Oregon State pops into Top 25

Updated: October 6, 2003, 11:34 AM ET

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- With a 2-0 start in the Pacific-10 Conference for the first time since 1968, the Oregon State Beavers jumped into the Top 25 at No. 24 on Sunday.

The Beavers are coming off of a 35-21 victory Saturday over Cal, which had defeated then-No. 3 ranked Southern California the week before.

Oregon, which had been ranked No. 19, and No. 10 the week before that, fell from the rankings after Friday night's 17-13 loss to Utah at Salt Lake City.

But the Golden Bears wouldn't prove the spoilers for the Beavers, now 5-1 overall and sharing the conference lead with Washington State. Oregon State's lone loss came at Fresno State, the Beavers' second game of the season.

"As you can see, we're rolling right now," tailback Steven Jackson said.

Jackson ran for 227 yards on 35 carries with two touchdowns. He also had a pair of catches for 12 yards and a score.

Jackson, a 6-foot-3, 233-pounder from Las Vegas, leads the Pac-10 in rushing and is the conference's defending leader from last season.

He has now run 466 yards against Cal. Last year he had a career-high 239 yards on the ground.

"I just do my job," Jackson said. "Give me the ball, I run."

Quarterback Derek Anderson completed 18 of 27 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted once -- on a pass meant for James Newson that was picked off by Daymeion Hughes and run back 72 yards for a score.

"Oregon State is better than SC -- easily better than SC," Cal defensive tackle Lorenzo Alexander said. "Their line is way more physical, and they're bigger guys, and it's harder to push them around."

The one negative to the win was 13 penalties for 151 yards.

Oregon State, which has won five straight against the Golden Bears has a bye this week before hosting Washington on Oct. 18.

Cal is now 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-10. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed just 9 of 34 passes for 52 yards and an interception.

"I'm embarrassed," Rodgers said afterward.

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