Beavers Head To The Desert
Nov. 6, 2000
CROWD: Arizona is expecting a homecoming crowd of around 45,000 at Arizona Stadium (56,500) for Saturday's Pac-10 Conference football game.
TELEVISION: The OSU-Arizona game will be televised live by Fox Sports Net nationally, starting at 7:15 p.m. PST. Steve Physioc (play-by-play), Tom Ramsey (analyst) and Lewis Johnson (sideline) will announce the game. The game will also be televised on a delayed basis on Sunday over Fox Sports Net Northwest with the same talent. 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.
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 10th this week on the Associated Press Poll. The Beavers are also ranked 10th on the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. OSU is ranked #11 on last week's BCS Poll. This week's #10 national ranking is the highest Oregon State has been ranked since 1968. The Beavers were ranked eighth by the Associated Press on September 16, 1968. Oregon State was ranked sixth by AP in the 1968 preseason poll. The Beavers were ranked seventh on the November 27, 1967 AP poll for their highest regular season ranking. Oregon State also ranked seventh on the AP poll on October 14, 1957.
BEST START: Oregon State's 8-1 start is its best start in school history. The Beavers started 7-1-1 en route to a 9-1-1 record in 1939. OSU finished season 7-1-1 in 1946. The Beavers finished 7-0-2 in 1914 and the 1926 team finished the season 7-1-0.
OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is on a four-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 two-game road winning streak and a four-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 16-5 (.762) in its last 21 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. The last time the Beavers won five straight games was in 1966 when they won six straight to close the season and the first three games in 1967 for a nine-game win streak. The last time OSU won three straight games on the road was in 1969 when the Beavers downed Washington, California and Oregon in the final three road games of the '69 season. The streak extended to four with the first road game in 1970. The last time OSU won five straight conference games was during the 1967 and '68 seasons when the Beavers won the last two Pac-8 games on the '67 season and followed that up by winning the first four Pac-8 outings of the '68 campaign. OSU is now produced back-to-back seasons of seven or more wins for the first time since the Beavers had three straight seven win campaigns from 1966-67-68 (7-3-0, 7-2-1, 7-3-0). OSU has also produced back-to-back seasons of at least four conference wins for the first time since 1968-69 (5-1, 4-3).
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 8-1 in 2000 and 15-6 (.714) 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 .734 (128-46-1). He trails R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M (.759) on the winning percentage list. Erickson is 15th among active Division 1-A college coaches for total victories with 128. 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 15-6 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.
BEAVERS SWEEP CALIFORNIA: For the first time in history, Oregon State has swept the four State of California members of the Pacific-10 Conference in one football season. And for good measure, the Beavers added a win against a fifth California school, San Diego State in non-conference action. Oregon State defeated San Diego State, 35-3, USC, 31-21, Stanford, 38-6, UCLA, 44-38 and California, 38-32.
OSU-ARIZONA SERIES INFORMATION: Oregon State trails Arizona 19-3-1 in the overall series between the two schools. However, the Beavers own a one-game winning streak as a result of downing the Wildcats 28-20 at Reser Stadium last year. OSU has never won a game in 10 attempts at Arizona Stadium. The Beavers' Dennis Erickson is 2-2 in games played against Arizona, while Dick Tomey, the Wildcats' coach, is 9-2-1 vs. Oregon State.
WHAT SIMONTON NEEDS NEXT
PACIFIC-10 RECORDKen 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:
Anthony Davis, USC, 1972-73-74
Charles White, USC, 1977-78-79
Darrin Nelson, Stanford, 1977-78-81
Russell White, California, 1990-91-92
Napoleon Kaufman, Washington, 1992-93-94
Ken Simonton, Oregon State, 1998-99-2000
PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE CAREER RUSHING & SCORING LISTS
Ken Simonton has moved into sixth place on the Pac-10 career-rushing list with 3,802 yards. His next target on the Pac-10 career list is No. 5, Trung Canidate of Arizona. Canidate gained 3,824 yards and Simonton needs just 23 yards to move ahead of Canidate. Simonton needs 305 to pass Washington's Napoleon Kaufman (4,106). Ken has scored 294 career points and has moved into 10th place on the Pac-10 all-time scoring list.
ON OSU'S PLAY AT CALIFORNIA: 'First of all, I thought we played extremely hard on defense. We played pretty well on defense except for some big plays that we gave up. Probably the most disappointing thing from a defensive standpoint was allowing Cal to score right at the end of the half. I thought in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter, we really rose to the occasion on defense. It was a good effort on defense. We played very well offensively in the first half. We made big plays offensively. We went into the game thinking Cal was a very good defensive team and we needed to get the big play, which we did with the pass as well as the run. I thought our offensive front played extremely well. Patrick McCall and Ken Simonton ran the ball very well. Our receivers made some big plays catching the football. It was one of our better offensive performances. We went a little dead in the third quarter on offense and kind of lost our rhythm, but we got it back in the fourth quarter.'
ON SPECIAL TEAMS PLAY: 'It wasn't our best game on special teams. We snap a punt over the head of our punter and we fumble a punt, and that gave them 10 points. We can't let that happen. It was not a good day for special teams as far as I was concerned.'
ON INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES: 'LaDairis Jackson played extremely well on defense. It was probably his best game of the year. He really did some good things. Keith Heyward-Johnson played very well, as did Jake Cookus. I thought all of our linebackers played very well, it was a very good performance as a group. Our offensive front as a whole had an outstanding game against a very good defensive front. We blocked very well as a group. Jonathan Smith made plays when he had to make them. Patrick McCall made some big plays at the end of the game. Our receivers, T.J., Chad and Robert, made several big plays. A lot of different players stepped up at different times on offense.'
NOTES FROM CALIFORNIA GAME: Oregon State recorded over 10 plays against California of 25 yards or more, six on pass plays, three on runs and one kickoff return.
***Ken Simonton's 64-yard run against California ranks as the 26th longest run from scrimmage in OSU history.
***For the second time this season, and the 11th time in OSU history, two Beaver running backs rushed for over 100 yards in a game as Ken Simonton rushed for 125 and Patrick McCall for 116 against California.
***For the third time this season, OSU had a pair of receivers go over the 100-yard mark in receiving yardage in the same game. Against California, T.J. Houshmandzadeh had 3 catches for 109 yards and Robert Prescott also had 3 catches for 109 yards. A third Beaver receiver, Chad Johnson, had 90 yards on 4 catches.
***OSU's 524 yards in total offense against California was the Beavers' second time over 500 yards this year. OSU rolled up 604 vs.UCLA.
***Oregon State has scored over 30 points in seven consecutive games.
***Jonathan Smith had his string of throwing touchdown passes stopped at seven games when he failed to throw a TD pass vs. California.
***Oregon State's 524 yards in total offense vs. California ranks 14th on the all-time team total offense list.
***Oregon State's 317 yards passing vs. California ranks 22nd on the list of top Beaver passing games.
***OSU gave up only 27 yards rushing vs. California, which ranks in a tie for 15th for the fewest rushing yards ever yielded by the Beavers.
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.
OSU IN THE RED ZONE: OSU has a .775 percent success rate in the red zone, scoring 25 touchdowns and six field goals in 40 attempts. OSU opponents have scored 24 out of 29 times inside the red zone (.828), but only 14 of the scores have been touchdowns, a percentage of .482.
BIG PLAYS: Oregon State is on a 'Big Play' roll. The Beavers added 10 plays of 25 yards or more in their 38-32 victory over California. Six of plays were in the passing game, three in the running game and one on a kickoff return. 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 nine games, the Beavers have 40 big plays this season.
BEAVERS SETTING ATTENDANCE MARKS: Oregon State has drawn over 30,000 fans to Reser Stadium (Reser's capacity is currently 33,297) 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. OSU has drawn crowds of at least 30,000 for 11 of its last 12 home games.
BEAVERS HIGH IN TURNOVER MARGIN: 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 are second in the Pac-10 in turnover margin at 1.22 and are tied for seventh nationally. OSU's high water mark for the season was forcing seven turnovers against San Diego State.
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 continued during the 2000 season, producing 84 points to 57 by opponents. 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 four times in 21 games under Erickson have opponents scored more points in the fourth quarter, and two of those the game was not in question. Stanford (14-10) in 1999 and Washington (13-9), Washington State (6-0) and California 10-7) this year have been the only teams to tally more points than OSU in the fourth quarter.
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 23rd nationally in total defense. OSU leads the Pac-10 in rushing defense and ranks ninth nationally. The Beavers are 32nd nationally in scoring defense and No. 3 in the Pac-10. OSU is 30th nationally in pass efficiency defense and second in the Pac-10. OSU remains No. 1 in the Pac-10 and tied for seventh nationally in pass interceptions with 16.
RYAN CESCA BREAKS PAT RECORD: Ryan has converted 38 of 38 PAT attempts this year to establish a new single-season record, topping his previous record of 37-for-37 last year. 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 then for number of successful PAT kicks. He is a perfect 38-for-38 in 2000, making him 75-for-75 in his career. The previous OSU record for consecutive PAT kicks was 54 straight by Troy Bussanich (1986-89) Ryan has been successful on nine of 11 field goal attempts this year, including a streak of eight in a row which was stopped when he missed a 45-yarder in his last attempt in the California game. He made a career high three vs. UCLA, and came back to kick three the following week against Washington State. 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 65 points this year and 123 career points, which ranks 10th in career scoring at OSU. Cesca ranks third in the Pac-10, behind Ken Simonton and UCLA's DeShaun Foster, in scoring.
CAREER DEFENSIVE NUMBERS: Strong safety Terrence Carroll has the most career defensive points among Beaver defensive players with 842 and currently 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 (660). After only 21 games in his career, Dennis Weathersby has broken up 28 passes and is already over halfway home to the OSU career record of 44 held by Andrae Holland.
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.
KEN SIMONTON, TB: Ken rushed for 125 yards and 3 touchdowns vs. California...it was the fifth time he has scored 3 or more touchdowns in a game...he had a career long 64-yard run vs. California. (WSU)--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 Washington...it 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 Enyart...it 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 10-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 22 of his 32 career games and has multiple touchdown games 18 times.
SIMONTON 2000 SEASON HONORS
1-Named Pacific-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week following OSU's victory over USC (9/30)
2-Selected as semifinalist for Football News Offensive Player of the Year Award
**Rushed for 125 yards on 17 carries vs. California, scoring three touchdowns. Had a career-best 64-yard run.
**Rushed for 169 yards on 20 carries vs. WSU, scoring two touchdowns and a 2-point PAT. Produced 181 all-purpose yards
**Rushed for 100 yards on 24 carries vs. UCLA.
**Rushed for 81 yards on 14 carries vs. Stanford and scored one touchdown.
**Rushed for 104 yards on 23 carries vs. Washington. Failed to score a touchdown after scoring in six straight games.
**Rushed for 200 yards on 40 carries vs. Eastern Washington and scored 3 touchdowns. It was a personal high in carries and the seventh best single-game rushing mark in OSU history and his second time over 200 yards rushing.
**Rushed for 184 yards on 30 carries vs. New Mexico, matching the ninth best single-game rushing mark in OSU history. He also scored two touchdowns, including a 43-yarder with 1:12 to play to ice the contest at 28-20.
**Rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns vs. San Diego State and moved into 26th in career Pac-10 rushing with 2,989 yards
**Rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns vs. USC. It was a career high for Ken and the second most yards rushing by an Oregon State back. He broke the Reser Stadium rushing record and it was the second most yards ever rushed against USC. His 234 all-purpose yards tied him for eighth on the OSU single-game all-purpose running list.
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 20 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 20 times in his 32-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.
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.
SIMONTON SEMIFINALIST FOR FOOTBALL NEWS AWARD: Ken Simonton has been selected (10/30) as one of 15 semifinalists for the Football News' Offensive Player of the Year Award. The list will be trimmed to five finalists on Monday, Nov. 20. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, December 6.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT SIMONTON---
'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.14-14
'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.
'Ken Simonton is the best offensive player in the Pac-10, without a doubt,' said California coach Tom Holmoe.
'Simonton...man...is he explosive. I've never seen anthing like it,' said Andre Carter, California All-American defensive end.
JONATHAN SMITH, QB: Jonathan has started 24 career games for Oregon State at quarterback and has produced a 16-8 (.667) record as a starter. He passed for 317 yards vs. California in leading OSU to 38-32 victory. (WSU)-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. Houshmandzadeh...in 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 average 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 411 of 862 passes for 6,471 yards, 35 touchdowns and 17 interceptions...his 35 touchdown passes ranks second all-time at OSU, behind only Erik Wilhelm (52)...he has 6,165 yards of total offense in 27 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 nine of his 26 games played, including four of his last five games...his first three 300-yard games were coming off the bench as a backup in 1998... his 15 TD passes in 1999 ties him for fourth on the single-season list.
TICKET INFORMATION/PROMOTION INFO
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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, www.osubeavers.com. 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 www.osubeavers.com 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 on-line---www.pac-10.org. 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.