Oct 27, 2001
By LANDON HALL
AP Sports Writer
CORVALLIS, Ore. - James Newson had eight catches for 166 yards and a touchdown as Oregon State prolonged California's misery with a 19-10 victory Saturday.
Jonathan Smith threw for 234 yards and Ken Simonton added 110 yards rushing for the Beavers (3-4, 2-3 Pac-10).
With Kyle Boller sidelined for a second straight game with an injured back, freshman Reggie Robertson got the start ahead of senior Eric Holtfreter. Robertson scored on an 8-yard scramble to pull the Bears to 10-7 in the second quarter, but he completed just 12 of 32 passes for 120 yards and an interception.
Cal also turned the ball over three more times, bringing its season total to 23. The Bears forced two turnovers, but still have the nation's worst ratio at minus-18.
Oregon State gained 174 of its 364 total yards in the first quarter, and the Beavers' defense - particularly the linebackers - did the job in the second half.
Nick Barnett had 18 tackles, and Richard Seigler pressured Robertson into an intentional grounding from his own end zone for a 2-point safety and the game's final score with 9:54 left.
Simonton gained 100 yards for the 24th time in his career, but his performance was marred by a fumble that came at the end of his 55-yard run in the third quarter.
Cal entered the game with the conference's worst defense, and the group seldom had anything go its way. So inept were the Bears that they managed to turned a fine defensive play into an Oregon State touchdown.
With his team clinging to a 10-7 lead late in the second quarter, Smith threw into a crowd, and free safety Nnamdi Asomugha intercepted. But as he grappled with the intended receiver, Josh Hawkins, the Beavers' Shawn Kintner came around Asomugha's right side and stripped the ball from his arms.
Kintner ran 10 yards for the touchdown and a 17-7 halftime lead.
Aided by Cal's 42 penalty yards, Oregon State took a 7-0 lead on its second possession when Smith threw 14 yards to Newson. But the Beavers should have had a much bigger lead.
They reached the Cal 26 and 31 in the first quarter but came away with nothing, following a 58-yard pass from Smith to Newson, they had first-and-goal at the 9 but settled for Ryan Cesca's 23-yard field goal.
A 28-yard run by Igber was the key play on Cal's 80-yard touchdown drive, but he separated his right shoulder and didn't return.