2003 Season Wrapup
Jan. 6, 2004
OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is on a one-game winning 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 one-game road winning 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 40-22 (.645) in its last 62 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 32-17 (.653) in the current decade. The Beavers did not win 30 games in the 1990s. Head Coach Mike Riley has a 10-1 non-conference record as OSU's head coach.
FOUR BOWL TRIPS IN FIVE YEARS: Oregon State has played in four postseason bowls in the last five years, starting with the Oahu Bowl in 1999; the Fiesta Bowl in 2000 (bowl played Jan. 1, 2001); the Insight Bowl in 2002 and the Las Vegas Bowl in 2003. This is the best postseason stretch in Beaver football history.
TIES FOR FOURTH MOST WINS: By finishing the 2003 season at 8-5, Oregon State has tied for the fourth most season victories in school history. Mike Riley has coached one of the top four seasons and Dennis Erickson coached two.
OSU BREAKS TEAM SEASON PASSING, TOTAL OFFENSE AND SCORING RECORDS: Oregon State established team school records for passing, total offense and scoring during the 2003 season. The Beavers scored 433 points in 2003, topping the old record of 414 in 2002. OSU passed for 4,265 yards, topping the old mark of 3,429 in 1999. The Beavers accounted for 6,019 yards of total offense, topping the old record of 5,347 yards in 2002.
CONSECUTIVE SELLOUTS: Oregon State has sold out 23 consecutive home games at Reser Stadium, dating back to the USC game on September 30, 2000.
Mike Riley: Oregon State's Mike Riley completed his first season in his second stint at OSU in 2003. It was Riley's third season as the Beavers' head coach in total. Riley was OSU's head coach in 1997 (3-8) and 1998 (5-6) before becoming the head coach of the San Diego Chargers for three years. He was secondary coach of the New Orleans Saints in 2002. He finished the 2003 season at 8-5 with a collegiate record of 16-19 (.457) as a head coach, all at Oregon State. He has also served as a head coach in the Canadian Football League and the World League of American Football. He coached the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL for five years (1987-90) and produced a 40-32-0 (.556) record, including two Grey Cup championships (1988 and 1990). He had a two-year record of 11-9-0 (.550) as the head coach of the San Antonio Riders of the World League. He compiled a three-year record of 14-34 (.292) as the head coach of the San Diego Chargers. Riley currently has a 10-1 record (.909) in non-conference games as OSU's head coach.
SEIGLER IS OSU CAREER DEFENSIVE POINT RECORD HOLDER: Richard Seigler completed his career as Oregon State's all-time defensive point production leader. Seigler produced 1,344 points during his career, far ahead of No. 2 Breckterfield (1,167) and Kane Rogers (1,149).
CAREER POINT PRODUCTION FOR 2003 DEFENSIVE STARTERS: Linebacker Richard Seigler, OSU's career record holder, was the top career point producer among the 2003 Beaver defensive starters with 1,344 points. Seigler accounted for 53 career tackles for loss, just short of 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, and he still has one more year to play. 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 finished the 2003 season with 11 sacks, giving him a total of 25 ï¿½ in his career. He broke the old record of 19 ï¿½ sacks by Inoke Breckterfield (1995-98).
Bill Swancutt, DE: Bill Swancutt completed another outstanding season with 2 ï¿½ tackles for loss and 1 ï¿½ sacks against New Mexico in the Las Vegas Bowl. He had 27 defensive production points in the New Mexico game. He finished the regular season with one sack and tackle for loss at 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 21 of his last 25 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 Boise State, California this year and against Stanford last year. He has recorded at least one sack in 18 games during his career and at least one tackle for loss in 25 games. He has played in 36 career games, including 26 as a starter. He tied the OSU season record for sacks in 2002 with (11 ï¿½) and tackles for loss with (21). He completed the 2003 season with 17 ï¿½ tackles for loss and 11 sacks. 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 recorded 333 ï¿½ defensive points in 2003, which ranks 16th on OSU's single-season list. Bill was second to teammate Richard Seigler in season production points. Seigler finished with 401 points. Swancutt finished sixth in the Pac-10 and 26th nationally with 11sacks. He finished sixth in tackles for loss in the Pac-10 with 17 ï¿½, tied with Seigler. He was tied for fifth in the conference in fumbles forced with three.
OSU TRENDS: Oregon State has a 17-2 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 is 7-2 when Derek Anderson passes for more than 300 yards in a game. The only defeats suffered by the Beavers when Anderson has passed for over 300 yards was vs. Pittsburgh in the Insight Bowl last year as OSU fell 38-13, and to USC when he passed for a school-record 485 yards in a 52-28 defeat.
***Derek Anderson has thrown a TD pass in 18 straight games.
NOTES FROM NEW MEXICO GAME: Oregon State had a very successful bowl performance in winning 55-14 over New Mexico in the Las Vegas Bowl. Steven Jackson tied an NCAA bowl record with five touchdowns scored.
***Oregon State held New Mexico to 127 yards of total offense, which ties for the 24th best defensive performance in Beaver history.
***Oregon State held New Mexico to 6 yards rushing, which ties for the eighth best defensive effort in Beaver history.
***Oregon State passed for 386 yards vs. New Mexico, the ninth best mark in Beaver history.
***Oregon State rolled up 540 yards of total offense vs. New Mexico, the 15th best mark in Beaver history.
***Steven Jackson scored five touchdowns, the most ever scored in a game by a Beaver player.
***Kirk Yliniemi booted two field goals vs. New Mexico to break the OSU season record (19) and the career record (37).
***Steven Jackson broke the OSU season scoring record with 132 points.
***Derek Anderson became the second player in Pac-10 history to pass for over 4,000 yards when he finished season with 4,058
1,000-YARD RECEIVING TANDOM: For the first time in OSU football history the Beavers had two receivers break the 1,000-yard barrier in receiving yardage in the same year. James Newson caught 81 passes for 1,306 yards, while Mike Hass caught 44 passes for 1,013 yards.
2003 WAS A RECORD YEAR FOR BEAVERS: The 2003 season turned out to be one of the biggest years in Oregon State football history for the number of records broken. The records follow:
INDIVIDUAL LAS VEGAS BOWL RECORDS
Most touchdowns scored-5, Steven Jackson
Most rushing touchdowns-4, Steven Jackson (ties Wasean Tait, Toledo vs. UNR, 1995)
Most PAT points-7, Kirk Yliniemi (tied Nick Garritano, UNLV vs. Central Michigan, 1994)
Most points scored kicking-13, Kirk Yliniemi
TEAM LAS VEGAS BOWL RECORDS
Most yards passing-386
Most points scored-55
Most points scored first half-31 (tied UNLV vs. Central Michigan, 1994)
Most points scored first quarter-17
Most punt returns-5 (tied Oregon vs. Air Force, 1997)
PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE SINGLE-GAME MARKS
460 yards of total offense by Derek Anderson vs. USC ranks 16th
485 yards passing by Derek Anderson vs. USC ranks 9th
225 yards receiving by Mike Hass vs. Stanford ties for 21st best game
208 yards receiving by Mike Hass vs. USC ties for 37th best game
208 yards receiving by James Newson vs. Boise State ties for 37th best game
90-yard pass from Derek Anderson to Mike Hass vs. USC ranks in a tie for 19th longest pass play
PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE INDIVIDUAL SEASON BESTS
3,933 yards of total offense by Derek Anderson ranks 3rd all-time on Pac-10 list
4,058 yards passing by Derek Anderson ranks 2nd all-time on Pac-10 list
24 touchdown passes by Derek Anderson ranks in a tie for 18th on all-time Pac-10 list
1,545 yards rushing by Steven Jackson ranks 13th on all-time Pac-10 list
19 rushing touchdowns by Steven Jackson ranks in a tie for 6th on all-time Pac-10 list
1,306 yards pass receiving by James Newson ranks 10th on all-time Pac-10 list
1,013 yards pass receiving by Mike Hass ranks 34th on all-time Pac-10 list
PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE INDIVIDUAL CAREER BESTS
7,253 yards in total offense by Derek Anderson currently ranks 22nd on Pac-10 list
7,634 yards passing by Derek Anderson currently ranks 19th on Pac-10 list
50 TD passes by Derek Anderson currently ranks in a tie for 21st on Pac-10 list
3,625 yards rushing by Steven Jackson ranks 10th on Pac-10 list
213 receptions by James Newson ranks 6th on Pac-10 list
3,572 receiving yards by James Newson ranks 2nd on Pac-10 list
OREGON STATE TEAM RECORDS
Most yards passing-4,265
Most yards per game passing-328.1
Most yards total offense-6,019
Highest avg. per play-5.68 yards per play
Most touchdowns scored-53
Most field goals kicked-19
Most PATs made-52
Most passes attempted-533
Most first downs passing-178
Most total first downs-308
Most penalties against-145
Most yards penalized-1,433
Most rushing and passing plays-1,059
Lowest avg. per rush by opponent-2.45 yards per play
Fewest rushing yards per game by opponent-84.4
Most times opponent penalized-107
Most yards opponent penalized--989
OREGON STATE INDIVIDUAL MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS
Most career starts-49, Richard Seigler
Most consecutive starts-49, Richard Seigler
Most consecutive games caught at least one pass-37, James Newson
Most touchdowns scored in a game-5, Steven Jackson vs. New Mexico
Most rushing touchdowns scored in a game-4, Steven Jackson vs. New Mexico (ties record held by Pete Pifer (WSU, 1966); Bill Enyart (Kentucky, 1968); Ken Simonton (Oregon, 1998) and Simonton (Georgia Southern, 1999)Most times rushed for over 200 yards in a career-4, Steven Jackson
Most yards passing in a game-485, Derek Anderson vs. USC
Most rushing attempts in a season-350, Steven Jackson
Most 100-yard games in a season-9, Steven Jackson (ties himself, 2002, and Ken Simonton in 1999)
Most yards passing-4,058, Derek Anderson
Most passes attempted-510, Derek Anderson
Most pass interceptions in a season-24, Derek Anderson
Most yards total offense in a season-3,933, Derek Anderson
Most total plays in a season-567, Derek Anderson
Most all-purpose yards in a season-2,015, Steven Jackson
Most all-purpose plays in a season-394, Steven Jackson
Most passes caught-81, James Newson
Most receiving yards-1,306, James Newson
Most field goals kicked season-19, Kirk Yliniemi
Most points scored by kicking-103, Kirk Yliniemi
Most consecutive field goals made in career-20, Kirk Yliniemi (15 in 2002 and 5 in 2003)
Most passes caught in career-213, James Newson
Most receiving yardage in career-3,572, James Newson
Most touchdowns pass caught in career-20, James Newson
Most field goals kicked-37, Kirk Yliniemi
Most sacks in career-25 ï¿½, Bill Swancutt
OREGON STATE 7th 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 4TH NATIONALLY IN RUSHING DEFENSE: Oregon State yielded only 84.4 yards per game on the ground in 2003, which is the second-best in the Pac-10 and fourth 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. The Beavers held New Mexico to just 6 yards on the ground, which ranks in a tie for the eighth lowest yards yielded to an opponent on the ground.
BEAVERS 10TH BEST IN NATION AT INTERCEPTING PASSES: Oregon State intercepted one pass against New Mexico in the Las Vegas Bowl to give the Beavers 20 on the season. That figure ranks in a tie for 10th place nationally, but only third in the Pacific-10 Conference, trailing Washington State (24) and USC (22). OSU has three players ranked nationally in interceptions. Brandon Browner is tied for third in the Pac-10 and tied for 11th nationally with six picks (12 games), while Mitch Meeuwsen is tied for fifth in the Pac-10 and tied for 22nd nationally with six picks and Aric Williams tied for ninth in the Pac-10 and tied for 62nd nationally with four interceptions. Williams has 12 pass breakups and finished third in the Pac-10 in passes defended with 16.
BEAVERS RANK 10TH NATIONALLY IN TOTAL OFFENSE: Oregon State topped the Pac-10 and ranked 10th nationally in total offense with 463.00 yards per game during the 2003 season. That mark is also 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 State led the Pac-10 in passing offense with an average of 328.1 yards per game, including a school-record 485 yards through the air against USC. The Beavers rank sixth nationally.
BEAVERS RANK 22ND NATIONALLY IN SCORING OFFENSE: Oregon State finished second in the Pac-10 behind national champion USC in scoring offense with an average of 33.31 points per game. That figure was good enough to rank 22nd in the nation.
***Derek Anderson broke the OSU single-game passing record with 485 yards vs. USC, topping the old mark of 469 by Jonathan Smith (1998) vs. Washington. Anderson's 460 yards of total offense is the second-highest output in OSU history, topped only by 480 by Erik Wilhelm vs. Akron in 1987.
***Mike Hass had his second 200-yard receiving game of the season, catching eight passes for 208 yards vs. USC. That number equals the fourth-best single-game receiving mark in OSU history, and ranks 26th on the OSU single-game list for all-purpose yards.
***OSU's 485 yards passing vs. USC is the second-highest mark in OSU history, second only to 508 vs. Washington in 1998.
***OSU's 543 yards in total offensive vs. USC is the 13th best single-game mark in Beaver history.
***OSU had two field goals blocked by USC. Prior to that, the last time the Beavers had a field goal blocked was by Hawaii in the 1999 O'ahu Bowl.
Steven Jackson, TB: Two-time All-American Steven Jackson posted fantastic numbers in 2003. Jackson's career at OSU ends after three seasons as he has declared for the NFL draft and will skip his senior year. Jackson becomes the first Beaver player in history with eligibility remaining to enter the NFL draft. Jackson led the Pac-10 Conference in rushing (1,545 yards), in scoring (132 points) and in all-purpose yards (2,015). Jackson wound up the season as the 10th best rusher in the nation. He tied for fourth in the nation in scoring and was ninth in the nation in all-purpose yards. For the second time in his career he rushed for over 100 yards nine times in a season, a school record also held by Ken Simonton (1999). Jackson established OSU season records for scoring (132) and all-purpose yards (2,015). Jackson rushed for over 200 yards in a game four times in his OSU career, a school record. (NEW MEXICO)-Steven went out in style at the Las Vegas Bowl. He established an Oregon State, NCAA bowl record and Las Vegas Bowl record by scoring five touchdowns vs. New Mexico. He also tied an OSU record with four rushing touchdowns. Jackson rushed for 149 yards on 28 carries (5.3 average) and he accounted for 200 all-purpose yards. He caught 5 passes for 51 yards and a touchdown. He was named the MVP of the Las Vegas Bowl and was named Capital One Player of the Game by ESPN. (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 a school-record 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 19 games in which he has rushed for over 100 yards in 36 games played at OSU, including 14 of his last 19 games. He had a streak of five-straight 100-yard rushing games stopped by Pittsburgh at the Insight Bowl. Jackson has rushed for 3,625 yards rushing, which ranks second on the Beavers' career list. He has scored 276 career points, which ranks second on OSU's career list. He has 4,545 career all-purpose yards, an average of 126.2 per game, which ranks second on OSU's career list. He has scored 39 rushing touchdowns, which is the second-highest career total at OSU. He had a total of 12 games in which he scored multiple touchdowns and four games with three or more touchdowns.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT Steven Jackson...
Mike Riley, OSU Head Coach: 'Steven Jackson is the total package. He has it all. He has great speed, he is tough, he is a great leader, he has great instincts as a runner, he is very strong and he is a quality person. I don't know if there is anything else left.'
Dennis Erickson, former OSU Head Coach and current San Francisco 49ers' Head Coach: 'You saw Steven Jackson play. Would you be worried?' That was Erickson's comment when asked if he had concerns about OSU's running game at the start of the 2002 season.
Jeff Tedford, Cal Head Coach: 'Great player, great player. You just don't bring him down with one guy and with an arm tackle. You really have to put a body on him and two and three bodies to bring the guy down. You know he's got great speed when he does hit the corner or find the crease, and he can get around and go. He's a tremendous running back.'
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: 'Steven Jackson can get it done with quickness and power, reminding some observers of a young Eddie George.'
Dave Newhouse, Oakland Tribune: 'If Jackson seems familiar to Old Blues (Cal alums), it's because he looks so much like Chuck Muncie, Cal's Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1975. And the 6-foot-3, 233-pound Jackson, only a junior, could win the Heisman this year.'
California cornerback Daymeion Hughes: 'He's a definite Heisman candidate. He's a big boy. I've never tackled someone that big. That's the best back we've seen all year, and we've played against some good ones.'
California defensive tackle Lorenzo Alexander: 'There is almost nothing you can do. If he's running away form you, you aren't going to catch him because he is so fast. Those were Heisman numbers.'
Jay Heater, Contra Costa Times: 'Jackson, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior, is arguably the best running back in the nation. Jackson would be a leading candidate for the Hesiman Trophy if he played in Los Angeles, Ann Arbor, Mich., or Austin, Texas. He is the best player in the Pac-10, and he'll be a top-5 draft pick next year.'
Pete Carroll, USC Head Coach: 'He (Jackson) is exactly what they (NFL) are looking for. He is a big-time runner who plays with speed. He makes teams look like poor tackling teams because they can't get him down. He's a great leader on that team.'
Jeff Tedford, Cal Head Coach: 'He (Jackson) is a guy who plays with a great passion for the game. You see how people rally around him. And he is a guy who doesn't go down with one guy. He is a horse and they definitely ride him.'
Dan Hawkins, Boise State Head Coach: 'Well the guy goes and bangs his knee up and then comes back for another 100-yard game. There's only one word to describe Steven Jackson, and that is 'workhorse.' Just when you think you've got him, you don't. What it comes down to is he is a very big force for them (OSU).'
Dirk Koetter, Arizona State Head Coach: 'Steven Jackson is one of the premier backs in the Pac-10, if not the country. We thought we had a good game plan on him, but he still found a way to knock the ball through time and time again.'
Dirk Koetter, Arizona State Head Coach: 'He's a great mixture of size, speed and power. He's one of those backs who can take the punishment and come back next week and be ready for more.'
Steven Jackson on catching more passes this year: 'It gives linebackers headaches. That means they've got to follow me, and it takes their attention off of the receivers and teams can't blitz all the time.'
Tony Samuel, Head Coach New Mexico State: 'He is a great back. He never had anyone like him while I was at Nebraska.'
Keith Gilbertson, Head Coach Washington: 'He's the complete deal. He's a big back with great inside moves, great outside speed. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. He's a big-time player - real special, a high-profile, primetime player.'
Bill Swancutt, OSU defensive end: 'He's so big, so strong and so fast. You've heard of swarming to the football. Well, in this case, you'd better swarm to Steven Jackson. He's one big back. I guess all you can do is try to stay on four feet, wrap him up, hold on and hope for help. I am glad I don't have to worry about tackling Jackson.'
Mike Bellotti, Oregon Head Coach: 'Jackson is awesome, scary...a big, powerful back with speed to go all the way. Jackson has put the Beaver team on his back and carried it down the field.'
Rachel Bachman, The Oregonian: He is a rare talent - a possible first-round draft pick as soon as next spring and one of the best athletes to play in Corvallis. He is an unquestioned leader. He is a solid student. He is a Heisman Trophy Candidate.'
Brooks Hatch, Corvallis Gazette-Times: 'Steven Jackson, the 6-foot-3, 233-pound junior, is one of the finest running backs in the country and should be considered a realistic candidate for the Heisman Trophy.'
Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune: 'In a little more than two years in Corvallis, Jackson has become the most popular Oregon State athlete since Gary Payton in the late '80's, and not just because of his NFL-caliber ability to carry the football. He is an approachable, affable young man who doesn't drink or get himself into trouble.'
Paul Buker, The Oregonian: 'The Bears (California) are assuming - make that praying - that Jackson will be in the NFL next season. And for their sake, he better be.'
Bob Rodman, Eugene Register Guard: 'Oregon State's powerful tailback (Steven Jackson) has a million-dollar smile and the talent to match it.'
Dennis Erickson, former OSU Head Coach and current San Francisco 49ers' Head Coach: 'Steven is a physical kid who can really run. He catches the ball, he runs, he's smart. He does it all.'
Dan Fouts, ABC announcer: 'Steven Jackson is the best football player in the land.'
Pat Hill, Head Coach Fresno State: 'Steven Jackson is the best I have seen.'
Dan Cozzetto, former OSU assistant coach who recruited Jackson and current Washington assistant coach: 'He's a great kid. The best I've been around. In fall camp (2001), we decided we couldn't redshirt him. We had (Ken) Simonton, and he was being hyped for the Heisman, and he was tremendous. But then you turn around and see Steven and you go, 'Wow!' He has a great mind for the game and he just loves to play the game, which is a heck of a combination.'
Bill Doba, Head Coach Washington State: 'You've got to try to stop Steven Jackson. He's a big, strong kid; he's 230-some pounds, and you've got to try to get him before he gets going, if that's possible.'
Mike Hankwitz, Head Coach Arizona: 'I have seen a lot of running backs, but I would have to say that he is one of the best I have ever seen. He's a very strong runner and he has the speed to take it to the outside. I have a lot of respect for him. He's a hard-nosed running guy.'
Buddy Teevens, Head Coach Stanford: 'He is a big-time NFL back. He's smart, he's patient, and he's physical. He has great balance and good vision. I was very impressed with him. If it was my vote, I'd say 'Go'.'
Mike Bellotti, Head Coach Oregon: 'Steven Jackson is not just the best running back in the conference; he's one of the best in the nation.
Derek Anderson, QB: Derek earned honorable All-Pac-10 honors in 2003 after becoming only the second player in conference history to pass for over 4,000 yards in a season. Derek produced 4,058 passing yards in 2003. Anderson broke the OSU season record for passing yards with 4,058, which ranks second on the all-time Pac-10 list. He broke the OSU total offense record with 3,933 yards, which ranks third on the Pac-10 single-season list. He led the Pac-10 and ranks ninth nationally in total offense with an average of 302.54 yards per game. He ranked second in the Pac-10 and 20th nationally with 20.08 completions per game. His passing efficiency was 124.13, which was sixth in the Pac-10 and 61st nationally. He set season records for most passes attempted (509), most passes had intercepted (24) and most total plays (566). He broke the single-game passing mark with 485 yards vs. USC. (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. (New Mexico)-Derek had a sensational bowl outing vs. New Mexico in the Las Vegas Bowl. He completed 21 of 33 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns. He accounted for 319 yards in total offense. Derek's 322 passing yards ranks as the 22nd best single-game mark in Beaver history. Derek's 319 yards of total offense ranks as the 22nd best single-game mark 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 31-game career to date (26 straight as a starter), Anderson has completed 489 of 1,000 passes for 7,634 yards, which ranks 19th on Pac-10 career list. He has 50 touchdown passes and has thrown 40 interceptions. He has accounted for 7,253 yards (234.0 average) in total offense on 1107 plays. He is 22nd on Pac-10 career total offense list. He is third on the OSU career list for touchdown passes thrown with 50, which ties him for 21st on Pac-10 career list. Derek ranks third on OSU's career passing and total offense charts. Anderson has led OSU to a 16-10 record (.615) as the starting quarterback.
James Newson, SE-James Newson earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors for OSU in 2003 and will play in the Senior Bowl on January 24 at Mobile, Alabama. Newson finished his career catching passes in 37 straight games, an OSU record. James owns OSU's entire career receiving records. He has the most receptions (213), most yards (3,572) and the most TD receptions (20). He set season records in 2003 for receptions (81) and most yards (3,306). James was second in the Pac-10 in average yards per catch (108.83), which ranked third nationally. James ranked third in the Pac-10 and 11th nationally with 6.75 average receptions per game. James finished fifth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards with an average of 109.25. He 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. (New Mexico)-In his final collegiate game for OSU, James caught three passes for 57 yards vs. the Lobos. (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 caught 213 career passes for 3,572 yards, an average of 16.8 per catch and 20 touchdowns. The yardage, catches and touchdowns are OSU career records. Newson finished his career by catching passes in 37 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 3RD NATIONALLY IN RECEIVING YARDS: James finished third in the nation and No. 2 in the Pac-10 in receiving yardage with an average of 108.83 per game. James was third in the Pac-10 with an average of 6.75 receptions per game, and that ranked 11th in nationally.
Kirk Yliniemi, PK: Kirk completed his OSU career by booting two field goals in the Las Vegas Bowl vs. New Mexico. In the process, he broke the school record for total field goals made at 37 and became the most accurate kicker in OSU history, making 37 of 43 field goals (.860). He made 96 of 98 PATs (.979). He scored 207 career points, the second-most ever by a kicker at OSU and finished fourth in career scoring. He scored 103 points on the season to finish fourth in the Pac-10 and 20th in the nation. The 103 points is also the fourth highest single-season total in OSU history. 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. 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 at WSU, 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)-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 was 54 yards vs. Arizona, 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.
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***Oregon State is 1-2 in overtime games after losing to USC in 2001. The Beavers lost to California 48-42 in 1996. OSU defeated Oregon in double overtime 44-41 in 1998.
***Middle linebacker Richard Seigler posted a career-high 17 tackles at Washington in 2002.
***Middle linebacker Richard Seigler had the best game of his OSU career to date in the 2001 Arizona State game. Seigler produced a total of 81 points on the Beavers' defensive point system, breaking the record of 72 points established last year by defensive end DeLawrence Grant against San Diego State University. In addition, Seigler also broke the OSU record for tackles for loss in a game with seven. His seven tackles for loss topped the old record of 4 ï¿½ held by Bryan Ludwick in a game against Northern Illinois in 1996 at Corvallis. Against the Sun Devils, Seigler produced 8 solo tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 7 tackles for loss (19 yards), a sack for 5 yards and he recovered a fumble.
***OSU backs have rushed for 100 yards or more a total of 180 times.
***Oregon State has played one true freshman so far during the 2003 season, safety Dallas Buck.
***Oregon State has won eight of its last 11 season-openers.
***Quarterback Derek Anderson tied a school record with five touchdown passes vs. UNLV, matching Erik Wilhelm's five against Akron in 1987. Anderson's four touchdown passes in the first half tied the school record for a half, matching the mark set by Scott Richardson against Washington State in 1979.
***Derek Anderson was responsible for six touchdowns (five passing and one rushing) vs. UNLV to tie a school record, matching the single-game mark set by Terry Baker (three passing and three running) against Iowa State in 1962.
***Tailback Steven Jackson broke the OSU Reser Stadium rushing record (dating back to 1953 when the stadium was built) with 239 yards against California. The previous record was 234 by OSU's Ken Simonton vs. USC in 2000. Jackson's 239 yards was the second highest rushing total by a Beaver running back, trailing only Bill Enyart's 299 yards at Utah in 1968.
***Steven Jackson's 239 yards vs. Cal in 2002 also amounts to the 25th best single-game rushing mark in Pacific-10 Conference history.
***Arizona's minus (-23) yards rushing vs. the Beavers in 2002 was the second-fewest rushing yards allowed by Oregon State in school history. The mark was just one yard short of the school record of minus (-24) yards set against Oregon in the 1966 Civil War. Arizona's 93 yards of total offense was the ninth lowest ever allowed by Oregon State.
*** Oregon State had its consecutive streak of successful PAT kicks made as a team snapped at Washington at 77 in 2002. Kirk Yliniemi missed on his second try at Washington after the Beavers were penalized for a celebration penalty. It was also Yliniemi's first PAT miss in his career. He had made 40 in a row before the 2002 miss.
***Steven Jackson rushed for 230 yards on 35 carries against Stanford in 2002 to become the first running back to rush for over 200 yards vs. Stanford since San Jose State's Deonce Whitaker rushed for 254 on 21 carries on September 9, 2000.
***Steven Jackson's 230 yards vs. Stanford in 2002 is the fifth best single-game rushing mark in OSU history and Jackson became the first back in Beaver history to rush for over 200 yards three times in one season.
***Oregon State opened the 2003 season on a very positive note. It was the Beavers' 100th victory at Reser/Parker Stadium since the stadium opened in 1953 with a game against Washington State on November 14.
***Derek Anderson passed for 273 yards and had 276 yards in total offense vs. Sacramento State. His 276 yards of total offense is the 39th best single-game mark in OSU history.
***Mike Hass caught six passes for 129 yards vs. Sacramento State, which amounts to the 28th best single-game receiving yardage mark in OSU history.
***OSU's 527 yards of total offense vs. Sacramento State is the 15th best single-game mark in OSU history.
***OSU's 301 yards in passing vs. Sacramento State ranks as the 38th best single-game mark in OSU history.
***Steven Jackson caught a 66-yard pass from Derek Anderson vs. Fresno State which ranks in a tie for 26th on OSU's list of longest pass plays.
***Steven Jackson's 116 receiving yardage vs. Fresno State ties for the 41st best single-game mark in OSU history.
***Carl Tobey had a 62-yard punt vs. Fresno State was the second longest of his career and the 19th longest in OSU history.
***Mitch Meeuwsen picked off two pass interceptions vs. Fresno State, giving him 10 career picks, which ties him for ninth on the Beavers' all-time list. It was the third time in his career that he has intercepted two passes in a game. He also had two picks vs. Temple and Oregon in 2002.
***Derek Anderson's 285 yards passing vs. Fresno State ranks as the 36th best single-game passing yardage mark in OSU history.
***Anderson's 284 yards in total offense vs. Fresno State ranks as the 37th best single-game mark in OSU history.
***Newson has caught at least one pass in 30 straight games.
***OSU's 285 yards passing vs. Fresno State is the 44th best team single-game passing mark in OSU history.
***Steve Jackson rushed for a season-high 166 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries against New Mexico State. It was the ninth multi-touchdown game of Jackson's career. The 166 yards rushing was the 27th highest single-game mark in OSU history and the fourth-highest of his career.
***James Newson had nine catches for 135 yards vs. New Mexico State, the 23rd best single-game mark in receiving yardage at OSU.
***James Newson caught nine passes vs. Boise State, giving him 156 in his career, good enough to break the OSU career record for receptions, passing Phil Ross (153).
***Newson had 208 receiving yards vs. Boise State, the third best in OSU history and a career-high for Newson.
***Quarterback Derek Anderson completed 19 of 37 passes for 408 yards and a touchdown vs. Boise State. The 408 yards was a career high for Derek and third-highest single-game mark in OSU history, behind Jonathan Smith's 469 yards at Washington in 1998 and Erik Wilhelm's 461 yards vs. Akron in 1987. Anderson had 416 yards in total offense, a career-best and fourth-best single-game mark in Beaver history.
***Kirk Yliniemi booted four field goals vs. Boise State to match an OSU single-game and Reser Stadium record. Four field goals are the most kicked by Yliniemi in one game. His first kick was a career-long 51-yarder. Yliniemi extended his school-record streak of successful field goal attempts to 20 before missing an attempt late in the second quarter, then added another field goal in the third quarter.
***Oregon State's 562 yards of total offense vs. Boise State was the 10th highest single-game mark in Beaver history. OSU's 408 yards passing was the third-highest single-game total in Beaver history.
***Oregon State played its first true freshman of the 2003 season when Dallas Buck, a 6-2, 191-pound defensive back from Newberg High School in Newberg played against Arizona State.
***James Newson had his starting streak stopped at 24 games when he was injured and could not play against Sacramento State.
***For those who keep track, Oregon State's starting offensive line averages 313.8 pounds, which ranks eighth among 1-A schools as the heaviest offensive line in the country.
***Steven Jackson had 26 carries for 105 yards and a touchdown vs. ASU. It was the 10th straight regular season game in which Jackson has rushed for at least 100 yards. It was the 15th 100-yard game of his career. Jackson had 103 all-purpose yards (minus-2 yards receiving).
***Brandon Browner, redshirt freshman cornerback, was named the Pac-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. ASU. He intercepted three passes, including one in the end zone, broke up another pass and had a key 4-yard tackle for loss on a fourth down play at the OSU 1-yard line in the third quarter.
***Oregon State's 45 points vs. ASU was the most the Beavers have ever scored against the Sun Devils, topping the previous high of 31 in a 33-31 loss in Tempe in 1977. The most points OSU had scored in beating ASU was 30 in 1969's 30-7 win in Temple and 1993's 30-14 win in Corvallis. The 28-point margin of victory was OSU's largest ever in the series, topping the 23 points in 1969.
***With Arizona State ranked 24th on the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, Oregon State posted its first win over a ranked team since beating Notre Dame 41-19 in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl.
***Oregon State won its Pacific-10 opener against ASU and it was the first time since beating USC 31-21 in 2000 at Reser Stadium that the Beavers won a conference opener.
***Oregon State got its first punt return touchdown in the game vs. ASU since Dwayne Owens ran back a punt 97 yards vs. UCLA at Pasadena in 1992 when Cole Clasen returned a punt 42 yards but fumbled the ball into the end zone where it was recovered by teammate Keller Christensen.
***Oregon State held California to just 52 yards passing, marking the first time Cal had been held to less than 100 yards passing since the 2000 season when WSU allowed only 89 yards through the air.
***Cal's Adimchinobe Echemandu became only the second opposing running back to top the century mark against Oregon State in 2003 as he rushed for 146 yards vs. the Beavers. ASU's Hakim Hill rushed for 115 against OSU.
***Oregon State rolled up 493 yards in total offense vs. California, which ranks as the 27th best total offense single-game mark at OSU.
***Steven Jackson's 66-yard run vs. California tied for the 26th longest run in OSU history.
***Steven Jackson's 227 yards rushing vs. California ties for the seventh-best single-game rushing mark in OSU history. Jackson has now rushed for over 200 yards four times, the most by any Beaver running back.
***Steven Jackson's 239 all-purpose yards vs. California ranks in a tie for the eighth-best single-game mark in OSU history, and he has four of the top eight marks.
***Steven Jackson has rushed for a combined 466 yards against California in his two games vs. the Bears, plus he added 2 catches for 12 yards. He has scored six touchdowns in his last two outings against Cal.
***Richard Seigler produced a season-high 56 defensive points vs. Washington and broke the OSU career defensive point record in the process. Seigler passed both Kane Rogers and Inoke Breckterfield in that game to become No. 1 in defensive point production.
***Derek Anderson passed for 344 yards vs. Washington, the 14th best single-game mark in OSU history. His 327 yards in total offense is the 17th best single-game mark in Beaver history.
***Oregon State forced seven turnovers, five interceptions and two fumbles, plus two safeties against Washington State, a team that entered the game ranked No. 1 in the nation in turnover margin with a plus 2.00 per game.
***OSU held Washington State to a net 3 yards rushing, with ranks as the Beavers' fifth best defensive effort against the run in OSU history, and the second best against a Cougar team. The Beavers held WSU to minus 7 yards rushing at Corvallis in 1994.
***Kirk Yliniemi was a perfect four-for-four kicking field goals against Washington State to tie the OSU record for most field goals kicked in a game. The record is held by Troy Bussanich, Jose Cortez, Ryan Cesca and Yliniemi. Kirk also kicked four against Boise State earlier this season.
***Yliniemi matched his then career long field goal made with a 51-yarder vs. WSU. He also kicked a 51-yarder vs. Boise State. The 51-yard field goal equals the 10th longest kick in OSU history. Yliniemi was perfect on four kicks 50 or more yards in his career at that time.
***Derek Anderson's 66-yard TD pass to Mike Hass vs. WSU is equal to the 26th longest pass play in OSU history and the 21st longest touchdown pass.
***Steven Jackson passed the 1,000 mark in rushing yards on the season vs. Washington State, making it the ninth time and OSU running back has passed the century mark in a season.
***Mitch Meeuwsen intercepted three passes vs. WSU and had a fourth called back due to a penalty. It was third time in his career he has intercepted more than one pass in a game. Meeuwsen now has six interceptions on the season, which ranks 11th on OSU's single-season list.Mitch has moved into second place in career interceptions with 14, just one behind all-time leader Dan Espalin (1962-64) who intercepted 15 in his career.
***Arizona scored a touchdown against OSU in the third quarter to break of streak of 15 straight quarters that the Wildcats had failed to score a touchdown against the Beavers' defense.
***Place-kicker Kirk Yliniemi booted a career-long 54-yard field goal against Arizona, the fourth longest in school history.
***Tailback Steven Jackson tied an OSU single-game record by scoring a career-high four touchdowns vs. Arizona.
***Oregon State's 333 yards passing vs. Arizona is the 24th best single-game total in OSU history.
***Derek Anderson's 308 yards passing vs. Arizona is 29th best single-game passing mark in OSU history and his 308 yards of total offense ties for the 29th best single-game mark at OSU.
***Oregon State wide receiver Mike Hass had eight catches for 225 yards vs. Stanford. The yardage is the second-best in OSU history, trailing only Robb Thomas' 230 yards vs. Akron in 1987. It also tied for the 21st best mark in Pac-10 history.
***Derek Anderson completed 26 of 48 passes for 383 yards and 4 touchdowns. That is the sixth-best single-game mark for passing yardage in OSU history. Anderson accounted for 389 yards of total offense, which ties for the sixth-best single-game mark in OSU history.
***Carl Tobey's 66-yard punt in the first quarter vs. Stanford tied for the sixth-longest in school history.
***Oregon State's 43 points were the most the Beavers have ever scored against Stanford and the 40-point margin was the Beavers' largest ever against the Cardinal, topping the previous highs of 33 points in a 33-31 win in Corvallis in 1979 and a 32-point margin in a 38-6 win in Corvallis in 2000.
***Stanford was held without a touchdown for the second straight game at Reser Stadium. Stanford's 3 points were the fewest ever by the Cardinal at Reser Stadium. It was the fewest points scored by Stanford in the series since OSU's 27-0 win at Stanford in 1962, and the fewest scored by the Cardinal since a 0-0 tie at old Bell Field in 1946.
***Stanford's minus-12 yards rushing is the third-best figure ever for an Oregon State defense, trailing only the minus-24 yards for Oregon in 1966 and the minus-23 yards for Arizona in 2002.
***Oregon State's 663 yards total offense was the third-highest single-game mark in school history, trailing only 703 yards against Utah in 1951 and 669 yards against Pacific in 1993. OSU's 441 yards passing is the third-highest total in school history, trailing only 508 yards at Washington in 1998 and 476 yards against Akron in 1987.
***Stanford's total offense of 133 yards against Oregon State is the second lowest in Cardinal history. Stanford's minus-12 yards rushing is the fifth-lowest in Cardinal history.
***After some long research with the best information we have available, it has been determined that the last time Oregon State wore a uniform combination of black jerseys and orange pants at home was during the 1935 season when Lon Stiner was the head coach. In the modern era, the Beavers wore orange pants and white jerseys on the road in 1999, Dennis Erickson's first season as head coach, at Stanford and against Hawaii in the O'ahu Bowl. Since the Beavers lost both games, Erickson nixed wearing the orange pants again.
OSU LED PAC-10 IN RED-ZONE SUCCESS: Oregon State was very proficient from an offensive standpoint in the red-zone in 2003, converting 51 of a possible 59 attempts for a percentage of .864, 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, scoring on two of three attempts vs. USC and all seven opportunities vs. New Mexico in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Beavers were also rock solid from a defensive standpoint in the red-zone. OSU allowed 31 scores in 44 attempts in the red-zone, a percentage of .705, also the 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 finished the 2003 season with a minus turnover ratio. OSU's bright spot in the season was forcing 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. OSU was a minus 0.62 on the season, committing eight more turnovers and forced. OSU is 10th in the Pac-10 and tied for 101 nationally.
BIG PLAY BEAVERS: Oregon State produced a total of 50 plays of 25 or more yards in 2003. Quarterback Derek Anderson has been involved in all but 12 of the Beavers' big plays. 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, three at USC and five vs. New Mexico in the Las Vegas Bowl.
OSU REDSHIRTS: OSU redshirting a total of 25 players during the 2003 season, including 19 scholarship players. Dallas Buck, who is also a baseball pitcher, was the only true freshman who played for the Beavers in 2003. In addition, redshirt freshman cornerback Kellen Marshall missed the entire season following fall knee surgery and he will return as a sophomore in 2004. The scholarship redshirt group includes the following:
Eric Anderson, LB; Yvenson Bernard, TB; Curtis Coker, DT; Andy Darkins, LB; Kyle DeVan, C; Derrick Doggett, LB; Naymon Frank, DE; Phil Ghilarducci, WR; Ryan Gunderson, QB; Danny Kalavi, LB; Jeff Kruskamp, TE; Gerard Lawson, CB; Brandon Powers, WR; Joe Rudulph, DE; Roy Schuening, OG; Whitfield Usher, OT; Jeff Van Orsow, DE; Justin Williams, CB; Patrick Wu, OT.
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