Offense Compiles 246 yards in Initial Scrimmage

Aug. 17, 2004

Corvallis, Ore - The Oregon State University football team's offense generated 346 yards in total offense and scored 29 points in the first of three scheduled scrimmages prior to the Sept. 4 season opener at No. 3 LSU. The scrimmage was dominated by reserves as most of the established first unit offense and defense saw limited action. Starting quarterback Derek Anderson played just the first series, completing 4 of 7 passes for 63 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Joe Newton. Anderson also connected with receivers Anthony Wheat-Brown for 25 yards, Mike Hass for 14 yards and Josh Hawkins for 11.'Derek came out and looked crisp,' head coach Mike Riley said. 'Putting that first unit offensive group together, that's where most of our new faces are coming from on our team, so it's paramount that we get that thing feeling efficient.' Competition for the number two quarterback continued, with senior Adam Rothenfluh passing for 108 yards on 9 of 17 passing and an 11-yard touchdown strike to Hawkins. Redshirt-freshman Ryan Gunderson hit 8 of 12 for 89 yards. True-freshman Brian Hildebrand was 3 of 8 for 30 yards. The Beaver receiving corps looked sharp in the initial scrimmage with junior college transfer Marcel Love making six receptions for 67 yards. Wheat-Brown had four for 64 yards and Hawkins, George Gillett and Cole Clasen each had two grabs. 'I'm encouraged,' Riley said of the receivers. 'I know better than to think it's solved, because you only solve it once you start producing in games. But I do feel better about what we see right now.' Beaver tailback Ryan Cole scored on runs of 11 and two yards, and ended the day as the team's leading rusher with 39 yards on seven carries. Dwight Wright had 18 yards on 11 attempts and Yvenson Bernard 17 on five carries. 'Nobody has separated; I don't know that we need that,' Riley said about the trio competing for starting duties behind the quarterback. 'I know we need certain strengths - we need somebody who can for sure play on third down and catch the ball and pass protect, then we need good runners on first and second down, primarily. We need the production.' The second scrimmage is scheduled for Saturday at the Tommy Prothro Football Complex at 2 p.m. A fan appreciation autograph session will take place following the scrimmage.Scrimmage StatsRushing:Dwight Wright (11 att.) - 18 (yds); Ryan Cole 7-39; Yvenson Bernard 5-17; Olaniyi Sobomehin 5-9; Jimtavis Walker 5-2; Ryan Gunderson 1 (-) 8; Adam Rothenfluh 3 (-) 21Passing (Att-Comp-Int-Yds-TD)Derek Anderson 7-4-0-73-1; Adam Rothenfluh 17-9-0-108-1; Ryan Gunderson 12-8-0-89-0; Brian Hildebrand 8-3-0-30-0; Colt Charles 3-0-0-0-0Receiving (PC-Yds-TD)Josh Hawkins 2-22-1; Mike Hass 1-14-0; Cole Clasen 2-27-0; George Gillett 2-15-0; Joe Newton 3-41-1; Pat Loney 3-34-0; Marcel Love 6-67-0; Anthony Wheat-Brown 4-64-0; Brandon Hughes 1-4-0Scoring

Joe Newton 13-pass from Derek Anderson (Alexis Serna kick)Ryan Cole 2-yard run (John Dailey kick)Serna 33-yard FGCole 11-yard run (no kick attempted)Josh Hawkins 11-pass from Adam Rothenfluh (no kick)
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