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