Beavers Fall To Fresno State, 16-14
Sept. 5, 2003
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
FRESNO, Calif. - Brett Visintainer kicked a 47-yard field goal with 31seconds left as Fresno State rallied to upset Oregon State again, 16-14 onFriday night.
Marque Davis caught seven passes for 129 yards, and Jeff Grady shrugged offa rough performance to lead an improbable final scoring drive for the Bulldogs(1-1), who improved to 6-0 against Oregon State in Fresno.
After failing to move the ball for nearly the entire second half againstOregon State's sturdy defense, Fresno State mounted a desperate drive startingat its 12 with 2:54 left.
After the Bulldogs reached the Oregon State 30 with a series of grittypasses by Grady, Visintainer easily split the uprights for his third field goalof the night - and his college career. A small but vocal crowd roared itsdelight, and Visintainer - who missed a 46-yarder in the second quarter - wasmobbed by teammates.
Grady, filling in for injured starter Paul Pinegar, was 22-of-49 with threeinterceptions and 276 yards.
Steven Jackson rushed for 128 yards and caught five passes for 116 more forthe Beavers, who couldn't survive Derek Anderson's five interceptions and their14 penalties for 128 yards. Anderson was 15-for-44 285 yards.
Fresno State got a surprising win over the talented Beavers for the secondstraight time in Bulldog Stadium. The previous win was arguably the biggest inschool history: a shocking 44-24 victory over then-No. 10 Oregon State in 2001.
Oregon State went ahead 14-13 on Mike Hass' 39-yard TD catch with 3 secondsleft in the third quarter, but the Beavers failed to score on two opportunitiesfrom the Fresno State 1 a few minutes later. Kirk Yliniemi's 20-yard field goalwas blocked - and after a penalty gave the ball back to Oregon State, Jacksonwas stuffed on a fourth-down rush.
Bernard Berrian caught a 30-yard TD pass in the home opener for theBulldogs, who managed just 21 total yards between their first and final drivesof the second half.
Both quarterbacks were terribly sloppy, combining for seven interceptions inthe first half - including three in the final 3:47 by Anderson. Fresno State'sDee Meza and Oregon State's Mitch Meeuwsen got two apiece.
Jackson rushed for 50 yards during a first-quarter scoring drive capped byhis 4-yard TD run, but the Bulldogs finally got rolling with a five-play,96-yard drive midway through the second quarter. Berrian, weakened by a virusand held out of the first quarter, slipped behind Oregon State's safeties for a30-yard score.
Anderson wasn't the only one making big mistakes. Oregon State committedeight penalties for 83 yards in the first half, including two 15-yard penaltieson left tackle Brandon Lockheart for a late hit after Rodney Marshall got theBulldogs' fourth interception 20 seconds before halftime.
The penalties helped set up Visintainer's first field goal, giving FresnoState a 10-7 halftime lead.
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