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Nov. 11, 2001

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Oregon State is currently on a one-game winning streak overall. The Beavers have a three-game winning streak at Reser Stadium, a one-game Pacific-10 Conference winning streak and a three-game road losing streak. Oregon State is 23-10 (.697) in its last 33 games and has won 15 of its last 17 (.882) 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 15-6 (.714) in the current decade. The Beavers did not win 15 games in the 1990s until September 6, 1997.

Dennis Erickson is in his 16th year as a collegiate head coach. He has compiled an impressive record during the month of November. In the month of November he currently has a career mark of 43-10-1, a percentage of .806. Erickson is 6-2 (.750) in November as Oregon State's head coach.

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) and linebacker Seth Lacey (left shoulder/neck). PROBABLE-Tailback Patrick McCall (broken right hand).

OSU assistant football coach Eric Yarber has missed the USC and Washington games and will miss the rest of the current season due an illness. Yarber, the Beavers' wide receiver coach, entered Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, on Wednesday, October 31. He has been diagnosed with an abscess in the liver. Yarber has been improving, but he is still expected to remain in the hospital a few more weeks. In his absence, offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Tim Lappano will tutor the OSU receivers and Dennis Erickson will coach the quarterbacks.

Oregon State and Northern Arizona have not faced each other previously. Beaver head coach Dennis Erickson has a personal 4-0 record vs. the Lumberjacks. He defeated NAU four times while serving as head coach at Idaho from 1982-85. Jerome Souers, the Lumberjacks' head coach, has not coached against Oregon State or another Pac-10 team. Souers, the 1999 Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year, is in his fourth season at NAU and has posted a record of 21-23.

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 4-5 so far in 2001. In three seasons, he has produced a record of 22-11 (.667) in his Beaver career. Erickson is currently tied for seventh as the 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 .725 (135-51-1). He is tied with Rick Neuheisel of Washington (.725) on the winning percentage list. Erickson is 10th among active Division 1-A college coaches for total victories with 135. 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 22-11 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 and by 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.

Dennis, a junior cornerback, needs just two more pass breakups to break OSU's school career record for pass breakups. He broke up two passes vs. Washington to give him 43 career breakups. He needs two more breakups to pass current career leader Andrea Holland's 44. Weathersby has broken up 13 passes in nine games this season, including a record four vs. Fresno State and three against UCLA. Weathersby is currently fifth among Pac-10 pass defenders with 15 breakups (Pac-10 includes interceptions). Weathersby intercepted his second pass of the season and fourth of his career against Washington and returned the interception 73 yards to set up OSU's third touchdown against the Huskies. The 73-yard interception return equals the 10th longest interception return in a game by a Beaver player. He has broken up passes in 24 of the 33 games he has played in so far in his career. Weathersby was a preseason All-American on the Playboy Magazine squad.

Sophomore middle linebacker Richard Seigler continues to lead OSU in defensive point production this year with 278. He produced 20 points with six tackles total and two tackles for loss. He has been the Beavers' most consistent defensive player this season. He stands in a tie for third place place with Oregon's Wesley Mallard in the Pac-10 for tackles with, an average of 8.9 per game. He has a total of 80 tackles. He trails UCLA linebacker Robert Thomas (11.0) and USC safety Troy Polamalu (9.6) on the leader board. Seigler is fourth in the Pac-10 for tackles for loss with 14. Seigler set a school record for defensive points in a game with 81 at Arizona State (Oct. 20).

Junior strong linebacker Nick Barnett was a defensive dynamo against California (Oct. 27) and USC (Nov. 3). He produced the best game of his career against California, and followed up with another outstanding game at USC. Against the Bears, Barnett was credited with 18 tackles, including 11 solo, in the contest. The OSU school record for most tackles in a game is 22 by Steve Brown vs. Stanford in 1971. Barnett also had four quarterback hurry plays against Cal and scored 52 points in the Beavers' defensive point system. He produced 50 � points at USC with 11 tackles, his first career interception, two pass breakups, a tackle for loss and one half of a sack. .Barnett stands third on the Beaver's defensive point production list for the season with 213 � points. Barnett has been OSU's top defensive point producer in two games this year. He earned high-point honors vs. California (52) and Fresno State (31).

Defensive end Noah Happe, a sophomore, turned in his top career performance at USC (Nov. 3) as he led OSU with 58 defensive points. He posted career-high three sacks for 19 yards and four tackles for loss (21 yards). He also forced a fumble and had six solo tackles. Happe currently is in fourth place on the Pac-10 season sack list with seven. Happe has also vaulted into fourth place on OSU's defensive point list with 198 �, the highest total among OSU defensive linemen. Happe has produced nine tackles for loss this year to go along with the seven sacks. In addition to his defensive play, which continues to improve, he handles the snapping on PAT/FG and punts for the Beavers.

Sophomore James Newson has become OSU's money receiver this season. In a three-game stretch (Arizona State, California and USC), James combined to catch 22 passes for 374 yards (17.0 average) and a pair of touchdowns. This past week against Washington, James was held to a pair of receptions for 35 yards. He produced career bests two games in a row against ASU and Cal. James posted career bests for catches (8) and yardage (112) against Arizona State (Oct. 20) and came back with eight catches against California and a new career best of 166 yards in receiving. The 166 yards amounts to the third best mark in OSU history, topped only Robb Thomas' school record 220 yards and Roddy Tompkins 210 yards at Washington in 1998. James leads OSU in receptions with 47, in yardage with 693 and in touchdowns with three. Newson is averaging 5.2 receptions per game, which ranks second in the Pac-10 and tied for 44th nationally. He is fourth in the Pac-10 in receiving yardage with an average of 77.89 yards per game. That ranks 36th nationally. He is on pace to catch 58 passes, based on present average. James currently ranks 17th on OSU's single-season reception list with 47.

Oregon State's tailback tandem of senior Ken Simonton and freshman Steven Jackson combined for six touchdowns against Washington, three apiece. They combined to rush for 186 yards on 51 carries and five touchdowns on the ground. Simonton also caught a TD pass, the first of his career. The three touchdowns by Jackson amount to a career best. In researching OSU records, it would appear that Simonton and Jackson are the first two Beaver backs to ever score three touchdowns apiece in one game.

For the first time in the 2001 season, Oregon State won a football game when it was in the minus column in turnovers. The Beavers had a minus one in turnovers vs. Washington. However, during OSU's first eight games of the season the trend did not change. Whenever the Beavers have had a negative turnover ratio in a game this year they had lost prior to the Husky game. In OSU's other three victories this year, it has been even or on the positive side of the turnover margin. 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 17 defensive turnovers so far in 2001, compared to giving up 22. The Beavers are tied for seventh in the Pac-10 and tied for 87th nationally in turnover margin. The turnover chart follows:

OSU was a perfect six-for-six in the red zone against Washington, after converted on only three of five attempts the week before against USC. The Beavers have scored on 25 of 28 trips inside the red zone (20-yard line) this year for a percentage of .893. OSU opponents have converted on 26 of 30 trips inside the red zone, a percentage of .867. Red zone totals follow:

Oregon State's 49-24 victory over Washington amounted to the most points every scored by a Beaver football team against the Huskies. The previous high was 40 in a 40-14 victory at Seattle in 1951. OSU just missed establishing a new margin of victory mark. The biggest margin of victory for the Beavers in the series is 29 when OSU defeated Washington 29-0 in 1928.

  • Terrell Roberts tied OSU single-game record, also held by Dennis Weathersby, with four pass breakups vs. Washington.

  • Dennis Weathersby's 73-yard pass interception return tied him for 10th on the single-game list with Tony Fuller vs. UNLV in 1983.

  • Oregon State scored on its first possession of the game. It was the first time this season the Beavers have scored on their opening possession.

  • Jonathan Smith passed for 300 yards vs. Washington, the 11th time in his career he has passed for over 300 yards. His 317 yards passing equals his 317 yards passing against California last year and that figure is 17th on the single-game list.

  • Smith's 317 yards in total offense ranks 17th on OSU's single-game list.

  • Smith passed for 1,339 yards and nine touchdowns in four games against Washington, an average of 334.8 yards per game.

  • Smith's two TD passes gives him 51 in his career, which ranks in a tie for 14th on the Pac-10 all-time list.

  • OSU's 497 yards in total offense was a season high. The Beavers' 317 yards passing as a season high, along with 30 first downs.

  • OSU held Washington to 88 yards rushing, the second straight game holding an opponent under 100 yards rushing.

  • OSU held Washington to 281 yards in total offense, the second straight week holding an opponent under 300 yards in total offense.

  • Washington did not sack Smith. It was only the second time this year he was not sacked. Arizona did not sack him.

  • OSU had three sacks vs. Washington, giving the Beavers 27 on the season, which ranks in the top 20 of the nation.

    (Washington)-Ken rushed for 107 yards, his 25th career 100-yard rushing game. He caught 2 passes for 50 yards, including a 45-yard TD pass, the first TD reception in his career. He scored three touchdowns, the 20th multi touchdown game in his career...he had 157 yards in all-purpose running. (USC)-Ken rushed for 85 yards against USC and in the process moved into 26th place on the NCAA career-rushing chart. (California)-Ken registered his third 100-yard rushing game of the season with 110 on the ground vs. the Bears. He also caught a pair of passes for 30 yards, giving him 140 all-purpose yards. He had the second longest run from scrimmage in his career with a 55-yarder. (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 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 264 yards in his remaining two games this season, an average of 132, to reach 1,000 yards. He has scored touchdowns in 30 of his 44 career games and has multiple touchdown games 20 times. Simonton's career numbers to date:

    '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.

    Richard Seigler is tied for third place in the Pac-10 for total tackles with an average of 8.9 per game. He has 80 total tackles. Nick Barnett ranks 13th with an average of 7.2 per game. Barnett has 65 total tackles. James Allen is 16th with 60. Seigler is fourth in the Pac-10 with 14 tackles for loss. Mitch Meeuwsen leads the Pac-10 with four fumble recoveries and Seigler is tied for third with two. Dennis Weathersby is fourth in the Pac-10 in pass breakups with 15 (13 broken up and 2 interceptions). Terrell Roberts is tied for fourth in pass breakups with 14 (11 broken up and 3 interceptions). Roberts is tied for sixth in the conference with three pass interceptions. Noah Happe is fourth in the Pac-10 in sacks with seven. Happe is third place in forced fumbles with three.

    Since the start of the 2001 season, place kicker Ryan Cesca has been the lone Beaver player to receive an honor to date. 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. Head Coach Dennis Erickson has also been selected to be the head coach of the West team in the 2002 Hula Bowl.

    1-Selected as the Pac-10 special teams Player of the Week, Sept. 8.

    1-Selected to coach in Hula Bowl

    Terrell Roberts broke up four passes vs. Washington to tie OSU's single-game record. Dennis Weathersby also broke up four passes vs. Fresno State this year. Paul Carberry, Brent Huff, Larry Bumpus and Andrae Holland also hold the record.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.


  • *Oregon State held USC to only 33 yards rushing. That ranks 24th on OSU's list of fewest rushing yards allowed.

  • *OSU held a 384-204 advantage in total offense vs. USC while losing 16-13 in overtime.

  • *OSU outgained USC on the ground in the second half 144 to minus 1 yard.

  • *Freshman tailback Steven Jackson recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game against USC, gaining 119 yards on 16 carries for an average of 7.4 yards per carry. He also caught 2 passes for 9 yards, including a 4-yard TD pass.

  • *Oregon State is now 1-2 in overtime games. The Beavers lost to California 48-42 in 1996. OSU defeated Oregon in triple overtime 44-41 in 1998.

  • *Oregon State's game with California on October 27 marked the first Beaver football game since the 1988 season that was not televised either live or on a delayed basis. OSU contracted with Prime Sports Northwest (which later became Fox Sports Net Northwest) in 1989 to televise all Beaver football games on a delayed basis for Sunday replays. The streak ended with the OSU-California game after 141 consecutive games being televised either live or delayed.

  • Strong linebacker Nick Barnett had the best game of his OSU career with 18 tackles against California, including 11 solo tackles. He also had four quarterback hurries.

  • Freshman defensive end Bill Swancutt recorded his first career sack against California. He finished the game with two sacks.

  • Oregon State's defensive unit has scored 14 points so far in the 2001 season. The Beavers added a safety against California. OSU has also scored a pair of touchdowns on blocked punts this season (WSU and Arizona games).

  • James Newson had a career-high 166 pass receiving yards vs. California.

  • Mitch Muuewsen had 10 tackles against Cal, plus he broke up two passes and picked off his second pass interception of the season.

  • *Eight Oregon State players were listed on opening day NFL rosters. A ninth player, Armon Hatcher, is now active on the San Diego Chargers roster. The eight players on opening day rosters include-Terrence Carroll, SS, Philadelphia Eagles, Jose Cortez, PK, San Francisco 49ers, DeLawrence Grant, DE, Oakland Raiders, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Cincinnati Bengals, Chad Johnson, WR, Cincinnati Bengals, Aaron Koch, OL, Jacksonville Jaguars, Reggie Tongue, FS, Seattle Seahawks, and Mitch White, OT, New Orleans Saints.

  • *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. The Beavers streak was stopped at three when they failed to block a kick vs. California.

  • *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 � 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.

  • *Sophomore James Newson posted career bests for catches (8) and yardage (112) against Arizona State. He followed that up with eight catches and a new career high 166 yards vs. California.

  • *Tim Euhus caught his first career touchdown pass at Arizona State, a 40-yarder from Jonathan Smith.

  • *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.

  • *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, and it was also Clasen's first career touchdown. Sophomore flanker James Newson caught his first career TD pass.

  • *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.

  • *Offensive guards Dustin Janz and Kanan Sanchez got their first career starts vs. WSU...for Sanchez, it was also his first collegiate 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.

  • *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.

  • *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 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.

  • *Dennis Weathersby has broken up passes in 24 of the 33 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 45 straight games after being shutout by USC 23-0, November 15, 1997.

  • *OSU backs have rushed for 100 yards or more a total of 160 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.

  • *Oregon State is starting only three seniors on defense-end Kyle Rosselle, weak linebacker James Allen and free safety Jake Cookus.

  • *Oregon State is starting five seniors on offense-left guard Dustin Janz, center Chris Gibson, right tackle Vincent Sandoval, quarterback Jonathan Smith and tailback Ken Simonton.

  • *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.


    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.

    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.

    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 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 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 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.


    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-Shawn Kintner 10 yards vs. California at Corvallis, Oct. 27, 2001

    Returned a pass interception for touchdown-LaDairis Jackson, 32 yards vs. New Mexico, at Albuquerque, Sept. 9, 2000

    Recorded a safety-2001 vs. California at Corvallis, Oct. 27

    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 Washington (ranked eighth by AP and eighth by USA Today/ESPN), November 10, 2001 at Corvallis

    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. Washington at Corvallis, Nov. 10, 2001 (3 touchdowns) andSteven Jackson, TB, vs. Washington at Corvallis, Nov. 10, 2001 (3 touchdowns)

    Scored on its first offensive possession of the game-vs. Washington, November 10, 2001 at Corvallis

    Had a player rush for over 100 Yards-Steven Jackson (119) vs. USC at Los Angeles, Nov. 3, 2001

    Had a player rush for over 200 Yards-Ken Simonton (234) vs. USC at Corvallis, September 30, 2000


    Returned a punt for touchdown-R Jay Soward, USC, 85 yards at Los Angeles, 1999

    Recovered a blocked punt for touchdown-Troy Polamalu, USC, at Los Angeles (Carl Tobey punter), Nov. 3, 2001

    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-Steve Stevenson, USC, at Los Angeles, Nov. 3, 2001 (Carl Tobey 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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