CORVALLIS - Malcolm Agnew knows he has some big shoes to fill as a running back in the Oregon State football program.
Just look at the mural on the third floor of the Valley Football Center and you can understand why.
There are depictions of the past four star running backs - Ken Simonton, Steven Jackson, Yvenson Bernard and Jacquizz Rodgers - and the number 16,408.
That is how many yards those four backs combined for over their careers.
While it's still way to early to anoint Agnew as the next star, he did something none of them ever did - break the 200-yard barrier as a freshmen.
In his first game, no less.
Agnew became the first freshman to start the first game of the season at the position, and promptly put the Beavers on his back in the second half, nearly helping them rally for a win,
But his 223 yards on 33 carries and three touchdowns weren't enough as Sacramento State left Reser Stadium with a 29-28 overtime win when the Hornets went for two and sent most of what was left of a crowd of 41,581 home in stunned disbelief.
Agnew, who admitted he was a little nervous through the first couple series on Saturday, did all he could to help the Beavers start off the season on the right foot. He may have had a little help.
"I just prayed to God a whole lot this week to help me out throughout the game and thankfully I had a good game," he said. "But I guess it wasn't good enough to get us the victory though."
Agnew did start slow and had only 32 yards on seven carries in the first half.
Then came the second half.
Down 14-3, Agnew rushed for 48 yards on the opening drive of the third to help the Beavers to a field goal.
After Sac State went up 21-6, he had 49 yards and capped a scoring drive with a 1-yard TD to get the Beavers back in the game.
He scored a second touchdown after a 69-yard pass from Sean Mannion to Markus Wheaton got the Beavers close.
Just like that the game was tied.
(Ethan Erickson/Corvallis Gazette-Times) Oregon State RB Malcolm Agnew talks about his success in his first start Saturday in a loss to Sacramento State. CORVALLIS - Malcolm Agnew knows he has some big shoes to fill as a running back in the Oregon
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Slightly more than half — 54 percent — of Oregon schools met federal adequate yearly progress (AYP) standards during the 2010-11 school year, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by the Oregon Department of Education.
Statewide, fewer schools met AYP standards this year largely because of increased targets. During the 2009-10 school year, about 71 percent of schools met AYP standards.
For a school to meet AYP standards this year, at least 70 percent of its students had to be performing at grade level in both reading and math. For the 2009-10 school year, the targets were 60 percent in reading and 59 percent in math. For the 2011-12 year, the target increases to 80 percent in both reading and math.
The adequate yearly progress standard is a federal accountability reporting requirement mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act. It aims to ensure that every student in every district is meeting standards by the 2013-14 school year. The federal measuring system started in the 2002-03 school year.
As of July 28, five Benton County schools didn’t meet the standards for the 2010-11 school year — one fewer than the previous school year. Three schools also could receive an “in need of improvement” designation for failing to meet AYP standards for two straight years in the same subject area.
However, three schools’ results still are pending and won’t be known until final reports are released later this month.
Also, Linus Pauling Middle School received a “note” designation, meaning that there’s not enough data yet from the school to make a designation.
Monroe School District was the only district to meet AYP standards in 2010-11. It marked the fifth straight year that both Monroe grade and high schools have met the standards.
In the Corvallis School District, Crescent Valley High School met AYP standards for the first time since the 2007-08 school year because the school’s economically disadvantaged students population met reading and math standards.