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Pac-10: Oregon continues mastery of Idaho

©Associated Press
September 15, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon coach Mike Bellotti had a lot to be pleased about during the Ducks' 58-21 win Saturday, but he was concerned Idaho had the ball almost twice as long.

The lopsided score was not reflected by the time of possession, with Idaho in control 38:05 compared to Oregon's 21:10.

Idaho outpassed Oregon 280 yards to 238, and except for two big sacks and errant snaps on punts, the Vandals would have outrushed the No. 13 Ducks. Idaho had 124 yards to 165 for Oregon.

"We're not where we need to be yet," Bellotti said. "This team has the potential to be special, but it's a work in progress."

It was the third time in the past 32 years the teams met, despite a series that goes back to 1901. Oregon is 51-3-4 against Idaho, with the last victory for the Vandals coming at home in 1950.

Oregon led from the start, with Onterrio Smith rushing for 104 yards and three short touchdowns. His first TD, from 3 yards, came 2:34 in the first after Idaho punter Ryan Downes recovered a bad snap short of his goal line.

Oregon quarterback Jason Fife threw two touchdowns -- 80 yards to Samie Parker and 23 to fullback Matt Floberg -- and was 10-of-22 for 232 yards. But Fife had problems early, failing to get a first down in the first quarter.

"You take a win, but it's a learning experience," Fife said.

Idaho quarterback Brian Lindgren completed 23-of-33 for 207 yards and a 19-yard TD pass, and backup quarterback Adam Mallette was 5-of-8 for 58 yards with an 18-yard TD pass. The Vandals also had three turnovers.

Idaho briefly threatened when tailback Malfred Shaw sprinted 51 yards in the second quarter to pull to 14-7. But Fife answered with an 80-yard TD pass to Parker.

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OREGON ST. 47, UNLV 17: Derek Anderson matched a school record with five touchdown passes for host Oregon State. Anderson, a sophomore in his first season as starter, completed 20-of-26 for 356 yards. His five TDs tied the mark set by Erik Wilhelm against Akron in 1987.

James Newson had 17 catches for 167 yards for the Beavers, who had 461 total. Joe Haro scored on a 1-yard run and Dillon Pieffer added a 21-yard field goal for UNLV.

It was the first time UNLV coach John Robinson and Oregon State coach Dennis Erickson had faced each other, despite long careers in college and the NFL.

Robinson was 11-0 against the Beavers as Southern California's coach, his best record against any school.

The Beavers took a 23-0 first-quarter lead. Anderson scored on a 1-yard keeper and threw a 28-yard touchdown to Newson. After a team safety, Anderson hit Tim Euhus with a 19-yard touchdown.

Tailback Steven Jackson, a Las Vegas native who said he chose Oregon State because of Erickson and the lure of the Pac-10, broke through two tackles and scored on a 3-yard pass from Anderson.

UNLV's Jason Thomas completed 7-of-15 for 76 yards.

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