Mike Golic (analyst), Bill Curry (analyst) and Michelle Tafoya (sideline) announcing. Kim Belton is the producer.

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 in Insight Bowl, 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.

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).

OSU-PITTSBURGH SERIES: This will be the first-ever meeting between Oregon State and Pittsburgh. Dennis Erickson has coached against the Panthers four times, all as head coach at Miami. Erickson's Miami teams defeated Pittsburgh all four times.

COMMON OPPONENT: Oregon State and Pittsburgh played one common opponent during the 2002 season. The Beavers defeated Temple 35-3 at Philadelphia and Pittsburgh downed the Owls 29-22 at Pittsburgh.

OSU BOWL ARRIVAL: Oregon State will arrive at Phoenix on Saturday, December 21. The Beavers will practice at Mountain Pointe High School on Sunday (Dec. 22), Monday (Dec. 23) and Tuesday (Dec. 24).

DENNIS ERICKSON SIXTH 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 sixth 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 sixth on the all-time active coaches winning percentage list at .719. Michigan's Lloyd Carr is fifth at .765. 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.

RECORDS ESTABLISHED: Oregon State has already set numerous team and individual records so far in 2002. New Beaver game, individual and team records follow:

GAME RECORDS1-Reser Stadium rushing record-239, Steven Jackson vs. California.2-Reser Stadium/OSU most touchdown passes one half-4, Derek Anderson vs. UNLV (ties record held by Scott Richardson, OSU vs. WSU, 1979)3-Reser Stadium/OSU most touchdowns responsible for-6, Derek Anderson vs. UNLV4-Reser Stadium/OSU most touchdown passes-5, Derek Anderson vs. UNLV (ties record held by Erik Wilhelm vs. Akron, 1987)5-Reser Stadium/OSU most passes caught-11, James Newson vs. Oregon (ties record held by Reggie Bynum, OSU vs. Idaho, 1985, and vs.Fresno State in 1985; Imani Percoats, OSU vs. Washington, 1999)6-Reser Stadium/OSU longest run with blocked field goal-83, Dennis Weathersby vs. UCLA

SEASON RECORDS1-Most 200-yard rushing games-3, Steven Jackson (239 vs. California; 230 yards vs. Stanford and 227 vs. Fresno State)2-Most yards rushing-1,656, Steven Jackson3-Most yardage pass receiving-1,119, James Newson4-Most all-purpose yards-1,807, Steven Jackson5-Most touchdown passes-24, Derek Anderson6-Most touchdowns pass receiving-11, James Newson7-Most rushing attempts-300, Steven Jackson9-Most 100-yard rushing games-9, Steven Jackson (ties record held by Ken Simonton, 1999)10-Most consecutive field goals kicked-13, Kirk Yliniemi

TEAM RECORDS1-Most touchdowns passing in game-5, vs. UNLV (ties record vs. Akron, 1987 and Pacific, 1962)2-Most season points-4013-Most yards returned on pass interceptions in game-146, vs. Fresno State4-Best average attendance-36,4365-Most fans drawn in home season-255,054

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.

  • Oregon State's 21-point margin of victory was the Beavers' largest in a Civil War game since a 41-19 win at Corvallis in 1968.

  • Derek Anderson completed 21 of 37 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns, a career high and the sixth best single-game mark in OSU history. His 351 yards in total offense is the 11th best single-game mark in Beaver history.

  • Anderson threw four TD passes vs. Oregon to give him 24 on the season, setting a single-season record.

  • Anderson completed the regular season with 2,994 yards passing, second best in OSU history, and with 2,811 yards of total offense, fourth best in Beaver history.

  • Anderson moved into fifth place on OSU's career passing list with 3,257 yards. He moved into 10th place in career total offense with 3,049 yards and into third place for career TD passes with 25.

  • Steven Jackson rushed for 153 yards, his ninth 100-yard plus game of the season and fifth in a row. The nine 100-yard rushing games in a season ties the record held by Ken Simonton (1999). His 223 all-purpose yards ranks in a tie for 14th on single-game list.

  • Jackson broke the OSU single-season rushing record with 1,656 yards. He also broke the OSU single-season all-purpose yards record with 1,807 yards.

  • Jackson's 1,665 yards this season ranks as the sixth-best single-season mark in Pacific-10 history, and he became the only non-USC running back among the top six. Jackson has one game to go this year.

  • Jackson has 2,046 career rushing yards, which ranks eight on OSU's all-time list. Jackson has 2,782 career all-purpose yards, good for eighth on the Beavers' all-time list.

  • Jackson has 15 rushing touchdowns and 17 total. The 15 rushing touchdowns ranks fourth on OSU single-season list and his 102 points this year ties him for third on single-season list. Jackson has scored 144 career points to tie him for seventh on OSU all-time list. He has 20 career rushing touchdowns to tie for fourth on career list.

    NOTES FROM CIVIL WAR VICTORY OVER OREGON CONTINUED

  • Wide receiver James Newson had 11 catches for 168 yards and one touchdown. The 11 catches tie him for second on OSU single-game list and his 168 yards amounts to the fourth-best single-game mark. Newson now has four of the top six single-game receiving yardage marks in school history.

  • Newson set an OSU single-season record for receiving yardage with 1,119 yards and a single-season record with 11 touchdowns on receptions.

  • Newson now has 2,101 career receiving yards, moving him into second place on OSU's all-time list. Newson has 122 career receptions, good enough for sixth place on OSU's all-time list. His 16 touchdown catches puts him third on the all-time list.

  • Derek Anderson's 69-yard touchdown pass to Steven Jackson tied for the 23rd longest pass play in OSU history.

  • Mitch Meeuwsen intercepted two passes, giving him five on the season and eight in his career. The five picks move him into a tie for 11th on single-season list.

  • Kirk Yliniemi booted a 41-yard field goal to extend his season record of consecutive field goals made to 13. The OSU career record for consecutive field goals made is 15, held by Jim Nielsen. Nielsen connected on the last six field goal attempts in the 1984 season and the first nine in the 1985 season.

  • Oregon State's 370 yards passing vs. Oregon was the seventh-highest single-game mark in school history.

  • Oregon State's 528 yards in total offense was the 14th best single-game mark in school history.

  • Oregon State's season scoring total reached 401 points following the Oregon game to top the previous season record of 400 (2000).

    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.

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