10:00 PM ET, August 28, 2003
Reser Stadium, CORVALLIS, OR
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Coach Mike Riley wanted Oregon State to establish itself as a rushing threat, and Steven Jackson got the Beavers off to a good start.
Jackson had 23 carries for 129 yards and a pair of scores as Oregon State routed Sacramento State 40-7 in the opener for both teams Thursday night.
"I think he gained most of the yards in the first quarter," Riley said.
In fact, Jackson accounted for all of the rushing yards in the first half, and a chunk of the receiving yards, too.
The Division I-AA Hornets were simply overwhelmed by the Beavers, their first Pac-10 opponent. Oregon State racked up 527 yards in total offense.
Derek Anderson completed 17 of 35 passes for 273 yards and two scores for the Beavers, while Kirk Yliniemi kicked a pair of field goals. Jackson also had four catches for 58 yards, all in the first half.
"Not a bad start," Jackson said. "After we got thought the nerves and settled down, we started marching."
The Hornets' lone score came in the fourth quarter, when backup quarterback Blake Mori ran in from a yard out.
Twice the Hornets got the ball within field-goal range, but freshman Mitch Lively's attempts in the first and third quarters failed.
About the only similarity between the two teams was their head coaches, who have both returned to the college game after stints the pros.
Mike Riley came back to Oregon State in the offseason after a hiatus in the NFL, while Steve Mooshagian took over at Sacramento State after serving as receivers coach for the Cincinnati Bengals for the last four seasons.
After Lively's 41-yard field goal attempt on the Hornets' first series went wide right, the Beavers answered with a Yliniemi's 39-yarder. It was his 16th consecutive successful field goal dating back to last season, breaking Jim Neilsen's string of 15 in 1984-85.
Jackson ran a yard for his first score to put the Beavers up 10-0, before Anderson found Tim Euhus with an 11-yard scoring pass. Yliniemi added a 33-yard field goal for a 20-0 halftime lead.
Jackson opened the second half with a 6-yard touchdown run before Lively missed a 22-yard yard attempt.
Sophomore Mike Hass caught a 32-yard scoring pass by Anderson just before the close of the third quarter to make it 34-0. Hass, who had six catches for 129 yards, was starting in place of James Newson, who sat out with a hip pointer.
Dwight Wright ran a yard for Oregon State's final touchdown with 1:10 left in the game.
"I was very impressed with their team speed," Mooshagian said. "It was almost like I was back in the NFL. Especially their frount seven. Their three linebackers are as fast as some of our fastest guys."
Ryan Leadingham, a junior and already Sacramento State's passing leader, completed nine of 23 passes for 146 yards. Receiver Fred Amey had two catches for 59 yards.
The game took an ugly turn when Sacramento State's Chris Meyer was ejected late in the first half because of a nasty hit on punt returner Cole Clasen, who was calling a fair catch and looking up when he was knocked to the ground.
The hit concerned Riley, who took over the Beavers from Dennis Erickson, who left in the offseason to coach the San Francisco 49ers.
Erickson led the Beavers for four years, replacing Riley, who first left OSU after two seasons to take the head coaching vacancy with the San Diego Chargers. Last season he was defensive backs coach for the New Orleans Saints.
Oregon State has won 16-straight nonconference games at Reser Stadium. The Beavers' last home loss out of the Pac-10 came on Sept. 7, 1996, against Montana.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||7-18||13-19|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||0-0|
|FG||4:45||KIRK YLINIEMI 39 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 55 yards.
|TD||12:18||STEVEN JACKSON 1 YD RUN (KIRK YLINIEMI KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 45 yards.
|TD||7:07||TIM EUHUS 11 YD PASS FROM DEREK ANDERSON (KIRK YLINIEMI KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 69 yards.
|FG||0:01||KIRK YLINIEMI 33 YD FG|
Drive info: 15 plays, 60 yards.
|TD||11:05||STEVEN JACKSON 6 YD RUN (KIRK YLINIEMI KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||3:15||MIKE HASS 32 YD PASS FROM DEREK ANDERSON (KIRK YLINIEMI KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||6:21||BLAKE MORI 2 YD RUN (MITCH LIVELY KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 78 yards.
|TD||1:10||DWIGHT WRIGHT JR. 1 YD RUN (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 64 yards.