Beavers Blank Idaho, 38-0
Sept. 23, 2006
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Dennis Erickson returned to Reser Stadium only to get blanked by his former team.
Yvenson Bernard ran for 117 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Erickson's old team, Oregon State beat his new one, Idaho, 38-0 Saturday night.
Some in the crowd at Reser Stadium gave Erickson a standing ovation as he ran onto the field with the Vandals (1-3). There were also a smattering of boos.
But Oregon State (2-1) struck early with Bernard's 19-yard touchdown run on the Beavers' first possession.
Matt Moore found Anthony Wheat-Brown with a 10-yard scoring pass to make it 14-0 before Alexis Serna made a 34-yard field goal.
Bernard scored again midway through the third quarter on a 7-yard run.
The Beavers made it 31-0 when Derrick Doggett intercepted Brian Nooy and returned it 12 yards for the score. Backup quarterback Sean Canfield added 1-yard keeper for the final margin.
Either Mike Riley or Erickson have coached Oregon State for the past nine seasons.
First Riley, who grew up in Corvallis, came to the Beavers as head coach in 1997. He stayed for two seasons, compiling an 8-14 record, before becoming the head coach of the San Diego Chargers.
Erickson, who won two national titles at Miami and coached the Seattle Seahawks before taking over the Beavers, was at Oregon State for four years. In 2000, the Beavers went 11-1 with a victory over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl under Erickson.
It was a surprise when Erickson abruptly left for the 49ers, where he lasted two seasons, and Riley was re-hired as the coach of the Beavers.
Erickson first coached the Vandals from 1982-85, his first job as a college head coach. After stops at Wyoming (1986) and Washington State (1987-88), he found his greatest success from 1989-94 at Miami.
After the game, Erickson congratulated Riley, and gave Oregon State strong safety Sabby Piscitelli, a senior, a pat on the back.
Moore completed 16 of 31 passes for 169 yards and a touchdowns for the Beavers. Sammie Stroughter had five catches for 68 yards.
Steve Wickman completed just four of 17 passes for 40 yards and three interceptions. Nooy, who is from Pendleton, Ore., was 4-of-4 for 37 yards.
The Beavers were coming off a bye after a 42-14 loss to Boise State back on Sept. 7. The team opened the season with a 56-17 victory over Eastern Washington.
The Vandals opened with a pair of losses, to Michigan State and Washington State, before defeating in-state rival Idaho State 27-24 last weekend.