6:00 PM ET, September 3, 2005
Reser Stadium, CORVALLIS, OR
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Once he got into the flow against Portland State, Oregon State quarterback Matt Moore realized why he returned to football.
After a two-year hiatus, Moore debuted for the Beavers with 367 yards passing and four touchdown passes to lead Oregon State to a 41-14 victory over Portland State on Saturday.
"I started off slow, but once we got going, I found out that football is fun again," Moore said.
Mike Hass had nine catches for 155 yards, while Alexis Serna kicked field goals of 19 and 24 yards for Oregon State, which had 479 yards of total offense against the Division I-AA Vikings.
The game seemed merely a footnote amid the hoopla surrounding the unveiling of the Beavers' newly refurbished Reser Stadium.
The $80 million project dubbed "Raising Reser" brought capacity to 43,300 and significantly altered Corvallis' sleepy skyline, adding an expansive second tier of seats and luxury boxes rising above the home sideline.
Moore is taking over this season for Oregon State record-holder Derek Anderson, who was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens.
A transfer from UCLA who hadn't played in two seasons, Moore completed 26 of 38 passes and intercepted once.
"Matt Moore had a good start as a Beaver. That was encouraging to see," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. "I really liked his attitude, he really competed."
Moore was helped by close communication throughout the game with Hass, a former walk-on who was ranked third nationally last season with an average of 114.9 receiving yards a game.
"Mike and I were on the same page always. He was helping me out in the huddle and on the sidelines. He was in my ear telling me how it was going to be and most of the time he was right," Moore said. "Smart man."
Yvenson Bernard rushed for 56 yards and a score, and added nine catches for 109 yards and another touchdown.
Sawyer Smith's 8-yard scoring pass to Brendan Ferrigno got Portland State within 10-7 early in the second quarter before Oregon State pulled away. Shaun Bodiford added a 7-yard scoring run for the Vikings late in the third quarter.
Smith completed 15 of 33 passes for 174 yards. He was intercepted twice. Joe Rubin had 28 carries for 113 yards. Portland State had a respectable 300 yards total offense.
"I'm not happy with the 41-14 score," Portland State coach Tim Walsh said. "I'm happy that the guys competed as hard as they could."
Oregon State finished 7-5 last season and finished fourth in the Pac-10. They wrapped up the year with a 38-21 victory over Notre Dame in the Insight Bowl.
Portland State, which plays in the Big Sky Conference, finished 7-4 last season, capped by four straight victories.
"I have to give a lot of credit to Portland State. I knew it was going to be like this," Riley said. "I knew it was going to be harder that people anticipated."
The Beavers held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Reser Stadium before the game, with Riley, former coach Dennis Erickson, all-time leading Oregon State rusher Ken Simonton and former quarterback Jonathan Smith all on hand.
Prior to the expansion, Reser seated 35,362 and was the smallest stadium in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Beavers had a 28-game sellout streak going into Saturday's game with the greater capacity, and fell about 100 tickets short of a sellout.
However, the crowd of 42,263 was a new school record.
"It was awesome," Bernard said. "Usually one side was usually the weak side, but now they are both real intimidating from down on the field."
On a somber note, fans at the game Saturday were asked to contribute the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. More than 60 volunteers, including university staff and student-athletes, collected donations at the stadium.
Oregon State redshirt freshmen Keenan Lewis and Dennis Christopher are both from New Orleans.
Lewis, a cornerback, said his parents were able to escape to Texas. Christopher, a reserve linebacker, was able to contact his mother -- a deputy sheriff in New Orleans involved in rescue efforts -- by cell phone text message.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||4-15||6-14|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||0-0|
|FG||6:53||ALEXIS SERNA 19 YD FG|
Drive info: 10 plays, 59 yards.
|TD||6:26||ANTHONY WHEAT-BROWN 25 YD PASS FROM MATT MOORE (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 25 yards.
|TD||14:56||BRENDAN FERRIGNO 8 YD PASS FROM SAWYER SMITH (ERIC AZORR KICK)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 76 yards.
|TD||6:07||YVENSON BERNARD 3 YD RUN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 65 yards.
|FG||1:10||ALEXIS SERNA 24 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 64 yards.
|TD||9:48||MIKE HASS 21 YD PASS FROM MATT MOORE (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 95 yards.
|TD||8:05||JOSH HAWKINS 22 YD PASS FROM MATT MOORE (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 22 yards.
|TD||2:25||SHAUN BODIFORD 7 YD RUN (ERIC AZORR KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 64 yards.
|TD||12:54||YVENSON BERNARD 15 YD PASS FROM MATT MOORE (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 70 yards.