Defense Stymies Offense in First Football Scrimmage

Aug. 19, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. -

A crowd in excess of 2,000 witnessed the Oregon State University defense dominate in the first of three fall football scrimmages at Tommy Prothro Field on the OSU campus.

The offense generated 292 yards in the 80-play scrimmage, but it was the play of the defense that was particularly impressive. OSU quarterbacks were just 19-for-42 passing for 181 yards and two interceptions.

'We played very well on defense, particularly the first and second units,' third-year head coach Dennis Erickson said. 'We were flying around making plays on defense today, the way we ended the year last season.'

The defense racked up five quarterback sacks, two by defensive end Alvin Steen. The secondary was particularly impressive, as the quarterbacks struggled for find open receivers all day.

Erickson used five quarterbacks in the scrimmage with incumbent starter Jonathan Smith passing for a high of 61 yards on 4 of 11 passing. Backup Ryan Kanekeberg connected on 7 of 10 attempts for 54 yards, with Nick Stremick 4-for-10 for 33 yards, Derek Anderson 3-for-8 for 26 yards, and Adam Rothenfluh 1-for-3 for seven yards.

'We didn't play well on offense,' Erickson stated. 'The first unit looked good the first series or two, but the consistency wasn't there. We need to find some guys who can make plays at wide receiver. We have a long way to go on offense, it wasn't what I had hoped to see.'

The offense played the scrimmage without starting receivers Seth Trimmer and Shawn Kintner. Trimmer is out with a shoulder sprain and Kintner was attending a family function. Trimmer is expected to be back in action this week. Redshirt-freshman George Gillett led the short-handed receiving corps with 60 yards on two receptions, including a 47-yard hookup with Smith early in the scrimmage. Sophomore Aaron Hill grabbed three receptions, with Tim Euhus, Travis Brown, and Jermaine Jackson each making two.

'We have a lot of talent at wide receiver, but they need to get used to our offense and playing with Jonathan,' Erickson said.

Scoring for the scrimmage was limited to a 43-yard field goal by Ryan Cesca and a 42-yard boot by Kirk Yliniemi.

The second scrimmage is scheduled for Wed., Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. The final scrimmage will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 25.

ScoringRyan Cesca, 43-yard FGKirk Yliniemi, 42-yard FG
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