Beavers Blow Past New Mexico State 28-16
Sept 13, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Steven Jackson ran for 166 yards and two touchdownsas Oregon State rebounded from a slow start to beat New Mexico State 28-16 onSaturday.
Jackson, the Pac-10's leading rusher, also caught three passes for 15 yardsfor the Beavers (2-1), who fell behind 13-0 early to the Aggies (1-2).
Jackson, however, was hit hard with a little more than 5 minutes left in thegame, and limped off the field. Trainers worked on his left knee on thesidelines and he did not return.
Oregon State quarterback Derek Anderson, under fire because of fiveinterceptions in last week's loss to Fresno State, completed 17 of 30 passesfor 233 yards and a touchdown. He ran for another score as the Beavers put up454 yards of total offense.
New Mexico State, rotating quarterbacks Paul Dombrowski and Buck Pierce,scored twice in the first quarter, on a fumble return and Eric Higgins' 47-yardTD run.
Anderson was shaky at the start, dropping the ball as he reached back tothrow on the Beavers' first series. The fumble was scooped up by Greg Scaffidi- who ran 22 yards for a touchdown.
The Aggies stunned the sellout crowd at Reser Stadium when they made it 13-0on Higgins' long run later in the first quarter.
When Anderson was unable to accomplish anything, fans started chanting forbackup Adam Rothenfluh.
But midway through the second quarter, Anderson found tight end Tim Euhus inthe end zone with a 1-yard pass.
Jackson ran 4 yards for another score as time ran down in the first half,giving the Beavers a 14-13 lead at the break.
Jackson scored from 2 yards out in the opened the third quarter with a2-yard scoring run, while Anderson's 1-yard keeper made it 28-13.
Dario Aguiniga added a 53-yard field goal for the Aggies in the finalquarter.
New Mexico State started with Dombrowksi but went to Pierce on their secondseries, keeping the Beavers' defense off balance.
Dombrowski was 6-of-11 for 93 yards, while Pierce was 4-of-11 for 23 yards.Dombrowski also had carries for 42 yards.
Anderson finished with two interceptions, capping a week where many fansquestioned whether he should be the starter. As a sophomore last season hethrew for a school-record 3,313 yards and 25 touchdowns.
So far this season, Jackson has rushed for 423 yards and five touchdowns andcaught 12 passes for 189 yards.
The Beavers were without kicker Kirk Yliniemi, who had an appendectomyearlier in the week. He was replaced by John Daily, who had never kicked in agame before.
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer