Time For A Civil War
Nov. 16, 2003
CROWD: The annual Civil War Game between Oregon State and Oregon is sold out at Autzen Stadium (54,000) in Eugene.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised live over ABC stations in the state of Oregon. Stations KEZI, channel 9 in Eugene; KATU, channel 2 in Portland and KDVR, channel 12 in Medford, will carry the game live at 12:30 p.m. with Barry Tompkins, play-by-play, and John Jackson, analyst, calling the action.. The game will also be televised on a delayed basis over Fox Sports Net NW for replay at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Rich Waltz will call the play-by-play and Steve Preece will be the color analyst. Fox Sports NW covers the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
BEAVERS FOOTBALL EXPERIENCE TV SHOW: Fox Sports Net NW produces and airs a weekly OSU one half hour football show. The show following the Oregon game will air on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 10:30 p.m. 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.
OSU STREAKS: Oregon State is on a two-game winning streak overall. The Beavers had a seven-game winning streak at Reser Stadium snapped by Washington and the Beavers are now on a two-game winning streak at Reser. OSU has a two-game Pacific-10 Conference winning streak, a one-game road losing streak and a one-game Pac-10 road losing 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 39-20 (.661) in its last 59 games and has won 28 of its last 32 (.875) 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 2002 and 2003. OSU was 5-1 at Reser Stadium in 1999, 4-1 in 2001, 6-1 in 2002 and 6-1in 2003. Oregon State is 31-15 (.674) in the current decade. The Beavers did not win 30 games in the 1990s. Head Coach Mike Riley has a 9-1 non-conference record as OSU's head coach.
OSU ASSURED OF WINNING SEASON AND BOWL TRIP: Oregon State's 43-3 victory over Stanford assures the Beavers having a second-straight winning season and fourth bowl trip in the last five years.
OSU-OREGON SERIES: This will be the 107th edition of the Civil War. Oregon currently holds a 53-43-10 lead in the series. Oregon State is on a one-game winning streak as a result of winning 45-24 in Corvallis last year. The home team has won the last six games. The Beavers have a 22-24-3 record in Eugene and 17-26-5 in Corvallis. Mike Riley is 1-1 vs. the Ducks, while Oregon coach Mike Bellotti is 5-3 vs. OSU. The 45 points scored by OSU last year is the most ever by the Beavers in the series. OSU's last win in Eugene was 15-12 in 1993. Oregon has won four straight in Eugene vs. the Beavers.
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 7-3 in 2003 with a collegiate record of 15-17 (.469) 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.
SEIGLER BREAKS OSU CAREER DEFENSIVE POINT RECORD: Richard Seigler accounted for 56 production points vs. Washington and in the process he passed Kane Rogers and Inoke Breckterfield on the Beavers' career point list. Seigler has produced 1,266 ï¿½ points, while Breckterfield has 1,167 and Rogers 1,149.
TOP CAREER POINT PRODUCERS AMONG DEFENSIVE STARTERS: Linebacker Richard Seigler, OSU's career record holder, is the top career point producer among the current Beaver defensive starters with 1,266 ï¿½ points, which tops the Beavers' career list. Seigler has accounted for 53 career tackles for loss and is closing in on Inoke Breckterfield's career mark of 55 ï¿½.
SWANCUTT BREAKS OSU CAREER: Junior defensive end Bill Swancutt has broken Oregon State's career sack record. Swancutt had three sacks in 2001, his freshman season. He tied the Beavers' season record for sacks with 11 ï¿½ as a sophomore last year and he has 8 ï¿½ sacks so far this season, giving him a total of 23 in his career. He tops the old record of 19 ï¿½ by Inoke Breckterfield (1995-98).
SWANCUTT CONTINUES TO RAISE HAVOC: Bill Swancutt added one sack and tackle for loss vs. Stanford. He had one sack and two tackles for loss against Arizona the previous game. He had a huge game against Washington State on Oct. 25, picking up 44 ï¿½ defensive production points on two sacks 3 ï¿½ tackles for loss, a quarterback hurry and six total tackles. He has accounted for a sack or tackle for loss in 19 of his last 22 games. He had a streak of five games stopped vs. Boise State in OSU's fourth game of the season. He was also blanked against California this year and against Stanford last year. He has recorded at least one sack in 16 games during his career and at least one tackle for loss in 23 games. He has played in 33 career games, including 23 as a starter. He tied the OSU season record for sacks in 2002 with (11 ï¿½) and tackles for loss with (21). He has 14 tackles for loss and 8 ï¿½ sacks so far in 2003. 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. Bill is second to teammate Richard Seigler in season production points. Bill has 276 ï¿½, compared to 323 ï¿½ by Seigler. Swancutt is currently fifth in the Pac-10 and is 25th nationally with 8 ï¿½ sacks. He is fifth in tackles for loss in the Pac-10 and tied for 27th nationally with 14. He is tied for fifth in the conference in fumbles forced with three.
INJURY REPORT: (OUT)-Kellen Marshall, CB (right knee ACL); Darrick Bruns, C (fractured left wrist); Jamaal Jackson, CB (neck); Jason Lowe, SLB (right knee) and Derrick Doggett, WLB (right knee). (DOUBTFUL)-Seth Lacey, SLB (left shoulder) and Dan Rothwell, DE (left foot).
NOTES FROM OSU-STANFORD GAME: Oregon State wide receiver Mike Hass had 8 catches for 225 yards vs. Stanford. The yardage is the second-best in OSU history, trailing only Robb Thomas' 230 yards vs. Akron in 1987.
OREGON STATE 10th NATIONALLY IN TOTAL DEFENSE: Oregon State is the top team in the Pacific-10 Conference in total defense, allowing 289.50 yards per game. That figure ranks 10th nationally.
OREGON STATE 4TH NATIONALLY IN RUSHING DEFENSE: Oregon State is yielding only 76.3 yards per game on the ground, which is the second-best in the Pac-10 and fourth best in the nation. The Beavers held Stanford to a minus-12 yards on the ground, the third-best defensive mark in OSU history.
OSU RANKED 4th NATIONALLY IN PASS EFFICIENCY DEFENSE: Oregon State leads the Pac-10 and ranks fourth nationally in pass efficiency defense with a rating of 92.26.
BEAVERS 10TH BEST IN NATION AT INTERCEPTING PASSES: Oregon State added one pass interception against Stanford to give the Beavers 16 on the season. That figure ranks in a tie for 10th place nationally, but only tied for third in the Pacific-10 Conference behind Washington State (22) and UCLA (18). USC is tied with the Beavers with 16 interceptions. OSU has three players ranked nationally in interceptions. Mitch Meeuwsen is first in the Pac-10 and tied for seventh nationally with five picks, while Brandon Browner is second in the Pac-10 and tied for ninth nationally with five picks (nine games) and Aric Williams is seventh in the Pac-10 and tied for 32nd nationally with four interceptions. Williams has 11 pass breakups and is third in the Pac-10 in passes defended with 15.
OSU DEFENSE STINGY OVER 5-YEAR RUN: Since 1999, Oregon State ranks as the 15th best defensive team in the nation in terms of number of touchdowns given up.
BEAVERS RANK 12TH NATIONALLY IN TOTAL OFFENSE: Oregon State leads the Pac-10 and ranks 12th nationally in total offense with 460.90 yards per game. The Beavers are coming off their most productive offensive game of the season, producing 663 yards against Stanford.
OSU MOVES UP TO 10TH NATIONALLY IN PASSING OFFENSE: Oregon leads the Pac-10 in passing offense with an average of 309.1 yards per game. That figure ranks 10th nationally.
OREGON STATE IS TOP OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE TEAM IN PAC-10: Oregon State heads into this week's Civil War contest with Oregon being in a unique position of leading the Pac-10 in total offense and total defense. In fact, the Beavers lead the Pac-10 Conference in two offensive categories, passing offense (309.10) and total offense (460.90). On the other side of the ball, OSU leads the conference in total defense (289.50) and pass efficiency defense (92.26). The Beavers are not far off in the other offensive and defensive categories. OSU is third in rushing offense (151.00) and second in scoring offense (33.00). The Beavers are second in pass defense yards allowed at 213.20 and third in scoring defense (20.10).
Steven Jackson, TB: Steven rushed for 148 yards on 21 carries (7.0 average) and scored one touchdown against Stanford. He had 154 all-purpose yards on 23 plays. (Arizona)-Steven rushed for 107 yards vs. Arizona and had 133 all-purpose yards. He scored a career high four touchdowns, which tied an OSU game record. He moved into second place in career scoring and career all-purpose yards as a result of his performance against Arizona. (WSU)-Jackson rushed for 85 net yards and had 106 all-purpose yards at Washington State. He passed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season with 1,011, the ninth time an OSU back has gone over 1,000 yards in one season. (Washington)-Steven was held to his lowest rushing total of the season with only 49 yards vs. Washington. It stopped a streak of six straight 100-yard rushing games and 11 straight regular season games. Jackson wound up with 102 all-purpose yards vs. the Huskies. He also had a streak stopped of scoring a touchdown in six straight games. (California)-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 a total of 18 games in which he has rushed for over 100 yards in 33 games played at OSU, including 13 of his last 16 games. He had a streak of five-straight 100-yard rushing games stopped by Pittsburgh at the Insight Bowl. Jackson has rushed for 3,346 yards rushing in 33 career games, which ranks second on the Beavers' career list. He has scored 234 career points, which ranks second on OSU's career list. He has 4,105 career all-purpose yards, an average of 124.4 per game. He ranks second on OSU's career all-purpose yardage list. He has scored 33 rushing touchdowns, which is the second-highest career total at OSU. He was a total of 11 games in which he has scored multiple touchdowns and three games with three touchdowns.
JACKSON 6TH IN NCAA RUSHING: Steven Jackson leads the Pac-10 and ranks fifth nationally in rushing with an average of 124.22 yards per game. Jackson has topped the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season. He has rushed for more yards than four other teams in the Pacific-10 Conference.
TRACKING JACKSON'S 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES: Steven has rushed for 100 yards or more 18 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 13 of his last 16 games. He had a streak of 11 straight regular season games stopped by Washington.
JACKSON 9TH NATIONALLY IN ALL-PURPOSE YARDS: Steven Jackson ranks ninth nationally and leads the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards with an average of 157.50 yards per game.
2003 HONORS FOR Steven Jackson...
1-Selected Pac-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week following OSU-California game on Oct. 4
2-Selected as the Pac-10's Offensive Player of the Year at midway point of season by Ted Miller, Seattle PI
3-Selected as the leading Heisman Trophy candidate on the West Coast at midway point of season by Ted Miller, Seattle PI
4-Selected by Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN.com as his 'Player of the Half-Season' and No. 1 on his Heisman ballot.
Derek Anderson, QB: Derek is on a roll the past two games. He has thrown eight TD passes in the past two games and passed for 697 yards in two games. He completed 26 of 48 passes for 383 yards and four touchdowns vs. Stanford. It was the sixth-best single-game mark passing in OSU history. He had 389 yards of total offense, which ties for the sixth-best single-game mark in OSU history. He has now thrown for four TD passes in one game four times and five in one game. He moved into third place on OSU single-season passing list with 2,980 yards and into third place in total offense with 2,921 yards. (Arizona)-Derek had an outstanding game against Arizona, completing 21 of 32 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. His 308 yards passing was the 29th best single-game mark passing and for total offense. (WSU)-Derek completed 16 of 42 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown vs. WSU, but was intercepted twice. He completed a 66-yard TD pass to Mike Hass to equal the 26th longest pass play in OSU history and 21st longest TD pass. He leads the Pac-10 in total offense and ranks 18th in the nation after eight games. He has thrown at least one TD pass in 13 straight games. (Washington)-Derek passed for 344 yards vs. Washington in a losing cause. The 344-yard passing total is the 14th best single-game mark in OSU history. His 327 yards in total offense vs. the Huskies is the 17th best single-game performance at OSU. As a result of his yardage vs. Washington, Anderson moved into third place in OSU career total offense with 5,311 yards. Derek currently leads the Pac-10 in total offense (284.43) and ranks 17th nationally. He is fourth in the Pac-10 I points responsible for with 12.0 average, which ranks in a tie for 28th nationally. (California)-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 28-game career to date (23 straight as a starter), Anderson has completed 413 of 862 passes for 6,556 yards. He has 45 touchdown passes and has thrown 33 interceptions. He has accounted for 6,241 yards (222.9 average) in total offense on 957 plays. He is third on the OSU career list for touchdown passes thrown with 45. Derek ranks third on OSU's career passing list with 6,556 yards. He ranks third on Oregon State's career total offense list with 6,241 yards. Anderson has led Oregon State to a 15-8 record (.652) as the starting quarterback.
James Newson, SE: James has now caught a pass in 34 straight games. Against Stanford, James caught nine passes for 115 yards, with a long of 27 yards. James leads the Pac-10 and ranks second nationally in receiving yards with 117.67 average. He ranks second in Pac-10 in receptions with 7.0 a game and that ranks 10th nationally. He is fourth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards with 117.67 average. He went over the 1,000-yard mark (1,059) in receiving yardage for the second year in a row and ranks first and second on the OSU single-season list. (Arizona)-James caught seven passes for 100 yards and a touchdown against Arizona. The TD pass was the 19th of his career, tying him with Vern Burke for the OSU career lead. (WSU)-Newson caught five passes for 87 yards (17.4 average) at WSU. He led the Pac-10 and ranked second nationally in receiving yards after the WSU game with 120.57 average. He was third in the conference and 17th nationally with 6.71 catches per game average. (Washington)-James caught eight passes for 128 yards (16.0 average) against Washington. It was the 31st straight game James has caught at least one pass. It was the fourth game this season he has been over the century mark for yardage. He has had 13 games with over 100 yards receiving. James was leading the Pac-10 in receiving yardage at 127.17 per game and ranked second nationally after the Washington game. He was tied for first in the Pac-10 and ninth nationally with 7.0 catches per game. (California)-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 led the Pac-10 in yards receiving (125.80) and ranked second nationally to Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald after the Cal game. Newson was also second in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards at 125.80 and 41st nationally. James ranked second in the conference and 15th nationally with an average of 6.80 catches per game. (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 ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 2 in the nation in receiving yards with an average of 137.50 per game after the ASU 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)--By 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 195 career passes for 3,325 yards, an average of 17.1 per catch and 19 touchdowns. The yardage, catches and touchdowns are OSU career records. Newson has caught passes in 34 straight games and has had 15 games over 100 yards. He is tied with Vern Burke for OSU career TD passes with 19 and has had four games in which he has caught two TD passes. 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 117.67 per game. James is second in the Pac-10 with an average of 7.00 receptions per game and is 10th nationally.
ALL-PURPOSE GEMS-JACKSON AND NEWSON: After 10 games of the Pac-10 season, tailback Steven Jackson ranks No. 1 and wide receiver James Newson ranks fourth atop the conference in all-purpose yards. Jackson is averaging 1157.50, which is ninth nationally, while Newson is averaging 117.67, good enough for 51st nationally.
YLINIEMI IS SEMIFINALIST FOR LOU GROZA PLACE-KICKER AWARD: OSU place-kicker Kirk Yliniemi is one of 20 kickers selected as a semifinalist for the 2003 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. The award, which is presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl, will be given out during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 9, at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The 20 semifinalists include-Yliniemi; Steve Azar, Northern Illinois; Xavier Beitia, Florida State; Nick Browne, TCU; Trey DiCarlo, Oklahoma; Drew Dunning, Washington State; Connor Hughes, Virginia; Ben Jones, Purdue; Nate Kaeding, Iowa; Ryan Killeen, USC; Matt Leach, Florida; J.C. Mejia, San Diego State; Jonanthan Nichols, Mississippi; Nick Novak, Maryland; Matt Payne, BYU; Jon Peattie, Miami (Fla.); Dillon Pieffer, UNLV; David Rayner, Michigan State; Nate Smith, Louisville; and Andrew Wellock, Eastern Michigan.
Kirk Yliniemi, PK: Kirk has kicked eight straight field goals in his latest streak and is 33 out of 37 in his career. He is fourth in career scoring with 183 points, the second most ever by a kicker. He needs to make four more field goals to break Troy Bussanich's career record of 36 made (54 attempts). Kirk tied his own school record by kicking four out of four field goals at Washington State, including a then matching career best 51-yarder. He scored 14 points, which ties a school record for points in a game by a kicker. He booted a career best 54-yarder against Arizona. It was the fourth longest field goal in OSU history. (Washington)-Kirk missed the fourth field goal attempt of his career to date when he missed from 48 yards. He booted a 39-yarder later in the game. (Cal)-Kirk added five PAT points vs. California. Kirk booted six PAT points and his only field goal attempt (29 yards) vs. ASU. (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 33 of 37 field goal attempts, a percentage of .892, and he has made 84 of 86 PAT attempts for 183 points, which puts him in fourth on Beavers' career list. His first 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 4-for-4 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 two in the 40-49 range. He currently has made eight-straight field goals.
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SENIORS IN FINAL CIVIL WAR GAME: A total of 18 seniors will be making their final appearance in a Civil War game Saturday at Oregon. This group has currently compiled a four-year record of 30-15 and has participated in two bowl games, and quite probably a third following the current season.
OSU LEADS PAC-10 IN RED-ZONE SUCCESS: Oregon State has been proficient from an offensive standpoint in the red-zone this season, converting 38 of a possible 45 attempts for a percentage of .844. The Beavers are a perfect 15-for-15 over the last four games before losing a fumble on the 1-yard line against Stanford on their last drive of the game. OSU has also been rock solid from a defensive standpoint in the red-zone. The Beavers have allowed only 19 scores in 31 attempts in the red-zone, a percentage of .613. Oregon State leads the Pac-10 Conference in red-zone offense and red-zone defense. 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. OSU'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.
BEAVERS HAVE TURNOVER DEFICIT: The Beavers still haven't reached the plus side in the turnover department for the season, but has done a much better job of late. OSU forced seven turnovers at WSU against a team that was leading the nation in turnover margin at plus 2.00 entering the game. The Beavers had a plus two in turnovers against the Cougars and a minus one at home vs. Arizona and Stanford. The Beavers are a minus 0.40 on the season, committing four more turnovers and forced. OSU ranks seventh in the Pac-10 and 84th nationally.
2002 CIVIL WAR: It was a record-setting day for the Beavers when Oregon State won the 106th Civil War with a 45-25 win over Oregon on Nov. 24, 2002. Not only was it OSU's highest-scoring game in over a century of football between the rivals, but tailback Steven Jackson, wide receiver James Newson and quarterback Derek Anderson all set single-season school records for the Beavers in the Pacific-10 win. OSU scored 21 straight points in the second and third quarters to take control of the game for a sellout crowd of 37,154 - the 16th straight sellout at Reser Stadium. Jackson rushed 36 times for 153 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a pass for another score. He finished the day with 1,656 yards on the season, a new OSU record and the sixth-best mark in Pac-10 history. Newson had 11 catches for 168 yards and one touchdown. His 1,119 receiving yards and 11 touchdown catches on the season both set OSU school records. Anderson completed 21 of 37 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns. His 24 touchdown passes on the season set an OSU record. Anderson's passing yardage was a career-high and it was the sixth-best single-game mark in Oregon State history. Anderson was sacked twice, but Oregon State's offensive line gave him plenty of time to throw most of the day. The 11 times he found Newson tied the second-most catches in one game by an individual in OSU history. One of the game's key points came just before halftime, after Oregon had rallied from a 17-3 deficit to tie the game at 17-17. The Beavers forced Oregon to punt from deep in its end of the field with just less than a minute on the clock, and then went 38 yards in three plays; Anderson connected with Shawn Kintner for a 10-yard touchdown pass to make it 24-17. The Beavers then came out with two long drives in the third quarter to take command. A 10-play, 78-yard march made it 31-17 when Anderson lofted a perfect 17-yard pass to Kenny Farley in the back left corner of the end zone. On OSU's next possession, it went 90 yards in nine plays; Jackson burst for 39 yards down the right sideline, running over a Duck tackler en route, and then scored from one yard out for a 38-17 lead. Oregon still had hope when Keenan Howry's 63-yard punt return with 5:51 left made it 38-24. Three plays later, though, Anderson found Newson streaking down the right side for 40 yards and a touchdown. Oregon State finished with 528 yards of total offense, the 14th-highest mark in OSU history. The Beaver defense allowed the Ducks 322 yards, but forced four turnovers and limited Oregon to a 2-for-12 day on third-down conversions.