No. 14 Oregon State Prepares For The Bears

Oct. 30, 2000

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GAME: #14 Oregon State (7-1, 4-1) vs. California (3-5, 2-3)

SITE: Memorial Stadium (75,028), Berkeley, CA

DATE: November 4, 2000

TIME: 12:35 PST Kick off

RADIO: Live over 31-station Beaver Sports Network, starting at 11:30 PST

TV: Delayed over Fox Sports Net at 12:30 p.m. PST on Sunday

CROWD: California is expecting a crowd of around 35,000 at Memorial Stadium (75,028) for Saturday's Pac-10 football game.

TELEVISION: The OSU-California game will be televised on a delayed basis on Sunday over Fox Sports Net Northwest. Airtime for the delayed telecast on Sunday is 12:30 p.m. The delayed telecast covers the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Scott Lynn (play-by-play) and Steve Preece (analyst) will call the action for Fox Sports Net.

RADIO: All Oregon State football games are carried live over the OSU radio network, which consists of 31 stations in the Pacific Northwest. Mike Parker is in his second season of calling the play-by-play, while former OSU halfback Bob Grim is in his 12th year as the color analyst. Michael Convery is in his third season as OSU's sideline reporter. KEX (1190 AM) serves as the anchor station of the 31-station network, produced by Beaver Sports Properties, a division of Learfield Communications. Airtime for the OSU network, both home and away, will always be one hour prior to kickoff. KEX (1190 AM) radio in Portland will broadcast a one-hour Beaver Tailgater pregame show prior to the start of the network pregame show before each home game with Paul Ihander hosting. KLOO (1340 AM) radio in Corvallis is on the air two hours prior to kickoff, both home and away games, with a special tailgate show with hosts Jon Warren and Doug Blair. KLOO will originate from Parker Plaza at Reser Stadium for home games and in the studio during road games.

RANKING: Oregon State is ranked 14th this week on the Associated Press Poll. The Beavers are also ranked 14th on the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Last week, OSU was ranked 18th on the Associated Press Poll and 17th on the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.

OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is on a three-game winning streak overall. The Beavers currently own an 13-game non-conference regular season winning streak, an eight-game winning streak at Reser Stadium, a one-game road winning streak and a three-game Pacific-10 Conference winning streak. Oregon State's 13-game non-conference regular season winning streak is the longest since winning 20 straight from 1928 through 1933. That 20 game straight non-conference-winning streak is the Beavers' all-time record. Oregon State is 15-5 (.750) in its last 20 games and has won 11 of its last 12 (.917) home games. The last time the Beavers won eight straight games at home was during a stretch from 1962 through 1965 when OSU had eight straight victories in Corvallis. By including home games in Portland, the Beavers won 13 in a row at home during that same stretch. The last time OSU lost a regular season non-conference game was in 1996 at Baylor, 42-10. OSU's last 7-1 start was in 1964, when the Beavers lost their season opener and then won seven straight en route to the Rose Bowl. OSU has never had an 8-1 season start. As close as they have been was in 1939 when the Beavers opened the season 7-1-1.

DENNIS ERICKSON SEVENTH ON ACTIVE WINNING LIST: Dennis Erickson, Montana State, '69, is in his second year as OSU's head coach after posting a 7-5 record in 1999. He is 7-1 in 2000 and 14-6 (.700) in his Beaver career. Erickson is currently the seventh winningest Division 1-A active college head coach with five or more years of service as a head coach. As a collegiate head coach, Erickson is 13-2 in season openers, including 11 straight victories. He has a winning percentage of .733 (127-46-1). He trails R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M (.757) on the winning percentage list. Erickson is 15th among active Division 1-A college coaches for total victories with 127. Erickson produced a 32-15 record in four years as head coach at Idaho (1982-85), 6-6 as head coach at Wyoming (1986), 12-10-1 in two years at Washington State (1987-88), 63-9-0 in six years at Miami (1989-94) and now 14-6 at Oregon State. Dennis was head coach of the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL (1995-98) and produced a four-year record of 31-33-0. Erickson has been named Coach of the Year in three of the four conferences he has coached in--Big Sky, Pac-10 and Big East. Erickson was one of five finalists for Coach of the Year honors by The Football News in 1999 and one of 16 finalist for national Coach of the Year honors by the Associated Press.

INJURY REPORT: OUT-quarterback Shayne House (right shoulder). Defensive back Luke Scott (broken right forearm). PROBABLE- Defensive end Sefa O'Reilly (sprained left knee). Wide receiver Chad Johnson (ankle sprain).

BEAVERS SETTING ATTENDANCE MARKS: Oregon State has drawn over 30,000 fans to Reser Stadium for the last nine home games, including three straight sellouts, a school record. The Beavers are assured of a fourth straight sellout as the Civil War game with Oregon has been sold out since July.

SERIES INFORMATION: Oregon State and California have played 52 games in the series and the Bears hold a 31-21 advantage. The Beavers are on a one-game winning streak as a result of downing California 17-7 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis last year. OSU has lost three straight games to the Bears at Berkeley. The Beavers last victory at California was in 1989, 25-24. OSU's Dennis Erickson is 4-0-1 in games coached against the Bears, while Cal coach Tom Holmoe is 2-1 vs. Oregon State.

LAST YEAR: Last year's 17-7 victory over California at Reser Stadium was huge for Oregon State. The victory clinched a winning season for the Beavers and wiped out a 28-year drought of non-winning seasons for OSU. California held a 7-2 halftime lead and the Beavers exploded for 15 fourth-quarter points to put the game away. OSU linebacker Darnell Robinson intercepted a Kyle Boller pass on the last play of the third period and returned it to the Bears' 41. On the first play in the fourth quarter, Jonathan Smith connected with Roddy Tompkins on a 41-yard TD pass giving OSU the lead for good. Tevita Moala iced the contest for the Beavers by picking up a Boller fumble and racing 24 yards for a touchdown to give OSU its 17-7 margin of victory. The Beavers held a 280-229 edge in total offense in a game dominated by defense. Ken Simonton rushed for 134 yards to lead OSU.

SIMONTON FINALIST FOR DOAK WALKER AWARD: Ken Simonton has been selected as one of 35 finalists for the Doak Walker Award, which is given annually to the nation's top college running back. Eight semifinalists will be selected on November 8, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will ultimately vote on the winner in late November. The winner of the 2000 Doak Walker Award, presented by Vectrix, will be announced live on ESPN's Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000. The Doak Walker Award presentation banquet will be held at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001.


Ken Simonton is the first player in Pacific-10 Conference history to rush for 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior. Simonton and Stanford's Darin Nelson (1997-81) are the only two players in Pac-10 history to rush for over 1,000 yards as a freshman. However, Nelson failed to rush for 1,000 yards as a junior. Simonton is one of six players in the history of the Pac-10 to rush for over 1,000 yards in three seasons. He has a chance as a senior in 2001 to become the first player in Pac-10 history to rush for over 1,000 yards in four seasons. The Pac-10 list of 1000-yard rushers for three seasons follows:


ON PLAY AGAINST WSU: 'It was kind of a workman like job in reality. We played extremely well defensively. I thought we totally dominated the game defensively. We dominated the line of scrimmage and made a lot of great plays on defense. That is the best we have played defensively in the last month. It was just a good overall effort on defense. Offensively, we did what we had to do to win. It wasn't our best offensive effort by any means, but I thought we came out in the third quarter and played like we were capable of playing. We ended up moving the football and scoring a lot of points in the third quarter. I am not disappointed in how we played offensively, but I think we have to play much better as we head to California this week.'

ON PLAY OF SPECIAL TEAMS: 'It was probably as well as we have played this year on special teams. Ryan Cesca kicked the ball extremely well, not only on field goals, but also on kickoffs. He kicked the ball out of the end zone a couple of times. We covered real well, so it probably was one of our better games on special teams.'

NOTES FROM WSU GAME: With the crowd of 34,491 at Reser Stadium for the WSU game, Oregon State has now drawn crowds of 30,000 or more (Reser's capacity is currently 33,297) for nine straight home games, extending the longest such streak in Beaver history. OSU has crawn crowds of at least 30,000 for 11 of its last 12 homes games.

***Ryan Cesca matched his career high of three field goals made. Cesca was also perfect on his three PAT attempts, keeping him a perfect 70-for-70 in his OSU career.

***Cesca has successfully kicked seven straight field goals and has made eight of nine on the season, a percentage of .889.

***Ken Simonton had runs of 53 and 42 yards against WSU. The 53-yard run was a career best, topping the previous best of 49 against Stanford during his freshman season, 1998.

***OSU is now produced back-to-back seven win seasons for the first time since the Beavers had three straight from 1966-67-68 (7-3-0, 7-2-1, 7-3-0). OSU is also assured back-to-back seasons of at least four conference wins for the first time since 1968-69 (5-1, 4-3).

***Ken Simonton's 169 yards rushing vs. WSU ranks as the 19th best single-game rushing mark in OSU history.

***Oregon State has now beaten WSU two straight games for the first time since 1974-75, when the Beavers won 17-3 in Pullman and then 7-0 in Corvallis.

***Oregon State's defensive unit held WSU without a first down until 7:19 remained in the second quarter.

STARTING STREAKS: Several Oregon State players have multiple game starting streaks on the line. A total of 10 players have starting streaks of 17 or more games. Sophomore cornerback Dennis Weathersby had his starting streak stopped at 19 as he failed to start against Washington State. However, Weathersby did play against the Cougars.

PRESCOTT MOVING UP RECEIVING LADDER: Senior wide receiver Robert Prescott has caught 96 in his career and has moved into 10th place on the OSU career list. He needs 12 more receptions to move up a notch on the chart.

OSU IN THE RED ZONE: OSU has a .788 percent success rate thus far in the red zone, scoring 21 touchdowns and five field goals in 33 attempts. OSU opponents have scored 20 out of 25 times inside the red zone (.800), but only 13 of the scores have been touchdowns, a percentage of .520.

BEAVERS HIGH IN TURNOVER MARGIN: Oregon State had a plus one in turnovers against Washington State and increased its turnover margin to plus 11 on the season. The Beavers have had only two negative turnover games during the 2000 season. The first negative game was in the season opener against Eastern Washington (-1.0) and the second was against UCLA (-2.0). In both cases, OSU was able to overcome the turnovers and gain a victory. The Beavers lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin at 1.38 and rank in a tie for sixth nationally. OSU's high water mark for the season was forcing seven turnovers against San Diego State.

BIG PLAYS: Oregon State continues on a big play roll. It started at Washington (10-7) as the Beavers produced six 'Big Plays' in the contest. It continued against Stanford as the Beavers put up four more big plays and four vs. UCLA. One of the big plays was a school record 97-yard touchdown pass from Jonathan Smith to Chad Johnson vs. Stanford. Smith and Johnson connected on an 80-yard touchdown pass vs. Washington to equal the fifth longest pass play in OSU history. Smith also threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh against Stanford, the 11th longest pass play in Beaver History. Smith had a 48-yard TD pass to Robert Prescott for a touchdown at Washington. OSU produced 59 big plays in 1999. After eight games, the Beavers have 29 big plays this season.

BEAVER DEFENSE TOPS PAC-10: Oregon State's defense has been dominating nationally and in the Pac-10. OSU leads the Pac-10 and ranks 22ND nationally in total defense. OSU ranks 17th in rushing defense nationally and No. 2 in the Pac-10. The Beavers are 25rd nationally in scoring defense and No. 2 in the Pac-10. OSU is 27st nationally in pass efficiency defense and second in the Pac-10. OSU remains No. 1 in the Pac-10 and tied for sixth nationally in pass interceptions with 14.

WEATHERSBY FINALIST FOR JIM THORPE AWARD: Oregon State sophomore cornerback Dennis Weathersby has been selected as one of 40 players as a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate defensive back. Semifinalist will be announced the second week in November and three finalists will be selected the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Finalists are invited to ESPN's College Football Awards Show at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, where the winner will be announced on December 7. Formal presentation is at a banquet in February in Oklahoma City. The Jim Thorpe Award has been presented to the best defensive back in college football since 1986.

RYAN CESCA, PK: Ryan Cesca remains perfect in PAT attempts in his OSU career and is now the Beavers' record holder for consecutive PATs made. As a freshman in 1999, he was perfect on all 37 of his PAT attempts, a school record for number of successful PAT kicks. He is a perfect 33-for-33 in 2000, making him 70-for-70 in his career. The previous OSU record for consecutive PAT kicks was 54 straight by Troy Bussanich (1986-89) Ryan has been successful on eight of nine field goal attempts this year, including a current streak of seven in a row. He made a career high three vs. UCLA. He has made 15 of 24 field goal attempts (.625) in his career Ryan booted a career long 49-yard field goal vs. Stanford. He scored 58 points in 1999, which was second to Ken Simonton's team leading 118 points. He has scored 57 points this year and 115 career points, which ranks 14th in career scoring at OSU. Cesca ranks second in the Pac-10, behind Ken Simonton, in scoring and is within one point of matching his 1999 scoring total.

CAREER DEFENSIVE NUMBERS: Strong safety Terrence Carroll has the most career defensive points among Beaver defensive players with 836 and now ranks 10th on OSU's career defensive point list. In ninth place is William Ephraim with 851 and Rico Petrini is eighth with 858. Carroll is followed in career points by linebacker Darnell Robinson (634). After only 20 games in his career, Dennis Weathersby has broken up 25 passes and is already over halfway home to the OSU career record of 44 held by Andrae Holland.

BEAVERS TOUGH IN FOURTH QUARTER: Under Dennis Erickson, Oregon State has dominated the fourth quarter. The Beavers out scored opponents in the fourth quarter by 138 to 43 in 1999. Oregon State has started the 2000 season in the same manner, producing 77 points to 47 by opponents in six games. The Beavers out scored New Mexico 14-0 in the fourth quarter at altitude in Albuquerque to win the game 28-20. OSU out scored USC 17-7 in the fourth quarter to break a 14-14 tie and put the game away. OSU topped UCLA 23-14 in the fourth period to pull out 44-38 victory. Only three times in 20 games under Erickson have opponents scored more points in the fourth quarter. Stanford (14-10) last year and Washington (13-9) and Washington State (6-0) this year have been the only teams to tally more points than OSU in the fourth quarter. However, in the WSU game, the Beavers had pulled their starters in the fourth period.

SIMONTON AMONG NATION'S LEADERS: Ken Simonton leads the Pac-10 is fifth nationally in rushing with a 145.38 per game average. Simonton leads the Pac-10 in scoring and is tied for ninth nationally in scoring with 10.00 per game average. Ken leads the Pac-10 in all-purpose running and ranks 18th nationally with 146.38 per game average.

SIMONTON'S OSU RECORD 100-YARD GAME RECORD RUN: By rushing for 200 yards vs. Eastern Washington, Ken Simonton broke the Oregon State career record for most 100-yard rushing games with 14. He now has 19 games of 100 yards or more. He established a Beaver record in 1999 when his 100-yard rushing game streak reached seven games before being stopped. The streak reached seven straight 100-yard games before a rib injury in the first quarter of the UCLA game halted Simonton's attempt for an eighth straight 100-yard rushing game. Simonton has rushed for over 100 yards 19 times in his 31-game career to date. Pete Pifer carried for over 100 yards 11 times in his career. Former All-American fullback Bill Enyart rushed for over 100 yards nine times in his career. Another fullback, Dave Schilling, rushed for over 100 yards 13 times in his career.

KEN SIMONTON, TB: Ken rushed for 169 yards, which ranks 19th on OSU single-season list against WSU, scoring two touchdowns and a 2-point PAT...he had runs of 53 and 42 yards vs. the Cougars...he had 181 all-purpose yards...with 1,163 yards rushing this season, he ranks third on OSU's single-season list...his 80 points scored ties him for fourth place on the single-season scoring list. (UCLA)--Ken rushed for 100 yards on 24 carries vs. UCLA, the 18th time he has topped the century mark in a game. (Stanford)--Ken rushed for 81 yards on 14 carries and did not play past the midway point of the third quarter in OSU's 38-6 victory over Stanford. Washington)--Ken rushed for 104 yards on 23 carries against was his 17th 100-yard rushing game at OSU. USC)--Ken had the biggest game of his career to date against USC...he rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns vs. the Trojans, including the game clinching 36-yard run with 1:18 to play...the 234 yards is the second highest rushing total by an individual in OSU history, topped only by 299 by Bill was also the second most yards ever rushed by an individual against USC...only Curtis Enis of Penn State in 1996 with 241 ever rushed for more yards against USC...Ken also tied Tim Alexander for the eighth best OSU all-purpose running game with 234 yards. (San Diego State)--Ken rushed for 91 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns against San Diego State and did not play after the first series of the second half as OSU had a comfortable lead. (New Mexico)--Ken had a fantastic game at New Mexico, rushing for 184 yards and scoring two touchdowns, including a 43-yarder with 1:12 left on a fourth and one play to ice the contest at 28-20 for OSU...his 184 yards matches the ninth best single-game mark in OSU history...the game was his 14th multiple touchdown game of his career and 15th 100-yard plus rushing game. (Eastern Washington)---Ken got his junior season off to a fantastic start, rushing for 200 yards on a career high 40 carries against Eastern Washington. He scored all three Beaver touchdowns, increasing his career scoring record to 214. His 200-yard rushing game was the seventh best single-game mark in OSU history and his second highest career game. (CAREER NOTES)--Ken Simonton has produced big numbers for Oregon State in three seasons. Ken rushed for 1,028 yards as a freshman in 1998, a school record. He is only the second player in Pac-10 history to rush for over 1,000 yards as a freshman. The only other player was Stanford's Darrin Nelson in 1977. Ken rushed for 1,329 regular season yards in 1999, the most ever in the history of the Pac-10 by a sophomore. Only five other players in Pac-10 history have rushed for over 1,000 yards in three seasons---Napoleon Kaufman, Washington, 1992-93-94, Russell White, California, 1990-91-92, Darrin Nelson, Stanford, 1977-78-79, Charles White, USC, 1977-78-79, and Anthony Davis, USC, 1972-73-74. Simonton has a chance to become the first player in history of the Pac-10 to rush for over 1,000 yards in four seasons. He has scored touchdowns in 21 of his 31 career games and has multiple touchdown games 17 times.


'Ken Simonton is a definite Heisman Trophy candidate,' Eastern Washington coach Paul Wulff

'He is just an outstanding back. We were stacking guys at the line of scrimmage, and every once in a while, the Beavers had a good running back (Simonton) that makes a guy miss, and that ends up being big gains,' New Mexico coach Rocky Long.

'He's obviously a great running back. Our scheme should stop anybody, at least it has the potential to do it. But if we have a letdown, he could get 300 yards against us (Simonton rushed for 184),' said New Mexico linebacker Mike Barnett.

'You are not going to completely stop a back like him,' said New Mexico coach Rocky Long.

'He's always going to the goal line. He's always going downhill, always seeking the soft spot,' said San Diego State coach Ted Tollner.

'He is one of the best that we will play against,' said USC coach Paul Hackett.

'He's the guts of this football team. The things he does are unbelievable for his size. He doesn't have all out burning speed, but you couldn't tell him that on the final play against USC,' said OSU running backs coach Dan Cozzetto.

'He's such a tremendous person, one of the best and most true persons I've been around,' said OSU running backs coach Dan Cozzetto.

'There are certainly a lot of good ones (running backs) our there, but right now all his numbers would lead you to believe that there is not a better one around, said Washington coach Rick Neuheisel.

'He's just got tremendous vision. He's got great explosion. When he sees a hole or opening, he has tremendous explosion. He's got great lower-body strength. He breaks a lot of tackles with his legs. He's an extremely tough guy,' said Oregon State coach Dennis Erickson.

'He possesses that gift of knowing how to get into the endzone. He hasn't gained all his yards by being average,' said OSU running backs coach Dan Cozzetto.

'He makes the right decisions on where to go. He seldom runs into anybody. He has good speed, but it's his ability tomake the right decision that he really has going for him,' said Washington defensive coordinator Tim Hundley.

'He is the most underrated player in college football,' said Tom Ramsey, Fox Sports Net

'I would say that Ken Simonton is the top offensive player in the Pac-10 right now,' said California coach Tom Holmoe.

'Ken Simonton is the best running back in the Pac-10, and one of the best in the nation,' said UCLA coach Bob Toledo.

'I think he's a tremendous player. I thought he was before. He just showed his speed on that first run he made. We didn't have a pursuit angle, and he outran just about everybody on the field,' said WSU coach Mike Price.

'I just hope he never runs out of eligibility-maybe go another couple, three years. What can I say' he must amazes you every time he goes out and plays. He's a great back, he's one of the best in football right now,' said Dennis Erickson.

JONATHAN SMITH, QB: Jonathan has started 23 career games for Oregon State at quarterback and has produced a 15-8 (.652) record as a starter. Jonathan led OSU to a 38-9 victory over WSU, completing 13 of 28 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. (UCLA)--Jonathan passed for 351 yards (23-37) and personal best 4 touchdowns vs. UCLA...eighth best single-game passing mark at OSU and 11th best total offense mark (338). (Stanford)--passed for 324 yards (13th best at OSU) and had 306 yards in total offense (22nd best), while leading OSU to 38-6 victory...threw a school record 97-yard TD pass to Chad Johnson and 11th longest 76-yard TD pass to T.J. two career games vs. Stanford, Jonathan passed for 729 yards and 4 touchdowns. (Washington) --Jonathan passed for 314 yards and three touchdowns vs. Washington, including TD passes of 80 yards to Chad Johnson, 48 yards to Robert Prescott and 11 yards to T.J. Houshmandzadeh. USC)--Jonathan directed OSU to its biggest win in several years in a 31-21 victory over USC...he completed 10 of 29 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown. (San Diego State)--Jonathan posted his best numbers of the season in directing OSU to a 35-3 victory over San Diego State...he completed 14 of 27 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown. (New Mexico)--Jonathan had his lowest personal career offensive output as a starter in the Beavers' 28-20 victory over New Mexico...he completed 12of 28 passes for 78 yards and one touchdown...he had 55 yards in total offense. (Eastern Washington)--he passed for only 132 yards, completing 13 of 29 passes, but he threw 2 interceptions...the first interception stopped his streak of passes thrown without a pick at 156, just 14 shy of the OSU record of 170 straight...he wound up with 115 yards in total offense vs. EWU...(1999 Highlights)--Jonathan broke the OSU single-season record for passing yards (3,053) and in total offense (2,957) in 1999...he finished third in the Pac-10 Conference in total offense and 25th nationally with 245.0 yards per game avee d

during regular season...he averaged 253.1 yards a game passing....Jonathan did not throw an interception against UCLA and Washington State and he had thrown 71 attempts without a pick before being intercepted one time against California...he was intercepted only one time in OSU's last six games of the 1999 season...he threw 213 passes during that span...finished the season without and interception on his last 140 pass attempts (The OSU school record is 170 thrown without an interception)... he had a streak of throwing a touchdown pass in nine straight games halted at Washington State, but he got back on track with a TD pass vs. California and three vs. Arizona...Jonathan put the 'Big Play' back into the OSU offense in 1998 after taking over the controls from an injured Terrance Bryant...Jonathan was directly responsible for 32 plays of 25 yards or more in OSU's last four games of 1998...he opened the 1999 season with three 'Big Plays' while directing OSU to a 28-13 victory over Nevada...he added five more in the Beavers' 46-23 victory over Fresno State and three more in 48-41 victory over Georgia Southern...he added four vs. USC, one against Washington, eight against Stanford, five in the UCLA game, three at WSU, three vs. California, four against Arizona, one vs. Oregon and three vs. Hawaii... (Career Notes)--Jonathan established an OSU record by passing for 469 yards vs. Washington in 1998...his 459 yards in total offense vs. the Huskies is the second best one-game mark in OSU history, topped only by Erik Wilhelm's 480 yards in 1987...Jonathan has completed 400 of 834 passes for 6,154 yards, 35 touchdowns and 16 interceptions...his 35 touchdown passes ranks second all-time at OSU, behind only Erik Wilhelm (52)...he has 5,857 yards of total offense in 26 career games played...Jonathan is second place in career passing at Oregon State and second in career total offense...he has passed for over 300 yards in eight of his 26 games played, including three straight...his first three were coming off the bench as a backup...

his 15 TD passes in 1999 ties him for fourth on the single-season list.


***Oregon State has not played a true freshman so far this season.

***Oregon State has scored in 32 straight games after being shutout by USC 23-0, November 15, 1997.

***Ken Simonton rushed for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns vs. Eastern Washington (9/2) on a career high 40 carries. The 200 yards ranks as the seventh best single-game mark in OSU history.

***Ken Simonton rushed for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns vs. New Mexico (9-9), which ties him for ninth place as the best single-game rushing mark in OSU history.

***Darnell Robinson produced 60 defensive production points vs. Eastern Washington (9/2) to equal the 13th best single-game defensive performance in OSU history.

***Defensive end LaDairis Jackson returned an intercepted pass for a touchdown against New Mexico, the first time in his football career he has returned an interception for a touchdown.

***OSU backs have rushed for 100 yards or more a total of 152 times.

***Ken Simonton tied his own record of 4 touchdowns in a game vs. Georgia Southern in 1999, which he did against Oregon in 1998. Pete Pifer, Bill Enyart, Reggie Bynum and Robb Thomas have also scored 4 touchdowns in a game.

***Ken Simonton in 1999 was the first Oregon State player to lead the nation in rushing at any point during the season. He led the nation following week two and three of the season.

***Pete Pifer finished fourth in the nation in rushing with 1,088 yards in 1966 and he finished fifth in the nation in 1965 with 1,095 yards. Bill Enyart finished seventh in the nation in 1968 with 1,304 yards and Dave Schilling finished 18th in the nation in 1970 with 1,084 yards. Ken Simonton finished 41st in the nation in 1998 with 1,028 yards and 13th in 1999.

***405 yards passing by Jonathan Smith vs. Stanford in 1999 ranks as the fourth best individual single-game mark in OSU history and Smith's second time over 400 yards. His 414 yards in total offense also ranks as the fourth best individual single-game mark in Beaver history.

***Oregon State held New Mexico to zero third down conversions. The Lobos were 0 for 13 for the game.

***Oregon State did not allow a touchdown vs. San Diego State. Prior to that, the last time Oregon State did not allow a touchdown in a game was against Oregon in the 1995 Civil War contest as the Ducks booted four field goals in a 12-10 Oregon victory.

***Oregon State had 17 tackles for loss, including five sacks vs. San Diego State for a negative 60 yards.

***Oregon State forced seven turnovers, four interceptions and three fumbles, while playing not committing a turnover vs. San Diego State.

***OSU intercepted four passes vs. San Diego State and the last time OSU had four pass interceptions in one game prior to that was against Nevada in the 1998 season opener, a 48-6 victory over the Beavers.

***Middle linebackers Richard Seigler and Greg Brown-Davis had their first career interceptions against San Diego State.

***Linebacker Nick Barnett scored his first career touchdown while recovering a fumble in the end zone against San Diego State.

***DeLawrence Grant recorded an OSU record three forced fumbles vs. San Diego State.

***DeLawrence Grant recorded an OSU record 72 defensive points vs. San Diego State. He had 4 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles, 2 sacks, a quarterback hurry and he returned a fumble 12 yards. One of his forced fumbles led to a touchdown as Nick Barnett recovered the pigskin in the end zone.

***Two interceptions by Terrence Carroll vs. San Diego State gave him his first multi-interception game. The last OSU player to intercept two or more passes in a game prior to Carroll was Armon Hatcher vs. California on October 31, 1998.

*** Senior defensive end DeLawrence Grant had a career game vs. San Diego State, establishing an Oregon State record for defensive points in one game with 72, topping the previous high of 70 by Buster Elahee in an overtime game at California in 1996. Grant's 72 points came on 4 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 4 tackles for loss, a school record 3 forced fumbles, 2 sacks, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry.

***OSU's 31-21 victory over USC was the Beavers' first victory over a ranked team since defeating Oregon 44-41 in double overtime in 1998. It was OSU's first triumph over a team ranked in the top 10 since defeating UCLA 15-13 on November 11, 1978 at Corvallis. The Bruins were ranked ninth by the Associated Press at the time.

***Ken Simonton's 234 yards rushing vs. USC were the second-most ever by an Oregon State back in a single game. The OSU record is 299 yards by Bill Enyart vs. Utah in 1966. Simonton's previous best was 207 yards against Stanford in 1998. Simonton's 234 yards also amounts to the 25th best single-game rushing mark in Pac-10 history.

** *Simonton established a Reser Stadium record for rushing yards with 234, topping the previous mark of 233 by USC's Marcus Allen in 1981. It was also the second most yards rushed by an individual against USC. His 234 all-purpose yards tied Tim Alexander for eighth on the single-game all-purpose running list.

***Terrence Carroll's 75-yard pass interception return vs. USC ranks as the ninth longest interception return in OSU history.

***Mike Fessler's 65-yard punt vs. Washington matched his 65-yarder earlier in the season at New Mexico and equals the eighth longest punt in OSU history.

***Dennis Weathersby has broken up passes in 16 of the 19 career games he has played. He did not break up a pass against Fresno State and Hawaii in 1999 and Stanford this year.

***In two games played at Husky Stadium, OSU quarterback Jonathan Smith has passed for 783 yards and six touchdowns. He has combined to complete 30 of 56 passes for 783 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Against Washington, Smith has thrown touchdown passes 90, 80 twice and 48 yards.

***Smith's 314 yards passing vs. Washington ranks as the 15th best single-game passing performance by a Beaver and Smith's fourth best yardage game.

***Smith's 281 yards in total offense vs. Washington ranks as the 27th best single-game total offense mark in OSU history.

***Oregon State had two receivers (Robert Prescott 101 and Chad Johnson with 116) have over 100 yards receiving vs. Washington, the first time the Beavers have had that happen since Tim Alexander (130), Greg Ainsworth (127) and Roddy Tompkins (210) combined to break the century mark against Washington in 1998.

***Smith's 80-yard touchdown pass to Chad Johnson vs. Washington equaled the fourth longest pass play in OSU history.

***Washington became only the second team in 17 games played under Dennis Erickson that an OSU opponent out scored Oregon State in the fourth quarter. The Huskies had a 13-9 point total edge in the fourth quarter. The only other team to post more points than the Beavers in the fourth quarter prior to Washington was Stanford (14-10) in 1999.

***The 73,145 fans attending the OSU-Washington game was the largest crowd ever to see a Beaver-Husky game.

***OSU's 314 passing yards vs. Washington ranks as the 20th highest total passing yards by the Beavers.

***OSU's 474 yards in total offense vs. Washington ranks as the 23rd best single-game total offense mark in Beaver history.

***Oregon State's 32-point margin of victory over Stanford was its largest ever over the Cardinal, topping a 27-0 win in 1962.

***Jonathan Smith and Chad Johnson hooked up on a 97-yard touchdown pass vs. Stanford, the longest pass play in OSU history and the play equals the second longest pass play in Pac-10 history, a mark accomplished twice earlier. WSU's Steve Birnbaum passed 97 yards to Nian Taylor vs. Idaho in 1998 and USC's Matt Koffler passed 97 yards to R. Jay Soward vs. Illinois in 1996. The previous OSU record was 92 yards on a Ladd McKittrick to Reggie Bynum pass vs. WSU in 1983.

***Smith to Johnson 97-yard TD pass to Chad Johnson vs. Stanford broke a Reser Stadium record, topping the previous best of 95 yards on a pass from Fresno State's Kevin Sweeney to Stephan Baker in 1988.

***Smith connected with T.J. Houshmandzadeh for a 76-yard touchdown pass vs. Stanford, the 11th longest in OSU history.

***Jonathan Smith's 324 yards passing vs. Stanford was the 13th highest single-game passing mark in Beaver history.

***Ryan Cesca's 49-yard field goal vs. Stanford was a career best, and the 13th longest in OSU history.

***T.J. Housmandzadeh had a career high 120 yards in receiving yardage vs. Stanford, which also ranks 28th on OSU's single-game pass receiving yardage list.

***Oregon State's 324 yards passing vs. Stanford amounts to the 18th best single-game team mark in Beaver history.

***OSU's 471 yards in total offense vs. Stanford amounts to the 25th best single-game team mark in Beaver history.

***The 2000 season marks the second straight season the Beavers have opened the year with three straight wins. The last time OSU opened the season with back-to-back 3-0 starts was in 1925 (3-0) and 1926 (5-0). The Beavers have started the season 3-0 only three times since 1967. OSU's last 4-0 season start was in 1957. The Beavers' last 5-0 season start was 1939.

***By downing UCLA 44-38, Oregon State for the first time in history was able to defeat USC and UCLA in the same year.

***OSU's 604 yards in total offense vs. UCLA amounts to the fourth highest single-game output in Beaver history.

***OSU's 351 yards in passing vs. UCLA matches the 10th highest single-game output in Beaver history.

***Ken Simonton rushed for 100 yards and Patrick McCall rushed for 146 yards vs. UCLA and it was the first time two Beaver backs have rushed for over 100 yards in a game since 1996. Tim Alexander (205), Alili King (135) and DeShawn Williams (101) all rushed for over 100 yards vs. Northern Illinois on November 16, 1996.

***OSU had two receivers with over 100 yards in receiving vs. UCLA with Robert Prescott (120) and Chad Johnson (104) topping the century mark. Johnson (116) and Prescott (101) both had over 100 yards receiving against Washington. T.J. Houshmandzadeh added 120 yards in receiving vs. Stanford, giving the Beavers a total of five 100-yard receiving games so far in 2000.

***Jonathan Smith's 351 yards passing vs. UCLA ranks as the eighth best single-game passing mark in OSU history. Smith's 338 yards in total offense ranks11th on OSU's all-time single-game list.

***Jonathan Smith's four touchdown passes vs. UCLA ranks as a career best for Smith.

***Patrick McCall's 66-yard TD run vs. UCLA ranks as the 25th longest TD run in OSU history.

***McCall's 146 yards rushing equals the 40th best single-game mark in OSU history.

***Ryan Cesca's three field goals vs. UCLA ranks a career high for Cesca in a game, and the most field goals made in a game since Jose Cortez booted four vs. California in 1998. Cesca matched that mark against Washington State.

***Jonathan Smith saw his streak of not throwing an interception stopped at 156 when he was picked off in a break play in the third quarter vs. UCLA. It was only Smith's third interception of the season. He had another streak stopped at 156 in the season opener against Eastern Washington (9/2). In 1999, he had 71 passes thrown without an interception before being stopped in the Georgia Southern (9/18) game. He had a second streak of 71 passes thrown without an interception stopped in the California game (11/8).

***Oregon State converted on 12 of 18 third-down conversion attempts vs. UCLA, while holding the Bruins to 2 of 11. OSU ran a season high 90 plays vs. UCLA. For the season, OSU has converted 48 of 110 attempts on third down, a percentage of .436.

***As a team, OSU has produced 1,163 yards in total offense vs. UCLA in its last two games. Jonathan Smith has passed for 685 yards and 7 touchdowns vs. the Bruins in his last two games against UCLA.


TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets can by purchased in person at the OSU Athletic Ticket office, room 107 Gill Coliseum, or by calling 541-737-4455 or 1-800-GO BEAVS. The OSU Athletic Ticket Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased on-line at http// (general admission tickets only) or at Ticket prices are $26 for reserved seats and $18 for general admission end zone seats.

OSU GAMES ON TEAMLINE/TRZ: Fans can hear the live radio play-by-play of all Oregon State football games in 2000--even when the Beavers are not on TV or out of a radio listening area. Just call TEAMLINE at 1-800-846-4700 and enter 5921 for OSU's access code and enter a credit card number when prompted. Then listen to all the action as it's broadcast by Oregon radio station (1190 AM KEX).

LISTEN TO BEAVERS ON OSU WEBSITE: Fans can also listen to OSU football through the Beavers' website, To listen to the radio play-by-play, click the audio/video link on the website and it will take you to the live play-by-play of the game. Beaver Sports Talk, featuring Coach Dennis Erickson, can also be heard every Tuesday, starting August 29, throughout the football season by clicking on to the same link.

BEAVER SPORTS TALK SHOW: Beaver Sports Talk is on the air on the OSU statewide radio network. The Beaver Sports Talk Show, hosted by Mike Parker, the voice of the Beavers, features Coach Dennis Erickson and is on the air from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. each Tuesday throughout the season. The show originates from The Headline Cafe in Corvallis. Fans from across the state and beyond may call in toll-free with their questions at 877-600-6433. Beaver Sports Talk will be carried by much of the Beaver Sports Radio Network, including KLOO AM (1340) in Corvallis and KEX AM (1190) in Portland. Fans outside coverage areas may log onto to get live coverage and utilize the new Azumano/Away Travel Ask The Coach feature. Check local listings for the Beaver Sports Radio Network station in your area.

PAC-10 SATELLITE FEEDS: Pac-10 satellite feeds featuring Pac-10 head coaches are available from 12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m. PDT every Wednesday from September 6 through November 22, 2000. Satellite coordinators for the Pac-10 feed---(C-Band), Telestar 5, Transponder 16. Pac-10 Trouble numbers for the satellite feed are--Dennis Kirkpatrick 310-543-1835 or 888-423-0095 pager, Kyle Reischling, 310-286-3749, Michelle Lockhart, 925-932-4411.

OSU RADIO NETWORK: All Oregon State football gams are carried live over the OSU radio network, which consists of 31 stations in the Pacific Northwest. Mike Parker is in his second season of calling the play-by-play, while former OSU halfback Bob Grim is in his 12th year as the color analyst. Michael Convery is in his third season as OSU's sideline reporter. KEX (1190 AM) serves as the anchor station of the 31-station network, produced by Beaver Sports Properties, a division of Learfield Communications. Airtime for the OSU network, both home and away, will always be one hour prior to kickoff. KLOO (1340 AM) radio in Corvallis is on the air two hours prior to kickoff, both home and away games, with a special tailgate show with hosts Jon Warren and Doug Blair. KLOO will originate from Parker Plaza at Reser Stadium for home games and in the studio during road games.

MEDIA LUNCHEON: Oregon State's next media luncheon will start at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. The luncheons are held on the third floor of the Valley Center. Media planning to attend must inform Hal Cowan no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday. Request for player and coaches interviews should also be made before 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. All luncheons in 2000 will start at 11:00 a.m.

OSU HOTLINE: Oregon State's hotline service is up and running. Beaver radio play-by-play announcer Mike Parker will have a new hotline interview on the machine by 12 noon each day. Call 541-737-2000 for the taped interview with players and coaches. The interviews run 2 1/2 minutes or less.

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