Nov 15, 2003
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Derek Anderson passed for 383 yards and four touchdowns and Mike Hass had eight catches for 225 yards and two scores, giving Oregon State a 43-3 victory over Stanford on Saturday.
Steven Jackson, who leads the Pacific-10 in rushing, ran for 148 yards on 21 carries and another touchdown in nearly constant drizzle as the Beavers (7-3, 4-2) all but assured themselves a bowl bid.
The Beavers play Oregon in Eugene next week in the Civil War before visiting No. 2 Southern California on Dec. 6.
The Cardinal (4-5, 2-5) had won two straight and had hopes of bowl eligibility - a wish the Beavers considerably dimmed. Stanford next has California in the annual Big Game before hosting Notre Dame and former coach Tyrone Willingham.
Anderson completed 26 of 48 passes with one interception. Hass had eight catches for 225 yards, while Tim Euhus - a senior tight end playing in his final game at Reser Stadium - had six catches for 61 yards and two touchdowns.
The last time the Beavers came off a bye they got upset 38-17 by Washington, so coming off the break before Stanford they struck quickly, jumping out to a 14-3 first-quarter lead on Anderson's 9-yard TD pass to Euhus and a 52-yard scoring pass to Hass.
Stanford's lone score came on a 36-yard field goal by Michael Sgroi in windy and wet conditions in the opening quarter.
Oregon State widened the gap when Brandon Browner intercepted Lewis' pass, and Anderson found Hass with a 53-yard touchdown pass a play later.
Jackson added a reaching 3-yard touchdown run to make it 28-3 before Kirk Yliniemi kicked a 28-yard field goal as time wound down to make it 31-2 at halftime.
Yliniemi added a 27-yarder early in the fourth quarter, and Euhus ran in a 20-yard scoring pass from Anderson before a safety in the final minutes for the final margin.
Jackson would not say if Saturday's game would be his last at Reser. Questions about whether he'd leave Oregon State for the NFL have dogged the junior all season.
The fans who braved the wind and drizzle started chanting "One more year!" at Jackson as time ran out.
Jackson went into the game atop the Pac-10 with 124.2 rushing yards per game and is the league's defending rushing leader.
Stanford was considered out of it after a 35-0 blanking by Oregon, but rebounded with wins against UCLA and Arizona State in successive weeks.
But they were thoroughly outplayed by the Beavers.
Stanford had a loss of seven total yards offense in the second quarter, and managed 76 yards of total offense in the half. Oregon State held the Cardinal to a loss of 12 yards on ground for the game.
Last season, Oregon State went to Palo Alto and fell behind 21-6 before rallying to win 31-21.