Beavers Beat Up On Sacramento St. In Opener, 40-7
Aug 29, 2003
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Steven Jackson had 23 carries for 129 yards and apair of scores as Oregon State routed Sacramento State 40-7 in the opener forboth teams Thursday night.
The Division I-AA Hornets were simply overwhelmed by the Beavers, theirfirst Pac-10 opponent. Oregon State racked up 527 yards in total offense.
The Hornets' lone score came in the fourth quarter, when backup quarterbackBlake Mori ran in from a yard out.
Twice the Hornets got the ball within field-goal range, but freshman MitchLively's attempts in the first and third quarters failed.
About the only similarity between the two teams was their head coaches, whohave both returned to the college game after stints the pros.
Mike Riley came back to Oregon State in the offseason after a hiatus in theNFL, while Steve Mooshagian took over at Sacramento State after serving asreceivers coach for the Cincinnati Bengals for the last four seasons.
After Lively's 41-yard field goal attempt on the Hornets' first series wentwide right, the Beavers answered with a Yliniemi's 39-yarder. It was his 16thconsecutive successful field goal dating back to last season, breaking JimNeilsen's string of 15 in 1984-85.
Jackson ran a yard for his first score to put the Beavers up 10-0, beforeAnderson found Tim Euhus with an 11-yard scoring pass. Yliniemi added a 33-yardfield goal for a 20-0 halftime lead.
Jackson opened the second half with a 6-yard touchdown run before Livelymissed a 22-yard yard attempt.
Sophomore Mike Hass caught a 32-yard scoring pass by Anderson just beforethe close of the third quarter to make it 34-0. Hass, who had six catches for129 yards, was starting in place of James Newson, who sat out with a hippointer.
Dwight Wright ran a yard for Oregon State's final touchdown with 1:10 leftin the game.
Ryan Leadingham, a junior and already Sacramento State's passing leader,completed nine of 23 passes for 146 yards. Receiver Fred Amey had two catchesfor 59 yards.
The game took an ugly turn when Sacramento State's Chris Meyer was ejectedlate in the first half because of a nasty hit on punt returner Cole Clasen, whowas calling a fair catch and looking up when he was knocked to the ground.
The hit concerned Riley, who took over the Beavers from Dennis Erickson, wholeft in the offseason to coach the San Francisco 49ers.
Erickson led the Beavers for four years, replacing Riley, who first left OSUafter two seasons to take the head coaching vacancy with the San DiegoChargers. Last season he was defensive backs coach for the New Orleans Saints.
Oregon State has won 16-straight nonconference games at Reser Stadium. TheBeavers' last home loss out of the Pac-10 came on Sept. 7, 1996, againstMontana.
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