10:00 PM ET, September 23, 2006
Reser Stadium, CORVALLIS, OR
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Dennis Erickson returned to Reser Stadium only to get blanked by his former team.
Yvenson Bernard ran for 117 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Erickson's old team, Oregon State beat his new one, Idaho, 38-0 Saturday night.
Some in the crowd at Reser Stadium gave Erickson a standing ovation as he ran onto the field with the Vandals (1-3). There were also a smattering of boos.
"It was great to get an ovation and then kick my rear end," he joked.
Oregon State (2-1) struck early with Bernard's 19-yard touchdown run on the Beavers' first possession.
Bernard scored again midway through the third quarter on a 7-yard run.
The Beavers made it 31-0 when Derrick Doggett intercepted Brian Nooy and returned it 12 yards for the score. Backup quarterback Sean Canfield added 1-yard keeper for the final margin.
"I didn't see one good thing," Erickson said. "We need to get back to the drawing board and figure out what we need to do."
Either Mike Riley or Erickson have coached Oregon State for the past nine seasons.
First Riley, who grew up in Corvallis, came to the Beavers as head coach in 1997. He stayed for two seasons, compiling an 8-14 record, before becoming the head coach of the San Diego Chargers.
Erickson, who won two national titles at Miami and coached the Seattle Seahawks before taking over the Beavers, was at Oregon State for four years. In 2000, the Beavers went 11-1 with a victory over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl under Erickson.
It was a surprise when Erickson abruptly left for the 49ers, where he lasted two seasons, and Riley was rehired as the coach of the Beavers.
Erickson first coached the Vandals from 1982-85, his first job as a college head coach. After stops at Wyoming (1986) and Washington State (1987-88), he found his greatest success from 1989-94 at Miami.
After the game, Erickson congratulated Riley, and gave Oregon State strong safety Sabby Piscitelli, a senior, a pat on the back.
"They've got some things going on that team," Riley said about the Vandals. "When they get going in their league they're going to do fine."
Moore completed 16 of 31 passes for 169 yards and a touchdowns for the Beavers. Sammie Stroughter had five catches for 68 yards.
Steve Wichman completed just four of 17 passes for 40 yards and three interceptions. Nooy, who is from Pendleton, was 4-of-4 for 37 yards.
Linebacker Alan Darlin said it was the Beavers' defense that made the difference.
"I'm more than proud of everyone on the defense -- and not just the first string," he said.
The Beavers were coming off a bye after a 42-14 loss to Boise State back on Sept. 7. The team opened the season with a 56-17 victory over Eastern Washington.
"There was a bad taste in our mouths for 16 days -- it is good to have something else to latch on to," Darlin said.
"We knew they were a good team," Idaho linebacker David Vobora said. "The way they played at Boise isn't the way they are. When they put a lot of points up quick it's hard to come back."
The Vandals opened with a pair of losses, to Michigan State and Washington State, before defeating in-state rival Idaho State 27-24 last weekend.
"We're just not good enough to compete in a lot of areas," Erickson said.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||0-10||6-14|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-0|
|TD||11:34||YVENSON BERNARD 19 YD RUN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 64 yards.
|TD||8:33||ANTHONY WHEAT-BROWN 10 YD PASS FROM MATT MOORE (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 60 yards.
|FG||8:19||ALEXIS SERNA 34 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 12 yards.
|TD||7:00||YVENSON BERNARD 7 YD RUN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 71 yards.
|TD||0:54||DERRICK DOGGETT 12 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)||0||31|
|TD||10:09||SEAN CANFIELD 1 YD RUN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 72 yards.