OSU Will Wrap Up Season At No. 2 USC
Nov. 23, 2003
GAME: Oregon State (7-4) at #2 USC (10-1)
SITE: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (92,000), Los Angeles, CA
DATE: Saturday, December 6
TIME: 1:30 p.m. PST
RADIO: Live over 27-station Beaver Sports Network, starting 11:30 a.m. PST
TV: Live nationally over ABC, starting at 1:30 p.m. PST
Delayed over Fox Sports Net NW on Sunday, 12:00 p.m. PST
CROWD: USC is expecting a crowd of around 70,000 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (92,000) for the Dec. 6 contest.
TELEVISION: The game will be televised live nationally over ABC, with Keith Jackson (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analyst) and Todd Harris (sideline) announcing. The game will also be televised on a delayed basis over Fox Sports Net NW for replay at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday. Chris Marlowe 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 one-game losing 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 one-game Pacific-10 Conference losing streak, a two-game road losing streak and a two-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 39-21 (.650) in its last 60 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 31-16 (.660) 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 assured the Beavers of having a second-straight winning season and fourth bowl trip in the last five years.
ANDROS DECAL: OSU players are wearing a special decal (an Orange football with Dee printed on the football) on their helmets for the rest of the season in memory of the former Beavers' head coach and Director of Athletics who passed away on Oct. 22.
OSU-USC SERIES: USC holds a commanding 55-8-4 series edge over Oregon State. The Trojans have a two-game winning streak going against the Beavers. OSU's Mike Riley is 0-2 vs. USC and the Trojans' Pete Carroll is 2-0 vs. the Beavers. OSU's last win in the series was 31-21 in Corvallis in 2000. All told, the Beavers are 3-37-3 vs. USC in Los Angeles; 2-11-0 in Corvallis; 2-6-1 in Portland; 1-0-0 in Tacoma and 0-1-0 in Pasadena. OSU's last victory over USC in Los Angeles was 14-0 in 1960. The last time the Beavers have been shutout was in OSU's last appearance in Los Angeles, 22-0 in 2002.
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 7-4 in 2003 with a collegiate record of 15-18 (.455) 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 1,292 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 1,292 points, which tops the Beavers' career list. Seigler has accounted for 52 ï¿½ 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 RAISES HAVOC: Bill Swancutt added one sack and tackle for loss vs. Stanford. He had one sack and two tackles for loss against Arizona. 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 23 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 and Oregon 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 34 career games, including 24 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 288 ï¿½, compared to 348 by Seigler. Swancutt is currently fifth in the Pac-10 and is 18th nationally with 8 ï¿½ sacks. He is fifth in tackles for loss in the Pac-10 and tied for 33rd 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); Seth Lacey, SLB (left shoulder) and Derrick Doggett, WLB (right knee). (DOUBTFUL)-Dan Rothwell, DE (left foot) and Harvey Whiten, SS (concussion).
USC CONNECTION: Mike Riley served as offensive coordinator under John Robinson at USC from 1993-96. Defensive coordinator Mark Banker was an assistant at USC in 1996. Wide receiver coach DelVaughn Alexander played wide receiver at USC (1993-94) while Riley was offensive coordinator.
NOTES FROM OSU-OREGON GAME: The attendance of 58,102 for this year's Civil War in Eugene is the largest crowd ever to watch an Oregon State-Oregon football game, and the second-largest crowd in the State of Oregon history.
BOWL IMPLICATIONS: OSU's season finale vs. USC will determine its bowl fate. A victory over USC would put the Beavers into a three-way tie for third place. A Trojan victory over the Beavers would drop OSU into a tie for fifth place and a likely trip to the Dec. 24 Las Vegas Bowl vs. the No. 2 team from the Mountain West Conference, which is New Mexico (8-4, 5-2). The Lobos are coached by Rocky Long, former OSU defensive coordinator.
LAST YEAR'S GAME WITH USC: Oregon State rolled into the Los Angeles Coliseum last year after a perfect 4-0 start in non-conference play and a No. 23 ranking in the Associated Press poll. The Beavers didn't stay there long, though, as the No. 18 ranked USC Trojans handed OSU a 22-0 loss. That is also the last time OSU has been shutout. The Beavers entered the game averaging 499.8 yards a game in total offense, which at the time was second in the nation. Carson Palmer threw a pair of touchdown passes to Mike Williams. Palmer went 23-of-41 for 231 yards with one interception. The Beavers' Derek Anderson entered the game ranked second nationally in passing efficiency and was only 8-of-30 for 80 yards. He also lost two fumbles and was sacked five times by the USC defense. Steven Jackson was held to 67 yards rushing as the Trojans produced a 330-131 advantage in total offense.
Steven Jackson SEMIFINALIST FOR DOAK WALKER AWARD: Junior tailback Steven Jackson is one of eight semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award; it was announced on Wednesday (Nov. 19). The annual award has recognized the top running back in college football since 1990. On Monday, Dec. 1, three finalists will be named, and, on Thursday, Dec. 11, the winner will be announced live on ESPN's The Home Depot College Football Awards.
THE BATTLE OF PAC-10 STATISTICAL LEADERS: The Oregon State-USC game sets up a battle of the statistical leaders in the Pac-10 Conference. The Beavers and Trojans have led most offensive and defensive categories of statistics in the conference the entire season.
OREGON STATE 11th NATIONALLY IN TOTAL DEFENSE: Oregon State is the top team in the Pacific-10 Conference in total defense, allowing 294.36 yards per game. That figure ranks 11th nationally.
OREGON STATE 9TH NATIONALLY IN RUSHING DEFENSE: Oregon State is yielding only 89.18 yards per game on the ground, which is the third-best in the Pac-10 and ninth best in the nation. Two weeks ago, the Beavers held Stanford to a minus-12 yards on the ground, the third-best defensive mark in OSU history.
OSU RANKED 3RD NATIONALLY IN PASS EFFICIENCY DEFENSE: Oregon State leads the Pac-10 and ranks third nationally in pass efficiency defense with a rating of 93.41.
BEAVERS 10TH BEST IN NATION AT INTERCEPTING PASSES: Oregon State added one pass interception against Oregon to give the Beavers 17 on the season. That figure ranks in a tie for 10th place nationally, but only tied for third in the Pacific-10 Conference with USC and behind Washington State (24) and UCLA (18). OSU has three players ranked nationally in interceptions. Mitch Meeuwsen is second in the Pac-10 and tied for ninth nationally with six picks, while Brandon Browner is tied for third in the Pac-10 and tied for 14th nationally with five picks (10 games) and Aric Williams is eighth in the Pac-10 and tied for 42nd nationally with four interceptions. Williams has 12 pass breakups and is third in the Pac-10 in passes defended with 16.
OSU DEFENSE STINGY OVER 5-YEAR RUN: Since 1999, Oregon State is tied as the 12th best defensive team in the nation in terms of number of touchdowns given up.
BEAVERS RANK 15TH NATIONALLY IN TOTAL OFFENSE: Oregon State ranks second in the Pac-10 and 15th nationally in total offense with 448.73 yards per game. The Beavers' most productive offensive game of the season was against Stanford as OSU produced 663 yards.
OSU MOVES UP TO 7TH NATIONALLY IN PASSING OFFENSE: Oregon leads the Pac-10 in passing offense with an average of 308.6 yards per game. That figure ranks seventh nationally.
Steven Jackson, TB: Steven rushed for 68 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries vs. Oregon and had six receptions for 71 yards, giving him 139 all-purpose yards. (Stanford)-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 34 games played at OSU, including 13 of his last 17 games. He had a streak of five-straight 100-yard rushing games stopped by Pittsburgh at the Insight Bowl. Jackson has rushed for 3,414 yards rushing in 34 career games, which ranks second on the Beavers' career list. He has scored 240 career points, which ranks second on OSU's career list. He has 4,244 career all-purpose yards, an average of 124.8 per game. He ranks second on OSU's career all-purpose yardage list. He has scored 34 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.
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 17 games. He had a streak of 11 straight regular season games stopped by Washington.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT Steven Jackson...
Mike Riley, OSU Head Coach: 'Steven Jackson is the total package. He has it all. He has great speed, he is tough, he is a great leader, he has great instincts as a runner, he is very strong and he is a quality person. I don't know if there is anything else left.'
Dennis Erickson, former OSU Head Coach and current San Francisco 49ers' Head Coach: 'You saw Steven Jackson play. Would you be worried?' That was Erickson's comment when asked if he had concerns about OSU's running game at the start of the 2002 season.
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.'
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: 'Steven Jackson can get it done with quickness and power, reminding some observers of a young Eddie George.'
Dave Newhouse, Oakland Tribune: 'If Jackson seems familiar to Old Blues (Cal alums), it's because he looks so much like Chuck Muncie, Cal's Heisman 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. He is a horse and they definitely ride him.'
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.'
Keith Gilbertson, Head Coach Washington: 'He's the complete deal. He's a big back with great inside moves, great outside speed. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. He's a big-time player - real special, a high-profile, primetime player.'
Bill Swancutt, OSU defensive end: 'He's so big, so strong and so fast. You've heard of swarming to the football. Well, in this case, you'd better swarm to Steven Jackson. He's one big back. I guess all you can do is try to stay on four feet, wrap him up, hold on and hope for help. I am glad I don't have to worry about tackling Jackson.'
Mike Bellotti, Oregon Head Coach: 'Jackson is awesome, scary...a big, powerful back with speed to go all the way. Jackson has put the Beaver team on his back and carried it down the field.'
Rachel Bachman, The Oregonian: He is a rare talent - a possible first-round draft pick as soon as next spring and one of the best athletes to play in Corvallis. He is an unquestioned leader. He is a solid student. He is a Heisman Trophy Candidate.'
Brooks Hatch, Corvallis Gazette-Times: 'Steven Jackson, the 6-foot-3, 233-pound junior, is one of the finest running backs in the country and should be considered a realistic candidate for the Heisman Trophy.'
Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune: 'In a little more than two years in Corvallis, Jackson has become the most popular Oregon State athlete since Gary Payton in the late '80's, and not just because of his NFL-caliber ability to carry the football. He is an approachable, affable young man who doesn't drink or get himself into trouble.'
Paul Buker, The Oregonian: 'The Bears (California) are assuming - make that praying - that Jackson will be in the NFL next season. And for their sake, he better be.'
Bob Rodman, Eugene Register Guard: 'Oregon State's powerful tailback (Steven Jackson) has a million-dollar smile and the talent to match it.'
Dennis Erickson, former OSU Head Coach and current San Francisco 49ers' Head Coach: 'Steven is a physical kid who can really run. He catches the ball, he runs, he's smart. He does it all.'
Dan Fouts, ABC announcer: 'Steven Jackson is the best football player in the land.'
Pat Hill, Head Coach Fresno State: 'Steven Jackson is the best I have seen.'
Steve Mooshagian, Head Coach Sacramento State: 'Jackson is a force...a beast.'
Dan Cozzetto, former OSU assistant coach who recruited Jackson and current Washington assistant coach: 'He's a great kid. The best I've been around. In fall camp (2001), we decided we couldn't redshirt him. We had (Ken) Simonton, and he was being hyped for the Heisman, and he was tremendous. But then you turn around and see Steven and you go, 'Wow!' He has a great mind for the game and he just loves to play the game, which is a heck of a combination.'
Bill Doba, Head Coach Washington State: 'You've got to try to stop Steven Jackson. He's a big, strong kid; he's 230-some pounds, and you've got to try to get him before he gets going, if that's possible.'
Mike Hankwitz, Head Coach Arizona: 'I have seen a lot of running backs, but I would have to say that he is one of the best I have ever seen. He's a very strong runner and he has the speed to take it to the outside. I have a lot of respect for him. He's a hard-nosed running guy.'
Buddy Teevens, Head Coach Stanford: 'He is a big-time NFL back. He's smart, he's patient, and he's physical. He has great balance and good vision. I was very impressed with him. If it was my vote, I'd say 'Go'.'
Mike Bellotti, Head Coach Oregon: 'Steven Jackson is not just the best running back in the conference; he's one of the best in the nation.
Derek Anderson, QB: Derek passes for 271 yards and one touchdown vs. Oregon and had 233 yards in total offense. The numbers were good enough to establish a new single-season record for total offense at OSU with 3,154 yards. He has the second-most passing yards with two games to play at 3,251. (Stanford)-Derek was on a roll in a two-game home stretch vs. Stanford and Arizona. He threw eight TD passes in the two games and passed for 697 yards in those 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. (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 29-game career to date (24 straight as a starter), Anderson has completed 434 of 907 passes for 6,827 yards. He has 46 touchdown passes and has thrown 35 interceptions. He has accounted for 6,474 yards (223.2 average) in total offense on 1009 plays. He is third on the OSU career list for touchdown passes thrown with 46. Derek ranks third on OSU's career passing list with 6,827 yards. He ranks third on Oregon State's career total offense list with 6,474 yards. Anderson has led Oregon State to a 15-9 record (.625) as the starting quarterback.
James Newson, SE: James has now caught a pass in 35 straight games. James caught five passes for 86 yards (17.2 average) vs. Oregon. Newson also completed a 32-yard pass to Mike Hass in the game. It was Newson's first career completion after failing to connect on two attempts during the 2001 season. James currently is second in the Pac-10 and ranks third nationally in receiving yards with 114.50 average. He ranks third in Pac-10 in receptions with 6.80 a game, and that ranks 11th nationally. He is fifth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards with 114.50 average. That figure ranks 58th nationally. His five catches vs. Oregon gives him 68 on the season and ranks as the fourth best on OSU's single-season list. His season yardage of 1,145 is already the second best on the Beavers' single-season list. (Stanford)-Against Stanford, James caught nine passes for 115 yards, with a long of 27 yards. As a result of his yardage in the Stanford game, he went over the 1,000-yard mark (1,059) in receiving yardage for the second year in a row. (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 200 career passes for 3,411 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 35 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 3RD NATIONALLY IN RECEIVING YARDS: James is third in the nation and No. 2 in the Pac-10 in receiving yardage with an average of 114.50 per game. James is third in the Pac-10 with an average of 6.80 receptions per game, and that ranks 11th nationally.
ALL-PURPOSE GEMS-JACKSON AND NEWSON: After 11 games of the Pac-10 season, tailback Steven Jackson ranks No. 1 and wide receiver James Newson ranks fifth atop the conference in all-purpose yards. Jackson is averaging 155.82, which is ninth nationally, while Newson is averaging 114.50, good enough for 58th nationally.
Kirk Yliniemi, PK: Kirk has kicked 10 straight field goals in his latest streak and is 35 out of 39 in his career. He is fourth in career scoring with 190 points, the second most ever by a kicker. He needs to make two 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 35 of 39 field goal attempts, a percentage of .897, and he has made 85 of 87 PAT attempts for 190 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 54 yards, plus he is a perfect 5-for-5 from 50 yards or more. He booted one 50 vs. Washington in 2002 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 10-straight field goals.
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OSU LEADS PAC-10 IN RED-ZONE SUCCESS: Oregon State has been proficient from an offensive standpoint in the red-zone this season, converting 42 of a possible 49 attempts for a percentage of .857. The Beavers were 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 followed that up by scoring on all four attempts vs. Oregon. The Beavers have also been rock solid from a defensive standpoint in the red-zone. The Beavers have allowed only 25 scores in 37 attempts in the red-zone, a percentage of .676. 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 have a minus turnover ratio for the season. 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, but have had a minus in each of their last three games. OSU is a minus 0.45 on the season, committing five more turnovers and forced. OSU is tied for ninth in the Pac-10 and 93rd nationally.
SENIORS IN FINAL REGULAR SEASON GAME: A total of 18 seniors will be making their final appearance in an OSU regular season game at USC. This group has currently compiled a four-year record of 31-16 and has participated in two bowl games, with a third following the current season.
BIG PLAY BEAVERS: Oregon State has produced a total of 42 plays of 25 or more yards in 11 games to date. Quarterback Derek Anderson has been involved in all but 10 of the Beavers' big plays this season. Oregon State had its second biggest 'Big Play' game of the season with six plays over 25 yards against Stanford. The Beavers produced a season-high 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, four at California, three at home vs. Washington, two at Washington State, three vs. Arizona and three at Oregon. Anderson was involved in all eight plays against Boise State and four of five vs. ASU.
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