Oregon State Takes On Eastern Kentucky

Aug. 22, 2002

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GAME: Oregon State (0-0) vs. Eastern Kentucky (0-0)
SITE: Reser Stadium (35,362), Corvallis, OR
DATE: Thursday, August 29
TIME: 7:07 PDT
RADIO: Live over 29-station Beaver Sports Network, starting at 5:00 p.m. PDT
TV: Live over Fox Sports Net NW, starting at 7:00 p.m. PDT
RECORD: OSU (0-0, 0-0) , EASTERN KENTUCKY (0-0, 0-0

Reser Stadium (35,362) is sold out for the season on season tickets. Oregon State enters the season with a streak of nine straight games sold out.

Oregon State has a limited number of individual game reserved seat tickets remaining (as of 8/22) for Eastern Kentucky (162), UNLV (617) and Arizona (341) games. The OSU Athletic Ticket Office (room 107 Gill Coliseum) will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Thursday (game day) and will be open at Reser Stadium (Gate #17) at 5:00 p.m. WILL CALL is located at Gate #17. Phone numbers are 737-4455 or 1-800-GO BEAVS.

The game will be televised live, starting at 7:00 p.m., over Fox Sports Net Northwest with Scott Lynn (play-by-play) and Steve Preece (color) calling the action. The live telecast will be shown in the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, plus to DSS service.

For the second straight year, Oregon State has sold out its entire allotment of season tickets as of July 18. The Beavers have sold 23,000 season tickets. OSU officially sold out all 23,011 available season tickets in 2001 by July 16, two days earlier than this year. The Beavers sold 14,700 season ticket s in 2000 and 11,500 in 1999.

Oregon State established a new record for home season attendance in 2001. The Beavers drew 182,060 fans in five home games, for an average of 36,412, topping the old mark of 34,808 in 1968. In 1968, then Parker Stadium held 41,000, compared to Reser Stadium's current capacity of 35,362.

Oregon State will open the 2002 season on a one-game losing streak overall. The Beavers have a four-game winning streak at Reser Stadium, a one-game Pacific-10 Conference losing streak and a four-game road losing streak. Oregon State is 24-11 (.686) in its last 35 games and has won 16 of its last 18 (.889) 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 and 4-1 in 2001. Oregon State is 16-7 (.696) in the current decade. The Beavers did not win 16 games in the 1990s until October 4, 1997.

(OUT)-Henry Anderson, DT (broken right forearm) and Dan Rothwell, DE (left knee, ACL, MCL). (Questionable)-Cole Clasen, SL (knee).

Oregon State will have a 29-station radio network for the 2002 season. The Beavers' football network is produced by Beaver Sports Properties, a division of Learfield Communications. Mike Parker and Bob Grim will call the action from the booth and Michael Convery of KEX will continue as the sideline reporter. The entire network pregame show will air two hours prior to kickoff, home and away. The pregame show will start two hours prior to kickoff with Scott Lynn (KEX Sports Director) hosting the show. In addition, KEJO (1240 AM) radio in Corvallis will also host a pregame show from Reser Stadium starting four hours prior to kickoff for home games and four hours prior to road games from the studio with Doug Blair and Jon Warren announcing. The games can also be heard over OSU's website (www.osubeavers.com).

A total of 17 stations on the Beaver Sports Network will carry the weekly Dennis Erickson coaches radio show, which airs live every Tuesday night (7-8:00 p.m.) from the Headline Cafe in downtown Corvallis. Mike Parker, OSU football play-by-play announcer, is the host of the show. Fans can ask Coach Erickson questions by calling 1-877-600-6433, or on a Cellular One phone by hitting pound BSP for a free call. The 17 stations carrying the show include-Albany-Corvallis (KEJO, 1240 AM); Bend (KICE, 940 AM); Brookings (KURY, 910 AM); Cottage Grove (KCGR, 100.5 FM); Enterprise (KWVR, 92.1 FM/1340 AM); Eugene (KKNX (840 AM); Florence (KCST, 1250 AM); Klamath Falls (KKJX, 960 AM); Lakeview (KOIK, 1230 AM); Medford (KMED, 1440 AM); Newport (KNPT, 1310 AM); Ontario (KSRV, 1380 AM); Portland (KEX, 1190 AM); Prineville (KRCO, 690 AM); Roseburg (KRNR, 1490 AM); and The Dalles (KODL, 1440 AM).

Eastern Kentucky has been ranked among the top 20 1-AA teams in most every preseason poll. The Colonels are ranked No. 2 by Street & Smith's 2002 College Football Yearbook. Eastern is ranked in the top 20 in all three preseason polls-11th in the 1-AA football.com poll; 12th in the Sports Ticket poll and 14th in The Sports Network poll.

Oregon State sophomore tailback Steven Jackson has been selected as on of 42 preseason candidates for the Doak Walker Award, awarded annually to the nation's top college running back.

Senior defensive tackle Eric Manning is one of 121 players listed on the 2002 Rotary Lombardi Award watch list. The Lombardi Award is given annually to the top down lineman, offense or defense, in the nation.

Senior defensive tackle Eric Manning is also among the list of players to watch for the 2002 Outland Trophy, which is presented by the Football Writers Association of America to the top interior lineman in college football each season.

Senior cornerback Dennis Weathersby is one of 36 players on the preseason Jim Thorpe Award watch list. The Thorpe Award is given annually to the best defensive back in college football.

Senior outside linebacker Nick Barnett and junior middle linebacker Richard Seigler are among the players listed on the 2002 Butkus Award witch list. The Butkus goes to the nation's top college linebacker each year.


Dennis Erickson, Montana State, '69, has completed three seasons 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 was 5-6 in 2001. The 2001 season amounted to only Erickson's second losing season in 16 years as a collegiate head coach. In three seasons, he has produced a record of 23-12 (.657) in his Beaver career. Erickson ranks 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 .722 (136-52-1). He is seventh on the all-time active coaches winning percentage list at .722, just slightly behind No. 6, R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M (.738). Erickson is ninth among active Division 1-A college coaches for total victories with 136. 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 23-12 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.

Junior James Newson enjoyed a fantastic year in his first full season as a starting wide receiver in 2001. He caught 57 passes for 968 yards, an average of 17.0 per catch. He caught five TD passes. His 57 receptions ranks eighth on OSU's all-time single-season receiving chart and his 968 yards is the second most ever by a Beaver receiver in a season. James had the best receiving day of his OSU career to date against Northern Arizona in 2001. Newson caught 7 passes for 190 yards, the third highest single-game yardage output in Beaver history. In a three-game stretch last year (Arizona State, California and USC), James combined to catch 22 passes for 374 yards (17.0 average) and a pair of touchdowns. 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 then a new career best of 166 yards in receiving. The 166 yards amounts to the fourth best mark in OSU history, topped only Robb Thomas' school record 220 yards and Roddy Tompkins 210 yards at Washington in 1998 and Newson's 190 vs. NAU. Newson averaged 5.2 receptions per game in 2001, which ranked second in the Pac-10 and tied for 47th nationally. He finished fourth in the Pac-10 in receiving yardage with an average of 88.0 yards per game, and that ranked 23rd nationally.

Dennis, a senior cornerback, will open the 2002 season needing just one pass breakup to break OSU's school career record for pass breakups. He finished the 2001 season with 44 career breakups, the same number as Andrea Holland. Weathersby broke up 14 passes during the 2001 season, including a record four vs. Fresno State and three against UCLA. Weathersby finished tied for fourth place among Pac-10 pass defenders with 16 breakups (Pac-10 includes interceptions). Weathersby intercepted his second pass of the season and fourth of his career against Washington last year 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 25 of the 35 games he has played in so far in his career. Weathersby blocked a field goal vs. Northern Arizona last year, the first blocked kick of his career. Weathersby was a preseason All-American on the Playboy Magazine squad as a junior and by The Sporting News and Street and Smith this year.

Junior middle linebacker Richard Seigler led OSU in defensive points during the 2001 season, finishing the year with 330, which ranks as the 14th best single-season defensive point production mark in OSU history. Seigler set a school record for defensive points in a game with 81 at Arizona State (Oct. 20). He produced 32 points with seven tackles total and two tackles for loss and a pass breakup vs. Northern Arizona to tie for high honors in defensive point production. He was the Beavers' most consistent defensive player during the 2001season. He ranked fifth in the Pac-10 for tackles with, an average of 8.5 per game. He had a total of 93 tackles. He trailed UCLA linebacker Robert Thomas (10.1), Oregon linebacker Wesly Mallard (8.9), USC safety Troy Polamalu (8.9) and Oregon's Kevin Mitchell (8.5) on the leader board. Mitchel had one more tackle than Seigler. Seigler tied for fourth in the Pac-10 for tackles for loss with 17 and was tied for fifth in fumbles forced with two.

Senior strong linebacker Nick Barnett was a defensive dynamo against California (Oct. 27) and USC (Nov. 3) in 2001. Barnett 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 finished third on the Beaver's defensive point production list for the season with 237 points. Barnett was OSU's top defensive point producer in two games in 2001. He earned high-point honors vs. Cal (52) and Fresno State (31). He ranked 15th in the Pac-10 in tackles with 6.6 per game.

Defensive end Noah Happe, a junior, turned in his top career performance at USC (Nov. 3) last year 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 finished tied for sixth place on the Pac-10 season sack list with seven. Happe finished 2001 in fifth place on OSU's defensive point list with 217, the highest total among OSU defensive linemen. Happe produced 10 tackles for loss this year to go along with the seven sacks. He tied for third in the Pac-10 with three forced fumbles. In addition to his defensive play, which continued to improve, he handled the snapping on PAT/FG and punts for the Beavers during the 2001 season.

Sophomore tailback Steven Jackson, who is set to take over as Oregon State's starting tailback in 2002, made the most of his opportunities vs. Northern Arizona last year. He touched the football three times and produced two touchdowns. He returned a kickoff for 24 yards the first time he touched the ball on the opening kickoff. He had one carry in the game, a 6-yard TD run in the second quarter. In the third quarter he returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown. It was the 13th longest kickoff return in OSU history and his first collegiate kickoff return for a touchdown. Steven also his first career 100-yard rushing game against USC in the Los Angeles Coliseum last year and was named the ABC Player of the Game for Oregon State. Jackson rushed for 119 yards on 16 carries.

Junior linebacker Richard Seigler is the top returning OSU player with regard to career defensive points. Seigler has 623 points. After 35 games in his career, Dennis Weathersby has broken up 44 passes and has tied Andrae Holland for the OSU career record at 44. Weathersby broke up 17 passes as a freshman when he named a freshman All-American. He broke up 13 passes as a sophomore and has 14 in 2001. Weathersby was a preseason Playboy All-American heading into the 2001 season and was selected second team All-American by The Sporting News.

Oregon State completed the 2001 season with a negative turnover chart. OSU forced 20 defensive turnovers in 2001, compared to giving up 28. The Beavers tied for eighth in the Pac-10 and tied for 98th nationally in turnover margin. OSU's 2001 turnover ratio was a far contrast from the turnover ratio by the 2000 team. The Beavers ranked fourth in the nation during the 2000 season by forcing 18 more turnovers than they committed.

Place kicker Ryan Cesca, a senior, was the Pac-10's first-team all-league kicker as a sophomore during the 2000 season. In the final month of the 2001 season, Cesca was inconsistent for the first time in his career and he lost his place kicking duties to junior walk-on Kirk Yliniemi during the Oregon game. He experienced the worst game of his career at USC last year (Nov. 3) when he missed a pair of field goals from 35 yards with 6:14 to play and 29 yards with 33 seconds to play. Either kick would have won the game for the Beavers in regulation time. He bounced back to make all seven of his PAT attempts against Washington. He did not have a field goal attempt vs. the Huskies. After booting his first PAT attempt against Northern Arizona, he missed on a 32-yard field goal attempt and was replaced by Yliniemi on PAT attempts the rest of the game. Cesca later missed a 38-yard field goal attempt. Cesca 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. To date, he has scored 211 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 112-for-113 (.991) in his career and working on a current streak of 32 straight PATs made. As a team, OSU has made 37 straight PATs. 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 33 of 48 field goal attempts (.688) 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 17 of his last 24 field goal attempts. He had successfully kicked six field goals in a row before missing a 48-yarder against California last year.


  • Junior middle linebacker Richard Seigler produced 330 defensive points in OSU's system during the 2001 season, which ranks 14th on the Beavers' all-time season list.

  • Sophomore tailback Steven Jackson recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game against USC in 2001, gaining 119 yards on 16 carries for an average of 7.4 yards per carry. He also caught two passes for 9 yards, including a 4-yard TD pass.

  • Oregon State is 1-2 in overtime games after losing to USC in 2001. The Beavers lost to California 48-42 in 1996. OSU defeated Oregon in double overtime 44-41 in 1998.

    **Strong linebacker Nick Barnett had the best game of his OSU career with 18 tackles against California in 2001, including 11 solo tackles. He also had four quarterback hurries.

  • Sophomore middle linebacker Richard Seigler had the best game of his OSU career to date in the 2001 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.

  • 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, 2001...Anderson completed 6 of 14 passes for 96 yards and was intercepted on his final pass of the game.

  • 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.

  • Two Oregon State assistant coaches have redshirt 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 47 straight games after being shutout by USC 23-0, November 15, 1997.

  • OSU backs have rushed for 100 yards or more a total of 161 times.

  • Oregon State played a total of five true freshmen 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.

  • As a team, Oregon State has a current streak of 37 straight successful PAT attempts.

  • Oregon State has four married players on the roster this year. Punter Carl Tobey got married in 2001 to the former Annalee Nelson. Wide receiver Seth Trimmer got married this summer to the former Hannah Cox. Linebacker Seth Lacey got married this summer to the former Mackenzie Copeland. Wide receiver Shawn Kintner got married this summer to the former Courtney Chandler.
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