Beaver Bytes

The run down on Oregon State football and basketball news from the past week.

  • RB Steven Jackson was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week after rushing for 227 yards in the Fresno State game. Jackson earns Pac-10 honor.

  • Oregon State is beginning to make some national noise.

    A football team that junior middle linebacker Richard Seigler likens to a "quiet storm" moved into the Top 25 in both national polls on Sunday as a result of its 59-19 romp over Fresno State at Reser Stadium.

    The Beavers (4-0, 0-0 Pac-10) are No. 23 in the Associated Press voting and No. 24 in the USA Today/ESPN poll. Writers and broadcasters vote in the AP poll; coaches participate in the ESPN balloting…
    There's no overlooking Beavers now.

  • Offensive tackle Brian Kilkenny broke a bone in his left leg during the Fresno State game. The injury will not require surgery, but he will be out for at least five weeks. Lee Davies will start in his place against USC. Related: A second start for Davis

  • The date: Sept. 16, 1960. Dwight Eisenhower was in the final months of his presidency. Sophomore Terry Baker was splitting time with senior Don Kasso for Oregon State at tailback — Tommy Prothro wouldn't switch out of the single wing offense until the following season.

    And the Beavers, in the first game of Baker's varsity career, upset No. 6-ranked Southern California 14-0 at the Los Angeles Coliseum…
    Beavers gear up to take on Trojans.

  • A week before he revisits the site of his greatest disappointment, Oregon State kicker Ryan Cesca reached his greatest height.

    Cesca, who missed 29- and 35-yard field goals in the fourth quarter of the Beavers' 16-13 overtime loss at USC last season, made a 51-yarder in Oregon State's victory Saturday over Fresno State. It was the longest kick of the senior's career, and it could not have come at a better time for the Beavers…
    Cesca regains confidence in time for USC.

  • Oregon State's domination of Fresno State continued to earn bonus points Monday, two days after the Beavers pummeled the Bulldogs 59-19 at Reser Stadium to win their fourth consecutive game.

    Sophomore tailback Steven Jackson, who rushed for a career-best 227 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries, was selected as the Pacific-10 Conference's Offensive Player of the Week. He leads the conference in rushing (134.0 ypg) and is 10th nationally.

    Also, ABC announced it has selected the Oct. 5 home game with UCLA for a regional telecast, a decision that will earn OSU $295,000 in broadcast rights fees. Kickoff has been moved to 12:30 p.m…
    OSU's success adding up.

  • ABC Televison announced Monday that it has selected the Oct. 5 UCLA at Oregon State football game as its regional telecast of the week. Kickoff is slated for approximately 12:37 p.m. from Reser Stadium…ABC to televise football game versus UCLA

  • This week, the game to focus on in the Pac-10 will be Oregon State at USC. The Trojans are looking to bounce back from a nonconference loss at Kansas State, while the talented Beavers moved to 4-0 after a dominant performance against Fresno State.

    Keep in mind, though, the combined record of Oregon State's three I-A opponents (excluding Division I-AA Eastern Kentucky) is 3-9…
    Resurgent Pac-10 takes some hits.

  • Oregon State got much-wanted revenge for last season's 44-24 defeat in Fresno by thumping the Bulldogs, 59-19, in Corvallis . And all of you who wrote to tell me I was crazy — that there was no way the Beavers would beat Pat Hill's team 42-20 — you were absolutely right (wink, wink) …Notes on a Pac-10 scorecard.

  • Oregon State and USC have top 10-ranked defenses, national team rankings and reputations to revive. But to the No. 23 Beavers (4-0), their Pacific-10 Conference-opening game Saturday against the No. 18 Trojans (2-1) at Memorial Coliseum will be a series of individual matchups.

    Matchups such as 19-year-old OSU quarterback Derek Anderson vs. innumerable questions about the Beavers' 41-year losing streak at the Coliseum. OSU defensive end Bill Swancutt vs. inquiries about the Coliseum's mystique. Oregon State safety Calvin Carlyle vs. an empty mailbox…
    Beaver Notebook (some good quotes here)

  • They have started the college football season by defeating four straight opponents by a combined score of 190-49.

    They have the nation's second-most prolific offense, averaging nearly 500 yards a game (499.75) and 48 points (47.5).

    They have the No. 2 pass efficiency defense (which also ranks No. 1 in interceptions with 11) in the country…
    OSU ranked, ready for Trojans.

  • Even then, it was considered an historic event, because the Beavers hadn't beaten USC in the Coliseum since 1935. Now, that game is historic because the Beaver haven't won there since.

    So there is all that to consider Saturday afternoon, when the Beavers visit the Coliseum to play the Trojans on national television - exorcising this last lingering demon, having banished so many others since Dennis Erickson became the head coach in 1999 and led OSU to a winning record, at last, and a bowl appearance, and then a share of the Pac-10 title and victory over storied Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl…
    History calls for Beavers.

  • They are the only unbeaten teams in the Pacific-10 Conference. When Oregon and Oregon State reunite for the Civil War on Nov. 23 at Reser Stadium, a berth in the Rose Bowl could be on the line.

    The Ducks (4-0) at No. 9 have a higher ranking, but the 23rd-ranked Beavers (4-0) have been more dominant thus far…
    Beavers Notebook

  • An oft-repeated phrase among Oregon State football fans the past few years has been this one, meant to separate OSU's football past with its present:

    "These aren't your father's Beavers."

    True enough…
    Eight and counting

  • The best matchup in college football this weekend features an old series that has delivered more laughs than "The Honeymooners."

    Oregon State and USC begin Pacific-10 Conference play with one of the season's critical games. The Beavers, of course, will cling to precious amnesia as they attempt to become the first Oregon State team to win at the Los Angeles Coliseum since coach Tommy Prothro ran the single-wing in 1960…
    Long a laugher, OSU-USC the one to watch.

  • The numbers are staggering.

    If statistics were a criteria for selecting teams to play in the BCS national championship game, then Oregon State might already have earned a ticket to Tempe, Ariz., for the Fiesta Bowl…
    Beavers are picking up big numbers.

  • Oregon State fans know all about it. The last hurdle. The final monkey off the back. USC in LA.

    The Beavers overcame the 28 straight losing seasons. They have been to two bowl games under coach Dennis Erickson. They've beaten USC and Washington in Corvallis.

    But they haven't beaten the Trojans in LA. Not under Erickson or under his six predecessors. Not since Tommy Prothro's team beat the Trojans 14-0 on Sept. 16, 1960…
    USC on the road, the final curse for the Beavers

  • While Oregon State lost the services of former Heisman Trophy candidate Ken Simonton last season, it brings in a bigger, more powerful runner this season.

    "Simonton was a quick burst, kind of a stop-and-go guy," USC coach Pete Carroll said. "(Stephen Jackson) just brings it downhill. He's a hard running physical running back, more of a slasher kind of guy."..
    OSU runner on USC's mind

  • Oregon State coach Dennis Erickson isn't ready to announce the release of "Men in Black II."
    Erickson, whose team sports chromatically challenged all-black uniforms (read: ugly) at home, knew such a question was coming and he began his rote response before it was done.

    How do these 4-0 Beavers compare to the 2000 crew that strutted through an 11-1 season and buried Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl?…
    Oregon State hopes sequel is as good as original.

  • Being in Bristol, Conn., every weekend gives me the chance to see any game in the country, including the West Coast games I could never watch while I was coaching. The Pac-10 continues to impress me with its outstanding talent level and superior coaching.

    This weekend's matchup between Oregon State and USC features two teams trying to bounce back from tough seasons in 2001. The Beavers finished 5-6 last year while a loss to Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl dropped the Trojans' final record to 6-6…
    Beavers back in L.A. for season opener

  • It's the Coliseum Curse.

    No. 23 Oregon State plays No. 18 Southern California on Saturday at the Los Angeles Coliseum, where the Beavers haven't been able to win since -- Egads! -- 1960.

    That's a streak of 41 years, older than all of the players and even some of the coaches…
    Call it the Coliseum Curse.

  • The Reser Stadium renovation/expansion project continues to progress at a steady pace, and the Beavers still hope to add about 8,000 seats and new luxury suites for the 2005 season.

    "It's full speed ahead, as long as we don't have bumps in the road,'' OSU athletic director Bob De Carolis said Tuesday. "The plan is to get (university) approval sometime soon, and try to roll a fund-raising campaign out in November and sell it.''..
    Reser plans moving along

  • Former Oregon State basketball standout, Corey Benjamin, signed a free agent contract with the Orlando Magic on Tuesday. Magic Sign Corey Benjamin

  • Jose Cortez had another solid game. Check out the NFL Beaver update for the statistics on the Beavers in the NFL.

  • Offensive lineman, Mitch White, was signed to the New York Jets practice squad earlier this week.

  • Last week was a rough one for the Pac-10. The Beavers and the Ducks are now the only teams with undefeated records. The rest of the Pac-10 has fallen. After a week in which the Pac-10 turned heads with road wins over two Big 12 teams and a Big 10 team, the conference took a step back with disappointing losses to Air Force, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Kansas State. But it is still the most competitive and entertaining conference in college football. This week has two key conference matchups, Cal hosting Washington State and USC hosting Oregon State…The Toe Knows

  • The Beavers climbed into both polls after the victory over Fresno State. The Men in Black are #23 in the AP poll and #24 in the coaches poll.

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