A shot at history slipped wide right multiple times as the Beavers lost 21-22 to the LSU Tigers in an exciting and at times excruciating game.  News and notes from the 2004 season opener are inside.

Post game Notes


A shot at history slipped wide right multiple times as the Beavers lost 21-22 to the LSU Tigers in an exciting and excruciating game.  News and notes from the 2004 home opener are inside.


Players of the Game for Oregon State

QB Derek Anderson – Completed 26 of 47 (55%) passes for 231 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.  Anderson's hard work in the off-season obviously paid off, he picked apart the LSU defense perfectly on the first drive and kept the pressure on.  He continued to perform at a high level despite injuring his throwing hand that limited him to short passes.

DE Bill Swancutt – Manhandled All-American tackle Andrew Whitworth while moving the pocket at will.  Constantly harassed the LSU quarterbacks while knocking them to the turf numerous times.  Tired near the end of the game but still managed to affect the game.  One of the most dominating defensive end performances in OSU history against one of the top players in the game.

The lines – The offensive line gave Anderson time to throw the majority of the game against a line loaded with NFL talent.  Their level of efficiency was very high despite having several backups play.  Kirk Herbstreit said the OSU offense was the most prepared unit he has ever seen play LSU.  The defensive line continuously pressured the LSU quarterbacks and dominated the line of scrimmage.



Showing Some Moxy

With seven minutes to go in the third the Beavers gave up their first touchdown of the game.  The defense looked tired and slow and the momentum was swinging heavily toward LSU. 

The offense responded with a 69-yard drive culminating in a 5-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Wheat-Brown putting the Beavers up 15-7.  The drive had several big plays including a 10-yard scramble by Anderson for a first down and a nice swing pass to Ryan Cole who faked out a defender on third down to pick up the first.

The defense came out energized after the offense's success and kept the Beavers in the game.  If it were not for that drive LSU might have turned a close game into a blowout.


Season Firsts

  • First completed play/pass…18-yard slant to Dwight Wright.

  • First run…3-yard gain to Dwight Wright up the middle in the first quarter.

  • First first down…9-yard pass to George Gillett on an out pattern.

  • First touchdown…6-yard pass to George Gillett on a curl.

  • First forced fumble…Chaz Scott on the opening kickoff.

  • First recovered fumble…Keith Ellison on the opening kickoff.

  • First tackle…Derrick Doggett on special teams on the kickoff following the Beavers first touchdown of the season.

  • First interception…Sabby Piscitelli in the first quarter.


Miscellaneous Notes

Skyler Green had one return for nine yards due to the outstanding punting by Sam Paulescu.  He averaged 40.4 yards per kick in his OSU debut.

The Beavers are 0-11-1 all-time against SEC opponents – all games have been on the road.

OSU freshman that made the trip -  Lamar Herron, Daniel Drayton, Keenan Lewis, Sammie Stroughter, Tavita Thompson and Jeremy Perry

Derek Anderson injured his throwing hand in the first half after being sacked.  The injury limited his ability to throw the long ball.

Keller Christensen was the game captain.

When the Beavers arrived at the stadium the bus driver took the long way allowing the players to get a look at the festivities.  The bus was pounded upon by LSU fans and the players were forced to exit near Mike the Tiger.

Derek Anderson made his 27th consecutive start.

The defense did not record a sack despite hounding the LSU quarterbacks the entire game.

The Beavers scored three touchdowns versus LSU.  LSU only game up 22 total touchdowns in 2003.

Oregon State racked up 70 yards on 11 penalties.

The Beavers ran 78 plays (50 pass, 28 run).



The Stuff You Probably Already Know

The game started 47 minutes late because of lightning and monsoon like conditions.

An estimated 8,000 Beaver fans made the trip to Tiger Stadium.

Alexis Serna missed three extra points against LSU.  Kirk Yliniemi only missed two PAT's his entire career at OSU going 96 of 98.

Former LSU basketball star and Miami Heat center Shaquile O'Neal was on the sidelines during part of the game.

Several students including one in just a cowboy hat dove on field during the rain delay to the delight of the crowd.  The streaker prompted Oregon State radio man Mike Parker to say, "I should say it's a disgrace, this should never happen…bit it's kind of funny too."

91,828 was the official count at Tiger Stadium – the largest crowd OSU has played in front of since 1986 when they played in front of 100,000 plus at Michigan in Ann Arbor.


 Key Stats

                                    OSU       LS
Score.........................       21       22
FIRST DOWNS...................       14       15
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............    31-84    30-91
PASSING YDS (NET).............      231      211
Passes Att-Comp-Int...........  47-26-1  44-16-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS.....   78-315   74-302
Fumble Returns-Yards..........      0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards............     4-26      1-9
Kickoff Returns-Yards.........      0-0     4-59
Interception Returns-Yards....      1-7      1-0
Punts (Number-Avg)............   9-40.4  10-36.8
Fumbles-Lost..................      3-2      3-1
Penalties-Yards...............    11-70     4-24
Possession Time...............    32:59    27:01
Third-Down Conversions........  6 of 20  4 of 17
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   1 of 2   0 of 1

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