Scores

Final

Sacramento St 7

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Oregon State 40

(1-0, 1-0 home)

10:00 PM ET, August 28, 2003

Reser Stadium, CORVALLIS, OR

1 2 3 4 T
SAC 0 0 0 77
ORST 3 17 14 640

Oregon State 40, Sacramento State 7

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Coach Mike Riley wanted Oregon State to establish itself as a rushing threat, and Steven Jackson got the Beavers off to a good start.

Jackson had 23 carries for 129 yards and a pair of scores as Oregon State routed Sacramento State 40-7 in the opener for both teams Thursday night.

"I think he gained most of the yards in the first quarter," Riley said.

In fact, Jackson accounted for all of the rushing yards in the first half, and a chunk of the receiving yards, too.

The Division I-AA Hornets were simply overwhelmed by the Beavers, their first Pac-10 opponent. Oregon State racked up 527 yards in total offense.

Derek Anderson completed 17 of 35 passes for 273 yards and two scores for the Beavers, while Kirk Yliniemi kicked a pair of field goals. Jackson also had four catches for 58 yards, all in the first half.

"Not a bad start," Jackson said. "After we got thought the nerves and settled down, we started marching."

The Hornets' lone score came in the fourth quarter, when backup quarterback Blake Mori ran in from a yard out.

Twice the Hornets got the ball within field-goal range, but freshman Mitch Lively's attempts in the first and third quarters failed.

About the only similarity between the two teams was their head coaches, who have both returned to the college game after stints the pros.

Mike Riley came back to Oregon State in the offseason after a hiatus in the NFL, while Steve Mooshagian took over at Sacramento State after serving as receivers coach for the Cincinnati Bengals for the last four seasons.

After Lively's 41-yard field goal attempt on the Hornets' first series went wide right, the Beavers answered with a Yliniemi's 39-yarder. It was his 16th consecutive successful field goal dating back to last season, breaking Jim Neilsen's string of 15 in 1984-85.

Jackson ran a yard for his first score to put the Beavers up 10-0, before Anderson found Tim Euhus with an 11-yard scoring pass. Yliniemi added a 33-yard field goal for a 20-0 halftime lead.

Jackson opened the second half with a 6-yard touchdown run before Lively missed a 22-yard yard attempt.

Sophomore Mike Hass caught a 32-yard scoring pass by Anderson just before the close of the third quarter to make it 34-0. Hass, who had six catches for 129 yards, was starting in place of James Newson, who sat out with a hip pointer.

Dwight Wright ran a yard for Oregon State's final touchdown with 1:10 left in the game.

"I was very impressed with their team speed," Mooshagian said. "It was almost like I was back in the NFL. Especially their frount seven. Their three linebackers are as fast as some of our fastest guys."

Ryan Leadingham, a junior and already Sacramento State's passing leader, completed nine of 23 passes for 146 yards. Receiver Fred Amey had two catches for 59 yards.

The game took an ugly turn when Sacramento State's Chris Meyer was ejected late in the first half because of a nasty hit on punt returner Cole Clasen, who was calling a fair catch and looking up when he was knocked to the ground.

The hit concerned Riley, who took over the Beavers from Dennis Erickson, who left in the offseason to coach the San Francisco 49ers.

Erickson led the Beavers for four years, replacing Riley, who first left OSU after two seasons to take the head coaching vacancy with the San Diego Chargers. Last season he was defensive backs coach for the New Orleans Saints.

Oregon State has won 16-straight nonconference games at Reser Stadium. The Beavers' last home loss out of the Pac-10 came on Sept. 7, 1996, against Montana.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SAC
ORST
1st Downs1627
Total Yards254527
Passing193301
Rushing61226
Penalties9-719-112
3rd Down Conversions7-1813-19
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers01
Possession28:3931:21

Passing Leaders

Sacramento StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Mori5/8475.900-
Leadingh...9/231466.300-
Oregon StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Rothenfl...2/22814.000-
Anderson17/352737.820-

Rushing Leaders

Sacramento StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gross18311.7013
Hingano23115.5031
Oregon StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson231295.6216
Wright Jr.11766.9129

Receiving Leaders

Sacramento StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Amey25929.5036
Smith24221.0033
Oregon StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hass612921.5132
Jackson45814.5022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSACORST
FG4:45KIRK YLINIEMI 39 YD FG
Drive info: 11 plays, 55 yards.
03
SECOND QUARTERSACORST
TD12:18STEVEN JACKSON 1 YD RUN (KIRK YLINIEMI KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 45 yards.
010
TD7:07TIM EUHUS 11 YD PASS FROM DEREK ANDERSON (KIRK YLINIEMI KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 69 yards.
017
FG0:01KIRK YLINIEMI 33 YD FG
Drive info: 15 plays, 60 yards.
020
THIRD QUARTERSACORST
TD11:05STEVEN JACKSON 6 YD RUN (KIRK YLINIEMI KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yards.
027
TD3:15MIKE HASS 32 YD PASS FROM DEREK ANDERSON (KIRK YLINIEMI KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yards.
034
FOURTH QUARTERSACORST
TD6:21BLAKE MORI 2 YD RUN (MITCH LIVELY KICK)
Drive info: 12 plays, 78 yards.
734
TD1:10DWIGHT WRIGHT JR. 1 YD RUN (MISSED KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 64 yards.
740