The latest on Oregon State Beaver football and men's basketball from December 22-26.




  • Four Oregon State recruits who did not qualify academically (TB Charles Burnley, TB Clinton Polk, DE Keith Robertson and TE Zach Hagermeister) are each attempting to gain entry into OSU through test scores or junior college credits.  OSU coaches should receive word shortly if they have qualified or not.  Whoever qualifies will enroll at OSU in the winter.

  • Former Oregon State cornerback recruit Robert Herbert visited Colorado State last weekend and has visits setup with Kansas State and Iowa State, but favors the Rams.

  • OSU received two more junior college commitments this week:  Chris Miller, an offensive tackle from Butte and Keith Ellerson, a linebacker from El Camino.

  • You probably already know this but running back Steven Jackson said he is leaving for the NFL.  He made his announcement following the Beavers 55-14 victory over New Mexico in the Las Vegas Bowl.  "I really felt like I've accomplished a lot at (Oregon State) and I am passing the torch on to another running back," Jackson said. "I am announcing that I'm entering the NFL draft."...more (scroll to the bottom of this article for more Jackson headlines)

  • Sophomore wide receiver Mike Hass became just the third player in OSU history to have over 1,000 yards receiving in a season.  He joined James Newson and Vern Burke in 1,000 yard club.

  • The Beavers will face the Lobos for the first time in Oregon on September 18, 2004.

  • The Las Vegas Bowl was the 1,000th game in the history of the Beaver football program which started in 1893.

  • Junior quarterback Derek Anderson tied the Pac-10 record for interceptions in a season when he threw his second quarter pick.  He is tied with Oregon's Dan Fouts and two others who all had more than 100 fewer attempts.

  • Anderson has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 18 straight games.  He also went over 4,000 yards for the season.

  • Senior wide receiver James Newson's first catch of the game moved him past Dave Montagne for most receptions in a season.  Newson is now the Beavers leader in career touchdown catches, pass receptions, receiving yardage, catches in a season, and he holds the top two season receiving records.

  • The Beavers 8-5 record is the eighth time OSU has had at least an eight wins in a season.  The past three our of four years the Beavers have won at least 8 games (11-1 in 2000, 8-5 in 2002 and 2003).

  • Oregon State's 31-point first half tied a Las Vegas Bowl record while their 17 point first quarter set a record for the game.

  • Junior running back Steven Jackson had his 19th 100-yard rushing game of his career tying a school record.  He rushed for four touchdowns for the second time in his career.  The first came against Arizona this season.  Jackson set school single-season records in scoring (120 points) and all-purpose yardage (2,015). He finished with 1,535 yards rushing this season  He also tied an NCAA record by scoring five total touchdowns.

  • Senior place-kicker Kirk Yliniemi became the school record holder in career field goals with 37.

  • Junior quarterback Adam Rothenfluh threw his first touchdown of the season, and the second of his career, in the fourth quarter on a 19-yard pass to Josh Hawkins.

  • The Beavers must pay the cost of the unsold tickets which comes to $50,000, but the bowl payout is $800,000.

  • OSU athletic director Bob DeCarolis said that between 2,700 and 3,000 tickets were sold through the athletic department for the bowl game.

  • DeCarolis also said there might be a change in the 2004 schedule which involves leaving Temple off the slate.  He would not identify the opponent but said the decision will be made by February 1.




  • Oregon State wraps up non-conference play on Sunday, December 28 against Jackson State...more

  • Forward David Lucas paced the Beavers with 24 points and four rebounds to lead the Beavers back from a 12-point deficit to defeat Sacramento State, 76-73 on December 23.  Box Score [] Recaps:  Gazette Times | Associated Press

  • The Beavers dropped to 4-4 after an another heartbreaking defeat, this time falling to Boise State 82-80 on December 20.  Forward Jim Hanchett led the Beavers with 18 points in 8 rebounds off the bench.  Box Score [] Recaps:  Gazette-Times | Associated Press





Beavers get rich in Las Vegas
Kris Cinkovich taps a palm organizer, counting each of the 55 kids in his weightlifting class. He glances through the window dividing his office, stacked with game tapes from his job as football coach, at the students warming up in a sprawling workout room at Las Vegas High School.

"This is a kid that Oregon State will recruit in a year," Cinkovich says, nodding at Arturo Rodriguez, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound junior offensive tackle. "UCLA already has sent stuff to him."...more


Beavers take stock of season
Moments after yet another furious finish, the Oregon State men's basketball players fanned out into the darkness, their compasses headed home for an eagerly awaited breather.

The three-day Christmas hiatus is the first chance for the Beavers to catch their breaths after playing or practicing for 53 of the previous 65 days.

It is also an annual benchmark in the season, that point where the highs and lows of non-conference play are filed away and teams begin to ratchet up their physical and emotional beings for league play...more


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