No. 22 Beavers Look To Remain Unbeaten In Pac-10 Play
Oct. 12, 2003
GAME: #22 Oregon State (5-1) vs. Washington (3-3)
SITE: Reser Stadium (35,362), Corvallis, OR
DATE: Saturday, October 18
TIME: 7:10 p.m. PDT
RADIO: Live over 27-station Beaver Sports Network, starting 5:00 p.m. PDT
TV: Live over TBS, starting at 7:00 p.m. PDT
Delayed over Fox Sports Net NW on Sunday, 4:00 p.m. PDT
CROWD: The Oregon State-Washington game is sold out at Reser Stadium (35,362). This will mark the 21st straight sellout of Reser Stadium for an Oregon State football game.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised live on national cable by TBS Superstation. Ron Thulin will call the play-by-play and Charles Davis will be the color analyst with Craig Sager and Erin Andrews on the sideline. The game will also be televised on a delayed basis by Fox Sports Net NW for showing at 4:00 p.m. PDT on Sunday. Jim Watson will call the play-by-play and Steve Preece will be the analyst. Fox Sports NW covers the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is on a four-game winning streak overall. The Beavers have a seven-game winning streak at Reser Stadium, a four-game Pacific-10 Conference winning streak, a one-game road winning streak and a two-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 37-18 (.673) in its last 55 games and has won 26 of its last 29 (.897) 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 4-0 so far in 2003. Oregon State is 29-13 (.690) in the current decade. The Beavers did not win 29 games in the 1990s until November 13, 1999. Head Coach Mike Riley has a 9-1 non-conference record as OSU's head coach. The last time the Beavers had a four-game winning streak was the start of the 2002 season when OSU rolled off four straight victories to open the season. The last time the Beavers won five in a row was during the 2000 season.
BEST START SINCE 1968: Oregon State is off to a 2-0 start in Pac-10 Conference play. The last time the Beavers opened the season with a 2-0 start in conference play was in 1968 when the conference was the Pac-8 Conference. OSU also went on to go 4-0 in league play before suffering its first conference defeat, 17-13 to USC at Los Angeles. That defeat kept the Beavers out of the Rose Bowl.
OSU-WASHINGTON SERIES: Washington leads the overall series 56-27-4. The Huskies are on a one-game winning streak as a result of winning 41-29 at Seattle last year. OSU won 49-24 at Corvallis in 2001. The Beavers are 7-17-0 in games played at Corvallis, 5-7-1 in Portland and 0-0-1 in Albany. Washington is 32-15-2 over OSU at Seattle. Mike Riley is 0-2 vs. the Huskies, including losing a heart-breaking 35-34 game at Seattle in 1998 when OSU elected to go for the 2-point conversion and win on the last play of the game. Current OSU assistant coach, Nigel Burton, then a cornerback for UW, batted the ball away from Beaver receiver Roddy Tompkins for the win.
INJURY REPORT: (OUT)-Kellen Marshall, CB (right knee ACL). (QUESTIONABLE)-James Lowe, SLB (right knee).
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 5-1 in 2003 with a collegiate record of 13-15 (.464) 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.
EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME: Oregon State's Richard Seigler and Dwan Edwards have already accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine game scheduled for Pacific bell Park in San Francisco on January 10 at 11:00 a.m.
YLINIEMI ON LOU GROZA WATCH LIST: OSU place kicker Kirk Yliniemi is one of 30 preseason candidates on the Lou Groza Watch List. He is a candidate for the 12th annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the FedEX Orange Bowl
JACKSON ON WALTER CAMP LIST: Steven Jackson is one of 42 players on the initial Walter Camp Football Foundation 2003 Player of theYear 'Watch List.' The list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in early November.
Richard Seigler ON LOMBARDI WATCH LIST: Senior linebacker Richard Seigler is one of 40 candidates on the Lombardi Award Watch List. The Rotary Lombardi Award is given annually to the outstanding lineman in the country.
SEIGLER NEARS OSU CAREER DEFENSIVE POINT RECORD: Richard Seigler continues his climb up the ladder to become OSU's all-time top defensive point producer. Seigler added 16 points in OSU's victory over California. He now trails No. 2 Kane Rogers by 20 points and the all-time leader, Inoke Breckterfield, by 38.
SEIGLER TOP CAREER POINT PRODUCER AMONG DEFENSIVE STARTERS: Linebacker Richard Seigler is the top career point producer among the current OSU defensive starters with 1,130 points, which ranks third on the Beavers' career list.
Bill Swancutt RAISES HAVOC: Junior defensive end Bill Swancutt failed to add a tackle for loss or sack against California; making it only the third time in his last 19 games he has been blanked. He had a streak of five games stopped vs. Boise State in OSU's fourth game of the season. The only other game he failed to record a tackle for loss or sack 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 19 games. He has played in 29 career games, including 19 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 currently ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in tackles for loss with 1.08 average per game.
NOTES FROM OSU-CAL GAME: Oregon State held California to just 52 yards passing, marking the first time Cal had been held to less than 100 yards passing since the 2000 season when WSU allowed only 89 yards through the air.
OSU RANKED 4th NATIONALLY PASS EFFICIENCY DEFENSE: Oregon State leads the Pac-10 Conference and ranks fourth nationally in pass efficiency defense, allowing a percentage of 88.22.
OSU RANKED 18TH NATIONALL IN TOTAL DEFENSE: Oregon State leads the Pac-10 and is ranked 18th nationally in total defense and is fifth in the Pac-10 and 22nd nationally in rushing defense (98.83). The Beavers are second in the Pac-10 and 21st nationally in scoring defense (16.83).
Steven Jackson, TB: Steven had his best game of the 2003 season to date against California, rushing for a season-high 227 yards and seventh best (tie) single-game mark in OSU history. He had a 66-yard run to tie for the 26th longest run in a game. He scored three touchdowns, the third time he has scored three TDs in a game and his 10th multi touchdown game. He accounted for 239 all-purpose yards, which equals the eight-best single-game mark. He owns four of the top eight all-purpose yardage marks at OSU. He has now rushed for over 200 yards four times and owns four of the top eight rushing marks. He is the only OSU player in history to have four 200-yard rushing games. He also had a 38-yard run against California. (ASU)--Steven was held to his lowest rushing output of the season to date when Arizona State limited the Beaver star to 105 yards on the ground. Jackson rushed for one touchdown and totaled 103 all-purpose yards. His 103 all-purpose yards moved him into fourth place on OSU's all-time leader list and he needs just nine more yards to move into third place. (Boise State)--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 16 games in which he has rushed for over 100 yards in 29 games played at OSU, including 11 of his last 12 games and 11 straight regular season games. He had a streak of five-straight 100-yard rushing games stopped by Pittsburgh at the Insight Bowl. Jackson has accounted for 2,957 yards rushing in 29 career games, which ranks second on the Beavers' career list. He has scored 204 career points, which ranks third on OSU's career list. He has 3,610 career all-purpose yards, an average of 124.5 per game. He ranks third on OSU's career all-purpose yardage list. He has scored 29 rushing touchdowns, which is the second-highest career total at OSU. He has rushed for at least one touchdown in six straight games. He was a total of 10 games in which he has scored multiple touchdowns and three games with three touchdowns.
JACKSON 2ND IN NCAA RUSHING: Steven Jackson ranks second nationally in rushing and he leads the Pac-10 with an average of 146.17 yards per game. With 877 yards rushing after six games, Jackson alone has rushed for more yards this season and six teams in the Pacific-10. Jackson led the Pacific-10 Conference in rushing and finished eighth in the nation in 2002 with 130.00 yards per game average.
JACKSON 2nd NATIONALLY IN ALL-PURPOSE YARDS: Steven Jackson ranks second nationally and leads the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards with an average of 180.00 yards per game.
JACKSON 9TH NATIONALLY IN SCORING: Steven Jackson is third in the Pac-10 and ranks ninth nationally in scoring with an average of 10.0 points per game. Jackson is first in the Pac-10 and fifth nationally among non-kickers.
TRACKING JACKSON'S 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES: Steven has rushed for 100 yards or more 16 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 in one season. 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 11 of his last 12 games, including 10 straight regular season games.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT Steven Jackson...
Jeff Tedford, Cal Head Coach: 'Great player, great player. You just don't bring him down with one guy and with an arm tackle. You really have to put a body on him and two and three bodies to bring the guy down. You know he's got great speed when he does hit the corner or find the crease, and he can get around and go. He's a tremendous running back.'
Dave Newhouse, Oakland Tribune: 'If Jackson seems familiar to Old Blues (Cal alums), it's because he looks so much like Chuck Muncie, Call's Headsman Trophy runner-up in 1975. And the 6-foot-3, 233-pound Jackson, only a junior, could win the Heisman this year.'
California cornerback Daymeion Hughes: 'He's a definite Heisman candidate. He's a big boy. I've never tackled someone that big. That's the best back we've seen all year, and we've played against some good ones.'
California defensive tackle Lorenzo Alexander: 'There is almost nothing you can do. If he's running away form you, you aren't going to catch him because he is so fast. Those were Heisman numbers.'
Jay Heater, Contra Costa Times: 'Jackson, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior, is arguably the best running back in the nation. Jackson would be a leading candidate for the Hesiman Trophy if he played in Los Angeles, Ann Arbor, Mich., or Austin, Texas. He is the best player in the Pac-10, and he'll be a top-5 draft pick next year.'
Pete Carroll, USC Head Coach: 'There is no doubt about that. He (Jackson) is exactly what they (NFL) are looking for. He is a big-time runner who plays with speed.'
Jeff Tedford, Cal Head Coach: 'He (Jackson) is a guy who plays with a great passion for the game. You see how people rally around him. And he is a guy who doesn't go down with one guy.'
Dan Hawkins, Boise State Head Coach: 'Well the guy goes and bangs his knee up and then comes back for another 100-yard game. There's only one word to describe Steven Jackson, and that is 'workhorse.' Just when you think you've got him, you don't. What it comes down to is he is a very big force for them (OSU).'
Dirk Koetter, Arizona State Head Coach: 'Steven Jackson is one of the premier backs in the Pac-10, if not the country. We thought we had a good game plan on him, but he still found a way to knock the ball through time and time again.'
Dirk Koetter, Arizona State Head Coach: 'He's a great mixture of size, speed and power. He's one of those backs who can take the punishment and come back next week and be ready for more.'
Steven Jackson on catching more passes this year: 'It gives linebackers headaches. That means they've got to follow me, and it takes their attention off of the receivers and teams can't blitz all the time.'
Tony Samuel, Head Coach New Mexico State: 'He is a great back. He never had anyone like him while I was at Nebraska.'
ALL-PURPOSE GEMS--JACKSON AND NEWSON: At the midway point of the Pac-10 season, tailback Steven Jackson and wide receiver James Newson rank one-two atop the conference in all-purpose yards. Jackson is averaging 180.0, which is third nationally, while Newson is averaging 125.80, good enough to rank 41st nationally.
JACKSON WINS PAC-10 HONOR: Steven Jackson was named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against California on Oct. 4 Redshirt freshman cornerback Brandon Browner was name Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week following his performance against Arizona State on Sept. 27.
OSU SUCCESSFUL IN RED ZONE: Oregon State has been proficient from an offensive standpoint in the red-zone this season, converting 23 of a possible 29 attempts for a percentage of .793. The Beavers have also been rock solid from a defensive standpoint in the red-zone. OSU has allowed only nine scores in 17 attempts in the red-zone, a percentage of .529. 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.
BIG PLAY BEAVERS: OSU produced eight 'Big Plays' of over 25 yards in its victory over Boise State and followed up with five in its 45-17 win over Arizona State and four vs. California. Derek Anderson was involved in all eight plays against Boise State and four of five vs. ASU. Oregon State has produced a total of 25 plays of 25 or more yards in six games to date. Anderson has been involved in all but five of OSU's big plays this season.
BEAVERS 10th NATIONALLY IN TOTAL OFFENSE: Oregon State leads the Pac-10 Conference in rushing and total offense and ranks second in passing. Nationally, the Beavers rank 10th in total offense (473.17); 21st in passing offense (282.83); and 22nd in rushing offense (190.33).
Derek Anderson, QB: Derek had his best road game ever, and one of his top overall performances in leading OSU to a 35-21 victory over California at Berkeley. Derek completed 18 of 27 passes (.667 percentage) and two touchdowns. He was intercepted one time, a pick that was returned for a touchdown. He scored OSU's first TD on the ground. After six games, Derek leads the Pac-10 in total offense (277.33 yards per game) and ranks 13th nationally. He has improved his passing efficiency to 123.22, which ranks seventh in the conference and 60th nationally. He has been responsible for an average of 12 points a game, which leads the Pac-10 and is tied for 32nd nationally. With his 220 yards in total offense, he moved into fourth place, passing Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker, on OSU's all-time list. (ASU)-Derek led OSU to a 45-17 victory over Arizona State by completing 15 of 29 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for one touchdown. Derek combined for receivers to have over four pass plays of 25 yards or more, including TD passes of 28 to James Newson and 61 to Kenny Farley. After five games, Derek ranks first in the Pac-10 in total offense (288.8 per game) and 12th nationally. He is fifth in the Pac-10 in completions per game (16.6) and eighth in efficiency at 118.56. (Boise State)-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 24-game career to date (19 straight as a starter), Anderson has completed 329 of 692 passes for 5,245 yards. He has 35 touchdown passes and has thrown 27 interceptions. He has accounted for 4,984 yards (207.7 average) in total offense on 763 plays. He is third on the OSU career list for touchdown passes thrown with 35. Derek ranks third on OSU's career passing list with 5,245 yards. He ranks fourth on Oregon State's career total offense list with 4,984 yards. Derek could catch Ken Simonton on OSU's total offense career list in his next outing with 61 yards.
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 caught four passes for 79 yards (19.8 average) vs. California, including a 34-yarder to set up OSU's first touchdown against the Bears. James currently leads the Pac-10 in yards receiving (125.80) and ranks second nationally to Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald. Newson is also second in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards at 125.80 and 41st nationally. James ranks second in the conference and 15th nationally with an average of 6.80 catches per game. James has caught a pass in 30 straight games. He needs 105 receiving yards to reach 3,000 yards in his career. (ASU)-James had his third straight 100-yard receiving game of the season with 124 yards on six catches and a touchdown vs. Arizona State. His numbers elevated him to seventh on OSU's career all-purpose list with 2,898 yards. He tied Robb Thomas for second in career TD catches with 18. He caught passes for 28, 26 and 25 yards vs. ASU. He has now caught a pass in 29 straight games. He currently ranks No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 2 in the nation in receiving yards with an average of 137.50 per game. He led the Pac-10 and ranked eighth in the nation with 7.5 pass receptions per game. After the ASU gamer, he was third in the Pac-10 and 25th nationally in all-purpose yards with 137.5 per game. (Boise State)--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, ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 2 in the nation in receiving yardage at 142.0 per game. He ranked 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 ranked third in the Pac-10 and 25th nationally in all-purpose yards with 142.0 average. (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. (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 166 career passes for 2,895 yards, an average of 17.4 per catch and 18 touchdowns. The yardage and catches are OSU career records. Newson has caught passes in 30 straight games and has had 12 games over 100 yards. He is tied for second on OSU's career list for touchdown passes with 18 and has had four games in which he has caught two TD passes. He needs two 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.
NEWSON 2ND NATIONALLY IN RECEIVING YARDS: James is second in the nation and No. 1 in the Pac-10 in receiving yardage with an average of 125.80 per game.
OREGON STATE CONTINUES POSITIVE TURNOVER TREND: After opening the season with three straight games on the negative side in the turnover department, Oregon State stopped the bleeding in its fourth game of the season vs. Boise State by having as many takeaways as giveaways. The Beavers completely reversed the trend against Arizona State by coming up with six turnovers and committing only three turnovers. OSU had a positive plus one turnover ratio at California. The Beavers have a minus 0.17 average after six games, which ranks fifth in the Pac-10 and 67th nationally.
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.
Kirk Yliniemi, PK: Kirk added five PAT points vs. California, giving him 144 career points and a tie for eighth on the Beavers' career scoring list. Kirk booted six PAT points and his only field goal attempt (29 yards) vs. ASU. Kirk has scored 35 points on the season to rank second in the Pac-10 with an 8.75 per game average. He has now kicked two field goals in a row. He currently ranks second in the Pac-10 and 13th nationally with 1.75 field goals made per game. (Boise State)--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 25 of 28 field goal attempts, a percentage of .893, and he has made 69 of 71 PAT attempts for 144 points, which ties him for eighth place 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.
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STARTING STREAKS: Linebacker Richard Seigler has the longest active starting streaks among OSU players with 42.
OSU-WASHINGTON CONNECTION: Oregon State assistant coach Nigel Burton, who coaches the Beavers' cornerbacks, was a star cornerback for Washington. He was a three-year starter, starting 35 of 36 games, including three bowl games, from 1996-98. He was involved in one of the biggest plays in recent OSU history in 1998 at Husky Stadium. During Mike Riley's second year as OSU's head coach (1998), Oregon State lost 35-34 to the Huskies at Husky Stadium. The Beavers scored on the last play of the game, a pass from Jonathan Smith to Tim Alexander. Riley elected to go for the win and Burton knocked down the potential winning 2-point PAT pass from Smith to Roddy Tompkins to preserve the Washington victory. Smith, of course, is now an offensive GA at Oregon State. On the Husky side, assistant coaches Dan Cozzetto and Tim Hundley are former assistants at Oregon State. Cozzetto was a member of Dennis Erickson's staff at OSU and Hundley was former defensive coordinator at OSU under Coach Dave Kragthorpe. Hundley was on the Beavers' staff from 1982-89. Cozzetto was a member of Erickson's staff for three seasons (2000-02).
BEAVERS CONVERT 3RD DOWNS: Oregon State has been very successful in converting third down opportunities this season. The Beavers top the Pac-10 in converting third downs. OSU has converted 44 of 101 attempts, a percentage of 43.6. The Beavers are also close to leading the league in possession time. OSU has a possession time of 32:25, compared to league-leader WSU at 32:50.
BEAVERS BALANCED-LEAD PAC-10 IN OFFENSE AND DEFENSE: There is a reason why Oregon State is currently tied for the lead in the Pac-10 Conference-the Beavers lead the conference in total offense and in total defense. Oregon State is averaging 473.17 yards in total offense to lead the Pac-10and rank 10th nationally. The Beavers are allowing just 308.88 yards per game, which tops the league and ranks 18th nationally.
LAST YEAR AT SEATTLE: Washington defeated Oregon State 41-29 at Seattle last year to take a one-game series lead. The Huskies took advantage of five pass interceptions in the contest. The Beavers' Derek Anderson through five interceptions and two were returned for touchdowns. It was a tough day for Derek and he completed only 15 of 40 passes for 250 yards and one touchdown. It was a case of Washington taking advantage of the OSU turnovers as the Beavers held a big advantage in total offense, 420 to 299. Steven Jackson had a big day rushing for OSU with 135 yards on 35 carries and a pair of touchdowns. The Beavers limited the Huskies to just 37 yards on the ground and Cody Pickett passed for 262 yards and a touchdown, while completing 22 of 43 passes. Once again, the difference was turnovers. James Newson had a big game receiving for OSU with five catches for 138 yards and a 60-yard TD pass. Washington's Reggie Williams caught 9 passes for 94 yards and a TD.
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