Beavers Prepare For Bowl Matchup With Lobos
Dec. 8, 2003
GAME: Oregon State (7-5) vs. New Mexico (8-4)
SITE: Sam Boyd Stadium (40,000), Las Vegas, Nevada
DATE: Wednesday, December 24
TIME: 4:37 p.m. PST
RADIO: Live over 27-station Beaver Sports Network, starting 2:30 p.m. PST
TV: Live nationally over ESPN, starting at 4:30 p.m. PST
TELEVISION: The game will be televised live nationally over ESPN, with Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Craig James (analyst), Rod Gilmore (analyst) and Rob Stone (sideline) announcing. The live national telecast starts at 4:30 p.m. PST.
OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is on a two-game losing streak overall. The Beavers had a seven-game winning streak at Reser Stadium snapped by Washington and the Beavers are now on a two-game winning streak at Reser. OSU has a two-game Pacific-10 Conference losing streak, a three-game road losing streak and a three-game Pac-10 road losing streak. Oregon State has won 17 straight non-conference games at Reser Stadium, dating back to 1996. The Beavers' last home non-conference defeat was against Montana on Sept. 7, 1996. Oregon State is 39-22 (.639) in its last 61 games and has won 28 of its last 32 (.875) 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) in 2002 and 2003. OSU was 5-1 at Reser Stadium in 1999, 4-1 in 2001, 6-1 in 2002 and 6-1in 2003. Oregon State is 31-17 (.646) in the current decade. The Beavers did not win 30 games in the 1990s. Head Coach Mike Riley has a 9-1 non-conference record as OSU's head coach.
OSU TO PLAY IN LAS VEGAS BOWL: Oregon State accepted a bid to play in the Dec. 24 Las Vegas Bowl vs. New Mexico, the No. 2 team from the Mountain West Conference. The Lobos have an 8-4 overall record and were 5-2 in conference play. The Lobos are coached by Rocky Long, former OSU defensive coordinator. This is Oregon State's 10th bowl appearance and fourth in the past five years. The Beavers are 5-4 overall in bowl games. This will be OSU's first trip to the Las Vegas Bowl.
OSU ASSURED OF WINNING SEASON: Oregon State's 43-3 victory over Stanford on Nov. 15 assured the Beavers of having a second-straight winning season and fourth bowl trip in the last five years.
OSU-NEW MEXICO SERIES: Oregon State and New Mexico have played twice previously. The Beavers are currently on a one-game winning streak as a result of downing the Lobos 28-20 in Albuquerque on September 9, 2000. New Mexico defeated Oregon State by 35-16 on September 8, 1979 in Albuquerque. Craig Fertig was the Beavers' head coach in the first meeting and Dennis Erickson coached OSU in the second contest. Bill Mondt was the Lobos' head coach in 1979 and Rocky Long coached against the Beavers in the second contest. Mike Riley has not coached against New Mexico, while Long is 0-1 vs. OSU. The Lobos are due to make their first trip to Corvallis during the 2004 season with a September 18 date at Reser Stadium.
SEIGLER IS OSU CAREER DEFENSIVE POINT RECORD HOLDER: Richard Seigler accounted for 56 production points vs. Washington on October 18, and in the process he passed Kane Rogers and Inoke Breckterfield on the Beavers' career point list. Seigler has produced 1,330 points, while Breckterfield has 1,167 and Rogers 1,149.
CAREER POINT PRODUCTION FOR DEFENSIVE STARTERS: Linebacker Richard Seigler, OSU's career record holder, is the top career point producer among the current Beaver defensive starters with 1,330 points, which tops the Beavers' career list. Seigler has accounted for 52 ï¿½ career tackles for loss and is closing in on Inoke Breckterfield's career mark of 55 ï¿½.
SWANCUTT HOLDS OSU CAREER SACK RECORD: Junior defensive end Bill Swancutt has broken Oregon State's career sack record. Swancutt had three sacks in 2001, his freshman season. He tied the Beavers' season record for sacks with 11 ï¿½ as a sophomore last year and he has 9 ï¿½ sacks so far this season, giving him a total of 24 in his career. He broke the old record of 19 ï¿½ sacks by Inoke Breckterfield (1995-98).
SWANCUTT RAISES HAVOC: Bill Swancutt added one sack and tackle for loss vs. USC. He was blanked in the Oregon game and had one sack and tackle for loss vs. Stanford. He had one sack and two tackles for loss against Arizona. He had a huge game against Washington State on Oct. 25, picking up 44 ï¿½ defensive production points on two sacks 3 ï¿½ tackles for loss, a quarterback hurry and six total tackles. He has accounted for a sack or tackle for loss in 20 of his last 24 games. He had a streak of five games stopped vs. Boise State in OSU's fourth game of the season. He was also blanked against California and Oregon this year and against Stanford last year. He has recorded at least one sack in 17 games during his career and at least one tackle for loss in 24 games. He has played in 35 career games, including 25 as a starter. He tied the OSU season record for sacks in 2002 with (11 ï¿½) and tackles for loss with (21). He has 15 tackles for loss and 9 ï¿½ sacks so far in 2003. Swancutt finished fourth in the Pac-10 during the 2002 in sacks and tackles for loss. He opened the 2003 season the way he finished. Swancutt recorded two tackles for loss and a sack in the Sacramento State contest, had one sack and tackle for loss at Fresno State and 1 ï¿½ sack and 2 ï¿½ tackles for loss vs. New Mexico State. Bill finished the 2002 season with 322 ï¿½ defensive points, second best on the team. That figure also ranked 19th on OSU's single-season list. Bill is second to teammate Richard Seigler in season production points this year. Bill has 304 ï¿½, compared to 386 by Seigler. Swancutt is currently sixth in the Pac-10 and is 26th nationally with 9 ï¿½ sacks. He is sixth in tackles for loss in the Pac-10 with 15. He is tied for fifth in the conference in fumbles forced with three.
INJURY REPORT: (OUT)-Kellen Marshall, CB (right knee ACL); Darrick Bruns, C (fractured left wrist); Jamaal Jackson, CB (neck); Jason Lowe, SLB (right knee); Seth Lacey, SLB (left shoulder); Derrick Doggett, WLB (right knee) and Harvey Whiten, SS (concussion). (DOUBTFUL)-Dan Rothwell, DE (left foot). (QUESTIONABLE)-Jonathan Pollard, WLB (right ankle sprain).
OSU-NEW MEXICO CONNECTION: There is a distinction Oregon State connection on the New Mexico football staff and overall coaching staff. Lobo head coach Rocky Long served as the Beavers' defensive coordinator under Jerry Pettibone at OSU from 1991-95. Osia Lewis, New Mexico's defensive coordinator, played football and coached at Oregon State. Lewis was a four-year letterman for the Beavers from 1982-85. In his senior season, 1985, Osia produced 408 defensive production points as a linebacker, which still ranks third on OSU's single-season list. Lewis later served as an assistant under Pettibone from 1991-96 and coached the Beaver linebackers. Current New Mexico head basketball Ritchie McKay was OSU's head coach before taking the Lobo head job in 2002. Former Beaver assistant basketball coaches Brad Soucie and Scott Didrickson are also with McKay at New Mexico.
ANDROS DECAL: OSU players are wearing a special decal (an Orange football with Dee printed on the football) on their helmets for the rest of the season in memory of the former Beavers' head coach and Director of Athletics who passed away on Oct. 22.
OSU TRENDS: Oregon State has a 16-2 record when Steven Jackson rushes for over 100 yards. The first time the Beavers lost when Jackson has surpassed the century mark was during his freshman year (2001) when OSU lost to 16-13 to USC in overtime at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The second time was this year at Fresno State when the Beavers lost on a field goal at the end of the game, 16-14. Jackson gained 119 yards at USC and 128 at Fresno State in the two defeats.
OSU NOTES: James Newson is one of 10 receivers in the country who has accounted for six or more 100-yard receiving games.
OSU BREAKS TEAM SEASON PASSING AND TOTAL OFFENSE RECORDS: As a result of passing for 485 yards vs. USC and accounting for 543 yards in total offense, Oregon State has established a new school record for season passing yards (3,879) and total offense (5,479). The previous records were 3,429 passing yards in 1999 and 5,347 yards in total offense set last year. The Beavers have scored 378 points so far this season, which is 36 points behind the school record of 414 points set last year.
OREGON STATE 12th NATIONALLY IN TOTAL DEFENSE: Oregon State is the top team in the Pacific-10 Conference in total defense, allowing 302.17 yards per game. That figure ranks 12th nationally.
OREGON STATE 7TH NATIONALLY IN RUSHING DEFENSE: Oregon State is yielding only 90.9 yards per game on the ground, which is the third-best in the Pac-10 and seventh best in the nation. The Beavers held Stanford on Nov. 15 to a minus-12 yards on the ground, the third-best defensive mark in OSU history.
BEAVERS 9TH BEST IN NATION AT INTERCEPTING PASSES: Oregon State intercepted two passes against USC to give the Beavers 19 on the season. That figure ranks in a tie for ninth place nationally, but only third in the Pacific-10 Conference, trailing Washington State (24) and USC (21). OSU has three players ranked nationally in interceptions. Brandon Browner is third in the Pac-10 and tied for ninth nationally with six picks (11 games), while Mitch Meeuwsen is tied for fourth in the Pac-10 and tied for 13th nationally with six picks and Aric Williams is tied for eighth in the Pac-10 and tied for 48th nationally with four interceptions. Williams has 12 pass breakups and is third in the Pac-10 in passes defended with 16.
OSU RANKED 8TH NATIONALLY IN PASS EFFICIENCY DEFENSE: Oregon State is second in the Pac-10 and ranks eighth nationally in pass efficiency defense with a rating of 98.37.
OSU DEFENSE STINGY OVER 5-YEAR RUN: Since 1999, Oregon State is the 15th best defensive team in the nation in terms of number of touchdowns given up.
BEAVERS RANK 13TH NATIONALLY IN TOTAL OFFENSE: Oregon State tops the Pac-10 and ranks 13th nationally in total offense with 456.58 yards per game, which is already a school record for the Beavers. OSU's most productive offensive game of the season was against Stanford as OSU produced 663 yards.
OSU RANKS 6TH NATIONALLY IN PASSING OFFENSE: Oregon leads the Pac-10 in passing offense with an average of 323.3 yards per game, and is fresh off a school-record 485 yards through the air against USC. The Beavers rank sixth nationally.
Derek Anderson 9TH NATIONALLY IN TOTAL OFFENSE: Derek Anderson has surpassed his own season record for total offense so far this year with 3,614 yards. He leads the Pac-10 and ranks ninth nationally with an average of 301.2 yards per game.
Steven Jackson, TB: Jackson goes into the Las Vegas Bowl leading the Pac-10 in rushing and all-purpose yards, and ranked third in scoring and seventh in points responsible for. He ranks 12th nationally in rushing and 13th in all-purpose yards and 19th in scoring. He needs 41 all-purpose yards vs. New Mexico to break his own single-season mark of 1,855 yards. (USC)-Jackson rushed for 62 yards and caught five passes for 39 yards vs. USC and rushed for one touchdown. (Oregon)-Steven rushed for 68 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries vs. Oregon and had six receptions for 71 yards, giving him 139 all-purpose yards. (Stanford)-Steven rushed for 148 yards on 21 carries (7.0 average) and scored one touchdown against Stanford. He had 154 all-purpose yards on 23 plays. (Arizona)-Steven rushed for 107 yards vs. Arizona and had 133 all-purpose yards. He scored a career high four touchdowns, which tied an OSU game record. He moved into second place in career scoring and career all-purpose yards as a result of his performance against Arizona. (WSU)-Jackson rushed for 85 net yards and had 106 all-purpose yards at Washington State. He passed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season with 1,011, the ninth time an OSU back has gone over 1,000 yards in one season. (Washington)-Steven was held to his lowest rushing total of the season with only 49 yards vs. Washington. It stopped a streak of six straight 100-yard rushing games and 11 straight regular season games. Jackson wound up with 102 all-purpose yards vs. the Huskies. He also had a streak stopped of scoring a touchdown in six straight games. (California)-Steven had his best game of the 2003 season to date against California, rushing for a season-high 227 yards and seventh best (tie) single-game mark in OSU history. He had a 66-yard run to tie for the 26th longest run in a game. He scored three touchdowns, the third time he has scored three TDs in a game and his 10th multi touchdown game. He accounted for 239 all-purpose yards, which equals the eight-best single-game mark. He owns four of the top eight all-purpose yardage marks at OSU. He has now rushed for over 200 yards four times and owns four of the top eight rushing marks. He is the only OSU player in history to have four 200-yard rushing games. He also had a 38-yard run against California. (ASU)--Steven was held to his lowest rushing output of the season to date when Arizona State limited the Beaver star to 105 yards on the ground. Jackson rushed for one touchdown and totaled 103 all-purpose yards. His 103 all-purpose yards moved him into fourth place on OSU's all-time leader list. (Boise State)--Steven rushed for 122 yards on 30 carries, an average of 4.1. He scored one touchdown, which proved to be the Beavers' winning TD against Boise State. He had 126 all-purpose yards. As a result of his performance against Boise State, Jackson led the Pac-10 in rushing (136.25) and all-purpose yards (184.50) and ranked seventh nationally in rushing and fourth nationally in all-purpose yards. Jackson's totals vs. Boise State pushed the junior tailback into the No. 2 spot on OSU's all-time rushing list. (New Mexico State)--Jackson rushed for 166 yards, his fourth-highest ever single-game mark, vs. New Mexico State. It was the 27th best rushing game in OSU history. He rushed for a pair of touchdowns, his ninth multi-touchdown game. He has moved into third place in career scoring with 174 points. He accounted for 181 all-purpose yards, giving him 3,142 career all-purpose yards, fifth best at OSU. (Fresno State)--Jackson rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 116 yards vs. Fresno State for 244 all-purpose yards, a career best and sixth best single-game mark in OSU history. His 116 receiving yards is a career best and ties for 41st best single-game mark in OSU history. He caught a 66-yard pass from Derek Anderson, which ties for the 26th longest pass play in OSU history. He moved into third place in career rushing, sixth in career all-purpose yards and into a tie for fourth in career scoring as a result of his stats at Fresno State. After two games, he led the Pac-10 in rushing and all-purpose yards and ranked 15th and fifth nationally, respectively. (Sacramento State)--Jackson opened the 2003 season with 129 yards rushing and 187 all-purpose yards vs. Sacramento State. The game was his 11th 100-yard rushing game. He scored two touchdowns and caught four passes for 58 yards. Steven, after one game, he ranked second in the Pac-10 and 15th nationally in rushing (129.0) per game. He ranked second in the Pac-10 and 13th nationally in all-purpose yards (187.0) per game. He was tied for second in the Pac-10 and 15th nationally in scoring with 12.0 points per game. (2002 Season)-Jackson led the Pac-10 in rushing and finished the 2002 season ranked eighth nationally with 1,690 yards and an average of 130.0 yards per game. With his 153 yards rushing vs. Oregon, Steven broke the OSU single-season rushing record and all-purpose yards record. His 1,690 yards rushing topped Ken Simonton's old mark of 1,559 yards. His 1,855 all-purpose yards topped the old record of 1,705 by Simonton in 1999. Jackson accounted for nine rushing games over 100 yards in 2002, 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 vs. Stanford. Steven ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in total offense, sixth in scoring with 102 points and second in all-purpose yards with 146.69 average per game. He wound up ranked 22nd nationally in all-purpose yards and is tied for 37th nationally in scoring. He finished the season ranked sixth on the Pac-10 all-time single-season rushing list. All five players ahead of Jackson on the list are former USC players (Career)-Jackson rushed for 119 yards vs. USC as a freshman in 2001 for his first 100-yard game. He has a total of 18 games in which he has rushed for over 100 yards in 35 games played at OSU, including 13 of his last 18 games. He had a streak of five-straight 100-yard rushing games stopped by Pittsburgh at the Insight Bowl. Jackson has rushed for 3,476 yards rushing, which ranks second on the Beavers' career list. He has scored 246 career points, which ranks second on OSU's career list. He has 4,345 career all-purpose yards, an average of 124.1 per game, which ranks second on OSU's career list. He has scored 35 rushing touchdowns, which is the second-highest career total at OSU. He was a total of 11 games in which he has scored multiple touchdowns and three games with three touchdowns.
TRACKING JACKSON'S 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES: Steven has rushed for 100 yards or more 18 times in his career, including a career-best 239 vs. California in 2002. He had a string of five straight 100-yard games stopped in the Insight Bowl when Pittsburgh held him to 34 yards. He tied Ken Simonton's single-season record with nine 100-yard rushing games in 2002. Steven also rushed for over 200 yards three times in 2002 to become the only OSU back in history to accomplish that fete in one season. 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 rushed for 891yards in his five games prior to the 2002 Insight Bowl, an average of 178.2 yards per game. Jackson has rushed for over 100 yards in 13 of his last 18 games. He had a streak of 11 straight regular season games over 100 yards stopped by Washington this year.
Derek Anderson, QB: Heading into the Las Vegas Bowl, Anderson has broken the OSU season record for passing yards with 3,736, which also ranks seventh on the all-time Pac-10 list. He has broken the OSU total offense record with 3,614 yards, which ranks eighth on the Pac-10 single-season list. He leads the Pac-10 and ranks ninth nationally in total offense with an average of 306.17 yards per game. (USC)-Anderson broke the OSU school record for passing with 485 yards vs. the Trojans, which ranks as the ninth best mark in Pac-10 history. His 460 yards in total offense is the second best in Beaver history and 16th best in the Pac-10. He threw two touchdown passes and was intercepted four times. He tied the school record for interceptions in a season with 23. He combined with Mike Hass for a 90-yard pass, which equals the fourth-longest pass play in OSU history. (Oregon)-Derek passed for 271 yards and one touchdown vs. Oregon and had 233 yards in total offense. The numbers were good enough to establish a new single-season record for total offense at OSU with 3,154 yards. (Stanford)-Derek was on a roll in a two-game home stretch vs. Stanford and Arizona. He threw eight TD passes in the two games and passed for 697 yards in those two games. He completed 26 of 48 passes for 383 yards and four touchdowns vs. Stanford. It was the sixth-best single-game mark passing in OSU history. He had 389 yards of total offense, which ties for the sixth-best single-game mark in OSU history. He has thrown for four TD passes in one game four times and five in one game. (Arizona)-Derek had an outstanding game against Arizona, completing 21 of 32 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. His 308 yards passing was the 29th best single-game mark passing and for total offense. (WSU)-Derek completed 16 of 42 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown vs. WSU, but was intercepted twice. He completed a 66-yard TD pass to Mike Hass to equal the 26th longest pass play in OSU history and 21st longest TD pass. He leads the Pac-10 in total offense and ranks 18th in the nation after eight games. (Washington)-Derek passed for 344 yards vs. Washington in a losing cause. The 344-yard passing total is the 14th best single-game mark in OSU history. His 327 yards in total offense vs. the Huskies is the 17th best single-game performance at OSU. As a result of his yardage vs. Washington, Anderson moved into third place in OSU career total offense with 5,311 yards. (California)-Derek had his best road game of his career at that point, and one of his top overall performances in leading OSU to a 35-21 victory over California at Berkeley. Derek completed 18 of 27 passes (.667 percentage) and two touchdowns. He was intercepted one time, a pick that was returned for a touchdown. He scored OSU's first TD on the ground. After six games, Derek led the Pac-10 in total offense (277.33 yards per game) and ranked 13th nationally. With his 220 yards in total offense, he moved into fourth place, passing Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker, on OSU's all-time list. (ASU)-Derek led OSU to a 45-17 victory over Arizona State by completing 15 of 29 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for one touchdown. Derek combined for receivers to have over four pass plays of 25 yards or more, including TD passes of 28 to James Newson and 61 to Kenny Farley. After five games, Derek ranked first in the Pac-10 in total offense (288.8 per game) and 12th nationally. He was fifth in the Pac-10 in completions per game (16.6) and eighth in efficiency at 118.56. (Boise State)-Derek had the most productive day of his career at that point vs. Boise State while leading the Beavers to a 26-24 victory. Anderson completed 19 of 37 passes for 408 yards, the third-highest single-game mark in OSU history. He accounted for 416 yards of total offense, the fourth-highest single-game mark in Beaver history. He threw one TD pass for his 31st career TD pass. After four games, Anderson led the Pac-10 in total offense (300.0 average) and ranked 13th in the nation. (New Mexico State)--Anderson completed 17 of 30 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown vs. New Mexico State. He also scored a running TD vs. the Aggies. After three games, Anderson ranked second in the Pac-10 and 24th nationally in total offense (261.33). (Fresno State)--Anderson had a string of 65 passes without a pick before he suffered his first interception against Fresno State. He matched his career high with five interceptions in the 16-14 loss to the Bulldogs. Derek completed 15 of 44 passes for 285 yards, the 36th best single-game effort in OSU history. He threw one TD pass and accounted for 284 yards in total offense, the 37th best single-game mark in OSU history. He threw a 66-yard pass to Steven Jackson, which tied for the 26th longest pass play in Beaver history. (Sacramento State)--Anderson opened the 2003 season by leading OSU to a 40-7 victory over Sacramento State, completing 17 of 37 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns. He accounted for 276 yards in total offense. His 276 yards in total offense is the 39th best single-game mark in OSU history. He had thrown his last 59 passes without an interception following the Sacramento State game. After one game, Derek ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 37th nationally in passing efficiency (132.95); tied for second in Pac-10 with 17 passes completed per game and led the Pac-10 and ranked 17th nationally in total offense (276.0) per game. (2002 season)-Anderson completed 211 of 449 passes for 3,313 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2002, all OSU season records. He also accounted for 3,082 yards in total offense, also a single-season 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 finished the 2002 season ranked eighth in the Pac-10 and 59th nationally in passing efficiency at 121.56. He ranked seventh in the Pac-10 and 47th nationally in completions per game with 16.23 average. He ranked sixth in the Pac-10 and 35th nationally in total offense with 237.08 yards per game average. Derek ranked fifth in the Pac-10 and 24th nationally in points responsible for with 12.77 per game. Derek completed his 25 touchdown passes to eight different receivers. (2001 Season)-In his first season as OSU's starting quarterback, Anderson was involved in 38 plays that were 25 yards or longer. He also established school records for passing yardage, touchdown passes, total offense and touchdown passes in a game (5) and touchdowns responsible for in a game (6). He had four 300-yard plus games, including two straight to end the season. (Career numbers)-In his 30-game career to date (25 straight as a starter), Anderson has completed 468 of 967 passes for 7,312 yards, which ranks 22nd on Pac-10 career list. He has 48 touchdown passes and has thrown 39 interceptions. He has accounted for 6,934 yards (231.1 average) in total offense on 1073 plays. He is 27th on Pac-10 career list. He is third on the OSU career list for touchdown passes thrown with 48, which ties him for 22nd on Pac-10 career list. Derek ranks third on OSU's career passing and total offense charts. Anderson has led OSU to a 15-10 record (.600) as the starting quarterback.
James Newson, SE: Newson has now caught a pass in 36 straight games, an OSU record. James currently is second in the Pac-10 and ranks third nationally in receiving yards with 113.55 average. He ranks second in Pac-10 in receptions with 7.25 a game, and that ranks 10th nationally. He is fifth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards with 113.55 average, which ranks 61st nationally. He has produced seven games of over 100 yards receiving his year, an OSU record. He is tied for fifth in the nation with seven 100-yard receiving games. (USC)-James caught 10 passes for 104 yards vs. USC. It was the second time in his career he has caught 10 passes and three times 10 or more. His 10 receptions gives him 78 on the season, which ties for the OSU season record with Dave Montagne. He caught one TD pass vs. USC which gives him 20 in his career and owner of the Beavers career record for TD receptions. (Oregon)-James caught five passes for 86 yards (17.2 average) vs. Oregon. Newson also completed a 32-yard pass to Mike Hass in the game. It was Newson's first career completion after failing to connect on two attempts during the 2001 season. His five catches vs. Oregon gave him 68 on the season and ranked as the fourth best on OSU's single-season list. (Stanford)-Against Stanford, James caught nine passes for 115 yards, with a long of 27 yards. As a result of his yardage in the Stanford game, he went over the 1,000-yard mark (1,059) in receiving yardage for the second year in a row. (Arizona)-James caught seven passes for 100 yards and a touchdown against Arizona. The TD pass was the 19th of his career, tying him with Vern Burke for the OSU career lead. (WSU)-Newson caught five passes for 87 yards (17.4 average) at WSU. He led the Pac-10 and ranked second nationally in receiving yards after the WSU game with 120.57 average. He was third in the conference and 17th nationally with 6.71 catches per game average. (Washington)-James caught eight passes for 128 yards (16.0 average) against Washington. It was the 31st straight game James has caught at least one pass. It was the fourth game this season he has been over the century mark for yardage. He has had 13 games with over 100 yards receiving. James was leading the Pac-10 in receiving yardage at 127.17 per game and ranked second nationally after the Washington game. He was tied for first in the Pac-10 and ninth nationally with 7.0 catches per game. (California)-James caught four passes for 79 yards (19.8 average) vs. California, including a 34-yarder to set up OSU's first touchdown against the Bears. James led the Pac-10 in yards receiving (125.80) and ranked second nationally to Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald after the Cal game. Newson was also second in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards at 125.80 and 41st nationally. James ranked second in the conference and 15th nationally with an average of 6.80 catches per game. (ASU)-James had his third straight 100-yard receiving game of the season with 124 yards on six catches and a touchdown vs. Arizona State. His numbers elevated him to seventh on OSU's career all-purpose list with 2,898 yards. He tied Robb Thomas for second in career TD catches with 18. He caught passes for 28, 26 and 25 yards vs. ASU. He ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 2 in the nation in receiving yards with an average of 137.50 per game after the ASU game. He led the Pac-10 and ranked eighth in the nation with 7.5 pass receptions per game. After the ASU gamer, he was third in the Pac-10 and 25th nationally in all-purpose yards with 137.5 per game. (Boise State)-James had the most productive game of his OSU career against Boise State, catching nine passes for a career-high 208 yards, the third-highest in OSU history. By catching nine passes, he became OSU's all-time receiving leader with 156 receptions, passing Phil Ross (153). He already holds the career receiving record of 2,692 yards. James, after three games, ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 2 in the nation in receiving yardage at 142.0 per game. He ranked No. 2 in the Pac-10 and No. 7 in the nation with 8.0 average catches per game. He caught passes of 53, 48 and 41 yards against Boise State. He also ranked third in the Pac-10 and 25th nationally in all-purpose yards with 142.0 average. (New Mexico State)-Newson had a very productive game vs. New Mexico State, catching nine passes for 135 yards, the 27th straight game in which he has caught a pass. It was the 10th time he has had receiving yardage over 100 yards in a game. The 135 yards amounted to the 23rd best single-game mark in receiving yards at OSU. He also moved into 12th place on OSU's career all-purpose list with 2,566 yards. (Fresno State)-After missing the first game of the season with a hip-pointer, James opened his season by catching six passes for 83 yards (13.8 average) at Fresno State. The six receptions gives him 138 in his career, which ties Robb Thomas for third on OSU's career receiving list. He has now caught a pass in 26 straight games. (Sacramento State)-Newson was unable to play in the season opener with Sacramento State after suffering a hip pointer in practice on Tuesday. The injury ended Newson's streak of starting 24 straight games. (2002 season)--By virtue of catching 11 passes for 168 yards vs. Oregon, James Newson eclipsed the OSU season record for pass receiving yardage. Newson followed up his Oregon performance with 10 catches for 165 yards against Pittsburgh at the Insight Bowl to add to his totals. Newson completed the 2002 season with 1,284 yards (school record) on 74 receptions (second most season receptions) and 12 touchdowns (school record). He passed Vern Burke for the yardage record. Burke had 1,007 yards in 1962. By catching one touchdown against the Ducks, Newson broke the OSU single-season mark with 11, and then he added a 12th vs. Pittsburgh. Newson ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 15th nationally with 98.77 yards receiving per game. He ranked fifth in the Pac-10 and 26th nationally on 5.69 catches per game. James was tied for 12th in the Pac-10 in scoring with 5.54 points per game. He ranked 10th in the Pac-10 and 90th nationally with 104.46 all-purpose yards per game. James caught at least one touchdown pass in 10 games during the 2002 season. (Career)--James has caught 210 career passes for 3,515 yards, an average of 16.7 per catch and 20 touchdowns. The yardage, catches and touchdowns are OSU career records. Newson has caught passes in 36 straight games and has had 16 games over 100 yards. He has had four games in which he has caught two TD passes. 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. In a three-game stretch in 201 (Arizona State, California and USC), James combined to catch 22 passes for 374 yards (17.0 average) and a pair of touchdowns. Newson averaged 5.2 receptions per game in 2001, which ranked second in the Pac-10 and tied for 47th nationally.
NEWSON NEEDS: Newson has some milestones within reach.
NEWSON 3RD NATIONALLY IN RECEIVING YARDS: James is third in the nation and No. 2 in the Pac-10 in receiving yardage with an average of 113.55 per game. James is second in the Pac-10 with an average of 7.25 receptions per game, and that ranks 10th nationally.
ALL-PURPOSE GEMS-JACKSON AND NEWSON: Steven Jackson ranks No. 1 and wide receiver James Newson ranks fifth atop the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards. Jackson is averaging 151.25, which is 13th nationally, while Newson is averaging 113.55, good enough for 61st nationally.
Kirk Yliniemi, PK: Kirk had two field goal attempts blocked at USC, the first kicks blocked in his career. It stopped a streak of 10-straight field goals made. He is fourth in career scoring with 194 points, the second most ever by a kicker. He needs to make two more field goals to break Troy Bussanich's career record of 36 made (54 attempts). Kirk tied his own school record by kicking four out of four field goals at Washington State, including a then matching career best 51-yarder. He scored 14 points, which ties a school record for points in a game by a kicker. He booted a career best 54-yarder against Arizona. It was the fourth longest field goal in OSU history. (Cal)-Kirk added five PAT points vs. California. Kirk booted six PAT points and his only field goal attempt (29 yards) vs. ASU. (Boise State)--Senior place kicker Kirk Yliniemi missed the New Mexico State game after having an emergency appendectomy on Wednesday prior to the game. Ten days after having the surgery, he came back to boot four field goals vs. Boise State, to tie a school-record and Reser Stadium mark. He kicked a career long of 51-yarder on his first attempt of the Boise State game. Kirk saw his OSU record streak of successful made field goals come to an end vs. Boise State after 20 straight made kicks over a two-year span. Kirk missed a 43-yarder on his fourth attempt of the game. He came back to kick a fourth field goal in the second half. (Fresno State)--He booted both PAT attempts vs. Fresno State and did not attempt a field goal. (Sacramento State)--Yliniemi booted two field goals against Sacramento State, giving him 17 straight successful field goals and a new career record for consecutive field goals made. Kirk missed the second PAT attempt of his OSU career on his final attempt against Sacramento State as a low snap on the ground never gave him an opportunity to kick the ball in normal fashion. (2002 season)-Yliniemi entered the 2003 season with a streak of having successfully kicked 15 straight field goals, which is a season record. The 15 straight field goals made also equals the Beavers' career record established by Jim Nielsen in 1984-85. Yliniemi, a Lou Groza Watch List contender, scored 90 points for OSU in 2002, which ranked eighth in the Pac-10 and tied for 49th nationally. (Career)-Yliniemi has booted 35 of 41 field goal attempts, a percentage of .854, and he has made 89 of 91 PAT attempts for 194 points, which puts him in fourth on Beavers' career list. His first PAT miss was against Washington in Seattle in 2002 when the Beavers were penalized 15 yards for celebration and missed the long 35-yard PAT attempt. His career long field is 54 yards, plus was a perfect 5-for-5 from 50 yards or more, until he had a 53-yarder blocked at USC. He booted one 50 vs. Washington in 2002 and 50 against Pittsburgh at the Insight Bowl. He has missed three field goals in the 30-39-yard range and two in the 40-49 range. He had made 10-straight field goals before having a 38-yarder blocked at USC.
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OSU LEADS PAC-10 IN RED-ZONE SUCCESS: Oregon State has been proficient from an offensive standpoint in the red-zone this season, converting 44 of a possible 52 attempts for a percentage of .846, the best mark in the Pac-10. The Beavers were a perfect 15-for-15 over a four-game span before losing a fumble on the 1-yard line against Stanford on their last drive of the game. OSU followed that up by scoring on all four attempts vs. Oregon. The Beavers have also been rock solid from a defensive standpoint in the red-zone. The Beavers have allowed 30 scores in 42 attempts in the red-zone, a percentage of .714, the third-best mark in the Pac-10. The Beavers got off to a great start in 2003 with success in the Red-Zone (20 yard line and in). The Beavers scored on all five trips into the red-zone in the season opener vs. Sacramento State. OSU's last four games in 2002 found the Beavers perfect in the red-zone, converting on all 12 trips. OSU's streak of 17 straight times scoring successfully in the red-zone was stopped at Fresno State as the Beavers scored one touchdown in three trips into the zone.
BEAVERS HAVE TURNOVER DEFICIT: The Beavers have a minus turnover ratio for the season. OSU forced seven turnovers at WSU against a team that was leading the nation in turnover margin at plus 2.00 entering the game. The Beavers had a plus two in turnovers against the Cougars, but have had a minus in each of their last four games. OSU is a minus 0.67 on the season, committing eight more turnovers and forced. OSU is 10th in the Pac-10 and tied for 101 nationally.
SENIORS IN FINAL BEAVER GAME: A total of 18 seniors will be making their final appearance for OSU in the Las Vegas Bowl. This group has currently compiled a four-year record of 31-17 and will participate in three bowl games.
BIG PLAY BEAVERS: Oregon State has produced a total of 45 plays of 25 or more yards in 12 games to date. Quarterback Derek Anderson has been involved in all but 10 of the Beavers' big plays this season. Oregon State had its second biggest 'Big Play' game of the season with six plays over 25 yards against Stanford. The Beavers produced a season-high eight 'Big Plays' of over 25 yards in its victory over Boise State and followed up with five in its 45-17 win over Arizona State, four at California, three at home vs. Washington, two at Washington State, three vs. Arizona, three at Oregon and three at USC. Anderson was involved in all eight plays against Boise State and four of five vs. ASU.
STARTING STREAKS: Linebacker Richard Seigler has the longest active starting streaks among OSU players with 48.