Boise St. loses 38-23 to Oregon St. in Hawaii Bowl
Matt Miller’s 206 yards receiving weren’t enough to keep Boise
State from another loss.
The Broncos lost 38-23 to Oregon State in the Hawaii Bowl on
Tuesday night, giving up two fumbles for touchdowns.
It was the latest stumble for a team that lost head coach Chris
Petersen earlier this month to the University of Washington, then
quarterback Joe Southwick last week because of an off-field
incident that sent him home from Honolulu.
Interim coach Bob Gregory said he didn’t think the distractions
affected his team.
”There wasn’t a loss of focus,” he said. ”I think we had good
practices when we were here and again, we just didn’t make as many
plays as we had to make to make a difference in the game.”
Rashaad Reynolds returned two fumbles for touchdowns and Oregon
State made the most of its final chance to stop its losing
Oregon State won six of its first seven games of the season.
Then a 20-12 home loss to then-No. 8 Stanford started a five-game
slide that came to an end when the Beavers (7-6) set several
records in handing Boise State its worst loss in two months.
Oregon State coach Mike Riley said stopping the skid was the
biggest deal for his team.
”They’ve worked hard, they haven’t lost their focus even though
there’s been some discouragement, they didn’t let it stay with
them,” Riley said. ”I loved how they’ve responded all year.”
Biletnikoff Award winner Brandin Cooks grabbed eight passes for
60 yards and a touchdown. He extended his Pac-12 single-season
record to 128 receptions and broke the conference record for yards
receiving with 1,730, passing Southern California’s Marqise
Sean Mannion threw for 259 yards and a touchdown, giving him a
Pac-12-record 4,662 yards passing for the season.
”When you win, you’d like to say it’s a good ending – a good
beginning for the upcoming year,” Riley said.
Oregon State kept Boise State (8-5) out of the end zone until
the third quarter, well after the Beavers had opened a big
Reynolds had his first fumble recovery about 12 minutes into the
game when Scott Crichton stripped Boise State quarterback Grant
Hedricks in the end zone. The ball popped forward to the 3-yard
line, where Reynolds picked it up and ran it in.
Reynolds tacked on another fumble return in the second quarter
on his way to game MVP honors. Troy Ware caught a 6-yard pass near
the sideline for Boise State, but Larry Scott punched the ball out
as Ware was falling to the ground. Reynolds picked it up and ran 70
yards to the end zone.
”You just can’t overcome those – it’s very difficult to
overcome those versus a Pac-12 team,” Gregory said. ”That’s tough
when we’re not on the field on defense, but we didn’t make enough
plays on defense either.”
Miller led Boise State with 11 catches for 206 yards and a
touchdown, with most of the production coming after the game was
decided. Miller, who set a school record with 88 catches this
season, was the Broncos’ MVP for the game.
Boise State’s most successful drive came in the third quarter
after Oregon State went 94 yards and scored a touchdown to make it
38-6. The Broncos responded with a nine-play, 76-yard drive spent
partially in a hurry-up offense. Jay Ajayi took a shotgun handoff
from Hedrick and ran up the middle for a 1-yard TD.
After the successful extra-point attempt went into the stands,
the mostly-empty stadium provided its loudest ovation of the night
in support of the fans who tried to keep the ball away from
security by throwing it around the seats.
Oregon State finished with 454 total yards, averaging 6.8 per
play. Storm Woods had 16 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown, and
Terron Ward had a 9-yard TD run.
”That’s exactly how we would like to look, we want to have that
balance,” Riley said. ”We just frankly blocked better.”
Hedrick threw for 382 yards and a touchdown, closing out a
difficult stretch for the Broncos.
Southwick was sent home by Gregory after the quarterback was
accused of urinating off a hotel balcony in Honolulu last week,
though he later told a TV station he didn’t do it and was unfairly
It was Gregory’s first major issue after taking over for
”I mean there were a lot of distractions for us, but we’ve got
a bunch of resilient guys,” Miller said. ”It was looking like we
were going to come out and play well and that just didn’t happen
Both teams started the game with similar drives, making progress
on big plays before stalling in the red zone and kicking field
But Oregon State grabbed the lead for good on Cooks’ 2-yard TD
reception with 4:15 left in the first quarter, capping a 92-yard
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