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,"
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
"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
About the only similarity between the two teams was their head
coaches, who have both returned to the college game after stints
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
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
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
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.