4:00 PM ET, October 23, 2004
Reser Stadium, CORVALLIS, OR
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Even if it's just a modest two-game winning streak, Oregon State's Derek Anderson is basking in it.
"Everything is still there for us," he said after the Beavers (3-4, 2-2 Pacific-10) beat Washington State 38-19 Saturday. "It's nice to get another win and get back on track.
"When you win it makes the rest of the week more enjoyable."
The experience of three weeks ago, when Anderson was booed by the home crowd in a 49-7 loss to Cal, is just a fading memory now for the senior quarterback, who threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns against the Cougars.
Dwight Wright caught a touchdown then ran for another for Oregon State, which was coming off a 29-14 victory over Washington in Seattle last weekend.
Jerome Harrison ran 19 yards for a score in the third quarter and Loren Langley added a field goal for the Cougars (3-4, 1-3), who also had a safety and got a late scoring pass from redshirt freshman Alex Brink.
Wright, who took over as Oregon State's starting tailback this season after Steven Jackson left school early for the NFL draft, caught a 3-yard scoring pass from Anderson and also ran for an 8-yard touchdown in the first half.
Wright was more cautious than Anderson when it came to reveling in the victory.
"You can't have time to really be joyous about the win because we have so far to go," he said.
Marcel Love's 44-yard touchdown reception made it 24-3 at halftime.
Alexis Serna, who set a school record with five field goals last week in Seattle, added a 36-yarder midway through the first quarter.
After the Cougars' safety early in the third, Ryan Cole had a 79-yard run for the Beavers to make it 31-5. Cole finished with 12 carries for 104 yards.
Harrison started in place of Chris Bruhn, who injured his shoulder in the Cougars' 23-17 loss to Stanford last week.
Meanwhile, Washington State's starting quarterback Josh Swogger learned earlier this week that he was out for the rest of the season with a broken bone in his right foot.
The Cougars turned to Brink, the former Oregon player of the year who led Sheldon High School to the state championship.
Brink, who had already seen playing time against Colorado and Idaho, completed 15 of 41 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted twice.
He finally connected with Greg Prator on a 32-yard pass play with 4:01 left in the game.
"Coming home, it was fun," said Brink. "But we didn't get a win."
Cougars receiver Jason Hill, who had nine touchdown receptions going into the game, was largely ineffective, with one catch for 39 yards.
"I though Alex Brink did a nice job, but he needed some help," Cougars coach Bill Doba said.
The last time Oregon State beat both Washington and Washington State was in 1974. That Dee Andros-coached team also beat rival Oregon that year.
Anderson completed 18 of 39 passes with one interception. He has thrown an Oregon State record 64 career touchdowns, and is closing in on Jonathan Smith's school record for passing yards.
Anderson has thrown for 9,627 yards, surpassing Erik Wilhelm (1985-88), who threw for 9,393 yards. Smith (1998-01) threw for 9,680 yards.
Mike Hass, who was leading the Pac-10 with an average of 116.5 yards per game, caught five passes for 99 yards.
Next up for the Beavers is a trip to Tucson to play Arizona. The Cougars host top-ranked Southern California.
"I don't want to make it sound like we've arrived, but we're better now," Beavers coach Mike Riley said. "Our kids have really persevered and our coaches have done a good job at keeping them going."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||1-14||8-20|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-3|
|TD||10:40||DWIGHT WRIGHT JR. 3 YD PASS FROM DEREK ANDERSON (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 82 yards.
|FG||6:37||ALEXIS SERNA 36 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 37 yards.
|FG||3:28||LOREN LANGLEY 36 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 49 yards.
|TD||8:22||DWIGHT WRIGHT JR. 8 YD RUN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 39 yards.
|TD||4:23||MARCEL LOVE 44 YD PASS FROM DEREK ANDERSON (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 57 yards.
|TD||5:32||RYAN COLE 79 YD RUN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||4:33||JEROME HARRISON 19 YD RUN (LOREN LANGLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 76 yards.
|TD||4:55||PAT LONEY 4 YD PASS FROM DEREK ANDERSON (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 65 yards.
|TD||4:01||GREG PRATOR 32 YD PASS FROM ALEX BRINK (LOREN LANGLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 43 yards.