Arizona State 17

(2-2, 0-1 Pac-12)

Oregon State 45

(4-1, 1-0 Pac-12)

10:00 PM ET, September 27, 2003

Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR

1 2 3 4 T
ASU 0 7 3 717
ORST 7 17 0 2145

Newson leads way for Beavers

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Both Oregon State and Arizona State had up-down performances through their non-conference schedules. The Beavers kicked into gear Saturday night, while the Sun Devils sputtered.

Jamar Williams

Arizona State's Jamar Williams tackles Oregon State's Steven Jackson during Saturday's game.

Brandon Browner intercepted three passes and James Newson had six catches for 124 yards and a touchdown as Oregon State beat Arizona State (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today) 45-17 Saturday night in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.

"We kept going and I appreciate the perseverance," said Beaver coach Mike Riley. "We just kept attacking on both sides of the ball."

Derek Anderson passed for two touchdowns and ran for another for Oregon State (3-1). He was 15-of-26 for 246 yards in the Beavers' first victory over the Sun Devils since 1993.

The Sun Devils,(2-2) had four interceptions and lost two fumbles in losing for the second straight week. Arizona State's offense failed to score last week in a 21-2 loss to Iowa.

The Beavers harassed Sun Devil quarterback Andrew Walter all night, applying a pass rush that left the junior quarterback hurried and inaccurate. Walter was 17-of-42 for 231 yards and three interceptions.

Newson, who had his fourth consecutive 100 yard game after sitting out the season opener with a hip injury, tied Robb Thomas for second place on Oregon State's touchdown reception list when he caught his 18th in the 2nd quarter.

Oregon State's Steven Jackson, the Pac-10's leading rusher at 146.2 yards per game, had 26 carries for 105 yards, his 10th consecutive regular-season 100-yard game.

"Steven Jackson is one of the premier backs in the Pac-10, if not the country," said Sun Devil coach Dirk Koetter. "We thought we had a good game plan on him, but he still found a way to knock the ball in time and again."

Browner, a 6-foot-4 freshman cornerback, picked off two of Andrew Walter's passes and also intercepted one of Sam Keller's attempts.

Browner's second interception came off Walter early in the fourth quarter, setting up Jackson for a 15-yard touchdown run that made it 31-10. Minutes later, the Beavers' Cole Clasen returned a punt 37 yards to the goal line, where he fumbled. Teammate Keller Christensen recovered the ball in the end zone to make it 38-10.

"That was very nice to see," Riley said. "We hadn't had any big returns, and to get that open at that time, it was a really big deal."

Anderson threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Farley, and also teamed with Newson on a 28-yard scoring play.

Hakim Hill led Arizona State with 115 yards rushing and 96 receiving.