All about Oregon State



Current record: 4-0

Ranking:  The Beavers are currently #24 in the coaches poll and #23 in the AP poll.



Key Players:

Sophomore quarterback Derek Anderson (6-6, 234), sophomore running back Steven Jackson (6-2, 224) and junior wide receiver James Newson (6-1, 202) are the three key players on the OSU offensive side of the ball.  As a unit the offensive line is the key for the success of offense.


Anderson is living up, if not exceeding, his expectations at Oregon State.  Currently, he is second in the nation in QB rating (183.24), seventh in passing yards (1201), seventeenth in completion percentage (60.2%) and pass completions (77), and first in touchdowns thrown (15).  The offensive line, which averages 310 pounds, has done an extraordinary job protecting Anderson.  The o-line has allowed only two sacks when Anderson is at the helm. 


The incredible protection has allowed Anderson the time to find his receivers and make the big plays.  But, Anderson has also shown he can move in the pocket.  Against Fresno State he eluded Fresno State defensive lineman, Nick Burley, and threw a perfect pass over the FSU secondary for a touchdown.


Jackson is getting better as the season progresses.  After a poor showing against UNLV, due largely to the Rebels stacking up against the run, Jackson ran for 227 yards against the Bulldogs last Saturday, including a 75-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.  The 227 yards almost doubled his season total.  Backup Dwight Wright, sees playing time every game.  Wright is small and quick like Ken Simonton and is a solid backup.


Newson is the number one receiver for the Beavers.  He is fast and has a knack for getting open.  He leads the Beavers with 22 receptions for 363 yards (16.5 avg.) and five touchdowns.  Tight end, Tim Euhus (6-5, 241) and wide out, Kenny Farley (6-3, 213) are the Beavers second leading receivers.  Euhus has great hands and is starting to see more balls thrown his way.


            The 2002 Oregon State defense could be the best defensive group ever at Oregon State.  The roster includes All-Americans Dennis Weathersby (6-1, 206), Eric Manning (6-1, 297), Richard Seigler (6-3, 225) and Mitch Meeuwsen (6-3, 211).  The Beaver "D" is consists of fast, hard-hitting players.  Currently, the Beavers lead the nation in interceptions with 11.


            The defensive backfield consists of senior cornerback Dennis Weathersby, who is a potential first round draft pick, senior cornerback Terrell Roberts, who also returns kickoffs for the Beavs, and sophomore strong safety Mitch Meewsen, who is tied with his fellow junior safety, Lawrence Turner, for the most interceptions on the team with three each.


            The defensive line is lead by senior Eric Manning and junior Dwan Edwards (6-3, 297).   Manning is a future NFLer who requires a double-team every play.  This frees up Edwards who is underrated and is taking advantage of the extra attention given to Manning.  He is tied with defensive end, Bill Swancutt, for the most sacks on the team with three each.  James Lee (6-5, 213) is a solid backup who had an excellent game against Fresno State.  Oregon State's other defensive linemen are smaller and rely on their speed to get around the offensive line.  Defensive end, Noah Happe, is a fiery individual who returned a pass, 52 yards for a touchdown against Fresno State.


            Junior Richard Seigler, senior Nick Barnett, and senior Erik Tuma make up the best linebacking group at Oregon State ever.  Barnett leads the team in tackles with 38, although Seigler is close behind with 30.  Seigler is a very emotional player and is clearly the Beavers leader on defense.  He loves to deliver the big hit and is constantly trash talking throughout the game.


            Barnett is having his best season as a Beaver.  At times it seems like he is in on every tackle.  Barnett and Seigler are one of the best 1-2 linebacker combination in the country.  Tuma is not as emotional as Seigler and Barnett, but is a perfect compliment to the two.  The senior linebacker does not make many mistakes and rarely misses a tackle.






§         Wide receiver Jayson Boyd is probable with turf toe.

§         Left tackle Brian Kilkenny is out with a left fibular fracture.

§         Wide receiver Deondre Alexander is out with a shoulder injury.

§         Defensive end Dan Rothwell is out for entire season with knee injury.

§         Defensive end Henry Anderson out indefinitely with broken arm.

§         Free safety Ryan Cozzetto is out with a concussion.


Out of the injured players Jayson Boyd is probably the most important to the Beavers along with Brian Kilkenny who got hurt during last week's Fresno State game.




The best player nobody's heard of: 

            Jayson Boyd (6-3, 201).    Boyd is a future All-Pac-10 receiver who had an excellent spring and fall camp.  He has the height and the speed to get behind any defense.  He also has great hands.  Boyd sat out the Fresno State game, but should see some action against USC.





            Sometimes the defensive and offensive players get hyped up and draw stupid penalties.  The Beavers also have little experience in short yardage situations.  During the short yardage situations the Beavers have been in they have struggled.






            The Beaver defense is the strength of the football team.  The defense keeps the team in the game until the offense warms up.  The receivers have been consistent this year as well.  They are getting open and holding on to most of the balls being thrown their way.




Last game result:

Defeated the Fresno State Bulldogs, 59-19.  Steven Jackson ran for 227 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns on his way to Pac-10 Player of the Week.  Derek Anderson had his worse game of the season going 9-20, throwing one interception and three touchdowns for 214 yards.  Recap | Box Score




Prediction for game:

            I expect the offense to struggle early, then catch fire in the second half and start moving the ball.  The Beaver "D" will keep the Men in Black in the game, although I expect USC to score a touchdown and a couple field goals throughout the game.  OSU 23   USC 13





Series History and last meeting result:

            Oregon State and USC have played 66 games in the series that started in 1914. The Trojans hold a commanding 54-8-1 lead in the overall series, including a current one-game winning streak as a result of winning 16-13 in overtime last year in Los Angeles. The Beavers last victory in the series was 31-21 at Corvallis in 2000. Oregon State has not won at the Los Angeles Coliseum since 1960, 14-0. Since then, the Beavers have lost 18 straight in Los Angeles at the Memorial Coliseum. Historically, OSU is 3-36-3 vs. USC in Los Angeles. Top Stories