4:00 PM ET, September 18, 2004
Reser Stadium, CORVALLIS, OR
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- New Mexico didn't step up to beat Oregon State, but as it turned out, the Beavers nearly beat themselves.
Kicking problems and miscues plagued the Beavers in the 17-7 win Saturday on the soaking Reser Stadium turf.
"We didn't do some great things today, but we got the win," said Beaver quarterback Derek Anderson, who passed for 274 yards.
Dwight Wright ran 30 times for 108 yards for Oregon State (1-2), which outgained the Lobos 398-114 and controlled the ball for more than 38 minutes.
But the Beavers lost two of their five fumbles and John Dailey missed field goals of 43 and 34 yards. Dailey replaced Alexis Serna as the Beavers No. 1 kicker after Serna missed three extra points in a 22-21 opening loss at LSU.
Serna replaced Dailey in the fourth quarter and kicked a 35-yard field goal.
New Mexico (1-2) never got going offensively.
Lobos quarterback Kole McKamey was 4-of-12 for 10 yards in the first half, but suffered a concussion and didn't suit up after halftime. Backup Tali Eni didn't fare much better, going 3-for-18.
"I think it's hard to throw in the game if you are not used to it," said New Mexico coach Rocky Long. "It's hard to come back if you can't move the ball."
Joe Newton had nine catches for 97 yards for Oregon State. Anderson completed 24 of 50 passes and didn't throw an interception, after having four picks in the Beavers' 53-34 loss at Boise State last week.
Oregon State shut down Lobos tailback DonTrell Moore for a second straight meeting, holding last season's Mountain West Conference leading-rusher to 22 yards. Moore ran for just 12 yards against the Beavers in a 55-14 loss last year in the Las Vegas Bowl.
The Beavers were penalized nine times for 83 yards, and untimely calls helped stall two second-half drives.
Anderson hooked up with Newton three times on a second-quarter drive that led to the Beavers' first touchdown at 12:44 in the second quarter. Anthony Wheat-Brown capped a 10-play, 67-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown run just before halftime.
The Lobos, who nearly upset Washington State in their opener and then beat Texas Tech for the first time in 20 years last week, are 0-9 against Pac-10 schools dating back to 1987.
New Mexico's lone touchdown was scored by its defense.
Oregon State's Aric Williams intercepted an attempted halfback pass from Moore in the third quarter and ran it back to the New Mexico 14. But on third down Anderson had the ball knocked out of his hands by Josh Bazinet, who scooped it up and ran it back 70 yards.
|3rd Down Conversions||2-15||6-19|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||2-3|
|TD||12:44||JOE NEWTON 7 YD PASS FROM DEREK ANDERSON (JOHN DAILEY KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 69 yards.
|TD||1:09||ANTHONY WHEAT-BROWN 11 YD PASS FROM DEREK ANDERSON (JOHN DAILEY KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 63 yards.
|TD||6:31||JOSH BAZINET 70 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (WES ZUNKER KICK)||7||14|
|FG||3:04||ALEXIS SERNA 35 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 17 yards.