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Oregon State loses sloppy game

9/6/2003

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Bryce McGill watched from the back bench
on the far end of Fresno State's sideline. Pat Hill was nearly on
the field.

When Brett Visintainer's 47-yard field goal split the uprights,
both the nervous linebacker and the confident coach celebrated with
a mixture of shock and glee as the Bulldogs upset Oregon State
again, 16-14 on Friday night.

Visintainer's kick capped a desperate 58-yard drive from the
Fresno State 12 to the Beavers 30 in the final 3 minutes. The march
was led by quarterback Jeff Grady, who shrugged off a rough
performance with a series of gritty passes.

When McGill and his teammates stopped Oregon State's last-ditch
drive in the final seconds, the Bulldogs (1-1) improved to 6-0
against the Beavers in Fresno -- and not even McGill, the talented
team leader, could deny a bit of surprise.

"I still would have felt good about us if we had missed it, but
this is the best feeling you can have," said McGill, who made
seven tackles. "I was watching the referee because I couldn't
look anywhere else. When he raised his hands up, I started waving a
towel."

Visintainer, who missed a 46-yarder in the second quarter, was
mobbed by teammates after the third field goal of his college
career.

"We need to start developing a personality, and we certainly
did that tonight," Hill said.

Grady, filling in for injured starter Paul Pinegar, was 22-of-49
with three interceptions and 276 yards.

Steven Jackson rushed for 128 yards and caught five passes for
116 more for the Beavers (1-1), who couldn't survive Derek
Anderson's five interceptions and their 14 penalties for 128 yards.
Anderson threw for 285 yards but only completed 15 of his 44 passes, surely shaking his teammates' confidence in him.

"We lost as a team on offense, defense and special teams,"
said Oregon State coach Mike Riley, who got the first loss of his
second stint in charge of the program. "This is a wakeup call for
everyone. We need to get better."

Marque Davis caught seven passes for 129 yards for Fresno State,
which got a surprising win over the talented Beavers for the second
straight time in Bulldog Stadium. The previous win was arguably the
biggest in school history: a shocking 44-24 victory over then-No.
10 Oregon State in 2001.

Oregon State went ahead 14-13 on Mike Hass' 39-yard TD catch
with 3 seconds left in the third quarter, but the Beavers failed to
score on two opportunities from the Fresno State 1 a few minutes
later. Kirk Yliniemi's 20-yard field goal was blocked -- and after a
penalty gave the ball back to Oregon State, Jackson was stuffed on
a fourth-down rush.

"In retrospect, it was a bad decision," Riley admitted of the
Beavers' touchdown try.

Bernard Berrian caught a 30-yard TD pass in the home opener for
the Bulldogs, who managed just 21 total yards between their first
and final drives of the second half.

Both quarterbacks were terribly sloppy, combining for seven
interceptions in the first half -- including three in the final 3:47
by Anderson. Fresno State's Dee Meza and Oregon State's Mitch
Meeuwsen got two apiece.

Jackson rushed for 50 yards during a first-quarter scoring drive
capped by his 4-yard TD run, but the Bulldogs finally got rolling
with a five-play, 96-yard drive midway through the second quarter.
Berrian, weakened by a virus and held out of the first quarter,
slipped behind Oregon State's safeties for a 30-yard score.

Anderson wasn't the only one making big mistakes. Oregon State
committed eight penalties for 83 yards in the first half, including
two 15-yard penalties on left tackle Brandon Lockheart for a late
hit after Rodney Marshall got the Bulldogs' fourth interception 20
seconds before halftime.

The penalties helped set up Visintainer's first field goal,
giving Fresno State a 10-7 halftime lead.