4:00 PM ET, November 1, 2003
Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State found the perfect ingredient for ending its two-game losing streak: the Arizona Wildcats.
The Beavers (6-3, 3-2 Pac-10) beat the helpless Wildcats 52-23 Saturday in a game that was even more lopsided than the final score.
"Guys were open all day," Anderson said. "We were having a good time throwing the ball around."
Jackson, the Pac-10's leading rusher, ran for 107 yards on 28 carries, his 17th career 100-yard game. It was his first career four-touchdown game.
The Wildcats (1-8, 0-5) managed just 232 yards in their eighth straight loss.
"We just didn't come out here and get big at the beginning," said Mike Bell, who has the tailback duties all to himself after Clarence Farmer was dismissed from the team Tuesday by coach Mike Hankwitz.
Hankwitz took over as interim coach when John Mackovic was fired Sept. 28.
"I tell my boys that there's nothing left but for us to come to work," Hankwitz said.
Oregon State had seen its Rose Bowl aspirations wither after consecutive losses to Washington and Washington State. Steven Jackson, who was second in the nation in rushing entering the Washington game, was held to just 134 yards during that two-week skid.
"We really wanted to come out strong after the last two weeks," said Beaver Richard Seigler. "We really showed up tonight."
The Beavers led 7-0 after the first quarter, and then scored three touchdowns in the first 4:49 of the second quarter. Kenny Farley's punt block set up Jackson's second touchdown run to make it 21-0. The Beavers led 35-0 at halftime.
Oregon State outgained the Wildcats 331-86 in the first half.
Kirk Yliniemi kicked a career-long 54-yard field goal to make it 38-0.
Mike Bell scored on a 10-yard run in the third, the Wildcats' first touchdown against the Beavers since 1999. Bell ran for 106 yards.
Arizona got two more points on a safety to make it 52-9 late in the third. The Beavers lined up to punt, but the snap sailed over the head of punter Carl Tobey, who batted the ball out of the back of the end zone.
Freshman quarterback Kris Heavner had two touchdown passes in the final 3:33.
Heavner was 12-of-28 for 137 yards.
Anderson, who completed 21 of 32 passes with no interceptions, had touchdown strikes to Jackson, James Newson, Mike Hass and Tim Euhus. A total of 10 different receivers caught passes.Anderson was coming off one of the worst performances of his career last week, completing just 16 of 42 passes in a 36-30 loss to Washington State.