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Beavers cruise to victory

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published September 6, 2002

PHILADELPHIA -- Derek Anderson threw for 286 yards and four touchdowns, including two to James Newson, to lead Oregon State over Temple 35-3 on Thursday.

Steven Jackson ran for 117 yards on 25 carries. Newson had nine catches for 77 yards, and Mitch Meeuwsen had two interceptions for the Beavers, who improved to 2-0.

Oregon State, a disappointing 5-6 last season after finishing No.4 in 2000 and starting the year at No.10, has won its first two games by a combined 71 points.

Temple had just 222 total yards one week after beating Division I-AA Richmond 34-7.

Anderson, a 19-year-old sophomore, was 5-for-6 on Oregon State's first touchdown drive, 7-for-9 on its third, and finished 33-for-51.

"Their corners were sat back 10 yards, and we knew we can get the short passes," said Anderson, who had 345 yards passing and three touchdowns in a 49-10 victory over Division I-AA Eastern Kentucky last week. "Our receivers made good plays."

The Beavers took a 7-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter, when Anderson hit Newson over the middle on a 15-yard touchdown. Oregon State converted two third downs during the drive, including third and 4 when Anderson hit Jayson Boyd for 13 yards.

A 3-yard touchdown from Anderson to Newson with eight seconds left in the first half made it 14-0. The Beavers needed just 56 seconds to drive 66 yards in 10 plays. A 14-yard pass from Anderson to Newson on third and 10 from Temple's 37 kept the drive going, and the two connected for a score four plays later.

The Owls cut it to 14-3 on a 39-yard field goal by Cap Poklemba midway through the third.

A late hit on quarterback Mike McGann by Eric Manning (Oregon State's fifth personal foul of the game) kept the drive going after a third-and-10 pass was incomplete.

The Beavers put it away with a 12-play, 80-yard drive capped by Anderson's 14-yard touchdown to Cole Clasen for a 21-3 lead late in the third. Anderson completed five consecutive passes and converted two third downs.

Anderson's 7-yard touchdown to Shawn Kintner with 1:37 left made it 28-3, and Ryan Kanekeberg recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown on the ensuing kickoff.

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