Beavers Renew Rivalry With Sun Devils
Sept. 21, 2003
GAME: Oregon State (3-1) vs. Arizona State (2-1)
SITE: Reser Stadium (35,362), Corvallis, OR
DATE: Saturday, September 27
TIME: 7:00 p.m. PDT
RADIO: Live over 27-station Beaver Sports Network, starting at 5:00 p.m. PDT
TV: Live over Fox Sports Net, starting at 7:00 p.m. PDT
Delayed over Fox Sports Net NW on Monday, 7:00 p.m. PDT
CROWD: The Oregon State-Arizona State game is sold out. Capacity at Reser Stadium is 35,362. The Beavers are on a streak of 19 straight games sold out at Reser Stadium, dating back to USC on Sept. 30, 2000.
TICKETS: A limited number of reserve seat tickets, priced at $33.00 apiece, remain available for the OSU's final two home games of the season, Nov. 1 vs. Arizona and Nov. 15 vs. Stanford. Contact the OSU Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800 GO BEAVS or 541-737-4455 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day for tickets. Tickets can also be purchased on line at www.osubeavers.com.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised live nationally by Fox Sports Net with Steve Physioc (play-by-play) and Tom Ramsey (analyst) calling the action, starting at 7:00 p.m. PDT. The game will also be televised on a delayed basis by Fox Sports Net NW at 7:00 p.m. PDT on Monday. Fox Sports NW covers the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is on a two-game winning streak overall. The Beavers have a six-game winning streak at Reser Stadium, a two-game Pacific-10 Conference winning streak, a one-game road losing streak and a one-game Pac-10 road winning streak. Oregon State has won 17 straight non-conference games at Reser Stadium, dating back to 1996. The Beavers' last home non-conference defeat was against Montana on Sept. 7, 1996. Oregon State is 35-18 (.660) in its last 53 games and has won 25 of its last 28 (.893) home games. The Beavers' 6-0 record at Reser Stadium in 2000 amounted to the most wins ever in one season at home, before OSU reached six wins (6-1) in 2003. OSU was 5-1 at Reser Stadium in 1999, 4-1 in 2001, 6-1 in 2002 and 3-0 so far in 2003. Oregon State is 27-13 (.675) in the current decade. The Beavers did not win 27 games in the 1990s until October 30, 1999. Head Coach Mike Riley has a 9-1 non-conference record as OSU's head coach.
BEAVERS FOOTBALL EXPERIENCE TV SHOW: Fox Sports Net NW produces and airs a weekly OSU one half hour football show. This week's show will air at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, and again at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday and 12 noon on Friday. Beavers Football Experience gives Oregon State faithful an inside look at the weekly trails, tribulations and triumphs behind the 2003 gridiron season. BFE will be inside the locker rooms and behind the scenes of the Oregon State football program as each week's show will chronicle the human stories, pathos and emotions that ultimately proved catalytic in the storyline of each game.
Mike Riley: Oregon State's Mike Riley is currently in his third season as the Beavers' head coach, after a four-year break as an NFL coach. Riley was OSU's head coach in 1997 (3-8) and 1998 (5-6) before becoming the head coach of the San Diego Chargers for three years. He was secondary coach of the New Orleans Saints in 2002. He is 3-1 in 2003 with a collegiate record of 11-15 (.423) as a head coach, all at Oregon State. He has also served as a head coach in the Canadian Football League and the World League of American Football. He coached the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL for five years (1987-90) and produced a 40-32-0 (.556) record, including two Grey Cup championships (1988 and 1990). He had a two-year record of 11-9-0 (.550) as the head coach of the San Antonio Riders of the World League. He compiled a three-year record of 14-34 (.292) as the head coach of the San Diego Chargers. Riley currently has a 9-1 record in non-conference games as OSU's head coach.
INJURY REPORT: (OUT)-Andy Darkins, LB (ankle and shoulder surgery); Kellen Marshall, CB (right knee ACL); and James Lowe, SLB (right knee). (QUESTIONABLE)-Seth Lacey, SLB (calf bruise) and Chaz Scott, SLB (right knee).
OSU-ARIZONA STATE SERIES: Oregon State and Arizona State have played 29 times previously, with the Sun Devils holding a 21-7-1 series edge. The Beavers have lost seven straight to Arizona State. OSU last defeated ASU 30-14 at Reser Stadium in 1993. The Beavers lost to the Sun Devils 29-14 at Reser in 1996 and 13-10 in 1997. The last three meetings have been at ASU. Mike Riley is 0-2 coaching against the Sun Devils and ASU's Dirk Koetter has a perfect 2-0 record vs. Oregon State.
SEIGLER THIRD ON OSU CAREER DEFENSIVE POINT LIST: Richard Seigler continues his climb up the ladder to become OSU's all-time top defensive point producer. Seigler added a team-high 40 points in the Beavers' victory over Boise State. He now trails No. 2 Kane Rogers by 52 points and the all-time leader, Inoke Breckterfield, by 70.
SEIGLER TOP CAREER POINT PRODUCER AMONG DEFENSIVE STARTERS: Linebacker Richard Seigler is the top career point producer among the current OSU defensive starters with 1,098 points, which ranks third on the Beavers' career list.
Bill Swancutt CONTINUES SACK ATTACK: Junior defensive end Bill Swancutt had recorded at least one sack and tackle for loss in each of his last five games, prior to the Boise State game. Swancutt was not credited with a tackle for loss or sack against Boise State, although he registered a blocked kick on the Broncos first field goal attempt. Swancutt has produced at least one tackle for loss in 15 of his last 17 games. The only other game in that span where he failed to produce a sack or tackle for loss was against Stanford last year. He has recorded at least one sack in 12 games during his career and at least one tackle for loss in 18 games. He has played in 27 career games, including 16 as a starter. He tied the OSU season record for sacks in 2002 with (11 ï¿½) and tackles for loss with (21). Swancutt finished fourth in the Pac-10 during the 2002 in sacks and tackles for loss. He opened the 2003 season the way he finished. Swancutt recorded two tackles for loss and a sack in the Sacramento State contest, had one sack and tackle for loss at Fresno State and 1 ï¿½ sack and 2 ï¿½ tackles for loss vs. New Mexico State. Bill finished the 2002 season with 322 ï¿½ defensive points, second best on the team. That figure also ranked 19th on OSU's single-season list. Swancutt ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in sacks and sixth in tackles for loss.
NOTES FROM OSU-BOISE STATE GAME: Steven Jackson rushed for 122 yards and 1 touchdown on 30 carries. Jackson's touchdown was the 26th rushing TD of his career; that moved him into sole possession of second place on OSU's all-time career list, trailing only Ken Simonton's 59 touchdowns (1998-01).
OSU DEFENSE STINGY OVER 5-YEAR RUN: Since 1999, Oregon State ranks as the eighth best defensive team in the nation in terms of number of touchdowns given up.
BEAVERS RANKED 13th NATIONALLY RUSHING DEFENSE: Oregon State ranks fourth in the Pac-10 Conference in rushing defense and 13th nationally, allowing 77.8 yards per game.
OSU RANKED 25th NATIONALLY SCORING DEFENSE: Oregon State currently ranks second in the Pac-10 and 25th nationally in scoring defense, allowing 15.75 points per game. The Beavers rank 25th nationally in team pass efficiency defense and third in the Pac-10, allowing a percentage of 102.77 per game.
Steven Jackson, TB: Steven rushed for 122 yards on 30 carries, an average of 4.1. He scored one touchdown, which proved to be the Beavers' winning TD against Boise State. He had 126 all-purpose yards. As a result of his performance against Boise State, Jackson now leads the Pac-10 in rushing (136.25) and all-purpose yards (184.50) and ranks seventh nationally in rushing and fourth nationally in all-purpose yards. He has scored 30 points to date, which ties him for second in the Pac-10 and 27th nationally. Jackson's totals vs. Boise State pushed the junior tailback into the No. 2 spot on OSU's all-time rushing list and his one touchdown scored gives him 26 in his career, which is the second highest career total in OSU history. (New Mexico State)--Jackson rushed for 166 yards, his fourth-highest ever single-game mark, vs. New Mexico State. It was the 27th best rushing game in OSU history. He rushed for a pair of touchdowns, his ninth multi-touchdown game. He has moved into third place in career scoring with 174 points. He accounted for 181 all-purpose yards, giving him 3,142 career all-purpose yards, fifth best at OSU. (Fresno State)--Jackson rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 116 yards vs. Fresno State for 244 all-purpose yards, a career best and sixth best single-game mark in OSU history. His 116 receiving yards is a career best and ties for 41st best single-game mark in OSU history. He caught a 66-yard pass from Derek Anderson, which ties for the 26th longest pass play in OSU history. He moved into third place in career rushing, sixth in career all-purpose yards and into a tie for fourth in career scoring as a result of his stats at Fresno State. After two games, he leads the Pac-10 in rushing and all-purpose yards and ranks 15th and fifth nationally, respectively. (Sacramento State)--Jackson opened the 2003 season with 129 yards rushing and 187 all-purpose yards vs. Sacramento State. The game was his 11th 100-yard rushing game. He scored two touchdowns and caught four passes for 58 yards.
Steven, after one game, he ranked second in the Pac-10 and 15th nationally in rushing (129.0) per game. He ranked second in the Pac-10 and 13th nationally in all-purpose yards (187.0) per game. He was tied for second in the Pac-10 and 15th nationally in scoring with 12.0 points per game. (2002 Season)-Jackson led the Pac-10 in rushing and finished the 2002 season ranked eighth nationally with 1,690 yards and an average of 130.0 yards per game. With his 153 yards rushing vs. Oregon, Steven broke the OSU single-season rushing record and all-purpose yards record. His 1,690 yards rushing topped Ken Simonton's old mark of 1,559 yards. His 1,855 all-purpose yards topped the old record of 1,705 by Simonton in 1999. Jackson accounted for nine rushing games over 100 yards in 2002, which ties Simonton's school record, and three over 200, including a season-best of 239 vs. California. He also rushed for 227 vs. Fresno State and 230 vs. Stanford. Steven ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in total offense, sixth in scoring with 102 points and second in all-purpose yards with 146.69 average per game. He wound up ranked 22nd nationally in all-purpose yards and is tied for 37th nationally in scoring. He finished the season ranked sixth on the Pac-10 all-time single-season rushing list. All five players ahead of Jackson on the list are former USC players (Career)-Jackson rushed for 119 yards vs. USC as a freshman in 2001 for his first 100-yard game. He has accounted for a total of 14 games in which he has rushed for over 100 yards in 27 games played at OSU, including nine of his last 10 games. He had a streak of five-straight 100-yard rushing games stopped by Pittsburgh at the Insight Bowl. Jackson has accounted for 2,625 yards rushing in 27 career games, which ranks second on the Beavers' career list. He has scored 180 career points, which ranks third on OSU's career list. He has 3,268 career all-purpose yards, an average of 121.0 per game. He ranks fifth on OSU's career all-purpose yardage list. He has scored 26 rushing touchdowns, which is the second-highest career total at OSU.
JACKSON 7TH IN NCAA RUSHING: Steven Jackson ranks seventh nationally in rushing and he leads the Pac-10 with an average of 136.25 yards per game. Jackson led the Pacific-10 Conference in rushing and finished eighth in the nation in 2002 with 130.00 yards per game average.
JACKSON 4TH NATIONALLY IN ALL-PURPOSE YARDS: Steven Jackson has moved up to fourth nationally and leads the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards with an average of 184.50 yards per game.
TRACKING JACKSON'S 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES: Steven has rushed for 100 yards or more 14 times in his career, including a career-best 239 vs. California in 2002. He had a string of five straight 100-yard games stopped in the Insight Bowl when Pittsburgh held him to 34 yards. He tied Ken Simonton's single-season record with nine 100-yard rushing games in 2002. Steven also rushed for over 200 yards three times in 2002 to become the only OSU back in history to accomplish that fete. He rushed for 113 yards vs. USC in 2001 as Simonton's backup and was named ABC Player of the Game for Oregon State. Jackson rushed for 891yards in his five games prior to the 2002 Insight Bowl, an average of 178.2 yards per game. Jackson has rushed for over 100 yards in nine of his last 10 games.
BIG PLAY BEAVERS: OSU produced eight 'Big Plays' of over 25 yards in its victory over Boise State. Derek Anderson was involved in all eight plays. Oregon State has produced a total of 16 plays of 25 or more yards in four games to date. Anderson has been involved in all but two of OSU's big plays this season.
BEAVERS RANK 6TH IN THE NATION IN TOTAL OFFENSE: Oregon State leads the Pac-10 and ranks sixth nationally in total offense after four games, with an average output of 487.25 yards per game.
BEAVERS RANK 14TH NATIONALLY IN PASSING OFFENSE: Oregon State is the top passing team in the Pacific-10 Conference and ranks 14th nationally with an average of 306.75 yards per game.
OSU IN RED ZONE: Oregon State has been very proficient from an offensive standpoint in the red-zone this season, converting 14 of a possible 18 attempts for a percentage of .778. The Beavers have also been rock solid from a defensive standpoint in the red-zone. OSU has allowed only four scores in 10 attempts in the red-zone, a percentage of .400. The Beavers got off to a great start in 2003 with success in the Red Zone (20 yard line and in). The Beavers scored on all five trips into the red zone in the season opener vs. Sacramento State. Oregon State's last four games in 2002 found the Beavers perfect in the red zone, converting on all 12 trips. OSU's streak of 17 straight times scoring successfully in the red-zone was stopped at Fresno State as the Beavers scored one touchdown in three trips into the zone.
OREGON STATE STOPS TURNOVER SLIDE: For the first time in the 2003 season, Oregon State stopped its negative turnover slide as the Beavers were even with the board in the Boise State game. OSU lost a fumble and recovered a fumble. The Beavers have forced five turnovers in four games, while losing 10. OSU has a minus 1.25 average after four games, which is last in the Pac-10.
STARTING STREAKS: Linebacker Richard Seigler has the longest active starting streaks among OSU players with 40. James Newson had his streak stopped at 24 games when he was injured and could not play against Sacramento State.
Derek Anderson, QB: Derek had the most productive day of his career vs. Boise State while leading the Beavers to a 26-24 victory. Anderson completed 19 of 37 passes for 408 yards, the third-highest single-game mark in OSU history. He accounted for 416 yards of total offense, the fourth-highest single-game mark in Beaver history. He threw one TD pass for his 31st career TD pass. After four games, Anderson leads the Pac-10 in total offense (300.0 average) and ranks 13th in the nation. (New Mexico State)--Anderson completed 17 of 30 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown vs. New Mexico State. He has now thrown at least one TD pass in eight straight games. He also scored a running TD vs. the Aggies. After three games, Anderson ranks second in the Pac-10 and 24th nationally in total offense (261.33). (Fresno State)--Anderson had a string of 65 passes without a pick before he suffered his first interception against Fresno State. He matched his career high with five interceptions in the 16-14 loss to the Bulldogs. Derek completed 15 of 44 passes for 285 yards, the 36th best single-game effort in OSU history. He threw one TD pass and accounted for 284 yards in total offense, the 37th best single-game mark in OSU history. He threw a 66-yard pass to Steven Jackson, which tied for the 26th longest pass play in Beaver history. After two games, Derek ranks first in the Pac-10 in total offense and 18th nationally. He ranks 10 in passing efficiency at 99.71 in the Pac-10. He is tied for fifth in pass completions per game with 16.0. He is tied for 11th with Steven Jackson for points responsible for in the Pac-10. (Sacramento State)--Anderson opened the 2003 season by leading OSU to a 40-7 victory over Sacramento State, completing 17 of 37 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns. He accounted for 276 yards in total offense. His 276 yards in total offense is the 39th best single-game mark in OSU history. He had thrown his last 59 passes without an interception following the Sacramento State game. After one game, Derek ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 37th nationally in passing efficiency (132.95); tied for second in Pac-10 with 17 passes completed per game and led the Pac-10 and ranked 17th nationally in total offense (276.0) per game. (2002 season)-Anderson completed 211 of 449 passes for 3,313 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2002, all OSU season records. He also accounted for 3,082 yards in total offense, also a single-season school record. He threw 109 passes before he threw his first interception of the season on his 110th attempt. Prior to that, he was last intercepted on his final throw of the 2001 season against Northern Arizona. Anderson finished the 2002 season ranked eighth in the Pac-10 and 59th nationally in passing efficiency at 121.56. He ranked seventh in the Pac-10 and 47th nationally in completions per game with 16.23 average. He ranked sixth in the Pac-10 and 35th nationally in total offense with 237.08 yards per game average. Derek ranked fifth in the Pac-10 and 24th nationally in points responsible for with 12.77 per game. Derek completed his 25 touchdown passes to eight different receivers. (2001 Season)-In his first season as OSU's starting quarterback, Anderson was involved in 38 plays that were 25 yards or longer. He also established school records for passing yardage, touchdown passes, total offense and touchdown passes in a game (5) and touchdowns responsible for in a game (6). He had four 300-yard plus games, including two straight to end the season. (Career numbers)--In his 22-game career to date (17 straight as a starter), Anderson has completed 296 of 636 passes for 4,775 yards. He has 31 touchdown passes and has thrown 23 interceptions. He has accounted for 4,520 yards (205.4 average) in total offense on 696 plays. He is third on the OSU career list for touchdown passes thrown with 31. Derek ranks third on OSU's career passing list with 4,775 yards. He ranks fifth on Oregon State's career total offense list with 4,520 yards. Anderson has led Oregon State to an 11-6 record (.647) as the starting quarterback.
ANDERSON OWNS OSU SEASON PASSING TOTAL OFFENSE RECORDS: Anderson broke OSU's single-season record for passing yards, total offense yards and touchdown passes in 2002. He passed for 3,313 yards during the season, accounted for 3,082 yards in total offense and threw 25 touchdown passes.
James Newson, SE-James had the most productive game of his OSU career against Boise State, catching nine passes for a career-high 208 yards, the third-highest in OSU history. By catching nine passes, he became OSU's all-time receiving leader with 156 receptions, passing Phil Ross (153). He already holds the career receiving record of 2,692 yards. James, after three games, ranks No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 2 in the nation in receiving yardage at 142.0 per game. He ranks No. 2 in the Pac-10 and No. 7 in the nation with 8.0 average catches per game. He caught passes of 53, 48 and 41 yards against Boise State. He also ranks third in the Pac-10 and 25th nationally in all-purpose yards with 142.0 average. He has caught passes in 28 straight games. (New Mexico State)-Newson had a very productive game vs. New Mexico State, catching nine passes for 135 yards, the 27th straight game in which he has caught a pass. It was the 10th time he has had receiving yardage over 100 yards in a game. The 135 yards amounted to the 23rd best single-game mark in receiving yards at OSU. He also moved into 12th place on OSU's career all-purpose list with 2,566 yards. (Fresno State)--After missing the first game of the season with a hip-pointer, James opened his season by catching six passes for 83 yards (13.8 average) at Fresno State. The six receptions gives him 138 in his career, which ties Robb Thomas for third on OSU's career receiving list. He has now caught a pass in 26 straight games. (Sacramento State)--Newson was unable to play in the season opener with Sacramento State after suffering a hip pointer in practice on Tuesday. The injury ended Newson's streak of starting 24 straight games.
NEWSON CONTINUED (2002 season)--2By virtue of catching 11 passes for 168 yards vs. Oregon, James Newson eclipsed the OSU season record for pass receiving yardage. Newson followed up his Oregon performance with 10 catches for 165 yards against Pittsburgh at the Insight Bowl to add to his totals. Newson completed the 2002 season with 1,284 yards (school record) on 74 receptions (second most season receptions) and 12 touchdowns (school record). He passed Vern Burke for the yardage record. Burke had 1,007 yards in 1962. By catching one touchdown against the Ducks, Newson broke the OSU single-season mark with 11, and then he added a 12th vs. Pittsburgh. Newson ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 15th nationally with 98.77 yards receiving per game. He ranked fifth in the Pac-10 and 26th nationally on 5.69 catches per game. James was tied for 12th in the Pac-10 in scoring with 5.54 points per game. He ranked 10th in the Pac-10 and 90th nationally with 104.46 all-purpose yards per game. James caught at least one touchdown pass in 10 games during the 2002 season. (Career)--James has caught 156 career passes for 2,692 yards, an average of 17.3 per catch and 17 touchdowns. The yardage and catches are OSU career records. Newson has caught passes in 28 straight games and has had 11 games over 100 yards. He is third on OSU's career list for touchdown passes with 17 and has had four games in which he has caught two TD passes. He needs three more TD passes to become No. 1. In 2001, he caught 57 passes for 968 yards, an average of 17.0 per catch, and five TD passes. His 57 receptions ranked 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. In a three-game stretch in 201 (Arizona State, California and USC), James combined to catch 22 passes for 374 yards (17.0 average) and a pair of touchdowns. Newson averaged 5.2 receptions per game in 2001, which ranked second in the Pac-10 and tied for 47th nationally.
Kirk Yliniemi, PK: Senior place kicker Kirk Yliniemi missed the New Mexico State game after having an emergency appendectomy on Wednesday prior to the game. Ten days after having the surgery, he came back to boot four field goals vs. Boise State, to tie a school-record and Reser Stadium mark. He kicked a career long of 51-yarder on his first attempt of the Boise State game. Kirk saw his OSU record streak of successful made field goals come to an end vs. Boise State after 20 straight made kicks over a two-year span. Kirk missed a 43-yarder on his fourth attempt of the game. He came back to kick a fourth field goal in the second half. (Fresno State)--He booted both PAT attempts vs. Fresno State and did not attempt a field goal. (Sacramento State)--Yliniemi booted two field goals against Sacramento State, giving him 17 straight successful field goals and a new career record for consecutive field goals made. Kirk missed the second PAT attempt of his OSU career on his final attempt against Sacramento State as a low snap on the ground never gave him an opportunity to kick the ball in normal fashion. (2002 season)-Yliniemi entered the 2003 season with a streak of having successfully kicked 15 straight field goals, which is a season record. The 15 straight field goals made also equals the Beavers' career record established by Jim Nielsen in 1984-85. Yliniemi, a Lou Groza Watch List contender, scored 90 points for OSU in 2002, which ranked eighth in the Pac-10 and tied for 49th nationally. (Career)--Yliniemi has booted 24 of 27 field goal attempts, a percentage of .889, and he has made 58 of 60 PAT attempts for 130 points, which ranks 12th on Beavers' career list. His firs PAT miss was against Washington in Seattle in 2002 when the Beavers were penalized 15 yards for celebration and missed the long 35-yard PAT attempt. His career long field is 51 yards, plus he is a perfect 3-for-3 from 50 yards or more. He booted one 50 vs. Washington last year and 50 against Pittsburgh at the Insight Bowl. He has missed two field goals in the 30-39-yard range and one at 43 yards. Yliniemi's kicking record follows:
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