8:30 PM ET, December 24, 2003
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Steven Jackson sure looked ready for the NFL.
Jackson tied a bowl game record with five touchdowns, and Oregon State's defense overwhelmed mistake-plagued New Mexico in a 55-14 win at the Las Vegas Bowl on Wednesday night.
After the game, Jackson announced he'll skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. He's expected to be a first-round pick.
"No matter what I do, I know I'm going to be successful," he said.
"As a running back, everybody is gunning for you and you've only got so many carries left in your body."
Jackson, the leading rusher in the Pac-10 this year, ran for 149 yards on 28 carries.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound back caught a 34-yard pass from Derek Anderson five minutes into the game and added touchdown runs of 3, 11, 6, and 1 yards.
Former NFL star Barry Sanders scored five touchdowns for Oklahoma State against Wyoming in the 1988 Holiday Bowl, and Sheldon Canley of San Jose State had five against Central Michigan in the 1990 California Bowl.
The five TDs are also an OSU record.
"That was what we were going for in the huddle," Jackson said. "I told the guys on the offensive line: `If you score, I score."'
Two of Jackson's scores came in the second quarter. That got the Beavers (8-5) rolling and extended the Lobos' bowl drought.
New Mexico (8-5) has not won a bowl game since 1961 and lost its third postseason game since 1997. It was the second straight defeat for New Mexico in this game, having lost to UCLA 27-13 last year.
Unable to run or pass against OSU's defense, the Lobos had only one first down in the first half and 21 total yards through the first three quarters. The bleak stats also included 6 yards rushing, seven first downs and 127 total yards.
"When you get beat that badly and you play that poorly and the other team dominates you in every phase of the game, it really hurts," New Mexico coach Rocky Long said.
New Mexico got its second first down on a 46-yard pass from wide receiver Baskett to Counter with just more than 10 minutes left.
New Mexico helped the rout by getting penalized for 103 yards.
Lobos sophomore tailback DonTrell Moore, who led the Mountain West Conference with 1,438 yards this season, finished with 5 yards on 11 carries. His second-quarter fumble at the New Mexico 15 led to Jackson's third TD and second in a span of 1:39.
New Mexico had the fourth-best rushing defense in the country this season, but after gaining just 11 yards in the first quarter, Jackson found plenty of holes and scoring chances.
Anderson was equally impressive. He completed 21 of 32 passes for 322 yards, raising his season total to 4,058. The only other player in Pac-10 history to pass for more than 4,000 yards in a season was Washington's Cody Pickett, who had 4,458 yards last year.
"Our team did a good job of putting all the ingredients together," Beavers coach Mike Riley said. "We came out of the blocks and really finished well."
Oregon State scored on its first two possessions, with Jackson catching a 34-yard screen pass from Anderson on third-and-19 and Kirk Yliniemi booting a 21-yard field goal.
New Mexico kept the Beavers' touchdown drive going with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for celebrating too long and too loudly after stopping Jackson for a 2-yard loss on third down at the OSU 40.
"That was a big momentum shift," Long said. "We had them stopped and we get a personal foul and they go down and score. The first drive ... was an indication of how the rest of the day was going to go."
New Mexico then sacked Anderson for a 10-yard loss, but the Lobos were offsides on the play.
"Once things started not going our way, we got down and that detracted from our focus," Kelly said.
Both teams entertained the sparse Christmas Eve crowd of 18,031 with first-half trick plays that produced a touchdown for the Beavers and set up New Mexico's first score.
The Beavers scored on the final play of the first quarter on a 42-yard flea flicker. Anderson handed off to Jackson, who tossed it back to the quarterback for a pass to Mike Hass, who had beaten cornerback Brandon Payne.
New Mexico used a pass from wide receiver Michael Brunker to backup quarterback McKamey to set up the Kelly-to-Baskett score.
|3rd Down Conversions||7-14||2-14|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||0-0|
|TD||9:59||STEVEN JACKSON 34 YD PASS FROM DEREK ANDERSON (KIRK YLINIEMI KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 83 yards.
|FG||6:38||KIRK YLINIEMI 21 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 48 yards.
|TD||4:59||HANK BASKETT 27 YD PASS FROM CASEY KELLY (WES ZUNKER KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 34 yards.
|TD||0:00||MIKE HASS 42 YD PASS FROM DEREK ANDERSON (KIRK YLINIEMI KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 88 yards.
|TD||8:40||STEVEN JACKSON 3 YD RUN (KIRK YLINIEMI KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 60 yards.
|TD||7:01||STEVEN JACKSON 11 YD RUN (KIRK YLINIEMI KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 15 yards.
|TD||12:57||STEVEN JACKSON 6 YD RUN (KIRK YLINIEMI KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 59 yards.
|FG||2:41||KIRK YLINIEMI 31 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 63 yards.
|TD||12:06||STEVEN JACKSON 1 YD RUN (KIRK YLINIEMI KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 39 yards.
|TD||9:22||DWIGHT COUNTER 17 YD PASS FROM KOLE MCKAMEY (WES ZUNKER KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 63 yards.
|TD||4:40||JOSH HAWKINS 19 YD PASS FROM ADAM ROTHENFLUH (KIRK YLINIEMI KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 72 yards.