Scores

Final/OT

Sacramento St 29

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Oregon State 28

(0-1, 0-1 home)

4:00 PM ET, September 3, 2011

Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR

1 2 3 4 OT T
SAC 0 14 7 0 829
ORST 0 3 3 15 728

Top Performers

Passing: J. Fleming (SAC) - 257 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: M. Agnew (SIU) - 33 CAR, 223 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: B. Reed (SAC) - 6 REC, 85 YDS, 2 TD

Sacramento State shocks Oregon State in overtime

Associated Press

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Sacramento State's Jeff Fleming hit Brandyn Reed with a touchdown pass in overtime to pull even with Oregon State and found him again in the end zone when the Hornets went for the two-point conversion for a 29-28 upset win over the Beavers on Saturday.

With the game tied at 21, true freshman Malcolm Agnew put the Beavers ahead in overtime with a 17-yard touchdown run. Fleming countered with a 4-yard scoring pass to Reed and the conversion to win it.

Fleming completed 22 of 35 passes for 257 yards and three scores for the Big Sky's Hornets, who were 0-10 against upper division opponents since 2002. Chase Daedder caught six passes for 61 yards and two scores.

Agnew ran for 223 yards and three scores to become the heir apparent to Jacquizz Rodgers for the Beavers, who hadn't dropped a home opener since 2001.

His second score, a 4-yard run, came with 8:08 left in regulation to tie it at 21. On the Hornets' ensuing drive, Oregon State's Sean Martin recovered a fumble that gave the ball back to the Beavers.

But the Hornets returned the favor on Oregon State's possession when free safety Joe Larche returned a fumble 58 yards to the Oregon State 28. Sac State got to the 11-yard line but Jason Diniz's flubbed field goal was blocked and the ball went back to the Beavers with just over two minutes left.

True freshman Kevin Romaine's 27-yard field goal hit the right upright to send the game into OT. After Agnew's scoring run,

Because of injuries and attrition, the Beavers played seven true freshmen in the game, most ever since 1997, when they played seven true frosh for the entire season.

Romaine hit his first career field goal, a 29-yarder, in the first quarter to give the Beavers an early 3-0 lead. But the Hornets answered with a scoring drive that ended when Fleming hit Deadder with a 19-yeard scoring pass to make it 7-3.

Sacramento State extended the lead to 14-3 with 2:39 left in the first half when Fleming found Daedder in the end zone again with a 4-yard pass.

There were boos at Reser Stadium when the teams left the field for halftime.

Oregon quarterback Ryan Katz did not start the second half after completing 11 of 22 passes for 87 yards. He was intercepted once and sacked twice. He was replaced by redshirt freshman Sean Mannion.

Katz, who had surgery in the offseason after breaking a bone in his wrist in the season finale against rival Oregon, did not appear to be injured. He was standing on the sideline to start the second half with his helmet on.

Mannion completed 12 passes for 143 yards.

Romaine hit a 45-yard field goal to narrow it for the Beavers early in the third quarter. But the defense couldn't seem to figure out the Hornets, and Sacramento State scored again on wide receiver Morris Norrise's 39-yard pass to Reed.

Agnew's 1-yard run made it 21-13 with 12:44 left in the game.

The Beavers were hampered by injuries. Most notable among the absences was senior flanker James Rodgers, known for his proficiency in pulling off Oregon State's trademark fly sweep, who is rehabbing from two knee surgeries.

Tight end Joe Halahuni and cornerback Brandon Hardin both had shoulder injuries and weren't available. Also out was defensive tackle Kevin Frahm (knee).

Defensive tackle Dominic Glover is still awaiting word on his academic eligibility, but he looks doubtful for the opener.

The Beavers were also adjusting after the departure of prolific running back Jacquizz Rodgers, who left Oregon State a year early to go to the NFL. He now plays for the Atlanta Falcons.

In contrast to the Beavers, the Hornets entered the season mostly injury-free. Fleming had surgery on his throwing elbow after last season, but certainly appeared fully recovered.

The two teams had met once before, in the 2003 opener, which the Beavers won 40-7.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SAC
ORST
1st Downs2022
Total Yards367496
Passing296230
Rushing71266
Penalties4-227-75
3rd Down Conversions7-148-16
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers22
Possession29:5130:09

Passing Leaders

Sacramento StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Fleming22/352577.330
Oregon StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mannion8/1214311.900

Rushing Leaders

Sacramento StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fleming13393.0023
Hilliard14342.409
Oregon StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Agnew332236.8330
Katz4225.5017

Receiving Leaders

Sacramento StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Norrise68914.8022
Reed68514.2239
Oregon StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wheaton610818.0069
Jenkins45513.8025

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERSACORST
FG11:52Trevor Romaine 29 Yd 03
TD09:23Chase Deadder 19 Yd Pass From Jeff Fleming. (Jason Diniz Kick) 73
TD02:39Chase Deadder 4 Yd Pass From Jeff Fleming. (Jason Diniz Kick) 143
THIRD QUARTERSACORST
FG10:51Trevor Romaine 45 Yd 146
TD07:40Brandyn Reed 39 Yd Pass From Morris Norrise. (Jason Diniz Kick) 216
FOURTH QUARTERSACORST
TD12:44Malcolm Agnew 1 Yd Run. (Trevor Romaine Kick) 2113
TD08:08Malcolm Agnew 4 Yd Run. (Sean Mannion Pass To Markus Wheaton For Two-Point Conversion) 2121
OVERTIMESACORST
TDMalcolm Agnew 17 Yd Run. (Trevor Romaine Kick) 2128
TDBrandyn Reed 6 Yd Pass From Jeff Fleming. (Jeff Fleming Pass To Brandyn Reed For Two-Point Conversion) 2928

Research Notes

Duke and Oregon State both lost to FCS teams Saturday. FBS schools lost to FCS teams five times last year and five times in 2009.
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