Offense Generates 460 yards in Scrimmage Number Two
April 24, 2004
Corvallis, Ore. - Quarterbacks Derek Anderson and Adam Rothenfluh combined for 350 yards passing and four touchdowns as the third week of spring football practice culminated with the second of three scrimmages Saturday at the Tommy Prothro Football Complex on the Corvallis campus.
Anderson led the first unit offense on a five-play 70-yard drive to open the scrimmage, ending in a 14-yard pass to tight end Joe Newton for the first touchdown of the day. Anderson was 3-for-3 for 62 yards on the drive, also connecting with tight Dan Haines for 37 yards and receiver Mike Hass for 11 yards.
'I thought I had a pretty good day today; we are starting to get some things down offensively,' Anderson said. 'I like to throw to our tight ends, they are a big part of our offense, and when you have a guy the size of Joe it makes my job easier.'
Anderson and Newton would hook up again later in the day on a six-yard strike. Rothenfluh's scores came on a 70-yard bomb to junior college transfer receiver Kevin Swanigan and a 15-yard toss to converted defensive back Anthony Wheat-Brown. For the day the offense scored five touchdowns, the fifth on a Josh Hawkins 38-yard reception from Ryan Gunderson.
'There was a lot of good football played today, a lot of give and take on both sides of the ball,' head coach Mike Riley said. 'I thought this scrimmage was fairly even as far as moving the ball and the defense stopping the offense, probably more even than most scrimmages are typically. That's probably a good thing.'
In all, the Beaver offense generated 460 net yards. Dwight Wright and Ryan Cole led the ground attack, each with 28 yards. Newton led the team for receptions with five with Hawkins with the most receiving yards with 87 on three receptions.
The defensive unit became stronger as the day progressed, making eight quarterback sacks and three interceptions. Cornberback Aric Williams intercepted Anderson twice and linebacker Keller Christensen snagged a deflected Colt Charles pass. Defensive Bill Swancutt had several sacks of Anderson.
'Our offensive tackles had a tough day with Swancutt, but that's a good thing,' Riley added. 'There is nothing better than our offensive line having to deal with him on a daily basis. Bill is very, very good at what he does.'
The offense also generated a 33-yard field goal from Alexis Serna.
Oregon State returns to practice Monday, with the spring game set for Sat., May 1 at Reser Stadium.
Receiving: (PC-Yds-TD) Mike Hass, 2-22-0; Kevin Swanigan, 1-70-1; Josh Hawkins, 3-87-1; Joe Newton, 5-33-2; Dan Haines, 1-37-0; Anthony Wheat-Brown, 2-23-1; George Gillett, 2-51-0; Dwight Wright, 1-9-0; Brandon Browner, 3-51-0; Brad Ching, 1-10-0; Ryan Cole, 1-2-0; Yvenson Bernard, 1-15-0; Jeff Kruskamp, 3-17-0; Brandon Robinson, 1-15-0; Carl Appleton, 1-18-0