What They're Saying...

What the media, players, and coaches are saying about the Beavers victory over California on Saturday.

Jackson's record day gets Beavers back on track
Steven Jackson had plenty of holes to run through Saturday at Reser Stadium. And when they weren't there, Oregon State's tailback found daylight on his own.

"That was just going to be my mindset today," Jackson said after rushing for 239 yards and three touchdowns to lead Oregon State to a 24-13 victory over California. "I wasn¹t going to be denied."...Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune



Beavers' Defense Still Solid
The Oregon State defense, which has played only one bad game — a 625-yard horror show against UCLA — was solid throughout Saturday's victory against Cal. Consider:

The Beavers allowed 13 points, the sixth time in eight games that OSU has held an opponent under 20 points...James Day, Statesman Journal



OSU offensive line comes through
What a difference a bye week makes.

Reeling from three straight Pacific-10 Conference losses after a 4-0 start, the Beavers took advantage of a scheduled week off and regrouped.

Saturday a much-maligned offensive line opened huge holes for tailback Steven Jackson and kept the pressure off of quarterback Derek Anderson in Oregon State's 24-13 victory over California before a soldout crowd of 36,606...James Day, Statesman Journal



Secondary has first-rate game, Erickson says
Oregon State's secondary had what coach Dennis Erickson said was the finest game he could recall.

Safety Lawrence Turner was second on the team with nine tackles, all solo. Safety Calvin Carlyle had seven tackles, a forced fumble and three pass break-ups. Cornerback Terrell Roberts had five tackles and three pass break-ups...Rachael Bachman, Oregonian



Jackson breaks loose for Reser Stadium record
Steven Jackson wanted more carries. He didn't complain about it. He didn't pout. But deep down, he yearned.

On Saturday against California, the Oregon State running back got his wish -- 35 attempts. And he delivered a Reser Stadium-record 239 yards and scored three touchdowns...Aaron Fentress, Oregonian



OSU lets Jackson run, run, and run to win
If Steven Jackson were a politician, he could run on an unarguable platform: Get me the ball, and you will win.

On Saturday, the strategy pulled Oregon State from a three-game losing streak, glued the offense's fractured self-confidence and left Jackson smiling, serene and sitting on a Reser Stadium-record 239 yards rushing. His churning, muscle-burning runs, including three for touchdowns, led the Beavers to a 24-13 victory over California in front of 36,603, OSU's first Pacific-10 Conference win of the season...Rachael Bachman, Oregonian



Jackson carries OSU over Bears
It had been more than a month since Oregon State had won a football game.

It had been nearly a year since the Beavers had won a Pac-10 Conference game.

But those streaks and the three-game losing stretch that had haunted OSU since late September were suffocated on a mostly sunny Saturday as the Beavers used a ravaging defense and long-lost running game to conquer California 24-13 at sold-out Reser Stadium...Bob Rodman, Register Guard



Tedford's influence obvious even in defeat
The images of the California Bears on the field Saturday were reminiscent of their disastrous 1-10 version from 2001.

But the attitude among the team following its 24-13 defeat to Oregon State at Reser Stadium was clearly an indication of how different the 2002 Bears are.

Credit for that goes to new Cal head coach Jeff Tedford, the Oregon offensive coordinator from 1998-2001...Jeff Smith, Register Guard



Beavers run over Bears
Steven Jackson rushed for a career-high 239 yards and three touchdowns to revive a sputtering offense, helping Oregon State end a three-game losing streak Saturday with a 24-13 victory over California.

Jackson dominated the first half, scoring all three Beavers touchdowns to go along with 168 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Derek Anderson continued to struggle, going 8-of-24 for 80 yards with no touchdowns...OSUBeavers.com



Manning gets lift from mom
Oregon State defensive tackle Eric Manning hasn't been overly impressed with his play this season.

Manning, a first-team all-Pacific-10 Conference player last year, has spent most of his time fighting off double teams this season and watching as his teammates have piled up the defensive points.

While Manning was waiting for a breakout game, the Beavers were mired in a three-game losing streak...Kevin Hampton, Mid Valley Sunday



Beavers find their old pop
The Great Pumpkin was ailing as he made his way through the Reser Stadium press box, needing a cane and the assistance of family and friends while walking to his appointed seat for the win-or-else showdown against California.

The recent months haven't been kind to the legendary Northwest coaching icon, who, more than 30 years ago, earned that unforgettable nickname by looming over the OSU sideline during a game at Washington State like the oversized Halloween apparition in the Peanuts comic strip...Brooks Hatch, Mid Valley Sunday



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