What They're Saying...

What the media, coaches, and players are saying about the Beavers dominating performance on Saturday.

Defense rules as Beavers crush Arizona 38-3
On Tuesday, Dennis Erickson said he wanted his defense to become totally dominating. "By that," the Oregon State coach said, "I mean don't even let (the opposition) breathe."

Erickson got his wish Saturday. The Beavers stuffed Arizona all day long, rolling to a 38-3 victory and earning a sixth victory to make themselves bowl-eligible this season.

The Beavers (6-3 overall, 2-3 in Pac-10 action) don't intend to stop here, of course...Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune



OSU downs Arizona
Struggling Arizona picked a bad time to visit Reser Stadium.

The injury-plagued Wildcats came into Saturday’s game against Oregon State with a four-game Pacific-10 conference losing streak and left dazed by a 38-3 shellacking.

The Beavers held Arizona to minus-23 yards rushing and 93 yards overall, raced out to a 28-0 halftime lead and cruised to their second straight victory before 36,644...James Day, Statesman Journal



Jackson continues to get job done
Oregon State tailback Steven Jackson continues to show that if you call his number he’ll carry the load.

Jackson, who ran for a Reser Stadium record 239 yards Oct. 26 in the Beavers’ 24-13 win against California, ran for 134 more Saturday in a 38-3 win against Arizona.

Jackson, who carried the ball 27 times, has 1,138 yards this season. With three more regular season games plus a possible bowl game, Ken Simonton’s single-season record of 1,559 seems within reach...James Day, Statesman Journal



There's just one negative in the Beavers win
When you're the Oregon State defense, you like zeroes on the scoreboard. You like minuses in front of postgame statistics. You like opposing quarterbacks with bruises on their backsides.

In short, you like a team like Arizona, which for three years, the Beavers have dominated...Rachael Bachman, Oregonian



Beavers' defense batters free-falling Wildcats
If Arizona quarterback Jason Johnson was seeing double, he was entitled. Oregon State sacked him five times, hit him hard at least a half dozen more and chased him all over Reser Stadium.

"I don't know what it is, but this is a very tough place to play," Johnson said Saturday after the Wildcats absorbed a humbling 38-3 defeat in a game that was over early in the first quarter.

Arizona, off to an 0-5 start in the Pacific-10 Conference for the second year in a row, crossed midfield twice. The Wildcats had minus-23 yards rushing, 93 yards total. They were just short of pathetic, and no one in the locker room beneath Gill Coliseum could deny it. A week after a surprisingly strong game against Washington State, they showed a crowd of 36,644 how far Arizona football has fallen since the days of Desert Swarm in the 1990s...Paul Buker, Oregonian



Oregon State stop Arizona cold, 38-3
Oregon State leans heavily on its defense. For good reason.

The Beavers smothered an already suffocating Arizona offense in so many ways during this sunny Saturday's 38-3 subduing of the Wildcats before an overflow crowd - 36,644 - at Reser Stadium.

Certainly it helped Oregon State's Pac-10 Conference football victory to have sophomore tailback Steven Jackson rush for 134 yards and two touchdowns, sophomore quarterback Derek Anderson pass for 239 yards and a touchdown, and junior flankerback James Newson make six receptions for 121 yards and one touchdown...Bob Rodman, Register Guard



Beaver break out in big way against Wildcats
Steven Jackson ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns as Oregon State dealt Arizona its fifth straight loss Saturday, 38-3.

Derek Anderson passed for 239 yards and a score for Oregon State (6-3, 2-3 Pac-10), which won its second straight after losing three in a row.

Arizona (3-6, 0-5), which remained the only winless team in the Pac-10, had minus-23 yards rushing and 93 yards overall. Bobby Gill kicked a 43-yard field goal with 1:02 left in the third quarter, and that was it for the Wildcats...OSUBeavers.com



OSU defense slows down 'Cats
Richard Seigler crept toward the line of scrimmage as Arizona quarterback Jason Johnson shouted his signals above the roar of the Reser Stadium crowd.

As Johnson took the snap and began to turn for a handoff, Seigler was sprinting past the UA offensive linemen. By the time running back Beau Carr wrapped his arms around the ball and took a step or two, Seigler slammed him to the turf...Kevin Hampton, Mid Valley Sunday



Winning making football fun again
The names on the back of the jerseys haven't changed from three weeks ago.

But after the 38-3 woodshed job Oregon State applied to Arizona at Reser Stadium on a brilliant homecoming afternoon, there can be no doubt that the guys inside those uniforms have undergone a wholesale personality transplant since Black Saturday, that agonizing Oct. 12 in Tempe when the Beavers gave away a potential victory at Arizona State...Brooks Hatch, Mid Valley Sunday



Beavers find right balance in rout
Balance has returned to the Oregon State football team.

The result was a 38-3 win over Arizona that sent many of the 36,644 orange-clad fans filling Reser Stadium out for an early start on their evening.

On offense, the passing of Derek Anderson melded with the running of Steven Jackson as the Beavers rolled up 457 yards...Kevin Hampton, Mid Valley Sunday



Beavers pelt Cats
Arizona football fans, the Beavers have felt your pain.

Since the Wildcats joined the Pac-10 in 1978, only three schools have gone winless in the Pac-10. Oregon State has experienced the dreaded "oh-fer" a gut-wrenching seven times in those 25 years.

Only three more chances remain for the UA to avoid going 0-8 in conference play after Saturday's 38-3 shellacking at Oregon State...Charles Durrenberger, Arizona Daily Star



Last place in Pac-10 looks like reality
Arizona's football season has become a spinoff of the make-believe movie "Groundhog Day," in which each day is relived until a cavalier weatherman is suitably humbled, learns from his mistakes and ultimately gets it right.

Alas, the movie speeds along in two hours. Not much suffering there.

Arizona's football program has collapsed to the point that each game blurs into the next. The agony seems like it will never end. And it is all true, every detail...Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star



Oregon St. stomps UA
Two weeks ago the Arizona football team walked away from a soul-less defeat to Stanford saying it had hit rock bottom.

Think again.

It's only getting worse for the Wildcats after a 38-3 loss to Oregon State in which the Beavers manhandled UA in Reser Stadium on Saturday.

Oregon State (6-3, 2-3 Pac-10) was better at every position, on every possession and virtually every down...John Moredich, Tucson Citizen



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