Football Plays Host To California
Oct. 21, 2001
GAME: Oregon State (2-4, 1-3) vs. California (0-6, 0-4)
SITE: Reser Stadium (35,362), Corvallis, OR
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 27
TIME: 1:00 PDT
RADIO: Live over 29-station Beaver Sports Network, starting at 12:00 noon PDT
TV: Delayed on Fox Sports Net Northwest at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday
CROWD: Reser Stadium (35,362) is sold out for the season. Saturday's OSU-California game is homecoming at Oregon State. The Beavers have had six straight sellouts of Reser Stadium heading into the California game.
TELEVISION: There is no live television. Fox Sports Net Northwest will televise a one-hour special presentation on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. PST on Sunday and again at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29 and at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The Fox Sports Net NW coverage area covers the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska and Montana..
RADIO: Oregon State has a 29-station radio network for the 2001 season. The Beavers' football network is produced by Beaver Sports Properties, a division of Learfield Communications. Mike Parker and Bob Grim call the action from the booth and Michael Convery of KEX is sideline reporter. The entire network pregame show airs one hour prior to kickoff. KEX (1190 AM) in Portland produces a pregame show on site at Reser Stadium. The KEX pregame show starts two and one half-hours prior to kickoff. Scott Lynn, KEX sports director, hosts the show. He will be joined by former OSU conrerback Keith Heyward-Johnson. When OSU is on the road, KEX will have a pregame show starting two hours prior to kickoff with Paul Ihander hosting. In addition, KLOO (1340 AM) radio in Corvallis also hosts a pregame show from Reser Stadium starting three hours prior to kickoff for home games only with Doug Blair and Jon Warren announcing. OSU's 29-station network:
OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is currently on a one-game losing streak overall. The Beavers have a one-game winning streak at Reser Stadium, a one-game Pacific-10 Conference losing streak and a two-game road losing streak. Oregon State is 21-9 (.700) in its last 30 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. Oregon State is 13-5 (.722) in the current decade. The Beavers did not win 13 games in the 1990s until Oct. 19, 1996.
BEAVER LOSSES TO TEAMS WITH 23-3 RECOD: Oregon State is 2-4 on the season and the four defeats have been to teams with a combined record of 23-3. Fresno State is 6-1and ranked 18th in the nation by the Associated Press. UCLA is 6-0 and ranked fourth in the nation, Washington State is 7-0 and is ranked 14th by AP and Arizona State is 4-2 and not ranked.
RANKING: Oregon State is ranked 36th on the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll this week. The Beavers are not ranked on the AP poll.
OREGON STATE IN THE POLLS: Oregon State achieved its highest-ever ranking in all three polls-Associated Press, USA Today/ESPN and the BCS-in 2000. Here is where the Beavers' have been ranked so far during the 2001 season:
OSU MEDIA LUNCHEONS: Oregon State's weekly football media luncheons are held every Tuesday at the Valley Football Center third floor. Media wishing to attend must contact Hal Cowan prior to 5:00 p.m. each Monday if planning to attend a luncheon. In addition, all interview requests must be made prior to 5:00 p.m. each Monday. Coach Dennis Erickson's interview session each week will be televised live by ESPN News, starting at 11:15 a.m. The satellite coordinates for Erickson's press conference-SBS 6, Transponder 8. Here is the weekly schedule:
Media wishing to access the Dennis Erickson's interview session from 11:15 a.m. until 12 noon can do so by calling 913-981-5582. Media wishing to access the Ken Simonton interview session from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. can do so by calling 913-981-5582.
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), tailback Riley Jenkins (ACL surgery on right knee), linebacker Seth Lacey (left shoulder/neck) and free safety Eric Mobley (left quad strain).
SEIGLER BREAKS OSU DEFENSIVE RECORD: Sophomore middle linebacker Richard Seigler had the best game of his OSU career to date in the Arizona State game. Seigler produced a total of 81 points on the Beavers' defensive point system, breaking the record of 72 points established last year by defensive end DeLawrence Grant against San Diego State University. In addition, Seigler also broke the OSU record for tackles for loss in a game with seven. His seven tackles for loss topped the old record of 4 ï¿½ held by Bryan Ludwick in a game against Northern Illinois in 1996 at Corvallis. Against the Sun Devils, Seigler produced 8 solo tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 7 tackles for loss (19 yards), a sack for 5 yards and he recovered a fumble. The 81 points also vaulted Seigler into the season point lead on the Beavers' cumulative defensive point chart with 192. Strong safety Mitch Meeuwsen, last week's leader, is second with 137.
DENNIS ERICKSON EIGHTH 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 2-4 so far in 2001. In three seasons, he has produced a record of 20-10 (.667) 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 .726 (133-50-1). He trails Rick Neuheisel of Washington (.727) 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 20-10 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-CALIFORNIA SERIES: Oregon State and California have played 53 games in the series. The Bears lead the series 31-22-0, but the Beavers are on a two-game winning streak. OSU won 38-32 last year in Berkeley and 17-7 at Corvallis in 1999. The Beavers have a one-game winning streak at Corvallis. Through the years, OSU is 9-7 vs. California in games played in Corvallis. The Beavers' Dennis Erickson is 5-0-1 in games played against the Bears during his career. Tom Holmoe, California head coach, is 2-2 vs. Oregon State.
JAMES NEWSON: Sophomore James Newson has become OSU's money receiver this season. James posted career bests for catches (8) and yardage (112) against Arizona State. It was Newson's second 100-yard game. He also topped the century mark in the Beavers' season opener at Fresno State (109). James leads OSU in receptions with 31, in yardage with 398 and in touchdowns with two. Newson is averaging 5.2 receptions for game and is on pace to catch 56 passes, based on present average. That would rank him eighth in season pass receptions at OSU.
DENNIS WEATHERSBY: Dennis broke up his 40th career pass at Arizona State and needs only five more breakups in his junior season to become OSU's career leader, passing current career leader Andrea Holland's 44. Weathersby has broken up 10 passes in six games this season, including a record four vs. Fresno State and three against UCLA.
NOTES FROM ARIZONA STATE GAME: Arizona State running back Delvon Flowers posted a career high 226 yards rushing against Oregon State. Flowers is the second opponent running back to post a career high rushing game against the Beavers this season. Washington State's Dave Minnich rushed for a career high 195 yards in a 34-27 Cougar victory at Pullman.
- Oregon State blocked a field goal against ASU, giving the Beavers at least one blocked kick in three straight games. OSU has also blocked a punt against Washington State and vs. Arizona.
- Oregon State had four quarterback sacks and 13 tackles for loss vs. ASU, but allowed an opponent season high 314 yards rushing by the Sun Devils.
- Cole Clasen, in his second start, had career-high six pass receptions.
WHAT SIMONTON NEEDS NEXT
OSU CAREER MARKS CURRENTLY HELD AFTER 41 GAMES
1-Rushing record-4,507 yards
2-Scoring record-342 points
3-All-Purpose yards-4,945 yards
4-Number of 100-yard rushing games-23
5-Number of games scored touchdowns-29
6-Number of games scored multi touchdowns-19
7-Most career rushing attempts-914
8-Most career all-purpose plays-976
9-Number of 1,000-yard seasons-3
10-Number of 200-yard rushing games-3
11-Most consecutive 100-yard rushing games--7
SEASON RECORDS HELD BY SIMONTON
1-Most yards rushing-1,559 (2000)
2-Most all-purpose yards-1,705 (1999)
3-Most rushing attempts-294 (1999)
4-Most all-purpose plays-315 (1999)
5-Most points scored-118 (1999)
6-Most rushing touchdowns-19 (1999)
7-Most yards rushing as freshman-1,028 (1998)
8-Most yards rushing by sophomore-1,486 (1999)
9-Most yards rushing by junior-1,559 (2000)
10-Most 100-yard rushing games-9 (1999)
11-Most consecutive 100-yard games-6 (1999)
OSU GAME RECORDS HELD BY SIMONTON
1-Most touchdowns scored-4 (1998)
2-Most points scored-24 (1998)
RESER STADIUM RECORDS HELD BY SIMONTON
1-Most yards rushing in game-234 vs. USC (2000)
Ken Simonton can become only the fifth player in NCAA history in 2001 to rush for 1,000 yards or more in each of his four seasons of play. The other four players follow:
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 Darrin 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 1,000-yard rushers for three seasons follows:
SIMONTON CONTINUES CLIMB ON PACIFIC-10 CAREER RUSHING & SCORING CHARTS: Ken Simonton moved into third place on the Pac-10 career-rushing list following the New Mexico State game, passing Darrin Nelson of Stanford. Simonton currently has 4,507 career rushing yards. His next target on the Pac-10 career list is USC's Marcus Allen, who stands second on the list with 4,810 yards. Ken needs 304 yards to pass Allen. Simonton has scored 342 career points and has moved into fifth place on the Pac-10 all-time scoring list. Ken is the all-time scorer in the conference among position players. All four players ahead of him on the career list are kickers. The Pac-10's all-time scoring leader is John Lee, UCLA, with 390 points. Ken needs 49 points to top that figure. Ken averaged 104 points a season through his first three campaigns. A look at the career rushing and scoring charts follow with what Ken needs to pass is in parenthesis:
SIMONTON'S ASSAULT ON NCAA CAREER SCORING & RUSHING TOUCHDOWN RECORDS: Ken Simonton scored one touchdown vs. Arizona State to move higher on the NCAA career scoring and rushing touchdown charts. Simonton is tied for 13th on the all-time NCAA career-scoring list with 324 points. He ranks ninth in career rushing touchdowns with 53. BOWL GAMES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN NCAA CAREER STATISTICS. Ken has scored three rushing touchdowns and a total of 18 points in two bowl games, which counts towards Pac-10 and OSU career records. His career totals at OSU and in the Pac-10 Conference read 342 points and 56 rushing touchdowns. The points and touchdowns Ken needs to move up on the charts are listed in parenthesis:
SIMONTON 35TH ON NCAA CAREER RUSHING CHART: Ken Simonton has produced 4,265 rushing yards for NCAA career purposes. BOWL GAMES do not count on NCAA career charts. Ken needs 35 yards rushing to move into 34th place on the NCAA career-rushing chart. The numbers that Ken needs to move up the chart are listed in parenthesis. The chart follows:
KEN SIMONTON, TB: (ASU)-Ken rushed for a net 74 yards on 20 carries and scored a touchdown. He also caught 3 passes for 25 yards, giving him 99 all-purpose yards. He moved into 35th place on the NCAA career-rushing list following the ASU game. He also moved into a tie for 13th in NCAA career scoring and ninth in NCAA career rushing touchdowns. (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 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 670 yards in his remaining five games this season, an average of 134, to reach 1,000 yards. He has scored touchdowns in 29 of his 41 career games and has multiple touchdown games 19 times. Here is a look at what Simonton has accomplished to date:
SIMONTON'S OSU RECORD 100-YARD GAME RECORD RUN: Ken has rushed for 100 yards or more in 23 games thus far in his OSU career, a school record. 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 22 times in his 37-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. A look at Simonton's career numbers in 41 games played:
SIMONTON DOAK WALKER CANDIDATE: Ken Simonton is one of 43 preseason candidates listed for the 2001 Doak Walker Award, which is awarded annually to the nation's top running back.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT SIMONTON: The following comments have been made about Ken Simonton so far this season:
'He can slide, he can slash. He has power, and he's very strong through the hips. But maybe the best thing about No. 35 is there's no hesitation whatsoever. He just hits the hole and-boom-he's gone,' Fresno State Head Coach Pat Hill.
'Before you even had a chance to read the play, he was already popping (after 1999 game) through the hole,' Fresno State strong safety Vernon Fox.
'He's a full-speed decision maker. More than anything else that's probably what makes him so dangerous. Stopping Ken Simonton, or at least containing him, has to be a priority. You've got to control Simonton if you want to beat Oregon State,' Fresno State Head Coach Pat Hill.
'What else can you say, Ken Simonton is a great running back. He will be the best back we have faced so far,' New Mexico State Head Coach Tony Samuel.
'We will be facing perhaps the best tailback in the country in Ken Simonton,' Montana State Head Coach Mike Kramer.
OREGON STATE'S TOP 10 SINGLE-GAME RUSHING MARKS: Ken Simonton has produced five of Oregon State's top 10 individual game rushing efforts. The OSU top 10 single-game rushing marks follow:
BIG PLAYS: Oregon State's 'Big Play' production is down so far in 2001, compared to the 2000 season. The Beavers added three offensive plays over 25 yards vs. Arizona State. OSU now has 19 such plays in the first six games, an average of just 3.2 per game. The Beavers had 54 such plays in 2000. The 'Big Play' list follows:
OSU IN THE RED ZONE: OSU failed to score only one time in the red zone this season. The Beavers have scored on 14 of 15 trips inside the red zone (20-yard line) this year for a percentage of .933. OSU opponents have converted on 19 of 21 trips inside the red zone, a percentage of .905. Red zone totals follow:
OREGON STATE REVERSES TURNOVER TREND: Oregon State has reversed its negative trend in turnover margin and has been on the plus side two weeks in a row. The Beavers are 2-1 this season when they have been even or on the plus side in turnovers.. In all three of the Beavers defeats this season, OSU has had a negative turnover ratio. This year's turnover ratio is a far contrast from last year's team. The Beavers ranked fourth in the nation during the 2000 season by forcing 18 more turnovers than they committed. OSU has forced 11 defensive turnovers so far in 2001, compared to giving up 14. The Beavers rank eighth in the Pac-10 and is tied for 88th nationally after six games. The turnover chart follows:
OSU GAME-BY-GAME TOTALS: A breakdown of OSU's offensive and defensive totals for the 2001 season follow:
JONATHAN SMITH, QB: Jonathan has started 33 career games for Oregon State at quarterback and has produced a 21-12 (.636) record as a starter. (ASU)-Jonathan had his second most productive passing game of the season at ASU, completing 23 of 39 passes for 238 yards a pair of touchdowns. He did not throw an interception. As a result of the ASU game, Jonathan moved into seventh place in Pac-10 career passing with 8,393 yards and 11th place in career total offense at 7,962 yards. (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 554 of 1,116 passes for 8,393 yards, 47 touchdowns and 25 interceptions...his 47 touchdown passes ranks second all-time at OSU, behind only Erik Wilhelm (52)...he has 7,962 yards of total offense in 36 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 36 games played and over 200 yards 24 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 seventh in Pac-10 career passing with 8,393 yards and he ranks 11th in career total offense with 7,962 yards...he is 20th in career Pac-10 touchdown passes with 47. Smith's career highlights follow:
WHAT JONATHAN SMITH NEEDS NEXT ON OSU CHARTS
Smith has 8,393 career yards passing
Needs-1,001 yards to move into 1st place ahead of Erik Wilhelm (9,393). He needs to average 200.2 yards per game in his final regular season games.
CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE
Smith has 7,962 career total offense yards
Needs-1,100 yards to move into 1st place ahead of Erik Wilhelm (9,062). He needs to average 220.0 yards per game in five games.
SMITH 10th ON PAC-10 CAREER PASSING CHART, 12TH IN TOTAL OFFENSE: Jonathan Smith currently ranks seventh in career passing yards in the Pac-10 Conference with 8,393 yards. He ranks 11th in career total offense yards with 7,962. He needs 80 yards this week to move ahead of USC's Rob Johnson to move into sixth in Pac-10 career passing. He needs 163 yards in total offense to move ahead of Oregon's Danny O'Neil for 10th on the Pac-10 career list. He is 20th in career touchdown passes with 47. Pacific-10 Conference career charts includes bowl games. Smith on the Pac-10 charts follows:
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 191 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 101-for-102 (.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 30 of 42 field goal attempts (.714) 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 14 of his last 16 field goal attempts and has made six in a row. Cesca's season kicking statistics follow:
BEAVER HONORS: 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.
RYAN CESCA, PK
1-Selected as the Pac-10 special teams Player of the Week, Sept. 8.
DENNIS ERICKSON, Head Coach
1-Selected to coach in Hula Bowl
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 30 games in his career, Dennis Weathersby has broken up 40 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 560 points among current Beaver defensive players. A look at career defensive points of players with two or more seasons of play:
PAC-10 LEADERS: Richard Seigler ranks fourth in the Pac-10 for total tackles with 56, while James Allen is tied for 13th with 44. Seigler is third in the Pac-10 with 11 tackles for loss. Mitch Meeuwsen leads the Pac-10 with three fumble recoveries. Dennis Weathersby is third in the Pac-10 in pass breakups with 11 (10 broken up and 1 interception).
STARTING STREAKS: Several Oregon State players have multiple game starting streaks alive. A total of seven players have starting streaks of 18 or more games. Players with long starting streaks follow:
THIS, THAT, ETC.
***Tim Euhus caught his first career touchdown pass at Arizona State, a 40-yarder from Jonathan Smith.
***The Beavers held Arizona without a touchdown this year, the second straight season OSU blanked the Wildcats on touchdowns...last fall (2000) 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 in the Arizona game...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.
***Cole Clasen got his first career start against Arizona and he became the first-ever true freshman walk-on to start a game for Oregon State...he started at slot receiver.
***Through the Arizona game, Mitch Meeuwsen had started three straight games and he recovered a fumble in each of those three games...Meeuwsen had his first career interception against Arizona.
***In the Arizona game, Oregon State made it two weeks in a row of recording a blocked a punt and recovering for a touchdown...Clasen blocked the punt vs. the Wildcats and Kenny Farley recovered for a TD...against WSU a week earlier, 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.
***Junior cornerback Terrell Roberts intercepted two passes vs. Washington State for the first interceptions of his career. Roberts also broke up four passes against the Cougars to tie a school record. Earlier this season Dennis Weathersby picked off four passes against Fresno State. Paul Carberry vs. Stanford in 1986, Brent Huff vs. UCLA in 1989, Larry Bumpus vs. Utah State in 1997 and Andrae Holland vs. USC in 1998 also hold the record for four pass breakups in a game. Roberts had a career-high 37 defensive points vs. WSU.
***Oregon State scored two defensive touchdowns against WSU...linebacker Jason Lowe scored on a 4-yard run with a blocked punt (punt was blocked by wide receiver Kenny Farley) for the first defensive touchdown and strong safety Mitch Meeuwsen raced 35 yards with a fumble recovery for the second score by the Beavers' defensive unit...Lowe sacked Cougar quarterback Matt Kegel to force the fumble that was picked up by Meeuwsen.
***Linebacker James Allen had his best game of the 2001 season by producing a team-high 43 defensive points against WSU, coming on 14 tackles (7 solo), a forced fumble and a sack...linebacker Richard Seigler has a career-high 18 tackles vs. WSU, including 7 solo...he also forced a fumble.
***Freshman quarterback Derek Anderson completed his first collegiate pass, a 13-yarder to Seth Trimmer, in the third quarter against Washington State on Oct. 6...Anderson completed 6 of 14 passes for 96 yards and was intercepted on his final pass of the game.
***WSU tailback Dave Minnich rushed for 195 yards vs. OSU, the most since Fresno State's Jerome Olvier rushed for 220 against the Beavers in 1994 at Fresno on Sept. 17...OSU lost 24-14 to the Bulldogs in that game.
***Freshman tailback Steven Jackson's 63-yard TD run vs. UCLA was a career best at OSU plus it matched the 27th longest run from scrimmage in OSU history.
***The 44 points scored by Fresno State is the second-highest total registered against a Dennis Erickson coached Oregon State team...Washington scored 47 in 1999...Fresno State limited the Beavers to a net 27 yards rushing...in 26 games played under Erickson, OSU has been held under 100 yards rushing three times...OSU was held to 73 yards rushing at Arizona in 2000 and to 27 yards by Oregon in 1999...Fresno State held a 458-323 advantage in total offense over Oregon State...only five times under Erickson has an opponent held a total offense advantage.
***Junior cornerback Dennis Weathersby tied an OSU record by breaking up four passes vs. Fresno State. Weathersby now has 40 passes broken up in his career. He tied a mark also held by Paul Carberry vs. Stanford in 1986, Brent Huff vs. UCLA in 1989, Larry Bumpus vs. Utah State in 1997, and Andrae Holland vs. USC in 1998.
***Dennis Weathersby has broken up passes in 22 of the 30 career games he has played.
*** Oregon State was hit with 19 penalties at Fresno State, which is an all-time high for the Beavers, topping the mark of 18 whistled against Notre Dame in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl.
***Patrick McCall's 68-yard kickoff return against Fresno State was the 19th longest in OSU history.
***Jonathan Smith's 65-yard touchdown pass to Seth Trimmer vs. Fresno State equaled the 26th longest pass play in OSU history, which was a career long for Trimmer, a junior. Trimmer's 109 yards in receptions also was a career high.
***Sophomore slot receiver James Newson posted then career highs vs. Fresno State with receptions (6) and yards (72) in his first collegiate start.
***Jonathan Smith passed for 284 yards vs. Fresno State, which ranks 29th on OSU's single-game passing list.
***Sophomore tight end Tim Euhus produced career-highs of 6 receptions and 91 yards vs. New Mexico State.
***Senior tight end Mark Walsh caught one pass for 12 yards vs. New Mexico State for his first career reception.
***Two Oregon State assistant coaches have freshman sons playing on this year's team. Defensive coordinator Craig Bray's son Trent is a middle linebacker and running backs Coach Dan Cozzetto's son Ryan is a free safety and punter.
***Oregon State has scored in 42 straight games after being shutout by USC 23-0, November 15, 1997.
***OSU backs have rushed for 100 yards or more a total of 157 times.
***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, 13th in 1999 with 1,329 (bowl yardage does not count) and sixth in 2000 with 1,474 yards (bowl yardage not counted).
***In his two games played at Husky Stadium, OSU quarterback Jonathan Smith passed for 783 yards and six touchdowns. He combined to complete 30 of 56 passes for 783 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Against Washington at Husky Stadium, Smith threw touchdown passes 90, 80 twice and 48 yards.
***Jonathan Smith had a streak of not throwing an interception stopped at 156 when he was picked off in a break play in the third quarter vs. UCLA during the 2000 season. At the time, it was only Smith's third interception of the 2000 season. He had another streak stopped at 156 in the season opener against Eastern Washington (9/2/2000). In 1999, he had 71 passes thrown without an interception before being stopped in the Georgia Southern (9/18/99) game. He had a second streak of 71 passes thrown without an interception stopped in the California game (11/8/99).
***Oregon State has played a total of five true freshmen so far during the 2001 season. The five include quarterback Derek Anderson, tailback Steven Jackson, wide receiver Josh Hawkins, defensive end Bill Swancutt and walk-on wide receiver Cole Clasen.
***Under Dennis Erickson, Oregon State has always enjoyed a scoring edge in the fourth quarter and the pattern remains the same in 2001. The Beavers have outscored opponents 48-26 in the fourth period.
***Several OSU players saw their first collegiate action in the Beavers' 38-3 victory over Arizona. The list includes-Matt Brock, center, Brad Gerry, strong safety, Brian Kilkenny, left tackle, Pat Loney, tight end, John Millar, punter, and Dwight Wright, tailback.
TICKET INFORMATION: 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.
SCHEDULE CHANGE: 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.
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-Noah Happe vs. Arizona State at Tempe, Oct. 20, 2001 (Mike Barth 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.
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