What They're Saying...

What the media is saying about Oregon State's 40-7 drubbing of Sacramento State Thursday night.

Football falls to Oregon State in season opener
Steven Jackson rushed for 23 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns to lead Oregon State to a 40-7 victory over Sacramento State, Thursday night at Reser Stadium. The game was the season-opener for both teams...HornetSports.com


Season eye-opener
The orange started at the outskirts, in the surrounding towns of Albany, Granger and Oakville.

Fire hydrants were orange, and orange flags flew from the windows of every other car. The caboose of a train, napping on a track near a quiet farm in the valley, was dressed with the orange and black of the beloved Oregon State football team...Sam Amick, Sacramento Bee


Little to cheer, even less to boo
They came late, left early and in between seemed to suffer from an extreme case of Winnebago lag.

Yes, Reser Stadium was bathed in its customary orange Thursday night, but from the beginning of Oregon State's unceremonious and utterly predictable 40-7 rout of Sacramento State, it was the politest crowd this side of the New York Philharmonic...Jeff Welsch, Gazette Times.


Runaway at Reser
Mike Riley's second term as Oregon State's football coach began as auspiciously as expected on a balmy Thursday night with a 40-7 victory over outmanned Sacramento State at Reser Stadium.

An announced crowd of 35,614 cheered a 129-yard rushing performance from junior tailback Steven Jackson and a surprise contribution from split end Mike Hass. A last-minute substitute for senior James Newson, who was held out with a hip pointer, Hass had six catches for 129 yards and a touchdown on a 32-yard play in which he threw a shoe while evading the defense...Brooks Hatch, Gazette Times.


Receiver fills critical void
Mike Hass charged straight at the Sacramento State defender, gave a fake and broke into the open.

Hass angled into the middle of the end zone, his eyes on quarterback Derek Anderson, anticipating his first catch — and touchdown — of his Oregon State career...Kevin Hampton, Gazette Times.


The good news for Beavers' offense is...Steven Jackson
The Beavers' 40-7 victory over Sacramento State on Thursday turned into The Late Show, starring Steven Jackson. It's also a pretty good reason for coach Mike Riley to start brainstorming. Oregon State's star running back touched the ball on seven consecutive plays to start the game and 20 times in the first half.

Jackson finished with 187 yards of total offense...John Canzono, Oregonian


Easy opener for Beavers
The Beavers, bolstered by the sturdy play of tailback Steven Jackson, got an outstanding game from the underrated Hass as they rolled to a 40-7 victory over Sacramento State to open the season Thursday night at Reser Stadium...Rachael Bachman, Oregonian


OSU victory maintains hope for season
On opening night, all things are possible. Oregon State began a season of perhaps impossibly high expectations with a 40-7 win over Division 1-AA Sacramento State on Thursday night at Reser Stadium, but so much was left unanswered.

The Beavers stuttered and stammered at times, dominated at times, and managed to stay awake long enough to dispatch a Big Sky team that really had no business being on the schedule...Paul Buker, Oregonian


Jackson, OSU off and running
It was rough.

Rough around the edges as in not exactly a work of art and rough as in, well, nasty.

But the Beavers did manage to do what worked best for them - get the dang ball to Steven Jackson...Bob Rodman, Register Guard


Jackson carries the load
If there was any question who will be the driving force in Oregon State's offensive machine this season, Steven Jackson provided the answer Thursday night.

The junior preseason all-American answered the call early and often in the Beavers' decisive - and anticipated - 40-7 pounding of Sacramento State at Reser Stadium in the nonconference season opener for both teams...Chris Hansen, Register Guard


Beavers don't have that rhythm, but they do get that win, 40-7
The final score was sufficient, but Oregon State didn't answer a lot of questions with its 40-7 victory over Sacramento State.
After a shaky start, the Beavers dominated their Division I-AA opponent Thursday night, but they didn't show the consistency they would have preferred in their season opener...Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune


Oregon State buzzes Hornets
The Mike Riley sequel began as expected Thursday night, with a convincing victory against an overmatched NCAA Division 1-AA opponent.

Oregon State 40, Sacramento State 7.

The Hornets of the Big Sky Conference had no answers for workhorse tailback Steven Jackson, who amassed 187 yards in total offense and scored two touchdowns to the delight of 35,614 fans at sold out Reser Stadium...Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal


Beavers beat up on Sac St. in opener, 40-7
Steven Jackson had 23 carries for 129 yards and a pair of scores as Oregon State routed Sacramento State 40-7 in the opener for both teams Thursday night.

The Division I-AA Hornets were simply overwhelmed by the Beavers, their first Pac-10 opponent. Oregon State racked up 527 yards in total offense...Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press

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