Beavers Hit The Road To Face ASU
Oct. 14, 2001
Oregon State is currently on a one-game winning streak overall. The Beavers have a one-game winning streak at Reser Stadium, a one-game Pacific-10 Conference winning streak and a one-game road losing streak. Oregon State is 21-8 (.724) in its last 29 games and has won 13 of its last 15 (.867) home games. The Beavers' 6-0 record at Reser Stadium in 2000 is the most wins ever in one season at home. OSU was 5-1 at Reser Stadium in 1999.
ALL BEAVER LOSSES TO UNDEFEATED TEAMS:
Oregon State is off to a 2-3 start and all three defeats have been at the hands of undefeated teams. Fresno State is 6-0 and ranked eighth in the nation by the Associated Press. UCLA is 5-0 and ranked fourth in the nation and Washington State is 6-0 and is ranked 19th by AP.
Oregon State is ranked 32nd on the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll. The Beavers are not ranked on the AP poll, while Arizona State is ranked 37th.
OSU INJURY REPORT:
OUT-Strong safety Calvin Carlyle is out for the season (left shoulder injury which will require surgery), quarterback Shayne House (recovering from right shoulder surgery) and tailback Riley Jenkins (ACL surgery on right knee). QUESTIONABLE-Left guard Dustin Janz (sprained left foot).
NOTES FROM ARIZONA GAME:
Oregon State had its sixth straight sellout of Reser Stadium...the Beavers held Arizona without a touchdown for the second straight season...last fall in Tucson, OSU won 33-9 as the Wildcats' points came on three field goals...three Beaver players were involved in scoring plays for the first time in their careers...freshman quarterback Derek Anderson threw his first career TD pass, a 26-yard strike to true freshman walk-on Cole Clasen...it was also Clasen's first career touchdown...sophomore flanker James Newson caught his first career TD pass...Clasen is the first-ever true freshman walk-on to start a game for Oregon State...he started at slot receiver...Mitch Meeuwsen has now started three straight games and he has recovered a fumble in each of the three games...Meeuwsen had his first career interception against Arizona...for the second week in a row, OSU blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown...Clasen blocked the punt vs. the Wildcats and Kenny Farley recovered for a TD...against WSU, Farley blocked the punt and Jason Lowe recovered for the touchdown...Oregon State quarterbacks were not sacked in the Arizona game...meanwhile, the Beavers recorded three sacks vs. Arizona and had 12 tackles for loss.
DENNIS ERICKSON SEVENTH ON ACTIVE WINNING LIST:
Dennis Erickson, Montana State, '69, is in his third season as Oregon State's head coach. He posted a 7-5 record in his first year, 1999, stopping a 28-year string of losing seasons for the Beavers. He led OSU to an 11-1 record in 2000, the best record in school history. His record is 2-3 so far in 2001. In three seasons, he has produced a record of 20-9 (.690) in his Beaver career. Erickson is currently the eighth 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 13-3 in season openers. He has a winning percentage of .730 (133-49-1). He trails R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M (.747) on the winning percentage list. Erickson is 10th among active Division 1-A college coaches for total victories with 133. 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 20-9 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. He was named Coach of the Year in the Pac-10 for the 2000 season, making him one of two coaches in conference history to win the honor at two different schools (he also won the award at WSU in 1988). Erickson was named national Coach of the Year by the Sporting News following the 2000 season. He also was one of three finalists for the Football Writers Association Coach of the Year Award and one of six finalists for the Paul 'Bear' Bryant Coach of the Year Award in 2000. He was selected Coach of the Year by CNNSI.com and by BCSfootball.com in 2000. 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.
OSU-ARIZONA STATE SERIES:
Oregon State and Arizona State have played 27 times previously and the Sun Devils lead the overall series 19-7-1. ASU currently has a five-game winning streak going against the Beavers. The two teams did not play against each other the past two seasons. OSU's last victory in the series was 30-14 at Corvallis in 1993. The Beavers last victory against ASU at Tempe came in 1969, 30-7. Since then, OSU has dropped 12 straight games to the Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Dennis Erickson has a 3-2 record vs. Arizona State in his coaching career, while Dirk Koetter, first-year Sun Devil head coach, has not coached a game vs. the Beavers.
LAST TRIP TO SUN DEVIL STADIUM:
Saturday's game will mark Oregon State's first appearance in Sun Devil Stadium since defeating Notre Dame 41-9 on New Year's day 2001 for the Fiesta Bowl championship.
MEEUWSEN HOLDS DEFENSIVE POINT LEAD:
Mitch Meeuwsen, a redshirt freshman strong safety, has started three straight games for the Beavers and he continues to be OSU's defensive point production leader. He has produced 124 points in five games. He was the leading point producer in the Beavers' 38-3 victory over Arizona. Against the Wildcats, Meeuwsen recovered his third fumble of the season and picked off his first career interception. Meeuwsen has recovered a fumble in each of his three consecutive starts. He scored a touchdown at WSU on a 35-yard fumble return.
KEN SIMONTON, TB:
(Arizona)-Ken rushed for 104 yards on 18 carries against Arizona and scored a touchdown. He caught 2 passes for 24 yards, giving him 128 all-purpose yards on 20 plays. It was his 23rd game over 100 yards rushing and his 28th game in which he has scored a touchdown. (WSU)-Ken was held to his lowest career game rushing total, as he was limited to a net 19 yards on the ground. He caught 3 passes for 14 yards to give him 33 all-purpose yards. For the second game in a row, Ken failed to score a touchdown. (UCLA)-Ken was held to then his lowest rushing total of his OSU career in the UCLA contest. He rushed for a net 26 yards on 13 carries with a long run of 14 yards and he failed to score. Before the Bruin game, Ken's lowest rushing total was 33 yards in the fourth game of his freshman year against Arizona State. UCLA has proven to be Simonton's toughest opponent to run against in four years.
Ken rushed for 43 yards vs. UCLA as a freshman, 37 as a sophomore (he got hurt in first quarter), 100 as a junior and 26 as a senior for a total of 206 yards in four games, an average of 51.5 yards a game. (New Mexico State)-Ken rushed for 169 yards on 34 carries against New Mexico State...he rushed for 84 yards in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line...he scored a pair of touchdowns and averaged 5.0 yards per carry...as a result of his numbers vs. New Mexico State, he moved into third place in career rushing in the Pac-10 Conference (4,284 yards) and is tied for fifth in career scoring (330 points). The game was 22nd 100-yard rushing game. It was his 27 game in which he has scored a touchdown and his seventh-straight game. It was his 19th multi touchdown game. (Fresno State)--Ken opened the 2001 season with only 42 yards rushing at Fresno State. Simonton's 42 yards rushing vs. Fresno State amounts to the fewest rushing yards for Simonton since gaining 41 yards at Washington State in 1999, the only game in his career that he did not start. He was coming off a rib injury suffered the week before against UCLA. Ken scored one touchdown vs. Fresno State, the sixth straight game he has scored a TD. (CAREER NOTES)--Ken Simonton has produced big numbers for Oregon State in his first 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. He rushed for a school record 1,559 yards as a junior. 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. Ken needs to rush for 744 yards in his remaining seven games this season, an average of 106.3, to reach 1,000 yards. He has scored touchdowns in 28 of his 40 career games and has multiple touchdown games 19 times.
JONATHAN SMITH, QB:
Jonathan has started 32 career games for Oregon State at quarterback and has produced a 21-11 (.656) record as a starter. (Arizona)-Jonathan completed 10 of 20 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown in leading OSU to a 38-3 victory over Arizona...he also rushed for one touchdown, the 45th of his career...he was intercepted one time...he moved into 10th place in Pac-10 career passing as a result of his performance against the Wildcats. (WSU)-Jonathan completed 16 of 26 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown vs. WSU...he was intercepted twice...he had 162 yards in total offense. (UCLA)-Jonathan completed 11 of 32 passes for 106 yards vs. the Bruins...he was intercepted one time and he failed to throw a touchdown pass...it was Jonathan's lowest passing output since being held to 78 yards in the air at New Mexico last year in the second game of the season...Jonathan moved up to 11th place in career passing in the Pac-10 Conference with his 106 yards vs. UCLA...he has 7,850 career passing yards following the game with the Bruins...he had 87 yards in total offense, only the second in his career as a starter he has been below 100 yards in total offense...he had a career low 55 yards at New Mexico last year. (New Mexico State)-Smith completed 16 of 27 passes for 207 yards vs. the Aggies...he was intercepted one time...it was the 23rd time he has passed for 200 yards or more in a game.
(Fresno State)--Jonathan passed for 284 yards vs. Fresno State, completing 20 of 334 passes...he tossed a pair of touchdown passes...his 284 yards ranks 29th on OSU's single-game passing list. (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 531 of 1,077 passes for 8,155 yards, 45 touchdowns and 25 interceptions...his 45 touchdown passes ranks second all-time at OSU, behind only Erik Wilhelm (52)...he has 7,750 yards of total offense in 35 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 10 of his 35 games played and over 200 yards 23 times...his first three 300-yard games were coming off the bench as a backup in 1998...his 15 TD passes in 1999 ranks fourth on the single-season list...his 20 TD passes in 2000 is a single-season OSU record...Smith now ranks 10th in Pac-10 career passing with 8,155 yards and he ranks 12th in career total offense with 7,750 yards...he is tied for 22nd in career Pac-10 touchdown passes with 45. Smith's career highlights follow:
CESCA SECOND IN OSU CAREER SCORING:
Place kicker Ryan Cesca, a junior, scored nine points vs. Washington State on October 6 and moved into second place on the OSU career-scoring list as a result. He passed another kicker, Troy Bussanich, making him the highest scoring kicker in Beaver football history. He has scored 185 career points, compared to Bussanich's 168. Ryan broke the OSU record for scoring in a season by a kicker in 2000 with 94 points, topping the previous high of 80 by Jose Cortez (1998). Cesca's 94 points ranks fourth on OSU's single-season scoring list. Ryan converted 46 of 47 PAT attempts in 2000 to establish a new single-season record before missing his final attempt of the regular season against Oregon. His 43-for-43 (before missing on his 44th attempt) topped his previous record of 37-for-37 in 1999. Cesca finished the regular season at 43-for-44. He ran his school record career streak to 80-for-80 before missing. The previous OSU record for consecutive PAT kicks was 54 straight by Bussanich (1986-89). He is now 98-for-99 (.990). 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.
Ryan booted 16 of 19 field goal attempts in 2000, 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 four in a row at Arizona to tie OSU's single-game record. He made three vs. UCLA, and came back to kick three the following week against Washington State. He has made 29 of 41 field goal attempts (.707) 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 scored 94 points in 2000, which was second in the Pac-10 behind teammate Ken Simonton. Cesca has been successful on 13 of his last 15 field goal attempts and has made three in a row. Cesca's season kicking statistics follow:
Since the start of the 2001 season, place kicker Ryan Cesca has been the lone Beaver player to receive an honor. Cesca was named the Pac-10's special teams Player of the Week following OSU's 27-22 victory over New Mexico State on the road.
CLASEN MAKES HISTORY:
Cole Clasen, a freshman walk-on from Lake Oswego High School in Lake Oswego, OR, made Oregon State football history against Arizona by starting. He became the first-ever-true freshman walk-on to start a game for the Beavers. There have been several true freshmen scholarship players who have started, but not a walk-on true freshman.
WEATHERSBY CLOSING IN ON CAREER BREAKUP RECORD:
Junior cornerback Dennis Weathersby broke up two passes for Arizona to give him nine for the season. Weathersby has broken up 39 passes in his 29-game career to date, just five away from the all-time record of 44 held by Andrea Holland (1995-98). Weathersby broke up 17 passes as a freshman when he named a freshman All-American. He broke up 13 passes as a sophomore. Weathersby was a preseason Playboy All-American.
CESCA ON LOU GROZA WATCH LIST:
Ryan Cesca, Oregon State junior place-kicker, is one of 30 players listed on the preseason list of preliminary candidates for the annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. The award is presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl and is given out during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 4, at the Sheraton West Palm Beach Hotel at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, FL. The 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award will be announced in late October, followed several weeks later by the naming of the three Lou Groza Award finalists. The award is now in its 10th year.
WEATHERSBY ON JIM THORPE WATCH LIST:
Dennis Weathersby, Oregon State junior cornerback, is one of the top 10 candidates listed by the Jim Thorpe Association on its watch list of top college defensive backs in the nation. The Jim Thorpe Award is given each year to the best defensive back in college football. The field will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists, which will be announced the first week in November. Three finalists will be announced the Monday before Thanksgiving. They will be invited to ESPN's College Football Awards Show at Disney World in Orlando where the winner will be announced December 6.
SMITH ON UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD LIST:
Jonathan Smith has been selected as one of 20 senior quarterbacks as a candidate for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the Golden Arm Educational Foundation. The nation's top senior quarterback is selected for the award from a list compiled by a select committee of football experts from across the United States. The committee will choose five finalists plus and ties and announce the list on October 24. The 2001 recipient will be announced Nov. 20, with the award presentation to be made in Louisville on December 7.
SMITH ON DAVEY O'BRIEN WATCH LIST:
Jonathan Smith, Oregon State senior quarterback, is one of 30 quarterbacks listed on the preseason Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award list, given annually to the nation's top college quarterback. The Davey O'Brien Foundation will selected eight semifinalists the first week of November and vote again the week of Thanksgiving to select the winner and two runners-up. The winner of the 2001 Award will be announced Dec. 6, 2001, during ESPN's Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Orlando, FL. All three quarterbacks will be honored at the 25th annual O'Brien Awards Dinner in February 2002 at the Fort Worth Club.
GIBSON ON LOMBARDI WATCH LIST:
Chris Gibson, Oregon State senior center, is one of 52 preliminary candidates list on the 2001 Rotary Lombardi Award watch list. The eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen and those defenders who line up within five yards of the football. The Lombardi Award is now in its 32nd year of honoring the top lineman in Division I football. The list will be paired down to 12 semifinalists at some point during the season.
GIBSON ON DAVE RIMINGTON TROPHY WATCH LIST:
Chris Gibson is also one of 21 players listed on the 'watch list' for the 2001 Dave Rimington Trophy, which honors the nation's best offensive center. The Remington Trophy, established in 2000, is sponsored by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. The award is named for Dave Rimington, the University of Nebraska's two-time consensus All-America center and the only player to earn two John Outland Trophies. Rimington was also a two-time Academic All-American.
CAREER DEFENSIVE NUMBERS:
After 29 games in his career, Dennis Weathersby has broken up 39 passes and is closing in on the OSU career record of 44 held by Andrae Holland. Linebacker James Allen is the top point defensive statistical leader with 543 points among current Beaver defensive players. A look at career defensive points of players with two or more seasons of play:
THIS, THAT, ETC.
Contact the OSU ticket office at 541-737-4455 or 1-800-GO BEAVS for ticket information. The OSU Athletic Ticket Office is located in room 107 Gill Coliseum and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
OSU BREAKS SEASON TICKET RECORD:
Oregon State sold a school record 23,011 season tickets for the 2001 season. The Beavers sold out their entire supply of season tickets on July 16. The previous record was 14,700 season tickets sold in 2000. OSU sold 11,500 in 1999, Dennis Erickson's first year as head coach. The Beavers put all remaining individual game tickets available on sale on August 1 and the entire allotment was sold out that day. OSU thus opens the 2001 season with all five home games sold out.
OSU GAMES ON TEAMLINE/TRZ:
Fans can hear the live play-by-play of all Oregon State football games in 2001-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 care number when prompted.
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED:
Pac-10 satellite feeds featuring interviews and highlights every Wednesday during the football season from September 5, 2001, through Nov. 21, 2001. The time is from 11:30 to 12:00 noon PT. Telstar 6, Transponder 9 (C-Band). Trouble numbers are: Dennis Kirkpatrick (310) 543-1835 or (888) 423-0095 pager. Cory Stone (310) 282-2611 or (888) 451-5861 pager. Michelle Lockhart (925) 932-4411.
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. Check local listings for the Beaver Sports Radio Network station in your area. 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. Fans may call in toll-free with their questions at 877-600-6433.
Oregon State's scheduled game with Montana State for September 15 has been cancelled. In its place, the Beavers will host Northern Arizona at Reser Stadium on Saturday, November 17. Tickets being held for the Montana State game will be honored for the Nov. 17 game with the Lumberjacks. The remaining allotment of student tickets will be available for pick up, by students, on Monday, Nov. 12 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Gill Coliseum. Kickoff time for the NAU game is TBA.
SIMONTON SPECIAL DUE ON TV:
Ken Simonton will be the subject of a 30-minute television program on ESPN this week. The 30-minute Simonton special will be shown on ESPN Classic at 4:30 p.m. PDT on Friday and again at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday.
THE LAST TIME OREGON STATE...
Returned a punt for touchdown-Dwayne Owens, 97 yards vs. UCLA at Pasadena, 1992
Recovered a blocked punt for touchdown-Kenny Farley vs. Arizona at Corvallis, Oct. 13, 2001 (blocked by Cole Clasen)
Returned a kickoff for touchdown-Tim Alexander, 100 yards vs. USC, at Los Angeles, 1998
Returned a fumble for touchdown-Mitch Meeuwsen 35 yards vs. Washington State at Pullman, Oct. 6, 2001
Returned a pass interception for touchdown-LaDairis Jackson, 32 yards vs. New Mexico, at Albuquerque, Sept. 9, 2000
Recorded a safety-1999 vs. California at Corvallis
Blocked a punt-Cole Clasen vs. Arizona at Corvallis, Oct. 13, 2001 (Ramey Peru punter)
Blocked a field goal-Jake Cookus vs. Eastern Washington at Corvallis, Sept. 2, 2000 (Troy Griggs kicker)
Blocked a PAT-Terrence Carroll vs. Stanford at Palo Alto, 1998 (Kevin Miller kicker)
Beat a ranked team-Defeated Oregon (ranked fifth by AP and sixth by USA Today/ESPN), November 18, 2000 at Corvallis (23-13)
Defeated UCLA (ranked 23rd by AP and 24th by USA Today/ESPN), October 21, 2000 at Pasadena (44-38)
Defeated USC (ranked 8th by AP and 7th USA Today/ESPN), September 30, 2000 at Corvallis (31-21)
Defeated Notre Dame (ranked 10th by AP and 10th USA Today/ESPN), January 1, 2001 at Tempe, AZ (41-9)
Lost to a ranked team-Lost to UCLA (ranked 10th by USA Today/ESPN and 12th by AP) 38-7 at Corvallis, Sept. 29, 2001
Scored a 2-point conversion-Robert Prescott (pass from Jonathan Smith) vs. Notre Dame at Fiesta Bowl, Tempe, AZ, January 1, 2001
Scored a 2-point defensive touchdown-Keith Heyward-Johnson vs. Washington at Seattle, Oct. 7, 2000
Shut out an opponent at Reser Stadium-1975, Washington State, 7-0
Shut out an opponent-1983, Oregon, 0-0, at Eugene
Halfback completed a touchdown pass-DeShawn Williams vs. California at Berkeley, 1996 (Williams 14 yards to QB David Moran)
Lineman scored a touchdown-Starling Latu, OG, vs. USC at Corvallis, 1994
Had a player score 3 or more touchdowns in a game-Ken Simonton, TB, vs. USC at Corvallis, Sept. 30, 2000 (3 touchdowns)
Scored on its first offensive possession of the game--vs. Notre Dame, January 1, 2001 at Tempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl)
Had a player rush for over 100 Yards-Ken Simonton (104) vs. Arizona at Corvallis, Oct. 13, 2001
Had a player rush for over 200 Yards-Ken Simonton (234) vs. USC at Corvallis, September 30, 2000
THE LAST TIME AN OPPONENT...
Returned a punt for touchdown-R Jay Soward, USC, 85 yards at Los Angeles, 1999
Recovered a blocked punt for touchdown-Stephen Persley, New Mexico, at Albuquerque (Mike Fessler punter), Sept. 9, 2000
Returned a kickoff for touchdown-Bennie Cunningham, Georgia Southern, 89 yards at Corvallis, 1999
Returned a fumble for touchdown-Zeke Moreno, USC, 80 yards, September 30, 2000 at Corvallis
Returned a pass interception for touchdown-Erik Coleman, Washington State, 47 yards at Pullman, Oct. 6, 2001 (Jonathan Smith passer)
Recorded a safety-California at Berkeley, November 4, 2000
Did not score-Oregon, (0-0) at Eugene, 1983
Blocked a punt-Stephen Persley, New Mexico, at Albuquerque, Sept.9, 2000 (Mike Fessler punter)
Blocked a field goal-Sean Butts, Hawaii, at Honolulu (Ryan Cesca the kicker), December 25, 1999, at O'ahu Bowl
Scored a 2-point conversion-California, Tony Gonzalez, pass from Ziv Gottlieb, at Berkeley, 1996
Scored a 2-point defensive touchdown-Stanford, Tim Smith 100-yard pass interception at Corvallis, 1996
Shut out Oregon State-USC (23-0), at Reser Stadium, November 15, 1997.